We call on the PRC government to immediately end its depraved abuse and mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners, release those imprisoned due to their beliefs, such as Ma Zhenyu, and address the whereabouts of missing practitioners. Twenty-one years of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is far too long, and it must end.
if you’re conditioned from an early age, sometimes you don’t see it because it is the water in which we swim, the air which we breathe, but when you have that awakening it’s a liberating thing to say “I am a child of God and I’m a gift.” And what he’s given me is a gift that I will freely share within the Church.
20 July 1943 | 1,000 Jews deported by the Germans in the 57th transport from #Drancy in occupied France arrived at #Auschwitz. After the selection 369 men & 191 women were registered. 440 people were killed in a gas chamber.
Claudine Ruben was among them. She was 16 months old. pic.twitter.com/dUJYz4GzsM
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) July 20, 2020
Kanye West is currently getting emotional at his campaign event in South Carolina on the topic of Abortion:
“There would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy… I almost killed my daughter” pic.twitter.com/DsWeiLizhB
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 19, 2020
Today is the 46th anniversary of Turkey's invasion and occupation of Cyprus. That a NATO ally is unlawfully occupying a member of the European Union should be getting a lot more attention, and outrage, than it is.
— Robert Nicholson (@rwnicholson_) July 20, 2020
We don't know her/him.
She's a single mom working two jobs to provide for her kids. Or he's a janitor at an elementary school with a constant positive word the kids. Or she's a widowed grandmother who prays daily for her family members, neighbors, and country. https://t.co/5ov2MKj1Dh
— Taylor Combs (@combstaylor_) July 20, 2020
Though harm reduction has brought some benefits, such as reducing the transmission of HIV, it has also compounded the problems of addiction, homelessness, and public disorder. Vancouver’s concentration of services in its own opioid district, the Downtown Eastside, has created a veritable death trap for addicts around British Columbia, who travel there to obtain drugs, overdose, and then perish in the streets.
Culturally we have no sense of our own sin, or at least no outlet for it, so we’re reduced to blaming — and eventually tearing apart — one another. We have no altar before which to kneel, so we kneel before a flag or, equally if not more weirdly, one another.
16. On J.I. Packer:
His leadership sprang from deeply rooted convictions about God, the Bible, doctrine, and the church, and his determination to defend orthodoxy and tackle key theological issues in public debate, often entering into controversy that cost him personally. Yet these adverse reactions and deep wounds did not deter him from steering a straight and steady course, providing resources to fellow evangelicals who saw in Packer the champion of their movement.
the culture and practices of Catholic schools incorporate distinctively Catholic elements. These include the belief in objective truth and an understanding that faith and reason are not incompatible; the conviction that all children—regardless of life circumstances—are formed in the image and likeness of a loving God and that Catholic educators have a duty to help them reach their God-given potential; an understanding that personal success and good character flow not only from obeying rules but also from cultivating good habits and virtue; and a conviction that God calls us to serve the common good, rather than simply maximize our individual achievement
Here's a way to send a patriotic message about what you value most:
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) July 20, 2020
I suppose I knew that God was in the dark room with me, or was the dark room, surrounding me. I knew that God sat, quiet, still, almost absent, almost dead, inaudible breath but yet alongside me. God who died and teeters near death with us. God who mourned and continues to mourn with us. My only God, the only God I could bear or bother with. I beckon her, my former, faithful self, to join me here, to trade in language and ritual and everything we’ve known for this beatific blackness.
Despite the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” there’s actually a lot that editors can pick up from a printed book. It often arrives with press materials that provide context, and its cover — whether finished or temporary — can convey a strong message from the publishers. Blurbs from other authors and notable people situate the book in a larger cultural conversation.
Here’s what’s on my mind today: Life is a vapor. Be kind. Love your family and neighbor. Grudges aren’t worth holding. Jesus is Lord. If you do not know Christ as Lord and Savior, I beg you to surrender to Him. If you do not know Christ, start reading the Gospel of John.
— Andrew T. Walker (@andrewtwalk) July 20, 2020