Can Kill My Body, But Not My Soul':
Refuses to Convert to Islam in Face of Death
....Last month, a number of Christians
fled Gwoza and the surrounding villages as Boko Haram attacked neighborhoods
with explosive devices, fire bombs and assault rifles. Approximately 100
people lost their lives in the attack. Among those who fled was John Yakuba,
who lives with his family in the predominately Christian village of Attagara
in Northeast Nigeria. Yakuba fled to a refugee camp in Cameroon, but when
it seemed that his family faced starvation there, he returned to the village
to see if he could retrieve some of his livestock...However, when members
of Boko Haram spotted Yakuba entering his house to gather a few other belongings
left behind, they captured him and attempted to force him to become a Muslim.
“You must convert to Islam or else you will die a painful death,” they
Five Things You Must Do To Protect
A couple of years ago an unknown person
hacked my GMail account....This event and a hundred headlines convinced
me of the need for better security. Recent news stories have once again
shown the importance of properly securing accounts, apps and services behind
best practices. Here are 5 steps you need to take to protect yourself online.
Christs Arising Worldwide Claiming to Be Second Coming of Jesus
A number of false Christs have been
arising in various nations worldwide, claiming to be the second coming
of Jesus. While many are following these self-proclaimed Messiahs, some
are speaking out against their cults, being mindful of Christ’s words in
Matthew 24:5, “For many shall come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ,’ and
shall deceive many.”
Leaders Furious Over Obamacare Abortion Funds
Outraged lawmakers and pro-life leaders
gathered outside the U.S. Capitol building Thursday to demand Congress
put an end to Obamacare's massive funding of health care plans that pay
for abortions They pointed out past laws specifically forbid this, but
Obamacare is ignoring that legislation and the president's own promises
that no taxpayer dollars would subsidize abortion.
Iran Could Face Death Penalty
Three pastors in Iran are facing charges
that could lead to the death penalty for activities in the house-church
movement in an unprecedented crackdown on converts from Islam, according
to human rights groups.
Iranian authorities recently
filed charges against Silas Rabbani, assistant pastor in a Church of Iran
group in Karaj, for “Mofsed-fel-arz” or “spreading corruption on Earth,”
according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). Authorities previously
charged Behnam Irani, lead pastor of the church, with the same offense.
The exact date when each pastor was charged is not publicly known, but
information about each pastor leaked out of Iran this month...
Reverses to Allow Team's Cross Decals
The Arkansas State University football
team can celebrate a major victory for free speech and religious liberty.
The university is now allowing football players to remember their fallen
colleagues with memorial cross decals on their helmets after initially
banning it. One of the young men being remembered by the football team
was Markel Owens, a former player at ASU who was killed in a robbery.
'Moon God' Monument Unearthed In Israel
A 5,000-year-old stone structure
in the shape of the crescent moon in northern Israel has been identified
to be an ancient monument, predating much of the construction of Stonehenge
in England and Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The structure, known as
Rujum en-Nabi Shua'ayb, is located near the Sea of Galilee.
20 States Now Reporting Enterovirus D68 Outbreak
Cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) are
exploding all across the country with nearly 20 states reporting dozens
of cases. The outbreaks are growing so quickly that the Centers for Disease
Control are lagging far behind announced cases.
Group Makes Air Force Accept Enlistment Oath Without 'So Help Me God'
The Air Force said Wednesday it has
joined the other military services in allowing its members to take their
enlistment or officer appointment oaths without including "so help me God."
The change was prompted by an atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in
Nevada, who crossed out the words on his Department of Defense reenlistment
documents. The previous policy had required that the four words be included,
so the case was...
the Christians’ Call at Australia Church
Church goers in Sydney’s west have been left shaken
after a stranger shouted death threats from a car bearing the Islamic State
flag. The car drove past Our Lady of Lebanon Church at Harris Park on Tuesday
and witnesses claim it had a flag similar to those brandished by Islamic
State jihadists hanging out the window.
Haram Suicide Bombers Attack Nigerian College, 15 Dead
Fifteen people were reported dead from the attack
and another 35 were injured.
Coach Claims He Was Fired for Refusing to Stop Team Members From Praying
A public school football coach is claiming he was
terminated from his position for allowing players at Catalina Foothills
High School in Tucson, Arizona, to pray before and after games.
at Tennessee High School Take a Stand for Pre-Game Prayer
Cheerleaders at a high school in Tennessee
have found a way to put prayer back into the pre-game period of athletic
events in the face of a recent decision by school officials to replace
the prayers with a moment of silence. According to reports, the Tennessee
Secondary School Athletic Association instructed schools two years ago
to discontinue offering prayers over the sound system prior to athletic
events. But officials at Oneida High School defied the order and kept praying.
