Captured Islamic Manual
Calls For Specific
Attacks On America
President Obama may not have a strategy
for defeating the Islamic State, but the Islamic State has a strategy for
the U.S. In fact, that strategy is set out, in part, in an al-Qaeda manual
recently translated for the benefit of the U.S. military. A guerrilla war
proceeds in phases, according to Abd al-Aziz al-Muqrin’s A Practical Course
for Guerrilla War, a strategic and tactical guide to mujahideen intent
on establishing “a pure Islamic system free from defects and infidel elements.”
It was written after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The first
phase is “attrition (strategic defense),” the time for carrying out attacks,
“spectacular operations, which will create a positive impact.” The terrorists
use the attacks as a recruitment tool and a morale boost for potential
jihadis. Phase two is the time of “relative strategic balance,” when the
jihadis build an army to hold territory that has.... MORE
ISIS Threat To U.S. Power Grid
ISIS terrorists pose an “imminent” threat
to the U.S. electric grid with the capacity to coordinate a devastating
assault on our nation’s infrastructure, warned a leading homeland security
and terrorism expert in a radio inter- view Sunday. Dr. Peter Pry, a former
CIA officer, is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland
Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional
advisory boards. MORE
Washington Post: Already
the Worst Ebola Outbreak
History, Strain Now Moving Into Africa’s Cities
....Ebola is now spreading from the
remote provinces and into the teeming cities such as Freetown, where 1.2
million people jostle for space. Previous outbreaks had been limited to
remote villages, where containment was aided by geography. The thought
of Ebola taking hold in a major city such as Freetown or Monrovia, Liberia’s
capital, is a virological nightmare. Last week, the World Health Organization
warned that the number of cases could hit 20,000 in West Africa.
Rules Against Christians in Arab Festival Case
A federal appeals court ruled against
a group of Christian evangelists who were forced to leave an Arab-American
street festival in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2012. Festival-goers threw rocks
and water bottles at members of the Bible Believers group when they denounced
Islam and called Mohammed a false prophet.
Farm Yanks Wedding Ceremonies After $13,000 Court Fine for Refusing Lesbian
Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of
Liberty Ridge Farm in New York, used to rent out their farm so couples
could get married on the grounds. They will no longer offer such services
because the state ruled they had to violate their Christian beliefs and
allow same-sex weddings on their property. The state had fined the
Giffords $13,000 when they refused to allow a lesbian couple, Jennifer
McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, to be married on their farm in 2012. The Giffords
were against a wedding ceremony for the lesbian couple but said a wedding
reception would be permissible. The lesbians filed suit, citing discrimination.
Laptop Reveals Project to Build Biological Weapons
Foreign policy said that the computer
belonged to a Tunisian national who studied chemistry at two separate universities
in his home country before leaving to join ISIS in Syria. The Syrian rebels
who captured Idlib didn't know what was on the computer or what importance
it may have and therefore passed it on to Foreign Policy reporters who
initially thought that the laptop was empty.
Obama Ponders ISIS Action, UK's David Cameron Takes Charge
While Great Britain's Prime Minister
David Cameron cut his vacation short to deal with the Islamic State (ISIS)
crisis, President Obama was golfing on Martha's Vineyard. While Cameron
took action, raising Great Britain's terror threat to "severe," Obama told
Americans "We don’t have a strategy, yet." So, while President Obama has
spent Labor Day weekend raising money for Democrats, is it any wonder why
some lawmakers and political analysts, including Red State's Erick Erickson
are asking: "Can we borrow David Cameron?"
Urge ISIS Action: 'What is Obama Waiting For?'
Frustrated Lawmakers urged President
Obama to launch stronger U.S. action against extremists in Iraq and Syria,
with both Democrats and Republicans calling for a more aggressive strategy
against the group known as Islamic State. "What is President Obama waiting
for?" Rep. Peter King asked said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
Indiana Churches Vandalized With Islamic Graffiti Overnight
Columbus Police said they've never had
anything like it - three churches vandalized in the same night. Some- one
spray painted them on the outside. It's the words used, though, that have
some people asking if this was more than a prank. “It was just one word.
It said ‘Infidels!'” Father Doug Marcotte said of what was spray painted
on Saint Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Columbus overnight Saturday.
