Business Insider: The Trigger Points For World War III Are In Place
Pessimism is a useful prism through which to view the affairs of states. Their ambition to gain, retain, and project power is never sated. Optimism, toward which Americans are generally inclined, leads to rash predictions of history’s ending in global consensus and the banishment of war. Such rosy views accompanied the end of the Cold War. They were also much in evidence a century ago, on the eve of World War I.     MORE
Robert Knight: Was the Temple Mount Not 
the Site of Solomon’s Temple?
 As conflict rages in Gaza, and anti-Semitic riots erupt in European cities, something is happening deep within Jerusalem that could change the course of history. Israel’s holy city is dominated by the 36-acre Temple Mount, on which sits the Dome of the Rock...It has been believed since the Crusades about 1,000 years ago that the Temple Mount was the site of Solomon’s Temple.... The problem: The Bible itself in several places clearly says that both temples were erected in the City of David or Zion, which is a far smaller, 12-acre area now being excavated about 600 feet south of the Temple Mount in the City of David Jerusalem Walls National Park. The implications are enormous, as explained in a new book....    MORE
T.J. Addington: Five Current Dangers To Global Missions
It is ironic that in the very day when it is possible to reach more people more quickly with the Gospel that there are significant dangers to the mission enterprise, especially from the Western world. These dangers may well significantly decrease the Western church's influence globally, a position that they have led for many years. What are these dangers? First, it is increasingly hard for many missionaries to raise their support.     MORE
US Doctor Battling Ebola in 'Grave Condition'
The health of a U.S. doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia while helping fight an unprecedented outbreak of the deadly disease has worsened slightly, a relief organization said on Thursday. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, an American missionary also infected with the virus, both are in "stable but grave condition," according to Samaritan's Purse, a North Carolina-based Christian relief group.
Troops Told To Refrain From Eating, Drinking In Front Of Muslims
Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion. That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md. The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel at the facility last month –  advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues.
Mike Shedlock: America--The Land of Debt 
The Urban Institute has an interesting 14-page synopsis on Delinquent Debt in America. By percentage, the number of people in collections is largely concentrated in the South, while amount owed shows no geographic pattern. The Urban Institute uses 2013 credit bureau data from TransUnion to measure how many Americans are reported as at least 30 days late, not including late payment of mortgages. The institute also examines how many Americans have debt in collections and the amount of this debt.  MORE
Military: Gay Pride Parades Are OK, Vacation Bible School Is Not
....Thursday was the day the church was supposed to honor the National Guard. They had invited troops from the nearby armory to drop by with one of their Humvees. "We were going to thank them for protecting our religious liberty," said Pastor Hogan. "It was more of a promotion for the military—to show the kids what the military does." But the National Guard did not visit Bible Baptist Church on Thursday night, and the reason  has caused great anger and frustration among church members.
Christian Radio DJ Pleads Guilty to Child-Sex Crimes
John Balyo pled guilty to charges of criminal sexual conduct for assaulting children following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  Balyo, 35, was an on-air personality at Gaylord's Family Christian Radio station, WCSG. 
Chinese Missile Forces Pose Threat to U.S. In Future Conflict
China’s advanced cruise and ballistic missiles pose a significant threat in future conflict with the United States, the chief of naval operations (CNO) warned last week. Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the CNO, also said during a security conference Friday that China is building a second aircraft carrier that could be deployed in the future.
Catholic League Slams Obama: ‘Do Christian Lives Mean So Little To You?’
The head of the Catholic League issued a scathing criticism at President Obama, posting on his group’s website an essay that pointed to all the Christians being beheaded by Muslim terrorists and asking: Doesn’t that matter to you? “Christians are being beheaded all over the Middle East because they are Christians, and those carrying out this mass murder are doing so in the name of Islam,” Bill Donohue wrote on his group’s website, Newsmax reported. “Yet you continue to say and do absolutely nothing about these unspeakable crimes. Do Christians mean so little to you?”
Why More Millennials Are Saying 'I Don't' to Marriage
A new report shows that more young adults from the millennial generation are saying "I don't" to marriage, disillusioned with their parents' marriages and settling for the single life or living with a significant other.
Christian Cake Artist Sent to 'Re-Education' After Gay Marriage Flap
Imagine being ordered to go against your religious beliefs, and if you refuse, you could be arrested, fined or sued.  That happened to the Christian owner of a Colorado bakery who now must make wedding cakes for gay couples. However, the owner is standing his ground, and his action is inspiring people around the world.
Tim Challies: Why We Love the Amish
....As we headed north, back toward our home, I started to think about the Amish and why we find them so endlessly fascinating. Though they are small in numbers, everyone knows who they are and everyone knows at least a few of their unique customs; though so much of their religious practice appears insufferable, they are regarded as Christians who love and practice grace. They are the heroes of a million stories, the subject of a thousand documentaries. Why are they so fascinating? I have a few ideas.  MORE
And Now... Europe's Kristallnacht
The backlash in Europe against Israel has been underway since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge. In each country the protests have similarities. And in each they are spear-headed by the same motives and often by the same people. In London the protests have been dominated young Muslims with the usual smattering of far-left fellow-travellers. They have carried Socialist Worker Party banners saying "Stop Israeli State Terror."
