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Here Are The States That Have Passed Resolutions Declaring Porn A Public Health Issue

Here Are The States That Have Passed Resolutions Declaring Porn A Public Health Issue | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
We’ve always believed that if people truly understood the harms of pornography, they would choose not to support it, and that's why these educational resolutions are such good news.
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Moody Bible Institute: why Bible colleges are closing... - Warhorn Media

Moody Bible Institute: why Bible colleges are closing... - Warhorn Media | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
Last year, a faculty member at one of the most trusted Bible colleges in the country told me of the school’s growing financial troubles necessitating the release of faculty members. A couple months ago I read that Omaha’s Grace University (formerly Grace College of the Bible) was closing its doors at the end of this …
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New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Growing Stronger

New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Growing Stronger | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
Is Christianity really in ‘widespread decline’ so much so that conservative believers should suffer ‘growing anxiety’? Absolutely not.
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How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency

How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it

When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.

In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.


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Non-Religious Are Now the Biggest Voting Bloc in America

Non-Religious Are Now the Biggest Voting Bloc in America | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
People who self-identify as non-religious are now the largest bloc of registered voters in America for the first time in a presidential election year, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

Since 2008, the group who identify as having "no religion" has gone from 14 to 21 percent, putting it just past Catholics and white evangelicals, which both at 20 percent.

Of the non-religious, about 54 percent are Democrats or lean Democratic, compared to only 23 percent who lean Republican.

Though the non-religious are a greater share of registered voters, it doesn't necessarily mean that will be represented in votes. In the 2012 election, the non-religious bloc made up 18 percent, but only 12 percent of them actually voted according to exit polls.

Not surprisingly, this increase of non-religious voters correlates to a decrease in the importance people see of religion in American political life. In 2008, 75 percent of people said that churches and places of worship were important to solving social problems. That number is now 58 percent. In 2008, 72 percent of voters said it was important for a president to have strong religious beliefs. Today, that number is 62 percent.
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This is a deceptive article title in some ways, and leaves one with the wrong impression.. 

When one breaks down the Protestant and Catholic vote into smaller / individual units (like white evangelical protestants, black evangelical protestants, white catholics, etc., it is very easy to "break it down" to the point of minimizing the true picture!

What the study actually reveals is the "religious" minded voters still dominate the American political landscape. When one adds up all the "religious" minded voters they total 69%. The Non religious make up 21%.

This is not to say that the "non-religious" trend in America is not disturbing. As regular, everyday people, continue to see the church as irrelevant to the fabric of American life, we will indeed one day be outnumbered.  

We must pray (and work) to make sure that our churches are impacting society in ways that are biblically meaningful.
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Aren’t all mass shooters mentally ill? : Family Practice News

Aren’t all mass shooters mentally ill? : Family Practice News | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
In the wake of the Orlando massacre, Dr. Liza H. Gold delineates the differences between mental illness and fanaticism.
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"Mass shootings are the most sensational, gut wrenching, and widely publicized form of firearm violence. Nevertheless, statistically speaking, mass shooting homicides are the rarest form of firearm death. These incidents account for less than 1% of firearm mortality each year. About 33,000 people a year are killed by firearms. Firearm suicide accounts for about 65% of these deaths; the rest are overwhelmingly the result of interpersonal violence, not violence committed by a stranger with a gun."
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OSCAR RODRIGUEZ, JR. forcibly removed from flag folding ceremony by uniformed airmen....Guess Why?

OSCAR RODRIGUEZ, JR. forcibly removed from flag folding ceremony by uniformed airmen....Guess Why? | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
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Evangelist tells Tennesseans to go to polls and vote for 'lesser of two heathens'

Evangelist tells Tennesseans to go to polls and vote for 'lesser of two heathens' | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
Evangelist Franklin Graham told a crowd of thousands at the Tennessee Capitol on Tuesday to pray for the country and vote for candidates that stand for biblical principles.
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Chip, Implanted in Brain, Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Control of Hand

Chip, Implanted in Brain, Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Control of Hand | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
A new study of a 24-year-old man who broke his neck five years ago is the first account of limb reanimation in a person with profound paralysis.
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Fingerprints to be tested as ‘currency’

Fingerprints to be tested as ‘currency’ | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
Starting this summer, the government will test a system in which foreign tourists will be able to verify their identities and buy things at stores using only their fingerprints.
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Abortion falls to record low in the U.S., CDC says

Abortion falls to record low in the U.S., CDC says | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
The number of induced abortions was 1.1 million in 2010. That’s down from a high of 1.6 million in 1990, the report said.
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The Sawdust Trail - Audio

The Sawdust Trail - Audio | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it

LISTEN TO SERMONS FROM THE PAST AND THE PRESENT

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PornProof Kids™ | Talking to kids about pornography | Brain science behind porn addiction | Teaching healthy sexuality

PornProof Kids™ | Talking to kids about pornography | Brain science behind porn addiction | Teaching healthy sexuality | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
Talking to kids about pornography | Brain science behind porn addiction | Teaching healthy sexuality (by Kristen Jenson)
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New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Growing Stronger

