McAllister: Sorry, President Obama...
Scripture Doesn’t Support Amnesty
So President Obama is quoting Scripture to make his case for amnesty. I just knew the separation-of-church-and-state crowd would be up in arms today with shouts of protest—wait, there aren’t any. No scathing posts. No statement from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Oh, right, this is a Democratic president, so it’s okay. His reference to Exodus 22:1 and 23:9 is perfectly acceptable. But like most politicians who pillage the Bible for their own purposes, Obama plucked verses out of context.   MORE
Many Amnestied Immigrants Could End Up Receiving Government Checks
President Barack Obama and his surrogates argue that the president’s executive actions will hold illegal immigrants accountable and force them to pay their “fair share of taxes.” However there is a big question as to whether these illegal immigrants will be a net gain or loss to the treasury.   MORE
CBN News: How the Pilgrims and Reformation Formed America
We know the Pilgrims became some of America's first English settlers. And because of Thanksgiving Day, we certainly know they were thankful. But what else was it about these devout Christians that helped them shape what became the most free, most powerful nation on earth? It had much to do with the religious beliefs that were so precious to them; they were willing to face death and uncertainty in a strange New World to live those beliefs out...The Pilgrims' Protestant faith was forged in the Europe of 500 years ago, ripe for a revolution - or what would become a world-changing Reformation.  MORE
Teacher to Student: If You Don't Support Gay Marriage, Drop My Class
Students who oppose gay marriage are homophobic, according to an audio recording of a Marquette University instructor who went on to say that gay right issues cannot be discussed in class because it might offend homosexuals. I reached out to the 20-year-old student at the center of this outrageous episode and the story he tells should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks religious schools are safe havens for open discourse. The story was first reported on a blog run by a Marquette University professor....  MORE
Baptist News: Author Cites Alarming Trends In Preacher Burnout
A new book explores the challenges created by both ministers and congregations that 
lead to pastors quitting or being fired from their jobs.
Travis Collins was a pastor for three decades, but it was only in the last 10 years of his pulpit ministry that he became disturbed by the rate of burnout among fellow preachers — especially the younger ones. “The dropout rate is alarming among new ministers,” said Collins, director of mission advancement and Virginia regional coordinator for Fresh Expressions U.S., which seeks to create new faith communities capable of engaging a postmodern culture. Fresh Expressions U.S. is coordinated by the Baptist General Association of Virginia’s Executive Board. “Some statistics show that half will drop out of vocational ministry … within their first five years,” said Collins, former senior pastor at Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. So rather than just worry about it and watch the downward trend continue, Collins decided to combine research he’s gathered over three decades of ministry with up-to-date data and put it all down on paper.   MORE
CNN: The U.S. Government Thinks China Could Take Down the Power Grid
China and "probably one or two other" countries have the capacity to shut down the nation's power grid and other critical infrastructure through a cyber attack, the head of the National Security Agency told a Congressional panel Thursday. Admiral Michael Rogers, who also serves the dual role as head of U.S. Cyber Command, said the United States has detected malware from China and elsewhere on U.S. computer....
Prophecy News Watch: Israel’s Enemies Continue To Plot Her Destruction
“Join us, let’s wipe the entire nation off the face of the earth so no one will remember Israel’s name.” While this sentence could be an excerpt from a recent speech by any one of a number of heads of state or Muslim leaders, it is actually taken from the Psalms, written thousands of years ago, but meant for our day.(Psalm 83:4) It seems that daily, a new threat, from another of her enemies, surfaces and endangers the existence of Israel and the safety of her people. In a recent Twitter post, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, who represents the latest in a long line of Iranian officials who have advocated her annihilation, called for the destruction of the State of Israel.  Khamenei proposes a...    MORE
Prophecy Teacher Unpacks End-Times Revelation Through New Lens
....In a new book and television miniseries, pastor and author David Jeremiah examines the pre-Tribulation view of eschatology from a new perspective: "He explores the book of Revelation through the lens of its major players—the exiled, the martyrs, the elders, the victor, the king, the judge, the 144,000, the witnesses, the false prophet and the beast," according to promotional material.
Baptist Standard: Bad Idea for Ministers to Sign Marriage License, Pastors Insist
Marriage licenses signed by ministers create an unhealthy union of church and state, and they historically have been used as instruments of racial oppression and the subjugation of females, a trio of Baptist pastors told a group of their peers....“We should stop acting as agents of the state,” he asserted. “How did we ever get snookered into this deal?” Instead of signing a state-issued marriage license, ministers should consider exclusively performing covenant marriage ceremonies that emphasize the New Testament ideal for marriage taught in Ephesians 5, he said.
