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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR MARCH 21st-31st, 2017
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Glenn Moots: The Bible and Colonial America
....The overlapping boundaries of church and civil society were the subject of a longstanding controversy in Christendom that did not originate in America, and for this reason, Noll’s history begins in the Old World. In the first century of the Reformation, magisterial Protestants—especially Reformed Protestants—used the Bible to advance a close partnership of church and state. “Radical” Protestants, by contrast—especially those in the Anabaptist tradition—often used the Bible as a tool to dismantle the political institutions of Christendom. In subsequent centuries, other Protestant denominations landed somewhere on a continuum between advancing and undermining this church-state partnership, depending on their own theology and political status. This debate within Protestantism over the proper authority of church and state continued when Protestants reached the New World: In Virginia and other southern colonies, Anglicans clung to establishment as long as possible. ...
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Christianity Today: This Unpaid Pensions Case Could Crush Christian Hospitals
The US Supreme Court recentlyheard a trio of lawsuits on pension plans at Christian hospital systems. So far, the panel of justices seems torn over whether religiously affiliated employers fall under federal requirements for pension benefits. Churches are exempt from the US Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). But the current cases challenge whether such standards.....
Muslim Professor Insists Jesus Wasn't Crucified, Christian Student Suspended After Disagreeing
A Christian college student has been suspended after allegedly challenging his Muslim professor’s claims that Jesus wasn’t crucified and that his disciples did not think he was God. Marshall Polston, a sophomore at Rollins College in Florida, was suspended after disagreeing with these assertions made by his professor, Areej Zufari, in his Middle Eastern humanities class, as reported by The College Fix.....
Lifezette: The ‘Religious Left’ Is On the Move
Harboring illegals, advocating for climate change ... Trump's policies may have spurred the leftist Christian minority population to action...
With President Donald Trump’s election to office, Christian progressives have taken a more vocal stance on issues such as climate change and social justice — while conservative Christians are holding their ground....
After Dramatic Obamacare Failure, Trump Now Faces A Looming Government Shutdown He May Not Be Able To Prevent
If you thought that the Obamacare debacle was bad, just wait until you see what happens next.  The continuing resolution that is currently funding the government expires on April 28th, and if a new funding agreement is not reached prior to that time, there will be a government shutdown like we witnessed in 2013 starting on April 29th.  ...
Christian Post: Five Reactions to 'The Benedict Option'
Best-selling conservative author Rod Dreher has created debate over the direction of American Christianity and its relation to mainstream society with his recently released book, "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation."....
Pakistan Orders Facebook to Police 'Blasphemy' Online, Facebook Obeys
....Pakistani officials called on Facebook to block blasphemous content online from appearing in the country. Anyone posting the content will face fines, imprisonment, or death. Facebook representatives will visit Pakistan this week to discuss the issue.....
Mark H. Creech: The Transgender Bathroom Battle Is Winnable
This week, the NCAA ratcheted up the pressure on North Carolina lawmakers to repeal HB 2, "the bathroom law." The collegiate sports group has laid down a clear ultimatum – repeal quickly or forfeit championship events being located in the Tar Heel state through 2022....
Cloud: Depression and the Child of God
Following are some biblical truths that we must understand about depression and emotional melancholy. The quotes from Charles Spurgeon are from Lectures to My Students unless otherwise noted. We quote him because he described his depression so plainly and gave some excellent instruction about it.....
Kent Brandenburg: Church Membership and the Marriage Covenant
Marriage is a covenant that cannot be dissolved by any human authority.  Jesus said in Matthew 19:6, "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."  The condition of a marriage might not be good.  He or she or both might neglect, disobey, or fail, but the covenant of marriage is not broken by these. Marriage isn't a contract.  Contracts are broken when one or more parties fails to keep its promise. Scripture compares a covenant to the ties between a parent and a child......
 
Fox News: Despite Some Tensions, Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba
....Pastors and worshippers say Cuba is in the middle of a boom in evangelical worship, with tens of thousands of Cubans worshipping unmolested across the island each week.While the government now recognizes freedom of religion, it doesn't grant the right to build churches or other religious structures. It has demolished a handful of churches in recent years.....
Five Ways Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers and Clinics Can Save More Babies
The president of a national pro-life organization that has saved thousands of babies born to abortion-determined mothers says pro-life health clinics and pregnancy centers are becoming more effective at reaching pregnant mothers and persuading them to choose life.....
Roger Olson: Whatever Happened to 'Friendship with Jesus?'
If Christian song writers and performers and congregations have new songs with this theme/motif, I would be glad to know about it . . . This theme/motif seems to have dropped away almost entirely. How can something that central, prominent, signal, crucial to a type of Christian spirituality drop away entirely and something valuable not be lost?..
David R. Brumbelow: Saint David
 Yes, you read that right.  I am a saint.  And I have the Bible, God’s Word, to back up my claim.  Some believe “saint” means a really good person...Some believe a saint is a person so named by a church denomination...According to Holy Scripture, there is basically one rule for becoming a saint.  That rule is that the candidate has personally trusted Jesus Christ as  Lord and Savior. ..
William Barcley: The Bible Commands Christians to Tithe
Does the Bible command Christians to tithe and, if so, is the baseline 10 percent as expressed in the Old Testament? I believe the answer is yes. The tithe is essential for holiness, vital for the ongoing work of Christ’s church, and required for receiving God’s blessing. My argument, in a nutshell, is this: The requirement to tithe preceded the Mosaic law, was codified in it with ceremonial aspects added, and was affirmed by Jesus as binding on his followers......
Tim Challies: The Particular Temptations of Young Men
...Today Solomon might write about ever-present amusements, the proliferation of porn, the rise of sexting, the sense of meaninglessness that so often pervades the minds and spirits of young men. I love to spend time with young men, to counsel them, and to assure them that this time in their lives has great significance. I find a number of common temptations they face while passing through their teens and twenties......
CBN News: 'There's a New Sheriff in Town'Ambassador Nikki Haley Vows to Take on the UN
....It's Haley that's being called the "star of the conference," with her pro-Israel remarks and strong stance against the U.N.'s criticism of Israel.  "The days of Israel bashing are over," she said. "You're not going to take our number one democratic friend in the Middle East and beat up on him." "For anyone that says you can't get anything done at the U.N., they need to know there's a new sheriff in town," Haley said confidently. ..
