But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Friday, 24 January 2020 19:20

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 1/25/20

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Welcome to our roundup of this week’s news!

The term, “born again,” has become trivialized and has lost its Biblical meaning in American society. Twenty-eight percent of American Catholics now...

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Today, we continue our series responding to “Meeting the Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs” (2019), written by Karlo Broussard. The Catholic apologist continues his five-part section on Scripture and Tradition with this next chapter...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 19:44

Throwback Thursday: No Meat On Friday Nonsense

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Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is only a month away, so for this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment I thought it would be appropriate to revisit this post that was originally published back on August 2, 2015 and has been revised.

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Back when I was a young tyke growing up...

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Today, we begin our series re-reviewing all of director Elia Kazan’s nineteen films. We begin with Kazan’s excellent debut, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” In preparation for this post, I watched the movie once again and my wife happened to walk in at the tail end. She asked to...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 19:15

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday sermon series, #15

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Yes, it’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means two new sermons from the brethren down in Arkansas.

First, we have have Pastor Roger Copeland at Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching on What a Name!, the magnificent name and titles of Jesus Christ.

Next, we have Pastor Cody...

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Sunday, 19 January 2020 19:43

Excellent preface to 2020 Kazan Fest

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Elia Kazan: An American Odyssey By Michael Ciment Bloomsbury, 1988, 238 pp.

I can still vividly remember watching a particular movie on television as a young teenager back in the early 1970s. The flick was, “Splendor in the Grass” (1961), and I was so startled by the unconventional,...

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Friday, 17 January 2020 19:17

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The Catholic church boasts that it gave the world the Bible, but history reveals that it kept the Bible from the laity for as long as possible until brave Reformers and the printing press put the Bible into the hands of plowboys. I was a Roman...

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Today, we continue our series responding to “Meeting the Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs” (2019), written by Karlo Broussard. The Catholic apologist begins a new, five-part section on Scripture and Tradition with a chapter countering...

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Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on November 21, 2015 and has been revised.

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In the article far below, Catholic columnist, Patti Maguire Armstrong (photo above), sadly ponders why a...

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I was an employee of Eastman Kodak and Kodak Alaris for a combined 43 years. Once an industrial giant, Kodak battled foreign competition and the switch to digital technology and has been in a downward spiral for the past 35 years. I was hoping for three more years with the company to reach Medicare...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 19:03

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday sermon series, #14

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It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means two new sermons from the brethren down in Arkansas.

First, we have have Pastor Roger Copeland at Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching on Joseph, the stepfather of Jesus. Joseph is an example of obedience and faithfulness to the...

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The Roman Catholic church has always taught, contrary to the Bible, that salvation is attained via sacramental grace and merit. Back in time, the Catholic clergy taught that only baptized Catholics could possibly merit Heaven, but in the modern era, that stance has softened, and the RCC now grants...

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 19:42

“Messiah” on Netflix: Use discernment ⚠️

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Messiah Produced by Michael Petroni, Mark Burnett, and Roma Downey Featuring Mehdi Dehbi, Michelle Monaghan, Tomer Sisley, and John Ortiz Netflix, 2020, Ten episodes

A fellow-blogger recently re-blogged a cautionary post about a new Netflix series called, “Messiah.” Curious, I did a...

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Friday, 10 January 2020 19:15

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Welcome, my friends, to this week’s news roundup!

The announcement that the United Methodist Church is going to split over the LGBT affirmation question made national news this past week. The UMC drifted into Bible-denying...

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Today, we continue our series responding to “Meeting the Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs” (2019), written by Karlo Broussard. With this chapter, the Catholic apologist completes his six-part section on church hierarchy and authority by...

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Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on August 24th, 2015 and has been revised.

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Members of a legalistic, works-righteous religious system like Catholicism can never truly rejoice about...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 20:18

The Two Popes: A ham-fisted plug for pope Francis

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The Two Popes Directed by Fernando Meirelles, screenplay by Anthony McCarten, and featuring Anthony Hopkins as pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as pope Francis Netflix, 2019, 125 minutes.

Back in February 2019, I reviewed an interesting book, “The Pope,” by Anthony McCarten, that...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 19:52

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday sermon series, #13

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It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means two new sermons from the brethren down in Arkansas.

First, we have have Pastor Roger Copeland at Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching on the eternal priesthood of Jesus Christ. There is no need for priests today and no need for...

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Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church By Austin Ivereigh Henry Holt and Company, 2019, 401 pp.

When cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected to the papacy in 2013, conservative Catholics did not know what they were in for. However, by 2016 it was crystal clear...

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 20:01

Elia Kazan Film Festival, 2020 Redux

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Way back in December 2016, I began a series on director Elia Kazan’s nineteen films. Wow! Was it actually that long ago? It took me all of 2017 to complete that ambitious project (see here) and by the time I was done, I definitely needed a break from Kazan (photo above).

Well, I’m...

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Friday, 03 January 2020 19:46

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imageWelcome to the Weekend Roundup of news stories from this past week! I hope everyone had a nice first week of the new year!

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Today, we continue our series responding to “Meeting the Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs” (2019), written by Karlo Broussard. The Catholic apologist continues his six-part section on church hierarchy and authority with a chapter countering...

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Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on July 26th, 2015 and has been revised.

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On the Wings of Grace Alone: The Testimonies of Thirty Converted Roman Catholics Edited by Richard Bennett...

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020 02:21

Pope slaps woman’s hand in St. Peter’s Square

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I don’t usually publish two posts in a single day, but I wanted to pass this information along. Thanks to Beth at I Once Was Lost for bringing this matter to my attention:

Yesterday evening, New Year’s Eve, pope Francis walked beside a barrier at St. Peter’s Square to greet and...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 18:25

Happy New Year!

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Wishing all of my friends and readers here at the WordPress blogosphere a Happy New Year! May we follow the Lord more closely this year by His grace and be a blessing and encouragement to others.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every...

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