Daily Signal: How the War on Poverty Has Hurt American Marriage Rates
It is no accident that the collapse of marriage in America largely began with the War on Poverty and the proliferation of means-tested welfare programs that it fostered.
Wall St. Journal: Growing Reliance on Computers Is Making Us Dumb
Human intelligence is withering as computers do more, but there’s a solution.
John Gray: The Truth About Evil
If Saddam was uniquely evil twelve years ago, we have it on the authority of our leaders that ISIS is uniquely evil today. Until it swept into Iraq a few months ago, the jihadist group was just one of several that had....
Crisis Magazine: The Spiritual Tempest of Bill Cosby
In his eleventh hour, accused of serial rape, but beyond the statute of limitations and therefore immune to legal prosecution, the public eye focuses on him. Cosby has become a character of Shakespearean proportions.
Daily Signal: What You Need to Know 
About Obama’s Executive Move on Immigration

President Obama announced he will begin to fix the nation’s “broken” immigration system by allowing millions here illegally to stay and to get work permits.
Prayer Ban Lifted on NC Commissioners Meetings
U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty Jr. removed a 2010 order banning Forsyth County, North Carolina commissioners from having clergy deliver prayers that refer to Jesus Christ or other deities.
Student Sues School over Proselytizing Suspension
Rick Warren On Gay Marriage: 'The Church Must Not Cave In'
"Marriage can only be between a man and a woman," Rick Warren told an audience at the Vatican yesterday.
$4.15 Per Pound: Ground Beef Climbs to Another Record High
Belfast Telegraph: Irish Abortion Foe Arrested for Harassing 'Clinic' Director
Creationist Ken Ham Sounds Off on Biblical Accuracy of Movie, 'Exodus'
Time: Marriage and Martyrdom: How ISIS is Winning Women
At least 300 women have tried to join Isis from Europe and the U.S.
Unnervingly Human Androids Coming To A Future Very Near You
Chillingly life-like robots are causing a storm in Japan – where their creators are about to launch them as actresses, full-size mechanical copies for pop idol fans, and clones of the dearly departed. A fully independent and commercialized version of the geminoid is expected in 10 years and new technologies will make her virtually indistinguishable from humans says Mr. Takeshi Mita, CEO of A-Lab in Tokyo.
Baptist Press: Christian TV Family Targeted By Pro-Gay Petition
Nearly 100,000 people have signed an online petition asking the TLC network to cancel the popular reality show "19 Kids and Counting," contending that its stars, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, use their fame "to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people." The Duggars have 19 children and are outspoken advocates of their Christian faith as well as pro-family public policies.
Tim Challies: Financial Mistakes We Made and Avoided
Like so many other people, I have a love-hate relationship with money. I love what money can do and accomplish, and I hate how money is so fleeting. It seems like every dollar is hard-earned and easily-spent. Every dollar can be used in a million different ways and so much of life’s anxiety comes from determining how to use too little money to address too many possibilities.     MORE
Richard Ostling: What Does the Bible Teach About Polygamy?
....The traditional Jewish and Christian belief is that the biblical God established monogamy as the ideal (Genesis 2:18-25). Though Old Testament law permitted polygamy, the Bible often linked it with evil, envy, family strife, and spiritual and moral decline. Lamech, the first polygamist, was the symbol of brutality. Moses’ second marriage stirred opposition to his leadership.
Richard Samuelson: What Tocqueville Can Teach Us About the Culture War
....Americans are growing increasingly partisan...The problem has many causes. Two key ones, though, are likely to be the growth of government and the rise of identity politics. For much of our history, Americans had a robust understanding of property rights, and of the non-governmental sphere, which was not subject to regulation. That has been changing for quite some time. Alexis de Tocqueville argued that it was part of the essence of America that Americans do on their own, collectively, and freely in civil society, what was done...
Betsy Childs: Mothering in the Internet Age
....Given the wealth of information, do younger women still need older women when it comes to mothering? I’ve seen the research-oriented culture of modern mothering drive a wedge between young women and older women. Older women mock young mothers for being so safety-conscious. Younger women dismiss older women because they don’t know the latest car seat safety standards, or they suggest that the baby would sleep better on his stomach.     MORE
Gene Zubovich: The Protestant Mainline Goes to Washington
Although the left differs with the right on cultural policy, both groups see political mobilization as being at the heart of religious thought and practice. How did politics become so central for religious life?
Mona Charen: Just Don't Call It Islamic
The Islamic State beheaded another American this week. The Obama administration's response revealed its stubborn determination to deny reality. 
David Harsanyi: Obama Puts The Republic Out Of Its Misery
All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States – unless the President says it’s important.
