of Small Town America
37% of likely U.S. voters now fear the
federal government, and an additional 17% are not sure if they should or
not, according to a new survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports on April
15-16. The survey of one thousand likely voters also revealed that 42%
who own guns that are kept in their homes, fear the federal government,
compared to 30% who do not keep guns at home. 52% of union members versus
35% of non-unionized voters share that fear. One might ask, who is afraid
of whom? Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Washington-based Citizens Committee
for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said, "We're seeing a highly unusual
amount of ammunition being bought by the federal agencies over a fairly
short period of time. To be honest, I don't understand why the federal
government is buying so much at this time." MORE
Prices Are Going To Continue Soaring For The Foreseeable Future
the Am Dream
The average price of USDA choice-grade
beef has soared to $5.28 a pound, and the average price of a pound of bacon
has skyrocketed to $5.46. Unfortunately for those that like to eat
meat, this is just the beginning of the price increases. Due to an
absolutely crippling drought that won’t let go of the western half of the
country, the total size of the U.S. cattle herd has shrunk for seven years
in a row, and it is now the smallest that is has been since 1951.
But back in 1951, we had less than half the number of mouths to feed.
And a devastating pig virus that has never been seen in the United States
before has already killed up to 6 million pigs in this country and continues
to spread like wildfire. What all of this means is that the supply
of meat is going to be tight for the foreseeable future even as demand
for meat continues to go up. This is going to result in higher prices...
APRIL 24th, 2014
Claim Israel Is 'Destroying' Al-Aqsa Mosque for 'Alleged' Temple
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been
stepping up its libel that Israel is "destroying" the Al-Aqsa Mosque on
the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, in order to build the "alleged" Temple.
The highest PA religious authority, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, asserted in
late March that Israel was making an "attempt... at lay[ing] hands on the
blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque... [and] in addition to the threat of destroying
the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins."
to Fire Internal Security Minister Over Temple Mount Riots
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Feiglin
branded the string of riots over the Pesach (Passover) holiday as a "Hamas
takeover on the Temple Mount." He described how "Hamas flags were flown
on the Mount", as Islamists succeeded repeatedly in blocking Jews and tourist
groups from visiting the holy site, and said the "sheer helplessness of
the Israeli Police" marked a security failure so severe that it was impossible
Rep Warns That Obamacare’s Worst About to ‘Hit the Fan’
With everyone from Democratic officeholders
to acohort of political bloggers urging, imploring,virtually begging Democratic
candidates and incumbents to embrace the Affordable Care Actahead of the
2014 midterm elections, it seems that only the pollsters are warning that
they do so at their own political peril.
Christians: 'Our Blood Will Speak About Christ'
In Nigeria, Christians in the Muslim-majority
North have been the targets of relentless deadly attacks by Islamic extremists.
More than 200 pastors in the Northeastern Borno state have either fled,
closed their churches, or have been murdered by the militant Islamic group
Boko Haram. Christian leaders who remain have committed to fasting and
praying for the region one week each month. MORE
Volcanic Eruptions Wreaking Havoc On The World
As the world seems to hurdle from one
crisis to another, today a 43-year market veteran warned King World News
that massive volcanic eruptions are now wreaking havoc on the world.
Jeffrey Saut, Chief Investment Strategist at Raymond James, also warned
this trend is going to continue for many years, even though no one in the
mainstream media is talking about this.
Charisma News: Where
Was God in the Middle of Washington Mudslide?
President Barack Obama visited Oso,
Wash., Tuesday, where a mudslide left more than three dozen people dead.
While the search for bodies has ended, people there are still looking for
answers. The March 22 landslide covered approximately a mile of state
Highway 530, which is now lined with signs with messages like, "Oso strong"
and "God bless Oso." Still, the heartbreaking tragedy has at least one
silver lining: It has given area pastors an opportunity to talk to people
DNA’ To Eliminate Genetic Conditions Now a Reality
Pro-Life Case Involving 'Obamacare' Abortion Funding,
Court Has Free Speech Concerns
MRSA 'Superbug' Spreading Into US Homes
Or Revolution? A Review Of God And The Gay Christian
Imagine a book with a thesis that calls
into question 2,000 years of established Christian theology and biblical
exegesis. It recasts basic principles of biblical anthropology and human
embodiment. It also puts two millennia of faithful obedience to divine
revelation on the side of injustice and ignorance. Now, Christians are
accustomed to either non-Christians or liberal Christians making claims
of this nature, but not from individuals supposedly nestled confidently
within the evangelical camp...
33 Years on the Run, Texas Church Deacon Arrested for Murder
Pastors Continue Fight Against City's Ban on Worship Services at Schools
God Tell This Christian Couple to Open a Pot Shop to Share the Gospel?
Tracking For Gun Owners?
Removes Culture Warrior Todd Starnes' Cliven Bundy Post
Your friendly neighborhood columnist
has once again run afoul of Facebook’s elusive community standards.
This time I was censored for writing something about rancher Cliven Bundy.
I realized I had landed in the Facebook gulag when I tried to post our
daily Bible verse. However, I was unable to post anything because Facebook
had taken great offense to something I had written. Now, before you call
up the preacher and put me on the church prayer list, let me assure you
the posting was neither unseemly nor ungentlemanly.
College Student Denied Admission over Faith
The American Center for Law and Justice
is suing a local Maryland college for denying a man admission because of
his faith. The Community College of Baltimore County rejected Brandon Jenkins'
application to their radiation therapy program, saying that he "wore his
religious beliefs on his sleeve."
