Jason Foster: Why ‘God And Country’ Christianity Is 
Just Another Phony Prosperity Gospel
Christians should not make an idol of national pride. The prosperity gospel is fooling a lot of people. No, not that prosperity gospel. The other prosperity gospel.  The one that doesn’t have an official name, but that’s more popular than ever.  It’s the one that worships America, the one that worships freedom, the one that worships “rights.” It’s a gospel premised on the idea that Christians should have an easy existence, and it’s as false a gospel as has ever existed. You might call it the Patriotic Gospel, the American Civic Gospel or maybe even the “Duck Dynasty” Gospel. Whatever the name, it’s way more American than Christian, and it’s ultimately just another prosperity gospel that promises security through something other than Christ. ....
Headlines & Articles — Monday, September 26th, 2016
Trump-Clinton I: What to Expect From the First Presidential Debate Showdown
The first presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton kicks off Monday evening, at 9 p.m. EST. It will last 90 minutes and take place at Hofstra University on Long Island. Over 100 million are expected to watch, close to Super Bowl level of viewership. This would make it the most-watched presidential debate in history, topping the 80 million who watched the lone presidential debate between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter in 1980.....
Are the Polls Underestimating Trump’s True Support?
....Polls showed Reagan with 4% less support than he actually had, and Carter with 3% more and Anderson 1% more. These errors could have been caused by Reagan supporters unwilling to tell pollsters their true preference, but they also could have been because of built-in biases of the polls themselves. These biases should not surprise given that many polls are conducted or commissioned by mainstream media outlets, whose sins and biases do not need recounting.....
4 in 10 Millennials Religiously Unaffiliated; No. 1 Reason for Leaving Faith Is Stop Believing in Teachings: Survey
Twenty-five percent of the American population is now religiously unaffiliated, a number which includes nearly one in four, or 39 percent of young people aged 18-29, according to a survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute.....
Retired Navy Chaplain: Christians Joining The Military Should Be Careful
A retired Navy chaplain who came under fire for his faith believes the military is now a battleground against Christianity. “The culture has shifted, policies have shifted, but scripture has not changed,” Modder told CBN News. In 2015, Navy chaplain Wes Modder was released from his duties for expressing his support for biblical marriage. ....
Washington Post: Missionaries Are Struggling to Work Under New Russia Law Banning Proselytizing
The Mormon church reassigned 65 missionaries who were called to serve in Russia, and is renaming others “volunteers” who will focus on community service rather than converting new members, in response to sweeping anti-terrorism legislation passed in Russia this summer that included provisions banning proselytizing in public.....
Christian Post: School District Advised to Allow After School Satan Club Because It Would Be Costly to Fight
A school district in Mount Vernon, Washington, advised by legal representation Wednesday to allow the Satanic Temple of Seattle to start an after-school program at one of their elementary schools because it would be costly and futile if officials chose otherwise.....
Jerusalem Post: Christian Writer Who 'Insulted Islam' Murdered In Jordan
A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, state news agency Petra said. It said the gunman was arrested at the scene.  .
National Public Radio: Religious Voters May Lean Republican, But Feel Conflicted About the Candidates 
Researchers seeking to predict how Americans will vote have for years identified an important clue: The more religious you are, the more likely you are to lean Republican. Conversations with more than two-dozen self-identified "faith" voters in Boone, N.C., suggest that pattern is holding this year, even while revealing the same  level of voter disenchantment evident across the country...
Christian Radio Is Booming (If You Live 3.5 Miles Away)
Local Christian radio is booming in America—with emphasis on the local. More than a third of low-power FM (LPFM) radio stations—whose non-commercial radio signals don’t reach farther than about 3.5 miles—are religious in nature, according to a poll from the Pew Research Center released today. The count was taken after the number of stations nearly doubled since 2014.....
Christians in North Korea Face Brutal Persecution
Christians in North Korea are being enslaved, raped, tortured and killed at an alarming rate under Kim Jong-Un's leadership, according to a new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).
In the report  CSW said freedom of religion "is largely non-existent."....