David Limbaugh: Obama's Amnesty Lawlessness Demands Accountability
Obama admitted on several occasions that he had no authority to act unilaterally, via executive order, to grant amnesty to millions of immigrants who came here illegally, so his doing so is, in his own opinion, illegal.
Brian Croft: Five Areas To Be Addressed In Church Revitalization
I am observing a common trend in the effort to revitalize older, established local churches...As I have combed through the avalanche of church revitalization materials that has been published in the last 5 years and much of it being good and helpful, the core issues that need to be focused upon are still getting missed in some ways in my estimation. Therefore, here are the 5 areas that need to be addressed.     MORE
Thom Rainer: Eight Trends About Church Bulletins
It is amazing to look at the total resources of time and money expended on church bulletins. Because bulletins seem to be such a trivial issue, we often fail to consider their impact or lack of impact. In reality, the impact is greater than we might imagine. Not only do we expend significant resources on bulletins, both guests and members tend to have pretty strong feelings about them. Our team has been observing some major trends regarding bulletins. Here is what we found thus far. MORE
Jim Oesterwind: Abraham -  A Man of Intolerance
Genesis 19 mentions Abraham once, but that mention forms a very clear contrast between a man who intolerant of sin and his nephew who allowed sin to come in like a flood. Genesis 18 provided a clear picture of a man developing intimacy with God which led to intercessory prayer for Lot and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. God answers Abraham’s prayer in Genesis 19.     MORE
Sproul: What Does 'Amen' Mean?
And all the people said … “Amen!” The “amen corner” has had an important place in the life of the church throughout the ages. However, it is rare to find such a spot among Presbyterians. We are known as God’s frozen chosen for a reason. It has been said that the Methodists like to shout “Fire,” the Baptists like to shout “Water,” and the Presbyterians like to softly say, “Order, order.” Nevertheless, in spite of the idiosyncrasies of various ecclesiastical persuasions, the function of the word amen far transcends denominational usages in the modern era.     MORE
Erik Raymond: Why Does God Warn About Judgment?
The Bible is both motive-reading and future-predicting. We, as finite creatures, can do neither. I cannot tell you what you are thinking, or why you are doing what you are doing. The Bible does. Why is this? How is this? It is because it is a living book. Like Spurgeon said, I’ve read many books, this book reads me!  MORE
Russell Moore: Should Couples Write Their Own Wedding Vows?
...“Dr. Moore, we are planning our wedding, and we were planning to write our own vows, but after watching the Livestream of the ERLC National Conference, we noticed that you said that you don’t let couples write their own vows. Can you talk a little bit more about that, and should we rethink this?”     MORE
Gavin Ortlund: Your Church Is Without a Senior Pastor: Now What?
When a church loses its senior pastor, it is natural to grieve. Those interim periods can be dark and confusing times—and they often come more frequently than we expect, and last longer than we want. But are there any opportunities afforded by an interim period? Could God use such a season for good in the life of a church? To get wisdom on these issues, I spoke with Phil Douglass, professor of practical theology... MORE
Texas Textbooks Under Fire for Suggesting Moses Influenced Founding Fathers
 Social studies textbooks that have been proposed for use by Texas students next fall are coming under fire by those who take issue with the positively Christian worldview therein, including suggestions that Moses and the Ten Commandments were an influence on the founding of the nation.   MORE
Homosexuals File Complaint Against Minister for Not ‘Marrying’ Them 
Two homosexual men in North Carolina have filed a complaint against their United Methodist minister for refusing to “marry” them, stating that he has failed “to perform the work of the ministry.” Scott Chappell and Kenneth Barner, who attend Green Street United Methodist Church in Winson-Salem, filed the complaint with the Western North Carolina Office of the United Methodist Church late last month, charging their leader, Kelly Carpenter (male), with discrimination...It further outlines that Chappell and Barner are “active members” of the congregation, and that Barner is “the current chair of the Leadership Council and often leads the praise and worship portion of the service.” The two became “engaged” during a Sunday service before the congregation.  MORE
Jews Worldwide Beef Up Security Following Jerusalem Synagogue Attack 
Lethal anti-Semitism in Israel and across Europe has sparked enhanced security measures in Diaspora communities. Following this week’s deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue and the stabbing of a Jewish man in Belgium, the security unit of British Jewry advised vigilance around Jewish institutions. The British Community Security Trust, an organization devoted to the security of British Jewry, issued the warning Tuesday in a bulletin that contained nine instructions to Jewish institutions, including a call to “ensure visible external security patrols take place to deter and detect hostile activity” and immediate reporting to police of any suspicious behavior.  MORE
Washington Post:
Fear of Deadly ‘Religious War’ Between Jews & Muslims After Synagogue Attack
One Day After Attack, Jews Return to Pray
Jerusalem Post:
Police Remain Vigilant as Hamas Calls for ‘Day of Rage’ on Friday
Associated Press:
Divided Jerusalem: Attacks Put Holy City on Edge
Baptist News: You’ve Met the ‘Nones’  ---Now Meet the ‘Dones’
The ‘dones’ are those Christians who consider themselves faihful to God but are turned off by the institutional aspects of church — and they just quit going.