Jay Sekulow: The
Sad Power of an Atheist’s
Temper Tantrum Against a Christian Football Coach
Angry atheists are at it again. This
week, they’re taking on Dabo Swinney, head coach of the Clemson Tigers.
His alleged unlawful conduct? Expressing his Christian faith and allegedly
making a number of voluntary religious activities available to his players—the
adult student-athletes at Clemson.
Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Levels
Did you know that the number of Americans
getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number
of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million?
In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system
is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the
system. And did you know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money
that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare
You Ready For The Price Of Food To More Than Double By The End Of This
Do you think that the price of food
is high now? Just wait. If current trends continue, many of
the most common food items that Americans buy will cost more than twice
as much by the end of this decade. Global demand for food continues
to rise steadily as crippling droughts ravage key agricultural regions
all over the planet. You see, it isn't just the multi-year California
drought that is affecting food prices.
Reasons Some Pastors Don’t Desire to Go to an Established Church
... There has been some discussion and
interest in my comment about established churches having greater difficulty
finding pastors who meet their criteria. In this post, I want to open that
discussion a bit more. But we can’t begin to address issues until we have
honest and transparent discussions. In that light, I offer today some of
the reasons pastors have shared with me, explicitly or implicitly, why
they don’t see God calling them to established churches. MORE
Jack Wellman: How
Can We Recognize False Doctrines?
There are many false teachers out there
teaching false doctrines. How can we recognize untrue teachings from
those that are true? How do you recognize false doctrines from true
Christian Parents Force Their Teens to Go to Church?
I sat down with a simple enough task--to
answer the question, “Should Christian parents force their teens to attend
church?” It would have been easy to assume “yes” and equip parents with
1000 words of bullet-pointed ammunition. So I started churning out the
text, but then something unexpected happened. So I started churning out
the text, but then something unexpected happened. I started thinking more
deeply about the issue. About teen responses. About parental rebuttals.
The question gained complexity; exceptional situations blurred those black
and white lines. It would have been simpler just to be dogmatic. That’s
when it occurred to me, I was asking a good question, but in the wrong
Paul Tautges: 'Accept
Jesus,' or 'Be Accepted By God'?
Nothing is more important than understanding
what the Bible teaches about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus
Christ. What we understand and personally believe about this historical
and supremely spiritual event determines our eternal destiny. Therefore,
there is no room for error on this doctrine. Error will only lead to eternal
damnation in hell. Biblical truth is our only hope of heaven. MORE
David Schrock: Holding
Fast to Truth in a Doubting Age
Assaults on truth are nothing new. In
the dock before Pilate, Jesus said he came into the world "to bear witness
to the truth." To which Pilate mocked: "What is truth?" The irony is thick
in John 18:38. The Roman prefect missed the truth, even as Truth incarnate
stood before him. Then again, Pilate may not have missed anything. He may
have known too well what Jesus offered him and, unwilling to follow the
king of the Jews, hastily dismissed him from his presence. Not much has
fundamentally changed since that fateful day. MORE
David Cloud: Pagan
Flood Myths--Cube Arks, Round Arks, and Cowering Gods
Ever since the discovery of the Babylonian
Gilgamish Epic in the 19th century, skeptics have attempted to use ancient
pagan flood accounts to discredit the Bible. Yet like every other attempt
to disprove Scripture, this one is found to have feet of clay. The first
Gilgamish tablet was found in the 1850s by Henry Layard in... MORE
Groundbreaking Scientists Who Happened to Be Christians
....There's a general sense that science
and religion are two camps, and the two can never meet without fighting
or, at the very least, stepping mighty carefully around each other's views...However,
what is frequently lost in all this is that the history of science is rich
with believing Christians, for whom the process of discovery did not jeopardize
their faith, but enforced it. These people are reminders that science is
not a threat to be feared, but a journey we can embrace with confidence,
knowing that all truth can only be revealed as God's truth. In that spirit
of exploration, here are just a few of the many scientists who have done
groundbreaking work—and just so happened to be Christians. MORE
Tim Challies: Help!
My Kids Are Looking at Porn!
I hear it so, so often: “Help! My kids
are looking at porn!” A few days ago one mom wrote to say that she and
her husband had allowed their young teenaged boys access to the Internet
to play an online video game, thinking they had taught and trained the
boys well enough that they would be able to resist whatever temptation
they encountered out there. They were wrong, and had just learned that
for the past four months, when mom and dad left the house for a date or
to run some errands, the boys had been looking at pornography. What should
they do? How should they respond? MORE
Barnabas an Apostle?
Was Barnabas an apostle? This question
is important because it is related to the larger question of whether or
not apostles exist today. If the NT gave a pattern of apostles being added
to the original Twelve (and Paul), could there be apostles today?
APRIL 23rd, 2014
Prime Minister Accused of Dividing Country With 'Christian' Talk
OF ALLEGIANCE LAWSUIT: 'UNDER GOD' DISCRIMINATES AGAINST ATHEISTS
Childcare Worker Fired After Explaining
Position on Homosexuality to Co-Worker
A childcare worker has been fired for
‘gross misconduct’ after she explained the biblical position on homosexuality
to her co-worker. According to reports, Sarah Mbuyi, 30, was repeatedly
asked about her beliefs over a period of several months at Newpark Childcare
in Highbury after her lesbian co-worker discovered that she is a Christian.