Group in Orlando Plans to Provide Public School Students with Activity
A Satanist organization in New
York is planning to distribute activity books to children in Orange County,
Florida public schools. The books, provided by The Satanic Temple, feature
a variety of activities that are intended to teach children about Satanism
and counteract the teachings of Evangelical Christians in the region.
ISIS Trying to Assassinate Pope Francis?
Pope Francis will still travel to Albania this weekend
despite warnings from Iraq's ambassador to the Vatican that there are clear
assassination threats coming from Islamic State militants.
Bill Nye Ready to 'Go to Hell' Over His Beliefs
Bill Nye, best known as "The Science Guy," came face-to-face
with one of the most articulate creationists in our land and has concluded
that even if it means going to hell, he will believe what he believes.
Things You Need to Know About Biometrics Technology
From using facial detection to spotting an online
fraudster, the art of identification is getting more sophisticated.
Continues for Family of Freed Prisoner of Conscience in China
When Chinese authorities released Christian
human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng from prison on Aug.7, we didn’t hear
anything from him, presumably because of the communist state’s one-year
prohibition against him saying anything publicly that might “damage the
reputation or interests of the state.”
Taxpayer Funding of Common Core Unconstitutional
Two anti-Common Core activists in Missouri
have joined in filing a lawsuit against state officials that challenges
the state’s payment of taxpayer funds to the Smarter Balanced Assessment
Consortium (SBAC), one of the two federally funded multi-state groups that
are developing tests aligned with the Common Core standards.
Denny Burk: What
the Bible Teaches About Spanking
Christians need to be ready to engage this discussion
in a biblical way, insisting on the protection of children from abuse while
also pursuing biblical truth concerning discipline.
Eco Collapse Blog: Computer
Models Tell Us
That This Ebola Pandemic Could Soon Kill Millions
We could potentially be on the verge of the greatest
health crisis that any of us have ever seen. The number of Ebola
cases in Africa has approximately doubled over the past three weeks, and
scientific computer models tell us that this Ebola pandemic could end up
killing millions of us - especially if it starts spreading on other continents.
End of Am Dream: ‘ISIL
Is Not Islamic’? Is Obama Completely Insane?
Barack Obama told the entire nation that “ISIL is
not Islamic”. Well, then what in the world are they? Atheists?
And what is Obama going to try to convince us of next? That the Pope
is not Catholic? Of all of Obama’s lies (and there certainly have
been a lot of them), this one might take the cake.
Matt Walsh: Joel
Osteen and His Wife Are Heretics,
and That’s Why America Loves Them
In primitive times they burned heretics at the stake.
Now we greet the blasphemers with applause and book deals. I’m not
sure if the latter response is any more enlightened than the former, but
both are wrong.
Mark H. Creech: A
Society's Soul--How to Tell Its Condition
What kind of people in pursuit of their own devices
and selfish endeavors would destroy their own children – their own future?
How does our nation treat its children?
David Curry: A
Warning Against Apathy
....But the destruction of religious viewpoints outside
of their own—and of Christianity in particular—is the central tenet of
Robert Dickie III: Economies
Thrive On Hope, Not Jealousy
Poor people say the worst thing about their material
conditions isn’t their material conditions.
David Marcus: Reports
Of Adulthood’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Luckily for us all, most American men ignore The New
Art Rainer: How
to Protect Your Church from Lawsuits
In today’s litigious society, no organization
is exempt from a potential lawsuit, including the local church. Church
leaders know the damage a lawsuit causes a church. Trust is lost. Reputation
is tarnished. Often, a backlash by the surrounding community is felt, and
not just by the involved church. Neighboring churches feel a portion of
the weight as well. While lawsuits are not completely avoidable, here are
guidelines to help prevent litigation:
Thom Rainer: Five
Ways to Use the Offertory to Enhance Financial Stewardship
....Because of the number of times I
have been in different churches, I can come pretty close to determining
how healthy the financial stewardship of a congregation is just by listening
and watching the time of offertory in a worship service. In most churches,
that time has little meaning. Some people come to the front with offering
plates, and someone prays. It’s mostly tradition and ritual. But in churches
with very healthy giving relative to their demographics, something different
takes place in the offertory. It is meaningful. It is engaging. And it
makes a difference. Here are five ways I have seen it done well in a number
Paul Maxwell: How
God Cares for Those Who Don’t
...“I don’t care” has become a parasite
on something much more forceful: “That doesn’t matter.” Recently, apathy
has thrown off its garments of unrespectability and taken the judgment
seat of cultural prestige. “I’m not motivated” has been replaced with a
bigger philosophical gun: “I’m not persuaded.” Self-indulgence now piggy-backs
on self-involvement. We now face a bigger, badder “I don’t care.” It’s
David Mathis: Is
Secular the New Satanic?
