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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR APRIL 11th-20th, 2017
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Headlines & Articles — Thursday, April 20th, 2017
DHS Says Almost as Many Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2015 as In ’12 Years In Vietnam’
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has largely blamed Latin American drug cartels for the unprecedented 52,000-plus drug overdose deaths in America during 2015 alone, the latest year for which data is available.....
Social Media & Digital Online Addiction—'Worse Than Alcohol and Drug Abuse'
If you can’t seem to resist a scroll through your Facebook or Instagram feed during working hours, or if you feel anxious when you can’t check your smartphone or have no signal,  you might need a digital intervention. In the last few years, social media users who find it impossible to stay off their devices when they would like to resist them are seeking treatment via professionals. ....
RedState: Atheist Gives Opening 'Prayer' in Iowa State House, 
Invokes 'Holy Trinity of Science'
....There is probably nothing quite as inspiring as having someone impress his dogma upon you while denying it is a dogma. There are atheists who simply don’t believe in God and then there are “organized” atheists, or as I often refer to them, “evangelical atheists.” The latter often want to be given the recognition and perks of being a religion while denying that they are one.....
Joe Carter: Survey Reveals Many Evangelicals Are Confused About Adultery 
....A recent survey commissioned by Deseret News finds large majorities of Americans believe that behaviors involving physical sexual contact with someone else, such as one-night stands or romantic kissing, always count as cheating. There is more disagreement, though, as to what is acceptable for many other behaviors.....
Religion News: New Study Shows Number of American Atheists Underreported
A new study shows there may be more than twice as many atheists in the U.S. than previous studies have found...Polls from Gallup, Pew and Barna have reported that number between 3 and 10 percent.But the real number of American atheists may be as high as 26 percent.......
Despite Decline in American Marriages, Couples Still Pay Most of Nation’s Taxes
The average tax rate for married filers was 16 percent, as opposed to unmarried filers, who paid 13 percent on average.....
Evangelical Focus: Only Three in Ten Germans Believe in Life After Death
About 30% of Germans believe in the existence of a life after death. Women are more convinced about the existence of some kind of afterlife (35%) than men (26%), shows a survey conducted by opinion institute Inse-Consulere. Those who do not believe in a life after death are 35%. Another 28% is not sure on what to think about this issue.A....
Scottish Churchgoing Sees Dramatic Fall, Further Decline Predicted
A dramatic drop in churchgoing in Scotland has been revealed by figures in the latest Scottish Church Census, conducted in May 2016. The census showed Scotland now has around 390,000 regular churchgoers, down from 854,000 in 1984. Around 42 per cent of these are aged over 65, around twice the figure for the general population.....
Freedom Outpost: We Have Entered A Time When Islamic Terrorists Will Be Specifically Targeting Christians And Churches In America - Freedom Outpost
perfectly normal church service when a team of men dressed in camo comes storming in and starts shooting at people indiscriminately with automatic weapons.  Once upon a time, such a thing would have been absolutely unimaginable in America, but now things have completely changed.  ..
Republican Running For Montana House Seat Doubles Down On Creationist Stance
....“I personally believe, as many Montanans do, that God created the Earth,” Gianforte, who made a failed bid in November for the Montana governor’s mansion, said in the 15-minute interview. “I believe that God created the Earth. I wasn’t there, I don’t know how long it took, I don’t know how he did it exactly. But I look around me at the grandeur in this state and I believe God created the Earth.”.
Acton Institute: John Locke on Scripture and Public Morality
....Locke argued against the deists of his day that moral principles are not innate but merely seem so as a result of the broader culture’s Christianity. For this reason Locke held that the authority of the Bible is essential for the growth and flourishing of a truly moral society........
Christian Post: Christian Pastor Detained in China for Singing 'Jesus Loves You'
A Taiwanese Christian pastor was reportedly detained for singing the worship song "Jesus Love You" in Zhengzhou, Henan, in China, which officials there have branded as an "illegal religious activity."..
Christian Post: Anne Graham Lotz Says 'America Is Disintegrating Into Anarchy; Political Correctness Is Rejecting God'
Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has warned that the United States is "unraveling" and "disintegrating" into anger and anarchy, due in part to its "rejection of God."...
Music Superstar Katy Perry Denounces Her Devoutly Christian Upbringing
Katy Perry, one of the most successful and iconic modern celebrities, recalls with disdain being raised in a strict, evangelical Christian household.  Perry, whose birth name is Katheryn Hudson, was a talented singer since early childhood. She was on track to become a gospel singer...But young Katy soon chose a different path. In an interview with Vogue the 32-year-old Perry described what it was like growing up a preacher's daughter in Santa Barbara, California.....
Baptist Press: Kentucky Puts Focus on Bible With New Laws, Executive Action
Having declared 2017 the Year of the Bible, Gov. Matt Bevin has now signed two bills into law to make clear to teachers and administrators that Scripture is welcome in Kentucky public schools....
Jerry Sivnksty: Prayer Is Our Power
....We as God’s people must be stirred by the fact that the Lord’s power has not diminished; what has diminished, however, is our effort to seek His power through prayer. In Luke 18:1 we read of Christ, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Praying must be prevalent in our lives. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Paul exhorts us to........
Caleb Greggsen: You Can’t Love Missions Without Loving the Local Church
....First, there’s a dreadful tendency for both “stayers” and “goers” (at least the young ones) to question motives of the other “side.” Second, missionary zeal and love for the local church should not be competing affections in our heart. If one seems to win out over the other, there is a problem, since the church is the body to whom our Lord has given the work of missions.....
Jason K. Allen: On Preaching and the Public Invitation System
....a student recently asked me, “Should the sermon conclude with an invitation?” I responded, “Yes, a sermon certainly can conclude with an invitation, but, more importantly, the sermon must be an invitation.” Such is the New Testament pattern. Preaching is to inform the mind, impact the emotion, and challenge the will. Real preaching is confrontational, always calling for a verdict, and that should happen throughout the sermon, not just during the conclusion.....
 
CBN News: 'We're Becoming Second-Class Citizens': Huge Implications of Year's Biggest Religious Rights Case
....But Trinity Lutheran and its lawyer argued protecting kids on a playground isn't going to promote religion and shouldn't be discriminated against. "We aren't asking for special treatment," said Annette Kiehne, Trinity Lutheran Child Learnin Center director.  "We are just asking not to be treated worse than everyone else.  Whether you are a Jewish, Muslim, or Christian kid, or not religious at all, when you fall down on a playground, it hurts just as much at a religious preschool as it does at a non-religious school." The lawyer arguing the case for Trinity Lutheran, says Missouri discriminated against the church just because it's religious.....