Presbyterian Church USA Criticizes Israel, Ignores Christian Persecution
...First, the obvious: why is it that self-professed Christians completely ignore the horrific Islamic persecution of fellow Christians in the Middle East, while grandstanding against the Jewish state for trying to defend itself against the same ideology that persecutes Christians?
LaShawn Barber: Homosexual Children’s ‘Minister’ Introduces Kids To ‘Boyfriend’
A man working for a church as a children’s minister introduced them to his “boyfriend.” Heaven, help us. A professing Christian who’s not only a practicing homosexual, but promotes the sin among impressionable boys. To make matters worse, the kids are especially vulnerable. The ministry is for the abused, neglected, and fatherless. That this man felt comfortable in his sin indicates a problem with the sponsoring church; however, the church did the proper and politically incorrect thing by firing him.  Thank goodness for that.
Kirsten Powers: Iraqi Christians' Nightmare
Iraq's Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening?
Sean Michael Lucas: Vastly Underrated Leader in 20th-Century Evangelicalism
...Best known as the father-in-law of Billy Graham, Nelson Bell was a significant figure in his own right: missionary surgeon to China, founder of two magazines, and leader for southern Presbyterian conservatives & evangelicals.
Matt Walsh: If You Want to Prove You Don’t Hate Gays,
All You Have To Do Is Worship at Their Feet
I have never in my life encountered a religion as oppressive, cold, and stiff as Progressivism. I’ve never known a faith more eager to burn heretics at the stake. ven a fundamentalist Iranian Muslim would flinch if he came...
Erick Erickson: August Arrives
Sextili became August eight years after the birth of Christ to honor Emperor Augustus. While August may have worked out well for Augustus, for American politicians August tends to be a month of scandal and trouble. 
 Thomas F. Farr: Can We Protect Religious Freedom Abroad?
Rabbi Saperstein is a good choice for the post. In terms of religious freedom at home, conservatives do not agree with his strict-separationist tendencies — for example, he criticized the Hobby Lobby decision...
Robert Spencer: Obama’s Muslim Founding Fathers
The president praises the “contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation.”
Victor Davis Hanson: Obama and the Road Not Taken
Over the last five and a half years, America has had lots of clear choices, but the administration usually took the path of least short-term trouble, which has ensured long-term hardship. 
Matt Recker: New Calvinism and Continuationism
.... The New Calvinism continues to trend heavily charismatic, and even seems to outdo the old New Evangelicals by a wide margin. The common New Calvinist view of “continuationism” says that at least some of the miraculous gifts described in the Bible such as miracles, healing, prophecy, and speaking in tongues continue in the church. The opposing view, “cessationism,” which says that the miraculous gifts have ceased for the church in this present era, often draws derision.
Off the Reservation: Four Psychological Categories of IFB Lifers
...Most people in IFB churches and most pastors are not Steven Andersons, Jack Schaaps, or Bob Gray Sr.s,  just to name a few.  Granted. So I thought of all the various people that I know (hundreds) that rank from leaders of the “movement” all the way to the rank and file church member who lives a decent life, goes to work, loves his family and tries to follow Jesus. I came up with four categories that seem to describe well (at least I think so) why people stay in the IFB movement, and especially the hyper-IFB movement for decades.
Jared Compton: Does God Have Blood?
What does Paul mean in his speech in Acts 20 when he says that God purchased the church with “his own blood”? God doesn’t have blood. He’s a spirit. In fact, it’s precisely because God doesn’t have blood that God the Son became incarnate. Otherwise the human problem of sin and death could not have been solved. So, what is Paul saying here? Let me try to untangle this one by offering three of the more plausible solutions, one text critical and two interpretive.
John Roland: 10 Tips of Advice To a Church Walking Through a Scandal
...It is a time to balance between healing the church from the pain of betrayal and moving forward as a congregation from the actions of one. It is a delicate balance and one many churches need to act in a sensitive way to preserve the church for future generations. It is a critical time and churches cannot act flippantly or impulsively. Listed below are my top 10 tips of advice to a church walking through a scandal.
Tim Challies: Jesus Repulses, Jesus Draws
I think we all love the story of the Garasene Demonaic, don’t we? It is the story of a poor, pathetic, hopeless, demon-oppressed man and his life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. And there is something in the story I find particularly fascinating. Though at one time in his life this man had been a normal person with a normal life, at some point demons had begun to oppress him.  Maybe he was a young man still living in his parent's...
Greg Gibson: Five Reasons Why Getting Married Young is Still a Good Thing
Not to beat the proverbial dead horse, but getting married young is still a good thing. Aye, it is an incredible thing. A noble thing. A thing to be admired from the mountaintops. So, now that I have my conclusion out of the way, let me tell you why getting married at a young age is such a formidable joy. 
