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Posted 8/13/13 at 3:10 PM | CP Blogs

Actress Mayim Bialik Follows Biblical Instructions to Obtain Divorce

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Recently Mayim Bialik, the actress best known from the TV series Blossom, obtained both a civil divorce and religious divorce.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Bialik described how she obtained her divorce:

"There's something called a 'Get,'" she said. "There's a religious process. You sit in the same room and you watch your divorce deed be written. It's actually a very interesting thousands year old document that you watch written and you have to be in the same room as your ex."

Does that sound familiar? If you have read the Bible, you've possibly seen the phrases "certificate of divorce" or "bill of divorcement" in Deuteronomy 24 which outlines the rules for a Jewish divorce.

According to Wikipedia, "A get (/ɡɛt/; Hebrew: גט‎, plural gittin גיטין) is a divorce document, which according to Jewish Law, must be presented by a husband to his wife to effect their divorce. The essential text of the get is quite short: "You are hereby permitted to all men," i.e., the wife is no longer a married woman, and the laws of adultery no longer apply. The get also returns to the wife the legal rights which a husband holds in regard to his wife in a Jewish marriage." FULL POST

Posted 8/5/13 at 4:36 PM | CP Blogs

Twitter Confronts Abusive Commenter Problem

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Twitchy, the social media news site, often reports on death threats posted on Twitter. Last year Twitchy reported that opponents of Mitt Romney were posting death threats and the news site collected numerous threats tweeted against George Zimmerman.

Here is a sample of the abusive comments:

  • @ItaliannDoll tweeted, "Watching the Zimmerman Trial. If he don't get life ill kill him myself."
  • @Pretty__Vette tweeted, "Trayvon Martin need justice ! Gimme me tha pistol ill kill Zimmerman myself!"
  • @FATTREL tweeted, "SUMBODY MUST KILL ZIMMERMAN ASAP!!!!"

Many of the abusive tweeters have deleted their abusive tweets.

The next time a controversy arises, Twitter will be better prepared for the abuse. The social media site is adding a "report abuse" button. The button already shows up for some people accessing the service by cell phone. However, it still doesn't show up in my web browser.

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Posted 7/19/13 at 10:04 PM | CP Blogs

Mentoring Could Help Black Male Teens

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In today's press conference President Obama said, " ... and this is a long-term project — we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African American boys."

Mentoring of fatherless boys could have a profound impact on the black community. There are organizations already doing this work that could use more volunteers.

A definition of mentoring:

"Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information, and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else." - ASHA

When Christian leaders talk about mentoring it is often in the context of training ministers. Example from the Bible include Jesus teaching his disciples and the Apostle Paul training Timothy. FULL POST

Posted 7/18/13 at 6:45 PM | CP Blogs

Archaeologists Discover Palace of King David

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Statue of King David

A new archaeological discovery in Israel provides confirmation that a palace existed in the 10th century B.C. during the time the Bible describes as the rule of King David.

The Jerusalem Post reported that researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authorities and Hebrew University of Jerusalem discovered two large structures while conducting a seven-year excavation project.

The researchers claimed "The ruins are the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David."

Critics of the Bible have long doubted the Bible stories of King David. Kenneth Humphreys, author of the book Jesus Never Existed, has written, "Possibly the only element of truth in the biblical story is the episode of David as renegade and outlaw leader, living from theft."

In 1986 Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology reported, "The Bible is our only source of information about David. No ancient inscription mentions him. No archaeological discovery can be securely linked to him. The quest for the historical David, therefore, is primarily exegetical." FULL POST

Posted 7/16/13 at 1:53 PM | CP Blogs

The Cure for Racism: Examine Yourself

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There is some interesting commentary on the Zimmerman court case. The Notable News blog would like to bring a video and article to your attention.

In a video post on Facebook, Johnathan Gentry challenges his friends to get their priorities right regarding the debate over racism.

Gentry said, "... honestly even the Bible tells you examine yourself, introspect yourself, look at yourself right now as a black person and see where you are."

Gentry says that blacks can stop the racism problems in America by raising their standards of behavior:

When we stop killing each other, when we stop mugging each other, when we stop doing all that foolishness that we're doing out here in these streets and we're tugging underneath the rug and we want to point at Zimmerman. It will stop when we stop.

Gentry says that the racism labeling should also stop:

However, as black people we want to pick and choose when we want to pull the race card. We want to pick and choose when we want to say racism this,racism that. What about black on black crime and us killing each other. We've been dying for years by the hands of another black man. FULL POST

Posted 7/15/13 at 12:13 PM | CP Blogs

Pastor to Lobby DOJ for Trayvon Martin Investigation

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Protest after Trayvon Martin's death was held in New York City on March 21, 2012.

