Month: July 2013

God Standard Time

[by Dean Smith] Physicist Itzhak Bars of the University of Southern California (USC) has an interesting theory. He believes there is another dimension of time (other than the one that keeps track of how old we are) and is conducting research to prove his theory. In his article, Are we missing a dimension of time, Telegraph reporter Roger Highfield quotes Bars who says, “There isn’t just one dimension of time. There are two. One whole dimension of time and another of space have until now gone entirely unnoticed by us.” “Time is no longer a simple line from the past to the future,

Top Porn star finds Christ

In 2010, Maxim rated Jenna Presley one of the world’s top ten porn stars.  Jenna’s (whose real name is Brittni Ruiz) had been involved in pornography for seven years. In November 2012, she turned her life over to God and left the porn industry. In her testimony posted on Youtube, Brittni said, “Thank you, Jesus! I found Him, I’m home!” By age 15 Brittni was dancing topless in Mexican bars. Her life quickly spiralled downward

Repeated studies are revealing the profound impact Marijuana has on the human brain. Photo Marijuana field in India Richard McMullen/Flickr

Study shows Marijuana usage by teens may increase risk of schizophrenia and psychiatric problems

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine concluded regular use of Marijuana by teens could lead to psychiatric problems and increased risk of schizophrenia. According to an article in the National Post, researchers came to this conclusion after studying the effects of marijuana on lab mice. After subjecting young lab mice to low doses of marijuana for a 20 day period, they discovered their test mice had significant damage to their “cortical oscillations” which impaired brain functions. The researchers said, “The striking finding is that, even though the mice were exposed to very low drug doses, and only for a brief period during adolescence, their brain abnormalities persisted into adulthood.” The concern is during human adolescence, the front part of the brain is still developing and that marijuana usage would similarly affect brain development of teens. “Previous research has shown that children who started using marijuana before the age of 16 are at greater risk of permanent cognitive deficits, and have a significantly higher incidence of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.” said the researchers. …

Twittering your way to heaven?

The Roman Catholic Church announced July 16, 2013, it was offering indulgences to anyone who follows Pope Paul Francis on Twitter. The offer was made by the Apostolic Penitentiary which handles indulgence offers on behalf of the Vatican. The Pope had over 2.6 million Twitter followers prior to the indulgence announcement. In Catholic Theology, indulgences are officially recognized good works used to reduce the amount of time a person spends in purgatory after they die. Purgatory or limbo is a place where Catholics are purged of their sins prior

Christians must adjust to our rapidly changing culture

Over the last 10 years, we have witnessed a dramatic shift in Western culture. The question is how can Evangelical Christians adjust to this change. Foxnews interviews John S. Dickerson author of the book, The Great Evangelical Recession. Dickerson says over the past number of years, Christians have focussed on changing government policy — in some instances spending millions of dollars in pursuit of this goal. Dickerson says for the most part that has failed and Evangelicals are entering what he describes as a spiritual recession. To pull out of this recession, Dickerson says Evangelicals need to focus on changing our culture instead changing government policy.

King Solomon’s lame excuse for high taxes

The recent discovery of a palace and tax collection building belonging to King David is a bit ironic. It was the first major discovery of buildings connected to King David in Israel. It’s ironic a tax collection building was part of this significant find, because years later it was the tax policy of David’s grandson that ripped Israel in half — forming Judah and Israel. The problems started when David’s son Solomon became king. He undertook massive building projects requiring him to raise taxes to pay for them. Though

Archaeologists discover palace of King David

Researchers with the Hebrew University (HU) and Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) discovered one of King David’s palaces located at the Biblical city of Shaarayim, near where David killed Goliath. This is the first time a building of this stature had been uncovered in Israel. The site located Southwest of Jerusalem has been under excavation for seven years. This past year, the remains of two large buildings were discovered dating to the time of David — one being a palace. The 1,000 sq metre palace, located at the high point of the city with a great view of the Mediterranean,

Did a Bible miracle prove itself?

The Bible is a book of miracles. But there is one miracle that stands out from the crowd. It’s not on anyone’s list of  top ten Bible miracles.  Some have even called it a failed healing. But I argue it is one of the great miracles of the Bible, because this curious healing actually proves itself to be true. But before we study this account, we need to look at an intriguing story told by Dr. Oliver Sacks. Dr. Sacks is professor of neurology and psychiatry at  Columbia University Medical Centre in New York. In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, he tells the intriguing story of a man who received his sight after nearly a lifetime of blindness. In 1991, Sacks received a call from a retired minister about his daughter’s fiancé Virgil who was diagnosed as a young boy with retinitis pigmentosa. It is a hereditary disease that destroys the retina causing permanent blindness. This diagnosis was compounded by cataracts so thick, Virgil’s retina could not be seen. His doctor labeled Virgil as irreversibly blind …

Exposing 10 Palestinian myths

Over the past few years, we have received a distorted view on the Palestinian crisis. According to the Canadian International Development Agency, the Palestinians — or at least their territory —  receives the highest per capita foreign aid funding of any group in the world. But the situation there is getting worse, not better. We don’t know if the people are receiving this assistance or not, but we do know most still live in abject poverty requiring daily handouts to survive. This video provides some perspective on what is really going on in Palestine and what can be done to solve the crisis. While many believe the central issue is land, it is much more complicated than that. This video will expose the real issues preventing peace in one of the most volatile areas of the world.