Obama Taps First Non-Christian to Serve as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom
....But his generally liberal views may concern some from the more conservative side of the political spectrum. Though he helped pass RFRA, the law considered by the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case decided last month, Saperstein decried the court’s decision, arguing that the justices had overstepped when they ruled that the craft store chain could cite religious objections in not providing contraception coverage in its insurance plan.
Son of Hamas Founder is a Christian Convert, Says Militants Target Civilians
The son of one of founding members of Hamas has spoken out against the militant organization and the way the group targets civilians.  Mosab Hassan Yousef is a Christian convert and author of Son of Hamas. In an interview with CNN, he said Hamas militants seek to take over the Middle East, and do not care how many lives are lost in order to do so. Though groomed from a young age to become a Hamas militant, Yousef became...
Charles Spurgeon's Lost Sermons Surface 
as Intercessors Cry for Awakening 
Nineteenth century legendary London pastor Charles Spurgeon was a publishing and preaching juggernaut. He preached to more than 10 million people, baptized more than 14,000 converts, and sold more than 50 million copies of his sermons. Spurgeon's fans nicknamed him "the Prince of Preachers" and flocked to hear him. Nashville-based B&H Publishing will release The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon, a multi-volume edition of early Spurgeon sermons and sermon outlines. "I have been involved in Christian publishing for over 20 years," said Jim Baird, publisher of B&H Academic. "A project like this comes to you once in your lifetime if you are fortunate."     MORE
State Department Releases Report on International Religious Freedom
...“In 2013, the world witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory,” is the depressing introduction to the report. “In almost every corner of the globe, millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their beliefs.”
Ex-Mars Hill Church Members Refuse To Be 'Anonymous’
Disillusioned former Mars Hill Church members, faced with senior pastor Mark Driscoll’s claim that they “remain anonymous,” have taken to Facebook to deliver on-the-record explanations of why they departed the Seattle-based megachurch.
Times of Israel: Want World Peace? ‘Build 3rd Temple’
Organization launches campaign to raise funds for draft plans of site, 
which, if built, it says, would ‘usher in universal harmony’
....Building the temple, says the Indiegogo campaign statement, would “usher in a new era of universal harmony and peace,” as prophesied in the Bible. “It is not enough to wait and pray for the Third Temple,” the statement added. “It is a Biblical obligation to build it.”
Muslims Create A Literal River Of Human Blood By Butchering 1500 Innocent People
ISIS just released a video showing what they claim are Iraq’s Army POWs captured by ISIS, driven away in truck loads and then shot them all dead. The video caption stated that there were 1,500 individuals. The video shows their end being shot at point blank in several horrific mass slaughters reminiscent to what we see during Nazi Germany. The young teens begged for their lives as they were made to curse Al-Maliki but to no avail while they were forced to chant “long live the Muslim nation.”
Son of Hamas Founder: They Consider Dying as a Form of Worship
Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of Hamas's founders Sheikh Hassan Yousef, has said that the current conflict illustrates how the Islamist group's disregard for human life is central to its ideology. 
National Guardsmen Banned from Church Service
National Guard troops in Missouri have been banned from attending a church service in their honor.
Faith and the Free Market Expelled from Iraq’s Garden of Eden
....The Christian population has been a primary target of this fundamentalist movement, with ISIS demanding they must convert to Islam, pay a fine, or face “death by the sword.” It was in here, in ancient Babylon, where political and economic institutions took stead; today these have been condemned while the Biblical story of Exodus is being retold with 50,000 Christians fleeing their homes.
Will Oprah Play God in 'The Shack' Film?
Hoping to capitalize on the recent success of faith-based films, Hollywood has plans for the best-selling novel The Shack to hit the big screen. Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker will direct The Shack adaptation, and it will reportedly star Oprah Winfrey and British actor Idris Elba. Whitaker may also play a supporting role in the film.
Sharia Comes To Our Streets: Why It Has To Be Stopped In Its Tracks
If you think the hate-filled rallies organized by Islamist terrorists only happen in the Middle East or Europe, think again.  Just last week, Sharia-driven Hamas sympathizers took to America’s streets. In Miami, they chanted “We are Hamas” and “Death to Jews.” To make certain that their message was as unambiguous as possible, they gathered one block from the Israeli consulate.
Jasser: China’s Grim Religious Freedom Problem
While last month marked the 25th anniversary of China’s silencing freedom in Tiananmen Square, this month China has been cementing this grim legacy — particularly regarding religious freedom. From repressing Muslims to bulldozing churches and tearing down crosses, Chinese officials have been denying the internationally guaranteed right to believe or not believe. The simple proposition that individuals have the right to live out their beliefs openly and peacefully, without fear or intimidation, clearly frightens Chinese authorities, as evidenced by their repressive persecution of numerous faith communities.  MORE
University Fires Christian Scientist for Discovery Proving Creationism
A scientist was terminated from his job at a California State University campus after discovering soft tissue on a triceratops fossil and then publishing his findings. Pacific Justice Institute filed suit last week with the Los Angeles County Superior Court against the board of trustees of CSU, Northridge, citing discrimination for perceived religious views. "Terminating an employee because of their religious views is...illegal..."..