Christian University Wrongly Fired Pregnant Professor, Judge Rules
A federal judge has ruled that administrators at a small evangelical Christian college in Oregon illegally discriminated against a former professor when they fired her because she got pregnant out of wedlock and then refused an ultimatum to either marry her boyfriend or leave him.....
National Geographic: Tomb of Christ at Risk of 'Catastrophic' Collapse
Scientists have discovered that there is a "very real risk" that the holiest site in Christianity may collapse if nothing is done to shore up its unstable foundations. A scientific team from the National Technical University of Athens, which has just completed the restoration.....
Thom Rainer: Nine Changes Churches Must Make Or Die
....Around 200 churches will close this week, maybe more. The pace will accelerate unless our congregations make some dramatic changes. The need is urgent. For many of your churches the choice is simple: change or die....
Brown: Do the Work of an Evangelist
Many churches do not have an active evangelism program. This lack of evangelism has led to two negative consequences: 1) fewer people have the opportunity to hear the gospel message and receive the Lord, and 2) the lack of new believers leads to the decline of our churches. Churches in America die at an alarming rate. Some 4,000 churches close every year, and the United States has one-third fewer churches than in 1950. ....
H.B. Charles: God Does Not Answer 'Selfie' Prayers!
....Personal cameras were designed to allow us to capture special sites, events, and persons in our lives. But the rear-facing camera has become more important than the front-facing one. Who knew that for most people the most special thing they can capture in a picture is themselves? Beware, lest the “selfie” mindset infiltrate your prayer life.A.....
 Matt Smethurst: Five Christian Clichés That Need to Die 
....A good sentence is a gift. We love finding complex truth shrinkwrapped in clear, simple, memorable form....But one-liners aren’t always helpful. Sometimes, in our desire to simplify truth, we can trivialize and even obscure it. And to obscure the truth is to tell a lie. Here are five popular Christian clichés that are not biblical, and therefore need a memorial service....
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Prophecy News Watch: How Many Americans Have A Biblical Worldview?
A single hot-button issue so often dominates the news today that we may lose sight of the forest for the trees and forget the deeper and more far reaching importance of a person's worldview and how he or she acts on that core set of beliefs.  A pair of recent studies have attempted to assess the extent to which Americans hold a truly Biblical world view and where they fall short. ..
CBN News: California Bill Bans Churches from Enforcing Religious Beliefs
A new California bill could prevent faith-based organizations from enforcing their own ethical standards and codes. Many religious organizations ask new employees to sign a code of conduct that aligns with what the Bible says about abortion, contraception, and sex outside of marriage. However, a new bill called AB 569 calls these provisions discriminatory and says they should be banned.....
The Christian's Over-Consumption of Internet Media
Whether it’s Facebook or internet pørn, it’s really easy to spend sections of your day staring at your device, be it phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. There are general principles from scripture I think we do well to remember; these can give us guidance.....
Female Athletes Crushed By ‘Women Who Were Once Men’
You’ve heard the expression, “Boys will be boys.” But what happens when a brawny boy wants to be one of the girls – fiercely competing with females in weightlifting, brutally tackling girls on the football field or even dealing powerful knockout punches to ladies in a mixed martial-arts cage?...
Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Sanctuary Cities Protect Child Rapists, Murderers, Risk Billions in Federal Dollars
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made an appearance at Monday’s White House press briefing to warn sanctuary jurisdictions in the country that they could lose their portion of $4.1 billion in grants from the Department of Justice if they continue to protect murderers, child rapists, and drug traffickers illegally present in the United States.....
Supreme Court Appears Split Over Religious Accommodations For Pension Laws
The Supreme Court appeared split along ideological lines over a case concerning the scope of pension benefits religiously-affiliated nonprofits are federally required to provide for their employees during arguments Monday. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) sets minimum standards for all voluntary pension plans. Congress amended the law in 1980 to accommodate churches and religious......
Sessions Announces Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he’ll begin punishing sanctuary cities, withholding potentially billions of dollars in federal money — and even clawing back funds that had been doled out in the past...
Study: Children Born to Married Parents More Likely to Experience Family Stability
Children who are born to parents who are married are more likely to experience family stability than children born out-of-wedlock, according to a recently published report.....
Pakistan Christians Called to Protest Police Failure in Rape, Murder of Christian Girl
A group is calling for Christians in Pakistan to unite in protest against the apparent inaction and apathy of police and courts in the brutal murder of Tania Mariyam, a 12-year-old Christian schoolgirl whose body was found in January in a canal with strange froth in her mouth........
Iraqi Christians on U.S. President – ‘We Have Confidence in Trump!’
In a new video, a number of Christians living in Iraq expressed their admiration for U.S. President Donald Trump, and their hope that he will make good on promises to assist them and come down hard on the Islamic State. Asked “What do you think of Donald Trump?” several members of the clergy as well as lay Christians answered that they sensed.....
Democrats Delay Senate Vote On Supreme Court Nominee
Democrats are delaying for one week an initial committee vote on Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the committee, said Democrats had requested that the committee's vote on Gorsuch be punted to next week.....
Reuters: 'Religious Left' Emerging as U.S. Political Force In Trump Era
Since President Donald Trump's election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York's Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw...."The election of Trump has been a clarion call to progressives in the Protestant and Catholic churches in America to move out of a place of primarily professing progressive policies to taking action..." ...
Americans Are Fleeing the Big Cities
The populations of some of our largest cities are steadily shrinking, and many experts are completely mystified by the seismic demographic shifts that we are now witnessing.....
105-Year-Old Woman Reveals Secret for Long Life— Jesus
Florence Motley turns 105 this week, making her the oldest African- American citizen in the state of Washington.  Born in 1912, Motley has seen 19 presidential elections, two World Wars, the women's suffrage and the civil rights movement.  While many are trying to discover the key to long life, she says the answer is simple: Jesus.....
Christian Post: Vimeo Allows Jihadists and Porn But Shuts Down Ex-Gay Christian Testimony
If Jesus has changed your life and set you free from homosexual practice, your testimony is not welcome on Vimeo — not now, not ever.....
The Evidence That Russia Hacked The DNC Is Collapsing
The allegation – now accepted as incontrovertible fact by the “mainstream” media – that the Russian intelligence services hacked the Democratic National Committee in an effort to help Donald Trump get elected recently suffered a blow from which it may not recover.....
Christian Post: ISIS Burns Three Women Alive for Refusing to Slaughter Innocent Civilians
Despite being pushed out of most of Mosul by Iraqi-led coalition forces, the Islamic State terrorist organization is still killing people in the most heinous ways and it has reportedly burned three women alive who refused to kill other non-civilians.....
