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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR APRIL 21st-30th, 2017
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Headlines & Articles — Friday, April 28th, 2017
Christian News Net: IRS Investigators Raid Texas Office of Prosperity Preacher Benny Hinn
Federal investigators raided the Texas office of prosperity preacher Benny Hinn after obtaining a warrant on Wednesday. U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators were seen carrying boxes out of the Grapevine facility throughout the day. “It looked like a big raid: people everywhere, police people everywhere out there, and just rushing in,” John Ebert, who works next door, also told local television station NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. Special Agent Michael Moseley with IRS Criminal Investigations told WFAA that a tax evasion investigation was underway....
NEWS HEADLINES
The Latest on Syria: Israel Intercepts Incoming ‘Target’ From Syria
An Israeli defense official says the military’s Patriot missile that was deployed earlier in the evening over the Golan Heights had struck an incoming drone from Syria. The official says the military is checking to see if it was a Russian aircraft that had entered the Israeli side on Thursday by mistake or if it was a Syrian one. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations....
The Stream: Why is the Trump Administration Continuing the Fight Against Nuns and Baptists?....
....For East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, and other plaintiffs bundled in the Fifth Circuit decision, the solution is simple. Because they won their case in the lower court, the only action the government needs to take is to drop the appeal. The cessation of hostilities would bring instant relief to all parties involved, including the Justice Department.
WND: Americans Say 'Enough' To Helping Needy Around the World
....According to a new study released Monday from Pew Research Center, 31 percent of Americans want to decrease spending for programs that help the needy. Twenty-nine percent say the government should spend more, and 38 percent say leave it the same. They also believe the nation should cut its spending on the State Department and its embassies.....
CBN News: Trump Cabinet Members Praying, Studying the Bible Together
Members of President Donald Trump's cabinet are gathering for prayer weekly. Vice President Mike Pence and eight cabinet secretaries sponsor the sessions, which occur weekly in Washington...Sponsors include Vice President Pence; Secretaries Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, Sonny Perdue, Rick Perry, Tom Price and Jeff Sessions; EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.....
UK Independent: Grandmothers' Smoking Linked to Autism Traits In Granddaughters, Study Finds....
Christian Post: Christian Student Kicked Out of University for Quoting Bible on Homosexuality in Legal Fight Against School
A Christian student in the U.K who last year was expelled from the University of Sheffield for quoting Bible verses calling homosexuality an "abomination" has won a judicial review into the case....
Hobby Lobby Founder Concerned About Trump, Obamacare Birth Control Mandate...
Breaking Israel News: Amalek Fought Israel on Biblical Battlefield of Rephidim. Today, New Generation of Ancient Enemy Appears on Same Site....
Daily Signal: The Insane Punishment a School Gave a Teen Over a Water Gun...
Biblical Archaeology: 53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically....
Profanity-Yelling Students Spit On, Vandalize Pro-Life Display on University Campus..
COMMENTARY & OPINION
Michael Snyder: The Real Reason For America’s Looming Retirement Crisis 
...Now that the Baby Boomers have started to retire, it is becoming clear that our society simply does not have the resources necessary to keep all of the promises that we have made to them. 
Amy Medina: Six Privileges of Living In a Wealthy Country.......
It is good to be reminded of the amazing privileges we enjoy by living in wealthy countries.
John D. Wilsey: Tocqueville—The 19th-Century Frenchman You Should Read....
Everett Piper: Bethlehem, Not Berkeley, Is the Birthplace of Free Speech...
Chancellor Dirks has stated that Berkeley is the home of the Free Speech Movement. I would beg to differ. Human freedom, intellectual or otherwise, was born in  Bethlehem some two thousand years ago.
Michael Brown: Bill Nye the Pervert Guy....
CHRISTIAN ARTICLES
Jesse Johnson: Three Problems with the Benedict Option....
....It necessitates a revisionist view of history (which I’ll call a “racial” problem), lacks the gospel (or, the “Catholic problem”), and sacrifices religious freedom (a “Baptist” problem)
George Stiekes: The Importance of Church Attendance....
Gospel Coalition: While Growing, India’s Churches Need Healthier Roots....
Hundreds of missions organizations and millions of dollars have poured into India in recent decades. Countless churches have been planted. But are they healthy? What kind of roots have they developed?
Chuck Phelps: Coming to Grips with God Given Gender...
Confusion with regard to one’s gender is becoming increasingly prevalent in America.  How’s should a Christian respond?  The book of Genesis has the answer. 
