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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR FEBRUARY 21st-28th, 2017
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
UK Express: European Leaders Call for ‘Federal Union’ to Save Crumbling EU
....During the anniversary meeting, the leaders hope to “return the vision and spirit” the EU’s founding fathers created the alliance with, which has since helped member states develop in terms of “health and fundamental rights”. Their joint letter read: “Now is the moment to move towards closer political integration – the Federal Union of States with broad powers.....
Breitbart News: 60 Percent of Adults ‘Hopeful and Optimistic’ About America’s Future, Poll Says
Trump’s approval ratings may be low at the moment, but his administration is still brand new and voters outside centers of concentrated, Democratic power are still cautiously warming to him.....
Great-Grandfather Leads Woman to Christ — 100 Years After His Death
When Joanna Reed Shelton, career diplomat, opened her email one day several years ago, she never could’ve guessed what was inside: an invitation to celebrate the anniversary of her missionary great-grandfather’s church in Japan, which he had started 120 years before. She wasn’t a Christian — so why was she invited? She speculated that her speeches had made it on the web and across the world, connecting her with her great-grandfather’s legacy. She couldn’t have known how his life work wasn’t done — not quite.....
Christian Post: Chinese Christians Sentenced to Prison Over Christian Devotionals
Five persecuted Christians in China have reportedly been sentenced to between three to seven years in prison for purchasing and selling what authorities called "forbidden Christian devotional books."....
CBN News: 'Kill Every Infidel:' Christians Flee ISIS Terror Purge in Egypt
Scores of Coptic Christian families fleeing from Islamic terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula arrived in the governorate of Ismailia over the weekend. ISIS calls Egyptian Christians their "favorite prey," the terror group saying its fighters are under Allah's orders "to kill every infidel." ....
Christian Father Shot in Head, Son Burned Alive Days After ISIS Affiliate Calls Believers 'Prey'...
NY Times: Targeted by ISIS, Egyptian Christians Flee Violence .
Transgender Wrestler Identifies as Male But Won Girls State Title
In a victory that some are calling disturbing, 17-year-old Mack Beggs, a transgender boy, won the Texas state girls' wrestling title Saturday night.  A mixture of cheers and boos rang in the arena as the referee declared the undefeated Beggs the victor over Chelsea Sanchez in the 110-pound weight class.....
Barbara Bush's Fundraising for Planned Parenthood Like Raising Money for 'Nazi Death Camp,' Franklin Graham Says....
Canadian Government Employees Must Pass Pro-LGTB Test....
 
Liberal Protestors Lose It When Town Hall Chaplain Prays in Jesus' Name
Liberal protestors jeered and mocked a Louisiana state chaplain when he opened a town hall meeting with prayer last week.  Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy scheduled the town hall meeting in Metairie, Louisiana to discuss issues like immigration, healthcare, and the economy, The Washington Free Beacon reported. However, when Dr. Michael Sprague announced that he would open with a prayer, protesters from a local anti-Trump group called Indivisible, erupted in anger......
 
Russia's Power Play In Middle East Brings Together Nations of Ezekiel 38
Russia, in a bid to regain its previous influence enjoyed in Libya before the overthrow of the Ghaddafi government, has also reached out to a Libyan general named Khalifa Haftar who controls as many as 60,000 men in the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the east of the country.  Russia recently received General Haftar aboard its aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, pledging their support for his bid to control Libya, a move that would give Russia significant influence over North Africa. .....
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, February 27th, 2017
CNN Anchor Calls Parents Concerned about Restroom Bills 'Overprotective' and 'Intolerant'
CNN Anchor Christopher Cuomo took to Twitter this week to express his unhappiness with President Trump rescinding the Obama administration’s directive on transgender students using the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity instead of the sex they were assigned at birth.....
Pence: The World Will Know America Stands with Israel
Vice President Mike Pence assured the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad....
A Global Alliance Of Witches Plans To Cast A ‘Binding Spell’ On Trump And His Supporters Every Month During The Crescent Moon
....Under the crescent moon, a very strange ritual will be performed at locations all across America and all around the world once the clock strikes midnight. And those organizing this event plan to keep it going once a month until Trump is removed from office. .
Franklin Graham: Pray For Christians Being Slaughtered by ISIS in Egypt
Evangelist Franklin Graham is calling Christians to pray for believers who have fled Egypt's North Sinai province after the Islamic State has targeted the group and killed at least seven people in recent weeks.....