Founded in New York just two years ago,
the Satanic Temple is cutting paths across the country, acting as a religious
group and aiming to undo supernaturalists in general, and Christians in
particular. The group has done first-amendment rights demonstrations in
Florida and Massachusetts and...
Michael Oh and Brett Rayl:
of Spiritual Awakening in Japan
Japan is known by many to be a difficult
mission field. But for those who know missions in Japan well, the phrase
“hard mission field” is merely a euphemism for a grimmer expression that
was previously used about Africa, one that has been recently applied to
Japan: “the missionary’s graveyard.” One would expect such a bleak designation
to be used in reference to a land known for physical hardship or violent
persecution, and there have been martyrs in Japan’s Christian history.
That is not the case today, however.
Stand To Reason: Christianity's
In reply to the critics who claim Christianity
was just a copy-cat religion among the ancient religions, it's helpful
to take a look at how an ancient adherent of these pagan religions viewed
Christianity. The inherent uniqueness of Christianity was a scandal to
many. Not only would Jesus' followers not worship other gods, they rejected
the layers of intermediary deities. Christianity taught that we could approach
God directly in Jesus Christ. This was utterly unique in the ancient pantheon
Simon Roberts: How
To Read the Bible In Church
....But I’d like to suggest that there’s
a whole lot more to reading the Bible than simply standing up front and
saying the words. Just as we are no better off if we haven’t understood
the Scriptures we have read, we’ve wasted our time reading the Bible aloud
if no one has understood what we have said.
Christine Hoover: What
People Who Are New to Your Church Want You to Know
....Until you are new, until you're
a visitor, it's difficult to understand what it's like and to put yourself
in a visitor's shoes at your church, but it's so important to try. A warm,
welcome, and helpful environment is one of the most essential ingredients
for a person to become a follower of Christ and grow within the church.
‘Spiralling Out of Control’
BARACK Obama has pledged to send 3000
US military personnel to West Africa to stem the Ebola outbreak, described
by the United Nations as a billion-dollar problem. Mr Obama’s military
response is part of a heightened US role that will include erecting new
treatment and isolation facilities, training health care workers and increasing
communications and transportation support. “If the outbreak is not stopped
now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people affected, with
profound economic, political and security implications for all of us,”
Obama declared after briefings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Forces Taking Back Christian Villages as More Christians Join Fight
Fighting continues across Iraq
and Syria, as Kurdish forces attempt to force Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists
out of the region and regain control. Christian Today reports that Kurdish
forces are beginning to see some success, as seven Christians villages
were taken back from ISIS authority.
In Eastern China Scramble
To Save Symbol
of Their Faith
At a gray church on the outskirts of
Wenzhou in eastern China, Christians from across the county keep a nervous
watch. Some stand behind the iron gate; others sit just inside the church
door. For more than two months they've waited, preparing themselves to
protect the cross on top of their church. "If I have to, I am going to
hold it in my arms and protect it," one elderly man says. "They have no
right to tear it down, that is why we have to defend our church." Like
many here, it's too risky for him to give his name. Wenzhou is known as
the "Jerusalem of China" and throughout this year the local Communist Party
authorities have demolished scores of churches and forcibly removed more
than 300 church crosses. MORE
State Magazine: ‘This Isn’t the Beginning, It’s the Apocalypse’
INSTRUCTIONS for invasion, boasting
of killings and martyrdom, and apocalyptic predictions line the pages of
Islamic State’s shocking magazine. Named after a town in northern Syria,
flagged as the location of “Armageddon”, DABIQ is a professional-looking
publication, and it’s disturbingly accessible. Three 50-page volumes of
the extremist propaganda mag, used by the terror outfit to recruit and
radicalise foreigners are available online and published in a number of
languages, including English.
