The Last Temptation of Christ, And Other “Blasphemies”

by Oletta Branstiter I haven’t attended church for many years. Either I leave them or they leave me. Cases in point: One church banished me because I was living with my fiancé. We had planned to get married there, but they kicked us out. Ironic. We’ve been married since 1982, wed by a pastor who welcomed us to his church as fellow sinners.  I left another church because it was obviously under God’s judgment and I didn’t want to go up in flames with it. This was a literal fear after the building…

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Will God Survive Science? Dan Brown’s Latest Novel Challenges The Creator

cover of the newest fiction from best selling author Dan Brown - "Origin"

by Oletta Branstiter “Will God survive Science?” This was the question author Dan Brown posed during an interview on a Dallas-Fort Worth radio station on the morning of October 5. He cited the fact that understanding oceanic science replaced the ancient mythology of Poseidon. Dan Brown is the renowned author who used his bestseller, “The Da Vinci Code”, to explore the idea that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalen, who bore his child, leaving a legacy of DNA from the Son of God. His latest book, released on October 3, titled…

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Is Spirituality Irrational?

remarkable cloud formation suggesting an angelic being with arms outstretched backlit by the sun and radiating beams of light

  By Ron Garret Spirituality and rationality seem completely opposed. But are they really? To get at this question, let’s start with a little thought experiment. Consider the following two questions: 1. If you were given a choice between reading a physical book (or an e-book) or listening to an audiobook, which would you prefer? 2. If you were given a choice between listening to music, or looking at the grooves of a phonograph record through a microscope, which would you prefer? But I am more interested in the answer…

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We’re All Gonna Die – With or Without Insurance – Let’s Aim for Magnificence in the Face of Fear

by Oletta Branstiter California Democrat Nancy Pelosi made a dire pronouncement regarding the Senate bill on the Republican version of health insurance legislation. On CBS This Morning, she warned, “We do know that many more people, hundreds of thousands of people, will die if this bill passes.” All of the drama and wringing of hands concerning the false right to health care serves as an effective distraction to reality. The very idea that humans have an unalienable right to “affordable health care” mandated by an oligarchy exempt from the very…

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Where is God? The Importance of Bringing God Back to America

By J. Lee     I’m sure most people have either asked or heard the question ‘Where is God’?, especially in the midst of tragedy. God is not a ‘genie in a bottle’ to go to for granting wishes. God says to come to him in prayer. It’s as simple as talking to him as we would talk to a friend. The good news is he is available to us at all times to strengthen us. His answer could be yes, no or wait. I’m sure we can all agree…

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Post Your Prayers Here – The Prayer Post Phenomenon

America is divided. States are not united. Cities are in rebellion. Communities are agitated. Families are struggling. People are hurting. Complete strangers join one or more of the hundreds of prayer groups on Facebook to share their worries and intercede for one another. Prayer posts populate religious and secular sites throughout social media, in recognition and dependence upon Divine Providence. The Bible advises: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and…

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