Balaam, the donkey and the incredible dog rescue

On March 31, 2013 (Easter Sunday), Adam Shaw, his family and their dog Rocky —  a Labrador retriever-Husky cross — were walking along the banks of the Saskatchewan River in Edmonton Canada when they noticed two young girls in trouble. The ice was starting to break up and Krymzen, 10, had broken through the weakened ice and her younger sister Samara, 9, was trying to pull her out. Adam and Rocky charged down the bank to help. By the time they arrived, Samara had also fallen into the river. Adam was able to pull Krymzen out, but Samara was now floating downstream, being pulled along by the current. Adam and Rocky raced along the ice after her, but the thinning ice kept breaking and finally they broke through as well.

The Mystery of The Egyptian Guard

There are many theories on who the Pharaoh of the Exodus was. While some look to archaeology for the answer, the Bible provides very clear clues on his identity. To determine who the Pharaoh was, we must first decipher a mysterious passage in Genesis: 1. Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. 2. The LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. 3. Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and how the LORD caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4. So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge. 5. It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he …

Jesus banned from the Calgary Stampede

Each July, the City of Calgary in Alberta, Canada hosts one of the biggest cowboy shows on earth — the Calgary Stampede — featuring everything from bull riding to chuck wagon races. This year the show ran from July 5th to 14th. The Stampede also holds an annual parade and each year, Calgary Pastor Arthur Pawlowski has a fight on his hand when it comes to promoting the name of Jesus in the parade. In an interview with Ezra Levant, Pastor Pawlowski says

Texas passes stricter abortion laws

Late Friday (July 12, 2013), the Texas Senate passed a law restricting abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation also requires abortion clinics maintain the same health standards as hospital surgical units. All that remains for the legislation to come into effect is for Governor Rick Perry to sign the bill. “Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life. This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women’s health.” said Perry shortly after the Senate passed the legislation.

Questonable research?

Baby comes back to life on chapel altar

Shortly after Yasmin Gomes was born she quit breathing. The Brazilian doctors overseeing the birth tried to revive her, but failed. A nurse in the operating room was so devastated by the death she put the baby in a box and put her on the altar of the hospital chapel. Three hours later the grandmother, Elza Silva, and a mortician came to collect the body and were told the baby was in the chapel. When they went to the box the baby suddenly kicked out and started breathing. The baby and mother Jenifer de Silva Gomes are doing fine. In an interview, the doctor said, “In 20 years of medicine, I have never seen anything like this.” Source: Dead baby laid on chapel altar comes back to life: The Washington Times 

Christians have rights too, says English judge

In a recent ruling, an English judge stated Christians in that country have rights too. Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson of the Court of Appeals was commenting on a case involving Susanne Wilkinson, a Christian, who owned a Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, Berkshire. In 2012, because of her Christian beliefs, Susanne had turned down a homosexual couple when they requested a room with a double bed. The gay couple took Susanne to court claiming they were discriminated against. Susanne lost and

Porn affects men’s ability to have normal sexual relations

A study published in Psychology Today concludes widespread porn usage affects men’s ability to have normal sexual relations. According to Marnia Robinson — author of Porn-Induced Sexual Dysfunction is a Growing Problem — the problem stems from over stimulation of dopamine, which is the neurotransmitter used to activate sexual arousal. When an individual views porn, he receives a “dopamine spike,” but over-usage dulls an individual’s response to these “spikes” which in turn

This is disturbing: Woman awakes as doctors prepare to harvest her organs

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, as medical staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y. were preparing to harvest the organs of Caroline Burns, she awoke on the operating table. In 2009, the hospital determined Caroline Burns had “irreversible brain damage” after attempting suicide by taking prescription and non-prescription pills. They put Caroline on a ventilator, and though she suffered seizures, CT scans did not reveal anything out of the ordinary. Nevertheless, the family was informed her brain damage was irreversible — despite reports by nurses indicating she was getting better and responding to stimuli.

Pro-abortion protestors shout “hail satan”

A disturbing video has appeared of pro-abortion protestors in Austin, Texas opposing a state bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. A pro-life woman is addressing the crowd at the Texas state legislature. At the 3:35 mark, one person utters the phrase “hail satan” and the chanting starts at 5:15. This is not the first time pro-choice protestors were videoed “hailing satan.” Despite the protests and delaying tactics, Texas Governor Rick Perry is still intent on passing the law.

Li Peng’s miracle stuns doctors

In January 2004, a miraculous healing took place in British Columbia, Canada that was broadcast in major newspapers across Canada from the Toronto-based National Post in the East to the Victoria-times Colonist in the West. Through a series of circumstances, God became involved because Christians took a risk resulting in a powerful miracle that stunned all involved. 

Did an ancient god get fired?

Archaeologists uncovered an idol in a garbage pit of an ancient Roman fort built around 100 AD in Durham, England. Though they aren’t certain which deity the idol represented, the lead archaeologist said it resembled other idols of the celtic god Antenociticus used by military in their prayers. A nearby shrine probably housed the idol and it was here the Roman soldiers gathered to pray. But this is where it gets interesting.

2 million March for Jesus in Brazil

An estimated 2 million evangelicals participated in this year’s “March for Jesus” in Sao Paulo Brazil on June 29, 2013. Brazil’s March for Jesus is considered the largest of its kind in the world and numbers doubled last year’s march. Brazilians have taken to the streets in recent weeks protesting the political corruption in that country. While those protests resulted in vandalism and clashes with police, the March for Jesus was a peaceful demonstration. The theme for this year’s march was “New Time” focusing on the need for change in Brazil.

Street preachers assaulted in Seattle

Two sign-carrying, street preachers are assaulted at Seattle Pridefest held June 30, 2013. It appears free speech is only allowed to go one way. The preachers’ signs read “Repent or Else” and “Jesus Saves from Sin.” Initially, people argued with the preachers, but it rapidly escalated into a violent assault. Profanity warning.