Jun 14, 2010

Video: Universal Principles in "Old Glory" Challenged Today Here & Abroad

"Today is Flag Day. On this day in 1777, amidst a desperate war for American independence, the delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the “Stars and Stripes” as the official flag of the newly emerging American nation.... Today, our service men and women continue to fight and die under “Old Glory” in defense of Americans’ right to self-government.

The idea of human liberty and its political corollary – the principle of self-government, or sovereignty – is not only applicable to Americans. Rather it is a universal principle applicable to all peoples. Thomas Paine famously observed that “the cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.”

But this cause is contested today both domestically and internationally. Domestically the Progressives reject America’s first principles and constitutional checks and balances.

Abroad, tyrants and terrorists try to extinguish Lady Liberty’s flame. American sovereignty is also increasingly threatened by international institutions that have little respect for the Rule of Law and self-government.

The ideals of America’s founding are timeless. And yet the cause of Freedom is never complete, but requires eternal vigilance."  More from source:  http://blog.heritage.org/2010/06/14/forever-may-it-wave/

Video: Conference on the Power of God Renewing the Face of the Earth

During WWII after the Pope submitted his proposal, one allied leader responded, "And how many brigades does the Pope have?"  Indeed the Church is poor when it comes to military and political power, but what She has is the power of God Almighty.  Here's one of the many world conferences where that power is realized and celebrated.

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Hillsong Conference 2010 Promo Video from Hillsong Church on Vimeo.
"HILLSONG CONFERENCE 2010 will again gather the world's finest teachers, innovators, church builders and worship leaders - men and women with both passion and skill to champion and build the local church in a rapidly moving world.  We are thrilled to announce and welcome BISHOP T.D. JAKES, ANDY STANLEY and JUDAH SMITH as our 2010 key guests, along with TIM HUGHES, NANCY BEACH & CHRISTY AND NATHAN NOCKELS.  We are entering remarkable days, and our prayer is that you will join us as we seek together to advance His glorious Kingdom."

Video: Rich intellectual tradition of the Catholic faith - being dumbed-down

The Catholic faith has a smart tradition.  It is intellectually profound and rich.  The Church will not be effective telling of our story by dumbing that down.  To make our story compelling enough to  light a fire on the earth, we need  to tell the it with panache.

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