Reportedly Tells QB to Remove Jesus Shirt
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin
III was told to remove his "Know Jesus, Know Peace" t-shirt before a press
conference, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Reporter Michael
Phillips posted on Twitter that Tony McGee, a NFL uniform inspector made
Griffin turn the shirt inside out because it wasn't a Nike product.
in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low
....As has been the case historically,
Americans are most likely to feel the news media are "too liberal" (44%)
rather than "too conservative," though this perceived liberal bias is now
on the lower side of the trend. One in three (34%) say the media are "just
about right" in terms of their coverage... MORE
Christians Urge Arabs to Lead Fight Against Islamic State
Middle Eastern Christian believers called
on Muslim governments and religious authorities on Tuesday to condemn Islamic
State for its assault on minority religious communities and to take the
lead in efforts to destroy its power in Iraq and Syria. They told a news
conference that the reaction so far from Arab countries had been “timid”
to the militant group’s killings and expulsion of hundreds of thousands
of Christians in massacres against all religious and ethnic minorities.
Ebola-Ravaged Liberia, Churches Serve as a Last Gathering Place
....Formal gatherings of any kind are
discouraged in Liberia these days, because the lethal Ebola virus is spread
by contact with other people’s body fluids, including sweat and saliva.
In addition to the schools, most workplaces are closed. Sporting events
have been canceled. But people in their best clothes could be seen everywhere
in Monrovia on Sunday, heading to one place where they might find some
Gets Jail Time for Noisy Church
A Columbia pastor is serving jail time after his church
repeatedly violated the city's noise ordinance.
Ted Cruz Deliberately Upend Middle East Christian Summit
A number of news outlets, including conservative ones,
are charging Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, with deliberately upsetting Middle
East Christians gathered at the inaugural summit of In Defense of Christians
in Washington, D.C., last Wednesday, with some calling it a political stunt.
Daily Beast: Rick
Warren’s Troubling Africa Mission
Is the megachurch pastor doing good in Africa—or cynically
exploiting African leaders to enhance his position and spread a social
conservative message that oppresses women and gays?
Brandon Smith: C.
S. Lewis and Mere Christianity
the author takes readers behind the pages of Mere Christianity
and into the World War II context of Lewis’s BBC radio addresses. This
succession of talks appeared on the airwaves of a country embroiled in
Jones 'Crushed' Over 'Dancing with the Stars' Elimination,
'I Need to Trust God'
Lolo Jones was the first contestant to be eliminated
from this season of "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday night and the Olympian
is relying on her faith to carry her through the disappointment.
Cruelest Amish Hate Crime Ever Committed
A new book digs deep into a story that, for all its
seeming quaintness, has the power both to rock the underpinnings of hate
crime legislation and to break the human heart.
Convention Expels 'Third Way' Church
he California Southern Baptist Convention's Executive
Board voted Thursday (Sept. 11) to withdraw fellowship from a church whose
pastor says he believes homosexual acts are not always sinful.
Secularization: What Future Has Christianity on the Continent?
In Western Europe, politics and the
media are still dominated by the liberal mentality that prevailed among
European intellectual elites for most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,
and gave rise to various versions of the "theory of secularisation." Some
of those theories assumed, in the light of the changing role of the major
Christian churches in certain European countries, the gradual decline or
even rapid extinction of religion throughout the world. Others did not
go that far, and simply maintained that religion had shifted out of the
public into the private sphere. Either way, the assumption was that the
process was irreversible. MORE
Handing Out Religious Literature at Schools
The Satanic Temple of New York City
has been granted permission to pass out its literature to students in public
schools in the Orlando, Florida, area after district officials declined
to prohibit distribution of religious materials. So will there now be a
huge new interest among students in the pentagram, the goats-head emblem
and devilish rituals? Maybe not, according to one columnist.
Bill Walsh: The
Gospel for Sweden
Over the years, the geographic focus
of our theological famine relief mission has primarily been the Global
South. Though growth in the number of believers in Asia, Africa, and South
America has been strong in the last century, the lack of access to biblical
resources is generally more pronounced. We’ve also long been engaged
in Europe through various publishing projects in English, Italian, French,
Swedish, and other languages. The famine there takes a different shape,
since the economic environment is much different. Nevertheless, the dearth
of gospel-centeredness is still present.
Dane Ortlund: What’s
All This ‘Gospel-Centered’ Talk About?
Specifically, the gospel is the startling news that
what God demands from us, he provides for us. How? In his own Son. The
gospel is the message that Jesus Christ delights to switch places with
Ross Douthat: The
Middle East’s Friendless Christians
For decades, the Middle East’s increasingly beleaguered
Christian communities have suffered from a fatal invisibility in the Western
world. And their plight has been particularly invisible in the United States...
Dawn Perlmutter: Beheading
Raises Islamic State Street Cred
The strategic advantages of our jihadist enemies.