The latest discussion occurred in January, when her co-worker remarked
that she was unhappy that she could not ‘marry’ her partner because of
the Church’s beliefs, and stated that she thought God had nothing against
homosexual behavior. MORE
Judge Rules Ohio Must Follow Other States' Marriage Laws Instead of Its
So long, Ohio. According to a federal
judge Monday in Henry v. Himes, the U.S. Constitution now requires that
the laws of one state automatically supersede those of Ohio, whether or
not Ohio approves. The circumstances surround same-sex marriage, though
the precise legal issue is one that has been flying below the radar for
some time – the recognition by one state of another state’s same-sex marriage.
In the case, several same-sex....
Group Files Lawsuit in New Jersey Against 'Under God' in Pledge
A Washington, D.C.-based secular organization
has filed a lawsuit against the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The American Humanist Association announced Monday that a New Jersey school
district will be the latest entity sued over the two words.
for Highest Sustained Taxation in U.S. History
In the budget proposal he presented
to Congress last month, President Barack Obama called for what would be
the highest level of sustained taxation ever imposed on the American people,
according to the analysis published last week by the Congressional Budget
Office. Under Obama’s proposal, taxes would rise from 17.6 percent of Gross
Domestic Product in 2014 to 19.2 percent in 2024. During the ten years
from 2015 to 2024, federal taxation would average 18.7 percent GDP. America
has never been subjected to a ten-year stretch of taxation at that level.
the National Day of Prayer, Atheists Launch 'Day of Reason'
Charsma News: Christianity
In the lead-up to Easter, U.K. Prime
Minister David Cameron committed his government to fighting the persecution
of Christians abroad, saying no group is under more pressure for its faith.
Cameron is not alone in making the claim. In February, U.S. Congressman
Chris Smith said, "The global persecution of Christians has gone from bad
to worse." In November 2012, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "Christianity
is the most persecuted religion worldwide." In January 2011, former Lebanese
President Amine Gemayal said, "What is happening to Christians is a genocide."
Church of England Clergyman Marries Gay Partner
Congressmen Meet with German Ambassador to Urge Homeschooling Freedom
Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban
Baptist Policy Panel on Homosexuality Creates Stir on Social Media
Than 200 Girls Kidnapped from Nigerian School
CNN Belief: Heathenism's
Battle With White Supremacists
The word “heathen” is a very old one
that once meant “heath dweller” or a person who lives out in the wild.
Eventually, when Christianity came
into Northern Europe, it came to mean “one who still worships the old gods.”
It still means that in some parts of the world, like Iceland, where it
also goes by the name Ásatrú (“belief in the Aesir”). Aesir
is just a very old word for the traditional gods of Scandinavia.
Personnel to Take Part in Prayer Event Despite Complaints
Army officials say they will not back
away from participating in a Capitol Hill prayer event next month despite
complaints that the event amounts to an endorsement of evangelical Christians.
Last week, officials from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation demanded
the Pentagon withdraw all support from a May 1 National Day of Prayer celebration
being held in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., calling
it a “private fundamentalist Christian religious event.”
Joe Carter: How
the Profit Motive Helps the Environment
On this Earth Day, says Pierre Desrochers,
we should spare a thought for the profit motive, an unheralded but long-standing
champion of the environment. “The search for increased profitability, has
long delivered both economic and environmental improvements by promoting
more efficient use of material resources.” MORE
Isn't Declining Among Millennials — Religion Is
It's no secret that religion in America
is on a steady decline. According to a recent PEW survey, about 20 percent
can be classified as "Nones" — Americans who claim to be unaffiliated with
any particular religion, or identify as an atheist or agnostic. That's
an increase from 2007, when the religiously unaffiliated numbered just
15 percent of the US population. Seeing these numbers, some religious leaders
bemoan what they see as the secularization of America. But new research
from Carnegie Mellon University might add a surprising context to these
Syrian Jihadis ‘Take Aim’
When it comes to Muslim persecution
of Christians, increasingly the past is a blueprint to the present. According
to Sham Times and other Arabic websites, jihadi social media networks posted
the above picture of a child sitting on the ground while surrounded by
armed men pointing their rifles at him. The caption appearing with
the picture, purportedly posted by a supporter of the Free Syrian Army,
is “Our youngest hostage from among the hostile sects of Kessab.” Kessab
is a predominantly Christian Armenian village in Syria near the Turkish
border. Earlier it was invaded by jihadis, who terrorized, pillaged
churches, and prompted some 2000 residents to flee. Initial reports
had stated that about a dozen families remained as hostages.
Denny Burk: God
and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines
Vines argues that if the Bible were
properly understood, everyone would see that there’s nothing inherently
sinful about homosexual orientation or behavior. Thus there is no biblical
reason to prevent gay “Christians” from entering into the covenant of marriage
with a same-sex partner. Gay couples can fulfill the marital norms of Ephesians
5 just like their heterosexual counterparts.
Joseph Bottum: American
Hope--Don’t Conflate Political Culture and Christianity
If we have to make proof of Christian
faith dependent on a willful attitude about
politics in order to wage the
culture wars, are they really worth fighting?
Jordan J. Ballor: Earth
Day and Christian Stewardship
Daniel Greenfield: Islam’s
Religious War with Everyone
Jim Daly: Who's
the Better Christian?
As believers, we need to get past the
mentality that the only way to serve God completely is to go into ministry.
Serving God isn't a race where those in full-time ministry get a head start.
