More details here.
I can’t study when the TV is on. No way would I even want to study for a math competition if bombs and soldiers were assailing my neighborhood.
But 14-year-old Areej El-Madhoun shows how you can study under extreme pressure and come out a winner. After being attacked by Israel’s IDF and suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, this young girl a month later won an international math contest, solving 182 complex math problems in eight minutes. Her story is here.
Do you use religious search engines for your religious work? Probably not. They most likely do not cover a broad enough view of your subject. So what does a religious person do? Use the regular search engines?
Using any search engine has its disadvantages. Some search engines operate in a secret way. For example, the Google search engine cooperates fully with the Mossad, Israel’s equivalent of the CIA. Your Google account password means nothing; it is apparently open to Mossad, as one religious blogger discovered.
Are there any search engines that maintain your privacy? In the cyber-world there is no supreme guarantee, but there are a few that promise to keep your searches private and not record your personal data.
You might want to try DuckDuckGo for starters, or StartPage. You can compare search results easily. For example, in DuckDuckGo, type in ‘Christian persecution’, and then compare the result with Google by typing ‘Christian persecution!g’ (without quotation marks), then compare your results.
Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada, has a new job. He will soon be the governor of the Bank of England (BoE).
The BoE was first promoted in 1693 by a retired pirate, William Paterson. The BoE original bylaws were to ensure
that the bank complied with its hidden purpose, viz. to fleece the English people in perpetuity by allowing the creation of the nation’s money and means of exchange out of nothing, at interest.
Has the bank’s hidden purpose been changed since its founding in 1694? Read this fascinating essay by former South African Reserve Bank director, Stephen Goodson (who was booted from the Reserve Bank in 2012 because he questioned the accuracy of the world’s newest religion, Holocaustianity).
Source: Church Marketing Sucks
The Mystery Worshipper Phenomenon
October 28, 2008 by Kevin D. Hendricks
Mystery shoppers for churches seem to be the latest rage. There was the recent Wall Street Journal article, we mentioned it last week, the Tennessean covered it Sunday and Anne Jackson blogged about it yesterday.
Of course you can’t talk about Mystery Worshippers without mentioning the UK site Ship of Fools. They practically started the trend and have reviewed more than 1,600 churches in the past decade:
“We all need to remember what it is to be an outsider in an environment in which we are comfortable and secure,” [one of the site’s founders, Simon] Goddard said.
“Mystery worshipper can be a wake-up call for the smug and self-satisfied.”
Of course they’re not selling it as a marketing service.
And this is where the practice takes a beating, another slide towards consumerism and selling out the church for business methods.
Jackson admits her conflicted feelings over mystery worshipers, but notes:
“If you’re fully relying on what you sense the Holy Spirit is leading you to do, and trusting he will bring the right people, the right connections all together at the right time, do you need a stranger coming in with critical eyes to tell you the letters on your signage aren’t big enough?”
But by that logic, why would we do any communication or marketing? I think God works in mysterious ways, sometimes miraculously and sometimes through something as worldly as a mystery worshipper.
Now I’m not totally sold on the practice. It seems like a pricey perk especially in this economy. But I think the greatest value it offers is helping your church see itself through a visitor’s eyes. Something like the faded parking lot stripes is kind of nuts, but legitimate issues like how do I find the sanctuary or visitors being ignored are a big deal. When you’ve attended a church your whole life–or even a few years–you become blind to those issues.
And if you really want new people to come to your church, if you really want them to get to know Jesus, then you’ve got to care about whether or not they’ll visit your church and want to come back.
Let’s major on the majors (an atmosphere of welcome, not getting lost, etc.), forget about the minors (faded parking lot stripes, water-stained ceiling tiles, etc.) and do whatever it takes to make people come back to our churches–whether that’s hiring a mystery worshipper or figuring out how to do it yourself.
Source: Christian Week
February 1, 2009 • Volume 22, Number 22
Mystery worshippers spy on church
By Mags Storey | Ontario Correspondent
LONDON, ENGLAND–For the past 10 years, Steve Goddard and others like him have been secretly visiting churches worldwide to evaluate them on the divine and benign–including the welcome, worship, preaching, seating and the quality of the coffee.
Goddard came up with the idea for Mystery Worshippers while working as a mystery shopper, and the idea took flight in 1998 when he and friend Simon Jenkins launched UK Christian humour website www.ship-of-fools.com
“Being a mystery worshipper is weird,” Goddard says, “because you’re not in church to worship–you are there for sleuthing.
