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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR MARCH 11th-20th, 2017
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, March 20th, 2017
 
Jasmine Holmes: Do You Trust Disney With Your Kids?
Christian parents are now hesitant to take their kids to see Beauty & the Beast because of the gay scenes.....What’s surprising to me is the idea that now Christian parents are saying they won’t blindly take their kids to see Beauty and the Beast. Now they realize they can’t implicitly trust a secular company not to market their Christian worldview in their movies. Now they’re drawing a line in the sand. Should this really seem so new to us? ....
Socialism’s Rising Popularity Threatens America’s Future
“The most alarming result, according to  Barna, was that four out of every ten adults say they prefer socialism to capitalism,” the ACFI noted in its commentary on the poll. “That is a large minority,” Barna said, “and it includes a majority of the liberals — who will be pushing for a completely different economic model to dominate our nation. That is the stuff of civil wars. It ought to set off alarm bells among more traditionally-oriented leaders across the nation.’ That 40 percent of Americans now prefer socialism to capitalism could spell......
Christian News Net: Silence in Case of Missing Malaysian Pastor
Mystery and frustration surround the abduction of a Malaysian pastor. His disappearance reads like the script of an action movie.  On February 13th, a group of masked men surrounded 62-year-old Raymond Koh and whisked him off the streets, all while another person stood recording the incident.  ...
Acton Institute: Don't Let Culture Define Religious Liberty
When a fashion designer recently called for an industry boycott of Melania Trump due to her political beliefs, plenty of progressives called it brave and principled. Yet when Christian wedding photographers express their own disagreements or beliefs, acting on one’s conscience somehow becomes a “sticky issue.” That’s how one student describes it......
Stetzer: Why You Most Certainly Will Fail to Reach Your Secular Friends
....“I don’t want or need your god, thank you very much,” she said as she walked away from the boy giving his tracts. He had a look of shock and awe. We Christians try to reach our secular friends with transcendent truths, but we fail at it... The bottom line is that for many, they do not want or think they need God. .....
Tim Challies: Christian Men and 
Their Godly Moms
....It may surprise us to learn how many of our Christian heroes were shaped by the attentiveness and godliness of their mothers. Even though they may have had fathers who were present, involved, and godly, still they would insist that their primary spiritual influencer had been their mother. ..
Sean DeMars: Church Membership and Prescriptive Implication
...Every Christian should be a member of a local church, and every local church should practice meaningful church membership. The word “should” is open to interpretation though, so it might be helpful to clarify further. In stronger terms, I think the Bible teaches that every Christian, in so far as he is able, should publicly commit himself to his local church through formal membership, and that......
'Beauty & the Beast' Actors Mock Christians, Joking About 'Gay Sex' and 'What Would Jesus Think?'
More actors from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" are weighing in on the gay character controversy, mocking Christians and other people who are concerned about taking their kids to the film. The critical comments came as the film premiered in New York City on Monday.....
Social Media Live Videos a Disturbing New Platform for Public Suicides
.....Public suicides are not a new phenomenon. But mental health experts say the ability to live stream an event across social media has created an unprecedented platform for such deaths to be viewed by the masses....On Dec. 30, Katelyn Nicole Davis created a 42-minute live video on social media during which the 12-year-old Georgia girl set a rope on a tree in the front yard of her Cedartown, Ga., home. "I'm sorry," Davis says through tears. "I'm really sorry ... I don't deserve to live." The girl's body can be seen hanging for more than 15 minutes....
 
Christian Post: SCOTUS Justice Alito Says America Is Becoming Increasingly 'Hostile' to 'Traditional Moral Beliefs'
Speaking to a group of Catholic lawyers in New Jersey this week, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said that America is entering a period when its commitment to religious liberty is being tested by those who oppose traditional values...
Russian Prosecutors Seek To Classify Jehovah's Witnesses 'Extremist Group'
The Russian Justice Ministry filed a request with the nation's supreme court to classify the national headquarters of the Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organization, potentially endangering 175,000 practitioners of the religion in the country......
David Cloud: Paul Chappell's Son's Contemporary Church Plant
....Matt’s messages are littered with motivational, positive thinking language such as "leveraging a new beginning." They are very light on sin and holiness and very heavy on grace, and it is not a Titus 2:11-15 grace. It is an emerging grace. Matt's preaching is filled with non-critical references to the pop culture.....
Batory: Putting Deputation In Perspective
For generations, deputation has been the traditional method used by faith missions to raise needed finances for conducting Gospel ministries around the world...However, as the financial cost of missions has increased, so has the length of the time taken for deputation. That additional time is causing many to question the validity of deputation. Many ask.....
Jonathan Aigner: Eight Reasons Adding a Contemporary Service Might Be a Bad Idea
...The worst thing about the worship wars was that worship in the church was radically reframed as a matter of preference...The solution seemed clear at this point. To keep the peace and end the worship wars, each church must offer varying worship styles. Nothing was really fixed, of course, but it swept the issue under the rug. And this solution that gave us pseudo-peace in the sanctuary and became a de facto church growth strategy......
 
Ezekiel 36:8 Prophecy Is Coming True In Modern Galilee!
One of the benefits of living in modern Israel is physically experiencing Biblical prophecy coming to life.  Two families daily witness Jacob's blessing coming to fruition right in their own backyards. The Veffer and Abrahams families recognized the unique blessing of the region when, several years ago, they joined the local community's olive harvest.  They picked the lush olives and immediately pressed them into an amazingly high quality oil which far surpassed anything they had ever tasted. 
Christian Post: Thousands of Christians Flee Myanmar's Conflict Zones to Escape Religious Persecution
With an escalation of fighting between ethnic rebel groups and government troops in Myanmar's conflict areas that are spread along the country's borders, civilians from ethnic and religious minorities are being forced to flee for safety......
When Machines Go Rogue
...For the most part, automation works just as it should, allowing humanity to accomplish things that would otherwise be impossible: sort through millions of web pages to find a precise phrase, inject the exact same dollop of jam into a donut a million times, or keep a plane stable and steady six miles up in total darkness. But as automation becomes increasingly capable, it is also becoming increasingly complex. And as artificial intelligence creeps into systems design, it’s becoming harder to figure out what’s happening inside our machines.....
CBN News: Building a Christ Community- Time for the Church Face Facts In a Post-Christian America
There's an impending flood of darkness looming over the earth, and Christians need to shift their strategy. That's the alarm being sounded by one conservative Christian author. Rod Dreher is a senior editor of The American Conservative magazine and author of the new book The Benedict Option.  He points to contemporary culture and statistical trends that show Western civilization's turn from traditional values embraced by Christians for centuries....Dreher believes American Christians are losing their cultural memory of Christianity......
Snyder: What You Do On Your Cell Phone Could Come Back To Haunt You
As far as Big Brother is concerned, nothing that you do on your cell phone is ever private.  And if the government really wants to see what is on your cell phone, they are going to get that information one way or another.......
Doc Claims Too Much Screen Time Turns Kids Into Digital Junkies
Smart screens are everywhere these days and it seems like everyone has them including young kids. The debate over ‘how much screen time is too much’ is nothing new but there’s one doctor who says the problem is so severe, he’s dubbed it “digital heroin.”....