New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Growing Stronger | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
Is Christianity really in ‘widespread decline’ so much so that conservative believers should suffer ‘growing anxiety’? Absolutely not.
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American Religion

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Recent research argues that the United States is secularizing, that this religious change is consistent with the secularization thesis, and that American religion is not exceptional. But we show that rather than religion fading into irrelevance as the secularization thesis would suggest, intense religion—strong affiliation, very frequent practice, literalism, and evangelicalism—is persistent and, in fact, only moderate religion is on the decline in the United States. We also show that in comparable countries, intense religion is on the decline or already at very low levels. Therefore, the intensity of American religion is actually becoming more exceptional over time. We conclude that intense religion in the United States is persistent and exceptional in ways that do not fit the secularization thesis.
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How Many Muslims In The World? Islam Set To Overtake Christianity As Most Popular Religion, While US Population Also Rapidly Growing

How Many Muslims In The World? Islam Set To Overtake Christianity As Most Popular Religion, While US Population Also Rapidly Growing | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
The number of Muslims may be on the rise but the population size still falls short of people’s estimates in Europe and the United States.
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Angler Catches Woman Instead of Fish in Alaska, Credits God for Rescue

Angler Catches Woman Instead of Fish in Alaska, Credits God for Rescue | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
As Pastor Andy Foor settled into what he thought was going to be a peaceful Saturday morning of fishing on the Kenai River in Alaska, he suddenly heard screaming. A woman had slipped into nearby water. Foor uttered a prayer and cast his line. God oversaw what happened next.
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Harvard Theological Review Refuses to Pull Fake 'Jesus Had a Wife' Papyrus Story

Harvard Theological Review Refuses to Pull Fake 'Jesus Had a Wife' Papyrus Story | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
A Harvard journal is refusing to retract a 2014 article it published about an infamous scrap of papyrus suggesting Jesus had a wife even though the professor who authored it now admits the fragment is a forgery.
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Justice Department Replaces 'Allah' With 'God' in Censored Orlando Terrorist Transcript

Justice Department Replaces 'Allah' With 'God' in Censored Orlando Terrorist Transcript | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
Censoring jihad. .06/20/2016 15:24:19PM EST.
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It is so painfully obvious what is occurring here, that to deny it is the height of apathetic insanity! The false narrative that "God" and "Allah" are the same is now coming full circle.


The English word "God" (i.e. Christian God) is now being blasphemously put in place of a false God in an attempt to diminish HIS NAME!


The god of Mohammed is not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is not the God of the Holy Bible!

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Poll of U.S. Muslims Reveals Ominous Levels Of Support For Islamic Supremacists’ Doctrine of Shariah, Jihad

Poll of U.S. Muslims Reveals Ominous Levels Of Support For Islamic Supremacists’ Doctrine of Shariah, Jihad | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
According to a new nationwide online survey (Below) of 600 Muslims living in the United States, of those polled a significant minority embraces the supremacist notions that could pose a threat to A…
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Muzammil Siddiqi, chairman of both the Fiqh Council of North America, which dispenses Islamic rulings, and the North American Islamic Trust, which owns most of the mosques in the U.S.: “As Muslims, we should participate in the system to safeguard our interests and try to bring gradual change, (but) we must not forget that Allah’s rules have to be established in all lands, and all our efforts should lead to that direction.” 

 • Omar Ahmad, co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the top Muslim lobby group in Washington: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” 

 • CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.” 

 • Imam Siraj Wahhaj, director of the Muslim Alliance in North America: “In time, this so-called democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing. And the only thing that will remain will be Islam.” 

 • Imam Zaid Shakir, co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif.: “If we put a nationwide infrastructure in place and marshaled our resources, we’d take over this country in a very short time. . . . What a great victory it will be for Islam to have this country in the fold and ranks of the Muslims.”…
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Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
A new analysis shows that more than 250,000 deaths each year are due to these mistakes.
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Cremation

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The reasons provided are compelling enough to convince us that the practice of cremation is unscriptural.
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"Homosexuality Is a Sin to Be Mortified, Not a Behavior to Be Modified": Rosaria Butterfield on Sexual Orientation | Intersect

"Homosexuality Is a Sin to Be Mortified, Not a Behavior to Be Modified": Rosaria Butterfield on Sexual Orientation | Intersect | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
Rosaria Butterfield rocked the Evangelical world when she shared her self-proclaimed “train wreck conversion.” “As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians,” she said. “Then I somehow became one.” Butterfield recently spoke at Southeastern Seminary about her latest book, Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. In her talk, she discusses where the term ‘sexual... Read More
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Anxiety drug overdoses have quadrupled over last two decades, study finds

Anxiety drug overdoses have quadrupled over last two decades, study finds | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
A new study finds that more Americans than ever are overdosing on drugs like Valium and Xanax, and it's not clear why.
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'Bring Your Bible to School Day' Celebrating Religious Freedom Draws Over 140,000 Participants

'Bring Your Bible to School Day' Celebrating Religious Freedom Draws Over 140,000 Participants | Hodgepodge | Scoop.it
Thousands of students across the United States celebrated their religious freedom Thursday by bringing their Bibles to school as part of a new campaign launched by Christian organization Focus on the Family.
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