VP Mike Pence Solicits Prayers, Quotes Bible Verse at CPAC
Vice President Mike Pence solicited prayers from the crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday night, telling them that he and President Donald Trump need their help, energy and support to help "make America great Again."..
Uk Daily Mail:Evangelical Christian Preachers Confronted By Angry Mob After They Shouted Slogans about Mohammed and Allah, Face Religious Abuse Trial
This is the moment police arrested a group of street preachers including a British army major after they shouted 'Mohammed is a liar' and 'Allah is the greatest deceiver'. An angry mob of around 150 people surrounded the men in Broadmead, Bristol after they told onlookers that being gay was 'immoral' on July 6 last year. The three devoted Christians were using microphones and holding up placards before police intervened and arrested the men to cheers from onlookers. Major Adrian Clark, 51, and evangelical Christian preachers Michael Overd, 52, from Creech St Michael, near Taunton, and American Michael Stockwell, 50, from Selden, New York, are standing trial at Bristol Magistrates Court. They deny using religiously aggravated threatening or abusive words or behaviour...
Ari Lieberman: Israel Prepares As Iran and Hezbollah Ratchet
Up the Rhetoric....
Christian Post: Most Americans Agree With Trump— Not Obama—  On Transgender Bathroom Mandate
As President Donald Trump rolls back the Obama administration's guidelines that schools must allow students to go into bathrooms based on their gender identity and not their birth sex, a new survey finds that most Americans agree with Trump and believe schools' bathroom policies are not for the federal government to decide.....
Christian Post: Hundreds of Christians Flee Egypt’s North Sinai Amid ISIS Killing Spree....
Texas Blocked By Court From Defunding Planned Parenthood
...."Planned Parenthood wouldn't be in business if they couldn't do abortions," said Jim Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. "They are more committed to abortion than they are to women's health. ....
Tim Keller Stepping Down as Redeemer Senior Pastor....
Michael Brown: I’m Sorry, but Caitlyn Jenner Is a Man Wearing a Dress
I do not write these words lightly, without an ounce of mockery or hatred in my heart when I say that Caitlyn Jenner is a man wearing a dress. I am simply speaking the plain and obvious truth, as politically incorrect as that truth might be right now.....
Mark Minnick:What’s an Evangelical to Do? (Part4)
Our Lord says that wolves in sheep’s clothing cannot produce good fruit. But that raises a question. How then do you explain bad men who apparently did and spoke so much good? The answer to that question can evidently be complex. But I think that there are certain considerations that point toward the answer and start us on our way.....
Cloud: John Rice, Lester Roloff, Repentance, and Sloppy Soul Winning
 In the 1980s, Jack Hyles and Curtis Hutson changed the historic Baptist definition of repentance. I suspect that the motive was to justify the cheap, numbers-oriented soul winning methodology that was popular in that day. This was the methodology that was foundational to Big-ism with its emphasis on “the largest ... the fastest growing...”..
Gospel Coalition: The ‘Unintended Consequence’ Overtaking the Multisite Church Movement ....
Aaron Menikoff: How and Why Did Some Christians Defend Slavery?
Anti-slavery views didn’t blossom because Christians ignored or outgrew the Bible. They blossomed because Christians paid attention.....
 
Newsmax: In Canada, Doctors Have Qualms About Helping People Die
Eight months after Canada legalized physician- assisted dying, some doctors are having second thoughts about taking part in the process,  reports say. In Ontario, 24 doctors have permanently been removed from a voluntary referral list of physicians willing to assist and another 30 have put their names on temporary hold. Ontario is one of the few provinces to track the information.  Some doctors reported the act to be too distressing....
Russell Moore: What the Transgender Debate Means for the Church
....This is, it seems to me, the question at the heart of the transgender controversy. Are we created, as both the Hebrew Scriptures and Jesus put it, “male and female,” from the beginning or are these categories arbitrary and self-willed? Do our bodies, and our sexes, represent something of who we were designed to be, and thus impose limits on our ability to recreate ourselves?.....
Michael Snyder: Retail Apocalypse Gains Momentum With More Store Closings
J.C. Penney and Family Christian Stores are the latest retail giants to announce widespread store closings. As you will see below, J.C. Penney plans to close between 130 and 140 stores, and Family Christian is closing all of their 240 stores. In recent months the stock market has been absolutely soaring, and so most people have simply assumed that the “real economy” must be doing well. But that is not the case at all. In fact, the retail apocalypse that I have been documenting for quite some time appears to be gaining momentum......