“You have to put a mystery worshipper calling card in the collection plate, and you have to do it surreptitiously or you will be identified–which is hard in congregations of 12 people. Some mystery worshippers have been discovered and escorted to the pastor’s study to explain themselves.
“We also ask our mystery worshippers to stand around after the service looking lost, which is difficult because you have to look really sad and miserable. It’s terribly nerve-wracking.”
Thousands of churches and events have been visited so far, including the inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI and the funeral of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Eleven of the 155 churches hit last year were in Canada–including Saint Roch in Quebec City, whose congregation was “friendly without being pushy.” At St. Paul’s Bloor Street in Toronto, the sermon was “scripturally dense, but relatively easily to follow.” At St. James Vancouver, the mystery worshipper met Bear, the parish dog.
Loretta Jaunzarins is a Ship of Fools fan and pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hamilton. She was shocked when a mystery worshipper’s calling card was discovered in her collection plate after her Sunday service.
“I thought this is it, I’m doomed!” says Jaunzarins, who had just preached an unconventional sermon on U2. “But we got a good review. We were happy with it.”
Churches are given the opportunity to respond online. After St Paul’s Cathedral in Regina was chastised for the pattern on its green vestments, a deacon contacted Ship of Fools to explain it was an aerial view of the prairies. One UK congregation demanded an apology after a report prompted its ushers to quit. Another accused their priest of creating a fake review lavishly praising himself.
“We had one minister pin a bad report up on the notice board in the church with a sign saying: ‘We must do better,'” Goddard says. “We’ve even had churches asking us to send them a mystery worshipper.”
Critics of the reviews point out they are unrepresentative and biased–something which Goddard acknowledges.
“It doesn’t bother me at all,” he says, “because it gives an insight into the mystery worshippers themselves as well as the church.”
West Edmonton Christian Assembly is a growing and active evangelical church with a wide range of spiritual and practical community programs. But a visiting mystery worshipper all but ignored this in an extremely critical review which instead derided their physical appearance, dress sense and “very narrow” theology.
“We found their review by accident and laughed our heads off,” says senior associate pastor Dave Wood, whom the reviewer accused of playing a “weird” piece of music “that sounded like a pig being threaded through a meat grinder.”
“Some of it was incredibly biased,” he says, adding the reviewer was “highly critical” of their evangelical, Bible-based world view. “We found some of it challenging. But some was just nuts.”
“A complete outsider is much more aware of minor things than a church-goer,” Goddard says. “It is a massive issue crossing the threshold of a church for the first time.”
“If I need a kick, give me a kick,” Jaunzarins adds, “I always pray that God sends us the people that we need each Sunday–even mystery worshippers.”
The other day I sat down to read a bit from Mark Twain’s Letters From The Earth. It seems that Twain was a mystery worshiper. Here are some of his observations about church-goers in Letter II:
More men go to church than want to.
To forty-nine men in fifty the Sabbath Day is a dreary, dreary bore.
Of all the men in a church on a Sunday, two-thirds are tired when the service is half over, and the rest before it is finished.
The gladdest moment for all of them is when the preacher uplifts his hands for the benediction. You can hear the soft rustle of relief that sweeps the house, and you recognize that it is eloquent with gratitude.
All nations look down upon all other nations.
All nations dislike all other nations.
All white nations despise all colored nations, of whatever hue, and oppress them when they can.
White men will not associate with “niggers,” nor marry them.
They will not allow them in their schools and churches.
All the world hates the Jew, and will not endure him except when he is rich.
I ask you to note all those particulars.
In Letter X, Twain quotes from the Old Testament:
1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people….
7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses; and they slew all the males.
8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
9 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods.
10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire.
11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts.
12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho.
13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.
14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.
15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?
16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord.
17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
19 And do ye abide without the camp seven days: whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain, purify both yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day.
20 And purify all your raiment, and all that is made of skins, and all work of goats’ hair, and all things made of wood.
21 And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war which went to the battle, This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord commanded Moses….
25 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
26 Take the sum of the prey that was taken, both of man and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the chief fathers of the congregation:
27 And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation:
28 And levy a tribute unto the Lord of the men of war which went out to battle….
31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord commanded Moses.
32 And the booty, being the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep,
33 And threescore and twelve thousand beeves,
34 And threescore and one thousand asses,
35 And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of woman that had not known man by lying with him….
40 And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the Lord’s tribute was thirty and two persons.
41 And Moses gave the tribute, which was the Lord’s heave offering, unto Eleazar the priest, as the Lord commanded Moses….