Profane Email Exchange Shows How Much Lois Lerner Hates Conservatives
As more damning emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner surface, outrage over the agency’s loss of two years’ worth of such correspondences only grows more intense. Whether caused by a hard drive failure, as the IRS claims, or by some more sinister plot, the value of evidence lost remains incalculable.
Justin Bieber's Pastor Says, 'Religion Is Dead'
....“We don’t use the word ‘religion,’ because it’s hard to get people excited about religion,” says Carl Lentz, 35, the pastor of this  megachurch for millennials. “Religion is dead. I don’t know anything about religion, I couldn’t help you. Religion has no power. But a relationship with God is a superpower.”
NY Times: In Church Attics, Clues to the Private Life of Early America
....Now, in a regionwide scavenger hunt, a pair of historians is rummaging through New England church basements and attics, file cabinets, safes and even coat closets, searching for these records of early American life. The historians are racing against inexorable church closings, occasional fires, and a more mundane but not uncommon peril: the actual loss of documents, which most often occurs when a church elder dies and no one can remember the whereabouts of historical papers.
Amish Convicts Meet the World Head-On
....The Millers, members of an Amish breakaway sect from eastern Ohio at the center of shocking 2011 hair-cutting attacks on other Amish followers, are trying to settle back into life at home after being exposed in prison to a world their religion is focused on locking out.
Nina Shea: Only America Can Save Iraq's Last Christians
The Arabic “nun” symbol, or N, which stands for Nazarene and refers to Christians, ominously began appearing, stamped in red, on Christian homes in Mosul, Iraq, two weeks ago. By mid-July, it was accompanied by another statement, painted in black, “Property of the Islamic State.” And with that, the Christians found their worst fears confirmed. In recent years, Iraq’s Christians have experienced relentless persecution by...   MORE
Goodman: Will Obamacare Cost You Your Job?
Why is our recovery from the Great Recession so sluggish and so slow? Economists are increasingly focusing on Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare. Although generally thought of as a measure to insure the uninsured, health reform is affecting the entire labor market in negative ways.     MORE
Jack Kerwick: Jesus, Today's Church, and 'Inequality'
 That Jesus commanded His disciples—of which I am one—to love “the poor” is beyond dispute. Equally beyond dispute, however, is that, regardless of what growing legions of left-leaning clerics would have us believe, Jesus never—never ever—addressed the issue of “inequality.” 
Matt Walsh: To the Women of America--Four Reasons To Hate 50 Shades of Grey
 Your task, ladies, is simple. All you must do is not buy tickets to 50 Shades of Grey when it’s released in theaters on Valentine’s Day. Not one ticket. Weekend box office total: $0. The biggest flop of all time.
Terry Mattingly: Church of The New York Times Keeps Preaching Its Own Faith
It’s time for another “Kellerism” update, as The New York Times continues its efforts to highlight religious institutions with doctrines that are unacceptable to the newsroom’s theologians and, perhaps, the Dept of Justice.
Walter E. Williams: Please Stop Helping Us
In my opinion, there appear to be no standards of performance low enough for blacks to lose their loyalty to their black political representatives. 
Terry Jeffrey: Same-Sex Marriage vs. Motherhood
You cannot simultaneously claim babies have a right to their mothers and two men have a right to marry each other...Notably, advocates of same-sex marriage do not argue that babies have a either a right or a need for a father or a mother. They argue instead that babies neither need nor have a right to either parent. 
David Azerrad: The Blessings of Liberty and the Index of Culture and Opportunity
Opportunity is not merely the absence of artificially imposed impediments. It is also the capacity to pursue happiness, individually and in community.
Adelaide Mena: Sexual Assault: What Does the Hook-Up Culture Have To Do with It?
The sexual assault epidemic on college campuses is created, in part, by the effects of the hook-up culture.
Mark Tooley: Whom Would Jesus Shoot?
This question is posed by a liberal Baptist Huffington Post columnist, and the answer has potential public policy ramifications for all.
Ed Lasky: Obama the Blamethrower
No president has ever dodged responsibility for his own failings...The Lightworker has become the Blamethrower.
Hershael York: Four Reasons Why Some Preachers Get Better and Others Don't
Being a preaching professor is like getting paid to tell a mother that her baby is ugly. It might be the truth, but it’s not a truth anyone wants to hear. Most guys I have taught dread my comments and cringe when I tell them they missed the point of the text or seemed unprepared. They tire of hearing me tell them they lacked energy or failed to establish a connection with the audience. Every now and then, however, someone smiles gratefully as...     MORE
John Vaughn: The Future of Fundamentalism?
...Biblical Fundamentalism, particularly Baptist fundamentalism, is historical biblical Christianity. It is a matter of both content and character. Apostasy will no doubt continue its persistent erosion, and those who have lost hope for a major revival of Reformation proportions may be right. I hope not. This is no time to lay down our arms...