It's about being faithful to shine our light wherever it is God's called
us to be. It's about knowing that, whether God has planted us in a ministry
or a "secular" environment, we can be faithful witnesses to Him.
Brendan O'Morchoe: The
Time I Sat Next to an Abortionist
When you are working or volunteering
in the pro-life movement day in and day out, you can easily get consumed
by the big picture and lose sight of what is happening every day in the
nation's abortion mills. Working in the pro-life movement can sometimes
make us too immune to the killing. We worry about money, politics, and
metrics and we get bummed by our lack of sleep and time away from family.
Biblical Spirituality: Fanny
Crosby--I’m Thankful that I Became Blind
In her autobiographical book entitled
Crosby’s Life-Story (1903), Crosby narrates the following account in
which she expresses her thankfulness to God that, in His providence, she
became blind. Crosby was not born blind. At six weeks old she had inflammation
in her eyes. The physician, who tried to help her, mistakenly destroyed
Crosby’s eyes. Consequently, she became blind for the rest of her life.
However, she mentions in her book that if she could meet that physician,
she would say, “Thank you, thank you—over and over again—for making me
blind, if it was through your agency that it came about!” Why would Crosby
do that? Well, in her own words here are two reasons why.... MORE
Evan Lenow: Abortion
....In what was often crass language,
the abortion-rights argument being made at the Capitol that day essentially
boiled down to one point—a woman has the right to do what she wants with
her own body. This can be described as a right to privacy based upon self-ownership.
Since this right is not explicitly spelled out in the Constitution, where
does it find its origin? MORE
Trends on the Employment of Pastors
The verbiage is different for different
churches and pastors. Some pastors speak of a call. Others, particularly
in some denominations, refer to their appointment to a church. Some pastors
deal with pastor search committees and congregational votes. Others receive
notice from a bishop or some other authority that they are being sent to
a new church. MORE
David Murray: Why
Study Shadows When We Have the Son?
Why study shadows when we have the Son?
That’s a question I’m often asked when I’m trying to promote more reading
of the Old Testament. The question is usually focused specifically upon
typology. Why study the types when we have the anti-type? It’s a valid
question and if there is no satisfactory answer then the Old Testament,
or large parts of it, are going to continue to gather dust. But I believe
there are six answers... MORE
Courtney Reissig: When
Marriage is Hard
....A vow means something. Vows are
what we fall back on when what we have been promised is harder than we
realized. In our culture, our word doesn’t mean much. Words are empty and
meaningless. But in God’s economy, words matter. In the Old Testament,
when God made a promise to his people it was the real deal. His covenant
with his people could not be broken, even by the most difficult of circumstances.
David Cloud: What
Was Not in the Tabernacle
It is instructive to think about what
wasn’t in the tabernacle. There was no chair. This reminds us that the
work of the Levitical priests was never finished. Those sacrifices could
not bring salvation; they only pointed to the salvation that would come
by Christ. Salvation wasn’t complete until Jesus cried from the cross,
“It is finished” just before He surrendered His spirit in death (John 19:30).
T. Bauder :
Reprove, Rebuke, Exhort
Pastors who want to lead biblically
find themselves caught in a bit of a paradox. One side of the paradox is
that biblical pastors must be gentle. As servants of the Lord, they must
not strive: they must not be verbal pugilists or quarrelsome individuals
(2 Tim. 2:24). They can be disqualified from office if they are self-willed,
quick-tempered, or bullies (1 Tim. 3:3; Ti. 1:7). They must offer instruction
with meekness or gentleness (2 Tim. 2:25). They must display temperance
or self-control (Ti. 1:8). They are to be tolerant and peaceable (1 Tim.
3:3). Biblical wisdom directs them to remain not only pure, but also peaceable,
gentle, and willing to yield (Jas. 3:17)....Like every analogy, however,
this illustration has its limitations. One is that church members rarely
conduct themselves as nursing children. MORE
Ron Edmondson: Releasing
an Employee for Less Obvious Offenses
One of the hardest decision a leader
makes is to release someone from employment. I’ve only known a few very
callous people who weren’t extremely bothered by having to fire someone.
Making any kind of employment decision comes with the sobering reality,
regardless of what the person did wrong, that the decision will likely
impact others who are many times innocent in the offense. MORE
Pastors Today: Four
Ways to Improve Your Church Website
Now more than ever, prospective guests
visit a church online long before they set foot in its building. Most church
leaders have wised up to the importance of having a website for this very
reason, but they often don’t consider that a poor web presence may be worse
than none at all. As with most digital platforms, websites take time, skill,
and money to render the best possible representation of your church.
APRIL 22nd, 2014
Easter Address to Remind Us That
Us to “Love Our Neighbors As We Love Ourselves”
Another bizarre Obama holiday address…In
his Easter Address this year Barack Obama reminds us that the great religions,
including Islam, teach us to “love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”
From the White House website: Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans,
this time of year holds great meaning…The common thread of humanity that
connects us all – not just Christians and Jews, but Muslims and Hindus
and Sikhs – is our shared commit- ment to love our neighbors as we love
ourselves. To remember, I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper.
Whatever your faith, believer or nonbeliever, there’s no better time to
rededicate ourselves to that mission..". MORE
Attend Easter Service at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
The Obamas attended an Easter service
at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., where the Rev.
Dr. Derrick Harkins prayed for the first family. In his Easter greetings,
the president underlined the need to love God and our neighbor as ourselves.
Obama returned to attend the historic Baptist church five years after...