Just as churches, seminaries and congregational consultants were wrapping their heads around the concept of “the nones” in religious life, yet another term emerges for yet another category of Americans abandoning the church: “the dones.” The first group denotes the growing number of Americans with no religion affiliation. “Nones,” which may represent as much as 38 percent of the U.S. population, also are known for generally having had no or very little in the way of religious upbringing. But sociologists, church historians and congregational coaches have realized for a while that another subset of Americans are answering “none” on surveys about religious affiliations: Those who have grown up in the church and remained active in adulthood — at least until getting tired of church life. They’ve been included in other names created by researchers, including the “unchurched” and the “de-churched.”  MORE
Brietbart: Report Says America Is Among Least Happy Countries
If you are looking for the "happiest" country on earth, don't look to the USA. At least that is the message from the Happy Planet Index, which rates 151 countries. The Happy Planet Index (HPI) finds that the happiest country is Costa Rica, followed by Vietnam, Columbia, and Belize. The index rates the USA as the 105th happiest. According to the website, "The HPI measures what matters: the extent to which countries deliver long, happy, sustainable lives for the people that live in them. The Index uses global data on life expectancy, experienced well-being and Ecological Footprint to calculate this."  MORE
Steve Herzig: It’s Time to Speak Out on Global Christian Persecution
Do a computer search for "ISIS" and "Christians" and prepare to gasp in horror. ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or simply Islamic State) is slaughtering Christians in the Middle East in a war on Christianity that is more deadly than the one between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. While most of the Western world focused on Gaza last summer, ISIS was murdering people mercilessly. And as shouts of outrage concerning the war in Gaza proliferated, the virtual silence on the war against Christians was deafening.
Humanist Association Stops Prayer at Louisiana School
A Louisiana school district has put an end to event prayers after being threatened with a lawsuit if it failed to remove them from school functions. The American Humanist Association recently sent a letter to school administrators at the St. Mary Parish School District in Centerville, Louisiana, alleging that a Morgan City high school student complained about prayer during a mandatory Veteran's day assembly.
Christian Couple Faces Death Sentence in Qatar After Daughter Dies
An American Christian couple in Qatar is facing a death sentence after their adopted daughter died unexpectedly in their home on January 15, 2013.
National Geographic: Tropical Diseases Pose Growing Threat to U.S.
Three tropical diseases—dengue, chagas, and chikungunya—may establish U.S. footholds.
Hit Man Targets Baptist Pastor, But God Delivers Him From Evil
CBN News: House Hearing Calls Out Military’s War on Faith
Some say the U.S. military is now so hostile to religion, many believers in the ranks are afraid of mentioning their faith. Because of past cases, Congress has specifically ordered the military to stop suppressing religious liberty. But there have been enough new cases in recent months that the House held a new hearing on the subject this Wednesday.
Christian Photogpraphers Close Business Instead of Filming Gay 'Weddings'
Marine Dad Takes Stand After Daughter Gets 'F' for Refusing Islamic Indoctrination
Matthew McConaughey Speaks Out About His Faith
Newsmax: Pope Stifles Conservative Dissent With Demotion
Pope Francis' demotion of a cardinal appears to have squashed "conservative backlash" against what some call the Pope's softening stance on some social issues. Cardinal Raymond Burke recently said the Church under Francis' direction is like "a ship without a rudder."
Collin Hansen Book Review: America’s Pastor--
Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation
....Wacker, an acclaimed scholar and self-described "partisan" evangelical sharing Graham’s faith, seeks to answer two key questions: how does Graham’s story explain the unexpected growth of evangelical faith in America, and how does it illustrate the interplay between religion and American culture more generally?  By the second page of the book Wacker projects his basic thesis...     MORE
Stephen Enjaian: Did Brittany Maynard Die With Dignity?