Allyson Todd: Five Ways to Help Your Depressed Friend
Depression is a strange and often misunderstood beast. It affects people in different ways and causes varying degrees emotional and mental turmoil. Those who struggle with it can sometimes find it challenging to describe exactly what they’re experiencing to people around them. This can sometimes cause friends of people with depression to have a hard time understanding how to help. Here are 5 ways that you can help a friend struggling with depression.......
Joe Carter: Nine Things You Should Know About Alzheimer’s Disease 
 Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells (neurons) thar produce the brain chemical acetylcholine. The disorder causes the connections between the nerve cells to break and ultimately die. The destruction of these nerve cells results in loss of memory, thinking, and language skills, and can cause behavioral changes....
Am Conservative: Why Socialism Is Still Popular
Why is socialism still so popular? A conference at Cato recently addressed the issue with new insights and reasoning. Socialism should be discredited in this age of incredible abundance and progress: hunger has declined from 30 percent of the world’s population to some 10 percent, yet with billions more mouths to feed. Socialism’s continuing appeal is so irrational that there must be some innate support for it in the needs of the human psyche. The subject was explored by...  .
Erik Raymond: Why Giving to the Church is Different from Paying Your Bills
How do you view giving in the local church? As I listen to what Christians say and read what they write I get the impression that many people think of giving simply as paying another bill. Giving is just like paying the utility or cable bill. Is this what you think? Giving is more than this, much more. Rather than simply being mechanical, giving is a spiritual discipline that expresses......
Standridge: Why Christians Need to Stop Apologizing and Saying I’m Sorry
....We apologize or say we are sorry when we step on someone’s toes by mistake. What is needed when we commit an offense against someone is a transaction. When I sin against someone I must ask for forgiveness. I have sinned against them and caused pain in their life. It wasn’t by mistake. It wasn’t accidental, it was on purpose and just because it wasn’t premeditated or I hadn’t had my coffee yet does not mean that it was not sinful.....
Jordan Monson: Your Testimony Isn’t About You
....Testimonies can be a valuable way to share the good news about Jesus. But in a society where even Christians are steeped in rampant individualism and self-idolatry, our testimonies can easily sound like another story of self-congratulation...
Tim Challies: Discerning Your Call to Ministry
We know the concept and are well-familiar with the phrase: “called to ministry.” We know that some men are called in a special way to a special task—the task of gospel ministry. But exactly what constitutes the call, exactly how to understand it, exactly how to know we’ve experienced it—these are matters of more than a little confusion. ....
Living In A Van Down By The River – Time To Face The True State Of The Middle Class In America
Do you remember the old Saturday Night Live sketches in which comedian Chris Farley portrayed a motivational speaker that lived in a van down by the river?  Unfortunately, this is becoming a reality for way too many Americans.  As the middle class has shrunk and the cost of living has increased, a lot of people have decided to quite literally “live on the road”.  Whether it is a car, a truck, a van, a bus or an RV, an increasing number of Americans are using their vehicles as their homes.  ...
Karl Gustel Wärnberg: On the Theology of Sleep
....The first reference to rest, which is not the same as sleep, is Genesis 2:2, stating that God rested on the seventh day. God did not rest because he was tired, for that is impossible for God the Father. He rested for two reasons: because he was done bringing non-existence into existence, and because he was satisfied with what he had created. As humans we cannot create something out of nothing. But we can create, and be pleased with what we create. After a day’s work, we may be pleased with what we have managed to achieve. And so we may rest.  ...
Israel News: Ancient Rare Text Reveals Purity of Biblical Tradition Through Miracle of Technology
Studies based on historical handwriting placed it at either the first or second century CE. When the researchers read the digitally enhanced text, they discovered that all of the words and paragraph breaks were absolutely identical to the Torah text still used today. “This is quite amazing for us. In 2,000 years, this text has not changed,” Emmanuel Tov, a participant in the study from the Hebrew University told the Times of Israel.....
Gregg Allison: Has Rome Really Changed Its Tune? The Catholic Church — 500 Years Later 
October 31 will mark the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation. Martin Luther’s nailing of his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church on that day in 1517 has proven to be one of the most important events in the history of the world. Indeed, many evangelicals trace their beginnings to this moment that launched the Protestant movement, of which we consider ourselves heirs. But the Reformation was five hundred years ago! Like most everything else a half-millennium removed from its start, things have changed. Or have they? .