Facebook Investigates After Christian Mom Says Media Giant Still Censors Her Page
....Johnston says she's convinced that Facebook is censoring the posts of Christians and conservatives and says she thinks there should be a congressional hearing on the issue....
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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, March 18th-19th, 2017
Bloomberg News:Tillerson Doesn't Rule Out Preemptive Strike on North Korea
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is considering “all options” to counter North Korea’s nuclear threat while criticizing China over moves to block a missile-defense system on the peninsula.  In some of his most detailed comments yet on North Korea, Tillerson ruled out a negotiated freeze of its nuclear weapons program and called for a wider alliance to counter Kim Jong Un’s regime. He also left the military option on the table if the North Korean threat gets too large. “If they elevate the threat of their weapons programs to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table,” Tillerson told reporters on Friday on a trip to South Korea when asked about the possibility of a military strike.  .
'Beauty and the Beast' Opens: Critics and Fans React to Movie, 'In Your Face' Gay Scene
As "Beauty and the Beast" hits theaters this weekend, critics are not backing down from their concerns about a pro-gay agenda in the film. Family movie critic and Movieguide publisher Dr. Ted Baehr says Disney has "marred" its live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" with "gratuitous politically correct homosexual references that are on the nose, out of place and in your face." In his online review of the movie he describes a gay storyline between Gaston, the villain, and his effeminate sidekick, LeFou. "Though brief, the subplot is so in-your-face and political that it detracts from the main fantasy," Baehr wrote after seeing the film.....
‘After School Satan Club’ Received Fast-Tracked Tax-Exempt Status From IRS
Documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fast-tracked tax-exempt status for an “After School Satan Club” in Tacoma, Washington, while the federal agency was discovered to be either denying conservative and Christian groups the same status or making them wait for years...
Australian Teacher Quits After Islamic Students Threaten to Behead Her
Teachers at a primary school in Sydney, Australia have been threatened with beheading and other violence from young Islamic students, prompting one of them to quit her job. Students as young as five years old, according to the Daily Telegraph, are making the violent threats and pressuring others to read the Koran at Punchbowl Public School in Sydney......
New South Dakota Law Protects Religious Freedom of Private Child-Placement Agencies
....It forbids the state government from acting against a child placement agency that declines to provide a service that conflicts with its religious or moral convictions. The state also can’t enter into a contract with an agency that conflicts with its convictions.....
Ludwig: Love, Sex, and Marriage Go Together and Must Be Taught in Our Schools
Our teenagers (and younger) are being pounded with a life ethic totally at odds with Judeo-Christian morality. ....
Daily Signal: It's Not Fake NewsPredators Are Taking Advantage of Target's Fitting Room Policy
.... Shortly after Target made its big announcement, a man recorded himself walking into his local Target and asserting his new right to use the women’s restroom. He did not state that he identifies as a woman; he simply said he wanted to make sure he had the right to use the women’s restroom. ....
Christopher Doyle: ABC's '20/20' Contacted Me for 'Gay Conversion Therapy' Story, But Ignored What I Told Them
The problem is that what was shown on 20/20 was not therapy at all. Licensed, ethical therapists do not force or coerce teenagers to change, nor do they manipulate desperate parents to send their kids away to be reformed......
Christian Media Giant Produces Major Series Promoting Israel
An unusual new television series, a cooperative effort of three Christian organizations, explores the modern miracle that is Israel, and its role as an incarnation of God’s Biblical promise – from a Christian point of view. ...
 
Lifezette: For Christians Who See the Fall of the West: Fight or Flight?
A number of new books courageously sound the alarm about the forces hostile to Christianity today.
The challenges to Western Christianity in the United States, but also to Europe, have been the subject of several new books out this year. One could even argue that the warnings advanced by some of the authors about the decline and “soft persecution” of orthodox Christianity in the U.S. are not warnings for European Christians — but reality. Among the authors of these........
The Federalist: There Is a Right To Be Uninsured
 There are people who want health insurance. And they should have the ability to get it at a reasonable price.... But there are millions of people out there, generally young and healthy, who don't want health insurance. And despite the Supreme Court's ruling, that is also a right..
Bible Fails ‘Inclusive Language’ Standards At Evangelical College
An evangelical Christian university in Minnesota is encouraging its professors to stop using words with masculine connotations — such as “man” and “mankind” — because those words aren’t sufficiently “inclusive.” Bethel University in St. Paul is the school, reports say.....
Google Director's Push for Computers Inside Human Brains Is 'Anti-Christ,'  Say Theologians
Google's director of engineering is saying implanting computers "inside our brains" is upon us, words theologians and Christian bioethicists consider a "slap in the face" to Christ and would result in horrific human rights violations...
Gospel Coalition: Untangling a Twisted Gospel in Africa 
The gospel is widely accepted in Africa, but many churches are full for all the wrong reasons. Need a curse broken? A fortune reversed? These promises fall assuredly from the lips of “apostles” and “prophets” on Christian television, and from church pastors called “daddy” or “papa.”.
Funeral Customs That Are Raising Eyebrows Around The World
Customs that surround funeral services differ, though. Different people from different backgrounds have their own practices, which, to others, may appear creepy or just crazy. Some customs, however, do very well to cheer up the bereaved.....
Twila Paris Defends Brother Indicted for Bribery at Christian College
The brother of singer-songwriter Twila Paris was indicted this month by an Arkansas grand jury for bribery. Oren Paris III traded money to state lawmakers in exchange for grants to Ecclesia College, where he is president, court documents allege. Paris has said he is innocent, and his school’s board is sticking by him.....
Acton: What You Should Know About President Trump's FY 2018 Budget
....The budget request includes all optional or “discretionary” Federal programs and projects that must have their spending renewed or “reauthorized” by Congress every fiscal year.... The president’s budget request recommends funding levels for each discretionary program, which totals only about one-third of federal expenditures.....
Street Preaching—Why It’s Vital To Protect It (Even If You Hate It)
....Street preaching can claim deep biblical roots, with the Old Testament prophets providing precedents for the practice. The prophets were typically called to announce God’s Word to an unbelieving nation, and – like Jeremiah – were often met with hostility and persecution (Jeremiah 1:14-19). ..
Kim Davis Still Under Fire
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to sign a marriage license for unnatural marriage, is still facing court challenges.  Davis spent six days in jail in 2015 for contempt because she refused to violate her Christian beliefs about the sanctity of marriage...
Girl, 13, Allegedly Raped by Cook at Popular Church Summer Camp
The world's largest church summer youth camp, hosted at a conference center owned and operated by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, could come under greater scrutiny this year after it was alleged that a 13-year-old girl was tied up and brutally raped by a 35-year-old cook last summer.....
NY Post: NYC 'Mega-Pastor' Tim Keller Sees Faith Booming In the City
...Keller doesn’t see himself as a religious crusader living in some kind of haven for secular hedonists, though. Faith is alive and well in New York, he believes. And not just the squishy liberal kind either......
