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Morning mail: 200,000 US Covid deaths, NBN upgrades, 'Jesus' cult leader held

Wednesday: The US death toll from coronavirus is the highest in the world. Plus, Facebook warns it may pull out of EuropeGood morning, this is Tamara Howie bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Wednesday 23 September. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, US, Jesus, NBN, Tamara Howie


Russian authorities arrest cult leader who claims to be Jesus – video

The leader of a cult who claims to be a reincarnation of Jesus was arrested in Russia in a special operation.Armed officers stormed communities in the depths of Siberia that have been run by Sergei Torop, known to his followers as Vissarion, for the past three decades, with masked troops leading the 59-year-old to a helicopter.Russia’s investigative committee said it would charge him with organising an illegal religious organisation, alleging that the cult extorted money from followers and subje...
Tags: Europe, Russia, Religion, World news, Siberia, Jesus, Vissarion, Sergei Torop


'Jesus of Siberia' arrested in Russian security services raid

Russian security agents have conducted a sweeping raid on an isolated messianic cult and arrested its leader, dubbed “Jesus of Siberia”, who was at the helm of the group for nearly three decades. Helicopters, dozens of vans and buses were deployed in the raid on the so-called "City of Sun," home to the Church of the Last Testament, in Siberia on Tuesday. The cult’s leader, Sergei Torop who goes by the name of Vissarion, and two of his assistants were put on a helicopter and taken into custody. A...
Tags: News, Siberia, Jesus, Vissarion, Sergei Torop, Alexander Staroverov


Playing The Lead In America’s First Musical Staged Since COVID (Nah, No Pressure)

Nicholas Edwards, who took the role of Jesus in the Berkshire Theater Group’s socially distanced staging of Godspell this past summer: “Every day you feel like the whole world is watching you. … Usually the stage is a safe place where we feel most at home and normal, but it became a place where I was anxious all the time.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Jesus, Berkshire Theater Group, Nicholas Edwards, 09.21.20


Cult leader who claims to be reincarnation of Jesus arrested in Russia

Former traffic officer Sergei Torop, AKA Vissarion, arrested in special operation in SiberiaRussian authorities have mounted a special operation to arrest a former traffic police officer who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus and has run a cult based in the depths of Siberia for the past three decades.Helicopters and armed officers stormed communities run by Sergei Torop, known to his followers as Vissarion, and arrested the leader and two of his aides. Russia’s investigative committee said...
Tags: Europe, Russia, Religion, World news, Siberia, Jesus, Vissarion, Sergei Torop


How can I get in touch with solid Historical Americans

Are all men created equal? Even when they want to kill you? Who said this? This is my first post. I am more of trying to make survivalist secondary by securing this country. It takes money to be a survivalist. This is not fair to the God fearing poor. I want to be survivalist (It takes money, ha, ha). How can I get in touch with solid Historical Americans? Is there a web site(s) for solid Historical Americans Only? I will take private ones also. I have just built a phenomenal web site, an...
Tags: Yahoo, Afghanistan, Jesus, Weapon, New Member Introduction, Don, Ken Goodbye


Orlando Brown Gives Testimony in Church About Quitting Drugs & Turning to God

Orlando Brown says he’s done with drugs and is ready to give his life to God. Footage recently surfaced of Orlando giving a testimony at a church in Texas telling the congregation that he has turned his life around after previously heading into a downward spiral after experimenting with drugs. The 32-year-old started out by telling everyone his name and saying that they may recognize him “from a little show called ‘That’s So Raven.'” He went on to state that he dabbled in drugs, including crysta...
Tags: Videos, Facebook, Celebs, Hollywood, Texas, Instagram, Church, Pop Culture, Jazz, Jesus, Las Vegas, Will Smith, Michael Jackson, Christ, Orlando, Nick Cannon


Don’t Be Afraid, Just Believe

The fear grew in my gut with the pending darkness, any semblance of peace fleeing as the sun set outside my window. Something about the nighttime hours seemed to grow my fear, like the monster in my childhood closet. I couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t stop pacing or calm my racing heart. Two weeks before, I’d been diagnosed with cancer for the first time. The doctors still didn’t know the full extent of its spread, nor how to best treat it. And while they struggled to find solutions, I was...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, John, Don, Michele, Love Over All, Loveoverall, Love Believes, Mark 5:36 NIV Perfect