47 Even of the children of Israel’s half, Moses took one portion of fifty, both of man and of beast, and gave them unto the Levites, which kept the charge of the tabernacle of the Lord; as the Lord commanded Moses.
Take the case of Jeroboam. “I will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall.” It was done. And not only was the man that did it cut off, but everybody else.
The same with the house of Baasha: everybody was exterminated, kinsfolks, friends, and all, leaving “not one that pisseth against a wall.”
In the case of Jeroboam you have a striking instance of the Deity’s custom of not limiting his punishments to the guilty; the innocent are included. Even the “remnant” of that unhappy house was removed, even “as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.” That includes the women, the young maids, and the little girls. All innocent, for they couldn’t piss against a wall. Nobody of that sex can. None but members of the other sex can achieve that feat.
I can understand why he pokes fun and mocks the Bible. And if Twain were alive today, he would really be upset with Jewish Noahide Laws that say all non-Jews must be exterminated.
By Rev. Ted Pike
1 Jan 13
Despite anti-Islamist blogger Pam Geller’s outrageous support for Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik—and despite her recommendation that Israel should nuke Europe if Iran attacks—pro-Zionist big media of both left and right continue to promote her.
While FOX TV news appears embarrassed by Geller’s anti-Islamic transit ads, Jewish-owned CNN featured her in a recent interview on “Headline News’ The Dr. Drew Show.” Jewish media such as The NY Times do feign concern that Geller is racist in her vilification of Islam and its over 200 million Arab believers. Yet Geller’s information-spewing wit and feisty independence more than neutralize such objections. Far from dropping Geller as a result of her dangerous sympathies and verbal indiscretions, big media use their powers of editing to steamroll criticism and package Geller in a positive light.
One arm of the Jewish liberal establishment, ADL/SPLC, postures as sympathetic to Islamic rights and dignity; they denounce Geller’s “hate and racism.” Yet Jewish media clearly recognize an opportunity for Israel if Geller’s influence expands. (Of course, ADL’s protestations are false. It protects Islam not because of compassion but to entrap critics of Islam, primarily evangelical Christians and anti-Zionists, in their hate crimes net.)
Meanwhile Geller’s new series of ads vilifying Islam will come up on January 7th in New York’s subways. I have been told by a NYC resident that her previous ads have been placed above the ability of scornful youths to deface with slogans such as “Hate Speech” and “Racism.”
WorldNetDaily Remains Pro-Geller
On the Christian right, Zionist mouthpiece WorldNetDaily continues to promote Geller. Last month National Prayer Network sent my article “Pam Geller: If Iran Attacks, Israel Should Nuke Europe” to 50 right-wing organizations that have featured Geller, including WND’s three top editors/writers. We mentioned that the article has been posted on over 90 websites, blogs and forums. Yet WND was undaunted. Owner Joe Farah is making it clear that to WND’s primary constituency, Christian evangelicals, Geller is too popular a figure to drop. Farah claims to be a Christian and strongly anti-abortion. But that doesn’t dampen his loyalty to pro-abortion Geller.
Before the age of modern medicine, anyone bitten by a rabid animal could expect to soon foam at the mouth and die in raving and convulsions. Today, Pam Geller’s message of infectious hate against Islam causes many who believe her to similarly rave with dire conviction that Islam overwhelms all other threats. Such victims now include countless evangelicals who flock to her website, Atlas Shrugs. The result is that, to an unprecedented degree, millions of Christians largely forget their first duty to lead all men, including Arabs, to salvation in Christ. Instead, opposition to Islam and support of Israel has become top priority. A preponderance of Zionist evangelicals now consider Arabs beyond the scope of Christian evangelism or even human compassion.
We are witnessing the transformation of Bible-belt Christianity into one of the largest racist groups in the world.
In addition, the evangelical right willingly cooperates with non-Christian, even anti-Christian, forces that also support Israel. WND periodically promotes ADL as a trusted authority on hate crimes and anti-Semitism. John Hagee and other evangelicals financially support violent ultra-Orthodox settlers in the West Bank and southern Israel. Chuck Baldwin, Christian Constitution Party leader, recently said,
The biggest cheerleaders for the unprovoked, unconstitutional, pre-emptive attack and invasion of Iraq were evangelical Christians. Ditto for the war in Afghanistan, the bombing of Libya, the attacks in Yemen, drone attacks in Pakistan, etc. Who is calling for the bombing of Iran? Evangelical Christians. . .And where are today’s evangelical Christians giving a second thought regarding their fellow Christian brothers and sisters in many of these Middle Eastern countries?