What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin 
Charles Darwin is a great British hero. That’s hardly surprising, since he was one of the most influential thinkers of the past 200 years...I should point out that he wasn’t a British hero but a British villain. You don’t need to be a Bible-thumping evangelical to question whether Darwin’s thinking deserves to be given a bit more thought.Whatever your views on origins and evolution, we can hopefully all agree that, at present, we give far too much honor to the British thinker who justified genocide......
BBC: How Western Civilization 
Could Collapse 
The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward-propelling motion slow or cease, the pillars that define our society – democracy, individual liberties, social tolerance and more – would begin to teeter. Our world would become an increasingly ugly place, one defined by a scramble over limited resources and a rejection of anyone outside of our immediate group. Should we find no way to get the wheels back in motion, we’d eventually face total societal collapse......
 
Atlas Obscura: The Sketchy Faith Healer Who Tried to Save New York From Vice
John Alexander Dowie was not America’s first faith healer—but he was the first to get rich doing it. Dowie, a Congregational minister originally from Scotland, discovered his unusual gift in 1876, when he was 29. A small girl dying of diphtheria was miraculously cured after Dowie prayed at her bedside.   A year later he launched his healing ministry. After stints in Australia and California, Dowie moved to Chicago and opened a church near the site of the 1893 World’s Fair. ....
Thomas Overmiller: The Ordinances and Pastoral Authority
Churches need leaders, but they also need a biblical understanding of leadership. We too easily fall into the trap of the leadership craze, chasing after leadership books, flocking to leadership conferences and experimenting with all kinds of creative leadership strategies, whether secular or Christian. But biblical leadership is far more simple than all of this......
Michael J. Kruger: The Achilles Heel of the New Perspective on Paul
....Indeed, scholars argue that Paul can’t be using “justification by faith” as alternative to salvation by works because first-century Jews didn’t believe in salvation by works! But, this is precisely where the NPP is vulnerable.  If it can be shown that some first-century Jews did believe in salvation by works, then the foundation of the NPP would begin to crack.....
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
CNS News: Religious Discrimination Case Goes to SCOTUS: Will Religious Nonprofits Be Treated Fairly?
....On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide what to do about a small playground at a small church in a small Missouri city. The case itself is anything but small; one New York Times reporter referred to Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer as “the term’s remaining marquee case,” and its implications could reverberate throughout the country.....
Children of Murdered Man Extended Forgiveness to Father’s Killer Hours Before His Suicide
The children of the 74-year-old Cleveland man who was gunned down in a Facebook video over the weekend have forgiven their father's killer. Described as a gentle, God-fearing man with gray hair, Robert Godwin Sr. was out for a stroll on Easter Sunday, collecting cans, when his life was abruptly ended.  Despite being wracked with grief and anger over the tragic loss of their father, Godwin's children honored his memory by extending grace to his murderer.....
Breitbart News: Trump Appoints Religious Liberty Defender Roger Severino to Head HHS Office for Civil Rights
President Donald Trump has appointed freedom of conscience and religious liberty defender Roger Severino to head the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Severino, the former director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation, has been especially known for his criticism of Obamacare’s “nondiscrimination” regulations on the basis of “gender identity.” .
Christian Post: Donald Trump 'Not the Savior of American Christianity,' Rod Dreher Says on Panel With Russell Moore
Several different Christian voices in a panel discussion on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday insisted that religious people should not let politics define who they are.....
Christian Today: Saeed Abedini Finalizes Divorce from Naghmeh Abedini as Accusations of Adultery and Conspiracy Swirl
....At least two sources who asked not to be named for this story suggested that Graham began withdrawing his financial support for the persecuted pastor when he learned of Abedini's alleged extra-marital affairs, both before he went to prison in Iran, and in Boise after his return home. One source said the claims are laid out in sealed divorce documents.....
Canada Free Press: Book Exposes IRS 501c3 Church Scam
The Communist-inspired Democrats running the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have managed to bully churches into becoming partners with them by the creation of the 501c3 (Not-for-Profit) status. This action pushed churches to incorporate themselves as franchises of the United States in order to avoid taxes they never owed in the first place. Don’t forget that last sentence.....
Christian News Net: College Football Coach Unfazed After Atheist Group Takes Issue With Social Media Posts
The head football coach at the largest university in Mississippi continues to publish Bible verses and Christian messages on his personal Twitter account, even after an atheist organization took issue with his posts and demanded that he stop promoting religion on social media.....
Baptist Press: German Family Continues Fight To Homeschool
A German family punished for homeschooling their children has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Dirk and Petra Wunderlich submitted a final appeal last week asking the ECHR to protect their right to homeschool their four children. Home education has been banned in Germany since 1918 and carries criminal penalties.....
Jimmy Carter Says He Doesn't Know If Gandhi Is in Hell for Not Being a Christian
Former President Jimmy Carter said he does not know whether someone like Gandhi would go to hell for not being a Christian.....
R. Albert Mohler Jr: Preaching In a Secular Age
...We, above all others, need to realize the culture no longer shares our worldview and the very language we use may mean something entirely different in the ears of our listeners. The meaning of words like morality, personhood, marriage, or virtually any other moral term has radically shifted for many postmodern Americans, making our job as preachers that much more difficult.....
Anthony Kidd: Disability Makes a Church Strong
...Over the years, God has used my unique vantage point to show me that families with disabled children have too much to teach the church about the gospel to remain at the periphery, even if motivated by noble sentiment. I am convinced that parents and their disabled children should not look to be silently hidden in the shadows of the church. Instead, they should dive right into the heart of their churches because they are gifts to the body who can uniquely shine a spotlight on the gospel....
George Stiekes: Listening to the Sermon
How well you hear something will depend significantly on your interest level. How often do you find yourself stifling a yawn or daydreaming when the sermon is being preached? How often have you left church thinking you didn’t get anything out of the sermon? How many times during a sermon have you picked apart the message or the preacher? How long does it take before you forget........
Randy Fox: In Jesus’ Name, Amen
....Most Christians wouldn’t think of ending a prayer, public or private, without affixing some reference to Jesus’ name. Why do we do that? Why, when we hear someone pray in public, do we often listen to see whether he will close his prayer “in Jesus’ name”? Why has this become such an issue...?....
 
Daily Signal: Four Big Questions About the Supreme Court's New Religious Freedom Case
Missouri’s new governor introduced a fresh dynamic into what was set to be the leading religious freedom case argued before the Supreme Court this year, and the first major case that new Justice Neil Gorsuch will hear. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley that could determine to what lengths the government may ban public funding for religious affiliated organizations in a state that has one of the most sweeping restrictions.....