Scouts Ban Seattle Church From Hosting Troop
The Boy Scouts of America has
revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult
to continue leading a troop. A Boy Scouts of America attorney told Rainier
Beach United Methodist Church last week that it could no longer hosts troops
under the Boy Scouts name.
Arrogance Fuels The New Sagebrush Rebellion
This is not new. It is merely a continuation
of the Sagebrush Rebellion that began under the regime of the odious James
Earl Carter. As in so many other cases, the root cause of the problem is
a federal government that is imperious, overbearing, and has ceased to
remember that it exists as a servant of the people, not as their master
or jailer. MORE
Cases Appear Throughout Middle East – Is World Facing a New Epidemic?
Seven new instances of the Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been confirmed in Saudi Arabia.
In the last five days, up to 36 cases have been reported of the disease,
which kills more than 33 percent of its victims and has no cure.
The Health Ministry of Saudi Arabia has posted updated numbers on its website
of the disease’s impact, reporting that 76 of the 231 people infected with
MERS in the kingdom have died. MERS is a novel coronavirus much like
SARS that first appeared two years ago in Saudi Arabia.
Viewers Upset Over Hallmark Channel's Censoring of 'God'
The Hallmark Channel has been receiving
criticism from Christian viewers since it recently censored the word "God"
during a re-run airing of the movie "It Could Happen to You." The network
has responded by saying it muted the word "God" so as to not use the Lord's
name in vain.
Runner Becomes First American in 30 Years to Win Boston Marathon
Abedini Writes From Prison: Christians Must
to Selfish Desires, Experience Resurrection With Christ
No Social Issues, No Evangelical Votes
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee warned
if the Republican Party ignores social issues in the upcoming national
elections, then evangelical voters will simply stay home. The evangelical
vote in America has been a key ingredient in deciding who becomes the Republican
nominee for president. Polling bears that out. Yet the social issues near
and dear to the hearts of evangelicals are under attack within Republican
ANNOUNCE PLAN TO 'PURGE' CHRISTIANS
Keeps Singing Gospel Song Until Kidnapper Finally Lets Him Go
Future of Christianity--Made in China
Christianity is skyrocketing in the
People's Republic of China — so quickly that the Communist country of 1.35
billion will be the world's most Christian nation in 15 years, The Telegraph
of London reports. China is officially considered atheist, but more and
more residents are exploring Christianity — based on the life and teachings
of Jesus. It's a far cry from when Chairman Mao Tse-tung — a die-hard atheist
and "Father of Modern China" — once declared, "Religion is poison," effectively
banning it. The Telegraph says Christian congregations have rapidly grown
since Mao's death in 1976 ended China's so-called Cultural Revolution.
CNN BELIEF: STOP
DRESSING SO TACKY FOR CHURCH!
If the Rev. John DeBonville could preach
a sermon to lift the souls of churchgoers across America, his message would
be simple: Stop dressing so tacky for church. DeBonville has heard about
the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but
he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy.
Liberty Voice: Russia
and Iran End Times War
....There seems to be evidence that
some of the teachings in the Bible have come true. The climate change and
disease that is being experienced as well as the emergence of a Israel,
a free Jewish state are both predicted in the Bible in the end times. Time
will tell if the rest of the scriptures prove to be accurate. Are these
prophesies hog wash or should they be examined scientifically? The world
should not sit uninterested or in disbelief of these predictions due to
a difference in belief. Regardless of one’s faith, predictions that have
some merit should be heeded. It might be prudent for the United States
and other countries to study them as part of.... MORE
Injured as Car Crashes Into Packed Fla. Church on Easter
Commandments' Classic Dominates Saturday Evening TV; Beats 'UFC,' 'SNL'
NURSE 'LOST HER JOB OVER CHRISTIAN BELIEFS'
Seizes Ranch of Polygamous False Prophet
The Only Thing Stopping a City-Destroying Asteroid Is Blind Luck
So you know how we all kind of
thought that our odds of getting
destroyed by an asteroid were
remarkably low? Yeah, that was wrong.
Dobson Beats Obamacare Mandates, at Least for Now
Christians Claim Israeli Authorities
Excluding Them From Easter Celebrations
The Real Superpower
Google is arguably one of the most influential
nonstate actors in international affairs, operating in security domains
long the purview of nation-states: It tracks the global arms trade, spends
millions creating crisis-alert tools to inform the public about looming
natural disasters, monitors the spread of the flu, and acts as a global
censor to protect American interests abroad. As things stand, Google –
and to a lesser extent, Facebook – are in danger of becoming the architects
of the law. As Google evolves its role on the world stage, the real question...
Humankind’: Bill Nye Attacks
Ken Ham’s Biblical
Beliefs in Opinion Column
Two-and-a-half months after creationist
Ken Ham publicly debated evolutionist Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy,’ Nye has
written a column for a skeptics magazine, in which he lambasts Ham’s biblical
Creation beliefs. As previously reported, Ham, president of Answers in
Genesis (AiG), and Nye discussed the question, “Is creation a viable model
of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” in a February 4 debate. AiG
has estimated that a total of 12 million people have viewed the historic
debate so far—either live in early February or through recordings of the
Remains Among Most Positive Countries On Religion
America remains one of the world's most
positive about the role of religion in everyday life, a new survey reveals.
According to a global survey of the impact of religion by WIN/Gallup International,
62 percent of U.S. respondents say religion plays a positive role in the
country. Subtract the 29 percent who take the opposite viewpoint and you
end up with a "net positivity" of 43 percent, one of the world's higher
ratings, tied with Iceland's 43 percent...