The Stream: Why More Talk About 'Freedom of Worship' Really Isn't a Good Thing
Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice is warning Americans that "freedom of worship" isn't as good as it sounds.   He told CBN News that he's very concerned about the Left's growing use of the phrase.  "They are using code language," he said, "when they say we need to protect your 'freedom of worship' they are not protecting freedom of religious liberty."...
Masters: New Calvinism -The Merger of Calvinism With Worldliness
 When I was a youngster and newly saved, it seemed as if the chief goal of all zealous Christians, whether Calvinistic or Arminian, was consecration...But now, it appears, there is a new Calvinism, with new Calvinists, which has swept the old objectives aside...This writer is very deeply saddened to see it, because  the New Calvinism is a seriously distorted Calvinism falling far, far short of an authentic life of obedience to a sovereign God. If this kind of Calvinism prospers, then genuine biblical piety will be under attack as never before.. ...
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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, September 24th-25th, 2016
LiveScience: 1,700-Year-Old Dead Sea Scroll 
'Virtually Unwrapped,' Revealing Text
 The En-Gedi scroll, a text that includes part of the Book of Leviticus in the Hebrew Bible that was ravaged by fire about 1,400 years ago, is now readable, thanks to a complex digital analysis called "virtual unwrapping."  Rather than physically unfurl the scroll, which would have destroyed the crumbling artifact, experts digitally scanned the document, and then virtually flattened the scanned results, allowing scholars to read its ancient text. "We're reading a real scroll," lead study author Brent Seales, professor and chairman in the department of computer science at the University of Kentucky, said in a news conference yesterday (Sept. 20). "It hasn't been read for millennia. Many thought it was probably impossible to read.".....
Russian Anti-Evangelism Case Appeal Is Postponed
 A Baptist missionary's appeal of a judgment against him for teaching a Bible study in his home in Oryol, Russia, was postponed in the middle of proceedings Sept. 19 when the judge said additional witnesses were needed to continue.....
Lawyer Says School District Must Allow After-School Satan Club
A lawyer hired by the Mount Vernon School District has advised officials to allow the Satanic Temple of Seattle to start an after-school program at one of their elementary schools.  ...
Christian Post: Target Ignoring Calls to End Transgender Bathroom Policy After 2 Men Caught Videotaping Women, Texas AG Says
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that despite sending several letters to Target over the retail giant's controversial transgender bathroom policy that has led to two crimes being committed against female customers in the state, he has not yet received a reply.....
Majority of Clinton’s Retrieved Emails to Be Released After Election
Most of Hillary Clinton’s emails retrieved during the FBI’s investigation into her use of a private email server while at the State Department will not be released to the public until after the November election, according to a new timeframe set by a federal judge on Friday.....
Canada Refuses To Confront Islamist Views Spreading Through Schools
The government of Canada has been calling for greater work towards identifying the causes of extremism and radicalization in Canada. In August 2016, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale stated, "We need to know how to identify those who could be vulnerable to insidious influences that draw certain people -- especially young people -- toward extremism leading to violence."..
Why Sugar, Not Fat, Is Public Health Enemy Number One
Big Sugar has been as hazardous to public health as Big Tobacco, according to new revelations that the sugar industry has funded research since the 1960s casting doubt on sugar's role in heart disease and obesity. Here’s why and what you can do to limit your risks.....
Episcopal Church Decline Continues With Loss of Over 37,000 Members in 2015
The Episcopal Church continued its long trend of decline in 2015, with recently released statistics showing the Mainline denomination losing more than 37,000 members last year....
What Scholars Found after Technology Scanned an Ancient Scroll
 A 2,000-year-old scroll was sitting in an Israeli archaeologist's storeroom for decades that was too brittle to open, now new technology is revealing what is written inside, showing actual scripture from the book of Leviticus.....
IBM Shows How Fast Its Brain-Like Chip Can Learn
Developing a computer that can be as decisive and intelligent as humans is on IBM's mind, and it's making progress toward achieving that goal. IBM's computer chip called TrueNorth is designed to emulate the functions of a human brain. The company is now running tests  to demonstrate how fast and power efficient the chips can be compared to today's computers. ....