Most Zionist evangelicals cannot bear to hear truth from fellow Christians who try to inform them of the threat of Jewish supremacism. In fact, although Israel is criticized as never before on college campuses and the internet, such Zionist evangelicals increasingly barricade themselves against dissent. They are taught from the pulpit that criticism of Israel is “satanic”—Satan is attempting to destroy the state of Israel to prevent the second coming of Christ. To defeat “Satan” as quickly as possible, most Zionist evangelicals will not listen to those who bring criticism of Israel. Anti-intellectualism rapidly expands in the Zionist right.
Recently, an evangelical supporter of mine presented a packet of my writings from Truthtellers.org to a close evangelical friend, requesting that he prayerfully consider it. A few days later, he contacted the man, who replied that my writings were “hate” and that Arabs are a “cursed race,” meant by God to be suppressed.
Zionism Will Totally Corrupt Christianity
It takes little imagination to foresee that, in even less than a generation, “Christian” Zionists could become so much like Jewish Zionists that it will be difficult to tell the difference. This will include advocacy of violence against Arabs and enforcement of hate laws against Christians critical of Israel. Already in Canada, pro-Israel evangelicals largely support Canada’s hate crimes laws. [True. See MysteryWorshiper’s expose here.] They see hate laws as federal enshrinement of Christian values upholding “love.” Canada’s premier free speech advocate, Paul Fromm, told me such evangelicals will join B’nai B’rith Canada and the Canadian Jewish Congress in filing complaints against fellow Christians who commit the “hate crime” of criticizing Jews! In Israel, Messianic Jewish evangelical families are proud that their sons and daughters are members of the IDF and participate fully in military actions against Palestinians.
Scripture says that when we bid godspeed to evil men we become partakers of their evil deeds. Today we are witnessing a colossal deterioration of conscience as evangelicals share Talmudic Judaism’s “hit back” and even murderous instincts.
It’s hard to conceive of a more degrading idea than that the righteous are required to bless the wicked. The mantra “God blesses those who bless Israel” (the synagogue of Satan) thus becomes a dreadful and unchanging mechanism that can only utterly corrupt “Christian” Zionists, making them as evil as the Jews they have exalted above God, the Bible, and even basic human rights.
Where is Christian Zionism Heading Tomorrow?
Where will the present hardening of evangelical consciences toward the Palestinians take them? It already results in support of Israel and ultra-Orthodox settlers in their continuing oppressions of Palestinians, depriving them of basic freedom and ancestral property. There can be no doubt that Zionist evangelicals will rejoice in eviction of every last Arab from Palestine.
It also means that the very strong trend to incorporate Jewish customs, holy days, and legalisms into evangelical church services will only increase. Today, such Judaization of Christianity isn’t yet resulting in widespread desire to convert to Judaism (denying Jesus altogether). Not yet. But Talmudic Jewish author Dr. Michael Higger, in his book The Jewish Utopia, predicts that as Jewish world control becomes reality there will be relentless pressure on all “idolaters,” especially Christians, to renounce their beliefs and convert to Judaism – on pain of death. (See Coming Jewish ‘Utopia’ Ruled by Noahide Laws)
Considering the very rapid moral decline of evangelicalism on many levels, we can presume that the children and grandchildren of those who now agree not to criticize Jews or Israel will agree with the Zionist new world order, Babylon the Great, and convert. (See ‘Babylon the Great’ is Israel) Certainly, the present idealization of all things Jewish within evangelicalism powerfully inclines the next generation, facing the alternative of persecution, to actually become Jews. Jewish Pam Geller’s leadership of evangelicals against Islam hastens the trend of Jews leading Christians away from Christ, the Bible and the Holy Spirit in favor of obedience to Jewish authority and law.
If this trend toward Jewish leadership is not held back, someday the apostate descendants of today’s “Israel first” evangelicals may actually rejoice to see “hateful, anti-Semitic” Christians guillotined under Judaism’s Noahide laws.
Today, pro-Zionist evangelicals believe they must preserve the state of Israel so that Christ can return. Yet Scripture says something very different: Christ will actually return to deliver a persecuted and exhausted church, turned upon and decimated by the very state of Israel and its worldwide power which misguided evangelicals made possible. (Rev. 18:6)
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.
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