Why Are So Many Muslim Refugees In Europe Converting to Christianity?
Over the past few years, churches in Europe have baptized hundreds of Muslim refugees who choose to surrender their lives to Christ. Several church leaders have reported a rising number of refugees abandoning Islam for Christianity... Although there are no national statistics to back up these assertions, many churches in Europe report the trend. ...
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Headlines & Articles — Friday, March 17th, 2017
Christianity Today: How Christians Do March Madness
A few years ago, an ESPN poll ranked the biggest rivalries in college basketball. Of course, Duke University and the University of North Carolina topped the list....At No. 4: Calvin College and Hope College.  The two Division III Christian schools never make it into the big-time March Madness brackets like the Division I schools listed above. In fact, they rarely get covered on TV and don’t have much name recognition outside of the Midwest or certain church circles. (Calvin happens to be in the national spotlight at the moment, as alumna and donor Betsy DeVos is President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education.) But even without national prominence, the Knights and the Flying Dutchman are in many ways the quintessential adversaries—demonstrating exactly what makes sports rivalries so exciting. As Christian colleges, they also force us to consider the theological implications of competition in the body of Christ. The two schools stem from a schism among Dutch Reformed settlers in West Michigan. ...
Snyder: 12 Reasons Why The Federal Reserve May Have Just Made The Biggest Economic Mistake Since The Last Financial Crisis
Has the Federal Reserve gone completely insane?  On Wednesday, the Fed raised interest rates for the second time in three months, and it signaled that more rate hikes are coming in the months ahead.  When the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates, it becomes less expensive to borrow money and that tends to stimulate more economic activity.  But when the Federal Reserve raises rates , that makes it more expensive to borrow money and that tends to slow down economic activity. So why in the world is the Fed raising rates when the U.S. economy is already showing signs of slowing down dramatically?  The following are 12 reasons why......
Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades
The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people under 65....
John Stonestreet: CNN Questions Jesus' Existence— Again
...Every year around March and December, CNN and other news outlets exhume the long-dead thesis that the New Testament is based on a mythological figure, not a Man who really lived, died, and rose from the grave two-thousand years ago. This year, CNN even republished an article suggesting that Christ's historical existence is an open question.....
Chicago Tribune: Justice Alito Says Country's Dedication to Religious Liberty Is Being Tested
....Alito used his own words from his dissent in the Supreme Court's landmark same-sex marriage case, telling the gathering he had predicted opposition to the decision would be used to "vilify those who disagree, and treat them as bigots."....
Many Young Adults Are Turning To Witchcraft As A Way To Rebel Against Their Conservative Christian Upbringings
...According to Wikipedia, one very popular form of witchcraft known as Wicca has been growing at a rate of more than 100 percent annually in recent years, and this has been happening at a time when Christianity has been in decline in the USA. Of course other pagan and occult groups have been exploding in  popularity.....
Veith: Forcing Pro-Life Centers To Advertise Abortions
....Most of these pregnancy centers have a Christian mission.  Some even operate out of churches.  These laws force religious people to violate their religious beliefs. And even apart from the religious liberty issues, it is surely tyranny to coerce pro-lifers to promote abortion...
Scientology, Tom Cruise Plan Huge Development in Clearwater
The Church of Scientology is reportedly taking over prime retail space in downtown Clearwater — with plans to renovate and redesign the area. The controversial church already owns property in a section of Clearwater, Florida, and purchased more than........
Breaking Israel News: Temple Mount Conflict Proves Islamic ‘Replacement Theology’ Seeks to Usurp All Religions
The conflict over the Temple Mount is a clear manifestation of Islamic replacement theology, a noted archaeologist told the Knesset on Wednesday. It is the site’s holy status in Judaism that is the basis of Islam’s interest, and this phenomenon has been seen throughout history, with Islam appropriating major Christian sites as well.....
 Dave Harvey: What’s the Best Way for a Pastor to Negotiate His Salary?
Talking money can be mighty awkward in ministry. Salary negotiations move toward wisdom when six things are known.....
 
David Murray: Reflections On Becoming an American Citizen....
My family and I became American citizens yesterday. The day was a jumble of emotions and thoughts. I’ve tried to disentangle them as much as I can. So here they are in no particular order.
Christianity Today:The Rise and Struggle of South Korean Missionaries
....The majority of South Korean missionaries working in China serve North Korean defectors who cross the border. There are at least 500 officially registered South Korean missionaries in China, though this number could be as high as 2,000. While missions took off in.......
Mbewe: We Have Lost the Sense of God 
....There is an experiential knowledge of God that profoundly changes a person from the inside out. God is known in the soul in such an overwhelming way that it affects a person’s entire perception of life....A Christian can never rise higher than his experience of God. ....
World Mag: Southern Baptists Extend Olive Branch To Russell Moore
Southern Baptist leaders dispelled speculation Monday that Russell Moore would resign as president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) but acknowledged work ahead to repair an emerging rift within the denomination.....
NY Times: Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?
....But researchers are starting to ponder an intriguing question: Are teenagers using drugs less in part because they are constantly stimulated and entertained by their computers and phones? The possibility is worth exploring, they say, because use of smartphones and tablets has exploded over the same period that drug use has declined. This correlation does not mean that.......
Veith: An Infinite Number of Universes?
....I am astonished at how these scientists can bandy about “infinity” as they do, positing an infinite number of infinities, since each quantum reaction–and how many of those are there?– creates a new universe.  And yet I’m sure that they would not allow for a single infinite God who holds together all contingent events.....
Mike Gilbart-Smith: Can Christians Marry Non-Christians?
I want to make the point that it is a matter of obedience to God not to pursue a relationship with a non-believer. I’m going to try and make it as clear as I can that however it feels, those feelings are temptations to call right that which God calls wrong; those feelings are not accompanied by any affirmation from God.....
'Hatred' Is Off the Charts
America — and now the world — has lost its collective mind because the prince of this world is enraged. Satan unleashed all his wealth and power, and he lost the battle for America. The result is a level of hatred most of us have never seen in our lifetimes. It is off the charts, foul-mouthed, irrational, and violent. We are living a preview of Revelation 12:12.......
Why Thousands of Christian Refugees Could Be Denied Asylum in America
Tin, her husband and five children have cleared years of refugee hurdles to come to the U.S.: blood tests, interviews, DNA and fingerprints, background checks. She has her one must-bring possession within reach, a well-worn Bible, and keeps their phone charged for the U.S. Embassy to call. But the odds of that happening dropped precipitously.....
Acton Institute: Five Ways the Church Can Help the Poor
....How we love the poor is a clear indicator of how we understand God’s love for us. Too often, in misunderstanding God’s love we make the poor the object of our charity, the front cover of our programs, the focus of our grant requests, or the target audience to fill our seats. We make them listen to sermons before we feed them, ask them to join the church before we clothe them. .
Former Planned Parenthood Nurse: Abortionist Sorted Through Babies' Remains to Ensure All Parts Removed
A former nurse at a Planned Parenthood location in Indiana says that during her time at the facility, she observed the abortionist sifting through the body parts of unborn babies after killing them to ensure he got all the pieces out. Marianne Anderson worked at the Indianapolis facility for over two years......