 
Wally Morris: Why Is Compromise Always One Direction?
Whether the subject is politics or some Biblical issue, the direction of compromise always seems to be in the direction of what you could call the “liberalizing end” of the issue...The compromise is almost always in the directions of freedom and liberty, loosely defined. Those who wish to restrict “liberty” are “bad,” and those who wish to give more “liberty” are “good.” As these types of “compromises” accumulate, you see the results in the wider culture as more behaviors and activities which were previously illegal or discouraged are now legal and accepted/tolerated. .
Thom Rainer: Six Main Traits of Preacher Eater Churches
Preacher eater churches?  I had never heard the term until I became a pastor....A preacher eater church has a series of short-term pastors, and those departing pastors have few positive words to say about them. As a pastor friend noted, “That church will eat you alive.” Over the past three decades, I have learned much about preacher eater churches. Most of the time, they can be described with six main traits.........
Gary Gilley: The Tragedy of Biblical Illiteracy, Part 1
Both statistical research and anecdotal observation come to the same conclusion—America, a nation once steeped in Scripture if not always living in obedience to God, has joined the ranks of the biblically illiterate from around the globe. Both theologians and sociologists speak of our “post-Christian” culture, which, while still being fueled to some extent by the capital of Christianity, is now all but coasting on empty.....
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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, February 25th-26th, 2017
BBC: How Smartphones and Social Media Are Changing Christianity
The rise of apps and social media is changing the way many of the world’s two billion Christians worship – and even what it means to be religious.....The ubiquity of smartphones and social media makes them hard to avoid, however. And they are changing the way people practise their religion. Faiths are adopting online technologies to make it easier for people to communicate ideas and worship, says Phillips. “But that technology has shaped religious people themselves and changed their behaviour.” Many people scrolling through their phones in Christian churches are probably looking at YouVersion, which has been installed more than 260 million times worldwide since its launch in 2008. Similarly popular apps exist for the Torah and Koran. “One of the first things Christians did with the computer was to put the Bible into digital formats,” says Phillips. Those digitised Bibles then made their way onto phones. “To some extent, the mobile phone Bible is now replacing the book Bible.”....
Rob Bell Suggests Ignoring the Bible to Help The Church 'Stay Relevant'
“I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles, and co-workers and neighbors, and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.” ....
Christian Group: Israel Is Key to Christian Presence in Middle East
In the past decade, millions of Christians have fought to escape persecution and violence in the Middle East. Many have died, while others have traveled to Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere in search of safety. According to Robert Nicholson, Executive Director of The Philos Project, two of the keys to a continued Christian presence in The Holy Land include a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq and a thriving Israel.....
Daily Caller: Vancouver Mayor Wants Franklin Graham Out Of Global Christian Festival
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson... is accusing Graham, the son of Billy Graham and the founder of the internationally acclaimed Christian charity “Samaritan’s Purse” of making “extraordinarily derogatory” comments. The liberal Vancouver mayor met with organizers of the festival on Wednesday at city hall and listed their accusations.....
Michael Snyder: If You Admit That You Are A Trump Supporter, It 
May Cost You Your Job....
France Targets Pro-Lifers, Kills Their Free Speech Rights....
Christian Post: Melania Trump's Lord's PrayerWas It Fake, Pandering to Evangelicals, or Genuine Expression of Faith?
The debate over First Lady Melania Trump's reading of the Lord's Prayer at a rally in Melbourne, Florida, for her husband, President Donald Trump, has continued to rage, with some conservatives calling it a genuine expression of faith, with others, including a pastor, suggesting it was fake.....
Trump Transgender Decision Creates Supreme Court Conundrum
The Supreme Court is suddenly facing a tricky decision — you might even say it's caught between a rock and transgender bathroom case. Or maybe not. The high court was planning to wade into the mess over transgender students and bathroom facilities schools, before the latest decision by the Trump administration....
Brreitbart News: 41 Percent of White, Working-Class Men Have Abandoned Work, Says Economist Magazine
The Economist shows the national unemployment rate was 4.7 percent at the end of 2016. But the formal unemployment rate is 6.4 percent among white, working-class men. That’s “a difference of 30 percent...” ...
