Sunday Faith News/Views 1-16-11 @ Maggie’s Notebook

In this week’s Sunday Faith posting, please read below about the European Union and how Christianity has been erased from calendars, leaving most other faiths in – intended to be distributed to children. There is heartening news about the Christian church in Armenia. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ Rabbi speaks, we explore how Eve would know evil before God had revealed it, and how the Apostles saw Jesus as the Son of God…how we, the modern day followers, have the eyes to see the Risen Lord. Do you have a family member or friend who is ill? Read Z’s reminder of how you can be a blessing.

Apostle Peter and Christ Jesus

On Christian Persecution:

Pope Benedict called for more “effective measures” to protect Christians in Islamic countries. Egypt reacted by recalling their ambassador to the Vatican. Big Peace has the lastest on the Christian onslaught.

The European Union! Cubachi reports this today, January 16th, 2011:

The three million copies of the 2011-2012 school calendar published by the European Union has omitted Christian holidays, while continuing to note important Jewish and Muslim celebrations.

Read excellent commentary from the BlogProf about the above story, the UK erasing Christianity, and more at Moonbattery with this memorable quote:

The gross error is allowing the pernicious and antidemocrat European Union to crush national self-determination and grind the last of Europe’s greatness under the heel of authoritarian liberalism.

In the U.K. Anglican Mainstream reports a Christian councilor targeted by a gay journalist, obviously with ruining her career the goal.

Support Your Local Gunfighter has news of the 70 Christians jailed in Iran, just since Christmas.

On Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

CNN reports that Tucson shooting victim, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ Rabbi, Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim spoke about the shootings. Giffords’ Directory of Community, Gabriel Zimmerman was also a member of the synagogue. Mr. Zimmerman died at the hands of Jared Lee Loughner.

On Good News to Celebrate:

From War on Terror News Post-communism, The Christian Church in Armenia is bouncing back to life:

For Saroyan the church plays a more major role in her life. She is part of a new wave of young worshippers in Armenia.

“Our church is getting younger and younger,” jokingly says Father Shmavon Ghevondyan of St. Hovhannes Armenian Apostolic Church in Yerevan. “We are seeing a new trend of Armenian youth attending service….

About 94 percent of Armenians consider themselves to be Armenian Christians, having derived their faith directly from Christ’s apostles. Armenia claims to be the first nation to declare Christianity as its state religion in 301 A.D.

On being a blessing to others:

Z at geeeeeZ! reminds us how pain interrupts our days, and days, and more days, and how important it is to step-up and be a blessing to those we love.

On Salvation and knowing Christ:

At God’s Answer is always Jesus, is an essay on What Really Happened in Eden. Using scripture and ancient Hebrew texts, we see the temptation of Eve a little clearer. What would it be like to not know evil, because God had not yet revealed it to us?

At desiring God an essay on Can We See Jesus Better Than the Saints in the Bible?

Related to ‘seeing’ Jesus (above), Outside the Camp, another essay: Eyes to see the Risen Lord.

Previous Sunday Faith News/Views:

January 9, 2011

January 2, 2011