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, March 27th, 2017
Relevant Mag: Putin's War on Christianity Is the Russia Issue That Can't Be Ignored
Russia is all over the news lately. While the country has been in the headlines for months now because of questions about the Russia’s connection to our current administration, it’s important to realize that there are also things happening to Russian citizens at the hands of their government that should not be ignored.  Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government have been connected to scores of human rights violations, from restrictions on religion to privacy to violence. Here are just four examples of ways that the Russian government is cracking down on citizens....One of Putin’s most recent controversial moves happened in July 2016 when Putin signed a set of laws, known as the Yarovaya laws, billed as anti-terrorism that banned evangelizing outside of designated religious locations. Based on the law, which has already resulted in religious figures being arrested.......
Michael Kruger: Five Warning Signs For the Church In a ‘Facebook Culture’
....We live in a world where technology advances at  a mind- boggling pace, particularly in the area of “social media”...We are (supposedly) more connected, more in touch, in better communication than ever before....Yet  I must ask the question: What effect does “social media” technology have on the way we view the church? On the way we conceive of life in Christ’s body?  Here are a five characteristics of a “Facebook culture” we must reckon with as believers..........
Michael Snyder: Scientists Warn That the Coming California Megaquake Could Plunge Large Portions of the State Into the Ocean
Over the years, many people have been shown that someday a giant earthquake will cause significant portions of California to fall into the ocean. But up until now, most scientists have disputed the idea that this could ever actually happen. Well, now all of that has changed. According to a brand new study, a megaquake along the west coast “could plunge large parts of California into the sea almost instantly”. In fact, the researchers that conducted this study say that it is almost certain to happen eventually. Of course they probably don’t believe that such an event is imminent or else they would be moving out of the state like so many other people are. ....
Ruddy: Trump Is Still the Winner After Ryan Plan Fails
President Donald Trump dodged a political bullet with the House's failure to pass their Obamacare replacement. At the same time, this Congressional fiasco has opened a broad door for the president to create a new bipartisan consensus in passing future legislation....
Associated Press Urges Reporters Not to Mention Existence of Gender
....Ladies and gentlemen, the Associated Press has decided to unrecognize the existence of gender. Because gender is now politically incorrect. What might have been parody once is now just the media in the death grip of an insane left.   No gender please, we're leftists...
Religion News: Russell Moore Faces a Challenging Road Ahead
For Russell Moore, whose sharp criticisms of Donald Trump voters nearly cost him his job as the public voice for America’s largest Protestant denomination, the path to regaining a prophetic platform is just beginning. Moore started down that trail this week. After apologizing for being “unnecessarily harsh” during the campaign, he received a vote of confidence from.....
Katy Perry Mocks Her Christian Upbringing While Receiving Homosexual Advocacy Award
Pop star Katheryn Hudson, who goes by the stage name Katy Perry, mocked her Christian upbringing on Saturday as she received an award from a prominent homosexal advocacy organization....
Muslim Converts Breathe New Life Into Europe's Struggling Christian Churches
Christianity is making a comeback in Europe – and it’s mostly thanks to Muslims, say experts in Islam and faith leaders.A soaring number of Muslims, many of them refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are converting to Christianity, breathing new life into Europe’s once floundering Christian churches....
The Worst Retail Cataclysm Ever: Sears Warns It Is On The Verge Of Collapse As Payless Prepares To File For Bankruptcy
...Sears has announced that it is on the verge of imminent collapse.  Meanwhile, Payless stunned the retail industry when it came out that they are preparing to file for bankruptcy.  The “retail apocalypse”  is greatly accelerating, and many believe that this is one of the early warning signs that the economic collapse will soon reach U.S. shores. ....
 
Pence: Trump Is Seriously Considering Moving U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem
Vice President Mike Pence said President Trump continues to mull moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would overturn decades of foreign policy."The president is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," Pence said before the annual meeting Sunday of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest pro-Israel group in the country...
Vice-President Pence Kicks Off Pro-Israel Conference in Washington DC. 
They came in support of the Jewish state, to celebrate culture, discuss the latest in Israeli technology but mostly they came to talk policy. Each year 18,000 visitors descend on the AIPAC policy conference. It gives Israel supporters a chance to get up close and personal with the politicians directly impacting US-Israel relations.....
CBN News: Child Brides Are a Huge Issue Across the U.S.
When most Americans hear about child marriage, the news is typically related to kids living in far away places like Thailand, India and Niger. But a series of new public reports released in February of this year reinvigorated an old call to action related to helping the girls and women who have fallen victim to child marriage in the United States. A place where many don’t even know the horrific act actually exists......
Daughter of Police Officer Ordered To Remove ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Flag … From Her Home
A Florida homeowner was ordered to remove a “Blue Lives Matter” flag she has displayed for years to honor her father and other police officers — active, retired and killed in the line of duty — because a neighbor complained it was racist...But his daughter’s homeowner association sent her a letter telling her to remove the flag because id didn’t conform to its regulations.....
Megachurch Pastor Says Hell, Not Heaven, Is Everyone's Default Destination
Many people believe that as long as they don't commit a major sin or crime while on earth, they will go to heaven when they die.  ..
CBN News: Outrage Grows as Illegal Immigrant Student Charged in High School Rape Case
A Maryland high school is keeping their security tight after a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two students in the school's bathroom. One of the accused students is said to be residing illegally in the country. The two suspects, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez and 17-year-old Jose Montano, have been charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense.....
Study: People Least Afraid Of Death Are Atheists Or Very Religious
Atheists and very religious people are the least afraid of death, according to a new study. The study found fear of death was correlated with religiosity in an “inverse-U pattern,” meaning moderately religious people are the most afraid of death. Higher levels of religiosity are linked to lower levels of death anxiety, but so is having no religion whatsoever. Researchers say their findings debunk the notion that fear of death is a primary motivator for religious belief...
Chaplains Allowed to Pray at Air Force Base Despite Atheist Complaints
Chaplains will continue to be allowed to pray at the New Hampshire Air National Guard base although an atheist organization tried to put an end to the prayers. OneNewsNow.com reports that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to the New Hampshire Air National Guard demanding that they disallow prayer during military ceremonies.....
Student in Underwear Gets Transgender Shock; School Says 'Tolerate' It
A Pennsylvania high school student is suing his school district after a transgender student surprised him while both were undressing in the locker room. Attorneys for the student say he was standing in his underwear in the locker room in the Boyertown Area Senior High School changing for PE class when he realized that a transgender male was in the room wearing shorts and a bra. He quickly finished changing and left the locker room......
