- - Monday, September 28, 2015

Madonna continued her four decade run of ridiculing the Roman Catholic church: 

“Rules are for fools. That’s why I like the new pope. He seems very open-minded.” It was just one of many comments about Francis at a concert that featured lots of religious imagery, including female performers wearing nuns’ habits - and little else - pole dancing on crosses. “I’ve been excommunicated from the Catholic Church three times. It shows that the Vatican cares deeply,” she joked. “Since Popey-wopey is on his way over here, I want to dedicate this song to him,” she said before launching into a heartfelt version of “La Vie en Rose.”

(2) The Bible Is Not Self-Help Therapy (Christianity Today)
Mark Galli, the editor of Christianity Today, penned a piece about the need for Evangelicals to reboot their approach to the Bible:
“Most of us evangelicals have been nurtured on small group Bible studies and sermons that emphasize the Bible as a practical guide for living. We’re each taught to read the Bible so we can discern “what it means to me.” In this essay, I argue that, for all the warm piety this approach engenders, it turns Christianity into little more than a self-help therapy with a spiritual covering. It’s time we take the Bible for what it primarily is: the revelation of who God is and what he has done for us in Christ, and what he will do in the end for the flourishing of the world.”
“I believe in God. I believe in the Bible. I’m a Christian,” he said. He ended by bemoaning the increased use of the term “Happy Holidays” in place of “Merry Christmas” as a sign that Christianity is under attack. As president, he said, he’d reverse the trend.”
“Parents in America’s least devout state may be forced to find religion if they want to exempt their kids from getting vaccinated. Vermont earlier this year became the first state to remove a philosophical exemption allowing parents to skip the immunizations required to enroll in school but keep the religious exemption in place.”

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