Tony Reinke: Two Keys To Flourishing In the Digital Age
....We all seem to sense that — for good or bad — our smartphones are changing us, our habits, and our relationships. We all know it. We feel it. We seem to be more productive, and yet we are more distracted. We seem to be more connected, and yet we are more alone. We seem to be more knowledgeable, and yet we are less likely to understand the very purpose of our lives. The more important questions are these: What can be done about it? And do we Christians have anything relevant to say to the perplexing questions facing our digital age?.....
Relevant Mag: Why the Beatitudes Are Still So Revolutionary
....On this hill, our Teacher announces that this Gospel is for all the losers, all the broken, all those who haven’t normally been included, but who are now included, because God is reordering the way things work and what the world looks like. For the poor in spirit: the people who don’t get it, the impoverished, those whose spirits are crushed, those on the B team, the spiritual zeroes, those who keep stumbling; for those who mourn: the brokenhearted, the devastated, the grief-stricken, those familiar with tears...God meets us in our poverty, sorrow, struggle and lack and announces, “I am on your side.” .....
Washington Times: The Islam Clash 
In America
The arrest and charge of an Indian woman, Jumana Fakhruddin Nagarwala, for performing female genital mutilation on two young girls in Michigan, brings front and center the question of whether certain religions are compatible with America’s Constitution. Certain religions — ha. Let’s not dance around the room here. Islam, at least when it’s practiced —  is incompatible with our country’s spirit of freedom, Founding Father principles and constitutionally based concepts of equality and justice......
CBN: Why Kidnapping Christians Has Become Popular In This Muslim Country
Pastor Raymond Koh was driving his car near Malaysia's capital city when a convoy of black SUV's and motorcycles swooped in to surround his car.  Several men jumped out and ran to Koh and took off with the pastor without leaving a trace... Koh's family believes his kidnapping was religiously motivated and a part of an unprecedented string of kidnappings taking place in the country. ....
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Fox News: Religious Liberty Case Brings First Supreme Test for Gorsuch
The first test of new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s impact will come this week in a case that pits a Missouri church against a state constitutional amendment in a clash over religious liberty. Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia applied for a state grant to resurface the playground of its preschool and daycare with safer, recycled scrap-tire material. On the merits, it qualified for the grant. But.....
CBN News: Top Candy Makers Scrub 'Easter' From Packaging
Grocery store aisles are lined with chocolate candy bunnies, jelly beans, and marshmallow Peeps, but one thing is missing--the word "Easter." Hershey's, M&M's, Lindor, Russell Stover, Dove, Rolo, and Twix have all produced Easter themed candy without mentioning the word on the front of their candy, according to a press release from the Liberty Counsel.....
Christians Homes Set on Fire in Muslim Mob Attacks on Believers in Egypt
Three homes were burned and eight Christians were injured when a Muslim mob attacked a Christian community in the town of Kom el-Loufy in Upper Egypt while on their way home from a prayer gathering, a leading persecution watchdog has reported.....
Aaron Denlinger: My Jesus, I Love You— But Your Bride I Despise!
....Professing love for Christ but little for the church makes about as much sense as saying you like me and want to spend time with me, but really can't stand my wife and would prefer not to have her around. You can imagine the response you'd get if you invited me around for dinner, and then added, "but please leave Louise at home. We really want nothing to do with her. It's only you we want to get to know. It's only you we want to spend time with." ....
Christian Post: Religious Freedom Endangered by LGBT Activism, Russell Moore, Rod Dreher Argue on 'Face the Nation'
Several Christian figures representing various denominations, including Evangelicalism and the Orthodox Church, argued in a panel discussion that the push for LGBT concerns is attacking religious liberty in America....
What's In a Name? Churches Trade Old Names for New, Younger Members
Rebranding, long a strategy in the business world, is taking off in congregations hoping to attract newcomers, update their images and shed any negative perceptions of their denominations..
More Americans Suffering From Stress, Anxiety and Depression, Study Finds
More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests. An estimated 8.3 million American adults — about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population — suffer from serious psychological distress, an evaluation of federal health data concluded. Previous estimates put the number of Americans suffering from serious psychological distress at 3 percent or less, the researchers said....
The Atlantic: Will Editing Your Baby's Genes Be Mandatory?
Designing a baby, or editing the genes of an unborn child, strikes many as risky, unseemly, unnatural, unethical, or likely to lead to a dystopian future of one sort or another. Still, I predict that within my lifetime, the United States will arrest, try, and convict some parents for refusing to edit the genes of their child before he or she is born.....
Ancient Origins: The Very Strange History of the Easter Bunny
While you’re biting the heads off your chocolate bunnies at Easter, you might wonder how rabbits became so central to our Easter celebrations. It’s tempting to assume that because there’s no biblical basis for the Easter Bunny, rabbits and hares have no religious significance – but that’s just not the case. ....In fact, the symbol of a circle of three hares joined by their ears has been found in......
Raymond Ibrahim: Why Easter Brings Out the Worst in Islam
 Why are some Christians murdered and many more terrorized in the name of Islam every Easter holiday?  This year’s most notable attack occurred in Egypt, where two packed Coptic Christian churches were bombed during Palm Sunday mass, leaving 50 dead and 120 injured.  While this incident received media coverage, attacks on churches in Egypt on or around Easter are not uncommon...
Hot Air: Why Do You Attend Church? Gallup Found Some Unexpected Answers
....Gallup just did a new poll and found that the most appealing part of attending church for a large majority of Americans is something you might not expect. The overwhelmingly most important reason that people attend church is for the sermon and related talks to learn more about the scriptures and how religion connects to their own life. Three out of four cite those reasons. There are some interesting twists buried in the survey that could help churches and their leaders stem the slide in reported attendance in recent times. ..
Chinese Christians Hospitalized Resisting Authorities' Forced Surveillance Attempts
Authorities in China’s coastal Zhejiang province carried out violent attacks against churches refusing to install surveillance cameras in late March. Local government departments began carrying out a missive from the Zhejiang provincial government to install cameras within churches that.....
 
As Christians Punished, Brit PM Defends Right to Speak About 'Faith in Christ'
British Prime Minister Theresa May is praising the role of Christianity and defending the right of people to speak about their faith, even as British Christians are facing growing government oppression around the practice of their beliefs. In her Easter message to the nation, May said "we should be confident about the role that Christianity has to play in the lives of people in our country." She also emphasized that Brits need to "treasure" the country's tradition of religious tolerance and freedom of speech....