Parishioners saw that, along with the word "Qur'an 3:151" on their way
into mass Sunday morning.
Christians Need Beheading’: Jihadi Fighter Revealed as Former England Singer
A Muslim convert who goes by the name
Umm Hussain al-Britani is thought to be Sally Jones, a mother from Chatham
with an interest in “black magic” and witchcraft. Umm Hussain previously
claimed she had wed computer hacker-turned jihadi Junaid Hussain after
meeting online before the pair travelled to the Middle East to join with
Islamic State....“You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife
and stuck on the railings at raqqa… Come here I’ll do it for you,” she
Ebola Case ‘a Top Priority Emergency,’ WHO Says
The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority
emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the gov't continued
tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested
Osteen's Wife Accused of 'Blasphemous' Remarks
Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch minister Joel
Osteen and co-pastor of the Houston, Texas, Lakewood Church is under fire
for comments being called blasphemous during a recent Sunday morning service.
May Cover End-of-Life 'Death Panel' Talks
Five years after the political firestorm over “death
panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life
care is making a comeback, and may be covered for the 50 million
Americans on Medicare....
Militia Now Guards Deserted US Embassy in Libya
An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s
capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, as onlookers
toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than
a month ago.
Religious Police Beat Up Briton
Members of Saudi Arabia's religious police roughed
up a British resident of Riyadh after they caught him paying at a women-only
cash desk, local media reported on Monday.
Number Of Christian Singers Adopting Gay Theology
Another artist in the genre of contemporary
Christian music has openly declared her homosexuality. Vicky Beeching,
a talented worship leader from Great Britain, made the announcement one
week ago to the dismay of many Christians who have enjoyed listening and
worshipping to her music. Her songs, “Glory to God” and “Breath of Life”,
are sung at worship services all around the world.
Glenn Fairman: Slouching
Towards the End of History
The fashioning of the City of Man is always subject
to that same fatal flaw: that men cannot read the tea leaves of their own
natures and are infatuated with their own intoxicating brilliance.
Eco Collapse Blog: Wall
Street Admits That a Cyberattack
Crash Our Banking System at Any Time
Wall Street banks are getting hit by
cyber attacks every single minute of every single day. It is a massive
onslaught that is not highly publicized because the bankers do not want
to alarm the public. But as you will see below, one big Wall Street
bank is spending 250 million dollars a year just by themselves to combat
this growing problem. The truth is that our financial system is not
nearly as stable as most Americans think that it is. We have become
more dependent on technology than ever before, and that comes with a
Rachel Alexander: I
Can Destroy Your Reputation and Career in Two Minutes
There is a new form of cyberbullying
out there and it is scary, because it could derail the professional career
of any conservative - even those working in apolitical jobs. Slimy folks
like “Busta Troll” are hijacking Facebook pages of conservatives, replacing
the content with goats and anti-conservative messages. Some believe a goat
is used because it is a Satanic symbol; many conservatives are targeted
because of their Christian views.
Joanna Rosamond: When
the Teleprompter Hits the Fan
Every public speaker will either acknowledge his audience’s
right to freedom of opinion and expression or learn it the hard way. The
last word always belongs to people...show the utmost respect or the highest
Joseph Klein: Putin’s
How to avoid Russia’s checkmate.
Bob Unruh: Muslim
Rape in Rotherham
Why British authorities failed to act on the long-term
sexual abuse of 1,400 children by Islamic sex-slavery gangs.
Kevin Wade and Fay Voshell:
Incompetence of Leftist Ideology
History abounds with cases of bright people who have
been zealously committed to wrong ideas...
Jon Gleason: 'The
Houses of Ivory Shall Perish'
....Some read Amos and see the ivory
as symbolic of a luxurious lifestyle. They see his message as condemning
those who enjoy luxuries when others have less. But is this really
what Amos is saying? Certainly, Amos condemns those who oppress the
poor, but is enjoying expensive things like ivory the same as oppressing
the poor? When we look elsewhere in Scripture, ivory usually appears in
a positive light.
Thom Rainer: Five
Reasons Many Churches Are Not Growing Evangelistically
....The primary reason most churches
are not evangelistic is because most pastors, staff, and church members
are not evangelistic. Our theology may be sound. Our motives may be sound.
But we are not personally evangelistic. Let me be clear before I start
looking for specks in your eyes when I have a plank in my own eye.