Todd Benkert: How to (and How NOT To) Minister to Families Battling Cancer
Reflecting on our past and present experience with cancer, we have been blessed to have family, friends and a church family who have been wonderfully supportive. Quite often, people want to know how they can help and encourage someone going through the experience of cancer or other medical related trials. I hope that you will find this list useful as you minister to others. Here are a few things I found to be helpful and not so helpful...
Kevin DeYoung: The Eight Steps of Sin
Sin nibbles at our soul in small steps. Eight steps, to be precise, according to John Witherspoon in his sermon on Hebrews 3:13 entitled “The Deceitfulness of Sin”:
Jared Wellman: Why Your Vibrant Church Might be a Dying Church
What I mean is that we have things in our churches that may look good on the outside, but are vociferously dangerous on the inside. 
Mark Altrogge: Eight Ways To Beat Temptation
We all face temptations of many kinds.  God wants us to beat them. We don’t have to sin, as powerful as temptations feel. Here are 8 ways to gain the victory.
Amy Kessler: Three Scriptures for Financial Hardship
....One of the biggest things I learned was that everything I have, including my finances, is a gift from God that calls for good stewardship. I still keep track of my expenses and budget, and I buy only the essentials when the budget is tight. I wanted to share three Scriptures that help me direct my focus and trust toward God....
   Israeli Official To Obama: ‘Leave Us Alone’
A top Israeli official wants President Barack Obama to stop meddling with the Jewish state during its conflict with Hamas in Gaza. Speaking to Israel’s Army Radio, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel criticized Obama telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there should be an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.MORE
Obama: Muslims Built 'The Very Fabric of Our Nation'
On Sunday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle released a statement thanking Muslim Americans for their many “achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” The comments were made to mark the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, a time of spiritual renewal for Muslims which comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.   MORE
Christians Killed in Nigeria Through June Already at 91% of 2013’s Full-Year Total
Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group in Nigeria, and other groups have killed 1,631 Christians in Nigeria in the first six months of 2014 - 91 percent of last year's total number of Christians killed, according to  in the country in all of last year, according to the human rights group Jubilee Campaign.  Last year 1,783 Nigerian Christians were killed, according to Jubilee Campaign. MORE
Lifenews: IRS Strikes Deal With Atheist Group 
To Monitor Content of Sermons
The next time your pastor delivers a pro-life sermon or urges the congregation to stand up for pro-life values in the political or public arena, he could be taken to task by the IRS. Alliance Defending Freedom asked the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday to release all documents related to its recent decision to settle a lawsuit with an atheist group that claims the IRS has adopted new protocols and procedures for the investigation of churches....The IRS claims it is temporarily withholding investigations of all tax-exempt entities because of congressional scrutiny of its recent scandals, but no one knows when it will decide to restart investigations based on any new or modified rules that it develops. MORE
NY Times: China Removes Crosses From Two More Churches in Crackdown 
In another sign of the authorities’ efforts to contain one of China’s fastest-growing religions, a government demolition campaign against public symbols of the Christian faith has toppled crosses at two more churches in the coastal province of Zhejiang, according to residents there.   MORE
How A Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused A Catastrophe On Earth
On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA.   MORE
Is It Possible To Have An Evangelical-Like Church Without God?
Sunday Assembly describes itself as a 'godless congregation,' that is about  '100% celebration of life.”'As they say, expressing their materialistic views, 'We are born from nothing and come from nothing. Let’s enjoy it together.'
IRS Faces New Grilling Over Targeting Churches
The Alliance Defending Freedom, one of the largest constitutional-rights legal teams in the nation, has submitted a demand for information about the agency’s actions against churches.
Homosexual Man Fired from Children’s Ministry for Introducing Boyfriend to Kids
Homosexual advocates are outraged that a Christian children’s ministry in Texas fired an employee after he introduced his boyfriend to a group of children under his care.
Christian Groups Oppose New Show Depicting Jesus as Foul-Mouthed Pot Smoker
A new broadcast set to air on Adult Swim, the late night segment of the Cartoon Network, has drawn outrage from Christians because of its blasphemous depiction of Jesus as being a foul-mouthed, pot smoking hoodlum.
Court Rules Against Atheists In 9/11 Cross Case – But Not For Religious Reasons
In the wake of the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001, a large cross formed by debris left a lasting impression on first responders and victims in the midst of the darkest day in American history.
Average Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record
Priest Claims a Demonic Spirit Sent Him These Threatening Messages in a Truly Bizarre Way Following Failed Exorcism
“She will not come out of this hell. She’s mine. Anyone who prays for her will die,” one of the texts said.
Marriage Now Gender-Neutral in Britain’s Chambers Dictionary
Marriage has been redefined to be gender-neutral in the 13th edition of Chambers Dictionary. 
Richard Larsen: Smartphones--
Creating an Anti-Social Culture One Text At a Time
How many times every day do you find yourself visiting with a friend or a family member and you feel like their phone or other electronic device is more important to them than you are? How often do you find yourself in a one-on-one or a group setting and the other person or individuals immediately pick up their phone with every chirp, beep, or ring-tone they emit? We have a society that is increasingly less humanly social, and have in some distorted way, become less connected sociologically and emotionally, and more isolated, precisely because of the electronic connectivity that has come to dominate our culture.  MORE
Resistant ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Increase Fivefold in Southeastern U.S.
