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Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Trademark Office

This past June, in Icanu v. Brunetti, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the First Amendment requires the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) to accept registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks. As a result, Erick Brunetti may now register the trademark for his clothing line: FUCT. The Brunetti decision came only two terms after the Supreme Court ruled in Matal v. Tam that a “disparaging” trademark, THE SLANTS, be registered on behalf of the Portland-based band of the same name. Fo...
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Sue Monk Kidd’s next novel imagines a married Jesus

NEW YORK (AP) — Sue Monk Kidd’s next novel is very much a work of fiction. “The Book of Longings” is the fourth novel by the author known for such best-sellers as “The Secret Life of Bees” and “The Invention of Wings,” a 19th-century slavery narrative that Oprah Winfrey chose for her book club. “The […]
Tags: New York, News, Entertainment, Nation, Jesus, Oprah Winfrey, Kidd, Secret Life of Bees, Monk Kidd


The Second Amendment Isn’t The Second Commandment

A pastor named James Pence. As a nation we have seemed to somehow elevated the Second Amendment to the status of one of the Ten Commandments as if God positively said, “Thou shalt bear arms.” Of course the irony is there is the commandment that forbids murder, and nowhere in Holy Scriptures do we see the necessity of having weapons. [ … ] The times call for bold action once again in the face of the national epidemic of gun violence by restricting a class of weapons to only the military and our l...
Tags: Religion, Rome, Military, Gun Control, Jesus, Digest, Cicero, Adam, Fitzgerald, Cyrene, Mommsen, Linderski, Atticus Letter, Cicero Philippics, Synesius, James Pence


Nike Sneakers That Are Filled With Holy Water And Blessed By A Priest Sell Out Just Minutes After The ‘Jesus Shoes’ Were Released

A creative brand has given a few lucky people the chance to walk on water (literally) while adding some spirituality to their style after releasing limited edition ‘Jesus shoes’ that are filled with holy water and have been blessed by a priest – and cost a staggering $3,000. More: Jesus Shoes h/t: dailymail However, despite the sky-high price tag, it seems there were plenty of... Source
Tags: Fashion, Design, Shoes, Nike, Jesus, Holy


Despite violence in Iraq, believers stay in Baghdad

Iraq (MNN) -- The worst violence in Iraq in two years appears to be settling down in Baghdad. More than 100 people have died and thousands are wounded, according to Reuters . Iraq’s government is trying to appease protestors unhappy with corruption and insufficient services. A worker we’ll call “Jane” serves with prayer ministry Cry Out Now . She says believers are staying put despite Baghdad’s unrest. “There is a growing Church in Iraq. Yes, Iraq has been devastated in the past and a l...
Tags: Isis, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Syria, Unesco, Jesus, Lebanon, Moses, Baghdad, Aaron, Joshua, Near East, Jane, Reuters Iraq, Prayercast


The Period Becomes a Comma

He was dead, but He is alive forevermore. That such a thing could be was intimated by the miracles of restoration which our Lord performed during His earthly ministry. The widow’s son was brought back to life for a brief time; at our Lord’s gentle call, Jairus’s little daughter rose from her bed of death; and Lazarus, at Christ’s command, came forth bound hand and foot. These were but vague disclosures of what was to come, and were at best only temporary suspensions of the inexorable law, which ...
Tags: Jesus, Christ, Lazarus, Luke, Jairus


Having Anxiety or Depression Doesn’t Mean Your Faith Is Flawed

I find it hard to confess that I was emotionally wounded because people might question my faith. Worse yet, they might accuse me of not trusting God enough or tell me that worry is a sin. They might say I’m not praying enough, reading the Bible enough, or applying it correctly when I tell them I’ve been feeling numb, lonely, anxious, or depressed. But mental health issues happen to everyday people — even to believers who are strong in faith and have friends. I know this because it happened to me...
Tags: Instagram, Inspiration, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Jesus, Truth, God, Lies, Matthew, Corinthians, Mark, Don, PAUL, Jesus Himself, NIV


Preacher – Season 4 – review

Directors: Various First aired: 2019 Contains spoilers So we come to the end of the Preacher series, a series finishing with a definite story ending. It has been a fun, irreverent, gore soaked comic book ride and you can read my reviews of earlier seasons at: Season 1, Season 2 & Season 3 . As the series starts we know that Hitler (Noah Taylor) has taken over Hell and sent the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) after Jesse (Dominic Cooper, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter & Dracula Untold). Our v...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Ireland, Jesus, Hitler, Eugene, Jesse, Cassidy, Amazon UK, Masada, Vampire, Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Tulip Ruth Negga, Graham McTavish, Herr Starr Pip Torrens


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Will you be ready when He comes?