Display Vandalized at George Washington University
Strengthens Control Over Religious Organizations
Making Multiplied Millions Off 'God' Movies
Christian School Center of Controversy
Possible Expulsion of Immoral Students, Staff
Marathon Outreach Helps Church Planting Efforts
Most years, when Prestonwood Baptist
Church's young singles take mission trips to Boston, they arrive a week
before the Boston Marathon and leave the day after. Last year was an exception.
Since they could get cheaper flights two days after the event, the team
decided to stay a day longer. When a bomb detonated near the finish line
of the 2013 marathon killing three and injuring 264, that extra day may
have been the most important...
Mother Forgives Son's Killer--Spares His Life Moments Before Public Execution
In a rare and powerful act of forgiveness,
an Iranian mother and her husband forgave the man who killed their 18-year-old
son during a street brawl seven years ago, then spared his life just moments
before he was to be publicly executed for his crime.
Peter Dziedzic: Is
Islam in America on the Rise?
The United States is often perceived
as a land of religious freedom and pluralism. Has such a space allowed
for the growth of a new generation of young Muslim leaders, activists,
and artists? According to a recent article in TIME magazine, the rising
prosperity and integration of Muslims in America is allowing for new Muslim
leaders to emerge in the American public sphere. MORE
Luis A. Silva: Religious
Freedom and the American Settlement
Religious freedom is declining in the
United States. If the history of freedom were graphed, this would be the
lowest point in a curve since the 1960s, when the Supreme Court issued
several momentous decisions on school prayer. Our level of religious freedom
is falling, and all signs indicate that it will continue to do so.
Christianity Good For the World?
Is Christianity bad for the world? According
to some outspoken atheists, the world would be a better place if we had
no Christianity or religion in general. Furthermore, I have been
told that ‘science works’ and faith based systems like Christianity haven’t
worked. I find comments like these to be based on a ignorant view of history.
David Roach: The
Value of Church History
and the Moral Status of the Fetus
The American Congress of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists claims that mothers and doctors have a moral obligation
to take care of fetuses—unless they want to terminate them.
Mathew Lu: Abortifacients,
Emergency Contraception, and Terminating Pregnancy
If there is any plausible reason
to believe that emergency contraceptives cause—even occasionally—the death
of embryo, then they are morally equivalent to abortifacients.
Joe Thorn: Ministry
When I was a freshman student in Bible
college I had a conversation with a senior who was excited to graduate
and plug into pastoral ministry. One day he said to me, "I don't need this
theology crap. I just need my degree so I can get to work." I was shocked
when I heard that then, but am concerned because I have repeatedly heard
similar sentiments over the years from people entering into (or who are
already in) the pastorate. For them, theology is at best an unnecessary
garnish on the plate of ministry. MORE
Tim Challies: False
....Francis has given hope to both conservatives
and to progressives within the Roman Catholic Church, sometimes by apparently
contradicting himself. While insisting that the Church’s view on sexuality
will not be the subject of negotiation, he has also said “If a person is
gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” He has also hinted
toward a kind of universalism saying, “You ask me if the God of the Christians
forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start
by saying—and this is the fundamental thing—that God’s mercy has no limits
if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart....” MORE
America--The Sinking Ship
....As I have done my research on the
Titanic, someone working at the White Star Lines said, “Not even God himself
can sink this ship.” Or perhaps the builders thought that the ship could
not be sunk. Even if the quote was not said they thought they were building
a ship that could not sink. How arrogant of Man to think that they can
construct something from the ground up and not think of God as being a
part of it. Everything we see and touch is from our God, just think about
it. Just look outside and around you. Look at the ground, our smartphones,
cars, food, housing, clothing, Facebook etc., and of course Man came from
the ground. MORE
Scott Aniol: The
Regulative Principle of Worship
Pastors and parishioners perennially
battle over who has authority in matters of church practice, particularly
in corporate worship. Should what happens in the corporate gatherings of
God’s people fall under the control of church leadership, or should these
decisions be left to congregational input and direction? If the former,
are pastors to be guided by particular traditions and directories, or may
they choose whatever they... MORE
Mark Minnick: The
Need to Preach on Preaching
All preachers preach, and for that reason
sermons are constantly on their minds. But in the main, this is probably
true only of those sermons they’re delivering from week to week. It’s another
matter entirely to think not about the product of preaching (sermons),
but about the thing itself. That is, about preaching as an activity, a
phenomenon, or, if you will, a recurring event in the life of the Church.
Christianity Packs Its Office
and Leaves the Building
The Atlantic article reminded me of
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who dismissed the idea that
we could invoke divine morality almost one hundred years ago when he said,
“The law is not a brooding omnipresence in the sky.” You get law from people.
Period. Suppose then that all of my moral principles and I really did pack
up our desk, put our files into a box, and let the security guard escort
us out of the building? John Lennon said to imagine a world with no religion.
