Transforming Culture by Transforming Hearts Through the Arts; a Conference

Laigle’s Forum contributor Anthony Horvath is the Executive Director of Athanatos Christian Ministries, which is hosting an online apologetics conference coming up in the second week of May.

From the Christian News Wire:

RELEASE:  Athanatos Christian Ministries is hosting its first annual apologetics conference May 7th-8th, 2010. The conference will cast a vision for promoting Christianity through the arts, and literature in particular. The conference is unique because it will be held entirely online, allowing anyone from around the world to attend and participate.

Website: www.onlineapologeticsconference.com.

Presenters at the conference include apologist Rob Bowman Jr, Dr. Corey Olsen (otherwise known at ‘The Tolkien Professor’) and intelligent design advocate Dr. Angus Menuge. Topics range from arguments for using the arts to advance the Kingdom of God to narrower issues such as the nature of ‘myth’ and the ‘new literature’ of film and television.

Anthony Horvath, the Executive Director of ACM, will be discussing “literary anti-apologetics” and how stories such as Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” and Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series serve up objections to Christianity through the guise of fiction.

Speaking about the conference, Mr. Horvath says, “For centuries the Christian Church lead the way in supporting the arts. The Christian worldview was integrated into literature, music, and paintings. People could appreciate fine artistic expression and receive a positive impression of the Christian message at the same time. Christian artists were able to touch hearts in a way that theological arguments often did not. It is time for the Church to rediscover the arts and artists.”

New technologies have allowed creative Christians a chance to carry out their vocation in a meaningful way. The Internet in particular has allowed talented Christian artists to reach people around the world.

Horvath explains, “The Internet has opened up many opportunities for artists but also many new challenges to the Church, so it is fitting that we hold this conference online. This allows us to connect authors, artists, pastors, and apologists together in ‘one place’ to hash out how we can deliberately use the arts to promote, explain, and defend Christianity.”

Registration for the conference is $35 with students able to register for $25. Each conference participant will receive a free copy of either GK Chesterton’s “Orthodoxy” or Pascal’s “Pensees.”

Sessions begin at 9 a.m. CST on Friday and Saturday, May 7th-8th and run throughout the morning. Recordings of the sessions will be available for download for conference registrants.

To register and get more information visit www.onlineapologeticsconference.com.

Is God done yet, or revving His engines?

By Don Hank

This year puny little man declared that HE and he alone must control a runaway climate and decided to tax the beejeebers out of the rich countries to pay the poor countries, boasting that this would surely stop “global warming” and save the planet. And all of this on the strength of data that did not rise to the rigor needed to prove warming was happening, only tendentious reports from the University of East Anglia, charged by the politically motivated IPCC with providing scientific data but, as shown by hackers, in reality sending massaged numbers trimmed to fit their assumptions.
Then, as usual, just as man was gearing up to play his stint as God, an uninvited Guest showed up and Europe experienced a near-record snow and cold streak that all but shut down the Copenhagen conference on climate change.
Al Gore lost his nerve and stayed home the first week. The leaders of China and India balked.
A near-record snow fell outside the White House to remind our “leaders” of their impotence and foolishness.
Then came the earthquakes, Haiti, Chile, China, tremors in Mexico and California.
And now comes the Icelandic volcano of Eyjafjallajökull that shut down air traffic indefinitely in Europe. Who can we carbon-tax to control all of this? Will wealth redistribution stop the belching goliath or raise the dead in Port au Prince and Santiago and rebuild structures resembling piles of matchsticks as seen from the air?
Whom do we punish with cap and trade for causing these disasters? Was it the rich again? White Christians? The Tea Party movement? Homophobes perhaps?
One thing is certain: There is nothing like a slowly erupting volcano to block the sun’s rays and create a worldwide cold spell. No amount of smokestack or auto emissions can even come close to the effect. This year, crops will not be the same, if indeed we get any.
Isn’t it time man showed some humility?
Or will he continue to play Russian roulette with the Almighty and wait for the BIG one? After all, this might all be just a little a warm-up.

http://www.the912project.us/forum/topics/volcano-air-travel-disruption?commentId=2881797%3AComment%3A739923&xg_source=msg_com_forum

Is social justice a Christian doctrine?

By Don Hank

Recently, Christian Left leader Jim Wallis recently said:

“Christians across the theological and political spectrum believe that social justice is central to the teachings of Jesus and at the heart of biblical faith.”

Actually, not only is there no consensus on this issue, but in fact, Jesus did not speak of such a concept as it is understood today.

Further, Jesus said that there would be false teachers coming in his name. Paul steeled future Christians against heresy by writing:

“Therefore, Brethren, stand fast, and hold to the traditions which ye have been taught…” II Thessalonians 2:15.

While any Christian can agree that the first Christians held all things in common and virtually forbade owning any personal property, we find no mention that a theocracy should be established by Christians to enforce this socialism on others. And those who insist that Christian socialism must be enforced by political means are in fact endorsing theocracy.

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Ridding America of evil, one RINO at a time

John Hostettler for Senate

Laigle’s is a site by and for the little guy. We only have time for the most important issues, so at election time, most of our effort goes into investigating and reporting on candidates. Unfortunately, we aren’t blessed with a web guy who can put in graphics and YouTube presentations. If you are interested in volunteering, give a holler (email: zoilandon@msn.com).

This is one reason I have not inserted my opinion pieces for a while.