IRS Can't Tax Churches, But Fake Ones Can Trigger Tax Evasion Charges
Churches don’t pay taxes, and donations to churches are tax deductible. But what qualifies as a church can be debated. The stakes are high, as a Virginia couple is learning. A grand jury has indicted a Concord, Virginia couple for filing false federal tax returns and conspiring to structure currency transactions. The husband, Barry Edwards, was also charged with tax evasion and corruptly endeavoring to impede the internal revenue laws. The indictment alleges that Barry Edwards, age 53, and his wife, Joanne Edwards, 49, created two purported religious missions in 2006. Prosecutors claim that they used the entities as nominees to receive income that Barry Edwards earned selling nutritional supplements......
Christian Post: What Do Americans Think of Jesus: Man, Myth or God?
A Barna study released days before Easter, looking at how U.S. adults see and relate to the central figure of Christianity, shows that almost all Americans believe that Jesus Christ was a real person who actually lived, and that many have made a commitment to Him......
Gulf Coast Pastor:11 Reasons to Not Drink Alcohol
 1.  God said to be sober (1 Thessalonians 5:6; 1 Peter 5:8).   2.  We are to love God with all our minds (Mark 12:30).  Alcohol impairs that mind.   3.  It is expensive (Proverbs 23:21)....
Peter J. Leithart: Bad News of  the Resurrection
....Jesus’ resurrection is still the best news and the worst news. It’s the best news for those who share His cross. But for those who set up those crosses, a risen Jesus is something from a horror movie. Jesus’ resurrection terrifies the rulers of this age because the church shares His resurrection power. As Rosenstock-Huessy put it, the church has died many times; but she doesn’t stay dead any more than Jesus did. Every time she rises, she scares every tinpot Pilate and Herod. ....
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, April 17th, 2017
Christian Post: Trump On Easter— 'Life Always Triumphs Over Death'
Amid speculations over whether Donald Trump will attend a church service on Easter, the president in his weekly address called America a "nation of believers" and said that the source of "our hope" is that "life always triumphs over death … with God's grace."........
Politico: Has Trump Found Religion In the Oval Office?
President Donald Trump has increasingly infused references to God into his prepared remarks — calling on God to bless all the world after launching strikes in Syria, asking God to bless the newest Supreme Court Justice, invoking the Lord to argue in favor of a war on opioids. He's also taken other steps to further cultivate a Christian right that helped elect him, granting new levels of access to Christian media and pushing socially conservative positions that don't appear to come naturally to him..
Politico: Who Cares If Trump Is Religious? 
This Easter, I wonder if anyone will stop to note the obvious irony: That President Donald J. Trump is very likely the least religious president to occupy the White House since Thomas Jefferson. I’m not saying Trump is a closeted atheist, but he’s no evangelical. ....
Christian Post: Missouri Gov. Ends Policy Banning Church-Owned Schools From Receiving Funds for Safety Upgrades
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has instructed the state government to allow funding associated with a secular playground aid program to be awarded to religious organizations, a move that relates to a case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 19....
World Net Daily: Playground Fight Ends Up In...Supreme Court
A playground fight that has gone all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court – arguments are scheduled Wednesday with new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch on duty for the first time – has developed a new wrinkle. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has reversed the policy at the center of the case, which denied a church preschool access to a state safety program because of its religious affiliation.....
CBN News: Muslim Gang Attacks Christians In Australia
Australian Christians have been warned not to wear overtly Christian symbols through Muslim areas in Sydney or risk being attacked. Last week, a 30-year-old Greek Orthodox Christian had a crucifix ripped from his neck and stomped on by four men described as "Middle Eastern in appearance." ..
Franklin Graham Calls Student Protest Over Chick-Fil-A ‘Ridiculuous’
Duquesne University students all a-flutter over a proposed Chick-fil-A outlet on their campus were reminded by the Rev. Franklin Graham that Christians bring love, not hate. The college decided to bring Chick-fil-A to campus after students at the Pittsburgh college said they wanted more chicken options. However, some students decided politics was more important than poultry.....
Israel Hayom: Section of Second Temple-Era Column Found at Temple Mount Dig
The capital of a carefully-adorned column that stood on the Temple Mount in the time of the Second Temple has been discovered through the Temple Mount Sifting Project. The capital, whose size indicates that the column had a circumference of 30 inches at its top, is a section of one column that formed part of the double colonnade that surrounded the Temple Mount plaza. ..
Gatestone Institute: Londonistan— 423 New Mosques— 500 Closed Churches
....By 2020, estimates are that the number of Muslims attending prayers will reach at least 683,000, while the number of Christians attending weekly Mass will drop to 679,000. "The new cultural landscape of English cities has arrived; the homogenised, Christian landscape of state religion is in retreat", said Ceri Peach of Oxford University. ....
National Review: Dynamic Christianity vs. the Benedict Option
....The entire Passion narrative presents us with a remarkable juxtaposition of profound, world-altering events and petty politics. We get glimpses into the motivations of all the major players: the Sanhedrin, wanting someone else to handle the dirty work of silencing this shrewd social critic; Pontius Pilate, a harried bureaucrat, reluctantly answering their wish because he is terrified of being.......
Rod Dreher: The Suffering Church Of Egypt
....Who would take them in? Why would we not, in the United States? We are a majority Christian country, and the Copts flourish here. Where else could they go? Do we American Christians care about them? It seems that our government has never given two flips about the welfare of Christians in the Middle East. What is the excuse of the American churches?....
Brandon D. Smith: Five Reasons You Should Delight In Theology 
Theology is the language of Christianity. We of all people should be consistent, contagious God-talkers. Yet many act as though theology is alien to the nature and works of God. Loving God isn’t about a set of doctrines, they say—it’s about a relationship. For them, theology is just an academic sport for professionals, but it’s not vital for the Christian’s daily life.......
David Cloud: Biblical Shallowness In the Churches
There is a frightful lack of biblical knowledge among members of the average Independent Baptist church, in my experience. Many pastors have admitted to me that the majority of their people are not serious Bible students.  It is impossible to understand the Bible properly and grow in understanding of it effectively without training in such things as principles of interpretation, Bible history and geography, Bible culture, and theology or Bible doctrine, yet most members of Independent Baptist churches are grossly lacking in such things. ...
Matt Williams: The Second Man—A Unique Breed
In the age of ego exaltation and media hype, where is the person who will faithfully serve under the leader of a ministry—seeking only to make his superior successful and to see God’s plan promoted?  I hope he is the one who is reading this now, and it is my desire to encourage and challenge him in his efforts. Understanding Christ’s paradox of a servant-leader is an absolute necessity for....