Let’s just try imagining a public square with no Christianity. MORE
David Cloud: The
Red Sea and Mt. Sinai
....The bottom line is that the Bible
says Israel crossed a sea, and the description of the crossing is not the
description of a marsh or a lake. In ancient times the Bitter Lakes were
not deep; they were more like marshy salt flats.* But the water that Israel
crossed is described as deep and mighty. It formed a wall unto the Israelites
on the right and left as they crossed it... MORE
Thom Rainer: Seven
Reasons Pastors May Need a Virtual Assistant
Many business persons, particularly
small business entrepreneurs, are moving toward engaging virtual assistants
as vital components of their enterprises. The more I hear and read about
virtual assistants, the more I am convinced that pastors and other church
staff may benefit as much as anyone from this practice. MORE
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|“Though He slay me, yet will
I trust Him." These words have always seemed to be the expression
of the profoundest faith. When David sings, "I will sing unto the Lord
because He hath dealt bountifully with me," it seems to be something
which all men can understand. It is a gratitude and trust won by visible
mercy. But when a soul is able to declare that even under the smiting,
yes, even under the slaying, of God it is able still to trust in Him, everyone
feels that that soul has reached a very true and deep, sometimes it must
seem a rare, faith in Him. MORE
INROADS IN CANADA
Euthanasia is typically branded in socially
acceptable euphemisms such as “mercy
killing” and PAD [physician-assisted death]. Doctors who specialize in
caring for the terminally ill argue in Canada’s leading medical journal
that it’s time to move to prepare for a future where sick patients would
be granted “the freedom to choose when and how they die”. This may soon
become a reality if the Supreme Court of Canada rules this year that laws
banning doctor-hastened death violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and
CHINA IS ON COURSE
TO BECOME 'WORLD'S MOST CHRISTIAN NATION' WITHIN 15 YEARS
It is said to be China's biggest church
and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian
mega-temple to pledge their allegiance – not to the Communist Party, but
to the Cross. The 5,000-capacity Liushi church opened last year with one
theologian declaring it a "miracle that such a small town was able to build
such a grand church." The $8 million building is also one of the most visible
symbols of Communist China's breakneck conversion as it evolves into one
of the largest Christian congregations on earth. MORE
HOW DOES A CHURCH
MINISTER TO A CONVERTED SEX OFFENDER?
I received many difficult questions
at the recent workshop. But, this one stuck out to me as especially
difficult. Here was the nature of the question from a pastor: How
do I and our church minister to a man who appears radically converted,
desires to come to our church, but had been a convicted child molester
and long-time sex offender? Here are a few thoughts... MORE
Narcissism should not be said in the
same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love
of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and
often does creep into the lives of many Christian leaders. And narcissists
are selfish and inconsiderate. They demand excessive attention. They feel
entitled. And they often pursue power and prestige without regard for others.
The world of narcissistic Christian leaders is complicated by the fact
that these leaders rarely recognize their problem. And the disorder may
not be readily apparent to those who see them from a distance. MORE
WHAT THE NETWORKS
AREN'T TELLING YOU ABOUT THE NEVADA CATTLE BATTLE
....Network journalists have consistently
framed the case as one of a rancher failing to pay the requested fees for
his use of government land. But they have failed to use the case to tell
the larger story of how environmental rules — in this case, regulations
to protect the desert tortoise, have been implemented in ways that help
favored interests (land developers, or solar companies) while hurting others
(cattle ranchers, for example). The networks have focused on the amount
of money the government has demanded of Cliven Bundy, and let the Bundy
side talk about the government’s heavy-handed tactics in seeking collection.
'DOOMSDAY' PREDICTION TURNS 100 YEARS OLD
The 100th anniversary of Jehovah's Witnesses'
prediction that history would end in 1914 presents an opportunity for leading
members of the group to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, a Southern Baptist
expert on Christian sects and cults said. Christians' "first task" in sharing
the Gospel with Jehovah's Witnesses is helping them "put [their official
publications] away and then deal with the Bible alone," Robert Stewart,
professor of philosophy and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary, told Baptist Press. "What we need is evidence -- evidence that
the Watchtower Society [Jehovah's Witnesses' central organization] has
been wrong." MORE
SERVANTS OR MASTERS
....the other day I read a news release
that said that at least 40% of Americans (and 90% of under 30 millennials)
are afflicted with "nomophobia" -the fear of not having, or losing, their
smartphones. This fear actually produces psychological and physical symptoms...These
statistics reveal the extent to which technology is changing our personal
lives. When people don't have their smartphones, they feel disconnected
and isolated (72% of people report being within five feet of their smartphone
the majority of the time.) According to Psychology Today, when people who
own smartphones (56% of all Americans) were asked how they felt when they
misplaced their phones, 73% said they were "panicked," 14% were "desperate,"
7% "sick," and 6% were "relieved." MORE
WITNESS OR COWARD?
Just two years ago, conservative Chick-fil-A
CEO Dan Cathy infuriated LGBT avtivists when he publicly voiced his support
for traditional marriage. As his company gets ready to expand into the
more liberal Northeast, however, Cathy is on a campaign to show the public
that he has found a wiser way. While his position on the traditional definition
of marriage has not changed, Cathy explained in a USA Today interview that
his company's socially conservative agenda, which led them to donate millions
to opponents of same-sex marriage in the past, has been tempered. MORE
HOW TO DEAL WITH
....The examples of Apollos and Peter
show us that any one of us might be subject to imbibing and disseminating
false teaching. As I have confessed elsewhere, I have been in this position
before. The key issue is how we respond to correction. There are two kinds
of false teachers: those who repent and those who do not. We need to be
careful not to underestimate how important our response to correction is.
