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Christian Decision Making on Creation Care and Climate Change

By E. Calvin Beisner , CP Op-Ed ContributorOctober 23, 2014|7:27 am (Photo: The Christian Post)Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, national spokesman for The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, speaks at The Heritage Foundation-hosted event on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 in Washington, D.C.Editor's Note: This is part two of a two-part series on global warming and creation care written in a point-counterpoint format. Part one can be read here. In "Climate Change, Creation Care, and the Cosmic Glue," Paul de Vries sets forth excellent principles for Christian care of creation:The earth was good when God made it, and "When we humans have messed up some aspects of God's creation, we should seek to restore them."People should be stewards of God's earth, and dominion granted in Genesis 1:28 does not mean abuse but "'improving and protecting' nature."We are to love our neighbors as ourselves, including by how we treat the earth and its resources.Jesus Christ "dwells in his creation, sustaining everything that exists," and we should "serve our Creator and take some responsibility to free his creation from its being so badly 'subjected to futility' (Romans 8:20, partly through pollution) and its being in 'bondage to decay' (Romans 8:21, partly through depletion of natural resources."With these every thoughtful Christian should agree. Free Sign Up CP Newsletter! Related Evangelicals and Climate Change: Global Warming Skeptics (Pt. 3) Evangelicals and Climate Change: Global Warming Activis...  

Dancing priests become Internet sensation after seminary dance-off

Tricia Thomas, The Associated Press Published Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:33AM EDT Last Updated Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:35AM EDT ROME -- A video of a pair of duelling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed in April during a fundraiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary up the hill from the Vatican. Rider warmed up the crowd with a lively tap-dance routine, only to be pushed aside by Gibson's fast-footed Irish dance. Soon they were battling it out, trying to impress the crowd. At the back of the room, journalist Joan Lewis recorded the event and later posted on YouTube. "All of a sudden the numbers started rising and rising," Lewis told The Associated Press. The video has nearly 260,000 views. Their Internet success has drawn comparisons to Sr. Cristina Scuccia, who won the Italian edition of "The Voice" in June with a series of unadorned pop song performances, in full habit. Her first album features a cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin." As with Scuccia, the priests' online popularity was tinged with criticism. Some commentators wrote that the priests shouldn't have been dancing under a crucifix and painting of Po...  

Have Energy Stocks Hit Bottom? Guinness Atkinson Manager Says Yes.

Depending on how you measure it, energy stocks are cheap. The Vanguard Energy ETF, which earlier this year was up 15% and ahead of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index,  is now back where it started as crude prices have plunged to $80 a barrel on signs of a global oil glut. Time to get in? “My view is we’re at the bottom, and this is a brilliant entry point,” said Tim Guinness, manager of the Guinness Atkinson Global Energy fund, with about $400 million in U.K. and U.S. assets. Crude oil has fallen 22% since June, driving energy stocks down 17%, well more than the average 7.1% for 13 such oil-price crashes Guinness has studied since 2000. It’s not all good news: Guinness Atkinson data suggests oil might have a bit further to fall – the average price decline in such downdrafts has been 28% — but the numbers also suggest oil and gas stocks have overcorrected. Energy stocks have trailed the S&P over the last three years…(Source: Morningstar) Although since 2010 the divergence isn’t so dramatic.(Source: Morningstar) Big oil companies are now selling for about $12 per barrel of reserves, Guinness said, well below private-market transactions valuing reserves at $16-$24 a barrel. Yes, there appears to be disarray within the Saudi regime and some people in a position to influence policy in that country might want even lower prices as a way of sweating U.S. shale producers who lose money below $80 a barrel,...  

What has gone wrong with the Liverpool FC defence - and how can the Reds fix it?

A defeat against the champions of Europe is nothing to be ashamed of. But for Liverpool FC, to concede defeat in such a manner is frustrating and embittering. Increasingly, there appears to be no case for the defence. Cristiano Ronaldo's strike was magnificent, but Karim Benzema's double were simply gifts from the Reds defence. The three goals against Real Madrid took their goals conceded tally to 19 in 12 games. They have kept just two clean sheets in 21 games – both against Tottenham – and average 1.27 goals conceded per game under Brendan Rodgers. What the manager has achieved at Anfield has been well-document and rightfully commended – but the defence is undoubtedly a problem, and one which has persisted throughout his reign. There are plenty of questions being asked of the defence. Here they are. Liverpool can't defend set pieces The Reds have conceded seven goals in 12 games this season. It would be an unbelievable statistic if not for the image of the Liverpool players panicking upon the toot of the referee's whistle. Seven goals conceded, but countless scares on most occasions the ball is plunged into the box. Simon Mignolet struggles to command his area, an opponent can lose Martin Skrtel with a drop of the shoulder, Dejan Lovren gravitates towards the man far too much. Opposition managers will spend time in training launching high balls throughout the week, so Liverpool must do the same. Only hard work will fix this. Pigeons of Hull, be prepare...  

Essien: Stop Racism Once And For All

AC Milan midfielder, Michael Essien, says that football authorities need to act quickly to eradicate racism from the game. Verona were recently handed a partial stadium closure sanction after fans racially abused Sulley Muntari in this weekend’s fixture against AC Milan, and Essien showed support for his teammate, insisting that there is no place for racism in football. “Racism really makes me sad. The fact that in 2014 there are some stupid people that still behave like this really makes me sad,” Essien told Milan Channel in an interview. “Generally speaking, those situations are awful for us but also for football. “For instance, it was sad to see an empty ground during the game between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City last night. “I think that this is the moment to act in order to change this situation. We need to stop these things that happen very often in stadiums once and for all." The Ghanaian then discussed the performances of his teammates, Fernando Torres and Keisuke Honda. “Fernando Torres is a great player. I see him training at his best every day. I am sure that he’ll help us a lot throughout this season and that he will soon start to score many goals. “Honda just finds himself in such an incredible form. He always plays for the team and also scores lots of goals. I really hope he can carry on scoring and keep doing well.” Essien joined Milan in the summer of 2013 and has made 10 Serie...  

