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Paga: The intercessor claims territory for God

A look at the different meanings of the Hebrew word 'Paga' which is translated intercessor.

Teens encouraged to summon up a Mexican demon called Charlie

Calling up a demon name Charlie Photo:

Conjuring up demons? Photo:

[by Dean Smith] A game exploded on the internet on Monday, circulating through popular social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, encouraging teens to play a game patterned off a Ouija board. It involves conjuring up a Mexican demon called  Charlie.

According to reports 100s of thousands of teens are taking up the challenge referred to on Twitter as the “CharlieCharlieChallenge.”

The ritual involves writing the words ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the corners of a piece of paper.

A pencil is laid down vertically along the center of the page and a second pencil is then balanced horizontally on top forming a cross. (more…)

Police arrest preacher in England after a lesbian ‘falsely’ accuses him of homophobia

Rob Hughes street preaching Photo: Youtube Capture

Rob Hughes street preaching Photo: YouTube Capture

[by Dean Smith] In September, 2013, while Rob Hughes, 34, was street preaching in Basildon, Essex, England, when a woman approached him.

She described herself as “gay and proud,” and immediately confronted Hughes. There was a brief, but heated discussion filled with colorful blue language — none of it expressed by Hughes. After the woman left, she called the police and accused Hughes of making homophobic comments.

Hughes works with a Christian group called Operation 513, which specializes in street evangelism. After he finished preaching, his group was handing out tracts, when two police officers approached Hughes and arrested him. (more…)

Creationists and evolutionists sort of agree on snakes

Green Parrot Snake Photo: Andy Morffew/Flickr

Green Parrot Snake Photo: Andy Morffew/Flickr

[by Dean Smith] It doesn’t happen very often, so when it does we need to talk about it. Creationists and evolutionists are in agreement on some facts about snakes.

As I read this story on the evolution of snakes there was the usual rhetoric of snakes being a 110 million years old — a point of contention for creationists considering scientists are now finding organic, non-fossilized cartilage and blood in dinosaur bones. It is hard to fathom how there could be non-fossilized material in any bones supposedly 70 million years old.

Scientists from Yale University in the US initiated a study of snakes to discover their origins. Looking at modern snake DNA and anatomy plus recent fossil finds, they concluded that at one time snakes had hind legs and front legs. Basically snakes walked. (more…)

Man of the Year

Photo: Salvador Nobre da Veiga/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

Football like it is supposed to be played. Photo: Salvador Nobre da Veiga/Foter/CC BY-NC-SA

[by Earl Blacklock] Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas was established in 1885 by the Methodist Episcopal Church to provide students with a liberal arts education. In 1951, the school took pride in its athletic program, and in its coach Harold Hunt.

It was a difficult time for the school. The year before, a major fire had ravaged its administration center. With only 350 students, the school’s football team was always up against larger schools, and Coach Hunt had only 27 in his entire squad. College football was in trouble throughout the United States because of news stories about bribes and dirty play.

The opening game against Central Missouri State College was one Southwestern badly wanted to win. Before a crowd of 2,000 fans, the team didn’t give an inch on defence for the entire first half, and the half ended with no score from either team. (more…)

Weird Bicycles and Booze

Photo: artstandere/Foter/CC BY-ND

Photo: artstandere/Foter/CC BY-ND

[by Sandy McIntosh] I’m a fan of DIY projects, where people make things instead of just buying something off the shelf. The problem with new ideas is that they show our wrong thinking. And it turns out, we are set in our ways and we don’t know what the truth is.

One odd trend is reverse steering bicycles. It’s a new fad.

Reverse steering means the handle bars turn one way, and the wheel turns the other. There are many Internet videos about these experiments. Search “reverse steering bicycle” to see what I mean. (more…)

Did the Turkish president just call for Muslims to invade Jerusalem?

President Erdogan on billboards in Istanbul, Turkey Photo: Jofre Ferrier/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

President Erdogan on billboards in Istanbul, Turkey Photo: Jofre Ferrier/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

[by Dean Smith] Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been president of Turkey for 13 years. In a recent speech to admiring supporters in the Turkish city of Erzincan, Erdogan called for Muslims to invade and conquer Jerusalem.

In his speech, reported by the Anadolu Agency, Erdogan said:

“We Muslims have lost our way toward Jerusalem. The water of our eyes froze making us blind, and our hearts that are destined to beat for Jerusalem is now instead conditioned for rivalry being in a state of war with each other.”

In the last part of the statement, he was referring to the bitter rivalry between Shia and Sunni Muslims who have warred with each other for decades. Instead of fighting each other, Erdogan said the two groups must unite against their common enemy Israel. (more…)

Is your problem a giant or an optical illusion?

Bodian Castle is one big optical illusion. Photo: alh1/Foter/CC -BY-ND

Is Bodiam Castle one big optical illusion? Photo: alh1/Foter/CC -BY-ND

[by Dean Smith] I love castles. One of my bucket list goals is to visit England and explore at least a couple ancient fortresses. However, there is one, Bodiam Castle, that I may take a pass on. Located in Kent, it is a popular castle and because of its huge moat very photogenic. You may have already seen pictures of it.

But there is something strange about this castle. It is not all that it seems.

Sir Edward Dalyngrigge was given permission to build the castle in 1385. He had been a faithful servant to King Richard II fighting for the English king in the Hundred Years War. It seems back then, like a car, you had to have a license or “crenellate” as it was called then to build a castle.

I guess Kings wanted to control who built castles because they could be used for you or against you. (more…)

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