 
Ch. Post: Easter—What Americans Take for Granted, Persecuted Christians Cling On for Hope
While some may take Easter for granted, for others it is a reminder that the resurrected Christ will bring justice for Christians who have been beheaded, crucified, and face extermination, the American Center for Law and Justice said. Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, said that people in America may often take the "freedom to celebrate Easter for granted," but many other Christians around the world are facing extreme persecution for their faith. The ACLJ has called upon the.....
UK Daily Mail: North Korea 'Attempts To Launch Missile But Fails
North Korea attempted to fire a missile it introduced at a massive military parade - but it was an embarrassing failure when the weapon blew up four or five seconds after being launched. It is thought to be one of the country's new 'game-changer' intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which was revealed to the world in a display of military might yesterday. The South Korean defence ministry said it had detected a failed launch from Sinpo - where North Korea's biggest submarine base is located.....
Patrick J. Buchanan: Will Christianity Perish in Its Birthplace?
....For it is in the birthplace of Christianity that Christians face the greatest of persecutions and martyrdoms since the time of Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin. President Donald Trump, outraged by pictures of infants and children who had perished in the nerve-gas attack in Syria, ordered missile strikes on the air base from which the war crime came. Two days later, Palm Sunday, 44 Coptic Christians celebrating Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem were martyred in terrorist attacks in Egypt..
 
National Review: Lincoln’s Faith
...“I know that there is a God and that He hates injustice and slavery. I see the storm coming and I know that His hand is in it. If He has a place and work for me, and I think He has, I believe I am ready. I am nothing, but truth is everything; I know I am right because I know that liberty is right, for Christ teaches it, and Christ is God. I have told them that a house divided against itself cannot stand, and Christ and reason say the same, and they will find it so.”.....
BBC: A Dramatic Drop In Church Attendance In Scotland
The number of people who regularly attend church services in Scotland has fallen by more than half over the last 30 years, according to a new survey. A census of Scottish Christians found that there are around 390,000 regular churchgoers north of the border, down from 854,000 in 1984. The research also revealed that 42% of churchgoers were aged over 65. One leading cleric said the findings presented a "crisis and an opportunity" for Christians in Scotland.....
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Headlines & Articles — Easter Weekend, April 15th-16th, 2017
Kevin Carson: Nine Things You Need To Know About the Resurrection
This week news broke that a quarter of self-proclaiming Christians in Great Britain do not believe in the Resurrection according to a study by the BBC. For those of you who will celebrate the Resurrection this Easter Sunday, that figure may be shocking. For every reader of this space, there are 9 things you need to know about the Resurrection.....
CBS News: Palestinian Stabs British Tourist To Death In Jerusalem On Good Friday
A Palestinian man stabbed a young British tourist to death in Jerusalem close to the Old City, packed with Christians celebrating Good Friday and Jews enjoying Passover, police and hospital officials said. It was the latest bloodshed in a wave of attacks by Palestinians mostly acting on their own against Israeli civilians and security forces that erupted in 2015.....
Jewish Press: Will U.S. Launch Preemptive Strike Against North Korea?
The Trump administration has been sending warnings to rogue regimes – America will hold you accountable. Now North Korea is being put on notice. It's been an intense week of foreign policy for the Trump administration...Now the warning is being sent to North Korea – don't even think about another nuclear bomb test.  U.S. officials say it looks like the rogue communist regime of Kim Jong Un is planning a nuke test this weekend. ..
Christian Persecution— How Many Are Being Killed, Where They Are Being Killed
This past Palm Sunday was a dark day in Egypt. Suicide bombings at two Coptic Christian churches, one in Alexandria and the other in Tanta left 45 people dead and many more wounded. Although there has been an uptick in violence against Christians in the region, Egypt is hardly alone in a long list of countries -- many in the Middle East -- that are violently hostile towards Christians.....
Trump Signs Law to Let States Defund Planned Parenthood
President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday that once again enables states to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Trump’s action overturned a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in December, only five weeks before President Obama left office. Many pro-life advocates perceived the HHS regulation, which effectively barred states from prohibiting Title X funds for abortion clinics, as a parting gift from Obama to the abortion industry.....
Christian Post: Muslims 'Invoked God's Wrath on Christians' Over Loudspeakers Before Church Terror Attacks
Coptic Christians in Egypt, targeted in a number of recent terror attacks, have said that for years Muslim imams were allowed to preach hatred and violence against Christians to the public over loudspeakers....
Fox News: Who Is Entitled to $200,000 Raised for Saeed Abedini's Family?
Church Files Suit To Decide
Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel, located in Yucca Valley, California, had raised the funds for Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, and their two children who were living in Boise, Idaho. But matters became complicated following Abedini's release from prison in January 2016 and the couple's divorce proceedings....
Muslim Professor Accused By Christian Student of Saying 
Jesus' Crucifixion Is a Hoax Resigns From College
A Muslim professor at a small Florida college has resigned after a bitter dispute with a Christian student which included theological dust-ups, angry emails, a police report, a suspension for the student — and a reversal of the suspension — all of which made national headlines. ..
Mississippi Students Give Out Bibles at School Before Good Friday
Students at a public high school in Mississippi handed out Bibles to their classmates on Thursday after school officials had previously prevented the Christian student group from doing so last month. On the day before Good Friday, student members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at Stone County High School distributed Bibles to their classmates from a table in the school's lunchroom during non-instructional time Thursday....
Christian Post: Evangelical College's Entire Faculty Senate Resigns After LGBT Activist Professor Denied Promotion
Every member of Gordon College's faculty senate resigned from their senatorship last week in what is being labeled as a show of solidarity for a professor who claims that she was denied a promotion because of her criticisms about the school's policy on homosexuality.....
Daniel J. Phillips: Words Mean Things — Including the Word 'Christian'
....Both the Barna and the BBC polls reveal the under-discussed rotten core of polling. Polling treats opinions as if they had weight. It is as if the very fact that someone holds an opinion means the opinion is significant and must be respected. This absurd idea is the bastard lust-child of postmodernism and humanism. We are seldom given any data that would help us weigh polls.....
Explosive Lawsuit Alleges Abuse of Power By SBC Mission Board
How does the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention use your Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and Cooperative Program giving? Apparently, to strong-arm state conventions into doing its will and then using its considerable bureaucracy and influence to retaliate against one lone dissident.....
Michael Hall: Turnstile Churchianity
....As you would walk up to the ticket taker at the turnstile there was usually someone there with one of those handheld clickers... their desire behind was to get as accurate a count as possible for their attendance records.  The numbers are what mattered. The seeker-driven church is no different...It’s a numbers game to them.  They really do mean “come as you are” and they don’t care much what state you’re in when you leave, as long as you keep coming back with your money. ..