Baltimore Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant will be visiting to the U.S. Department of Justice Tuesday to ask Attorney General Eric Holder for a civil rights investigation into Trayvon Martin’s death following the not guilty verdict that let his killer George Zimmerman go free.

Saturday night, a jury of six women acquitted neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges related to the late night slaying of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin. Civil rights advocates say Martin, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and carried a ice tea and skittles when Zimmerman spotted him, was the victim of racial profiling. Zimmerman argues that he defended himself after he and Martin got into a physical fight.

Bryant, leader of the Empowerment Temple church and pastor to Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis, told the Baltimore Sun that he was disappointed when he learned of the jury’s decision, but he said “in our guts as African Americans not many of us are surprised.”

Now he is a part of a coalition of African-American leaders who believe the verdict is a sign of the growing unjust treatment of the black community and are rallying supporters to protest, sign petitions and lobby for future legal options. FULL POST

Posted 7/8/13 at 11:24 AM | CP Blogs

2 Girls Killed in Plane Crash Planned to Attend Church Camp

Two girls with plans to attend a church camp, died in the Saturday crash of an Asiana Airlines jet at San Francisco International Airport. According to the Los Angeles Times, "The two victims, Wang Lin Jia and Ye Meng Yuan, were among 35 teenagers who had been scheduled to arrive at the West Valley Christian Church's school Monday."

An announcement on the West Valley Christian Church website home page reveals the church is collecting financial donations for "Chinese Students involved in the plane crash."

NBC reporter John Cádiz Klemack attended the church on Sunday and has posted pictures on Instagram.

Users of Twitter are using the hashtag #SFOcrash for news stories related to the jet crash. You can search through these tweets here.

USA Today reporter William Welch tweets, "West Valley Christian Church and School in San Fernando Valley says it will hold prayer vigil for crash passengers Thursday."

Posted 7/5/13 at 5:34 PM | CP Blogs

Why Don't They Make Good Movies any More?

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It is easy to criticize Hollywood and the entertainment industry. The bigger challenge for Christians is to make better movies than the people they criticize.

Screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi critiques Hollywood as well as Christian education in a recent blog post Towards a Cultural Solution: A Proposal for The Story Institute.

Nicolosi writes:

Remotely, the loss of good stories can be attributed to the pervasive cancer of cynicism that has infected the increasingly secular creative class. As artists pursue materialism and celebrity and move away from spirituality, their source of authentic creativity dries up. This is why Christians could play a unique and powerful role in restoring understanding of the artist’s true place in the heart of the family of men as prophets and ministers of God’s ongoing revelation.

Christian filmmakers have also received much criticism, often for producing unrealistic movies with poor acting, weak storlines that offer simple answers.

However, film criticism has its limits, too. Evangelist D.L. Moody illustrates the criticism problem in a coversation he had with a critic. FULL POST

Posted 7/2/13 at 5:03 PM | CP Blogs

Gay Catholic Encounters Evangelical Passion at Funeral

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Andrew Sullivan blogs at The Dish.

I meant to share this story a couple of months ago. It shows how someone's opinion of evangelical Christians can be changed when they visit a church and see evangelical Christianity in action.

In April gay Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan wrote about attending a friend's funeral. "I have never been to a mega-church service – which is something to be ashamed of, since I have written so often about evangelicalism’s political wing. And it was revealing."

Sullivan observed evangelicals worship and it left a destinct impression upon him. "And the choir was a Christian pop band, young, hip-looking, bearded, unpretentious and excellent. Before long, I was singing and swaying and smiling with the best of them."

Sullivan learned an important lesson:

What I guess I’m trying to say is that so many of us have come to view evangelical Christianity as threatening, and in its political incarnation, it is at times. But freed from politics, evangelical Christianity has a passion and joy and Scriptural mastery we could all learn from.

Sullivan's friend, David Kuo, died after a long battle with brain cancer. Kuo served as Deputy Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives during George W. Bush's first term as president. FULL POST

Posted 6/26/13 at 11:53 PM | CP Blogs

Two Different Views: Can President Obama Pressure Churches to Perform Gay Marriages

Since the United States Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, some Christians are worried that churches could be penalized for refusing to perform gay marriages.

News articles have been posted that express both sides of this church-state debate.

The Breitbart article IRS Could Revoke Non-Profit Status for Religious Institutions Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Marriages warns of potential dangers ahead:

In 1983, the Supreme Court ruled in Bob Jones University v. United States that it was within the scope of the First Amendment’s protections for religion for the IRS to revoke the tax exempt status for the university based on its policy prohibiting interracial dating.

The Washington Examiner article Obama: I won’t make churches conduct gay marriages represents the other side of this debate:

President Obama, in his statement hailing the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, promised that he wouldn’t try to force religious institutions to conduct gay marriages. FULL POST

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