I fail evangelistically too often. And I fail evangelistically because
I fail to be evangelistic.
T.J. Addington: 'I
Feel Like a Failure as a Leader'
....When we are not in our lane, and
don't do well, the solution is not to work harder, longer or try to learn
a new set of wiring. Rather it is to acknowledge how God created and designed
us and get into a role that is inside the lane He designed us to play.
When we work in the wrong lane we frustrate ourselves and those around
Steve Caton: Staying
in Ministry May Be Harder Than You Think
Working in ministry can be the most
fulfilling and challenging thing that someone can do with his or her life.
Every year thousands of people answer the call to be a full-time minister,
yet all too often, they find themselves struggling with burnout and considering
a career change. There are a few steps that can help leaders avoid...
Clint Archer: Communion
on the Moon?
This is information is about forty-five
years the wrong side of news; but it’s news to me. On July 20, 1969, moments
after the lunar module, The Eagle, alighted upon the Sea of Tranquility,
a solitary Presbyterian church elder celebrated the Lord’s Supper in reverent
silence—on the Moon. Commander Buzz Aldrin had stashed a piece of bread,
a capsule of wine, and a tiny silver chalice onboard the Columbia, and
smuggled it into space with him. Before his historic walkabout, Aldrin
requested a brief radio silence. He described the following...
Marshall Segal: Four
Habits of a Happy Heart
Today’s happiness is not promised, and
it refuses to be assumed. True happiness — the kind that really anchors,
satisfies, inspires, and lasts — is not something to be taken for granted.
It’s not a reasonable, predictable, effortless expectation, not even heading
into the freedom and rest of the weekend. Happiness can be very hard work.
If you’re honest, I really don’t have to convince you of that. You’ve tasted
Islamic State Is Trying To Develop Biological Weapons
The Islamic State...is also trying to
develop biological weapons , Foreign Policy reported, citing information
found on a laptop computer seized from an IS operative. ...The laptop,
belonging to a Tunisian operative of the Islamic State, named Muhammed
S., with a background in chemistry and physics, included a 19-page document
on developing biological weapons and weaponizing the bubonic plague.
Sch. District Replaces Chaplains With ‘Life Coaches’ Following Atheist
A Florida school district has decided
to replace its use of local pastors as high school football chaplains and
replace with the position with life coaches following a complaint from
a prominent atheist organization.
Al Gore's Myth of an Arctic Meltdown
The speech by former US Vice-President
Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’
he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years.
Seven years from now.’ Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted
the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change. But seven
years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing,
the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with
a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent
since 2012. MORE
There a Microchip Implant In Your Future?
You can inject one under your skin and
no one will ever notice. Using short-range radio frequency identification
(RFID) signals, it can transmit your identity as you pass through a security
checkpoint or walk into a football stadium. It can help you buy groceries
at Wal-Mart. In a worst-case scenario – if you are kidnapped in a foreign
country, for example – it could save your life. Microchip implants like
the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace
in humans in the next decade. Experts are divided on whether they’re appropriate
for people, but the implants could offer several advantages. For soldiers
and journalists in war zones, an implant could be the difference between
life and death. A tracker could also help law enforcement quickly locate
a kidnapped child. MORE
Court Upholds Ten Commandments Monument as
Historical, Not Religious Display
A Ten Commandments monument in North
Dakota does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause as
it serves more as a historical display than a religious one, the 8th Circuit
Court of Appeals ruled this past week. The monument had been donated over
50 years ago by the Fraternal Order of Eagles and sits in Fargo’s Civic
Plaza, a public location in the city. Since 2002, the Red River Freethinkers
have been fighting against the presence of the monument, asserting that
it serves as a government endorsement of Christianity.
Osteen Ripped for Telling Church 'Just Do Good for Your Own Self;'
Is Not for God, 'You're Doing It for Yourself'
Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch
preacher and New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen, is now facing
withering criticism online for a viral video clip in which she is shown
telling congregants at Lakewood Church that obedience, worship and church
attendance is not for God but themselves.
and Slaughtered--Muslim Persecution of Christians, April, 2014
From one end of the Islamic world to
the other, the abduction and rape of Christian girls at the hands of Muslims—both
terrorists and laymen—was a dominant theme in April.