Mere Orthodoxy: I Am iPhone: How Our Tech Endangers Our Relationships
...Certain family therapy theorists maintain that when you are working with a couple, there are always three people in the room to consider: the man, the woman, and the relationship itself. The more I have begun to work with couples, the more I’ve realized that this maxim is actually a half-truth. There are three people in the room, but far too often the third ‘person’ is one partner’s smartphone.......
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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, March 25th-26th, 2017
Does the 'Cyrus Prophecy' Help Explain Evangelical Support for Donald Trump? 
“Donald Trump is anointed by God,” my Indianapolis Uber driver confided. I’d asked why she had Trump/Pence stickers on her rear bumper. It was the day before the presidential election and I would have asked anyone, but I was particularly interested because she was a decorous, middle-aged black woman. “Well,” she’d begun, “I’m a Christian and I’m very much against abortion, and I don’t approve of same-sex marriage either. And, Mr Trump has said he’ll appoint supreme court justices who agree.”  I told her I understood. Still, I wondered how she could support someone so greedy and self-aggrandizing, so profane and offensive to women and minorities, someone who seemed so “un-Christian”. “Yessss,” she responded slowly. “You’re right. But he doesn’t have to be a Christian to be part of God’s plan. Our minister says he’s come to tear down the corrupt order just as Nebuchadnezzar did.” ....
Scientists Warn Megaquake Could Plunge Parts Of California Into Ocean
Over the years, many people have been shown that someday a giant earthquake will cause significant portions of California to fall into the ocean.  But up until now, most scientists have disputed the idea that this could ever actually happen.  Well, now all of that has changed.  According to a brand new study, a megaquake along the west coast "could plunge large parts of California into the sea almost instantly".  In fact, the researchers conducted......
Washington Free Beacon: How Washington Handed Donald Trump His First Defeat
President Trump and his advisers ought to study the collapse of the American Health Care Act. It’s a case study in how Beltway institutions—the so-called Swamp Trump pledged to drain—can herd a president and his party toward unpopular legislation and political defeat. Begin with this question: Why the rush to repeal and replace Obamacare? Yes, repealing the law has been a Republican priority since 2010. But Democrats had spent decades laying the groundwork for universal health care before finding themselves in control of the government in......
Bruce Ashford: The Intellectual In Canada Who Unmasked Political Idolatry In America—  Or,  Why Politics Won't Save Us
The 2016 election cycle put on full display the dysfunctional, vitriolic travesty that is American politics and public life. Any person with only the dimmest spark of critical reflectiveness can recognize the social, cultural, and political breakdown in our nation. Of course, the more difficult task is to identify the causes of that breakdown and offer a way forward. ....
Domenech: Failure Of Health Care Bill Is An Indictment Of GOP Leadership
AHCA failure is a failure for the president, but it’s much more a failure for House leadership and Paul Ryan. They had seven years to prepare for this moment, and they failed to do so sufficiently.....
Christian Post: Half of 2014 Federal Arrests Involved Immigration Offense; DOJ Calls for Enforcement
The Department of Justice renewed its call to enforce immigration laws Thursday as newly released data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics show half of all federal arrests in 2014 was for an immigration-related offense..
Donald Trump’s State Department Gives Green Light to the Keystone XL Pipeline
President Donald Trump has given the green light to the Keystone XL pipeline that will transport crude oil from Canadian oil-well to the refineries and ports in the United States, after then-President Barack Obama put the project on hold in 2012 to please climate change activists.....
Only The Beginning - Male Transgenders Begin To Dominate Female Sports
....When it comes to the weightlifting competition, one of the other lifters said, "We all deserve to be on an even playing field. It's difficult when you believe that you're not. If it's not even, why are we doing the sport?" Exactly? Why compete at all? Why have men compete against men and women compete against women? Why have weight classes? ...
 
Islamic State Supporters Celebrate 'Blessed' Westminster Terror Attack
Supporters of Islamic State have praised the deadly attack in Westminster, justifying the killings as “revenge” for the second Gulf war and air strikes on the terror group in Iraq and Syria. Using the encrypted social media site Telegram, other terror sympathisers described the bloodshed in London as “blessed” on a pro-Islamic State message board.....
High School Gang Rape Isn't Slowing Maryland Sanctuary Bill
 Maryland is moving forward with “sanctuary state” legislation shielding illegal aliens even after the rape of a 14-year-old girl by two illegals in a Maryland high school bathroom during school hours last week outraged state residents from Hagerstown to Ocean City.....
Paul Tautges: Making the Wisest  Use of Our Time
Every week, each of us has 168 hours. If we were to try to account for those hours, we may allocate about 56 hour s to sleep and 40-60 hours for employment, including commutes. That leaves 50-70 hours....Once all of that is factored into the equation, the average American still has 5 hours and 13 minutes a day for leisure activities. That should lead us to ask ourselves a few questions.”....
David Murray: 10 Mistakes Churches Make with Special Needs Families
What mistakes do Churches make when it comes to special needs families?  Here are some....
Jordan Standridge:
To the Unknown Pastor
 I believe that God has men whom He has specifically placed around the world that bring Him glory every single Sunday, and no one other than their congregations know anything about them.....
Daniel Greenfield: A Week of Terror and Diversity In Europe
On Saturday, Ziyed Ben Belgacem pays a visit to Orly Airport in Paris. He grabs a female soldier from behind and grapples for her rifle while holding a pellet gun to her head. He warns the other soldiers to drop their rifles and raise their hands. He shouts, "I am here to die in the name of Allah ... There will be deaths."....
Lifezette:Why Christians Are Drawn to Health Care Cost-Sharing Ministries
You might not be familiar with cost-sharing health care ministries, in which Christians voluntarily share each other’s medical expenses. But with health care such a hot topic across the nation right now, it’s time to look at this alternative health care option...
Christians Detained for Attempting to Pray for China's National People's Congress
As China commenced a meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC) the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on March 5, Beijing police detained two Christians who had travelled to pray for the proceedings. Officers patrolling the Great Hall of the People in Beijing detained Zhou Jinxia from Dalian, Liaoning, and Shi Xinhong from Bengbu, Anhui, after they attempted to enter the.......
CBN News: Is a Muslim Takeover of Britain Already Underway? 