NJ Politics Roundup: Christie talks Ebola; Booker, Bell to answer your questions

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie turned his attention Wednesday to the Ebola threat that has shook the country. During a news conference in Hackensack, the Republican governor said "we are prepared" for handling the virus and offered a response plan. The potential 2016 presidential candidate also said the federal government should consider blocking West African travelers from entering the United States. And he warned that he'll act alone to stop the spread of Ebola if the feds fall short. LIVE EBOLA CHAT Follow NJ Advance Media's live chat about how to talk to your children about Ebola today at 10:30 a.m. ASK BOOKER, BELL QUESTIONS U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Republican challenger Jeff Bell will answer your questions on NJ.com. Please submit them by 10 a.m. today MORAN ON CHRISTIE'S MINIMUM WAGE REMARK Star-Ledger political columnist Tom Moran criticizes Christie for saying he is "tired" of hearing about the minimum wage. THE AUDITOR: GOLDBERG'S REPUBLICAN PAC A look at how former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Brian Goldberg has started a PAC that seeks to draw more young people, women, and minorities to the GOP. NJ Advance Media staff writers Matt Arco, Claude Brodesser-Akner, Matt Friedman, and Susan K. Livio contributed to this report. Brent Johnson may be reached at bjohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @johnsb01. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook. MORE POLITICS ...  

Antibody in Trial to Fight Blood Cancers to be Tested on Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma patients will soon have access to a new treatment through a clinical trial thanks to a recent discovery by Australian researchers. The researchers found a way to shut down a tumor’s “life support system” by using an antibody to attack the protein Epha3. A team of researchers from Australia found that by targeting Epha3, found in blood vessels and the supporting tissues around malignant tumors, with the KB004 antibody, they starved the cancer cells causing them to die. KB004, developed by KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of San Francisco, CA, is currently in clinical trials for blood cancers, including leukemia, in the U.S. and Australia. Other studies have shown that antibodies can trigger a patient’s immune system to fight off infection or employ the body’s own defenses to fight off cancer. The researchers found that even if tumor cells did not contain Epha3, they actually recruited Epha3 cancer cells from the tumor “micro-environment” so the cancer could thrive and continue to grow. “We have shown that EphA3 expressing stromal stem cells, which are produced by the bone marrow, form cells that support and create blood vessels in tumors,” said Dr. Mary Vail, Monash Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. They also found EphA3 expression on stromal cells and newly forming blood vessels in prostate, colon, breast, brain and lung cancers. This led the researchers to realize that the tumor micro-e...  

Exclusive Election Body at Heart of HK Protests

It's among the most powerful clubs in this city of enormous wealth and influence. Only 1,200 people are allowed in, and they decide who leads Hong Kong every five years. As thousands of protesters block city streets demanding democratic reforms, the future of Hong Kong's exclusive — some would say purposefully opaque — election committee may prove key to defusing a high-stakes political standoff that has dragged on for nearly a month. When Hong Kong and Chinese authorities launched the committee in 1997, they billed it as a diverse body where everyone from business leaders to fishermen to social workers would come together to choose Hong Kong's top leader. In August, China's powerful National People's Congress picked the committee as the model for screening candidates in the city's first election for chief executive in 2017. China agreed to hold elections beginning that year, with candidates named by a "broadly representative nominating committee," in the deal that led the U.K. to hand over Hong Kong to China in 1997. The problem, at least for thousands of student demonstrators, is both the committee's track record and its labyrinthine rules for picking candidates. In the three elections since its formation, the committee has chosen only chief executives loyal to the central Chinese government. Yet the city's 3.5 million general voters have reliably cast more than half their ballots for pro-democracy legislative candidates critical of Beijing. Demonstrators and...  

Madison Theatre adds new releases, live performances to its offerings ...

Madison Theatre will host a jazz performance, the first live show in a new theatre space this Saturday, following a renovation of three unused theaters. The Madison Theatre now has four theaters of varying sizes: The two 150-seat theaters that opened ...  

VIDEO: Ambassador David Roet Addresses the UN Security Council

[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Ambassador David Roet addresses UN Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East on Tuesday, 27 Tishrei. Madam President, Albert Einstein once said: “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” There is no question that the world is a dangerous place to live. What many fail to realize is that it will remain dangerous – and become even more dangerous – unless we address the real root causes of the violence and instability. Namely, the poisonous ideology of extremism. As we speak, violent radical groups are waging a brutal and aggressive war to challenge the existing world order. It is no accident that the most dangerous extremist groups operate in the Middle East, a region plagued by intolerance and tyranny. They are taking advantage of the area’s instability to advance their narrow interests and return the region to the Dark Ages. While many nations struggle to combat terrorist groups that are thousands of kilometers and oceans away, Israel finds these threats on its doorstep. The State of Israel is the only democracy between the Red Sea and the Caspian Sea. We have built a society based on democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of worship, the rule of law, and the equal rights of all people. These are the values that this institution was built upon and these are the values that this institution should be u...  


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