Orleans Pastor Arrested After Shooting Man Caught Stealing from His Church
A Louisiana pastor was arrested Thursday
after shooting a man who was stealing from his church. Pastor Willie Littleton
was charged with aggravated battery for an incident that occurred outside
of Greater Morning Star Baptist Church in Algiers on Wednesday, according
Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State
Of all the many ancient peoples who
once lived in the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Iraq's Assyrian
Christians pride themselves on having persisted in their traditional homeland
for millennia, even as other civilizations thrived then disappeared, as
languages and cultures died out, as ethnic groups melted into the ways
and genetic pools of their conquerors. But today Iraq's Assyrians, and
its Christians in general, fear that their place in this multiethnic, multisectarian
mosaic society is shrinking, under severe threat from the ultraconservative
Islamist group the Islamic State (IS).
Christians Upset Gov't Abandoned Them to ISIS, Catholic Priest Says
A Catholic priest described his shock at the conditions
Iraqi Christian refugees face, saying that they were left helpless and
angry at government soldiers who abandoned them to ISIS extremists after
the militants attacked..
Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border
Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican
border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with
car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED).
Hill Pastors Urge Driscoll To Step Down Permanently
A group of Mars Hill pastors have written a letter
to other elders of the Church, in which they criticise Mark Driscoll, the
"abusive, coercive ministry culture" his leadership has created and call
for him to step down...
May Reimburse Medicare 'End-of-Life Discussions'
Mocking Palin's 'Death Panels'
ears after former Alaska Governor Sarah
Palin was mocked for being concerned about "death panels," the federal
government may reimburse Medicare doctors for end-of-life consultations
that critics say would only encourage sick patients to reject costly treatments
to prolong life.
China Be World's Largest Christian Nation by 2025?
Fenggang Yang is a sociology professor
at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival
Under Communist Rule. He believes that "China is destined to become
the largest Christian country in the world very soon." By his calculations,
the number of believers in the People's Republic of China will rise to
160 million by 2025 and 247 million by 2030. If so, it would be home
to more Christians than any nation...
Wall St. Journal: Henry
Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order
Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist
armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and
Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles
are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with
China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination.
The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis.
Richard Butrick: The
Two Faces of Islam
It seems to have gotten to the point that exonerating
Islam is the primary concern of U.S. foreign and defense policy with regard
to terrorist activity from ISIS to Fort Hood to Boko Haram.
Won't Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Answer These Two Questions?
Traditional marriage supporters have presented a view,
complete with foundational principles, for state recognition of conjugal
marriage while same-sex marriage supporters have failed to answer two questions...
Justin O. Smith: Fight
the Religious War We are Already In
America is in a generational struggle against the
sick, pathological and extreme ideology of Islam, and America must show
no mercy for the merciless Islamic State.
Robert Tracinski: The
American Dream Isn’t Just About Income
The American Dream is not defined in fixed economic
terms—and it is supposed to take work and effort to reach.
Erick Erickson: The
Because polling and focus grouping suggested "global
warming" was not working, the name changed to "climate change." No one
really opposes the new term. Every person who has ever lived agrees the
Daniel Greenfield: Obama’s
There’s no inspiration here. No words that will resound
across time. Just dirty rats on a sinking ship.
Erik Raymond: Never
Resist the Urge to Pray
As people we know that it is often wise
to resist various urges that we have... However, there is one urge that
you should never resist. This area is prayer. I believe it was Martyn Lloyd-Jones
whom I first read who said, “Never resist any urge to pray.” That is great
advice... But let me point out a couple of reasons why.
Stephen Altrogge: Four
Rules To Simplify Christian Dating
Is it just me, or has the whole Christian
dating / courting / dorting thing become really, really complicated? When
Josh Harris wrote I Kissed Dating Goodbye, he had good intentions.
He was reacting against the casual, recreational, aimless dating that had
come to dominate the American landscape. He was trying to help young men
and women stop hurting each other through the endless hooking up, breaking
up, hooking up, breaking up, etc. Like I said, good intentions, good impulse.
Josh Blount: Delighting
in the Storm
....But there’s a value system imbedded
in the whole Murphy’s Law-weather conundrum. It’s so common and universal
we almost never notice it. Subtly, unobtrusively, but persuasively, it
says, “A stormy day is bad if it interferes with my plans; it is good if
it furthers my plans.” Do you see the value system, the assumed point of
reference? Me. My plans. This is my universe, and everything in it must
bow to me!