Those who respond to biblical correction reveal that they have the Spirit
and are under the command of Jesus. Those who refuse to respond to biblical
correction are proving themselves to be devoid of the Spirit and taking
orders from another master. MORE
REFLECTS ON THE WACO STANDOFF WITH THE BRANCH DAVIDIANS
Gladwell, New Yorker
...The second, more serious problem
with the way the F.B.I. viewed the Branch Davidians was the fact that the
agents could not accept that beliefs such as these—as eccentric as they
were—were matters of principle for those within Mount Carmel. During the
siege, two of the leaders of the F.B.I. team referred to Koresh’s theology
as “Bible-babble” and called him a “self-centered liar,” “coward,” “phony
messiah,”...In the government’s eyes, the Branch Davidians were a threat...But...the
F.B.I.’s approach was doomed from the outset...Docherty points out that
the techniques that work on bank robbers don’t work on committed believers.
There was no pragmatism hidden below a layer of posturing, lies, and grandiosity.
Docherty uses Max Weber’s typology to describe the Davidians. They were
“value-rational”—that is, their rationality was organized around values,
not goals. MORE
HOW TO KEEP YOUR
One of the heartbreaking things church
members go through is losing a pastor they love. The church may not even
notice the Pulpit Committee that quietly shows up one Sunday. They may
not notice the pastor missed a Sunday or two to preach “in view of a call”
at another church. They may not know the pastor wanted to move; they thought
everything was fine. And the pastor has good reason to keep things quiet
until another church has called him as pastor. So often the first information
the church has that their pastor is leaving is when he stands in the pulpit
and formally announces his resignation. MORE
IS THERE NEW EVIDENCE
THAT JESUS HAD A WIFE?
....There remains no evidence of any
kind that Jesus had a wife (note to the reader: Dan Brown’s fictional Da
Vinci Code is not evidence), and the only thing scholars did was determine
that this small papyrus fragment was not a modern forgery, although it
is hundreds of years younger than they originally thought....Unfortunately,
many casual readers and skeptics now think that some “authentic” new evidence
has been discovered supporting the idea that Jesus was married, and even
Christians are asking if they should be concerned about this latest find.
Rest assured that nothing has been discovered that even remotely challenges
the biblical account, and if this very late text does imply that Jesus
had a wife, what we have is an authentic fabrication and nothing more.
...What is it then that the Resurrection
does? Why is it so central and so foundational? For your consideration
let me divide into two parts what the apostle here says. The first thing
is that the resurrection of Christ gives us "a living hope." Why does the
apostle describe it in this way? No doubt he is contrasting it with the
vague, the shadowy, and the uncertain. Today there is much that passes
for Christian hope, but when you test it by his adjective "living," or
'lively," you at once expose it as counterfeit. What is the message of
Easter morning? Is it simply some vague saying that spring has come again,
and that after the death of winter there are signs of life? Is the Easter
hope something vague and general, belonging only to nature?...That is not
what Peter is talking about. "Who hath begotten us to a living hope." Something
substantial-, something certain, something vibrant with life and power.
Of course that is essential, he says, because the great thing about this
hope is that it enables us to live. MORE
....Yet, what a great noise a little
infidelity makes. One infidel will make more noise than a thousand Christians,
and noise is thought to be prosperity and success and the utter uprooting
and total routing of the Church. It is always so that the destructive becomes,
I will not say more popular, but in the first instance more notorious,
than the constructive. Did any of you hear that the Scotch express arrived
safely in Edinburgh last night? If it had broken down between London and
Edinburgh, the world would have heard of it. They report destructions;
who cares to hear that the train got in safely...So if one little infidel
a few inches high should get up and make a noise, we should all hear about
The text is in Galatians 6:7— "Be
not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall
he also reap."....What does this mean? I will tell you exactly. It
means that God is not to be ignored. Many of us have actually done this
in our actions, if not in our thoughts. The revelation contained in the
Bible counts for nothing. The gift of His Son Jesus Christ — you are not
bothering about it. The love of God — you have no use for it. You have
turned your back upon God. But the text says: Be not deceived. God is not
to be mocked. You may think you can mock Him, but some day you will face
Him. Oh, it is well enough to think that you can get along without God
when you are well and your family circle is unbroken and your friends are
many. But some day, with a broken heart, and broken health, and a broken
family circle, and friends forsaking you, where will you be when you reach
the end? MORE
The washing of the disciples’ feet was
one of the last of our Lord’s acts on earth, as the servant of His disciples,
the servant of sinners. How fully did that towel, and that basin, shew
that He had “taken upon him the form of a servant” (Phi 2:7), and that
He had come not to be ministered unto, but to minister! This last act of
lowly love is the filling up of His matchless condescension; it is so simple,
so kindly, so expressive; and all the more so, because not referring topositive
want, such as hunger, or thirst, or pain, but merely to bodily comfort.
Oh, if He is so interested in our commonest comforts, such as the washing
of our feet, what must He be in our spiritual joys and blessings! How desirous
that we should have peace of soul, and how willing to impart it!
This scene of condescending love is no mere show. It is a reality....a
reality for us to copy. 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 have been many gifted men,
gifted by nature and grace, who have devoted themselves to the work of
the ministry; God be thanked for them all, and God grant that there may
be many more hereafter! But in the estimation of every one who diligently
studies his character and history, Paul must stand, among all preachers,
unrivalled and alone. Thoroughly to analyze his great powers is a task
for which I have no talent, and my hearers, under present circumstances,
would perhaps have little inclination. I mean only to present some points
in connection with Paul as a preacher, the consideration of which I trust
may be blessed to our benefit. 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
...ministers in all ages have found
it necessary, frequently to remind their people of the 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
...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 foun- dation. 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
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