Lloyd Marcus: Homeschooling— Restoring Parents' Right to Raise Their Children as God Intended
....Most parents do not realize that Leftists are at war with traditional America. For decades, they have used public education to brainwash your kids, transforming them into stealth operatives against the principles and values of their parents. The number one priority of public education is producing good liberals....
Veith: Saying Christ Is the Only Way To God Is 'Abusive and Criminal'?
...The prosecutor apparently thought that those teachings were just quirks of the King James translation of the Bible, rather than basic doctrines of Christianity.  He said, “to use words translated in 1611 in a very different context, in the context of modern British society, must be considered to be abusive and is a criminal matter." The court agreed, sentencing......
Kevin Schaal: 'Avoiding All Appearance of Evil' 1st Thessalonians 5:22
This verse is used commonly to provide a Biblical foundation for condemnation of people and deeds of all kinds. The idea is that this passage forbids not only doing those things that the Bible specifically condemns as sin, but also doing anything that looks like it might be sinful or associated with something sinful.....
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Headlines & Articles — Thursday, March 16th, 2017
CBN News: President Trump's Leaked Tax Return— What It Reveals
Taxes are center stage in Washington today, but it's not proposed tax cuts for Americans that are getting all the attention. It's Donald Trump's taxes.  One of the president's leaked returns was disclosed on cable television last night and it reveals more than his political opponents expected. TV host Rachel Maddow released details of Trump's leaked 2005 tax return on her MSNBC show.  She received the two-page 1040 tax form from financial journalist David Cay Johnston. Johnston says an unknown source sent it to his mailbox, but he offered some speculation on one possible source.....
Wyatt Graham: The Benedict Option— What is It?
Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option has gained a foothold in the minds of many. David Brooks from the NYTimes calls The Benedict Option “the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.” What makes The Benedict Option‘s influence striking is that it made such a big splash before the book was even released. For many, however, the Benedict Option (BenOpt) is an unknown entity or fuzzy concept. In light of these factors, I will explain what the BenOpt is and will try to explain why the BenOpt has gained so much attention over the past few weeks. ....
Box Office Hit 'The Shack' Called a 'Theological Disaster'....
After debuting at number three at the box office last week and taking in $10 million last weekend at number four in the nation, The Shack is causing more and more evangelical leaders to warn Americans that the movie designed to attract Christians is a “theological disaster.”
Fox News: Southern Baptist Leaders Tout Unity Amid Rift That Could Cost the Church Millions
A show of unity this week by leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) puts a happy, but perhaps temporary, face on a struggle over the direction of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. The head of the 15-million- member evangelical denomination’s public policy arm, Russell Moore, has criticized President Trump and – most provocatively – SBC leaders who openly support him....
Week: Why Conservative Catholics Think Pope Francis Is a Fraud
It's been four years since Pope Francis kicked off one of the most striking papacies in memory. Within the Catholic world, sadly divided into warring political camps, he is seen as a hero by progressive Catholics and a scourge of conservatives.....
Islamic State Expands Into North Africa
A new Islamic State affiliate is gaining strength in sub-Saharan Africa as part of efforts by the Syrian-based Islamist terror group to take over large parts of the continent.....
Christian Post: Chaplains Fire Back After Secularists Demand Ban on Prayer at Military Ceremonies
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Freedom has responded to a secularist group's demand that chaplains at a New Hampshire military base not be allowed to offer invocations at on-base events.....
EuroNews: Understanding ISIS Sexual Attacks Against the Yazidis
....The direct connection between genocide and femicide was underlined by all the panelists. One....said: “What is common in genocides is that sexual violence is used as an inevitable byproduct of war or as a weapon.” There were intensely emotional moments when Yazidi women described their experiences......
Robert Barnes: The Media, Obama, and the Deep State
Whenever the media loses control over a powerful term, be it “fake news” or “deep state,” they react with infantile rage, and immediately demand cessation of the term in its “unapproved” use.....
 
Dark Age for Christians Coming, Prepare Like a Monk, Rod Dreher Says
If the spiritual crisis in America is to be thwarted, Christians must strategically withdraw from politics and form communities patterned after St. Benedict, a monk born in 480 A.D., says Rod Dreher, author of "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation."...
CBN News: Nikki Haley Accuses UN of Demonizing Israel
America's U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley unleashed a scathing rebuke after the United Nations released a report calling Israel a racist and apartheid state. The report was co-authored by scholar Richard Falk who is known for accusing America and her Jewish ally of being colonial empires. .
IFCA: John MacArthur Requested to, and Resigns from the IFCA
....With mutual respect, we both simply acknowledge our doctrinal difference regarding the nature and extent of the Atonement and that this difference causes John MacArthur to be in doctrinal and constitutional disagreement with IFCA International in this matter.  ....
Rusty Osborne: Four Reasons Archaeology Cannot Prove the Bible 
With the major excavations in and around Israel being reported... it’s tempting for those in the media (and those reading the mainstream press releases) to start using terminology like “this may prove the Bible is true.” This isn’t a helpful way for Christians to talk about the relationship between biblical archaeology and the biblical witness. Here are four factors highlighting why we shouldn’t say the finds of biblical archaeology can—or even may—prove the Bible......
Ed Stetzer: What is Biblical Preaching? Exegesis vs Exposition
Most pastors would like to think of themselves as “biblical” preachers. My sense is that most users of that term use it in the sense that their sermons analyze and explain a particular biblical text. Though definitions of exposition will vary, most emphasize a sermon that is rooted in and driven by the biblical text.  Unfortunately, many preachers have confused exposition and exegesis, not realizing that exegesis is what we do to get ready for exposition; it is not the same as exposition. Too many sermons I hear and read are really exegesis on parade rather than......
Female Minister Who Identifies as Male Asserts: 'God Is Transgender'
A female minister in Texas who identifies as male recently declared at the state capitol that “God is transgender” in expressing her opposition to a proposed bill that requires those using restrooms and locker rooms in government buildings and public schools to use the facility that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.....
CBN News: Doctors Save Baby’s Life Moments After Church Prayer—  ‘If This Wasn’t a God Moment, I Don’t Know What Could Be’
....“(The preacher) said our little girl is failing, she’s getting sicker and we need to pray,” Melanie told WBTV-TV. ” They prayed over her and they prayed over us.” Meanwhile, prayers were also being said over at Levine Children’s Hospital, as a new MedCenter aircraft was being dedicated at the same time Melanie, Mike and Ella were being prayed over at the church. Then, moments later, the family believes God came through....
Erin Wheeler: Battling Burnout as a Pastor’s Wife 
....What do we do as pastor’s wives when the never-ending demands pummel us? In many ways our calling is the same as every Christian’s—we’re to take up our cross daily, and follow him (Luke 9:23). And often the cross we bear is a call to give out of poverty, not abundance.....