....But if Maynard’s decision was a private matter, then why did she choose to turn it into a public political campaign? The movement she joined holds that death is preferable to a variety of adverse circumstances, and that there is a right to end one’s life when one chooses. These are expansive moral claims with no apparent boundaries. Right-to-die advocates demand that the state sanction their moral code and impose it on everyone. This is one reason why absolute individual autonomy does not give people dignity. In life and death matters, it infringes on others and degrades dignity.     MORE
Christian Century: The War Against Sunday Rest
....“A battle against leisure is unfolding,” Ryan Jacob claims in a Pacific Standard article called, provocatively enough, “Are Sundays Dying?” Citing Canadian survey data, Jacob found that even in this last citadel of repose, religious observances, socializing, eating at home, and, yes, sleep had all declined on Sundays between 1981 and 2005. During the same period, time spent working increased dramatically. Churches have, in a manner of speaking, taken notice. Late rising and the newspaper, once the frequently cited competitors to Sunday worship, have been replaced with youth sports leagues. But sports are only part of the story. 
Daniel Greenfield: Converting to Islam Won’t Save Your Head
....The Jihadists behind the Westgate mall attack in Kenya bypassed the obvious and instead killed hostages for being unable to answer such questions as “What was the name of Mohammed’s mother.” Not all Muslims might have been able to dodge a bullet by answering that question, but the terrorists were testing for religiosity as much as for ethnicity. A Muslim who couldn’t name the mother of the father of terror was deemed un-Islamic enough to be murdered by his monstrous children.
Charles Murray: The Crucial Importance of Stay-at-Home Wives
I’ll cut President Obama some slack. When he said that women staying at home with the kids is “not a choice we want Americans to make,” I assume he meant that it shouldn’t be a choice that women are forced to make. Even so, I have a beef with the tunnel vision that accompanies the conversation about women staying at home, as if it’s a balancing act between income and child care.   MORE
Joe Carter: Why Private Property Protects Conscience
What is the connection between private property and conscience rights? “If there is no private property,” says Michael Novak, “there is also no independent leg to stand on in speaking for one’s conscience..."
Robert Spencer: More Beheadings, More Denial
How many more will feel the blade at their necks before Obama and the rest embrace reality?
Walter Williams: Obama vs. Us
Have we reached the “post-Constitution” stage of our history? 
David Cloud: Creation Science Ministries-Why the 
New Evangelical Principle is Dangerous
...The rejection of separatism has been the heart of New Evangelicalism for more than half a century. Harold Ockenga, one of the fathers of the movement, said, “We repudiate separatism.”  Billy Graham epitomized and popularized this philosophy. If they believe in separation at all, they believe that it only has to do with the “cardinal doctrines.” When I visited the Creation Museum, I was treated well and thoroughly enjoyed my visit and recommend it to anyone. But Ken Ham told me personally that since Answers in Genesis is “not a church,” they don’t have to concern themselves with issues other than creationism.    MORE
Croft: How Does a Pastor Cultivate a Ministry of Prayer With Other Pastors?
I know from personal experience that the soft voice beckoning pastors to pray for their flocks grows louder when others are involved and you are accountable to them. I will gladly admit I would falter in this task even more and allow other demanding tasks of my ministry to squeeze out prayer if I didn’t have the accountability of other pastors. Pray with the pastors and leaders of your church.   MORE
Jonathan Dodson: Three Ways Evangelism Can Be More Believable 
If our evangelism is increasingly unbelievable, what can we do to be more believable to an inoculated, indifferent, and at times, antagonistic society? In evangelistic seminars, people are often asked to answer a question that goes something like, “How can I get eternal life?” We might scoff at the question, assuming it too unrealistic to come from our unbelieving neighbors, but I actually know someone who was asked this very question....His name was Jesus Christ.    MORE
Thom Rainer: Seven Ways to Deal with CAVE Dwellers in Your Church
They are in every church. They are critics. They are naysayers. If your church has regular business meetings, they will be the negatively outspoken people. They often begin sentences with “I love you pastor, but . . .” And the moment you hear “but,” you cringe. You wait for the verbal assault. Critics and naysayers are in every church. They are CAVE (Consistently Against Virtually Everything) Dwellers. They can make your life miserable.. . . . unless you learn to deal with them.   MORE
Tautges: Four Reasons a Husband Should Pray with His Wife Consistently
....Prayer with our wives teaches us humility and opens our hearts to God’s grace. We desperately need God’s grace in our own lives as men and in our marriages, don’t we? Our attempts to make life work, to make our marriages work—on our own—are futile and foolish. So, what gets the attention of our grace-dispensing God? Humility...The very act of praying does humble us. And humility draws the grace of God that we so greatly need.The very act of praying does humble us.  MORE
Billy Graham: In Our ‘Lawless and Wicked Age … 
We've Taught the Philosophy of the Devil -- ‘Do As You Please’
