A Russian video blogger may face as many as three and a half years in prison for a video in which he plays Pokémon Go
in the Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and likens Jesus
to one of Nintendo’s pocket monsters.
He is being charged with inciting
religious hatred and has been in detention since being arrested.
According to Kotaku, video blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky was arrested in 2016 shortly after making a video where he plays Pokémon Go inside
of the Church of All Saints.
Sokolovsky, an atheist, begins the video
by (ominously enough) outlining the various fines and prison sentences
one might receive for mocking the Orthodox church.
He concludes it by
walking through the various rooms in the church while joking about not
being able to catch Jesus, who he refers to as “the rarest Pokémon that
you could find there.” Read more (5/9/17)
Yeah people are now making memes about the hoe life and all that, but Saint Augustine, Church Father, literally said, “Lord, give me chastity - but not yet”, like what kind of 4th century daddy was he??
Richard II died in captivity on or around 14 February 1400. His body was taken south from Pontefract and displayed in the old St Paul’s Cathedral on 17 February before burial in Kings Langley Church of All Saints on 6 March.
Kings Langley is a historic village and civil parish in Hertfordshire, England, 21 miles (34 km) northwest of central London to the south of the Chiltern Hills. The village was probably part of the lands of the Abbey of St. Albans, although actual records have been lost. At the Norman conquest the manor was given to William’s half brother Robert, Count of Mortain who let it to one Ralf.
Around 1276 the manor was purchased by Queen Eleanor and a palace was built on the hill above the village to its west with a deer park extending to its south. This gave the village its link to royalty, first being renamed Langley Regina after its sponsoring queen, and then later changed to Langley Regis or later still by the added epithet “Kings”. The village remained the location of Kings Langley Palace, a royal palace of the Plantagenet kings of England.
In 1413, Henry V decided to have the body at King’s Langley moved to its final resting place in Westminster Abbey. Here Richard himself had prepared an elaborate tomb, where the remains of his wife Anne were already entombed.
The cult of Demeter itself can be said to have been completely disbanded by the year 396AD, with the arrival of the Goths and subsequent destruction of the last few remaining sacred sites of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Demeter herself never fully disappeared from the hearts and minds of the people, however, and although no longer openly worshiped remained a constant presence in various guises, the most famous of which being Saint Demetrius, patron saint of agriculture, Demeter in everything but name.
In Eleusis, home of the cult of Demeter and perhaps where her presence continues to be most strongly felt even if the mysteries themselves have faded into obscurity, there was another saint, unrecognised by the church but adored by the locals all the same— Saint Demetra, a caryatid from one of the entrances of the ruins of Demeter’s temple. Those praying for a bountiful harvest would drape her in garlands of flowers, and it was believed that without her the crops would fail.
She was forcibly removed to England in the 1800s amidst furious riots by a travel writer who had bribed the Athenian waiwode for permission to do so, and now rests unadorned and ignored in an alcove in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.
Egyptian blue is often searched for in archeological artifacts to provide clues about how the object may have looked freshly painted as it remains visible in infrared long after any blue visible pigment has faded away, and I’d quite like to believe that in the right light, in the perfect conditions, in the same way you’d find infrared traces of Egyptian blue, if you squint very, very hard, you can still see traces of Saint Demetra as her people saw her, beloved and bedecked in a profusion of flowers.
Ok so I have decided to make a post about hearing from God!
I will break this down into two sections so I can cover different things!
How to Hear from God
I used to struggle with this and I realized that it was
because I didn’t know HOW God speaks
to me. I don’t think that God speaks to everyone in the EXACT
same way. How He speaks to you might be different from how He speaks to me.
For example, God speaks to me through my Spirit. When God
speaks to me, His voice sounds like my own voice in my head but I can tell that it
is not my own voice because my spirit recognizes that it is God’s voice. It took some time for me to learn to recognize God’s voice, but with God’s help, I learned and so can you! God may speak to you through other people,
through television, through dreams and visions, He may speak to you in a
variety of different ways! I believe that God speaks to us in a way that He knows will reach
us. We need to know HOW God speaks to us so that we can better know WHEN He is speaking and so we can know to listen!!
So with that in mind…If you don’t know how God speaks to you, you should ask Him HOW He speaks to
you! God will reveal this to you if you ask Him fully believing that He will reveal it to you. Remember that Matthew 7:7says
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the
door will be opened to you” (NIV). James 4:2says, “You do not have because you do not ask God” (NIV). So just ask God to reveal to you HOW He speaks
to you and He will!