Sammy Rhodes: College
Doesn’t Change Your Heart, It Reveals It
Every summer the same thing happens
to my inbox. I open it to find a steady stream of emails from concerned
parents, youth pastors, and older siblings, asking me to check in on so
and so when they get to campus in August. They all want the same thing:
to see their beloved 18-year-old get involved with our ministry....
Beheads Six-Year-Old Boy for Christian Faith
Boko Haram militants have reportedly
beheaded a six-year-old boy because he was a Christian. The attack occurred
June 1 in Attagara, Gwoza district, an area that is now controlled by the
Muslim extremist militants. During the attack, Attagara was swarmed by
more than 100 Boko Haram members on a rampage to kill residents. Men women
and children were attacked with machetes and militants opened fire at the
village. The six-year-old child was wounded from machete slashes,
but survived the initial attack. When a villager found him, Boko Haram
militants swiped the boy from the villager’s arms and beheaded the child.
The villager, Sawaltha Wandala, was then beaten and left to die. MORE
Urges Iran to Release Pastor Saeed, Other Americans
The two year anniversary of Pastor Saeed
Abedini's imprisonment in Iran is next month. With it a new focus by the
U.S. Government calling for his release and that of other Americans held
there. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued an impassioned plea for
their release according to the American Center for Law and Justice.
Could Infect 20,000 People Within Months
The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa
could infect more than 20,000 people before it is brought under control,
the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. The dire prediction came
as more than 3,000 people had been registered as being infected with the
virus. However the WHO said the true figure could be much higher. More
than 1,500 people have already died from the virus, with most of the deaths
Final Order Declaring Utah’s Ban on Polygamous Cohabitation Unconstitutional
A federal judge appointed by George
W. Bush has issued his final order striking down key parts of Utah’s ban
on polygamous cohabitation as unconstitutional, while leaving intact the
state prohibition against bigamy. As previously reported, Kody Brown of
the TLC reality show Sister Wives, along with his four “wives,” Meri, Janelle,
Christine and Robyn, filed suit in 2011 to challenge parts of the law that
they claimed violated their privacy rights. The five had been under investigation
by state officials for violating the statute, and moved to Nevada to escape
punishment. Brown is married to Meri, and considers his relationship with
the other three women as being “spiritual unions.” He has fathered 17 children
with his four lovers. MORE
Owners End ALL Ceremonies After Forced to Conduct Gay Weddings
Farm owners in upstate New York have
decided to end all wedding ceremonies on their property after being fined
$13,000 by state government for refusing to allow a lesbian couple to wed
King Warns West Will Be Jihadists' Next Target
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned
that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through
Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action. "If we ignore them, I am
sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he
said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed
Al-Arabiya television station. "Terrorism knows no border and its danger
could affect several countries outside the Middle East," said the king
who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors,
including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.
at Camps Forced to Watch Crucifixions, Beheadings...
A video has emerged reportedly showing
children at training camps run by the Islamic State firing machine guns
that are almost as big as them. The footage released by the terror group
shows small children sitting reading from the holy book before showing
a youngster, wearing a ski mask, firing an automatic weapon, which he struggle
to control as he fires it. It shows another boy assembling a weapon, while
other children look...
Government Returns Custody of Homeschooled Children to Their Parents
Over a year after German police raided
their home and seized their children, the parents of four homeschoolers
have regained legal custody of their children, but remain concerned about
the criminal ramifications surrounding the right to homeschool.
Threaten Lawsuit Over Sermon, Prayer Delivered at Miss. Convocation
A nationally-recognized humanist organization
has threatened to sue a Mississippi school district after a pastor delivered
a sermon and prayer at a convocation for teachers earlier this month. The
American Humanist Association’s (AHA) Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent
a letter to the superintendent of the Jackson Public School District on
Monday stating that it had received a complaint from a teacher who attended
the event. The organization claims that the convocation was mandatory.
'We're Just Noticing' World Is 'Messy... Because of Social Media'
A day after President Barack Obama revealed to the
world that he had no strategy to combat ISIS, he said that people are only
noticing that the world is complicated, dangerous, and "messy" because
of social media.