As Britons absorb the latest terror attack, there are some who have predicted a Muslim takeover of Britain is already underway.It's not happening with bombs or guns, but through a steadily growing Muslim population that's fueled by mass immigration and a high birth rate....
Kentucky Abortion Law Faces Its First Legal Challenge
HB 2 requires doctors to perform an ultrasound and show their patients pictures, explaining the images in detail. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), argue that it is unconstitutional." ....
Don Johnson: Your Part In Missions
....You have an obligation to the world – an obligation to preach the gospel. Since you can’t be everywhere, your obligation can be fulfilled by a deputy. That’s why we send missionaries. To fulfill our own function in another location, whether it be a church-planting ministry in our own nation or one in some foreign field. Our field is the world, we ought to be busy evangelizing our......
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Headlines & Articles — Friday, March 24th, 2017
Stock Rally Sputters After Vote on Health Bill Is Delayed
After a promising start, U.S. stock indexes gave up an early rally and ended mostly lower Thursday after Republicans delayed a vote on their health care bill and left investors concerned about delays for the business- friendly agenda of President Trump....
ISIS Claims Responsibility for London Terror Attack by British-Born Muslim
The attacker who killed three people near the British parliament before being shot dead was British-born and was once investigated by MI5 intelligence agents over concerns about violent extremism, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday......
CBN News: Rex Tillerson 'I Didn't Want This Job. My Wife Told MeGod's Not Through With You.'
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobile mogul, has had to translate President Donald Trump's priority of putting America first into a workable foreign policy, but he never really wanted the job.  "I didn't want this job. I didn't seek this job," Tillerson said. "My wife told me I'm supposed to do this," he added. "She said, 'I told you -- God's not through with you.' "...
Katy Perry Attacks Christianity Because She's Weak
Pop singer Katy Perry knew she was among friends as she took yet another shot at Christianity in her remarks to the notoriously anti-Christian Human Right's Campaign at their annual gala dinner in Los Angeles.....
Politico: Trump's Communications May Have Been Collected By Government
Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under U.S. government surveillance following November’s presidential election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday.....
British Prime Minister Says ‘Islamist’ Westminster Attack Was ‘Not Islamic’
The Prime Minister has said the “Islamist” attack on Parliament was not “Islamic” and Islam is a “great faith”. Taking on the role of a theologian, Theresa May insisted: “It is wrong to describe this as Islamic terrorism. It is Islamist terrorism. It is a perversion of a great faith.”....
Controversy Brews Over Texas High School's Prayer Room
A Texas high school's on-site prayer room -- which serves as a spot where Muslim students can pray -- is stirring controversy.....
Hitler's Final Minutes in Bunker Detailed by His Last Bodyguard
Adolf Hitler’s final minutes in his Berlin bunker in 1945 have been detailed by his bodyguard, one of the last people to see the Nazi dictator alive and the first person to see him dead. As a bodyguard he saw lots, including walking in on Eva Braun in a "flimsy nightie." .....
Here’s Why Nunes’ Obama Spying Revelations Are Such A Big Deal
House Intel Chief Devin Nunes revealed Obama's intelligence agencies may have been improperly spreading significant information about Trump's transition....
Gorsuch: Gay Marriage 'Absolutely Settled Law.' Should Conservatives Be Concerned?
President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch agreed Tuesday during his Senate confirmation hearing that the court's ruling in 2015 that legalized same-sex marriage is "absolutely settled law."....
Free Beacon: IRS: Conservative Groups Wait, Satanic Club Granted Tax-Exempt Status in 10 Days
The Internal Revenue Service made Tea Party and conservative groups wait years for tax-exempt status, but granted exempt status to an "After School Satan Club" in just 10 days, according to Judicial Watch.....
Princeton Seminary Bows to Protest, Revokes Award for Tim Keller
Princeton Seminary says it will not give an award to Tim Keller, one of America's most influential Christian conservative thinkers, because he does not believe in the ordination of women and sexually active LGBTQ people. Keller, who is senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, was supposed to receive the seminary's Prize for.......
The Wrap: Millennials Don't Consider Themselves Adults Until 30
According to new research by CBS’ TV ratings guru David Poltrack and Nielsen Catalina Solutions, the youngest millennials should be graduating college this year — but that doesn’t mean they all consider themselves adults. According to new research by CBS’ TV ratings guru David Poltrack and Nielsen Catalina Solutions, the youngest millennials should be graduating college this year — but that doesn’t mean all consider themselves adults...
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Headlines & Articles — Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
Daily Signal: London Attack Shows Challenge of Stopping Terrorism In the Age of ISIS
....Before Wednesday, Britain had not suffered a major terrorist attack since the rise of the Islamic State, or ISIS, unlike the U.S., France, Belgium, and Germany. But the United Kingdom long has been an attractive target for terrorists. British intelligence services, considered some of the best in the world, have foiled planned attacks before they happened. Long before the most recent threats, Britain maintained a comprehensive, preventive approach to counterterrorism, beginning its efforts shortly after the 2005 bombings by Islamist terrorists of.....
Christian Headlines:1400-Year-old Coins Left By Persecuted Christians Found in Israel
 A collection of ancient bronze coins that are thought to have belonged to Christians have been discovered on the highway to Jerusalem in an archaeological dig. The coins are from the late Byzantine era of the seventh century CE. The Israel Antiquities Authority found them. The coins have the image of the emperors under which they were made. These coins had emperors Justinian (483-565 AD), Maurice (539-602 CE) and Phocas (547-610 CE)...Archaeologists believe that Christians left the stash as they were fleeing from Persians during the Sassanid Persian invasion in 614 CE. That was the end of the Eastern Roman Empire.....
 
CBN News: Deadly Terrorist Attack Shakes Britain, Driver Mowed Down Victims
The head of counterterrorism at London's Metropolitan Police, says four people have died in a terror incident in London. The attacker mowed people down in a car and stabbed a police officer. Mark Rowley says some 20 people have been wounded and Parliament was locked down. A search is underway to make certain no other attackers are......
Trump Will Be Commencement Speaker at Liberty University 
The Brody File has learned that President Donald Trump will deliver the upcoming commencement address at Liberty University on Saturday, May 13th. The influential college bills itself as the “largest Christian university in the world.”...
Federal Court Says Prayer In School Board Meeting Is OK
A federal appeals court has ruled that a Texas school board can open its meetings with student led prayer.  Since 1997, the Birdville school board has allowed students to open board meetings with prayer, often referring to Jesus Christ and inviting audience members to pray. The American Humanist Association....
