5 practical ways to pray more in the New Year – Spotlight – Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Very good practical ideas. FH

“Did you know that there are 1,440 minutes in a day? It’s true. I did the math. Did you also know that one percent of all that time is 14 minutes and 24 seconds? What would happen if you made a conscious decision, every day, to exercise your soul by giving roughly 15 minutes of your time over to God? Just one tiny percent of your life. Would your life change? Mine did.”

Source: 5 practical ways to pray more in the New Year – Spotlight – Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Church & Culture Blog | Church and Culture

Just for grins. FH

This is the time to recap the year that was.There are a number of ways to do it, many of which are interesting. You can look at a year in terms of notable deaths, viral events, political rises and falls…But how do you really get a 12-month snapshot of a culture’s zeitgeist?I would argue for two words: Google searches.

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In a wicked world, exorcists are in short supply | New York Post

In presenting the case of “Julia” in the New Oxford Review, board certified psychiatrist Dr. Richard Gallagher cautioned that religious practitioners should be on alert for what he called a “rapidly growing worldwide phenomenon.”Gallagher’s warning was on point, say exorcists, who claim there are now so many devils out there, the Vatican can’t recruit enough exorcists to chase them away.

Source: In a wicked world, exorcists are in short supply | New York Post

Magi, Wise Men, or Kings? It’s Complicated. | Christian History

Call them Magi. Call them wise men. You can even call them kings if you’d like! When it comes to Matthew’s Christmas narrative, the more the merrier. Each label shines a light on a different facet of the story. Whatever you choose to call them this holiday season, these men are the first in the canonical New Testament to bow and worship the Lord Jesus. This Christmas we would do well to follow their example.

Source: Magi, Wise Men, or Kings? It’s Complicated. | Christian History

Barna Trends: What’s New and What’s Next – Barna Group – Barna Group

So there is no right or wrong? No winners and losers? Everyone gets a participation trophy from merely occupying space and using resources? How empty is that????? FH

(Pages 50-53 in Barna Trends) Christian morality is being ushered out of our social structures and off the cultural main stage, leaving a vacuum in its place—and the broader culture is attempting to fill that void. There is growing concern about the moral condition of the nation, even as many American adults admit they are uncertain about how to determine right from wrong, often opting to look within themselves rather than to any external, more traditional sources of authority. Barna has dubbed this new mor

Source: Barna Trends: What’s New and What’s Next – Barna Group – Barna Group

Closed for Christmas – Church & Culture Blog – fhoffman7@gmail.com – Gmail

We will not keep Christ in Christmas through a Christmas Day service – whether on a Sunday or any other day of the week. We will keep Christ in Christmas by working to keep His birth in the center of our hearts and celebrations, as Christmas Eve services will most certainly do. We will keep Christ in Christmas by avoiding the materialism our culture places upon the holiday season. We will keep Christ in Christmas, most of all, by reaching out to individuals within our culture for Christ so that one da

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Minnesota Lutherans are at forefront of a new Martin Luther revolution – StarTribune.com

Yep, that’s us. FH

With the 500th anniversary of Luther’s breakaway coming next year, church leaders worldwide are working to spotlight his legacy, and to inject fresh energy into a once-radical faith battling an image as stiff as Luther’s bronze statues here. Interest is intense in Minnesota, home to the largest number of Lutherans in the nation.

Source: Minnesota Lutherans are at forefront of a new Martin Luther revolution – StarTribune.com

American Atheists Use Trump Slogan: ‘Make Christmas Great Again’ in ‘Skip Church!’ Billboard Ads

Interesting to see what the other side is saying. FH

“It is important for people to know religion has nothing to do with being a good person, and that being open and honest about what you believe — and don’t believe — is the best gift you can give this holiday season,” said David Silverman, president of American Atheists. “More and more Americans are leaving religion, but we still have work to do when it comes to fighting the stigma many atheists face.”

Source: American Atheists Use Trump Slogan: ‘Make Christmas Great Again’ in ‘Skip Church!’ Billboard Ads