You Won't Believe Where This Ancient Ten Commandment Carving Was Found 
A boulder inscribed with a Hebrew translation of the Ten Commandments was reportedly found in the last place people may expect: America.  It is said to be the oldest known Ten Commandments written in Hebrew.  The controversial carving is located west of Los Lunas, New Mexico, at the bottom of what is called the "Hidden Mountain." ....
Michael Brown: Am I Racist for Criticizing Rioters?
I get called all kinds of names on a regular basis — from Hitler to homophobe and from pitiful to pathological — but I don't get called a racist all that much (unless, of course, I'm speaking against radical Islam, which somehow makes me a racist, as if Islam was a race and as if criticizing murderous religionists was unfair).....
The Reason Why America Burned Spurgeon’s Sermons and Sought to Kill Him
Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation 154 years ago today, promising liberty to some 3 million enslaved black men and women.  Charles Spurgeon also fought the evils of slavery....Spurgeon exchanged correspondences with Frederick Douglas, received former slaves into his Pastors’ College and pulpit, and condemned slavery in his sermons and media articles...How did America respond to Spurgeon’s abolition?....
David Roach: How to Minister Amid Transgenderism
Virginia pastor John Pouchot ministered in evangelical congregations for more than a decade before he first encountered a family dealing with transgenderism in 2013. After Pouchot led a man to faith in Christ, his extended family began attending church and Pouchot learned the man’s high school-aged niece wanted to be a boy. Despite counseling the girl’s parents to the contrary, she underwent hormone therapy and began presenting as a boy. ..
Christianity Today: How the Modern Proverbs 31 Woman Uses Facebook
Study finds Christian women use social media differently than other women—and feel differently afterwards.
In the next 30 minutes, a quarter of practicing Christian women who use social media will check their accounts (26%). Within the next two hours, another quarter will check in (29%). That’s according to an August survey by Barna Group and Proverbs 31 of 455 American women. Barna defines practicing Christian women as those who self-identify as Christian, attend church at least once a month, and say their faith is very important in their lives....
The Stream: Concerns Over Hillary’s Health Increasing as Parkinson’s Rumors Surface
The American presidency may be the world’s most demanding job, aging presidents twice as fast as the general population, and there are increasing concerns that Hillary Clinton may not be up to it. Clinton, 68, has had several medical issues in recent years. During one such incident, while being interviewed by reporters, her head started shaking violently for several seconds. At other times, she has lapsed into blank stares and lost her focus. She admits she has fallen or passed out more than once. Even this week, questions were raised by The Hill about abnormal eye movements during a speech last week  in Philadelphia.
Clinton’s health is negatively affecting her campaigning. She recently canceled trips to California, sending her husband......
Tom Olago: Church Apostasy Grows Worldwide
With virtually every passing day, it's becoming clearer and clearer that the Christian church worldwide is faced with a serious moral decline and seems to be losing the battle to retain its purity and integrity. One of the persistent areas of concern is the acceptance and celebration of homosexuality in the church. A recent wnd.com report by Bob Unruh noted that Biola University, once considered one of the most conservative evangelical Christian universities in the nation, has announced the creation of a "purposeful, community-focused program" for students with same-sex attractions....
Obama Used His Final UN Address To Promote A ‘Liberal World Order’ And A Palestinian State
During Barack Obama’s eighth and final address to the United Nations he let his true colors show. He staunchly defended globalism, he took several not very subtle shots at Donald Trump, and he boldly declared that Israel “cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land”. That statement about “Palestinian land” was extremely alarming to many, because there are indications that Obama may decide to support a UN Security Council resolution that establishes the parameters for a Palestinian state during his final months in the White House. Barack Obama has........
Eastern Europe: The Last Barrier Between Christianity & Islam
Austria's fate is now at stake. Perhaps it was a coincidence that Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna and tipped to be the next Pope, chose September 12, the anniversary of the Siege of Vienna, when Turkey's Ottoman troops nearly conquered Europe, to deliver a most dramatic appeal to save Europe's Christian roots. "Many Muslims want and say that 'Europe is finished',"  Schönborn said, before accusing Europe of "forgetting its Christian identity." 