Video Shows Mormon Missionary Beat Back Would-Be Attacker
The Facebook video begins with two Mormon missionaries on the tough streets of Manaus, Brazil, perhaps just trying to bear a little testimony about the LDS gospel with some passers-by. Then, two men ride up on a motorcycle. One leaps off, approaches the white shirt and tie-wearing pair, appears to pull a gun from his belt and threatens the missionaries as he tries to rifle their pockets. Oops...
The Truth About Satan: Nuclear War In the 21st Century
Late last year, the world’s news services were abuzz with articles about Russia’s new super weapon, an ICBM called Satan 2 that is alleged to have the capability to fly at 17 times the speed of sound, penetrate US ICBM defenses, and destroy an area the size of Texas. But do these claims hold water, and just how big is the threat.....
Amy Peterson:Why I Think it’s Time to Retire the Word ‘Missionary’ 
....Missionary was first used in the English language in 1625 by Edward Chaloner, a clergyman in the Church of England. He was a preacher, a writer, and an academic. In his work, you find nuanced arguments and a careful attention to words....
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Report: Iranian Sleeper Cells Operating In U.S.
American intelligence agencies have growing evidence that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group maintains a network of sleeper cells in the United States, according to a new report. Though Hezbollah has not conducted a major attack on U.S. soil, the group could decide to strike key American sites should U.S.-Iran relations deteriorate substantially, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism. "Preparations to combat Islamist terrorism broadly should strongly consider the nuanced and growing Hezbollah threat to U.S. national security," the report concludes.
Hezbollah is based in southern Lebanon and has long served as.....
Reuters: North Korea Warns of ‘Merciless’ Strikes as U.S. Carrier Joins South Korea Drills
North Korea warned the United States on Tuesday of “merciless” attacks if an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson, which is joining South Korean forces for exercises, infringes on its sovereignty or dignity. North Korea, which has alarmed its neighbors with two nuclear tests and a string of missile launches since last year, said the arrival of the U.S. strike group was part of a “reckless scheme” to attack it....
Iran Closing In On Israel—
Deal With Syria Could See New Military Base
Iran is on the verge of reaching a deal with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad to build a military base at the port of Latakia on the Mediterranean coast, an Israeli diplomatic official said last Friday. According to the report, this would be Assad's way of paying Iran back for the extensive military and financial support it has provided to the Assad regime since the outbreak of the ongoing war in Syria six years ago. The Jewish state views the establishment of an Iranian military presence.......
CBS News: ISIS Is Cornered, Desperate, & Leaving Trail of Destruction In Mosul
The forces pushing out ISIS in Iraq say the militant group is trapped inside western Mosul. The U.S. envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS says they’ve cut off the last road out of the city and it’s only a matter of time before ISIS is “totally defeated.”...
SBC's Frank Page, Russell Moore Deny Firing Rumors
Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page and the organization's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore said in a joint statement Monday that they "fully support" each other after a controversial report in The Washington Post suggested Page would ask Moore to resign due to simmering political tensions.....
Wash. Post: Russell Moore Could Lose His Job at SBC For Trump Opposition
Concern is mounting among evangelicals that Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm, could lose his job following months of backlash over his critiques of President Trump and religious leaders who publicly supported the Republican candidate. Any such move could be explosive for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, which has been divided over politics, theology and, perhaps most starkly, race.....
731 New Yorkers Changed Gender on Their Birth Certificates in Last 2 Years
Over 700 people in New York City have changed the gender listed on their birth certificates in the last two years since the city government began allowing residents to do so.....
UK Health Workers Told to Discuss Faith With Dying Patients 
Healthcare workers should do more to talk to dying patients about faith, experts have said. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised health workers and care workers to do more to discuss patients’ social, cultural and religious preferences....
As Jerusalem Jubilee Approaches, Knesset Seeks to ‘Reclaim’ Temple Mount
As Jerusalem’s Jubilee celebration approaches, the Israeli parliament has, for the first time, proposed establishing a government body focused on strengthening the connection between the Jewish State and its holiest site: The Temple Mount. This move has generated anger among Palestinian politicians.... 
 
Lifezette: Christians and ImmigrationSeparating Fact from Fiction
Immigration has been a hot-button issue for nearly a decade and it’s even more controversial now, after the November presidential election. The issue has attracted such high-wattage political rhetoric as identity politics, minority rights, xenophobia, and racism — making immigration policies nothing short of just another way for politicians to gain or lose voters. Instead of adult conversations revolving around real solutions, too many people have resorted to name-calling, pointing the finger of blame and judgment....
Graham: ‘Christianity Honors Women,’ Unlike ‘Islamic Countries Where Women Have No Rights’
In reference to the honoring of women in many countries on International Women’s Day, March 8, evangelical leader Franklin Graham said it was women who stayed with Christ at the Cross and first saw Him resurrected, and added that “Christianity honors women” but  is not evident in some “Islamic countries where women have no rights and are treated as property.”...
Christian Post: Gay Sex Orgies, Prostitution 'Shock' Vatican; Pope Francis Hears Priests' Confessions
Reports detailing gay sex orgies, porn and prostitution that Roman Catholic priests are involved in are said to be sending "shock waves" throughout the Vatican, even as Pope Francis has condemned the "temptations of lust" that are leading priests to sin.....
China's New Policy Expected to Lead to More Religious Persecution
China Aid’s 2016 Annual Persecution Report details a seismic shift in the Chinese government’s approach to religious policy that is expected to lead to further persecution......
'Great Liberal Dream' of Human Dignity Without Christianity Is 
Dead, Says Al Mohler
...In a speech last Thursday, Mohler discussed how in the early 21st century "we are experiencing what can only be described as the death of the great liberal dream." "What was that dream? It was the dream of a humanity come of age, of a humanity that could sever itself from its Christian past and establish itself in a new secular present and point itself to a new secularized future," said Mohler....
Muslim Men Urged to Marry Christian Women to Spread Islam In Spain
To strengthen their religion, an unknown group in Spain has put up hundreds of posters in a migrant-dominated area that call on Muslim men to marry Spanish women, including Christians, and then teach them that "Islam is the true religion."  The poster, which denigrates Christians, invites members of the community to......
CBN News: Samaritan's Purse 'Thankful to God' for Release of Kidnapped Aid Workers
Eight aid workers belonging to Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization have all been released. In a statement released to CBN News, Samaritan's Purse says they are "thankful to God for the safe release of our South Sudanese national staff, who had been detained by armed personnel in the Mayendit area of South Sudan."....
You’re Probably Not as Nice as You Think You Are— According To Science
....You may consider yourself to be a nice person, but according to a new study you’re probably not as nice as you think. Psychologists from Goldsmiths, University of London have discovered that 98 per cent of British people think they’re part of the nicest 50 per cent of the population.....
Larry Alex Taunton: Evangelicals Need To Stop Being Wimps
....To stand strong for one’s faith in Jesus Christ and push back against a culture that, in the words of Isaiah 5:20, “call[s] evil good and good evil” is to be “divisive,” “unloving,” “bigoted,” and “intolerant.”  This is because evangelicals have confused Christ’s command to love others with being likable, as if that were an attribute of God. As such, they endeavor to be, above all else, inoffensive and polite.  This doctrinal malpractice has given us a generation of men who are what Lewis called “men without chests.”....