If you ask God how He
speaks to you personally, then you can know how and when to listen to Him. For
example, If He speaks to you through others, then you can know to tune more
into what others say to you and pay attention to their words and see if
their words register with your spirit! For another example, If you find out that God speaks to you through books, then you can know to pay more attention to books that might stand out to you because God may be pointing you towards them.
It is important to note that your spirit
recognizes God! I found out that God speaks to me through my spirit because I have
asked God about it and seeked Him about it. I’ve realized that He also speaks to me through
others, television, books, movies, and some other ways and again, I know this
because I desired to know how God speaks to me and He gave me an answer! You can find this out too, all you have to do is ask God! Believe me, He wants to help you out!
The second thing that I would like to cover is…
How to Know When God is Speaking to You
This is something that I feel like a lot of Christians
struggle with, including myself. Don’t worry, here’s some advice on how you can
tell when God is speaking to you!!
You can go through this little checklist to help you know if
God is really speaking to you or not! These are a few things you can ask
what you heard line up with the Bible?
a. This is so important because if what you heard
DOES NOT come in agreement with what The Word says, then it is not from God.
what you heard encourage you and uplift you?
a. If what you heard is not encouraging and
uplifting, but discouraging, then what you heard is not from God. God does not
want to discourage us and He does not want to make us feel inadequate. He wants
to uplift us and help us. If you feel like God is telling you something that is
not encouraging and uplifting, then it is most likely not God that you are
hearing from. Remember that the enemy will try to confuse us and tell us things
b. God will tell us things such as, “If you keep
doing this, then you will get hurt” and that isn’t necessarily the most uplifting
or encouraging thing to hear, but it is God trying to look out for us and help
us! The devil wouldn’t say something like that because he wants to kill, steal,
and destroy us!
you heard something more than once?
a. God does repeat Himself. For example, you can hear someone
tell you “I feel like you should do this” and then a while later you can hear
two other people, who don’t even know each other, tell you the same thing. God
repeats Himself to get your attention and to confirm to you that what is being
said is from Him!
b. I should note that if you hear God say something once
and not again, I don’t think that necessarily means that it wasn’t God speaking
5. Is what was said confusing?
a. 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (KJV).
b. God will never say something confusing or say something to confuse you because He is not the author of confusion. He doesn’t want you all confused. If you have trouble understanding something that God says, then you can always ask Him for clarification!
4.Ask God for confirmation.
a. If you don’t know whether something you heard is from God or not, ask God to help you! He will tell you! Don’t be afraid to ask God things. Like I said before, He wants to help you!! He loves you!!!!
b. Sometimes I don’t know if what I heard is from God or not and I ask Him about it and I get an answer. I may not always get the answer immediately, but I do get an answer!
Ok! This is all I have for now. If I think of more or if
God gives me more, I will add it onto this. Let me know if this is helpful!!
God Bless yall!
Die “Lutherstadt” Wittenberg in Sachsen-Anhalt, Eastern Germany, is situated on the river Elbe, pop.: ~50,000. It’s of historal importance as it was the seat of the Elector of Saxony, a dignity held by the dukes of Saxe-Wittenberg, and also due to its close connection with Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Several buildings are associated with the events of this time: the Augustinian monastery in which he dwelt, first as a monk and later with his family, is considered to be the world’s premier museum dedicated to Luther. Various Luther and Melanchthon memorial sites were added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 1996.
On 31 Oct 1517, Luther nailed his 95 theses against the selling of indulgences at the door of the All Saints’ Castle Church - an event taken as marking the beginning of the Reformation. The Anabaptist movement had one of its earliest homes in Wittenberg, when the Zwickau prophets moved there in 1521, only to be suppressed by Luther when he returned from the Wartburg in 1522. The Capitulation of Wittenberg (1547) is the name given to the treaty by which John Frederick the Magnanimous was compelled to resign the electoral dignity and most of his territory to the Albertine branch of the House of Wettin.
2017 is a special year for Wittenberg as it celebrates the 500 year anniversary of Luther nailing his theses on the castle church door.
Hey guys! Kaylee here. So, I have a really important thing that I need to tell you all.
Some of you might know that I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our common nicknames are “LDS” or “Mormon”. In our church, young adults have the choice and opportunity to serve a mission, where we are sent somewhere in the world to spread the word of God. During this time, our communication is limited since our main focus is to be a representative of Jesus Christ and help others. We don’t have access to Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
18 year old men typically serve a mission for 2 years, or 24 months. 19 year old women typically serve for a year and a half, or 18 months. When you reach the respective ages, you can begin your missionary application. The process usually takes a month or two, and then you receive your call. You can list preferences on where you want to go, but for the most part you’re sent where you’re needed. We don’t get to pick where we go, but I think that’s good, because we learn to be humble and accepting of God’s will.