Headlines & Articles — Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Russell Moore: Why the Church Can
Rescue Us From Our Smartphones
Andrew Sullivan confesses that he “used to be a human being.” In a provocative essay in New York magazine, Sullivan writes about the ways smartphone technology and its constant connectedness have disconnected us from our sense of our humanity and from one another. I was most intrigued by Sullivan’s proposals for the church to be a haven in a digitally exhausted world....He is exactly right. Sullivan, a Roman Catholic, calls for the rediscovery of the monastic traditions, of contemplative prayer in the Catholic tradition. But I think the problem he identifies must be addressed more broadly within the Christian ecosystem, including within the sectors of evangelical Protestantism....
UK Independent: Cyber Attacks on Satellites 
Could Spark Global Catastrophe, Experts Warn
The world is dangerously unprepared for a global disaster sparked by cyber attacks on space infrastructure, experts have warned.  Authorities are not doing nearly enough to stop space assets being hacked and used maliciously, according to a warning from security experts. The consequences of such a hack could be disastrous – anything from damage to trade and financial services to terrorists taking over strategic weapons.
Much of the world’s infrastructure is dependent on space machinery – almost every important business or technology on the ground is powered by space assets. And while governments have done a great deal in looking to secure those technologies on Earth, they could easily be......
The Terrorist Ties That Bind? Red Flags Raised about Hillary Clinton's Adviser
If Hillary Clinton becomes president of the United States, her closest adviser, Huma Abedin, will be right by her side. That's why some conservatives are raising red flags about Abedin, saying her family has ties to terrorist organizations. The two women, who've worked together more than two decades, are inseparable, having developed an almost mother-daughter like relationship...
Discovery: Ancient Old Testament Fragment Identical to Copy Found 2,000 Years Later
....The scroll is expected to be of assistance in expanding the understanding of the Hebrew Bible. The famed Dead Sea Scrolls date back more than 1,700 years, but differ significantly from the modern Hebrew Bible, despite scholars’ belief that the Bible has changed little since the time of Christ. One scholar told AP after the recent discovery that “in 2,000 years, this text has not changed."...
AP: Scanning Software Deciphers Ancient Biblical Scroll
The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist's storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form. The passages from the Book of Leviticus, scholars say, offer the first physical evidence of what has long been believed: that the version of the Hebrew Bible used today goes back 2,000 years.....
Pcy News Watch: Critical Year For Israel As UN Bias Expected To Continue
As the United Nations begins it's 71st General Assembly in New York City, Israel is preparing itself for another round of attacks. There is no other nation on Earth as vilified in the United Nations as Israel.  Many fear the Security Council this year will push through a resolution setting territorial parameters, and a deadline, for the creation of a Palestinian state. ..
Kruger: Is the Bible Foundational to Christianity? Engaging with Andy Stanley
One of the most profound challenges for Christians as we live in an ever-more-hostile world is how to properly defend the faith against the incessant attacks against it.  And these attacks have taken their toll. We have seen far too many casualties over the years as people leave the church because they had doubts or questions that were never answered.....
The National: Why the Rise of Populism May Be Obama’s Legacy
....In some ways Mr Obama is ending his two terms in the White House in the same way he began. He set out to open a new page in the Middle East, reversing the Bush era’s imperial expansion, and with a view to make peace with Iran and reset relations with Russia....He would be shocked to learn that the legacy of his administration may turn out to be something quite other than what he set out to do – the rise of populism around the world.....
UK Daily Mail: Is Loneliness In Your DNA?
Loneliness could be in your DNA, a new study reveals. For decades, scientists have been grappling to understand why solitude affects some people more than others, and many have tried to find a link to genetics. And now, the University of California San Diego has offered an answer with the largest genome-based investigation on loneliness.....
UK The Sun: ISIS Documents Reveal Jihadi Wives Receive Suicide Vests and Machine Guns as Wedding Gifts
ISIS brides are being gifted suicide belts and machine guns in their wedding dowries, new paperwork reveals. Newly uncovered documents in Libya tell how cash-strapped jihadis are offering their wives-to-be deadly bridal presents as a bizarre  sign of their affection....