Caroline Glick: Obama’s
Why the world thinks America is fighting to lose against
Jack Cashill: Don't
Blame the NFL
What the media rarely discuss, and then only gingerly,
is how black NFL players have fared compared to young black men not in
Daniel Allott: Ted
Cruz’s Squandered Opportunity
When Senator Ted Cruz delivered the
keynote address at last Wednesday’s inaugural In Defense of Christians
Summit in Washington, D.C., he was expected to place a much-needed spotlight
on the plight of the ancient and persecuted Christian communities of the
Middle East. Instead, under the guise of supporting Israel, Cruz placed
the spotlight squarely on himself, and by so doing inflicted untold damage
to the cause of Christianity’s survival in the Middle East.
Poverty Problem is a Marriage Problem
If you’re out of work and can’t earn
an income, it’s easy to slide down the economic ladder from working-poor
to just plain poor. So it’s no surprise that the poverty rate in America
has, since at least 1970, moved in sync with the unemployment rate...But
around 2010, something seems to have changed. MORE
Mark Tapson: The
Muslim Brotherhood’s Inter-Faith Charade
Dr. Mark Christian confronts stealth Jihad in Omaha.
Glenn Fairman: Foreign
Policy and Roosting Chickens
Obama’s chickens have come home to roost -- except
that these birds are better described as black carrion auspiciously returning
to pick clean a morbid foreign policy’s carcass.
Michael Curtis: President
Obama, This Is the Islamic State
A primer on exactly what we're up against.
Mark Judge: Don
Draper and the Death of God
....In fact, the distance from The Adventures
of Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye to Knocked
Up and Girls is not a quick ride, but a chasm.
Thom Rainer: Six
Major Implications of the Growth of Multisite Churches
It is one of those topics that almost
always engenders lively discussion. Some church leaders are incredibly
and positively excited about the multisite church movement. Others view
the movement with many questions if not some level of suspicion. But recent
studies tell us that we should not ignore this movement.
Jason Helopoulos: Why
As a Christian, why not sin? We could
give a myriad of answers to that question. However, the best answer is
in Romans 6. Paul could have talked about the misery that sin brings, the
pain that it inflicts upon others, the consequences which flow from it,
or the penalty that Christ had to pay for it. But that is not where he
first turns. He wants Christians to understand that we cannot easily entertain
sin, because of our identity.
Owen Strachan: 10
Ways to Exercise Christlike Headship
Few words are more invested with meaning
than the term “headship.” It’s a Christological and theological term that
is grounded in Ephesians 5:23, which reads “For the husband is the head
[Greek kephale] of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his
body, and is himself its Savior.” This is the preeminent statement in all
of Scripture on what a husband is and is to be.
Tony Reinke: God’s
Beauty for the Bored, Busy, and Depressed
To escape our bondage to sin, we must
come alive to the glory of God in Christ. He’s our only hope. On this theme,
theologian Jonathan Edwards was a master. He discovered God’s glory and
beauty all over Scripture, and he centered his understanding of the Christian
J. Mack Stiles: How
Should We Define Evangelism?
....For example, a housewife meeting
with a friend over coffee may be evangelizing, while a brilliant Christian
apologist speaking to thousands in a church sanctuary may not be. Few see
it this way, but that’s because we have false understandings of what evangelism
is. Defending the faith is a fine thing to do, but it is easy to give apologetics
for Christianity without explaining the gospel—and we cannot evangelize
without the gospel.
T.J. Addington: The
Media and Christian Ministries
I have watched with sadness the travails
of a large church and famous pastor over the past year or so. It has been
my desire that they would get their act together for the sake of the church
as a whole. One of the interesting facets of the saga has been the charge
that the media has been used to create undo attention to the charges against
the senior pastor and that dirty laundry should not be aired in the secular
media. Even I was chastised for suggesting on Facebook that I wished the
parties involved would get their act together...
Jon Bloom: New
Every Morning, New Every Moment
Every single moment is new. Every moment
is a completely unique creation by God the Father through God the Son who
is upholding the universe at that moment by the word of his power. Never
is a moment neglected. Never is a moment repeated.
Randy Alcorn: What
Languages Will We Speak In Heaven?
Revelation 7:10 says, “They cried out
in a loud voice.” This singular “voice” implies a shared language. This
could be a trade language, Heaven’s equivalent to Swahili or English, second
languages that many know in addition to their native languages, allowing
them to communicate. Or the common language could be our primary one. It
may be a universal language God grants us without our having to learn it.