World renowned evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, the founder and chairman of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,  said that our children are growing up in a “lawless and wicked age,” infused with the “philosophy of the Devil, who says, ‘Do as you please.’” Further, rearing children in this culture is difficult because “we have taken God out of our educational systems and thought we could get away with it,” said Rev. Graham. “We have sown the wind, and we are now reaping the whirlwind. We have laughed at God, religion & the Bible.”  MORE
Palestinian Leaders Call Slain Victims of Synagogue Attack ‘Terrorists’
Palestinian leaders reacted to Tuesday’s bloody attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem by characterizing the synagogue as “a command center” and the murdered victims as “terrorists.” Hamas, a militant Palestinian group, described the attack as “a quality development in the confrontation with the Israeli occupation,” according to Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper.  MORE
On edge but faithful to their religious routine, worshippers returned on Wednesday to the Jerusalem synagogue where four rabbis and a policeman were killed in a Palestinian attack a day earlier. The bloodstains had been washed away. But four memorial candles burned as about a dozen men chanted their daily prayers and police newly stationed outside guarded the Kehillat Bnei Torah congregation. "It’s a little scary, but we’re going to have to go on with our lives. We're staying here, we're not moving anywhere. This terrorist attack is not going to change anything," said Avraham Burkei, a member of the synagogue in Jewish West Jerusalem.   MORE
Synagogue Attack: Netanyahu Vows Victory In 'Battle for Jerusalem'
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to win a "battle for Jerusalem" after a deadly attack on a synagogue. Two Palestinians killed four rabbis in West Jerusalem before being shot dead. A policeman later died of his wounds. Mr Netanyahu vowed to "settle the score with every terrorist" saying that those "who want to uproot us from our state and capital... will not succeed".     MORE
Why Are 120 Christian College Kids About to Get Deported?
Myron Guiler...is the president of Marietta Bible College, a small unaccredited school that provides Bible training mostly for impoverished international students. The college is a ministry of the Marietta Bible Center Church. On Sunday – Pastor Guiler delivered the bad news to his congregation – the federal government had denied their recertification for a program that allows foreign students to attend American schools. The 34-year-old college may no longer accept international students and those who are currently enrolled in the Bible school must either transfer to another college by February or face deportation.   MORE
Is Religion the Answer to Japan's Suicide Crisis?
The number of suicides in Japan is down for the third year in a row, but it is still a serious problem in this nation with the world's third largest economy. 
The FAQs: The Jerusalem Synagogue Attack
What happened in Jerusalem? Two Palestinian men armed with axes, meat cleavers, and a pistol, entered a synagogue complex in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of West Jerusalem on Tuesday morning and killed four rabbis, one from the UK and three from United States...
Growing Evidence Shows Westerners Joining Jihad
Under Obama, U.S. Personal Freedom Ranking Slips Below France
98-Year-Old Veteran Dons Uniform, Salutes America Day Before Death
Monster Energy Drinks Push Satan's Agenda, Viral Video Claims
"This is not a Christian company at all. So why would they have a cross on the can? The message: Anti-christ."
Study: Millennials Hate Ugly Churches
Millennials gravitate toward classic, quiet church spaces that feel authentic and provide a break from the busyness of a fast-paced, technological world, revealed a study commissioned by church architectural firms.
The Week: Israeli and Palestinian Leaders Can't Control the New Wave of Violence In Jerusalem 
Two Palestinian men stormed into a synagogue in Jerusalem on Tuesday, where they killed four rabbis and injured eight with knives, axes, and guns in the city's deadliest attack in years. A policeman died later of his wounds. Witnesses described a chaotic scene during the 7 a.m. attack as the two gunmen first opened fire outside, then entered the building and began attacking worshippers. The attackers were shot dead minutes later by police. Emergency workers said the slain victims lay outside in pools of blood, still wrapped in their prayer shawls....It was the latest in a series of high-profile attacks in Jerusalem over the past month, which both Israeli and Palestinian leaders seem largely powerless to control.     MORE
Nicole Symmonds: 10 Things About the Black Church
There’s more to the story than soulful music and whooping preachers. Way more.
Christian Club Deemed 'Illegal' at New York High School
Will Google Robot Ultimately Defy the Word of God?
New York Times: Abraham on Trial
The facts were undeniable: The defendant, one Abraham (no known surname), had teetered on the brink of stabbing his son Isaac to death, only to be stopped by divine intervention. Luckily he had a lawyer with a thirst for tough cases, not to mention a jury pool consisting exclusively of people who proudly claim to be descended from the accused... When the defendant in question is the father of the Jewish people, it seems only right that the trial — even if it is only a mock trial done for educational purposes — should take place in one of the country’s most eminent Reform synagogues, with two of New York’s most prominent Jews sparring over his fate.