Carl R. Trueman: Sex Negative
....There was once a time when sexual intercourse was thought to be full of rich social and emotional significance. Now, even our language betrays our impoverished and negative attitudes. That we speak of “having sex” and not of “making love”—that the latter phrase can even evoke sniggers—is significant. A man can have sex with a prostitute. He can only make love to a woman he knows and about whom he cares.....
Baptist Leaders: Report on Religious Liberty is ‘Moral Disaster’
 Baptist leaders are criticizing a new report that says there should be “peaceful coexistence” between religious groups and "non-discrimination principles." The report is from the......
Kent Brandenburg: Revising the 
King James Version and Pleasing Absolutely No One 
....The people who love the KJV aren't calling for an update of it.  The only people I hear call for an update of the KJV are people who don't like the KJV.  The people who want a contemporary translation don't care about the text translated into the King James Version. They are more concerned about whether people are going to understand what they are reading, rather than the textual issue.  If they really wanted something contemporary, that's already available anyway in numerous translations, including ones from at least a very similar text.A....
UK Guardian: Does Quitting Social Media Make You Happier? Yes, Say Young People Doing It 
Our love of social media seems to have grown and grown in the past decade, but recent studies show the tide may be turning for some platforms, with young people in particular ditching Facebook. One study claims that more than 11 million teenagers left Facebook between 2011 and 2014. It’s been argued that they are swapping public platforms such as Twitter and Instagram for more private messaging apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat. We asked our younger readers whether they have quit social media and why, as well as what apps they are ditching.   ...
CBN News: Why Massachusetts' Churches Fear the New LGBT Law
Opponents of what may be the nation's strictest state anti-discrimination law are submitting more than 50,000 signatures today, hoping to repeal the new Massachusetts statute. Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told CBN News that he is "prayerfully optimistic" that the state will certify at least 32,000 of those signatures to put the repeal initiative on the November 2018 state ballot. The law forbids discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation and provides no religious exemption for churches that hold events open to the public. It goes into effect Oct. 1, two years before the state might have the chance to vote on the issue......
Headlines & Articles — Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Has the U.S. Military Declared War on Christianity?
A retired Navy chaplain who came under fire for his faith believes the military is now a battleground against Christianity.  In 2015, Navy chaplain Wes Modder was released from his duties for expressing his support for biblical marriage.  Modder says his case is not the last time you will see Christianity openly under attack in the Armed Forces. In fact, he believes the problem is getting even worse.  "If you're a Christian and you come into the military today, it's going to be difficult for you," Modder said in an interview with OneNewsNow. Before he lost his job, Moddler worked at the Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina. But he was put on the chopping block after a lieutenant asked him about his personal views on gay marriage during a private conversation. What started out as a private conversation turned into a public case against Modder.....
Charlotte Police Try to Quell Anger After Shooting Triggers Unrest
Authorities tried to quell public anger and correct what they characterized as false information Wednesday after a night of looting and arson added Charlotte to the list of U.S. cities that have erupted in violence over the death of a black man at the hands of police....
Court Papers Offer Chilling Insight into NYC Bomber's Motives
Newly revealed federal court papers give a chilling glimpse into motives of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man charged in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey that injured 31 people. In his journal, Rahami promised to martyr himself rather than be caught.  ..
Boston Globe: Satanic Temple Headquarters to Open Quietly In Salem
When The Satanic Temple officially opens its doors on Friday, Salem will become home to the organization’s international headquarters. But pitchfork-wielding mobs protesting the move seem unlikely, as the fire-and-brimstone theology of the Puritans who once populated the city has given way to a “live and let live” attitude in present day Salem.  ....
Prophecy News Watch: Churches Forced To Confront Transgender Agenda
The 'transgender agenda' has evolved and is spreading to the point where it is now a very real threat to Christian believers, churches, and ministries in the United States. It is becoming so woven into law and social fabric that those resisting transgenders or refusing to pander to their value systems now face some very real legal and licensing risks. ....
Snyder: Why Won’t Obama Call It Terrorism?
Everybody knows that what just happened in New York City was an act of Islamic terror, so why won’t Barack Obama use those words? 28-year-old Afghan immigrant Ahmad Khan Rahami only had one motivation when he planted those improvised explosive devices. He wanted to use violence to promote the cause of Islam. All over the planet radical Islam is on the rise, and we have seen more than 1000 Islamic terror attacks worldwide so far this year. ....
