Says Almost as Many Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2015 as In ’12
Years In Vietnam’
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.....
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.
Gives Opening 'Prayer' in Iowa State House,
Trinity of Science'
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.....
Reveals Many Evangelicals Are Confused About Adultery
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
|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.......
in American Marriages, Couples Still Pay Most of Nation’s Taxes
tax rate for married filers was 16 percent, as opposed to unmarried filers,
who paid 13 percent on average.....
Three in Ten Germans Believe in Life After Death
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....
Sees Dramatic Fall, Further Decline Predicted
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.....
Have Entered A Time When Islamic Terrorists Will Be Specifically Targeting
Christians And Churches In America - Freedom Outpost
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
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
Locke on Scripture and Public Morality
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'
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."..
Post: Anne Graham Lotz Says 'America Is Disintegrating
Into Anarchy; Political Correctness Is Rejecting God'
Anne Graham Lotz has warned that the United States is "unraveling" and
"disintegrating" into anger and anarchy, due in part to its "rejection
Katy Perry Denounces Her Devoutly Christian Upbringing
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
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
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
Can’t Love Missions Without Loving the Local Church
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:
Preaching and the Public Invitation System
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
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
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......
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......
Sketchy Faith Healer Who Tried to Save New York From Vice
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. ....
Overmiller: The Ordinances and Pastoral Authority
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......
Kruger: The Achilles Heel of the New Perspective
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.....