A “heavenly tourist” takes back his claims

There are a number of books in the genre of what has been called “Heavenly tourism.”  They tell about someone who died, went to Heaven, and came back to tell the tale.  Now the boy featured in The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, then 6, now 17, has recanted his story.  He says that he now believes in the sufficiency of Scripture over personal visions and that he was just trying to get attention.   After the jump, his “open letter.” [Read more...]

Top news stories of 2014

The Associated Press released results of its poll of news directors and editors on what they considered to be the top ten news stories of 2014.   The winner:  The police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the consequent protests.  This beat out Ebola and the rise of ISIS, which were #2 and #3, respectively.

See the complete list after the jump.  What do YOU consider the biggest story or  most important development of 2014? [Read more...]

Pope did NOT say animals are going to heaven

We linked to the story that the Pope, in comforting a child, said that his dog would go to Heaven.  But he never said that, there was no child, and the attribution was actually to a misunderstanding of something said by Pope Paul VI!  The story, put out by the New York Times, no less, was fake all the way through and a textbook case in incompetent journalism! [Read more...]

Cranach Hour of Music airs Sunday

Lori Lewis sent me this update about when the Cranach Hour of Music will be featured at the online radio station Wittenberg Nightingale:

The Cranach Hour of Music is a Meditation on Mary’s Magnificat. Many and various Composers have used her words over the centuries to Glorify the Lord in song. Join us for this special hour of music that includes two short devotions on the theme by Pastor Warren Graff of Grace Lutheran Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The hour will air this Sunday (12/14) at 10am Eastern Time, 5pm Eastern Time, and 11pm Eastern Time via Katie Luther Project internet radio station Wittenberg Nightingale.

Radio Station link: http://www.live365.com/stations/wittenbergng

 

Follow Katie Luther on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatieLutherProject  [This is about the opera about Mrs. Luther.]

Professional trolls

Trolls–those who make harsh and nasty comments just to take over and disrupt discussions–are the bane of the internet.  It turns out, some trolls are paid for their work. [Read more...]

Supreme Court takes up Facebook threats

Does this message from an estranged husband to his wife after she filed a restraining order against him sound like a threat to you?

“Fold up your PFA [protection-from-abuse order] and put it in your pocket.  Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?”

Does it matter that it was posted on his Facebook page?  The poster is claiming that rants posted on social media should not be taken seriously and should have free speech protection.  The poster argues that his violent fantasies about killing his wife are no different from what his hero, Eminem, raps about and so deserve protection as artistic expressions.

The Supreme Court has taken up the case.  Oral arguments begin December 1.  What do you think about this?

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