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.  Jesus is coming soon. As time passes, we tend to let our guard down. We allow parties, money, fun, and activity to dull us to sleep spiritually. Life takes time. Life gets our focus on this world to the point we forget that world, the coming world, Jesus. Many believers will be surprised when Jesus come...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Luke, Daily Bible Devotionals


The small miracle of one boy’s first Bible

Indonesia (MNN) -- Agus is a sixth-grader from Kalimantan, Indonesia, a small village located on the rainforested island of Borneo. Agus' family practices Animism, the belief that souls possess everyday objects and plants . Agus did too, until seven dollars introduced him to the Gospel. Bruce Allen of FMI tells the story. Unlikely Friends Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim country . Out of more than 263 million people, 229 million are Muslim. Christians do make up the second-large...
Tags: Indonesia, US, Jesus, Allen, Agus, Bruce Allen, FMI, Kalimantan Indonesia, Yandi, Borneo Agus, Muslim Christians, Christ Almost


Is Boko Haram copying the Islamic State?

Nigeria (MNN) -- Terrorist violence is reaching new heights in Nigeria. Armed militants, presumably Boko Haram , attacked a village in Chibok territory a few days ago. It’s a reminder to community members of the 2014 Chibok school girls’ abduction ; 112 girls remain in terrorists’ hands today. Boko Haram also released a video of two Christian aid workers they kidnapped and executed in recent weeks. In the video, extremists vow to “kill every Christian they capture.” Voice of the Martyrs ...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Syria, Middle East, Jesus, Christ, Lawrence, Maiduguri, Chibok, Borno, Godfrey, Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Greg Musselman


Iraq still unsafe for religious minorities’ return

Iraq (MNN) -- The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is trying to help religious minorities return home to Iraq, but returning to a post-ISIS Iraq presents an array of complications. Anne Hamming of  Tent Schools International tells us that the Christian Iraqi refugees its partners serve in Jordan are unsure if returning home is actually safe. Lasting Effects of ISIS Many Christian Iraqis call northern Iraq, the area known as the Nineveh province, home. Hamming ...
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The Chapter after the Last

Matthew says, “And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb.” Mark says, “And he [Joseph] bought fine linen, and took him [Jesus] down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulcher, which was hewn out of a rock.” Luke writes, “And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.” John says, “. . . There was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre . ....
Tags: Jesus, John, Matthew, Mark, Joseph, Luke, Galilee


If Motherhood Is Hard, You Are Not Alone

In the early days, worn-out running shoes and a rickety double stroller held my sanity. Daily I tied up those laces like I was girding my flailing ability to mother. I knew no other way. I strapped the three-year-old in the front stroller seat, the two-year-old in the rear, and doled out an abundance of snacks and sippy cups. I prayed their wiggly bodies would calm under the security of the Houdini-like harnesses. If not, at least they were contained. Then I hoisted the baby into the strappy app...
Tags: Inspiration, Noah, Jesus, Motherhood, Becky, Elias, Jude, Houdini, Encouragement, Mothering


When Rejection Crowds Out the Rest of the Story

I was eleven when we moved from a rural town nestled in Amish Country, Pennsylvania with its roadside stands selling shoo-fly pie and fresh corn to New Jersey with its louder, more colorful everything. My dad was entering the Army, so we lived on base, our comings and goings marked by rising gates and armed guards. Because our August arrival found the school on base full, I was enrolled in sixth grade at an elementary school off base. As I began up the bus steps, Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics p...
Tags: Friendship, Inspiration, Bully, New Jersey, Army, Community, Jesus, Rejection, Friendships, Courage, Pain, Carpenter, Teresa, Melanie, Eurythmics, Marnie


A La Carte (October 9)

Here’s a can’t miss deal from Crossway: “If you are currently working in ministry outside of the US, we want to serve you with free access to the ESV.org Basic subscription plan featuring a host of robust Bible study resources.” Click here to sign up. Just Give Me a Sign “This kind of thinking is modern-day superstition. We try to listen to our experiences; we try to find divine signs and miracles to help us understand who God is, who we are and what we’re supposed to do. But...
Tags: US, Blogging, Jesus, Christian, A La Carte, RTS, ESV, Joe Holland, Conrad Mbewe, William Fullilove


Romans 12:1-2

Romans 12:1-2   (1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Paul makes a strong, urgent appeal to Christians to devote their lives to sacrifice. Sacrifice suggests th...
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Why We Must Grow in Our Faith Today

“Increase our faith.” Jesus had just assured His disciples of the inevitability of temptations and the severe consequences of scandalous behavior: Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. (Lk 17:1-2) The disciples, probably sensing their need for a stronger faith to overcome these temptations and avoi...
Tags: Featured, Church, Religion, Pope Francis, Spirit, Jesus, Catholic, Christ, Jesus Christ, Timothy, St Paul, Faith & Spirituality, Claudio Hummes, Catholic Church We, James Martin SJ


Do We Need a New Marian Dogma?