Breaking Israel News: Is the Dead Sea Dying?
More and more sinkholes are opening up around the Dead Sea as the famously salty sea recedes from the shore, raising concerns that within a few decades, the Dead Sea might be little more than a memory.....
Kentucky Ark Attraction Adding Biblical Truth Exhibit
Kentucky’s massive biblical attraction the Ark Encounter is opening a new exhibit that promotes the message of the Bible....The new exhibit is called “Why The Bible Is True.” A release from the Ark Encounter says the new exhibit is composed of 11 scenes......
Yahoo News: Witches Worldwide Plan to Cast a Spell on Trump, But They’ll Have Some Spiritual Opposition
Witches have declared tonight as a moment to work witchcraft against President Trump, as a launching point for an ongoing campaign to unite in casting spells against him. And in case you were wondering, it's not a joke. They've launched a serious campaign.....
CBN News:What Drove Family Christian Stores Out of 
Business After 85 Years....
Michael Brown: Childhood Sexual Abuse Often Contributes to Homosexuality....
 
Ch. Today: Courts Split on US Christians Caught Up in Turkey's Crackdown
As Turkey continues to crack down on dissent in the wake of a failed coup, two longtime American Christian expats are struggling to stay in the Muslim-majority nation they have long served. So far, they have fared quite differently in Turkish courts. Last week, dozens of US lawmakers called for Turkey to release American pastor Andrew Brunson, who remains imprisoned there with limited access to his attorney and few details of the charges......
Christian Post: Facebook Apologizes for Suspending Christian Mom Over Post on Homosexuality
The social media giant Facebook said Thursday that it made an "error" by suspending a Christian video blogger's account after she wrote a post about the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality..."The Activist Mommy" Facebook account was frozen on Feb. 9 because of a comment Johnston posted over six months ago that cited passages from the New Testament and Old Testament, including how Leviticus states that homosexuality is a "detestable" sin and an "abomination.".....
BBC: Why Are We Addicted to Our Smart Phones? 
....Some people grow nervous about losing the connectivity their smartphones give them, because they feel they have to monitor a future threat, or political news, Hofmann adds. “This is the era of anxiety,” he says. Many of us of us would like to spend less time online but show signs of anxiety once we’re far from the smartphone. About three quarters of young adults separated from their smartphone for a short period experienced so-called displacement behavior such as fidgeting or scratching......
Daniel John Sobieski: Church, State, and Melania Trump
Those who have made a career of trying to drive all vestiges of religion from the public square, from manger scenes at Christmas to mentioning God in the Pledge of Allegiance, were not happy when First Lady Melania Trump recited the Lord’s Prayer at her husband’s rally in Florida. The tolerant left mocked the accent of a woman and an immigrant who speaks five languages. They moaned that it was an affront to those who are not Christian. And they brought out that old canard about the separation of church and state. We have not seen such outrage since Tim Tebow took a knee in.... 
Acton Institute: Toward a Christian View of Economics
Many Christians assume that the Bible has nothing at all to say about economics, says theologian Albert Mohler, but a biblical worldview actually has a great deal to teach us on economic matters. Mohler outlines twelve theses for what a Christian understanding of economics must do. Here are three of them:.....
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Headlines & Articles — Friday, February 24th, 2017
Breitbart News:Jesuit Superior GeneralWe Don’t Know ‘What Jesus Really Said’
In a strangely convoluted interview, the new Superior General of the Jesuit order suggested that different interpretations of the Bible can all be valid since no one really knows what Jesus said anyway. “It would be necessary to start a nice reflection on what Jesus really said,” Father Arturo Sosa said in his interview with Swiss Vatican journalist Giuseppe Rusconi, since “at that time no one had a tape recorder to record his words.” “What we do know is that Jesus’ words need to be contextualized. They were expressed with a language, in a specific setting and were directed to someone in particular,” he said. Asked whether Jesus’ words have an “absolute value,” Father Sosa said that scholars have been struggling....  ..
CBN News:Conservatives Celebrate Trump Reversal of Trans Bathroom 'Overreach'
Evangelicals, along with conservative and family groups, are celebrating the Trump administration's decision to reverse President Obama's transgender bathroom directive...The Obama administration had warned schools they must let students use the restroom, locker room, and showers of their choice, no matter the gender on their birth certificate. The threat: If you don't comply, you may lose your federal funds. ...
