So Many Wives, So Much Religion

Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City: Image Mag3737/Flickr

Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City: Image Mag3737/Flickr

The issue of Mormon plural marriage, or polygamy is a constant embarrassment to the Church of the Latter Day Saints. The LDS is the largest Mormon Church, based in Salt lake City, Utah.

Some smaller groups require at least three wives for a man who wants to achieve the highest level of priesthood. These groups have been accused of criminal abuse, and legal prosecutions in the U.S. and Canada are ongoing. The LDS wants the world to know they are not associated with fringe groups like the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints) who practice polygamy.

Outsiders might think any Mormon man can marry more than one woman at a time, but the majority LDS church has banned the practice since 1890. At that time the home region of Utah was permitted to become a state after the Mormons there banned polygamy. The Americans didn’t want the practice to become mainstream. (more…)

American marines singing “Days of Elijah”

Days of Elijah, based on Psalm 91, is one of my favorite worship songs. When I came across it being sung by a group of American marines, I had to post it. It involves marines based at Camp Pendleton in California.

The video was posted by Merrie Pardee Baldwin to her Facebook page. Merrie attends Arbor Christian Fellowship in Lake Forest, California. She and her husband Jim volunteer every second Sunday for worship services at Camp Pendleton. The video was taken during the service held Sunday, September 14, 2014.

In an interview with Christian Post, Merrie said: (more…)

Egyptian academic demands Israel return the gold — taken during the Exodus!

It is a bit humorous, but an Egyptian academic is demanding Israel repay all the gold and silver taken, when God delivered Israel out of Egypt.

In Exodus 12:35-36, we read after the death of the firstborn, the pharaoh allowed Israel to leave. The Bible says the Egyptian people who had suffered through the plagues gave silver and gold to the departing Israelis.

Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of the Moses, for they requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold and clothing. And the Lord had given the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians (Exodus 12:35-36 NASV)

In an interview with Channel 1, an Egyptian TV station, Professor Ammar Ali Hassan said: (more…)

Muslims and Terrorists

Muslim demonstrations

Muslim demonstrations

An English convert to Islam, Lauren Booth, published an article on CNN “Muslims and extremists – we’re not the same.”

There are many opinions like this, telling us we are wrong about Islam. It is not a violent religion of terrorists and murderers.

This defense of Islam is misguided. People I know think about Islam about as much as they think about Hindus or Jehovah’s Witnesses; and we don’t think all Muslims are terrorists.

I met a Muslim at work who was a complete fanatic. He was from Pakistan and every conversation was about his beliefs. I enjoyed talking to him because he taught me so many things I didn’t know. Things about the sport of cricket. He was a sports fanatic and his fondest wish was for Pakistan to defeat India on a cricket pitch. He never talked about religion to me. If you meet a Pakistani, mention cricket and you will not hear much about religion.

Most Muslims are ordinary people who follow the religion they were born into. They don’t get to choose, and they have other interests. (more…)

JESUS, the Master Winemaker

Photo Flickr / Thomas Totz

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” Photo Flickr / Thomas Totz

[Guest post by Myrna Petersen] In recent weeks, I’ve been stirred to do a word study on the making of new wine and the wine of the wrath of God as portrayed throughout the Holy Bible. Since the word ‘wine’ is used more than 200 times in scripture, no doubt it was a subject important to the Biblical Patriarchs.

In some religious circles there is much discussion if wine in Biblical days was fermented or just ordinary grape juice. Surely we are instructed not to become intoxicated with strong drink but with the many other teaching resources available on this subject, it is not the author’s intent to discuss whether or not it is appropriate for a Christian to drink wine. This article will focus on the spiritual aspect of ‘new wine’ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. (more…)

What was on those parchments?

A 1,500+ year old Gospel fragment -- Image: George Redgrave | Flickr

A 1,500+ year old Gospel fragment — Image: George Redgrave | Flickr

In 2 Timothy, the Apostle Paul, imprisoned in Rome, made a strange, but some believe a very significant request of Timothy.

He asked the young pastor to bring Paul’s cloak, books and parchments when Timothy visited Paul in Rome.

When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments. (2 Timothy 4:13 NASV)

(more…)

Sir Arthur Pearson, GBE

Blinded World War I soldiers learning mat weaving at St. Dunistans started by Aurthur Perason.

Blinded World War I soldiers learning mat-weaving at St. Dunistans Home started by Aurthur Pearson.

Arthur Pearson was a man of accomplishment, but also a man of service despite a lifelong problem of fading eyesight and eventual blindness. He was born in 1866 to a father who was the Rector of a centuries-old Church of England parish church and a mother who was the granddaughter of hymn-writer and religious poet Henry Francis Lyte, the writer of the well-loved hymn “Abide With Me”.

Pearson became a journalist at 18, and the publisher of a periodical journal with a quarter of a million subscribers at 24. He continued to establish and acquire newspapers and magazines, and his greatest accomplishment as a publisher was the founding of the Daily Express newspaper, which is still operating. (more…)

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