Masked Man Destroys Pro-Life Display at Ohio University
A masked attacker destroyed a pro-life display at Ohio University last Friday. The display was made by Created Equal, a group inspired by leader Mark Harrington's vision for human rights defenders to unite and stand up for the unborn.....
John Zmirak: Seven Deadly Reasons Why the Left Loves Islam
Imagine that some splinter Christian sect existed that preached a sneering contempt for women, sex slavery, hatred for Jews, death to non-believers (and homosexuals), child-marriage, religious conquest, segregation and gross religious discrimination, and the legitimacy of lying whenever it suited the church’s purposes....Do you think that secular leftists would spend their time and energy making excuses for such a church? Would they fight like wildcats to admit millions of its followers into Western lands? ....The question answers itself.....
James Agresti: Smearing the South With False Charges of Racism
....However, one of the broadest, most persistent, and hardest-to-measure allegations of racism is directed at more than 65 million white Americans who live in the South. For more than 40 years, various scholars, commentators, and journalists have proclaimed that white Southerners are more likely to vote for Republicans than Democrats, because white Southerners are racist, and Republicans appeal to their racism.....
How Churches Rebuilt a Town After Its Fertilizer Plant Exploded 
Three years ago, an industrial disaster nearly blew the city of West off the map. Today, local congregations are at the heart of its recovery and revival.....
GetReligion: Religion and Public Trust in News Media 
....The bottom line: If news producers want to drive away loyal, dedicated, long-time consumers of their products – especially in average American cities and towns – then one of the quickest ways to do that is to ignore religion news, to make mistakes while covering religion and/or to show obvious bias on topics linked to religious faith.....

A large crowd sings and prays together at Together 2016, a Christian revival on the Mall in Washington.
Wash. Post: White Christian America and Trump, Part 1 
....I think the principal reason white evangelical Protestants are reacting more viscerally to the end of White Christian America is because they represented the last phase of its health and vitality. While the decline among their more northern mainline Protestant cousins began in the 1970s and continued through the turn of the twenty-first century, the decline among white evangelical Protestants did not occur until the last decade. As a result, there was a significant period of about four decades where white evangelicals adopted a fairly self-congratulatory posture, concluding that their more conservative theology was what had protected them from decline.  ..

Robert G.

Payday Someday    I Kng 21:18,19,23  Mat 10:28
Is Hell a Myth?      Mat. 10:28
Prepare To Meet Thy God    Amos 4:12
The Meaning of Christmas    Luke 1:78
Ichabod: Goodbye To Glory     1 Sam. 4:18-22

Billy Sunday
Broken Down Altars    1 Kng 18:30
Show Thyself a Man     1 Kng 2:2
The Devil's Boomerangs     Ecc 11:9
Teach Us To Pray      Luk 11:1
The Blood of Jesus Christ    Heb 9:13-14

Charles H.
I Would, But Ye Would Not!    Mat 23:37
Open House For All Comers   Luke 15:2
Why Some Seekers Are Not Saved   Is 59:1-2
Fathers in Christ    1 Jn 2:13,14
The Fatherhood of God     Mat 6:9
The Drawings of Divine Love    Jn 6:44-45
The Saint's Horror at the Sinner's Hell   Ps 26:9

D. Marytn

A Living Hope of the Hereafter    I Peter 1:3-5
Faith On Trial   Psalm 73:1-2
The Christian & the Non-Christian   Eph. 4:20
The Breadth, Length, Depth, Height of God's Love
God Or Mammon    Matt. 6:19-24

T. DeWitt Talmage
The Laughter of the Bible    Psalm 126:2  2:4
The Power of Kindness    Prov. 15:15
Windows Opened Toward Jerusalem   Dan 6:10
The Ministry of Tears    Rev 7:17
The Spider in Palaces    Pro 30:28

G. Campbell
Christ's Call To Courage    Matt. 9:2, 22
The Optimism of Faith    Heb. 11:1
Christ's Vision of Jerusalem    Luke 9:51
As An Eagle...The Lord Did Lead    Deut. 32:11-12
How To Succeed In Life    Prov. 3:6

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