Ministers Can Continue Using the Housing Allowance Per Court Ruling
A federal appeals court has upheld the tax provision that allows ministers of all faiths to continue receiving housing allowances. As many had predicted, the court rejected an atheist group’s lawsuit seeking to strike down the law that had been in effect for 60 years. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said the atheist group lacked standing, the legal right to sue, because they were not seeking an allowance for themselves. The court panel did not address the constitutionality of the housing allowance since the plaintiffs did not legally qualify to bring the suit.    MORE
Anthony Gill: Jewish Peddlers in 19th Century America
In the 19th century, as the US population was expanding westward, Jewish immigrants and their children played an important economic role in moving supplies via merchant channels.  Relative to their numbers in the population, Jews were disproportionately represented as peddlers and merchants. 
Russell Moore: Political Engagement and the Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is an explosively veiled inbreaking into the present world order of the reign of Jesus himself as emperor of the cosmos. This being the case, it ought to change the way we see ourselves, and our place in this age and in the one to come. And yet, there’s a great danger in the evangelical world among some who—as the world seems to secularize more and more—think we should withdraw from the public square and simply “focus on the gospel” in the life of our own congregations. There’s only one problem with that. The gospel doesn’t give us that option.   MORE
Joel J. Miller: Is the Prosperity Gospel Just Modern American Folk Magic?
....The prosperity gospel comes in all sorts of packages, but the basic idea is that Christians can garner God’s blessing in the tangible areas of health and wealth if they simply demonstrate enough faith. 
Thomas Sowell: A Legacy of Liberalism
....Despite the grand myth that black economic progress began or accelerated with the passage of the civil rights laws and "war on poverty" programs of the 1960s, the cold fact is that the poverty rate among blacks fell from 87 percent in 1940 to 47 percent by 1960. This was before any of those programs began.
Keith Jackson: Patient-Centered Medicine and the Struggle to Survive Obamacare
Obamacare is the best possible tool to ruin patients' relationships with their doctors.  And the doctors know it.
Hilary Towers: Factors Contributing to the Marriage Crisis
A model developed by developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner, paired with the example of the pro-life movement, may demonstrate a new way forward in rehabilitating marriage.
Alana S. Newman: Children’s Rights, or Rights to Children?
If it’s okay to pre-sell and pre-order children via third-party reproduction, what is so wrong with buying and selling children who are already born or conceived? 
Elise Hilton: Medical Care As Marketplace Commodity
As insurance companies become more and more involved in patient care, physicians are being pushed to “meet metrics” rather than choosing what’s right for an individual patient. As with any type of statistics, there are a lot of people who fall outside the norm. Unfortunately for them, that doesn’t matter much...
Thom Rainer: Five Reasons Why Millennials Do Not 
Want to Be Pastors or Staff in Established Churches
Not all Millennials are averse to serving in leadership roles in established churches. But many of them are. And our churches are approaching a tipping point where many are unable to attract Millennial members or leaders. It will likely soon be a crisis. What is it about established churches that push away Millennials? Let’s examine that question first, and then let’s look at some possible solutions. MORE
Edmondson: FiveThings I’d Do Differently If Raising My Family Again
...I do have the opportunity, however, of looking back on that experience. Parenting looks different to me now than it did then. Isn’t that how all of life works? We can only see what we can see, and when we are in the middle of something, it’s harder to see the whole picture. And, if I had it to do over, I’d do some things differently.  Here are 5 examples:    MORE
Jesse Johnson: Don’t Rescue Jephthah
Judges 11 is one of the darkest chapters in the Bible. God’s judge, Jephthah, offers up his only child as a human sacrifice, under the incredibly sinful assumption that Yahweh is worshiped in the same way the pagan gods are. The story stands as evidence that without faith, God’s people are as depraved as the world, and that Israel is in desperate need of a savior better than a Judge.    MORE
Jon Bloom: God Is Merciful Not to Tell Us Everything
When God chooses not to tell us everything, he shows us more mercy than we realize. On the Mount of Olives with Jesus, just before his ascension to the Father, one of the disciples asked a question that must have been on everyone’s mind: “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6).   MORE
Jim Oesterwind: Abraham - A Man of Intimacy
....Genesis 18 seems to be first and foremost about a continual relationship with God — fellowship with Him. Intercession does show up in the second part of the chapter, but we must remember that intercession flows from intimacy in our fellowship with God. Intimacy is something we develop primarily with God and to a degree with other believers. Intercession is properly expressed by a heart truly burdened for people...    MORE
Paul Tautges: Husbands Are Imperfect Mirrors
...Although we husbands are imperfect reflections of The Perfect Husband, He has commissioned us to love our wives in the same manner as He loves His bride.   MORE
Ken Rathbun: Purity vs. Unity