Trump Rescinds Transgender Bathroom Rules From Obama Ara
Donald Trump’s government has revoked guidance to US public schools that allowed transgender students to use toilets matching their gender identity. The guidance, issued by Barack Obama, had been hailed by as a victory for transgender rights. But critics said it threatened other students’ privacy and safety, and should be decided at state level..
Christian Post: Betsy DeVos Denies Report That She Supports Obama's Transgender Bathroom Directive....
Christianity Today: Pakistan Convicts 42 Christians of Terrorism After Acquitting More Than 100 Muslims
Two of Pakistan’s biggest religious riots have finally gotten their day in court—with strikingly different results. An anti-terrorism court in Lahore has sentenced 42 Christians for rioting after two churches in Pakistan’s largest Christian neighborhood were bombed in 2015, reports Fides, the news agency of the Vatican. The ruling comes less than a month after the court acquitted more than 100 Muslims for rampaging through another one of Lahore’s major Christian communities in 2013 over one man’s alleged blasphemy...
Another Company Offers Microchip Implants For Workers
Implanting radio frequency identification chips has made headlines again as a company in Belgium, NewFusion, has implemented the device for its employees. Surgically implanted in the hands of its employees, the tiny transmitters broadcast a simple code that allows employees to access company facilities and computer systems...
Christian Post: China Deports 32 South Korean Missionaries Amid Crackdown on Evangelism....
Facebook Suspends Christian Homeschool Mom's Account Over Posts Citing Bible on Homosexuality....
BBC:Trump Administration Widens Net for Immigrant Deportation
The Trump administration has issued tough guidelines to widen the net for deporting illegal immigrants from the US, and speed up their removal. Undocumented immigrants arrested for traffic violations or shop-lifting will be targeted along with those convicted of more serious crimes. The memos do not alter US immigration laws, but take a much tougher approach towards enforcing existing measures...
Breaking Israel News: Terror Bio-Plague Could Kill 30 Million in Fulfillment of Zechariah End-of-Days Prophecy
It is a “reasonable probability” that terrorists will use biological weapons to create a pandemic that would kill tens of millions, Bill Gates told an international security conference last Saturday. The scenario the billionaire philanthropist described is disturbingly similar to plagues prophesied to occur in the end-of-days, and terrorists have already made attempts to bring it on.....
PJ Media: MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski: It’s ‘Our Job’ To ‘Control Exactly What People Think’
During a discussion on the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” Wednesday morning, a liberal TV host let slip her view of what the media’ “job” is, and it isn’t “to report the news.”...
Virtually Everyone Agrees That Current Stock Market Valuations Are Not Sustainable And That A Great Crash Is Coming...
Christian Post: Trump Counselor Kellyanne Conway: Feminism Is 'Anti-Male,' 'Pro-Abortion'...
Snyder: The Era Of Human-Animal Hybrid Chimeras Has Begun
Human-animal mutant creatures make for great material for science fiction writers, but we aren’t supposed to be creating them in the real world. In so many ways, the technological advancements that we have made as a society are outpacing our ability to handle those advancements, and this field is certainly a glaring example of that reality. Just because we can create human-animal hybrid chimeras does not mean that we should. .
Newsmax: Social Media Is Driving Americans Insane
If you check Twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read emails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a “constant checker.” And chances are, it’s hurting your mental health. ....
 
Prophecy News Watch: The Rising North Korean Nuclear Threat
While Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played golf and talked politics with President Trump last week, North Korea launched a nuclear-capable, mid-range ballistic missile in yet another provocative test.  A strategic shot across the bow, the launch prompted the President to address the press with Trump assuring the world that the United States stands behind its Japanese ally one-hundred percent.  It remains to be seen what can done in the face of this rising North Korean threat....
Jerusalem Post Op-Ed: American Society Is Headed Toward a Breaking Point
....If the people driving the “liberal” agenda in Europe maintain control over their governments, it will not be long before Europe accepts Sharia law. As this sad story of a forced child marriage shows, this is already happening, but it will spread much faster if they succeed. And what they have done to Europe, they will continue in America: This same group will allow unchecked influx of migrants into the US, who will drain the already overstretched welfare system, create an impossible conflict of cultures and faiths, which will result in extremism and subsequent bloodshed on both sides. And all this will be done in the name of liberal thinking, pluralism, humanism, and democracy......