David Cloud: The Biblical Preaching Ministry
Few things are more needed in Bible-believing churches today. A sound preaching/teaching ministry is a major part of producing disciples of Jesus Christ and disciplining the church. It is a major part of building godly homes and raising up youth who know and serve Christ.   A really strong, effectual preaching ministry can often build a decent church even when other things might be lacking. ..
 
Phillips: Barna’s Mythical Creature— 
The Church-Rejecting Jesus-Lover
When the Barna Group calls us to Meet Those Who “Love Jesus but Not the Church," they might as well include leprechauns, elves, and temporary tax hikes. Because there’s no such thing. Why does Barna Group imagine they do exist? Because: proof! What proof? ...The Barna organization holds out polls as proof.  We’re told that 89% of folks who self-report as having.........
Holmquist: Atheists Are More Likely to Believe in Aliens— Why?
....This rising belief in aliens comes into sharper focus through a recent scientific study...In an interview with PsyPost, Routledge explains that those who believe in aliens have a common thread: they’re non-religious or out-right atheists. Routledge goes on to ponder the strange significance of this finding.......
Nick Batzig: Hank Hanegraaff'— The Greek Orthodox Answer Man?
The news of Hank Hanegraaff's conversion to the Greek Orthodox faith has--not surprisingly-- elicited a variety of responses from individuals online...The spectrum of opinions has been exceedingly wide ranging; yet, very few have dealt, in any substantive way, with what the Greek Orthodox Church actually believes. It seems that before we draw conclusions about Hanegraaff's "conversion," we should want to understand that to which he has "converted."  ...
 
George Stiekes: Sleeping In Church
....Eutychus listened to the sermon until he could no longer keep his eyes open. Nature took its normal course and we only remember Eutychus because he died falling asleep in church. How would you like to be remembered after you leave this earth? I certainly do not want to conclude that long sermons can be very harmful.   We should note that Paul did not apologize for the length of his sermon. I was reminded of a missionary....
Relevant Mag: Why the Church Has to Reject the Pull Toward Politics
Christianity and politics make an interesting pair. Many people quickly declare them mutually exclusive. Yet the relationship between the two remains one of the most recurring conversations in American public life. If you follow national religion reporting at all, you know that sometimes you can’t quite tell when a story is about religion and when it’s about politics. There’s a reason for that. 20th- century America—the world into which most people alive today were born—saw the rise of organizations like the Moral Majority.......
Darren Carlson: Four Ways Satan Uses Christian Generosity for Evil 
....Whether it’s small-town churches scrapping funds together through bake sales and car washes for a short-term mission trip, or large foundations funding building projects around the world, Christians want to see their money used for good. Yet too often their donations have an unintended effect. I want to introduce you to four ways Satan has used Christian charity for evil. I’ve seen these examples firsthand, and there’s plenty of scholarship to back them up if you wish to do further study on your own.....
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Headlines & Articles — Friday, April 14th, 2017
ZeroHedge: North Korea Said To Be Preparing Nuclear Device Detonation; 
Test Site Is 'Primed And Ready'
In a striking development involving the rapidly changing North Korean geopolitical situation, moments ago Voice of America reporter Steve Herman stated that according to US government and other sources, North Korea has "apparently placed a nuclear device in a tunnel and it could be detonated Saturday AM Korea time."....
Trump Gives States Power To Cut Off Planned Parenthood Money
President Trump signed a bill Thursday freeing states to withhold federal family planning grant money from Planned Parenthood, marking the first major pro-life legislation to be signed into law in more than a decade.....
Christianity Today: Jesus Died to Redeem Our Sleep
...What has Easter to do with sleep? Cultures have recognized the close relationship between sleep and death for millennia...Homer and Virgil call sleep (hypnos) and death (thanatos) brothers. In the Bible, sleep is often a euphemism for death. Jesus himself made use of the poetic connection when speaking of Lazarus: “He went on to tell them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up’... then he told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead’” (John 11:11, 14). The world is in denial about the final state of man apart from the Cross, so naturally it also resents death’s cousin. ...
Adultery in 2017: Christians Rank Whether 11 Activities Always Count as Cheating
....Evangelicals are more likely than Americans on average, but less likely than mainline Protestants and Mormons, to consider romantic text messages as a form of infidelity, according to new research.
Flirtatious messages cross a line into cheating for 58 percent of evangelicals and over half of Americans overall, the survey found. Significantly more—75 percent of evangelicals and 69 percent of Americans—see sexually explicit texts as cheating.....
Christian Post: Louisiana Church Offering Drive-Thru Good Friday Prayers
A congregation in Louisiana is going to offer drive-thru prayers for commuters as part of the holy day of Good Friday. The goal of the drive-thru prayers is to reach the unchurched.....
Michael Brown: Why Don’t We Care About the Slaughter of Christians?
An airline passenger is violently hauled off a plane, and there is national outrage, rightly so. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that Assad is worse than Hitler, and again, there is national outrage, rightly so. 45 Egyptian Christians are slaughtered by ISIS while attending church services on Palm Sunday and scores of others are wounded, and there is barely a national yawn. How can this be?....
CBN News: Franklin Graham Responds to Saeed Abedini's Charges
Franklin Graham is responding to charges by former prisoner Saeed Abedini that the evangelist did little to help him after his release from an Iranian prison. CBN News followed the story of the imprisoned pastor.  Graham, CEO of Samaritan's Purse, campaigned for the persecuted pastor's release, making national media appearances along with Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, during his time in prison.  Abedini now claims Graham used him for his own personal gain and demands he repent.....
Senator to Trump: Remove Obama's 'Shame List' of Christian Colleges
A Republican senator has told President Donald Trump that the Department of Education must remove from its website a "shame list" of faith-based colleges that have asked for an exemption to Title IX discrimination law that was first published last year by the Barack Obama administration....
Olmstead: If It's Hard To Imagine A Day Without Your Phone, You Need To Do It
What would it be like to spend a day deviceless—without phone, iPad, computer, or television? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself lately. For some folks, modern technology doesn’t have a deep grasp. They see their smartphone as utilitarian and ignorable a device as their flip phone once was. Their television is either nonexistent, or easily turned on and off. Social media holds no special power over their lives. For others, the virtual world is all-encompassing—but they don’t care.....
Peter J. Leithart: The Unity of Christian Europe
....Signs of centrifugal forces are evident throughout the centuries leading up to the Reformation - reforming movements within the church, sometimes breaking free into independent movements; rival papacies, with kings taking sides, anticipating the anti-papalism of their......