The same conflict we saw in the Reformation can be seen in contemporary Christianity in North America and the rest of the world. Pastors in Baptist circles today (or heads of institutions or agencies) have choices to make when trying to expand and extend the influence of their church in the community or the constituency of their organizations. Aiming for unity (lowest common denominator of beliefs and/or holy living) will most often result in larger numbers of people, but it does not produce the fruit one might desire.     MORE
The Pilgrims and Their Faith A Classic Thanksgiving Sermon by Charles E. Jefferson Hebrews 11:37
....There are different kinds of sermons. There are explanatory sermons...There are hortatory sermons ...There are story sermons...Let me tell you this morning, in a simple, unadorned manner, the story of the Pilgrims.  In the northern part of England, about 140 miles from London, in the county of Nottinghamshire, there is a little village with the unattractive name of Scrooby. It is a very old town, with a history running back to the twelfth century. At the beginning of the seventeenth century there lived in this village a man by the name of William Brewster. He was a graduate of Cambridge University. After graduating he became the private secretary to a distinguished English diplomat. Later on he succeeded his father as the postmaster in Scrooby, where he lived in a large manor house belonging to the Bishop of York. In the hall of this manor house a company of English men and women were in the habit of meeting every Sunday to worship God in a way that was different from the worship prescribed by the State church.  MORE

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...there is no reasonable ground for thinking that at death the influences of a whole lifetime will cease to operate upon character, and that, whatever those influences may have been, the soul will be purified by the shock of death. Why, I ask, should death have any such result? .. And it is impossible to see why the soul should put on a new character simply because it lays aside for awhile the instrument which it has employed during a term of years, any more than why a painter's right hand should forget its cunning because he has sold his easel, or why a murderer in fact should cease to be a murderer at heart because he has lost his dagger and cannot afford to replace it. True, at death, the ear, the eye, the hands, perish. But when they are destroyed in this life by an accident, does character change with them? The indulgence of the purely animal appetite may depend on the healthy condition of the organ; but the mental condition which permits, if it does not dictate, the indulgence is unaffected.  MORE
In these days of national strife and international confusion, when the seeds of hatred are being cultivated in the hotbeds of communism and radicalism, let us throw back our shoulders, double up our fists, rough with the calluses of honest toil,and stand up for true, fundamental, godly Americanism. The Bible teaches patriotism, and patriotism was the light that burned in the hearts of the faithful in the midnight gloom of the dark ages.  It was the torch that lit the fires of the Reformation. It was the rock upon which Western civilization survives the onslaught of the Red Scourge, it will be Christian patriotism that will fuel the lamps of truth and provide morale for the fight for freedom. America has many privileges, but it also has great responsibilities. Our freedom was obtained at a great price. Our first responsibility is to God, but we are duty bound to our beloved country.   MORE
....There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men's hands cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands.-He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God's enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. MORE
....As Ahab goes walking through the rows of vines, he begins to plan how he will have that vineyard arranged by his royal gardener, how flowers will be here and vegetables yonder and herbs there. As he converses with himself, suddenly a shadow falls across his path. Quick as a flash Ahab whirls on his heels, and there, before him, stands Elijah, prophet of the living God. ..."And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?" and Elijah, without a tremor in his voice, his eyes burning their way into Ahab's guilty soul, answered: "I have found thee: because thou has sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord." Then, with every word a thunderbolt, and every sentence a withering denunciation, Elijah continued...     MORE
...If the issues of life are determined by fate or chance, there are no foundations. In the one case we become the effortless children of apathy upon whom no responsibility devolves, our only consolation being the Oriental proverb, “Kismet.” In the other case we become the devotees of ephemeral pleasure with no higher watchword than, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Hence my theme today: The Providence of God is the Christian’s foundation. Under these - Fate, Chance and Divine Providence may be grouped all the theories and philosophies of life. There is no room for another classification.   MORE
...ministers in all ages have found it necessary, frequently to remind their people of the terrors of the Lord, as so many powerful dissuasives from sin. But whence is it that men are so disingenuous? The reason seems to be this: The promise of eternal happiness is so agreeable to the inclinations and wishes of mankind, that all who call themselves Christians, universally and willingly subscribe to the belief of it: but then there is something so shocking in the consideration of eternal torments, and seemingly such an infinite disproportion between an endless duration of pain, and short life spent in pleasure, that men can scarcely be brought to confess it as an article of their faith, that an eternity of misery awaits the wicked in a future state.  MORE
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