11 practical pieces of advice I wish someone had given me when I was younger

Author Polina Marinova says she's learned that life is about spending intentional time with the people you love. Oliver Rossi/Getty Images Polina Marinova is the founder and author of The Profile, a newsletter that features interesting longform profiles on successful people and companies. When she was younger, Marinova says she would often let one setback put a damper on her entire day, week, or even month. Now, at 28, she says she works to see the good even in difficult times. Marinov...
Tags: Shonda Rhimes, Advice, Trends, Strategy, Tips, Jesus, Chris Hadfield, Malcolm Gladwell, Anthony, Nordic, Vincent Van Gogh, Bryan Stevenson, Ira Glass, Willem Dafoe, Contributor, Polina Marinova


Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Sept. 19-26

  Rabbi Noah Farkas, from Valley Beth Shalom, blows a shofar as a call to action at the start of the 12th Annual Los Angeles Walk to End Genocide held at Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 22, 2018. A ‘Shofar Wave,’ of shofar blowers standing on street corners will take place on the second day of Rosh Hashana, Sept. 20, in the greater Los Angeles area. (Photo by Dan Watson)     Most religious congregation continue to hold services and classes/lectures online due to the coronav...
Tags: Facebook, Church, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Jesus, Local News, Captivity, Matthew, Jonah, Porter Ranch, Burbank, Sun Valley, Tarzana, Woodland Hills


The Blue Wall Of Silence

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. “Most cops are punks. They ain’t going to say shit. But I don’t care. I always say what I want.” I sat a minute with that statement and not only because it was coming from a friend. I sat with it because my friend is a retired NYPD cop who spent 22 years on the force. David Wright, 69, was talking to me from the comforts of quarantine. I was asking Wright why no Black or brown cop I emailed and called was willing to go o...
Tags: New York, London, News, White House, New York City, America, Fbi, David, Brooklyn, Gop, Hillary Clinton, George Orwell, Portland, Ferguson, Jesus, Royal Court theatre


Welcome to the NEW (in)courage Living Room!

We’ve been waiting for and working toward this day for more than two years — the day we would get to swing wide our virtual doors and welcome you to our new online living room. We wanted to create a fresh home where women can gather in a beautiful, comfortable space to connect deeply with God and others. And the day is finally here! Welcome to the new (in)courage Living Room! Launching a new website isn’t just about an updated design; it’s about making our visual representation match the heartbe...
Tags: Inspiration, Diversity, Community, Jesus, Courage, Jesus Christ, Encouragement, Shiphrah, In)courage Site Launch, Christ Every, Desert Midnight Mustard


When You Find Yourself in a Storm of Spiraling Emotions

I stared at the screen, shocked. My head felt as if it were physically spinning, though I knew I was standing as still as I’d been the moment before I saw the post. I tried to evaluate my emotional and mental states. What was I feeling? Was I mad? Was I sad? Was I hurt, frustrated, disappointed? Yes to all of it. Check “all of the above,” because I felt all those things — and more. I felt betrayed and despondent. And most of all, I felt uncertain about what to do next. How was I supposed to reac...
Tags: Inspiration, Emotions, Jesus, John, Lazarus, Mary, Martha, Everyday Faith, Lazarus Both Lazarus


8 must-read books on the psychedelic experience

Hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into psychedelics companies right now. With loosening restrictions on clinical research, new therapeutic modalities are being investigated for anxiety, depression, and more. The psychedelic literature is rich with anecdotal accounts and clinical studies. UC Berkeley recently announced the launch of its center for psychedelic research and education, thanks to an anonymous $1.25 million donation. This follows Imperial College London's 2019 founding of ...
Tags: Books, Religion, Depression, Anxiety, Medical Research, Innovation, Silicon Valley, South America, Jesus, Kerouac, UC Berkeley, Imperial College London, Miller, Ayahuasca, Derek, Mdma


911 We Have a New Life Now

    Phillipians 2:10-11 At the name of Jesus every knee should bend, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, We Have a New Life Now We are 9/11 But we are more than 9/11. We had a physical and spiritual life Before that day. And we have a New Life now.   As with the innocent 9/11 civilians, We were murdered that day By Jihadi’s who sucker-punched Us with flesh melting jet fuel And granite stone projectiles That many think ended o...
Tags: Religion, Vienna, Marine Corps, Poland, Jesus, Pentagon, Vietnam, Jesus Christ, Mohammad, Lipscomb, Navy Lt, Vauk, Poetslife, William Ruth, Charles the Hammer Martel, We Have a New Life Now