'Ism' Is Forcing Christians to Hide Their Faith in Jesus
An "aggressive form of secularism" is pushing faith
out of the public square, the former attorney general for England and Wales
has warned. Dominic Grieve told The Telegraph that there is a "sanitization"
of religion from the workplace, which will lead to people being "excluded"
Claims To Be 'Dark Lord', Burns Bible Outside Mission
A 22-year-old man allegedly burned a Bible and urinated
on it in from of rescue mission on Thursday night.
Worshipers Confident Black Mass in Oklahoma Will Happen Despite Petition
The devil worshiping church hosting the black mass
in the Oklahoma City Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sept. 21 remains
confident that the event will take place, despite a recent online petition
from opposing organization.
Evangelical Christians Launch Fight for Religious Freedom
Evangelical Christians have begun their
battle against new measures that could result in the dissolution of Protestant
denominations and other groups that have ministered in Bolivia for decades.
As organizations that fail to comply with the new government measures will
lose their legal standing, the National Association....
Christian University President Allowed to Keep Position after Divorce
The trustees at Abilene Christian University
(ACU) have determined that Phil Schubert will retain his position as president
even in the face of divorce proceedings for “irreconcilable differences.”
Schubert’s wife, Jamie, filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage. The
couple has three young children.
State Terror Threats Put U.K., Australia on Alert
Australia joined the U.K. in heightening warnings
against terrorism, with both governments concerned citizens who have joined
Islamic State militants may return with plans to attack on their home soil.
Activists Demand Overhaul of All U.S. Law Enforcement Training
Islamic activists that strong-armed
the FBI to purge anti-terrorism training material considered “offensive”
to Muslims have made their next wave of demands, which include an overhaul
in the way all law enforcement officers are trained in the United States.
Is Rapidly Mutating
as It Spreads
Across West Africa
For the first time, scientists have
been able to follow the spread of an Ebola outbreak almost in real time,
by sequencing the virus’ genome from people in Sierra Leone. The findings,
published Thursday in the journal Science, offer new insights into how
the outbreak started in West Africa and how fast the virus is mutating.
A international team of researchers sequenced 99 Ebola genomes, with extremely
high accuracy, from 78 people diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone in June.
The Ebola genome is incredibly simple. It has just seven genes. By comparison,
we humans have about 20,000 genes. “In general, these viruses are amazing
because they are these tiny things that can do a lot of damage,” says Pardis
Sabeti, a computational biologist at Harvard University and the lead author
of the study. MORE
Judge Opens Door Further to Group Marriage
The polygamist reality TV stars of "Sister Wives"
can sleep easy tonight as a Federal Judge in Utah has struck down at least
part of the State's ban on polygamy.
Pastors Battle Lesbian Mayor's 'Unequal' Gay Rights Ordinance
The coalition of pastors and citizens
who submitted more than 55,000 signatures on a referendum petition to repeal
Houston Mayor Annise Parker's "Equal Rights Ordinance" that grants special
privileges to sexual behavior and gender confusion have taken their case
to the highest court in Texas.
Lennon's Assassin: My Life Is All About Jesus
The man who murdered John Lennon wants
only one thing now—to tell others about Jesus. Mark David Chapman, 59,
told parole examiners he was no longer the man who sought notoriety through
killing the Beatles rock star in 1980. Now, he said, he's sorry, "forgiven
by God" and eager to spend his days—in prison or out—ministering to others.
Examiners denied Chapman the possibility of parole for the eighth time
on Aug. 20.
Charlie Spiering: Democrats
More Afraid of Global Warming Than ISIS
Democrats are more afraid of global warming than the
threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists, according to a new Pew Research
Center poll. The poll shows that 68 percent of Democrats believe that global
climate change is a major threat to the United States, compared to just
25 percent of Republicans.
Bryan Fischer: Jesus
Is Not a Politically Correct Wimp
Christians: The "softer, kinder, gentler" approach
ain't working. One of the perpetual myths well-intentioned Christians indulge
in is that if we are just nice enough, everybody will love us and eventually
agree with us.
Raymond Ibrahim: The
Muslim Rape of Christian Nuns
An ancient tradition continues — with little to stand
in its way.
Danusha V. Goska: Islam,
Postmodernism, and Poltiical Correctness
The postmodern refusal to define Islam according to
objective criteria does not withstand analysis.
