Sunday, July 14, 2013

John Martignoni - One Church

In this talk, John Martignoni of the Bible Christian Society uses scripture to show that Jesus founded a visible and authoritative Church, not an invisible band of believers.

One Church (MP3 Format)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

John Martignoni - Which Came First, the Bible or the Church?

In this talk, John Martignoni of the Bible Christian Society answers the question "Which came first, the Bible or the Church?" While many Christians may not ponder this question, it has far reaching implications for anyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ. In addition to answering this question, Mr. Martignoni also answers other important questions, such as:

1. Who decided which books belong in the Bible?
2. Who has the authority to properly interpret the Bible?
3. Where do we go if we don't understand a passage in the Bible? 

Which Came First, The Bible or the Church? (MP3 Format)

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

John Martignoni - Was Hitler Right?

Was Adolph Hitler was right when he tried to exterminate the Jewish people? Before we can answer this question, we must first answer the question "Why do we, as human beings, have value?"  

In this talk, John Martignoni of the Bible Christian Society shares information that Christians can use to enter into discussions with people who think that it should be legal to kill certain types or classes of human beings, such as those who belong to a particular race (like Hitler did to the Jews), those who are not born yet (like those who support legalized abortion are doing to the unborn), or those who are too old (like those who support euthanasia are doing to the elderly).

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

John Martignoni - Apologetics for the Scripturally Challenged

Learn how to explain and defend the Catholic faith using the Bible by listening to this talk by John Martignoni of the Bible Christian Society:

Apologetics for the Scripturally Challenged (MP3 format)

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Hope for Vulnerable Children Ministry

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a man I met recently named Rich Friday. He is a Christian pastor in charge of a ministry called Hope for Vulnerable Children Ministry. His ministry runs an orphanage in Kasese, Uganda, in east Africa. The orphanage cares for children who have been abandoned and neglected, and orphans whose parents could not afford to care for them. The orphanage provides food, shelter, medical care, and education for the children.

Rich contacted me recently and told me that the children in the orphanage would be taking exams soon, and that he didn't have enough money to purchase the exams. Unfortunately, I did not have enough money to cover the entire cost of the exams, but I was able to send him a little money to cover at least part of the cost. When the day finally came for the children to take the exams, Rich had someone take pictures of the children holding up their exams so I could see what my donation helped to provide. Here is a photograph of Rich and some of the children holding their exams:

Here is a photograph of the children taking their exams:

The orphanage depends totally on donations from local churches. Unfortunately, donations have been scarce lately. Rich told me recently that it has been over three months since his teaching staff has been paid. He is also having difficulty paying for the rent for the house that the orphanage uses for shelter. The rent costs only $95 per month, but when you're surviving on donations, even that amount is hard to pay.

If you would like to donate money to help Rich pay the orphanage expenses, here is his contact information:

Hope For Vulnerable Children Ministry / Hope Mission International Ministries P.O.Box 619
Kasese, Uganda, East Africa
Email: /
Tel: +256-772-965-381 / +256-752-965-381
Contact Person: Pastor Rich Friday

The best way to send money to the orphanage is by Western Union. Unfortunately, PayPal doesn't operate in Uganda. When you send money using Western Union, you have to send it to a person. Western Union won't allow you to send it to an organization or company. When you send money, specify Rich Friday as the receiver. When I sent money to Rich, I used the three-day service. I sent the money to Centenary Bank in Kasese, which is a Western Union agent.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide to Hope for Vulnerable Children Ministry. God bless you.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Healthcare Mandate and the Agony in the Garden

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Like many Americans, I was very disappointed to hear today that the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Healthcare Reform Bill crafted by the Obama administration. I had hoped that the court would find the bill unconstitutional because it contains a mandate that would force people of faith to violate their religious beliefs. I'm referring specifically to the Heath and Human Services (HHS) mandate contained in the bill that would force religious employers to provide health insurance that covers medications and services that violate the religious teachings of the Catholic Church and other religions.

As I thought about the decision, I wondered why God would allow this to happen. I wondered why He didn't touch the hearts of the Supreme Court justices so that the healthcare bill would be struck down.

As I was thinking about it, Christ's agony in the garden came to mind. After the last supper, Jesus and His disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane. While they were there, Jesus began to dread his impending suffering and death by crucifixion. He went off by Himself and prayed to God that He wouldn't have to go through with the crucifixion. He prayed "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26:39) Jesus didn't want to go through the pain and suffering He was about to experience, but He was willing to go through it if it was God's will. He knew that if it was God's will that he suffer and die, He knew it was for a greater good, and He was willing to endure it.

The predicament that the Catholic Church finds itself in regarding the healthcare reform bill has similarities to Christ's experience in the Garden of Gethsemane. Just as Jesus didn't want to go through the pain and suffering of his crucifixion, the Catholic Church doesn't want to go through the pain and suffering that will happen if the HHS mandate is put into effect. If the HHS mandate goes into effect, the Catholic Church will have to take drastic measures, which might include shutting down Catholic schools and hospitals. If the Catholic Church has to shut down its schools and hospitals, it won't be able to provide the care and education that it gives to thousands of men, women, and children.

Just as Jesus wanted to be spared the pain and suffering of His crucifixion, the Catholic Church wanted the Supreme Court to strike down the healthcare bill so that it would be spared the pain and suffering involved in fighting the HHS mandate contained in the healthcare bill. If Jesus would have been spared the crucifixion, there would have been no resurrection. He had to go through the crucifixion for the greater good. On the surface, it seems like it would have been better for the Catholic Church if the Supreme Court would have struck down the healthcare bill. After thinking about it, I believe that it is actually better for the Catholic Church and the people of the United States that the healthcare bill wasn't struck down. Why? Because I believe that the imposition of the healthcare mandate is an incredible opportunity for the Catholic Church to make a very strong statement to the world. If the Catholic Church stands strong for religious freedom and opposes the healthcare mandate, it will be a strong Christian witness to the world that will hopefully result in the preservation of religious freedom for all. As with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Catholic Church must obediently accept the cup that has been handed to it, for the greater good of humanity.