Pastor Saeed Abedini's Divorce Finalized Amid Adultery, Conspiracy Allegations
Just over a year after his celebrated release from prison in Iran, persecuted Pastor Saeed Abedini's marriage to his wife, Naghmeh, came to a bitter end last Thursday under a cloud of whispers and accusations of adultery and conspiracy....
Geoffrey R. Kirkland: How To Pray for Families in Your Local Church
The Lord calls all believers to pray at all times in the Spirit...What a privilege. But it may appear to be daunting and a bit impossible to pray for everyone in your local church. Where do you begin? How do you start? What could be a helpful guide to aid you in praying for your local church?....
 
Relevant Mag: Do Christians Confuse Blessings With Success?
....In the United States, for the last hundred years, our notions of being blessed have been tied to health and wealth. It made sense. Our economy was growing, and each generation was doing better than the last. So we went from D.L. Moody’s rags-to-riches narrative booming through revivals to Oral Roberts’s prosperity gospel circuiting through our televisions. The Religious Right movements proclaimed that our nation was a wealthy nation because it was a Christian nation. God had blessed us. But it might be time for us to rethink our notions of “blessing.”....
 
Pew Research Center: The Changing Global Religious Landscape
More babies were born to Christian mothers than to members of any other religion in recent years, reflecting Christianity’s continued status as the world’s largest religious group. But this is unlikely to be the case for much longer: Less than 20 years from now, the number of babies born to Muslims is expected to modestly exceed births to Christians, according to new Pew Research Center demographic estimates.....
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Headlines & Articles — Thursday, April 13th, 2017
Michael Snyder: Will Most Americans Be Absolutely Blindsided By Multiple Wars and a Simultaneous Economic Collapse?
According to CBS News, an astounding three-fourths of all Americans have to “scramble to cover their living costs” each month.  In other words, most of the country is either living paycheck to paycheck or very close to it.  But instead of tightening their belts and trying to put something away for the very hard times that are coming, most Americans are completely and utterly unprepared for... .
Muslim Anti-Christian Incitement Rises in Crisis-Torn Egypt
For years, Egyptian Copt Michel Fahmy could hear a Muslim preacher invoking God’s wrath on Christians in sermons blared over loudspeakers from a mosque near his home. The radical message, he says, is a reason for jihadist attacks on his minority like the twin bombings of churches on Sunday that killed 45 people. Sunday’s attacks followed a December 11 suicide bombing in a Cairo church. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for all three.....
NY Times: For Alabama Christians, Governor Bentley's Downfall Is a Bitter Blow
As governor, Robert Bentley would quote the Bible before the Alabama Legislature and say that God had elevated him to the State Capitol. In his dermatology practice, in the city where he was a Baptist deacon, he sometimes witnessed to patients...To many of the conservative Christians who unexpectedly propelled Mr. Bentley, a Republican, into power, his demise was a dispiriting setback in an age when they feel their values are under siege.....
Gladstone Institute: Sentenced To Death For 'Insulting Islam'
To radical Islamist groups, Islam is not a religion which all are free to pursue; it is a weapon.  It is the most powerful tool that can be wielded with manipulative skill to control entire populations.  Beneath their fierce rule, every aspect of daily life is dictated.  What is worn, what is eaten, what you say and what you write are all scrutinized; violations of these stringent laws are met with extreme punishments. Can you imagine making a joke and facing death as a result? ..
Gateway Pundit: Target CEO Blindsided By Cost Of Conservative Boycott Over Transgender Bathrooms
Millions of Conservatives stopped giving their business to Target based on the company’s progressive policy on transgender bathrooms and it’s costing them big time. The company’s CEO recently realized how bad the damage is. The Business Insider reports via Yahoo News.......
Evangelical Churches Are Booming In Brazil's Poorest Communities
Evangelical churches are booming in traditionally Catholic Brazil, particularly among the country's most deprived communities. In Brazil's favelas, low-income slum settlements lacking access to resources such as healthcare, sanitation, transportation and property registration, the Church has become a vital support. 'The government doesn't help us so God is the only option for the poor,' Pastor Antonio, 37, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.....
Baptist Press: Restrictions, Hostilities Increase for People of Faith
The world's religious adherents experienced greater government restraints and social animosities after two years of declines, according to a newly released study. The Pew Research Center reported Tuesday (April 11) the percentage of countries with "high" or "very high" levels of anti-religious policies or acts increased in 2015. The share of countries with such levels of government restrictions edged up....
Christian Today: Saeed Abedini Launches Bitter Attack on Franklin Graham, Says Evangelist 'Used Him' for Fame and Fortune
Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was released from an Iranian prison last year, has hit out at the 'life-style'and alleged hypocrisy of Franklin Graham, the evangelist who has supported Abedini in the past. Now he has written on Facebook that he was 'used' by the likes of Graham, the president of the charity Samaritan's Purse, saying that 'persecuted' Christians such as himself have 'always have been used with famous and rich pastors and preachers who used us for fundraising and...to show themselves as saviors.....
Christian Post: Franklin Graham Disputes Pastor Saeed Abedini's Claim That He Used Him for Personal Gain
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, has shot down claims that he exploited the story of persecuted Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini while doing very little to help him after he was released from imprisonment in Iran last January.....
BBC: A Missing Pastor and the Disappearances Chilling Malaysia
On the morning of 13 February, Raymond Koh was exiting a highway in the leafy suburb of Kelana Jaya just outside of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. A widely circulated CCTV clip appears to show what happened next. A convoy of black SUVs and motorcycles is seen swooping down on his car and boxing it in by the side of the road. Then, several men jump out and run to Mr Koh. There is a flurry of activity, and the convoy moves off – along with his car. It is allegedly the last time anyone sees him.....
UK Independent: Quarter of UK Christians Do Not Believe In the Resurrection of Christ, Says Survey
....While 44 per cent of the population overall believes Christ returned from death according to the Bible story, the figure rises to just 72 per cent among Christians—despite the event being a central part of the faith......
Jonathan Watson: The Importance of Regenerate Church Membership
.... Theologically, this conviction is summarized in the doctrine of “regenerate [i.e. born again] church membership.” While the phrase “regenerate church membership” may sound theoretical and impractical, it is a doctrine of intense practical importance. Three key aspects of importance should be noted.....
NPR: Alabama Senate Says Church Can Start Its Own Police Force
A large church in Alabama is one step closer to creating its own police force, a move that seems to be without precedent in the U.S. The state's Senate has approved legislation that would give church police officers the same powers other law enforcement officers have in Alabama. Briarwood Presbyterian Church, a Birmingham megachurch "says it needs its own police officers to keep its school as well as its more than 4,000 person congregation safe," reports say.....