Wagner and Politics

(Article, ‘Politics,’ first published in  The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia, ed. Nicholas Vazsonyi (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)) Aristotle’s contention that man is by nature a political animal ( ζ ῷ ον πολιτικόν ) might have been formulated with Wagner in mind (Aristotle I.1253a2). Whatever he claimed on occasion, for instance when seeking amnesty for his revolutionary deeds, or writing Mein Leben for Ludwig II , Wagner’s life and oeuvre were intimately and ...
Tags: Religion, Time, Athens, Cambridge, Jesus, Rochester, Lulu, Karl Marx, George Bernard Shaw, Moses, Dresden, Zurich, Rhine, Aristotle, Marx, Richard Strauss


A La Carte (September 15)

Caring for the Souls of Children, on sale this week at Westminster Books, seems like an important and long-awaited title. There’s an eclectic little mix of Kindle deals there today. (Yesterday on the blog: 7 Books To Help You Understand the Times) A Parent’s Cry Sometimes we need the simplest reminders. “My husband and I started a practice to ease the tension. Check our words. Take a deep breath. He would look at me. Or I would look at him. And say, ‘Children are a blessing f...
Tags: Blogging, Jesus, Times, Christ, A La Carte, Sproul, Ligonier, Kathleen Nielson, Nielson, Kruger, Westminster Books, Harold Senkbeil, William VanDoodewaard, Souls of Children


Churches: Consider Running Your Own Conference

For the past four years, a small group of local churches in London, Ontario has run their own conference, inviting speakers like Andreas Köstenberger, Jared C. Wilson, and Andrew Naselli to speak. Just before the pandemic started, I interviewed Jude St. John, the pastor of West London Alliance Church, and the director for the conference, Nicki Cole, about their vision for running their own conference, and what other churches could learn from their experience. What motivated you to start Co...
Tags: Featured, Interviews, Life, Church, Jesus, Jared, Don, London Ontario, Jude, Nicki, Kernaghan, Jared Wilson, Pastoring, Costi Hinn, Andreas Köstenberger Jared C Wilson, Andrew Naselli


Meeting Jesus in a warzone

"Both of us were crying, we were so afraid. But then Jesus appeared to me. He said to me: 'Don't be afraid.'"
Tags: News, Jesus, Christian, Don


Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Today’s feast focuses on the way Mary shared in the suffering of Jesus her Son. Our Lady of Sorrows is one of her many titles. She is also the Queen of Martyrs because she suffered a new kind of martyrdom. As a mother, Mary witnessed her innocent Son, the one whom she loves with her whole being cruelly tormented and put to death. According to St. Alphonsus, this was the 5th sword that pierced her heart. When Mary presented the infant Christ in the temple, Simeon prophesied that a “sword will...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Son, Christ, Mary, John Paul II, St Alphonsus, Simeon, St Jerome, Homily of the Day, Redemptoris Mater, Queen of Martyrs, Mary Under the cross Mary


Ten Remedies for Times of Desolation

The damp, misty, drizzling morning, in which I leave home with a slight headache and nose-drip, can most appropriately describe the state of soul called Desolation. Indeed, there are hours, perhaps even days in which we feel as if we were traversing a tunnel that seems to have no outlet! Or if you like, days in which we feel as if we were meandering aimlessly through a dark interior, a humid and foul jungle, entangled in an emotional and spiritual tug of war in which the battle seems all but lo...
Tags: Featured, Religion, Paris, Jesus, Bishop, Mary, PAUL, Calvary, Virgin Mary, Cross, Holy Spirit, Desolation, St Ignatius, OMV, Faith & Spirituality, St Francis de Sales


A Musician’s Call to Mysticism

An astounding fact bears our reflection. In the Mass, we experience the reality for which the mystic heart longs—real union with our God. However, we receive such grace only in the degree to which our souls are disposed to accept it. (1) When your music at Mass influences the readiness of our souls, by stirring within us a deeper grasp of what is taking place on the altar, your welcoming of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament has glorious repercussions! Imagine the increase in His grace that c...
Tags: Music, Featured, Navy, Church, Religion, Culture, Jesus, John, Christ, Grand Canyon, Mass, PAUL, Teresa, Calvary, Cross, Mount Carmel