I turn 19 on April 6th of this year. You’re allowed to start your papers a few months before you reach missionary age. I met with one of my church leaders last night to start my application process. This is something I’ve prayerfully considered for years now, and I know that this is what God wants me to do at this time. I love my faith very much, and the happiness I’ve been able to feel as a result is too wonderful and beautiful not to share.
I’m going to list my availability date as sometime in the beginning of July 2017. That’s July of this year. That means that I’ll be away from Tumblr until December 2018 or January 2019. The thought of leaving you all for a while is upsetting to me, but I know that this is what I need to do. There’s a common quote that family and friends of LDS missionaries like to keep close to heart: “missionary: a person who leaves their family for a short time in order to help others be with theirs for eternity.”
On the bright side, you all will hear from me once a week! Missionaries are allowed to send out emails and letters to friends and family back home. I can’t guarantee that it will be every week, but I’ll do my best. We can get really busy, haha. For the most part, missionaries will send out a generic weekly email that’s basically a status report on what they’ve been doing, who they’ve been teaching, and the things that the mission teaches them. I’m also more than happy to send personal emails and letters to you all as often as I can. In addition, the wonderful @luminescent-kat has agreed to post my weekly emails to my blog here!! She’s a lifesaver and I love her.
Please, feel free to ask me any and all questions about my faith, the mission, and the process! I’m more than happy to answer your questions and help anyone understand. I won’t be leaving until July, but I wanted to give you all a decent heads up. I love you all a lot, and know that I’m not doing this because I want to leave you guys or leave Tumblr. I’m doing this to bring joy to others, and to grow as a person and follower of God. When I get back, I’ll definitely revive my blog and resume screaming with you all
Frank last night at his acoustic set in Kingston. I wanted to film more but, due to where I was standing and how high I had to raise my arm, my arm went pretty much completely dead…. It was such an amazing gig though!
On a side not, I wonder how long it will take for the presenter to realise that he’s pronouncing Frank’s surname incorrectly as we were all screaming it but he didn’t seem to understand
Do I believe that homosexual acts/sex are a sin? Yes. Do I believe it is a sin for two men and two women to raise children? Yes Do I believe homosexual marriage isn’t matrimony? Yes. Do I believe that contraception of any kind is a sin? Yes. Do I believe that artificial insemination is a sin? Yes. Do I believe that homosexuals adopting children is harmful? Yes. Do I believe that any type of sexual relations outside the marriage of a man and a woman is sin? Yes.
Am I afraid of homosexual sinners? no. Can homosexuals be converted? Yes. Can homosexuals be accepted in the Church? If they are celibate and in a state of grace, yes. Can homosexuals be in the clergy? If they are living the law of Christ and Living by their community standards, YES! Can a “homosexual” or same-sex attracted person become a saint? YES! Does the Church welcome all people? Yes. All can be made Holy. God has the power to do anything.
We are all called to be holy. We were once sinners, but made acceptable through the body, soul, and divinity of Christ’s most precious sacrifice. Through the immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus sinners will be saved. Amen.
Beyond her interactions with the Spanish ambassadors, very little is known about Elizabeth’s political and diplomatic role. Only two letters survive regarding her efforts to intercede for the benefit of others. On August 1, 1499, she wrote to King Ferdinand of Spain to recommend the services of “Henry Stile, who wishes to go and fight against the Infidels,” adding her recommendation to that of King Henry, who had already written in the soldier’s favor. The queen’s letter included a personal observation about Stile: “Though he is a very short man, he has the reputation of being a valiant soldier.” Another letter to the Prior of Christ Church, Canterbury, asks permission to nominate one of her chaplains to the vacant living of the parish church of All Saints in Lombard Street, London. After her death, a single record mentions an action relating to Thomas Whytyng and his wife Margaret, who received rent for the lordship of Havering at the Bower, “not with- standing a fine and recovery made there in the court of Elizabeth late queen of England.”As Laynesmith points out in her seminal study of late medieval queens, Elizabeth of York’s chambers often hosted important political events and her personal sociability contributed to Henry’s success with foreign ambassadors and English nobility. Scanty records, however, limit more precise knowledge of Elizabeth’s political role.