Tim Challies: 10 Ugly Numbers Describing Pornography Use in 2017
We all know that the world has become pornified, that the internet has made available to all of us an entire universe of pornographic content. Yet many of the statistics we rely on and commonly quote have become outdated. As technology changes and as new generations grow up, the pornographic landscape inevitably changes. I went looking for updated numbers and want to present some of them to you today.  ....
 
Tooley: We Know About the Religious Right But What About the Religious Left?
....The Religious Left has been for decades primarily white liberal Mainline Protestants, with a few Catholic social justice activists plus some Jewish groups. Black Protestant church leaders sometimes collaborate with the Religious Left but their theological and moral traditionalism has long prevented full alliance.Decades ago the Religious Left had institutional heft because it comprised the once well-funded and prestigious agencies of Mainline Protestant denominations and once powerful ecumenical groups like the National Council of Churches. ..
David R. Brumbelow: Baptists, Eastern Orthodox, and Hank Hanegraaff
It is reported that Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man, has left Evangelicalism and joined the Eastern Orthodox Church....Hanegraaff has apparently been evolving for some time.  I thought this might be a good time to point out some differences between Baptists, Evangelicals in general, and the Eastern Orthodox. ....
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
Maggie Gallagher: Did the 7th Circuit Just Rule That Christians Are Bigots?
Last week, the 7th Circuit Court rewrote the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The majority ruled in Kimberly Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College that the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s ban on sex discrimination now includes gay and lesbian discrimination. It’s a breathtaking power grab.....
Russell Moore Asks 'Who Would Jesus Abort?' After Abortionist Claims to Be Doing God's Work
Evangelical theologian Russell Moore has challenged an abortionist who claims that killing babies is part of his Christian faith, saying that what he's doing is redefining Christianity and "dehumanizing" Jesus Christ.....
Washington Post: How Fights Over Trump Have Led Evangelicals To Leave Their Churches
....Of those who said they had attended a house of worship in September, 14 percent reported that they had left that particular church by mid-November. That’s a proportion in line with several of our previous estimates from surveys in the 2000s. In the 2016 election, “leavers” were distributed across the religious population, and included 10 percent of evangelicals, 18 percent of mainline Protestants, and 11 percent of Catholics. This represents an enormous amount of churn in the religious economy.....
Gorsuch Will Have Immediate Effect on Gun Rights, Religious Liberty Cases
Justice Neil Gorsuch’s installation on the Supreme Court will likely have a dispositive effect on several high-profile cases, which could set a rightward tack for a bench that has listed to the left over the past year. In his first weeks on the tribunal, Gorsuch and his new colleagues will review a landmark establishment clause controversy and decide whether to hear cases implicating the rights of gun-owners and religious objectors.....
Todd Starnes: GOP Calls on Trump to Honor Promise to Defend Religious Liberty
In February President Trump made a promise to people of faith across the fruited plain. “My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land,” the president said at the National Prayer Breakfast. When he campaigned for the White House he stated that the “first priority of my administration will be to preserve and protect our religiously liberty.” “The First Amendment guarantees our right to practice our faith as we see fit … all the time, always, wherever,” he went on to say.....
Christian Post: Global Religious Restrictions Increased in 2015, Says Pew Report
The level of global restrictions on religion increased in 2015, according to a recently published article from the Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life.....
Snyder: 43 Facts About Love, Sex, Dating And Marriage That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
Is it more difficult for a woman to find a husband in America today compared to several decades ago?  If a couple lives together before marriage, are they more likely or less likely to get divorced?  Are married men more satisfied with their intimate relationships than single men are?  You will get answers to these questions and many more in this article, and what the numbers actually show may surprise you.  The truth is that there have been some......
Franklin Graham: Who Tried to Influence Election? CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Soros, Hollywood
...."If you really want to look at those who tried to influence the election, you need to start with CNN, CBS, ABC News, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, The New York Times, Washington Post, George Soros, Hollywood -- they all tried to influence the outcome of the election, one way or the other," said Rev. Graham. ....
Carl Lasner: The Left, Political Correctness and Cult Behavior
Michael Savage famously said that liberalism is a mental disorder. I think it is more precise to say that liberalism is a cult. Isolation, threats and routine shaming all serve to silence cult members who cross them, exactly as happens with political correctness. The dreaded label of racist or bigot chills most opposition. Those closest to you will ostracize you for expressing an incorrect view, exactly as in a cult.....
Atheist Mocks Bible, Praises 'Trinity of Science' in Invocation Before Iowa Legislature
A professing atheist recently delivered an opening invocation before the Iowa House of Representatives, in which he promoted atheistic ideals and converted a well-known Old Testament passage into a secular “prayer.” The Iowa House has a longstanding tradition of opening its meetings with prayers, which are typically offered by local pastors. However, on Wednesday, Justin Scott of the Eastern Iowa Atheists organization delivered what was reportedly the first ever atheistic invocation before the House. “Instead of closing your eyes and bowing your heads today, please keep your heads up and your eyes open to be fully alert in this moment,” Scott began....
Raymond Ibrahim: Forty-Four Dead Christians— Islam’s Latest Victims 
 Egypt’s Christians started Holy Week celebrations by being blown up yesterday.  Two Coptic Christian Orthodox churches packed with worshippers for Palm Sunday mass were attacked by Islamic suicide bombers; a total of 44 were killed and 126 wounded and mutilated. Horrific scenes of carnage—limbs and blood splattered on altars and pews—are being reported from both churches.   Twenty-seven people—initial reports indicate mostly children—were killed in St. George’s in Tanta, north Egypt.  “Where is the government?” yelled an angry Christian there to AP reporters. “There is no government! There was a clear lapse in security, which must be tightened from now on to save lives.” ..
Christianity Today: A Closer Look at Christians Who Don't Go to Church
When you ask someone about their faith, expect to hear a qualifier. Of course, there’s “spiritual but not religious,” a category that 11 percent of Americans now fall into, according to Barna Group research. (The figure could be at least double that if applied to all without a particular religious affiliation, often referred to as the “nones.”) But even Christianity comes with caveats. Some try to change up the term by saying, “I’m not a Christian, but a Christ-follower.”....
Joy Pullmann: Boys Will Keep Winning Girls’ Sports Trophies Until We Are Willing To Re-Assert Sex Distinctions
The latest girls’ 100- and 200-meter dash winner from Cromwell High School in Connecticut has some broad shoulders, manly biceps, and a mustache — because he’s not a girl. The power of social stigma is strong enough, however, in this politically and culturally Left community to coerce an entire girls’ track team and their families to affirm an idea their eyes and experiences can easily disprove and which is directly harmful to their own aspirations and children. Just listen to the 15-year-old transgender youth’s mother explain why she is willing to say.......
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