Jordan J. Ballor: Social
Ethics in a Season of Suffering
What distinguishes, for instance, the biblical view
of marriage, abortion, and poverty and the various ways to respect these
teachings in practice?
John Burger: While
Politicians Argue, Iraqi Christians Continue to Die
Since August 6, when thousands of Christians fled
an onslaught of Islamic militants in northern Iraq, no "concrete solutions"
to the crisis have been found, said Chaldean Patriarch Raphael I Louis
Sako of Baghdad....
Doug Bandow: More
Christians Than Party Members In China
In Beijing, Christianity is real, growing, and visible.
“Religion is on the rise,” one U.S. diplomat told me. Religion also is
under attack by the Chinese government. When it comes to religious liberty
in China, there’s the....
Ronn Torossian: Support
Heroic Police Officers
New York City returns to the bad old days.
Yoav J. Tenembaum: Islamic
Terrorism and the Power of Ideas
In order to defeat a totalitarian ideology, the United
States needs to advance an alternative. It must challenge Islamism with
a morally superior vision and with a pragmatically more enticing solution.
Thom Rainer: Five
Reasons Many Churches Are Not Growing Evangelistically
....The primary reason most churches
are not evangelistic is because most pastors, staff, and church members
are not evangelistic. Our theology may be sound. Our motives may be sound.
But we are not personally evangelistic. What, then, are the reasons we
are not evangelistic, which in turn means our churches are not evangelistic?
Allow me to suggest five reasons.
Bifurcation of Truth Became and Stays Acceptable
....Where did Christianity start going
down the wrong path, related in the first paragraph? Satan gave Eve
an alternate choice in the garden. She could do something that God
prohibited and still be OK. He tempted her with a liberty she didn't
have. Satan justified what she would do contrary to God's prohibition.
With that being settled, today's various iterations of two truths or two
stories or two realms hearkens back to Constantine and then Augustine among
others in early Roman Catholicism.
Pastors Get Hired Today
...In my role I've found that ministerial
candidates who believe it is enough to have an MDiv, a resume, and a few
sermon MP3s will continue to be frustrated and disappointed by the job
to Deal with a Bad Boss
....Both younger and older adults, though,
need a concept of employment and authority that's grounded in Scripture
rather than culture. Consider, for example, Peter's command, "Slaves, submit
yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are
good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh" (1 Pet. 2:18). This
is necessary, "because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,
that you should follow in his steps" (2:21). We may resonate with Peter
because we feel like slaves at times.
Scot McKnight: Depression,
a Pastoral Approach
With the tragic suicide of actor and
comedian, Robin Williams, depression is once again in the headlines and
before us in conversation. This morning Forbes has posted on the five common
myths about depression. I will list those myths and end this post with
a few thoughts of my own.
Deaths Every Seminarian Must Face
...It may seem odd to suggest that death
is at the core of seminary preparation for every student who would truly
profit from the study. It certainly seemed odd to me. As a new seminary
student, I supposed seminary to be an essentially life-enhancing, life-renewing
endeavor. This is true enough; but it is not the whole truth.
Russell Moore: How
Should a Pastor Approach Baptizing an Autistic Believer?
I have a really interesting question
that came to me from a pastor who says, “Dr. Moore, in our church I am
very careful about baptizing people. I make clear in my preaching that
God can save people at any age, but often it is harder to determine whether
or not say, a five-year-old has been saved as opposed to someone else.
And so we take baptism very seriously...But here’s my problem: We have
a severely autistic teenager in our congregation who isn’t comfortable
talking very much at all and is certainly not comfortable talking...He
communicates mostly with his parents via iPad. And so how do we interview
him for baptism?
Jenny Frank: Sanctified
In Jesus’s name, amen. We often tack
this phrase onto the end of our prayers out of habit. Perhaps because of
our Christian conditioning, or maybe because it signals that we’ve finished
our turn in group prayer times, we regularly repeat this phrase, but do
we really think about its significance?
