I: What to Expect From the First Presidential Debate Showdown
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?
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
|4 in 10 Millennials
Religiously Unaffiliated; No. 1 Reason for Leaving Faith Is Stop Believing
in Teachings: Survey
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
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. ....
Are Struggling to Work Under New Russia Law Banning Proselytizing
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
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. .
Voters May Lean Republican, But Feel Conflicted About the Candidates
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)
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
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."....
Ways to Help Your Depressed Friend
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.......
Things You Should Know About Alzheimer’s Disease
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....
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
Christians Need to Stop Apologizing and Saying I’m Sorry
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.....
Testimony Isn’t About You
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...
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. ....
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. ...
the Theology of Sleep
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.
News: Ancient Rare Text Reveals Purity of
Biblical Tradition Through Miracle of Technology
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.....
Rome Really Changed Its Tune? The Catholic Church — 500 Years Later
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? .
Why More Talk
About 'Freedom of Worship' Really Isn't a Good Thing
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
Calvinism -The Merger of Calvinism With Worldliness
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.. ...