There’s worrisome news here in the southeastern U.S., buried in a journal that is favorite reading only for superbug geeks like me. The rate at which hospitals are recognizing cases of CRE — the form of antibiotic resistance that is so serious the CDC dubbed it a “nightmare” — rose five times over between 2008 and 2012. 
John Kerry Highlights Plight of Pastor Saeed Abedini
John Kerry spoke about the plight of American Pastor Saeed Abedini on Monday as he presented the State Department's annual report on international religious freedom.
Congress Gives Digital Shout-Out 'In God We Trust' 
Lawmakers are throwing their support behind a social media campaign to encourage the public and government leaders to display the  motto "In God We Trust."
Christianity Outlawed in Central Indian Villages
Several villages in central India have outlawed the open practice of Christianity—a move of questionable legality yet one that worries church leaders who say it already has encouraged anti-Christian violence.
Bill Kassel: The Faith of Atheists
...But confirmed atheism is different from mere ambiguity or equivocation. It’s not so much a matter of belief being absent, but of someone embracing an alternative philosophy without the traditional Judeo-Christian conception of God. From that perspective, most atheists aren’t nonbelievers at all, but rather believers in something else.
Tom Wilson: Why No One Cares About the Christians of Mosul
...If only the Christians fleeing Mosul could somehow frame the Israelis for their plight, then they might stand a chance of seeing their cause championed by a host of tweeting celebrities, UN delegates, far-left radicals, and perhaps even the West’s Muslim immigrant populations who have turned out in huge numbers to passionately demonstrate on behalf of Gaza like they never did for their coreligionists in Syria or Libya.   MORE
David Harsanyi: Seriously, What Is John Kerry Doing?
We either have an incompetent Secretary of State or a momentous shift in Middle East policy. Either way, Kerry’s actions have created a bigger mess.
William Murchison: The Gospel of the Terrorists--Leave or Die
Word to Christians from the Islamic State: Convert, leave, or die. Forget accommodation. Forget religious tolerance and related catchphrases from the always tolerant, perpetually forbearing West. Convert, leave, or die.
John Hawkins: Five Obvious Principles of Human Nature That Baffle Liberals
Liberals are forever struggling to understand the basic tenets of human nature that most other people just take for granted. You’d think they would have picked something up from the death throes of the Soviet Union...
The Percentage Of The Country In DEEP Debt Will Make Your Jaw Drop…
In another sign of American financial trouble, a whopping 35% of Americans have debt in collections, according to a study Tuesday from the Urban Institute. What does it mean for debt to be in collections? It means the account has been closed and placed in collections, typically after 180 days of not being paid. Americans owe an average of $5,200 in collections.    MORE
Jon Gleason: Homosexuality and the Bible
....If we “updated” the Bible like some people suggest, and eliminated every verse about homosexuality, homosexuals would be the same as “straight” people — one of those “all” who need to repent.  If we leave the Bible as it is, they are still one of those “all” who need to repent. Changing the Bible wouldn’t change that.
Brian Croft: How Does a Pastor Shepherd His People When
There Is a Lack of Common Interest With Them?
A young pastor once wrote me with this excellent question.  He is still fairly new at his church and has gone to pastor a church in an area and culture that is pretty foreign to him.  One of the challenges this poses is how to find common interests with his people in the church, especially the elderly.  He finds he is having a hard time connecting on several levels and gets nervous when they invite him to activities he does not know...
Brad Lomenick: 10 Keys to Being a Great Employee
Being a leader doesn’t exempt you from being a good employee. Matter of fact, as leaders, we should strive to be the best in all we do, not just being “good” or “better.” “Good” is doing what is expected of you. This typically falls in the slightly above-average range and is relatively easy to achieve with a bit of focus and determination. “Better” is rising a little higher than good and typically means you are comparing yourself to the next in line.
Thom Rainer: Five Pleas from Pastors to Search Committees
The search committee is typically comprised of lay leaders voted on by the congregation or nominated by some group in the church. Occasionally, the membership may include a current pastoral staff member. It is this latter approach, the utilization of a pastor search committee, which I would like to address in this article. Specifically, I want to share the perspective of many pastors about the process. On numbers of occasions, pastors have shared with me some challenges they have experienced with search committees. I present them as five pleas
 J.D. Greear: Five Insights Into Idolatry
There are certain themes in Scripture that tend to beat you over the head with their persistence. Idolatry is one of those. It’s such a prominent theme in Scripture that some have said it is the central theme of the entire Bible.[1] And when it comes to idolatry, we humans are endlessly creative. As John Calvin said, “The heart of man is a perpetual factory of idols.” Give us the chance, and we’ll replace God with any and every object, person, ideal, or dream.
