Month: September 2015

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner resigns citing Pope Francis’ message to Congress as a crystallizing moment in his decision

He is third in line for presidency after the vice president, one of the most powerful positions in Washington, and for months has been lambasted for his failure to take a harder stance on conservative causes such as defunding Planned Parenthood. Today in a shocking announcement, House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation as the top House Republican and says Pope Francis’ message to Congress played a crucial role in his decision. Boehner, who has served as House Speaker since 2011, made his announcement in a closed-door meeting with House Republicans. According to one lawmaker, Boehner told the lawmakers that Pope Francis' visit to Congress the day before was a crystallizing moment and that he “literally did not make the decision until last night.” This was

Jacob reaches his destination (Haran) where he meets his future-wife Rachel and her father Laban (Genesis 29:1 – 29:14)

Jacob continued his journey and soon arrived in the land of the “eastern peoples” where he saw a well with three flocks of sheep laying near it. Jacob watched as the shepherds rolled a stone off the mouth of the well when the sheep approached. After the sheep were watered, the shepherds rolled the stone back over the mouth of the well. Jacob approached the shepherds and inquired where they were from. They told Jacob they were from Haran (Jacob’s destination). He asked them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson? Is this his well?” The shepherds confirmed that they knew Laban and that indeed, the well belonged to him. At that moment, Laban’s daughter, Rachel, approached the well with some sheep. Jacob told the shepherds, “The sun

Full transcript and highlights of Pope Francis’s speech to U.S. Congress (September 24, 2015)

Pope Francis held nothing back in his speech to the U.S. Congress, challenging America to embrace millions of undocumented immigrants, join the campaign against global warming, and strive to bring about a fairer world economy.  Below is the full transcript of Pope Francis's speech to Congress.  A synopsis of key points follows the transcript. Full transcript of Pope Francis's speech Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Pope Francis's full address to Congress Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress urging lawmakers to take action on climate change, and sharing his views on the death penalty and immigration. (AP) Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think

Jesus teaches his followers to not worry (Matthew 6:25 – 6:34) – what the Bible says about worrying

After instructing his followers to “store treasures in heaven”, Jesus told his disciples, “Do not worry about what you will eat and drink or about what you will wear. Life is more than food and water and your body is more than just clothes. Look at the birds in the sky. They do not plant food and store it away in barns and yet, God feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than a bird? Can worry add one single hour to your life? Why do you worry about clothes? See the flowers in the field – they do not labor or spin. But even Solomon’s splendid clothes did not match their beauty. If that is how God dresses the grass in the field, which is

Who wrote the Bible? Complete (but concise) list of Bible books, their authors, and when they were written

  Since most books in the Bible were written anonymously (not uncommon in Biblical days), much of what we know for certain about the authorship comes from logical deduction.  What follows is the opinion of the majority of contemporary scholars along with the traditional views of authorship (both Jewish and Christian). Date written are estimates only. Hover over highlighted names for additional history and facts about the book. Old Testament Old Testament groups are not necessarily ordered chronologically (they are ordered more by “type”). Pentateuch (Books of Moses) or Torah Note that the last eight verses in Deuteronomy, which describe Moses' death, were obviously written by another (unknown) author.  Also, some theorize that the Pentateuch does not have a single author and that its composition took place over centuries. Book Author Date Genesis (Book of Genesis) Moses 1445 BC Exodus (Book

Christian creationism vs. science’s Theory of Evolution – did God paint the universe with a random brush?

Pitting deep-rooted theological beliefs against modern-day scientific theory The Theory of Evolution is an oft-debated topic pitting the deep-rooted beliefs of theologians against the theories of modern-day scientists. Scientists suggest (and often, violating their own scientific process, wholeheartedly accept as truth) that man evolved over time – that certain human characteristics change with successive generations. Proposed by Charles Darwin in his 1869 book, The Origin of Species, “natural selection” or “chance law” proposes that humans arose through random mutations designed to ensure the species survived and prospered.  Theologians on the other hand, promote the Intelligent Design theory (creationism) that postulates humans originated due to the intentional arrangement of their matter, including their DNA-based genetic code, by an intelligent agent. Battle lines drawn in the sand, each side firmly plants their