Tim Challies: Eight Ways God Turns Temptations to Blessings
....God overrules even temptations so they benefit us instead of harming us.  Just as a tree which is blown by the wind is settled and rooted deeper into the ground, the coming of a temptation simply settles the Christian deeper into divine grace. Here are eight ways God brings good from temptation. .....
Ed Vasicek: Spring Fever Is Real
When I first entered the ministry back in 1979, it did not take long to notice a remarkable surge in activity around Spring. The counseling load got out of hand, married couples began arguing or complaining of discontent, and people were doggedly determined to make changes... I concluded that Spring Fever is first and foremost a matter of discontent. ...
Jenkins: On Emotionalism and the Gospel
...Leader, the gospel frees you from forcing emotions. The gospel is the power of God to save. You may be able to force an emotional response, but you are utterly incapable of forcing a heart or life change in someone. And that’s freeing. When you trade....
Michael Snyder: Why Does The Beast   In ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Look Eerily Similar To Baphomet?
Does it upset anyone else that the “beast” in Disney’s new remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is a goat-man with very long horns that bears quite a resemblance to Baphomet? In Disney’s 1991 animated version of “Beauty and the Beast”, the “beast” looked very much like a gentle lion. But this time around, the “beast” has been depicted as a hybrid goat-man....And anyone that is familiar with the occult knows that the most famous goat-man in the entire world is Baphomet – the official symbol of the Church of Satan. Is  the similarity between this “beast” and Baphomet is more than just a coincidence?...
Christianity Today:Why We Need 'Useless' People
....Even though I am the mother of a child with Down syndrome, I often find myself defending my daughter’s skills and abilities rather than her inherent worth. In so doing, I play into the idea that I, too, am only worthy of life because I contribute something productive in the world. I devalue myself and everyone else around me when I start to see human beings as products to be measured.....
Princeton Seminary Cancels Award to Tim Keller After LGBT Complaint
A week after disgruntled Princeton Theological Seminary alumni complained that Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, should not receive the school's Kuyper Prize because of his church's position on the ordination of women and LGBT individuals, the seminary decided Wednesday not to give the award this year.....
Russia's Plan to Ban Jehovah's Witnesses Puts Evangelicals in a Tight Spot
Jehovah’s Witnesses have never held much clout in Russia, where the Orthodox Church dominates both the religious and political landscape. But a government lawsuit now threatens any future for their faith in public life. The door-to-door evangelists have historically served as a bellwether for religious freedom for other minority groups. In Russia, that includes evangelicals, who remain ambivalent over whether to defend the rights of Witnesses as a fellow non-Orthodox faith......
Texas Judge Sued for Begining Courtroom Sessions With Prayer
A Texas judge is being sued in federal court by the nation's leading secularist legal organization because of his courtroom tradition of having guest pastors and chaplains offer an invocation before each session.....
Alcorn: Addressing the Problem of Evil and Suffering in a Moral Philosophy Class
Having grown up in a non-Christian home, and still vividly remembering my unbelief as a young teenager, I’m convinced that Christianity’s explanation of why evil and suffering exist beats that of any other worldview. .....
Albert Mohler:The Gathering StormReligious Liberty in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution
....These are days that will require courage, conviction, and clarity of vision. We are in a fight for the most basic liberties God has given humanity, every single one of us, made in his image. Religious liberty is being redefined as mere freedom of worship, but it will not long survive if it is reduced to a private sphere with no public voice. The very freedom to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ is at stake, and thus so is the liberty of every American.....
Todd Starnes: School Orders Boy to 'Tolerate' Undressing With Girl and Make it 'Natural'
A teenage boy was told by his principal that he had to “tolerate” undressing in front of a female student and to make it as “natural” as possible, according to a blockbuster lawsuit filed in a Pennsylvania federal district court.....
Christian News Net: The Man Who Died Preaching On the Titanic
God’s servants are everywhere. One such man went by the name of John Harper. As the renowned steam-liner Titanic hit a deadly iceberg on the Atlantic strait that fateful night, 14th April 1912, Harper cried out for.....
Christian Post: Crucifixion Nails, Other Clues of Jesus' Life and Times Discovered by Israeli Archaeologists
Israeli archaeologists have discovered nails used in crucifixions, along with a host of other clues shedding light on the life and the times of Jesus Christ from the first century C.E. in and around Jerusalem and the Galilee....
CBN News: Vicar of BaghdadChristianity is 'Over' in Iraq
Fourteen years after U.S. and coalition forces invaded Iraq and removed former president Saddam Hussein, a prominent priest is warning that Christianity is all but dead in the war-torn nation. Canon Andrew White, known as the "Vicar of Baghdad", says the "time has come" where Christianity "is over" in Iraq....
The Upcoming Trade War Between the U.S. & China Will Be the Biggest Ever
The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world by far, and the upcoming trade war that is about to erupt will be cataclysmic for both sides.  The Trump administration and the Chinese government are both gearing up for a prolonged trade war, and this is going to have very severe implications for the entire global economy.  ...
Benham Brothers Say Down Syndrome Children 'Created by God,' Slam Iceland's 100 Percent Abortion Rate
Conservative Christian brothers David and Jason Benham expressed their love and support for children born with Down syndrome and trisomy on Tuesday, while slamming......
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Plan To Put Computers Inside Human Brains Is a 'Slap In the Face of God,' Horrified Theologians Say
It has begun. It's not fiction anymore: Computers are being developed to achieve human levels of intelligence to expand human minds — a looming development that theologians and Christian bioethicists consider would be a "slap in the face" of God and would turn people into "subhuman slaves." The scientific term is called "singularity," that moment in mankind's history when all the advances in technology, particularly in artificial intelligence (AI), will lead to machines that are smarter than human beings, according to Ray Kurzweil, Google's Director of Engineering and a well-known futurist, as reported by Futurism.com......
Christianity Today: ERLC Defends Russell Moore, Who Apologizes for His Role in Trump Divide
Russell Moore was just doing his job, according to his agency’s governing board. But the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) still offered his second attempt at an apology for “my own role” in the continued division among Southern Baptists in the wake of the 2016 election. Today’s “seeking unity” statement released by the ERLC executive committee and Moore defends his conduct, including his controversial messaging around President Donald Trump. The ERLC leaders praised Moore for speaking “with clarity and conviction” on ethical issues including “religious liberty, racial reconciliation, character in public office, and a Christian understanding of sexuality.” However, the committee acknowledged that fellow Christians “can disagree on delivery, tactics, and approach,” and decided that.......
