Wading Into Murky Waters, Trump Trip To
Advocate Religious Unity
first overseas trip as president began Friday with a pilgrimage of sorts.
With stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, Trump will be visiting
the centers of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the three major monotheistic
religions. But he's wading into deep waters with potential for missteps
and disagreement. He'll meet with Muslim leaders despite declaring that
"Islam hates us" during the campaign; he'll meet with Pope Francis, who
advocates for countries to be welcoming to refugees.....
|Israel Today: Israeli
President— Christians Are Our Brothers
Reuven Rivlin said during a meeting with church leaders in Jerusalem that
Christians and Jews are “brothers.” Rivlin invited the heads of the various
churches in Jerusalem to his official residence on the occasion of Easter....
Will Trump Pick
Brownback For Religious Freedom Role?
Gov. Sam Brownback’s
name has been floated by religious leaders in recent weeks as a possible
pick for an ambassadorship focused on promoting religious liberty worldwide.
The position, which was established in 1998, is relatively obscure compared
to some of the positions the two-term governor and former U.S. senator
was rumored to be in the running for after Trump’s election, but religious
organizations that have been pushing for a swift appointment say it’s critically
important to the goal of world peace......
The attorney general
of Texas has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against a judge who
was sued by a prominent professing atheist organization over his practice
of opening court with a chaplain-presented prayer. “The lawsuit against
Judge Mack is an affront to religious liberty and yet another attempt to
push religious expression from public life,” Ken Paxton said......
General Moves to Intervene in Lawsuit Against Judge Sued Over Chaplain-Presented
of Imprisoned Chinese Rights Activists Detail Their Husbands' Torture,
of Chinese human rights lawyers imprisoned and tortured by the government
in China detailed their husbands' experiences and told members of Congress
Thursday that families are also being persecuted by the Chinese government.
|CBN News: Protestors
Rally for Jakarta's Christian Governor
|Christian Post: Actor
Steve McQueen Was Found Clutching Billy Graham's Bible When He Died, Greg
icon Steve McQueen, who accepted Christ months before he was diagnosed
with fatal cancer, died clutching legendary evangelist Billy Graham's Bible,
California pastor Greg Laurie's new book on the salvation of the "King
of Cool" explains.
|Evangelical Focus: Romania
Close to Ban on Same-Sex 'Marriage'
Chamber of Deputies has voted in favor of a proposal to amend the Constitution
to ensure that marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman.
Can't Take Christ Off Like a Sweater,' Says Christian Woman Penalized for
A number of
American Christian business owners and professionals have spoken out about
their need for religious freedom and to be protected from anti-LGBT discrimination
lawsuits, arguing that they cannot simply put away their faith at work.
Parenthood Clinics Closing Rapidly
in taxpayer funding and donations from celebrities, Planned Parenthood
facilities are closing rapidly throughout the country due to financial
|CNS News: Franklin
Graham: 'All Churches Should Pull Out of the Boy Scouts Organization'
|Ancient Origins: From
Christendom to Europe— How a Continent Got
Brits Now Outnumber Christians, But Islam and Hinduism Are Growing
In 1983, the
number of Anglicans accounted for 40 percent of Britain’s population. The
research also shows a spike in the number of ‘nonverts’, namely people
who have been brought up believing in a certain religion, but who have
turned to be non-religious.
|Unlocking the Bible:
Six Things to Know About God’s Wrath
of the wrath (or anger) of God toward sin and sinners is clearly and widely
taught in the Bible. This truth is so interwoven with the hope of our peace
with one another and with God that if we lose our grasp on the one, we
lose our hope of the other.....
Early Baptists Required Faithful
today often display an amazingly cavalier attitude toward church attendance.
It is not uncommon for churches that run 200 in attendance on Sunday mornings
to have half or less of that number back on Sunday night and even fewer
for the mid-week service. Church membership was treated much more seriously
in Baptist churches four hundred years ago. ....
Revisiting the Six Day War
non-believing Israelis considered the hand of God in this war.
2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War in which Israel
vanquished the Arab armies arrayed against it. Egypt, Syria, Jordan,
and Lebanon were the main combatants, but others also took part in the
war as auxiliaries... I was a young draftee facing a war on an Israeli
|Tony Reinke: Your
Phone Is Changing You
“Are you using
your phone, or is your phone using you? Can you put it down? Can you turn
it off?” These were the blunt rhetorical questions asked by Denzel Washington
in a recent interview with BBC television...The question is not merely
rhetorical. We feel the changes inside of us. We all know that the more
addicted we become to our phones, the more prone we are to all sorts of
psychological and physiological consequences. ....
|Cuban Pastor Sentenced to
One Year in Prison for Homeschooling His Children
A Cuban pastor
has been sentenced to one year in prison for homeschooling his children,
and his wife has been ordered to spend a year under house arrest. “This
is a great injustice,” Ramón Rigal told the Homeschool Legal Defense
Association. “They are trying to force us to send our children only to
state schools—not having the option for the children to be taught at home.
They should respect the right that parents have to teach their children
and to respect their faith and the right to homeschool.”.....
In Defense of the Unspoken Prayer
we need lots of things changed in American Christian culture, but the unspoken
prayer request isn’t one of them...The person who asks for a request that
is “unspoken,” though, is almost always someone genuinely grappling with
a burden or a dilemma. The burden is so great that he or she doesn’t even
feel ready to talk about what that burden is. Why would we not want that?....