Tim Challies: Behavior Both Odd and Ugly
....Sin projection is when I project my sin upon others, assuming that they are prone to the very same sin and, therefore, falling into it as much as I am. I am not the only one who does this, either. The adulterous husband wonders if his wife is committing adultery. The lying child assumes that he has been lied to by his teacher. The angry mother is quick to accuse her children of being angry toward her....
...I believe the Lord Jesus never gave so complete a proof of His power and will to save, as He did upon this occasion. In the day when He seemed most weak, He showed that He was a strong deliverer. In the hour whenHis body was racked with pain, He showed that He could feel tenderly for others. At the time when He Himself was dying, He conferred on a sinner eternal life.  Now, have I not a right to say, ‘Christ is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by Him?’ (Heb. 7:25) Behold the proof of it. If ever sinner was too far gone to be saved, it was this thief. Yet he was plucked as a brand from the fire. Have I not a right to say, ‘Christ will receive any poor sinner who comes to Him with the prayer of faith, and cast out none?’ Behold the proof of it. If ever there was one that seemed too bad to be received, this was the man. Yet the door of mercy was wide open even for him.  MORE
John C. Goodman
Why is our recovery from the Great Recession so sluggish and so slow? Economists are increasingly focusing on Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare. Although generally thought of as a measure to insure the uninsured, health reform is affecting the entire labor market in negative ways.  As I wrote previously, the employer mandate to provide health insurance will cost almost $6 an hour for family coverage. This health minimum wage (on top of the money minimum wage) raises the cost of labor and will almost certainly discourage hiring. There are two ways...    MORE
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Nineteenth century legendary London pastor Charles Spurgeon was a publishing and preaching juggernaut. He preached to more than 10 million people, baptized more than 14,000 converts, and sold more than 50 million copies of his sermons. Spurgeon's fans nicknamed him "the Prince of Preachers" and flocked to hear him. Nashville- based B&H Publishing will release The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon, a multi-volume edition of early Spurgeon sermons and sermon outlines....The collection of over 400 sermons and outlines dates from Spurgeon's days as a young pastor outside of Cambridge. The son of a minister, Spurgeon came to faith in 1850 during a service at a Primitive Methodist Church. That encounter with God set him on a path to become one of the most prolific preachers in the English language.      MORE
Christian Post
The Internal Revenue Service has reached a lawsuit settlement agreement with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, agreeing to investigate churches that violate a federal law that activist groups often cite in an attempt to silence them by threatening their tax-exempt status....The lawsuit, Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Koskinen, accused the IRS of failing to investi- gate churches the way the atheist group would like. Despite the agreement, only a court has the jurisdiction to close down the case.   MORE
The Week
....So the U.S. should look for ways to provide direct monetary and diplomatic assistance to neighboring states in the region where persecuted Iraqis are seeking refuge, perhaps even going so far as to directly assist in the emerging centers of authority in Kurdistan, where some refugees have sought protection from ISIS, and which continues to prove itself capable of maintaining some order and security. Although I'm generally inclined toward a more restrictive position on immigration, the U.S. should, as a matter of practice, be especially generous in granting refugee status to the collateral victims of the war we started in Iraq. MORE
Eric Geiger
A common misconception among Christians is that their work is not spiritual, that a regular 9-to-5 day cannot be sacred. If they’re going to do anything spiritual or ministry-oriented, it’ll have to happen around these occupied time slots. But this implies that everybody needs to be a full-time pastor of some kind if they’re going to be “spiritual” for the better part of the day and week. The misconception that normal work is not spiritual is both inaccurate and damaging. Work is very spiritual. In fact, God invented work. Work was present in the garden of Eden prior to the fall of humanity. Adam and Eve were given responsibility to tend the garden, and their work was enjoyable and honorable to God. So don’t ever give the impression that work...  MORE
Chris Hefner
The church has an important responsibility to protect the children and youth underneath its care. Jesus said in Matthew 18:5-6 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened to his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”  I’m aware this text has a variety of implications. But one that is surely in view (particularly in today’s culture) is the responsibility to protect children from abuse underneath the umbrella of the church ministries and program windows. I’ve counseled and known far too many people who are broken, marred, angered, and scarred by abuse that they experienced.       MORE
Fox News
Iraqi Christians are begging for help from the civilized world after Mosul, the northern city where they have lived and worshiped for 2,000 years, was purged of non-Muslims by ISIS. Assyrian Christians, Syriac Orthodox and followers of the Assyrian Church of the East have roots in present day Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran that stretch back to the time of Jesus Christ. While they have long been a minority and have faced persecution in the past, they had never been driven completely from their homes until now. When the terror group ISIS ordered all to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or face execution, many chose another option: flight.     MORE
Matt Barber
....For every law, regulation, activist court ruling or presidential edict that demands Christians violate their sincerely held religious beliefs and adopt a postmodern, moral relativist way of life, there increases, in exact proportion, the likelihood of widespread civil disobedience – disobedience of the sort we haven’t seen since the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and ’60s. Indeed, if, in the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., we, his fellow Christian travelers, must again face the water hoses, then face them we shall.   MORE
Eddie L. Hyatt