If he wishes, God could allow us to understand all languages even if we
can’t speak them.
Christians: We Are On the Run
What ISIS has done in Iraq, Boko
Haram is doing in Nigeria, a Nigerian cleric says. For Rev Samuel Dali,
recent territorial gains made by Boko Haram in the northeast, signal the
end of his home and of the church in that part of the country, Africa’s
most populous. ‘‘The news is really bad. When they attacked our hometown,
we decided to vacate the place. In Michika and surrounding areas, soldiers
were running away. Some of them were killed or wounded and lot of people
were also running for their lives,” Rev. Samuel Dali, President of the
Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, saidr as he was on the run, metres from
the Cameroon border.
in Magazine, Warns of 'Armageddon' Against US, West
An Islamic State (ISIS) magazine called
Dabiq has warned that the United States and other Western “crusaders” are
facing Armageddon at the hands of the terror group’s fighters. The Islamic
State,... also employs Dabiq to promote its violent campaign to defeat
the “Romans” or “crusaders” from the West, who are symbolized by photos
of ...Obama and ... John McCain.
President Barack Obama has often threatened
that if Congress won't pass laws he wants or feels are needed, he'll go
ahead and act on his own. He's now made good on that threat so many times,
protests are rising that he's throwing America's constitutional system
off-balance. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., told CBN News
he's worried the president is changing laws by himself in ways the Constitution
says only Congress is allowed to do. "He is overreaching in a multitude
of ways," the congressman said, and then pointed to the massive law legislating
Obamacare. "There are dozens of examples. Obamacare itself. He has now
in 40 different matters changed Obamacare." MORE
2006: World War III Coming If ‘Caliphate Capitol’ Established In Iraq
On September 5, 2006, then-President
George W. Bush gave a speech headlined “U.S. Foreign Policy and Terrorist
Threats” to military officers about the “stages” of the third world war
which would be begun by the establishment of a “caliphate” if America was
to abandon the fight in Iraq. He warned radical Islamic jihadist, at the
time lead by Osama bin Laden, were planing to “expel Americans” and create
a “caliphate capital’ in Iraq. MORE
University Broke Law by Banning Crosses on Football Helmets
Arkansas State University violated the
law when it ordered football players to either remove or modify crosses
they had affixed to their helmets, a prominent religious liberty law firm
alleges. The cross decals were meant to memorialize former player Markel
Owens, who was killed in January, and former equipment manager Barry Weyer,
who was killed in a June car crash.
Challenges Belgium’s Euthanasia Law after Mom’s Death
Tom Mortier is taking Belgium to Europe’s
highest court for allowing doctors to euthanize his depressed mother and
waiting to notify him until the next day. Euthanasia killings in Belgium
and the Netherlands have spiked in recent years, especially for people
with mental illness or depression, and the elderly who don’t want to go
to nursing homes. Godelieva De Troyer died April 19, 2012, at the hands
of an oncologist—not her psychiatrist of 20 years, who refused to say her
depression was untreatable.
Respiratory Illness Confirmed In 10 States, Expands to New York, Alabama
The rare and severe respiratory illness
sickening children around the country has expanded to new states, and health
officials believe there could also be unconfirmed cases in other places.
These children — and it has only affected children so far, for reasons
we explain here — are suffering from enterovirus 68, an uncommon virus
strain that can cause severe breathing problems. Alabama and New York are
among the newest states with...
Incite Public to Film British Street Preacher's 'Offensive' Gospel Remarks
....Overd says he is compelled to preach
the good news of the gospel when he sees groups of people gathered together,
and he has evangelized in Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester and currently
in Taunton, near where he and his wife now live. "My preaching is challenging
because I tackle sin head on, but I take care not to be offensive, and
I use a small amp box so I can be heard but don't have to shout loudly,"
Orders Girl to Remove ‘Virginity Rocks’ Shirt
Virginity does not rock at Ramay Junior
High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Thats the lesson 13-year-old Chloe
Rubiano learned. Chloe is in the eighth grade. She is also a good church-going
girl. So you can imagine her moms surprise when she got in trouble at school.
Bans 'Offensive' Chick-fil-A Sandwiches
Feathers have been ruffled at California's Ventura
High School, where the principal last week banned the football booster
club from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches over fears that people might be
Carolina Pastor Receives Jail Time for Church Service Noise Complaints
A South Carolina pastor is behind
bars for repeatedly violating the city’s noise ordinance. According to
WLTX TV, Columbia police officers have been called to Rehoboth United Assemblies
Church more than 50 times due to noise complaints. Reportedly a majority
of the complaints came from one neighbor.