 
Christianity Today: All 240 Family Christian Stores Are Closing
More than two years ago, suppliers forgave Family Christian Stores $127 million in debt so that it could remain open. Today, the chain—which bills itself as “the world’s largest retailer of Christian-themed merchandise”—announced it is closing all of its stores after 85 years in business. Family Christian, which employed more than 3,000 people in more than 240 stores across 36 states, blamed “changing consumer behavior and declining sales.” “We had two very difficult years post-bankruptcy,” stated president Chuck Bengochea. “Despite improvements in product assortment and the store experience, sales continued to decline....".....
Pope Francis: Greedy Christians Lead Double Life, Better to Be Atheist
Pope Francis admonished “greedy” Christians who profess faith but don’t live it out in their dealings with others in a sermon during a private Thursday morning Mass in his residence. Speaking to those who say they are "very" Catholic because they go to Mass and belong to Catholic organizations, the pope said some professing Catholics should instead say "'my life is not Christian, I don't pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life,'" Reuters reported a Vatican Radio transcript......
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Christian Post: Will Russell Moore Be Defunded? Southern Baptists Decide
Southern Baptists will decide this week whether they will reduce funds for the ERLC in part because of Russell Moore's anti-Trump rhetoric and characterization of fellow Southern Baptists who supported the president during the elections.....
Ayatollah: We Will Liberate ‘Palestine’, Remove Cancer of Israel
The comments were made at the Sixth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada, a government-sanctioned event held in Tehran. According to the Mehr news agency, representatives of 80 countries joined the event, which glorifies terrorism and acts of wanton violence against Jews and advocates in favor of the destruction of the Jewish state.....
Christian News Net: U.S. Congressmen Call on Turkish President to Release American Pastor
Nearly 80 members of Congress have signed a letter to Turkish President Recep Erdo?an, calling for the immediate release of an American pastor who was jailed on an accusation that he is a member of a “terrorist organization.” Andrew Brunson and his wife Norine, who have been living in Turkey for over 20 years, had been detained in Izmir.......
Ancient Origins: 'God’s Number' The Origins of One
According to Plotinus (Greek philosopher of the 3rd century AC), ‘One’ is the ultimate reality and source of all existence (Yael, 2006). Philo of Alexandria (Jewish-Egyptian philosopher born during the 1st century BC) regarded the number one as God's number, and the basis for all numbers. Like all truths, the fundamental nature of One is recurrent in time. An example is the evolution of the written sign 1.....
Pope Declares 'Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist' As He Continues To Set The Stage For A One World Religion
When I first started seeing headlines that claimed that Pope Francis said that “Muslim terrorism does not exist”, I thought that it couldn’t possibly be true. After all, who could possibly deny that Islamic radicals are engaged in terrorism? ....To say that “Muslim terrorism does not exist” is such an outrageous statement that I needed to get solid confirmation that Pope Francis actually said these exact words. ....
Sputnik News: Idea of EU Army Signifies Dawn of Europe’s New Foreign Policy Concept
“This year, which will see the reformatting of the US’ attitude towards NATO and its military presence [in Europe], will signify the further prospects for the formation of the European defense union and Europe’s relationship with the European non-NATO member states, such as Sweden, Norway and Finland,” he told the video conference.....
CBN News: Why George Washington Was Not a Deist, But a Practicing Christian....
Why the Assault on Campus Free Speech Threatens Our Republic.
...This misinterpretation of one of our country’s fundamental rights reveals the importance of teaching the next generation why free speech matters. People used to stand up for free speech. They used to fight for our unabridged right to express opinions without fear of censorship or violent retribution. ...
Blurring Gender Lines? Pastor Concerned After American Girl Introduces First Ever Male Doll ....
Judge Rules Illinois Law Banning Help for Homosexual Youth Doesn't Apply to Pastors ....
Christianity Today: How Pastors Perceive Domestic Violence Differently
When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don’t know where to start. Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. But many don’t know if anyone in their church has been a victim of domestic violence. And only half say they have a plan in place if a victim comes forward.....
 
Christian Today: Conservative Christian 'Boy Scouts' Group Gets Massive Response After Transgender Ruling
A conservative Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has seen an unprecedented rise in membership since the BSA started accepted transgender boys in January. Trail Life USA is receiving a 'tremendous response' of support since the controversial decision by their mainstream rivals caused outcry among evangelicals, according to RNS. "We've seen tremendous response,' said Trail Life CEO Mark Hancock. 'Where many people would say that they're leaving Boys Scouts, we have many others that are saying that the Boy Scouts left them.'..