Up to this point in history, the Catholic Church has proclaimed four “dogmas” or solemnly pronounced doctrines about Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The first Marian dogma is that Mary is the “Mother of God,” that is, the mother of God the Son made man in Jesus Christ (Council of Ephesus, 431). Secondly, the Perpetual Virginity of Mary proclaims that the Mother of Jesus who was virginal before, during, and after the birth of Jesus Christ (Lateran Council, 649). Thirdly, the “Immaculate Conception...
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Get Your Church Staff Unstuck – Episode 114 | The Unstuck Church Podcast

Great Teams Focus on Both Relationships AND Results If you enjoy this episode, subscribe on your device for more:iTunes   RSS   Google Play  Stitcher   Spotify We’ve found many church staff teams operate in one of two extremes: They get along with each other but struggle to execute plans… or they are impressively productive but unhealthy and dysfunctional. The undercurrent is often that we church leaders can get so busy “doing” ministry that we never think about how ...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Navy, Religion, Jesus, Listen, Tampa, Amy, Tony, Sean, Lance, Mark Miller, Patrick Lencioni, Amy Anderson, Staffing & HR, Unstuck Group


Gabrielle Bossis & the Intimate Life of the Soul

“Do you know what we’re doing in writing these pages? We’re removing the false idea that this intimate life of the soul is possible only for the religious in the cloister. In reality my secret and tender love is for every human being living in the world” (p.293). This is a quote from a book called He and I, written down by French laywoman, nurse, and mystic, Gabrielle Bossis, who recounts the words of Jesus that she heard as inner locutions. Ms. Bossis, who lived from 1874 to 1950, and in he...
Tags: Featured, Church, Religion, Time, Jesus, Christ, Matt, Gabrielle, Nazareth, Pope Pius XII, Faith & Spirituality, Mysticism, Pius XI, Bossis, Gabrielle Bossis, Pauline Books and Media


Filming Begins on the Russo Brothers’ Cherry

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Filming begins on the Russo Brothers’ Cherry Filming on the Russo Brothers‘ Cherry is currently underway as the filmmakers have shared a new set photo of their latest film starring Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home). You can check out the full photo now in the gallery below and click here to see Tom Holland’s dramatic new look for the film! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoR...
Tags: UK, Movies, Robert Downey Jr, Iraq, Army, Jesus, Cleveland, Russo brothers, Cherry, Reservoir Dogs, Walker, Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Movie News, Jessica Goldberg, Todd Makurath


2019 Houston Luncheon

2019 Houston Luncheon charles.roelofs October 8, 2019 - 2:47pm Start Date Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:30 Introduction Text In the face of fiscal irresponsibility—soaring deficits, sweeping new healthcare regulations, and an uncontrollable national debt—the Acton Institute offers a fresh and unique perspective. For over 29 years, the Institute has worked to connect economic freedom, free enterprise, and ent...
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Podcast: Important Children’s Ministry (2019 Statistics)

Nick Blevins just released our podcast conversation talking about the latest children’s ministry statistics and what that means for local churches. We talk about how kids are coming to Christ and how families are essential at every step of that process. You can also download our LISTEN to the podcast on his WEBSITE Printable One page Overview Transcript: Importance of Children’s Ministry Introduction: Welcome to the Nick Blevins family ministry podcast. Our goal is...
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How Were People Saved in the Old Testament?

The New Testament’s rejection of earning God’s favor by works and its emphasis on salvation by grace through faith (e.g., Eph 2:8–9; Gal 2:16; Rom 4:1–12) has led many people to presume that the Old Testament teaches that people could merit salvation [in the Old Testament] by obeying the Mosaic law. However, this is not the case. The problem of sin in the Old Testament Old Testament theology, with its complex sacrificial system, had a firm grasp of the problem of sin, which was variously d...
Tags: Books, Israel, Religion, Egypt, Faith, Jesus, God, Salvation, James, Bible Study, PAUL, Leviticus, Abraham, Jacob, Michael Heiser, New Testament


Of The Things Your Church Should Do

Android or iOS. macOS or Windows. IndieBound or Amazon. Latte or batch brew. We’re a generation riddled with a multitude of choices. It is so bad that our generation suffers from choice-fatigue. Because we take all of ourselves everywhere we go, this extends to our work. It even goes as far as our approach to our churches’ mission. We have a plethora of tech solutions for the same or similar problems to wade through. Through various ‘influencers’ and Facebook groups we’re also presented with ...
Tags: Facebook, Church, Seo, Jesus, Mission, Don, PAUL, Mike Todd, Church Culture


Don’t plan what you will say

Luke 21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:  The context of this verse has nothing to do with preaching. I grew up hearing that I should depend on the Lord for what to say in the pulpit. I didn’t need to plan what I was going to say. I am afraid that those who follow that plan make it obvious they didn’t think before speaking. The context of this verse is what will happen when Jesus would come back. This is a tribulation verse. The s...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Daily Bible Devotionals


Muslim-background believers learn how to stand for Christ

Middle East (MNN) -- There’s a cost to following Christ in Muslim-majority nations. Open Doors cites “Islamic oppression” as the primary driver of persecution in seven of the top ten countries on its World Watch List . Tom Doyle says Uncharted Ministries helps believers from a Muslim background grow in Jesus and stand firm through persecution. “We have to let people know the reality of the situation they're entering,” Doyle says. “This is not just a ‘come to church next week and you get t...
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