When Your Mother Grows Old: Open Letter to Younger Believers

Listen to your father who gave you life,      and do not despise your mother when she is old. (Proverbs 23:22) If you are considered “young,” I am considered “older.” I’m a grandma seven times over already. Last week, my 6-year-old granddaughter and I were jumping on the trampoline when she stopped, examined my feet and hands, and asked with a child’s sweet compassion why they had those wrinkles and why those veins show up. Entering one’s sixties gives a great perspective...
Tags: Israel, Religion, Jesus, Anna, Christ, Young, Sarah, Peter, Timothy, PAUL, Luke, Abraham, Lois, John John


First Trailer for Aaron Sorkin's True Story 'The Trial of the Chicago 7'

"Martin's dead. Bobby's dead. Jesus is dead. They tried to peacefully. We gonna try somethin' else." Netflix has unveiled the first teaser trailer for The Trial of the Chicago 7, the new film both written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. He originally wrote this for Spielberg to direct, but took on the duties himself after trouble getting it made. The very timely film tells the story of seven people on trial stemming from various protest-related charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Demo...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Aaron Sorkin, Chicago, Netflix, Jesus, Spielberg, Bobby, Martin, Chicago Illinois, To Watch, J C MacKenzie, Aaron Sorkin He


New book by Sammy Tippit explains how social media can spread the Gospel

USA (MNN) -- In Multiplying Disciples: Social Media and the New Roman Road, author Sammy Tippit of Sammy Tippit Ministries shares how he has used social media to share Jesus with people all over the world. Reaching the Lost The book will be released this fall, but the idea has been in the works for a while. Tippit says he first began contemplating how social media could be used to share the good news while working with ministry partners in India and Brazil. Image courtesy of Sammy Tippit...
Tags: Facebook, Usa, India, Social Media, Brazil, Jesus, Skype, Christ, Jesus Christ, PAUL, Antioch, Roman, Gerd Altmann, Sammy Tippit, Tippit


FMI offers local pastors a different view of Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh (MNN) -- In a newly-released video , two ex-soldiers from Myanmar confess to the mass killing and rape of Rohingya Muslims. It’s the first time anyone from Myanmar's military acknowledged a campaign of violence targeting this people group, CNN reports . Since 2012, armed attacks have forced between 800,000 and one million Rohingya refugees into neighboring Bangladesh. FMI ’s Vincent Michael says they’re helping local pastors reach these refugees for Christ. “A big part of...
Tags: Cnn, Bangladesh, Un, Myanmar, Rohingya, Jesus, Flickr, Christ, South Asia, Michael, FMI, Dan Kitwood Getty, Tommy Trenchard Caritas CAFOD, Vincent Michael


If You’re Just Plain Weary from Life’s Difficult Changes

We’re so deep into summer now that the outline of fall is clearly visible in front of us, and today I’m neck-deep in yet another unforeseen change within this maddening year that is 2020. I’ve had it up to here, and I tell God as much. I mean, it should be enough that we have a global pandemic and national unrest and a political divide wider than the Grand Canyon. But no. Several more problems closer to home are here too. This shouldn’t surprise me, I know. After all, it’s not like job stresses ...
Tags: Hope, Inspiration, Change, Fear, Jesus, Pain, Grit, Kristen, Struggle, Pike, Perseverance, Emily P Freeman, Christ Walk


Reflection for the Solemnity of Brotherly Love 2020

Unless And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” …and we know the rest of the story. The lawyer quotes the Law of God correctly, love God and neighbor. Unfortunately, he could not connect that Law to his reality. As Jesus often does when people don’t get it, He attempts to teach the lawyer by illustration. He tells the story of a man in need of help. He increases the tension, the man is laying there in pain, unab...
Tags: Law, Religion, Jesus, John, Jeremiah, Levite, Christian Witness, Homilies, PNCC, Brotherly Love, Holy Church, Solemnity, Unless


How a mysterious man fooled a Harvard scholar into believing the 'Gospel of Jesus' Wife' was real

In 2012 scholar Karen King announced the academic discovery of a lifetime: a scrap of papyrus, purportedly from the early days of Christianity, in which Jesus refers to a woman as "my wife." A new book says King was fooled by a brazen forgery.
Tags: Cnn, Harvard, Jesus, King, Jesus Wife, Karen King