Michael Brown: Government Trying to Force Christians to Violate Their Faith. Where's the Outrage?
The more you see something shocking, the less shocking it appears, and the more something outrageous happens, the less outrageous it seems to be. That is how a culture becomes desensitized, and that is how the abnormal becomes normalized. But when it comes to the government's attack on our religious freedoms, it is our sacred duty to remain shocked and outraged. Such things cannot continue to happen in America if we are to be the land of the free and the home of the brave......
 
The Pro-Life Legacy of Norma McCorvey, the 'Roe' of Roe v. Wade
Jane Roe did not live out her life by the script. As the “Roe” of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, she would have been expected to be a staunch pro-choice advocate for the rest of her life. She wasn’t. Roe, whose real name was Norma McCorvey, died Saturday in Texas of a heart ailment. She was 69. In an ad from 2008, as the Catholic News Agency noted, McCorvey detailed her change of views on abortion after she became a Christian in the mid-1990s. “Upon knowing God, I realized that my case, which legalized abortion on demand, was the biggest mistake of my life,” she said.....
 
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Michael Snyder: Why Melania Trump Leading The Public In The Lord’s Prayer At A Rally In Florida Was A Historic Event
We just witnessed Melania Trump’s finest moment as First Lady so far.  After a week in which her husband declared war on the mainstream media, Melania absolutely electrified a huge crowd at a rally in Melbourne, Florida by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.  What Donald Trump had to share afterwards was remarkable as well, but that night will always be remembered for what Melania did.  After beginning with the phrase “let us pray”, Melania stunned the entire world by slowly but carefully leading the crowd in the Lord’s Prayer, and it is being reported that the assembled throng responded to her prayer with “thunderous applause“. ....
Anne Graham Lotz Praises Melania Trump's 'Courageous' Lord's Prayer Reading Amid Heavy Ridicule....
Church of England Takes a Step Toward Gay Marriage
Church of England clergy have appeared to signal support for gay marriage after they rejected a bishops’ report which said that only a man and woman could marry in church. The report recommended that the bar on same-sex church marriages continue but that a more welcoming attitude towards homosexuals should be shown by congregations. However, the motion was rejected by clergy at the General Synod who voted.....
Pope Francis: 'Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist'
...The Pope also reiterated his conviction that all religions promote peace and that the danger of violent radicalization exists equally in all religions. “There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions—and with intolerant generalizations they become stronger because they feed on hate and xenophobia,” he said. .
The Blaze: Texas Megachurch Puts Southern Baptist Funds on Hold Over Leader’s Opposition to Trump
One Texas megachurch has put its Cooperative Program funds on hold as leadership reevaluates the church’s support of the Southern Baptist Convention’s causes. Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, is taking issue with “various significant positions taken by the leadership of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission that do not reflect the beliefs and values of many in the Southern Baptist Convention,” executive pastor Mike Buster told The Baptist Message.....
UK Guardian: Roe v Wade— Plaintiff's Death Highlights Weakening of Abortion Rights in US
....Knowing the end was near, McCorvey gave her friends and fellow activists a mission the day before she died, according to her friend Janet Morana. “She wanted to tell everyone to continue the fight,” said Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life. But while McCorvey died in a country still shaped by the case that bears her pseudonym, the practical realities of abortion access may more closely resemble the country of her youth than she imagined.....
Virginia Town Cancels Ark Encounter After Atheist Backlash
A special visit to The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum was just one of dozens of trips that Christiansburg Parks and Recreation offered to Virginia families this spring. However, the city crossed the trip off the itinerary after facing outrage from a prominent atheist group. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a......
Joseph Puder: The Dire Cost of Europe’s Multiculturalism
The extent to which the multiculturalist European Union (EU) elites will go to suppress free speech in the interest of promoting non-European immigration is astonishing and alarming.  It means that Middle Eastern Arabs and South Asian Muslims are immune from prosecution and deportations, despite committing rapes on native European children and adult women.  When a sane voice is raised... it is penalized.....
Daily Signal: Meet the New Leader of One of the Biggest Religious Liberty Organizations
....As president of ADF, Farris says he will defend religious liberty, something over time he had become “more and more concerned about.”....