Syria And Israel - One Missile Away From Conflict
The firing of S-200 missiles by Syria at Israeli air force planes on Thursday night marked a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict between the two nations, who are technically still at war. Over the past few years there has been several airstrikes carried out by Israel against targets in Syria, most believed to be related to  Hezbollah. ...
North Korea to Tillerson: We Are Ready for ‘Any War the U.S. Would Like’
The DPRK has the will and capability to fully respond to any war the U.S. would like to ignite,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying, according to the South Korean newswire service Yonhap......
The Media’s Cheery Ignorance about Islam’s Hostile Ideology
It is not the president who is spreading the idea that “Islam is an inherently hostile ideology,” that “Muslims are enemies of Christians and Jews” and that “Muslims have always had a comprehensive, actionable, and jihadist plan to take over” — but rather the Quran itself.  Trump repeatedly rebukes the media for “dishonest” coverage and “fake news.” Despite its fury over the accusations, however, the press continues to prove him right........
Born a Man, Transgender Weightlifter Wins Women's Competition
Competitors who are born female now face the reality of losing to those who "identify" as a female, but were born male. New Zealander Laurel Hubbard, formerly known as Gavin, is a 39 year-old transgender woman who won the international women's weightlifting title in Australia on Sunday. ....
Dan Delzell: Waiting Until Kindergarten to Assign Your Child's Gender Identity
What will be the next step in the evolution of the gender revolution? Well, try to imagine a day when parents wait until their child goes to kindergarten before assigning their gender identity.....
TGC: Preaching and Personality
Some people are more interesting to listen to than others. I’m sorry, but it’s true, and it’s now out there. Some people make me sit on the edge of my seat, and others have the gift of encouraging me to slide back as far as I can go. So what makes the difference? What makes a talk engaging rather than sleep-inducing? Some people have written books about this, but even the very best of these leave something out.  There is a factor which is hard to address. It’s the personality factor. ..
 
CBN News: A 'Fair Judge'— Abortion Dominates as Gorsuch Deflects
The Republican chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee tried to immediately give Neil Gorsuch some cover as the Supreme Court nominee faced his first day of tough questioning before the senators. It's been said liberals would try to box Gorsuch in by proving during these hearings he'll be in lockstep with conservatives and Republicans as a justice.   ...
Gorsuch Defends Hobby Lobby Decision; Congress Said Corporations Are People
Supreme Court nominee and Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch defended the majority opinion of the Hobby Lobby Stores decision from 2014, arguing that it had its basis in laws that Congress passed.....
David’s Sling Officially Enters Service
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) officially inaugurated the David’s Sling missile defense system on Monday….It is officially operational and functions as a part of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense program. In this capacity, David’s Sling  is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles and medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from distances of ....
It Turns Out That a Less-Christian America Might Be a Worse America
...Religious engagement is fading on the Right, but that does not mean that the Right is becoming kinder, gentler, or more acceptable to the Left...In fact, Donald Trump owes much of his success in the primary to the GOP’s less-religious voters.......
Kauflin: Idolatry in Corporate Worship
....While I don’t want to minimize the importance of faithful planning, musical skill, and wise leadership, our greatest problem when it comes to worshiping God doesn’t lie outside us, but within our own hearts. It’s the problem of idolatry...Idolatry can be active in my heart even when I’m gathered with the church. .
TGC: The Bells in China Are Not Silent
....The Lu Jiao Yuan Christian Church remained open until the 1960s when Chairman Mao, fearing that he was losing his grip on power within the Chinese Communist Party, launched his most daring and brutal political campaign....
AFA to Target— 'What Will it Take... to Reverse Your Restroom Policy?'
The American Family Association continues to press the Target Corporation on its transgender bathroom policy, calling on the retailer to reverse it. AFA also wants to expand its #BoycottTarget pledge to 1.5 million signers. The CEO of Target said in May of last year that the company is standing by its policy of allowing transgender people to use bathrooms and fitting rooms that match their gender identity...
ISIS Sex Slave Survivor: Terror Group Says Raping Underage Girls Is OK 'Under Islamic Law'
Human rights activist Nadia Murad, who was held captive by the Islamic State terror group and gang-raped and forced to watch the execution of several of her family members, says the radicals use Islamic law to justify their selling and rape of underage girls.....
The 'Holocaust' Against Down Syndrome Unborn Babies
Those living with Down Syndrome are among the happiest, most satisfied and joy-giving people in the world, according to those who know and live with them. Yet, even as World Down Syndrome Day recognizes their value today, many are out to rid the world of those who have the chromosonal abnormality...
Song Of Solomon Contains An Amazing Reference To The Pretribulation Rapture As Being In Springtime???
Yesterday was the first official day of Spring, and signs of new life are popping up all over the place today it would seem. The Bible has a lot to say about times and seasons, and in the Old Testament is hidden an amazing nugget related to the soon-coming Pretribulation Rapture of the Church.....
Free Beacon: New ‘Safe Space’ Guidelines at University of Arizona Treat Students Like Preschoolers
The University of Arizona is encouraging college students to cry “ouch!” when they hear something offensive, make artwork about race relations, have story time, play four corners, and take a “time out” if they feel uncomfortable.....
Christian News Net: 'I Wanted to Share Jesus With Him': North Carolina Teen Approaches Officer to Offer Prayer
A police officer in North Carolina is expressing gratitude after a teenager recently approached him to offer a prayer. “To be honest, I was pretty stunned. It was not what I was expecting,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer Brad Potter said Tuesday. He was sitting in his patrol car at the gas station  when he.......
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Joe Carter: Nine Things You Should Know About Neil Gorsuch and 
Supreme Court Confirmations 
Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, is scheduled to start his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Here are nine things you should know about Judge Gorsuch and the Supreme Court confirmation process: 1. Neil Gorsuch, age 49, was born in Denver, Colorado, and educated at Columbia University (BA), Harvard Law School, (JD), and University College in Oxford, England (DPhil). He previously served in private practice at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, and served as principal deputy to the associate attorney general and acting associate attorney general.....
Kim Jong-Un Vows To Reduce US 'To Ashes' With Nukes
Kim Jong-un has threatened to reduce the US “to ashes” as tensions with North Korea continue to increase. The secretive state released a statement earlier this month warning Donald Trump of nuclear destruction if America fires “even a single bullet” towards Pyongyang.
Kim Jong-un has threatened to reduce the US 'to ashes' with nuclear strikes....