I consider john McCain to be the most pivotal figure in America right now. Here’s why:

Recently, American patriots and Tea Partiers revelled in the fact that they managed to elect a Republican in MA to fill Kennedy’s seat. They cheered before the fat lady sang. They were thinking they had thwarted the “system.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

While serving in the MA state legislature, Scott Brown, the “Republican” they elected, had had the bad habit of voting with the Democrats about 90% of the time.

So what we got was another RINO, to help provide cover for the Democrats. That’s all. Hardly anything to crow about, particularly when you look at Arlen Specter and realize how close a RINO is to a Democrat.

That is why John McCain is pivotal. IF conservatives in Arizona can pull their heads out of the sand and vote for J.D. Hayworth — who has stated since he entered public life, his intent to follow the Constitution and enforce immigration law — to the Senate, then America will have proven that the Tea Party movement belongs to the people. If they turn around and elect McCain, who has pushed hard for illegal immigration, open borders, unconstitutional legislation (like the McCain-Feingold Act, which the Supreme Court struck down), then they will have proven that America has turned a corner and become a Banana Republic incapable of ruling itself. I mean it. It is that serious.

Likewise with all of the Senate races happening in the US these days. One key race is in Indiana, where one candidate stands out, and that is John Hostettler, who has already served in Congress and proven himself with a consistent conservative voting record (see the impressive list of his achievements in Dave Levine’s article below). None of the other candidates can touch him. 

We owe a debt of gratitude to Dave Levine for ferreting out the information needed to evaluate John (and others).

Dave is one of the smartest radio hosts anywhere and has a wonderful radio show. If you haven’t tuned in, please do so on Friday April 9, when you will be able to personally call in and interview John Hostettler.  Dave recently interviewed JD Hayworth and a lot of you tuned in and called in that night. Please keep supporting Dave’s show. No one works harder to investigate the issues and candidates and bring you the whole truth about them.

The Dave Levine Show needs your generous donations to keep going and to expand to 5 nights!”  The blogsite of course is http://thedavelevineshow.ning.com. The Paypal button is on the left side at the top of the page.

Thanks!

Don Hank

http://thedavelevineshow.ning.com/profiles/blogs/dan-coats-and-marlin-stutzmans

The Dave Levine Show

By Dave Levine

Blogsite: http://thedavelevineshow.ning.com

Date/Time of Show: Friday, April 9, 2010…10 to 11 PM Central/11 PM to Midnight Eastern on The Micro Effect at http://themicroeffect.com/listenlive.htm

Guest: Former Congressman John Hostettler (R-IN)

Born on July 19,1961 in Evansville, Indiana, John is married and they have 4 children.

Following the first election of Bill Clinton to the Presidency of the United States of America, John Hostettler decided to run for the House of Representatives. The contrast in political ideology between President Clinton and John Hostettler could not have been any greater and the incumbent that represented John Hostettler’s home district maintained a voting record supportive of President Clinton’s initiatives.

Having never run for public office before, John Hostettler surprised observers by emerging from a field of six (6) GOP candidates who vied to face the twelve (12) year incumbent, with an impressive “grass-roots” campaign organization.

During his tenure in the United States House of Representatives, John Hostettler distinguished himself as a principled and innovative conservative. Included in his numerous legislative accomplishments are the following:

In 1995, in his first year in office, John Hostettler successfully amended the District of Columbia Appropriations Bill to eliminate the “Domestic Partnership” policy of the D.C. government

In 1998, John Hostettler traveled to Moscow as part of a Congressional delegation to discuss U.S. deployment of a national missile defense system with members of the Russian Duma

In 2002, John Hostettler was one of only six (6) Republican Members of the United States House of Representatives and one of only three (3) “conservative” GOP Members to vote against the House resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to preemptively engage in military conflict with the nation of Iraq. At the time in October 2002 before the vote was cast, John Hostettler said the intelligence supporting the claim of a program of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was “tenuous at best”.

In 2003, as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims, John Hostettler successfully amended the Department of State reauthorization bill to require the State Department to regulate the use of consular cards of foreign nations (“matricula consular” for Mexico) in the U.S.

In 2003, John Hostettler successfully amended the Commerce, State and Justice appropriations bill to disallow funding of the enforcement of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which called for the removal of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama State Supreme Court House placed there by then-Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore

In 2004, the United States House of Representatives passed John Hostettler’s Marriage Protection Act (MPA) which would prohibit federal courts from imposing same-sex marriage licenses on any other state

In 2006, the United States House of Representatives passed John Hostettler’s Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA) which would prohibit federal courts from requiring defendants -such as a Board of County Commissioners – to pay a plaintiff’s lawyers – such as the ACLU – fees after the federal courts order the removal of a religious symbol – such as the Ten Commandments – from the County courthouse lawn

Member, United States House of Representatives

  • Committees: House Committee on Agriculture (1995-2001)
  • House Committee on Armed Services (1995-2007)
  • House Committee on The Judiciary (2001-2007)
  • Positions/Accomplishments (not exhaustive):
  • Chairman, House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on
  • Immigration, Border Security and Claims (2003-2007);
  • Vice-Chairman, various Subcommittees of the House
  • Armed Services Committee (1999-2007);

Distinguished Christian Statesman Award presented by the Center for Christian Statesmanship, a ministry of Coral Ridge Ministries and Dr. D. James Kennedy (2004);
Numerous commendations for “Friend of Small Business”,”Friend of the taxpayer”, etc. (1996-2007)

 David Levine