Christian Post: Atheist Teacher Under Probe After Calling Students Who Invited Her to Church 'Cretins' on Facebook....
Thomas S. Kidd: The Faith of George Washington
No historical subject is more debated today than the role of faith in the American founding. These debates often focus on the faith of the founding fathers: Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Madison, and George Washington... But the nature of these major founders’ personal faiths is rarely straightforward, and Washington’s own faith remains an enigma.....
Minnick:What’s an Evangelical to Do? —Part Two
....If churches, schools, mission boards, and fellowships can be taken in by theologians and leaders who don’t betray any sign of a threatening character, what should our posture be toward those who do? If we’re to be alert lest we be deceived about religious teachers who look like sheep, how are we supposed to respond to religious teachers who don’t?...
Marshall & Gretchen Fant: My Beloved and My Friend
....When we search the Scriptures on the subject of sexual intimacy, an obvious place to start is the Song of Solomon — the book of the Bible that gives us a picture of God’s design for the physical relationship in marriage. In this book God reveals to us......
Mike Vlach: Which Bible Passages Predict the A.D. 70 
Destruction of Jerusalem? 
A.D. 70 witnessed the catastrophic destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple by the Romans. This is a historical fact and one that the Bible predicted. But the issue of which Bible passages predicted the A.D. 70 destruction of Jerusalem is heavily debated. Put simply, there are many differing views and combinations concerning which Bible passages refer to the A.D. 70 destruction of Jerusalem. ....
 
Dreher: ‘The Religious Right Must Lose’
....This is important for traditional Christians. It might be more important than you think it is. The ACLU, most of the media, the legal establishment, the Democratic Party — they all hate us. I mean, hate us. If Barronelle Stutzman were a Muslim, we never would have heard of this story. She is a Southern Baptist, therefore she must be destroyed. To paraphrase Terry Mattingly, the Grand Unified Theory here is: The Religious Right Must Lose.  This will never end. It will never, ever end. Best get that learned now. This case is going all the way to the US Supreme Court...I would not bet money on that judgment going in Stutzman’s favor......
Daily Signal: This Federal Agency Is Targeting a Family Business. A Religious Liberty Organization Is Calling on Trump to Protect It.
A religious liberty organization is asking President Donald Trump to sign a proposed executive order that would protect the religious freedom of a family-owned business and others like it from the punitive actions of an executive agency. “The Vander Boons are at risk of having their plant shut down and their employees left jobless because of the [Department of Agriculture’s] unfair targeting of the Vander Boons for their religious beliefs,” wrote Michael Farris, the new president of legal defense organization Alliance Defending Freedom.....
Randy White: Why Your Church Won’t Be Able to Find a Pastor
For many small to medium-sized churches, it is already difficult to find a pastor. And, unfortunately, I see the time coming when it is almost impossible for biblically solid churches to find a pastor. I already know of a handful of small churches that are looking for a pastor, want a pastor, and can even pay a pastor, but they simply can’t find a pastor. What is the problem? The church culture is completely at odds with Biblical teaching, and the social culture is at odds with the church. The smaller the church, the greater the challenge will be. This article is written with the smaller church in mind......
 
Nautilus: Why Joel Osteen Is So Appealing 
It’s hard to quantify charisma, but by any measure Joel Osteen has some pretty impressive stats...The 53-year-old pastor, with his boyish good looks, ubiquitous incisors, and his impeccably coiffed mane of wavy, brown locks, oversees a budget estimated at upward of $70 million. He has penned no less than seven best sellers, has amassed a net worth estimated at $40 million, with book sales and related revenue reportedly exceeding $55 million, and lives in a 17,000-square foot, $10.5 million mansion. All of it is built upon the personality—the words, the wisdom, and in no small part the charisma—of the man the congregants of the nation’s largest charismatic church refer to, simply, as “Pastor Joel.” So, what is it that makes Osteen different from the rest of us? What is the source of his magical magnetism?....
David Cloud: The Shack's Cool God
 The Shack, authored by William Paul Young, is a novel that explores the issue of why God allows pain and evil. It is a fictional account of a man who is bitter against God for allowing his youngest daughter to be murdered and who returns to the scene of the murder, an old shack in the woods, to have a life-changing encounter with God. The “God” that he encounters, though, is not the God of the Bible. Published in 2007, The Shack was on the New York Times bestseller list for 50 weeks. ....
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