Paris Airport Attacker Reportedly Shouts: 'I'm Here to Die for Allah'
A radicalized Muslim on a crime watchlist shot a policewoman in the head at a road check before attacking a soldier at a Paris airport.  The gunman shouted, “I am here to die for Allah; there will be deaths” before attempting to gun people down at Orly airport. The man—known as Ziyed B—at one point threw.....
CBN News: The Mystery of Judge Neil Gorsuch's Faith
Catholic or Episcopalian? Theological liberal or conservative?  Questions about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's faith and beliefs are drifting about in the breeze. The most mysterious: Does he identify with the conservative Catholic Church of his youth, and mentor, Antonin Scalia? Or, is he more at home in the liberal Episcopal Church that he attends today? He doesn't talk much about his faith, but family and friends believe it has had a big influence on his life......
CNN: What Is Neil Gorsuch's Religion? It's Complicated 
....White House staffers emphasized Gorsuch's robust defense of religious rights as a judge on the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals. In one prominent decision, Gorsuch argued that the government should rarely, if ever, coerce the consciences of believers. Eventually, the conversation turned to Gorsuch's own religious background. ....
Secret Gay Club Created and Promoted by Idaho School Staff
An Idaho school promoted a gay club for middle and high school students that was intended to be hidden from parents. The principal was caught talking about keeping the group secret in an audio recording, according to a release from Liberty Counsel.  The Forrest M. Bird Charter School also recruited students for the club and concealed their activism from the student's parents. ....
Lifezette: Why Islam May Surpass Christianity as World’s Largest Faith
Islam is set to surpass Christianity as the world’s largest religion within this century, according to a report about the future of religious groups. The number of children within each family is a key factor. The Pew Research Center put together a religious population growth report in 2015 and updated its analysis last month after taking recent surveys into.......
Jon Bloom: The Devil Knows How to Discourage You 
....Discouragement is, by definition, a deficit of courage. Biblical courage is the ability to face uncertainty, adversity, danger, or suffering with faith-fueled hope that God will keep his word to us, come what may. Paul went so far as to say that since “all the promises of God find their Yes in [Christ],” especially the resurrection, we should “always [be] of good courage”..
 
Hugh Hewitt: Restoring Christianity’s Influence In America
It is fair to say that the election of Donald Trump represented a huge victory for conservatism, but not so much for Christian conservatism.  Christian influence in the nation is on a steep decline.  In my opinion there are two things at the heart of the matter. The first one is a deep and mistaken conflation, pervasive across the nation, of cultural influence & political influence. 
Dome of the Rock Deliberately Placed Over Ancient Temple Site to Enforce Islamic ‘Replacement Theology’
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.....
IRS Granted Satanic Cult Tax-Exempt Status In 10 Days, Report Says
While some conservative groups may wait years for tax-exempt status, the IRS swiftly gave approval for a Satanic cult that sponsored an "After School Satan Club," according to records obtained by a watchdog group.....
Creech: 'God Is Transgender' Is Blasphemy
It's bad enough when misguided citizens, those sunk deeply in the muck and mire of worldly values, come out against what's clearly an irrevocable law of nature. But it's nothing less than a scandal that reaches heaven itself when clergy do it in God's name.....
Christian Post: Americans Will Now Lose Social Capital If They Hang Around Evangelicals, Says Al Mohler
In the United States, there is now a cost for being associated with Christians and evangelical churches, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler stated.....
Alan Patterson: The Biblical Basis for Missionary Deputation
....However, we may legitimately ask the question, “Is deputation biblical?” Or to rephrase it, “Is there a place in the New Testament that comes close to approximating this practice?” The answer is yes, but that place is not where you might expect. It is not in the book of Acts or in Paul’s epistles. Rather we find it in the somewhat forgotten book of 3 John (5-8)......
Segal: The Secret to Job Satisfaction
...If Paul could write these self-denying, countercultural, other-worldly words to slaves about their livelihood, could he write them to us about our jobs? If so, here are three ways we can glorify God in our job, whether we are working the dream, or dreading our work....
Washington Post: The First Solar Eclipse To Cross USA In 99 Years Is Coming—To Some, It’s an Act of God
The Book of Revelation, which is full of extraordinary imagery, describes a woman “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head” who gives birth to a boy who will “rule all the nations with an iron scepter” while she is threatened by a red, seven-headed dragon. The woman then grows the wings of...... 
Newsmax: Pope Begs Forgiveness for Church Role in Rwanda Genocide
Pope Francis on Monday begged forgiveness for the "sins and failings of the church and its members" during Rwanda's 1994 genocide as the Holy See sought to open a new phase in relations nearly a quarter-century after the slaughter.In an extraordinary statement after.......
Baptist State Convention Sued Over Rape at Church Camp
A lawsuit filed recently in Oklahoma claims negligence by a Southern Baptist state convention in the violent rape last summer of a 13-year girl attending a church camp. The lawsuit, filed March 8 in the district court of Oklahoma County, claims the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, the 1,700-church affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention, breached its duty “to use reasonable care” to protect the teenager from an adult......
Christian Post:Fast-Growing Christian Movement Attracts the Young, Upends Religious, Political Landscape
An entrepreneurial Christian movement described as "Independent Network Charismatic" or INC is now the fastest growing Christian group in America, two researchers say, and it is attracting the young and wielding powerful influence on both the religious and political fronts....
Fox News: Lack of Sleep Linked to Behavioral Problems In Kids
Getting too little sleep in early childhood is linked to cognitive and behavioral problems years later, a U.S. study suggests. Parents and teachers reported more problems in 7-year-olds who didn't get enough sleep during their toddler and preschool years, compared to peers who got an age-appropriate amount of sleep during those early years.....
John Stonestreet: Why You Should Read Rod Dreher's 'The Benedict Option'
Perhaps you've been hearing about this new book, "The Benedict Option" by Rod Dreher, and wondered, "What's that?" Let's talk about it... Dreher's book makes two key points: first, we've arrived at a moment where "full participation in mainstream society" is no longer compatible with living lives of traditional Christian virtue; and therefore, second, the time has come to find new ways of living as Christians......
Erik Raymond: We Can’t Microwave  People Into Maturity
....Christians should be careful to not approach discipleship like they approach their fitness goals. We are not always evaluating what works. Instead we operate from a position of patient trust. We are convinced of the foundation (biblical doctrine), the vehicle (the ministry of the Word) and then work patiently, faithfully, prayerfully, and skillfully at personal discipleship......
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