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.
Was the Temple Mount Not
the Site of Solomon’s
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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
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."
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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,
Lost Sermons Surface
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
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.”
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.
....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.”
Times of Israel: Want
World Peace? ‘Build 3rd Temple’
campaign to raise funds for draft plans of site,
which, if built, it says,
would ‘usher in universal harmony’
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
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.
Guardsmen Banned from Church Service
National Guard troops in Missouri have been banned
from attending a church service in their honor.
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.
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.
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.
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
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..."..
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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
Ed Lasky: Obama
No president has ever dodged responsibility for his
own failings...The Lightworker has become the Blamethrower.
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
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....
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
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
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
Strikes Deal With Atheist Group
To Monitor Content
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
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
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
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record
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.
Now Gender-Neutral in Britain’s Chambers Dictionary
Marriage has been redefined to be gender-neutral in
the 13th edition of Chambers Dictionary.
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
‘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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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...
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
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
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. 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
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|...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
OBAMCARE 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. 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
LOST SERMONS PUBLISHED
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
PROMISES ATHEISTS THAT THEY WILL INVESTIGATE POLITICS IN CHURCHES
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
AMERICA IS DUTY BOUND TO HELP IRAQI CHRISTIANS
....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.
GOD EVERYDAY IN THE WORKPLACE
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
CHILDREN AT CHURCH
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
BY ISIS, IRAQ'S CHRISTIANS APPEAL TO THE WORLD FOR HELP
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:
COMING CHRISTIAN REVOLT
....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
WE MUST RECOVER AMERICA'S CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
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
CALLS FOR ENTIRE PLANET TO ADOPT A 'NATIONAL ID SYSTEM'
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
IN A HEART-SHAPED BOX
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
COLLEGE--THE NEXT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY CASE
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
HAPPENING TO GORDON COLLEGE IS JUST THE BEGINNING
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
FACEBOOK POST DRIVES MUSLIM MOB TO MURDER GIRLS
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
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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
|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