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in the Lord with all thine heart”—“depend on Me for what you need;
look to Me for what you need, and do not take the advice of those brokers,
or any other such agents, but consult the Lord”—“lean not unto thine
own understanding.” Do not suppose because you have had a good deal
of experience, or another person has had a good deal of experience, that
that is all which is needed; but betake yourself to the Lord under all
circumstances, at all times, under all difficulties, and seek His advice
and counsel. Now this has been my habit (it was not my habit for the first
two years after my conversion), but it has now been for 69 years my habit
to act according to this, and the result is that all has been going on
well with my affairs. I have never been allowed to bring myself into difficulties
on account of such matters, because I have not trusted in my own experience,
but have trusted in the Lord. MORE
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|....Getting saved is not like taking
a holiday outing. The men and women who are full of the truth -- who are
walking embodiments of the troth-- have not become so without effort. They
have digged for truth; they have loved it; they have longed for it more
than for their necessary food; they have sacrificed all for it. When they
have fallen they have risen again, and when defeated they have not yielded
to discourage- ment, but with more care and watchfulness and greater earnestness,
they have renewed their efforts to attain to the truth. They have counted
not their lives dear unto themselves that they might know the truth. Wealth,
ease, a name among men, reputation, pleasure, everything the world holds,
has been counted as dung and dross in their pursuit of truth, and just
at that point where truth took precedence over all creation they found
it -- the truth that saves the soul, that satisfies the heart, that answers
the questions of life, that brings fellowship with God and joy unutterable
and perfect peace. MORE
|It is nearly four centuries ago
now, that a young professor from the north of Germany went to Rome. He
went to Rome because he was in trouble about his sins and could find no
peace. Having been educated to regard Rome as the center of the Christian
world...We read— some of you remember the story quite well— how one day,
according to the strange ideas that prevailed and still prevail at Rome,
he went climbing up a stairway on his knees, pausing to pray on every step,
to see if that would not help him about his sins. Then, as he climbed slowly
up, he seemed to hear a voice echoing down the stairway, "The just shall
live by faith; the just shall live by faith." And so he left alone his
dead works, he arose from his knees and went down the stairway to his home
to think about that great saying, "The just shall live by faith."
It is no wonder that with such an experience, and such a nature, Martin
Luther should have lived to shake the Christian world with th thought that
justification by faith is the great doctrine of Christianity, "the article
of a standing or a falling church." MORE
|The name by which the early Christians
were familiarly known was "The people of that way." In the year 36 the
Sanhedrin issued a commission to Saul of Tarsus authorizing him to arrest
any whom he might find "of the way"...In the year 58, twenty-two years
later, the same Saul, now an apostle of Christ, made a defense from the
steps of the Castle of Antonia... The name thus given to the followers
of Christ is significant for many reasons. The question has been raised
in some quarters as to whether religion is dogma or life. In fact, our
religion in the last reduction is neither dogma nor life; it is a way from
sin into the Kingdom of God. Its bed-rock is truth, its pavement is character,
its destination is eternal life....Nevertheless , to the unsaved no question
is more bewildering than this: "What shall I do that I may inherit eternal
|....Jesus set limits to his activity,
and beyond those limits no man ever persuaded him to go. One day his brothers
wanted him to go to Jerusalem and make an impression on the big men there,
but he refused to listen to their exhortation, telling them that they might
go any time they chose, but that it was different with him. He could not
go until it was time for him to go, until his work compelled him to go.
He could not go until his hour had come. When the hour arrived he set his
face steadfastly to go to Jerusalem. All along the way men tried to divert
him, but he could not be diverted, to Jerusalem he must go...Men all around
him have the enjoyment of large liberty. They wander hither and thither,
going whithersoever they wish, but it was not so with him. He could
not dissipate his energy, he could not waste a single hour. It was always,
"I must," "I must," "I must." There were broad roads on his right and left,
and along these roads thousands were traveling, but he could not go with
|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 not a soul among us, no
matter how seemingly indifferent or unconcerned, who is not at times —and
these times come oftener and oftener with the advance of years—brought
face to face with the problems of the reality, of the very existence of
heaven. It is my purpose, God aiding, to bring to your minds, hearts, your
souls some of the glorious, victorious truths about heaven, its citizens,
its perfections, its conditions, and, perhaps most of all, to point out
to you what you must do to get there; then to plead with you in all the
passion of my soul that you put your feet by faith in the way of the cross
that leads to God and to heaven. My outline is simple, brief, and, I hope,
to the point. I know there is a heaven. I know what kind of place it is.
I know I am going there. 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