Report: Obamacare Funds Abortions
A new government report confirms what
pro-life advocates have long feared: President Barack Obama's signature
health care reform law allows for taxpayer-funded abortions. In a report
to Congress, the Govern- ment Accountability Office found 28 states with
no laws restricting health plans that limit abortion coverage.
Jesus Might Say About Social Media
We are moving quickly into a day when
life is real only as it's captured on social media. A milestone is not
momentous unless a picture is posted on Instagram, a life circumstance
is not fully experienced until it is discussed on Facebook, and an event
isn't fun or meaningful unless it has a cute hashtag. We read 140-character
philosophies or follow links to blog posts and articles, but how often
do we--do I--evaluate what is said rather than consider how it might actually
apply to the deep recesses of my heart? ...Which led me to consider what
Jesus might say about social media. Like most things, social media is a
fairly neutral medium, but it's a medium that reveals our hearts so accurately.
Social media has been a source of discontentment, pride, comparison, and
envy; it's revealed my heart. MORE
the Bible Is Constitutional, Attorneys Assure Penn State
"By allowing Bibles to be placed in their guest rooms,
Penn State was not unconstitutionally promoting religion to guests but
was merely serving its guests' needs and desires..."
Death, Sudan Mom Says She Relied on Faith
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who faced a death
sentence for refusing to convert to Islam, says she relied on her Christian
faith throughout her ordeal.
SEAL's Amazing Survival: 'God, Get Me Home'
Navy SEAL Sr. Chief Mike Day had never been
shot before, but that changed dramatically one night in April 2007.
Al Qaeda terrorists shot Day more than two dozen times.
Murdered Nuns Laid to Rest in the Congo as Investigation Continues
Three elderly Italian nuns murdered in Burundi
were laid to rest Thursday (Sept. 11) in a Xaverian cemetery in the Democratic
Republic of Congo amid heightened calls for action about their death.
Peter Rosenberger: Seven
Danger Signs for Caregivers
Despite all their skills, blinding speed
and apparent competency, all caregivers suffer from the same challenge:
What they do is unsustainable. It's simply a matter of time before a caregiver's
body, emotions and/or their wallet will break down.
Least 41 Dead in Nigerian Church Guest House Collapse
The number of people killed in the collapse
of a guest house under construction at the Lagos headquarters of one of
Nigeria's best-known Christian evangelical pastors rose to 41 on Sunday,
rescuers said, as they worked to clear the wreckage. The five-story building
in the Ikotun neighborhood of Lagos collapsed on Friday, and Farinloye
said some 130 people had been pulled out alive with varying degrees of
Beheading Infidels -- How Allah
‘Heals the Hearts of Believers’
To understand why the Islamic State
not only decapitates its “infidel” captives, but also mutilates and mocks
their corpses—and all to sadistic laughter—one need only turn to the Koran
and deeds of Islamic prophet Muhammad. The Koran exhorts believers to “Fight
them [those who oppose Islam], Allah will torment them with your hands,
humiliate them, empower you over them, and heal the hearts of the believers,
removing the rage from their hearts” (Koran 9:14-15). MORE
Tony Perkins: Is
ISIS Truly Muslim or Not?
The reality is, our military is about to put their
lives on the line, and they need a strategy driven by national security—not
Daniel Greenfield: Can
Republicans Win in a Post-Family America?
The end of marriage will lead to big government.
Carol Brown: The
Mysterious Moderate Muslim
Throngs of people claim that most Muslims are moderate
and do not condone violence. How do they know that?
Daniel Greenfield: A
Christian Federation in the Middle East
Middle Eastern Christians have to stop thinking like
Michael Brown: An
Appeal to Joel and Victoria Osteen
...The big problem is that you haven't told them what
their sins are, and you haven't told them what real repentance is. And
you can't possibly assume that all of them understand the meaning of sin
and redemption and repentance.
Robert Spencer: The
War at Home
A Muslim serial killer in America.
David Murray: The
Why of Note-Taking
Note-taking begins with a big question:
”Why?” Why take notes in lectures? It may seem an easy question with an
obvious answer but once you ask it, you’ll realize that there are a few
possible answers and that your answer will determine how you take notes.
Lets ask three students why they take notes:
Tim Challies: Why
Curious People Don't Get Bored
....There were two weeks left in summer
vacation. Two of my kids were sprawled on the couch in dejected boredom,
wishing they could just watch a little more Netflix or play a little more
Flappy Bird. One of my kids was wide-eyed, staring into the pages of a
book. And it occurred to me: Curious people don’t get bored. People with
a deep sense of wonder don’t get bored. People with a deep desire to appreciate
the world around them and to learn its secrets—these people have developed
a resistance to boredom.