 
Did Pope Benedict Resign Under Pressure From Obama Administration?
It is “no coincidence” that some Catholic groups “have asked President Trump to open a commission of inquiry to investigate whether the administration of Barack Obama exerted pressure on Benedict,” said Archbishop Luigi Negri in an interview Monday........
Christian News Net: Obama Judge Rules School Field Trips to Christian Sports Complex Violate Constitution
A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama has ruled that local public schools who took students on field trips to a Christian sports complex in Missouri violated the U.S. Constitution.....
Disney Refuses to Cut 'Gay Moment' From 'Beauty' in Malaysia
Walt Disney Co. indefinitely pulled "Beauty and the Beast" from theaters in Malaysia rather than remove scenes involving a gay character to placate local authorities."The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia," Disney said in an emailed statement...
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Christian Post: Turkey to Speed Up Trial of US Pastor as Pressure Increases; Still No Evidence of Terror Claims
The Turkish government will look to speed up the trial of American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been imprisoned over alleged links with a terror organization despite no evidence being presented, his attorneys said. "What we can do at this stage is accelerate the trial," Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim apparently said last week, while answering questions from American journalists. "As you will appreciate, judiciary matters are not directly controlled by us." The American Center for Law and Justice, which delivered an oral intervention at the United Nations in support of Brunson, said that international pressure is increasing on the Turkish government."Our global legal advocacy campaign is beginning to put significant pressure on Turkey. But now is the time to ramp up that pressure," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said.....
Michael Snyder: $21,714 For Every Man, Woman And Child In the World – The Global Debt Bomb Is Ready To Explode
According to the International Monetary Fund, global debt has grown to a staggering grand total of 152 trillion dollars.  Other estimates put that figure closer to 200 trillion dollars, but for the purposes of this article let’s use the more conservative number.  If you take 152 trillion dollars and divide it by the seven billion people living on the planet, you get $21,714, which would be the share of that debt for every man, woman and child in the world if it was divided up equally.....
 
Seven Ways Daylight Saving Time Can Affect Your Health
....Indeed, studies have noted all kinds of physical and mental effects associated with Daylight Saving Time (DST), both the shift to it (in March) and the shift away from it (in November). Read on for a few examples of how the time changes can affect your body.....
The Atlantic: White Evangelicals Believe They Face More Discrimination Than Muslims
In February, pollsters at the Public Religion Research Institute asked Americans about their impressions of discrimination in the United States. Two religious groups were included on the list of those who might face bias: Christians and Muslims. Depending on who was answering, the responses were wildly different.....
WATCH: Students Support Religious Freedom for Muslims, Not Christians
Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison admit that Muslims should not be forced by law to do business with Christians. Those same students, however, had a hard time agreeing that Christians or conservative Americans have the right to decline work that conflicts with their conscience or religion.....
Gene Veith: Lutheran Judge is Censured for Following Her Church
...the case of Judge Ruth Neely, a municipal judge in Pinedale, Wyoming, who mentioned to a reporter that, as a Lutheran Christian, she would not be able to preside at a same-sex wedding.  Uproar ensued. The Wyoming Supreme Court has now issued its decision:  Neely will be censured, but she will keep her position....
Famous Parenting Author And Her Husband End Their 17 Year Marriage After He Comes Out As Gay
....the case of Jill and Jeff Smokler has made headlines all over the country. Jill has authored several successful parenting books and is also the editor of a parenting website. But now she finds herself at the center or a raging controversy. After 17 years of marriage,  they have decided to divorce because of Jeff’s sexuality. ....
 
Casey Lewis: 11 Characteristics of the Self-Righteous
Self-righteousness is rampant in our churches. Pews are packed every week with Pharisees who are under the impression they are doing everything right. Scripture, however, paints a woefully different picture. Far from thinking we have "arrived" or that we are superior to others, we should feel a need for dependence on the righteousness of Christ.....
Jeff Robinson: Does God Love Everyone the Same?. ...
...Does God love everybody in the same way? In other words, did he love Nero to the same degree he loves Billy Graham? Does he love those who reject him the same he loves his children? 
Aid Worker Details Horrifying Deaths of Toddlers Killed in Mosul ISIS Battle
A Samaritan's Purse evangelical humanitarian aid worker has shared some horrifying details about the unfortunate civilian casualties of children that have occurred in the ongoing battle to liberate Iraq's second largest city from the grips of the Islamic State...
'Horrific' Suffering of Syrian Children: 652 Massacred In 2016
With the verified deaths of at least 652 children in 2016, it was the worst year for Syria's children who are experiencing "horrific" suffering in the ongoing civil war, according to the United Nations children's relief agency....
Aid Workers With Samaritan's Purse Kidnapped in South Sudan
Rebels in South Sudan have reportedly abducted eight aid workers with the Christian humanitarian organization Samaritan's Purse. The group is led by Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham. According to a military official, the kidnappers are demanding........
George: The Story Behind The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon
....In 2011, I was finishing a PhD at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and came across eleven handwritten notebooks in London. These notebooks contained four hundred of Spurgeon’s earliest sermons (1851-1854) preached as a teenager only months after his conversion...
Gene Veith: The Decline of Christian Bookstores.....
The biggest Christian bookstore chain, Family Christian Stores, is going out of business.  Then again, mostly what it carried was Christian knick-knacks. Then again, all brick and mortar bookstores are having a rough time.  Having put small mom and pop shops out of business, the big chains are now struggling against online sales. 
Ann Coulter: ‘Immigrant Privilege’ Drives Child Rape Epidemic....
Before breathing a sigh of relief that, unlike Western Europe, we don't have Muslim rapists pouring into our country, recall that we have Mexican rapists pouring into our country. 
TruNews: Bangladesh—
Christianity Boom Despite Persecution
Is the fourth largest Muslim nation in the world, and place of many terrorist activities, on the path to becoming a peaceful Christian nation? ..
Thom Rainer: Five Reasons Why Pastors Are Getting Fired Because of Their Social Media Posts
....Indeed, the search committee chairman seemed genuinely enthused when I recommended him. He contacted me a couple of weeks later with this comment: “We can’t consider him. He’s just too snarky and sarcastic on social media.”....
Tim Challies: How Jesus Called Out False Teachers and Deadly Doctrine
It’s a good time to be a false teacher and to espouse deadly doctrine. It seems that today’s most brazen heretic will be granted a hearing and, in all likelihood, a book deal. Novelty is appealing, orthodoxy boring. It’s the ones who sound the warning and issue the challenge that bear the risk—the risk of being labelled “haters.”...
Geoffrey R. Kirkland: The Core Tenets of Biblical Counseling
Biblical counseling is the skilled application of God's sufficient Word to the hearts of God's people. Let’s break that down piece by piece to understand this definition even more. ...
 
Global Leaders Rattle Their Sabers As World Tensions Rise
We have entered a season where leaders all over the globe feel a need to rattle their sabers, and many fear that this could be leading us to war.  In particular, Donald Trump is going to be under the microscope in the days ahead as other world leaders test his resolve.....