If America is to recover from its downhill slide into an abyss of socialism, anti-Christian secularism, amorality and economic collapse, we as Christians must rise up and recover our country's true national heritage. The identity of a people or nation is tied to their history—to their origins—and we have been robbed of ours. This, in turn, has opened the door for a flood of ungodly influences into our society. It is obvious that we have been robbed of our identity as a nation birthed out of a great Spiritual awakening and founded on Judeo-Christian values and principles. This was never more obvious than when our president stood before a foreign audience and declared, "America is not a Christian nation," with hardly a peep of protest from back home.   MORE
End of the Am Dream
Would you like to have a digital identity card that is automatically issued to you at birth?  In one European nation, residents use such a card when they go to the hospital, when they do their banking, when they go shopping and even when they vote.  This card has become so popular that this particular European country actually plans to start issuing them to millions of non-citizens all over the planet who request them.  Never heard about this?  The Economist, a well-known mouthpiece for the global elite, is calling for the entire planet to adopt this “national identification system” that the little nation of Estonia has adopted.    MORE
Owen Strachan
I never have known the joy of owning a small, pink, heart-shaped music box. In point of fact, I never will. I suppose, with two daughters in the home, that the purchase of such a box might be in the fatherly offing, but it won’t be for my own sake. I am now more than familiar with heart- shaped boxes, however, because like many other Christians and persons of meaningful religious affiliation I am being publicly asked today to put my faith, my very religious liberty, in one.  MORE
Wall Street Journal
When D. Michael Lindsey, the president of a well-known Christian college in Wenham, Mass., called Gordon College, signed a letter to President Barack Obama with 13 other religious leaders on July 1, he can't have known what he was getting into. The letter urged the president to exempt religious groups from an executive order that will bar the government from contracting with organizations that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. A week earlier, numerous other religious leaders had sent a similar letter.  MORE
Joy Pullmann
A Christian college in Massachusetts requested the freedom to live out its ideals, and since some powerful people don’t share those ideals they’re set to destroy Gordon College—unless it agrees to retreat to the closet. In June, Gordon’s president added his name to a public letter asking President Obama to not force religious organizations into hypocrisy. Obama plans an executive order that would be the equivalent to many organizations of forcing Human Rights Campaign to hire adherents of Westboro Baptist Church. It would force anyone who receives federal funds to hire people whose sexual conduct disgraces all the world’s major religions.    MORE
Charisma News
A Pakistani mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said Monday, the latest instance of growing violence against minorities. The dead, including a 7-year-old girl and her baby sister, were Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics. Police said the late Sunday violence in the town of Gujranwala, 220 km (140 miles) southeast of the capital, Islamabad, started with an altercation between young men, one of whom was an Ahmadi accused of posting "objectionable material."    MORE
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....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 them.     MORE
Every contemplation of the last month, and weeks, and days in the life of our Lord fills the soul with a sense of solemn and almost overwhelming awe. Through all those movements which culminated in the Cross and resurrection, He stands out, awful in His loneliness, magnificent in His heroism, supreme in His revelation of the highest possible in human life, and of the greatest in God. This determined setting of His face to Jerusalem is worthy of our closest attention. A superficial reading would leave the impression that the value of the statement is exhausted geographically. This is by no means so. Jesus had just left the mount of glory, and set His face toward the valley, and the multitudes, toward the sin, the sorrow, and the suffering. And "when the days  were well nigh come that He should be received up, He stedfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem." This declaration, as a revelation of His outlook, and in the light of the teaching which immediately followed, is of supreme value to all that bear His name... MORE
My fellow-travelers to eternity, I want to discuss tonight, the great subject of Christian recreation and unchristian amusement. I wish to find out as far as I possibly can, what is healthful, and what is right; what is hurtful, and what is wrong; what every Christian may do, and what even a lost sinner ought not to do. It is a very delicate and a very difficult subject to treat; and I trust we may be guided wisely and safely through it...we come to this principle- that whatever makes your body healthier, your mind happier, and your immortal soul purer, is Christian recreation...."Whatever you do, do all for the glory of God." Every Christian ought to take his religion into his pleasures, just as much as into his business or his church. No Christian ought ever to spend an evening in any place, from which he could not return with the most devout and graceful approach to his Savior, as he bends on his knee in his closet to spend the last hour of the day, as it flies up to God with its account.    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
...It was in the spring when Paul was writing, the spring of 68. He has passed through part of the winter or early spring in the dreary Roman prison. He has missed his warm cloak which he left at Troas with Carpus (4:13) on his way to Macedonia to winter at Nicopolis. He does not know how long the trial will be drawn out. It may last till the next winter, and so he urges Timothy to be sure to come to Rome before winter (4:21). It makes him shudder to think of another winter without that cloak.  But that is not the worst of it. He is lonely. "Only Luke is with me" (4:11). Thank God for the faithful physician who will risk all for his patient and friend. There is no complaint of Luke, but both of them hunger for the fellowship of others. Paul makes a direct appeal to Timothy to come to him. We do not know where Timothy was when he received this Second Epistle.    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
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