It Be Heaven If People Are Aware of Anything Bad On Earth?
Many maintain that those in Heaven cannot
be aware of people and events on Earth because they would be made unhappy
by all the suffering and evil; thus, Heaven would not truly be Heaven.
I believe this argument is invalid. After all, God knows exactly what’s
happening on Earth, yet it doesn’t diminish Heaven for him.
Murray Campbell: The
Drama of Preaching
...In short, preaching is a visual demonstration
of God ruling his church. The very nature of preaching (monologue, authoritative,
speech) is a public demonstration of God ruling (teaching, correcting,
rebuking, encouraging, training) over his people (God is saving a people,
not simply individuals).
David Potter: The
Historical Credibility of the New Testament, Part 2
In my last post, I introduced, Diane,
a sincere inquirer about the historical credibility of the New Testament.
Diane, a fifth generation Mormon who graduated from Brigham Young University,
had good cause to doubt the Book of Mormon, and she wondered if the New
Testament was equally dubious. The earlier post dealt with the external
evidence for the Gospels. In this post I will talk about internal indications
that the Gospels are just what they seem to be: accounts of the life of
Jesus written within forty years of His crucifixion and resurrection.
Erik Raymond: Help
for Those Who Feel 'Disconnected' at Church
It is a common phrase spoken by Christians
and wrestled with by pastors, “I don’t feel connected at church.” The pastoral
burden is for all Christians to be thriving in and through the ministry.
When we hear something like this we immediately go into “fix-it” mode.
Often times we even attempt to construct some structure around the person
to help them feel connected. But what if this didn’t help anyone? What
if the problem wasn’t the ministry but the individual? What if the disconnection
we feel is actually the consequence of selfishness?*
T.J. Addington: Signs
of a Toxic Ministry Leader
Yes, they do exist, and in too many
places. Ministry is a place where almost anyone who has some skill can
set themselves up for leadership in some manner. And in ministry, we often
seem to give toxic leaders a pass because they preach well or because in
the name of "grace" we are afraid to call them on what is candidly just
bad behavior. Here are some signs of toxicity in ministry leaders.
Tony Reinke: God’s
Beauty for the Bored, Busy, and Depressed
To escape our bondage to sin, we must
come alive to the glory of God in Christ. He’s our only hope. On this theme,
theologian Jonathan Edwards was a master. He discovered God’s glory and
beauty all over Scripture...
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business of Christianity is not to improve the world. No! it is to take
men out of the world, to save them from it, and to form this new realm,
this new kingdom, and this new humanity. We must get hold of that idea.
It is not a kind of Christianisation of the world that is taught in the
Bible. People are to be taken out of it, to be separated from it, and to
be translated into a different position. Peter puts it like this in the
second chapter of his First Epistle: "Who hath called you out of darkness
into his marvellous light." The Lord takes us out of Egypt, and puts us
into Canaan! MORE
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|....We are about to look into something
which is so glorious and endless that it will be the theme of contemplation
of all the saints, not only in this world, but also in the world which
is to come. We shall spend our eternity in gazing upon it, and wondering
at it, and in being astounded by it. But it is our business to start upon
this here and now in this life. Indeed this is a characteristic of love
at all levels; it delights in thinking not only of the object of its love,
but also of the love it receives. Nothing therefore should give greater
joy to all God's people than to meditate upon this love of Christ. Indeed,
our chief defect as Christians is that we fail to realize Christ's love
to us. How often have you thought about this? We spend time thinking about
our activities and our problems, but the most important necessity in the
Christian life is to know Christ's love to us, and to meditate upon it.
|...“Trust in the Lord with all
thine heart”—“depend on Me for what you need; look to Me for what you
need, and do not take the advice of those brokers, or any other such agents,
but consult the Lord”—“lean not unto thine own understanding.” Do
not suppose because you have had a good deal of experience, or another
person has had a good deal of experience, that that is all which is needed;
but betake yourself to the Lord under all circumstances, at all times,
under all difficulties, and seek His advice and counsel. Now this has been
my habit (it was not my habit for the first two years after my conversion),
but it has now been for 69 years my habit to act according to this, and
the result is that all has been going on well with my affairs. I have never
been allowed to bring myself into difficulties on account of such matters,
because I have not trusted in my own experience, but have trusted in the
|....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
|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
....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