Weekly Standard: Scare Mongering About Christian Home Schooling
The Washington Post Magazine's cover story this week is about … the horrors of home-schooling. Specifically, the horrors of "fundamentalist Christian" home-schooling. The cover illustration for the story depicts a sinister windowless log cabin that's supposed to be your typical home school, I guess.....
John Waters: Is Christianity on Life Support In America?
....When did America become the “post-Christian nation”?  By “post-Christian,” I don’t mean “there are no Christians here any longer.” That would be plainly wrong. I mean that our nation has ceased to recognize the religion of the Bible as at the center of our moral imagination, and as the source of the common good. Eisenhower-era civic religion was weak sauce, but it still spoke to the awareness that America understood itself in a Judeo-Christian framework. ..
Tony Gill: Does America Need a Christian Democratic Party?
The American political landscape appears in chaos, and Christians are seemingly under assault in both the legislative arena and judicial system, or so says Hunter Baker, an associate professor of political science at Union University. ..
Alex Hong: Do You Disagree Online Like a Nonbeliever? 
....How are Christians supposed to respond within an argumentative and divisive society? Paul faced a similar situation while writing to a son in the faith named Titus, who lived on the island of Crete, known for its rebellion......
Urban Faith: Saved and Depressed— A Conversation About Faith and Mental Health
When most people look at me, they see a successful, 20-something-year-old woman.... However, what so many do not know is that there was a time when I was dying on the inside. At  25, I suddenly... felt as if there were a ton of bricks on top of my body and I could not move my feet from the bed to the floor.....
David Cloud: Who Is the Twelfth Apostle?
Revelation 21:14 says there are 12 apostles whose names are in the foundations of the eternal city of God, the New Jerusalem. Also Matthew 19:28 says there are apostles who will sit on 12 thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel.   Who is the 12th apostle that takes Judas’ place? Matthias or Paul? ....
David Sills: Five Reasons You Should Read Missionary Biographies ...
....Here are a five specific reasons why reading missionary biographies is wise and helpful to gain needed counsel from those who went before..
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, March 13th, 2017
OneNewsNow: U.K. Street Preachers Fined for 'Abusive,' 'Criminal' Recitation of the Bible
Two Christian street preachers were fined what amounts to thousands of U.S. dollars for allegedly engaging in an “abusive” and “criminal” activity by quoting verses from the King James (KJV) Bible – an argument presented by a public prosecutor in the United Kingdom. Last summer, Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell were arrested while they were preaching in the U.K.’s Bristol city center, and they were later charged with a Public Order Offense for  quoting and speaking about the Bible to pedestrians. Ever since July of last year, the two men have been caught in in a legal battle over what they describe as merely preaching the Gospel and answering questions posed by a crowd about the difference between Islam and Christianity, according to The Christian Institute...
The Stream:Mental Illness and the Church’s Role
....“In general,” says Simpson, “the church tends to handle mental illness in one of three ways: ignore it, treat it exclusively as a spiritual problem, or refer people to professionals and wash our hands of their trouble.” Mental illness affects 25 percent of Americans each year...The Church is often the first place people turn to in a time of need. And Simpson said, “fair or not, the church’s silence or rejection feels like rejection from God.”   Those with mental illness need the Church to walk alongside and support them during a time of crisis.....
Nigerian Pastor Tortured by Government Officials
 A Christian pastor in Nigeria was arrested and tortured on trumped up charges that he used fake money. Christian Today reports that Ejimozor Williams, the pastor of Gracious and Mercy Prophetic International Church in Ayobo state, was accused of using fake money.....
Putin To Netanyahu: Don’t Judge Iran By Biblical Tale
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has urged Israel to focus on modern world affairs, after the visiting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu referred to an ancient legend of an Iranian forefather’s attempt to eradicate the Jewish people....
 
Esther and Mordechai's Tombs Still Standing 2,500 Years Later
Iran is an unlikely place to find the remains of two of Israel's most revered heroes.  The Shia Muslim country isn't shy about its mission to wipe Israel and the Jewish people off the map but thousands of years ago it was the place where Esther and her uncle Mordechai saved Israel. Today, their tombs are tucked away in the city of Hamadan in what many believe was the ancient capital city of Persia...
Eco Collapse: 16 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Live In California
....At one time, California seemed to be the epicenter of the American Dream.  But now people are moving out of the state by the millions, because life in California has literally become a nightmare for so many people...
John Stonestreet: Reza Aslan Doesn't Get Religion
CNN has long struggled to understand religion. But the host of an upcoming documentary takes that cluelessness to a whole new level...
P.J. Media: Why Modern Literature Still Draws from Ancient Psalms
Psalms are, quite literally, the very poetry of faith, and provide something of the sound of music to an Old Testament that in other places can be a dense, hard slog. The poetry of psalms therefore tends to inspire references that serve as significant thematic templates in various literary works.....
 
Michael Snyder: The Dark Secrets
Of The Catholic Church Are Starting To Come Out
There is corruption in virtually every large organization, but those that hold themselves out as “spiritual leaders” need to understand that they are going to be held to a higher standard than everyone else...Most people know that Catholic priests are supposed to be celibate, but most people also know that this is often not the case. But what some priests in Italy has been involved in is shaking the Vatican to the core.....
In First Budget, Trump To Push Conservative View of Government
President Donald Trump sends Congress a proposed budget this week that will sharply test Republicans' ability to keep long-standing promises to bolster the military, making politically painful cuts to a lengthy list of popular domestic programs. The Republican president will ask his adopted political party, which runs Capitol Hill, to cut domestic agencies such as the.....
AINA News: Christian Presence Fading From the Middle East
A new joint report from multiple, nongovernmental organizations claims, "As a consequence of intolerance, persecution and conflict not only communities but entire, ancient, cultures are about to disappear from the region."  A report released in January, indicates that Christians, specifically Chaldean Catholics and others groups, are fading away because of persistent persecution.....
Ancient Origins: Pagans in a Modern World— What is Neopaganism?
Modern Paganism (known also as Neopaganism or Contemporary Paganism) is a movement / group of religions / spiritual traditions centered on the reverence of nature. Modern Paganism borrows and adapts practices from ancient pagan beliefs, along with contemporary religious thought. It may be said that modern Paganism utilizes ancient wisdom to address the needs and concern of the present.  The word ‘pagan’ is derived from Latin, and may be translated to mean ‘country dweller’. This term was first used during the Early Christian period to describe those who had......
Becky Castle Miller: The Ethics of 
Jesus Are Anti-Abuse
....The core of Jesus’ ethics is servanthood, putting self under others to lift them up, not pressing down on them from above in a hierarchical way. The theme of service is the structure on which Jesus built the ethos he gave the church.Jesus told his disciples explicitly to do their work and live their lives by serving, not by holding authority over others.......
Ron Edmondson: Seven Things To Do While You are Waiting on God
Throughout the stories of the Bible we often find God’s people waiting....Waiting is a part of the Christian experience. The waiting times are difficult to endure, especially if you are like me and generally struggle in the area of patience. I’ve learned, however, there are things I can be doing during the wait, which help me prepare when God chooses to act in my life.Are you in a time of waiting? here are some suggestions.......
P.J. Media:  Hawaii Senate Passes Bill Forcing Church To Refer Women To Abortion Clinics
On Wednesday, the Hawaii Senate passed a bill forcing pro-life pregnancy resource centers to refer women to state-provided medical assistance programs which include abortion. This law is particularly troubling because one PRC in Hawaii is actually housed inside a church, so the law would mandate that a church post a notice referring women to a service which includes abortion.......
Five Warnings On Christians’ Thoughtless Use of Technology
....Preachers must realize that most people coming on Sunday morning are being trained to be information gathers only. And those preachers that present the Bible as words about God are nurturing a people to be hearers of the Word only. The Internet Age demands preaching that presents the Bible not as words about God, but rather as words from God. ...
Joe Scarborough Cites Scripture to Hit Conservatives
....Marshall said, “Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us.’ There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves … ...
 
Ch. Today: Farewell, Jesus Junk? Christian Retail Finds a Deeper Purpose
....When America’s biggest Christian chain, Family Christian Stores, announced last month that it would be shutting its doors, a small number of Christian bookstore cynics brought up  the shallower content its stores promoted alongside Bibles and Christian classics. The speculated silver lining: Did Family Christian’s closure mean consumers were turning away from the celebrity books, inspirational titles, and “Jesus junk”?....
Indiana Lawmakers Considering Bill Protecting Religious Expression in Public Schools 
Lawmakers in Indiana are considering a bill that would protect religious expression in public schools, from student prayer to the wearing of religious symbols and messages and the citation of one’s religious beliefs in school assignments......
Joshua Jenkins: A Small Church In a Mega-Church World
There are times when pastors and members of small churches can feel discouraged when they look at their numbers. The people of God long to see their churches full of souls who are being saved and shepherded. It is tempting to look online at your favorite preacher’s church and see scores of people who pour into his church’s services. Our culture is consumed with results and numbers as a way of validation.....
Thom Rainer: Seven Reasons the Pastor’s Honeymoon Ends......
Enjoy the honeymoon while it lasts.  It will end for most of you. I love hearing from pastors and other church staff about their honeymoons and the reasons they ended. Here are the top seven reasons I compiled from those conversations..
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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, March 11th-12th, 2017
North Korea Could Have Missile Capable of Striking US In 'the Next Few Years'
Bruce Klingner, a former CIA deputy division chief for Korea, said the isolated nation is closer than people realize to developing a nuclear missile that could cross the ocean and strike the U.S. “We can expect an [intercontinental ballistic missile] test this year with full capability within the next few years,” Klingner said.....
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Randy Alcorn: Lottery Winner Says Winning 'Has Ruined My Life'
One of the great ironies of gambling is that the vast majority of people lose money, while the few who win discover money doesn’t make them happy—and often it actually ruins their lives! One study reported that “six months after winning the lottery, you are likely to be no happier than if you had been paralyzed in a car crash.”...
Too Public Baptism: Ex-Muslim Loses Lawsuit Against Church
After a Syrian Muslim man converted to Christianity, he asked to be baptized by First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. The pastor agreed, and on December 30, 2012, the man was baptized in front of the PC(USA) congregation....
Christian Group Compassion Int'l Closes India Operations Amid Crackdown by Hindu Nationalists
U.S.-based Christian child sponsorship organization Compassion International has announced it's ending its programs in India next week amid an ongoing crackdown by the country's Hindu nationalist government on nonprofits that receive foreign funds to stop conversions of Hindus to Christianity...
David Weinberger: Why Nobody Has A Right To Health Care
....But just because our rights are secured by government, it does not follow that they must be provided by government. This means that while it is correct to suggest that people have a right to food, it is incorrect to say that the state must provide it...
AP: Church Cops? Congregation Eyes Its Own Unusual Police Force
Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon add something that no other American church has: its own police force........
Washington Examiner: Daylight Saving Time May Be Killing You
Moving the clock ahead one hour for daylight saving time is saving energy for the conservation fight, but it's also leading to more depression and heart attacks, making it hazardous to your health....
Breitbart: Air Force Troops Warned Not to Use Words Such as ‘Boy’ and ‘Girl’–Might Be Deemed Offensive
An email saying that certain words such as “boy,” “girl,” and “blackmail” should not be used was sent to Airmen at Joint Base San Antonio Texas, the Daily Mail reported.  The email included an attachment with a list of words that “may be construed as offensive.” “You people” also made the list, as well as “colonial,” “blacklist,” and the phrase “blondes have more fun.”...
Strangling the Pro-Life Movement: What in the World Is Going On In France?
The French pro-life movement risks being crippled by a proposed new law that would criminalize any website that tries to persuade a woman not to have an abortion.  Anyone convicted under the so-called ‘crime of digital interference’ law could get two years in prison and a $31,000 fine...
Sarah Zagorski: A Failed Abortion Saved My Life
Twenty-seven years ago, an infamous New Orleans abortionist told a woman she should let her baby girl die on the delivery table. The baby, born at 26.5 weeks, wasn’t breathing....I am so thankful she didn’t listen. It’s the reason I’m here today to tell you my story.....
Public Protests Defeat Pro-Transgender Bill in New Hampshire
A wave of public protests persuaded New Hampshire state legislators to reject a pro-transgender bill that would have allowed men to walk into girls’ and women’s restrooms, showers, and other public facilities...H.B. 478, which was intended to prohibit “discrimination based on gender identity,” was tabled by a vote of 187-179 amid intense controversy within the state.....
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UK Telegraph: Archaeologists Hail 'Big Discovery' In Egypt as Statue 'Depicting Ramses II' Is Unearthed 
...The quartzite statue was found broken into several pieces in the Matariyyah neighborhood of Cairo by a German-Egyptian archaeological team, which first discovered the chest before locating its jaw and then eventually its crown....
Ethiopian Girls Charged With ‘Inciting Religious Violence’ Released From Prison ...
Four teenage believers, three of them minors, served a one-month jail sentence after being convicted on charges of distributing Christian literature and “inciting religious violence.”
Daily Signal: India's New Restrictions on Religious Liberty Threaten Critical Aid to the Poor.....
In a sad development, the government of India is clamping down on religious liberty, and impoverished children stand to lose the most.
Christian Post: Beloved Bible Study Teacher Shot In Head on Way Home From Prayer Meeting
A family and community are now grappling with heartbreak after Catherine Kennedy, a beloved Bible study teacher at the Church of St. Timothy in Escondido, California, was fatally shot in the head as she drove home from church during a gang crossfire Tuesday night....
Robert Tracinski: Obamacare’s Defenders Have No Idea What Insurance Is   ....
Obamacare defenders think insurance is just 'sharing,' as if all they need to know they learned in kindergarten and economics didn't exist.
David Cloud: Historical Evidence for the Existence of Jesus
 A few of the more radical skeptics deny that Jesus was an historical person. This is called “the Jesus myth.” Following is a refutation of the myth of the Jesus myth.......
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