Andrew Davis: 10 Reasons to Be Humble Toward Opponents....
We should fight for biblical truth and not back down from doctrinal attacks. But we must always be humble toward our opponents.
Jim Campbell: Why Christians Should Support Religious Freedom for Everyone....
David Cloud: A Testing Mindset....
The heart and soul of discipleship and separation is a testing, vigilant mindset. This is the path of spiritual growth and protection.  Some Bible passages that instruct God’s people to have this mindset...
Blazing Center: God Desires To Bless You Infinitely More Than You Can Imagine....
He has made an unbreakable, unchangeable promise to never stop doing good to us.
Andrew Wilson: Why the Lord’s Prayer Is So Offensive....
Anyone who thinks the Lord’s Prayer is not offensive simply hasn’t been listening. 
 
The Blaze: Christian Widow Stuns TV Host When She Forgives ISIS Terrorist Who Killed Her Husband
“Egyptian Christians are made of steel.” Those are the words Amr Adeeb, host of Egypt’s ONTV, reportedly uttered after a 10-second pause following one Coptic Christian’s surprising willingness to forgive the Islamic State terrorist who killed her husband during the Palm Sunday bombings that targeted two Egyptian churches earlier this month. The comments from Samira Fahmi, whose husband Naseem Fahmi died intercepting one of the suicide bombers at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt, clearly impacted Adeeb....
Christian News Net: Wisconsin Police Department Removes Prayer Plaque Following Atheist Complaint
A police department in Wisconsin has removed a prayer plaque from its walls following receipt of a complaint from a prominent professing atheist organization. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the Onalaska Police Department after being informed by a local resident—who it left anonymous—that a “Police Officer’s Prayer” plaque had been displayed on the wall in a public area of the police station. “Lord, I ask you to be with me in a very special way as I face the challenges that I must face each day,” it reads in part.  FFRF asserted the display was unconstitutional because it called upon God for strength for the duty...
Taigen Joos: Four Examples of Improper Values for Christians
One reason why I believe that American Christianity is struggling to remain true to the historic Christian faith is because we have devoured the mentality of the “American Dream.” Prosperity, indulgence, and individualism are steadily consuming us, making American Christianity a consumer driven “market” rather than a distinctly different and eternally relevant message of hope and salvation. While much could be said about this (and has been said by others) I offer four examples of how the value system of American Christianity has tainted and damaged the historic Christian faith.....
Tim Challies: Eight Sins You Commit Whenever You Look at Porn
We know that pornography is an ugly and harmful sin. We know that those who indulge in porn have committed the sin of lust, but there is so much more to it than that. When you open your browser and begin to look at those images and videos, you are sinning in ways that go far beyond lust. Here are 8 sins you commit when you look at porn.  You commit the sin of idolatry. All sin is idolatry, an attempt to find joy and satisfaction.... 
 
Joe Carter: Beware of Broken Wolves 
....But there is a particularly nasty breed of wolf that often goes unnoticed, a type that we might call the “Broken Wolf.” These are the false teachers who use their own authenticity, pain, and brokenness to attract believers who are also suffering and broken—and then using their “brokenness” to lead the sheep to turn away from God’s Word and embrace sin. They blend into the flock because Christians are not—and should not be—suspicious of broken people. They appear “in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matt. 7:15). Here are three reasons Broken Wolves are a grave danger to your family and to your local congregation....
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Headlines & Articles — Thursday, April 27th, 2017
UK Daily Mail: Kim Jong-Un Prepares For War
Kim Jong-Un's army readied for war as they fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during North Korea's 'largest ever' live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday. Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength to celebrate 85 years since the North Korean army was created. Kim saluted the military as he watched the exercises on Tuesday, which involved the firing of more than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces and included submarine torpedo-attacks. Just one day later, South Korea conducted joint military live-fire drills with the US at Seungjin fire training field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea.....
News Headlines....
NBC News: Public Needs To Know How To Respond In Nuclear Attack, Experts Say
...Some leading emergency response planners view the persistent menace of North Korea as a new opportunity: reason to alert the American public that a limited nuclear attack can be survivable, with a few precautions......
The Stream: Turkey Bombs Syrian Christians. Will Trump Act to Protect Them?..
Elderly Couple Die Side by Side on Same Day after 77 Years of Marriage Together....
Kentucky Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Elective Bible Courses in Public Schools
Kentucky's governor recently signed a bill into law that authorizes public school boards to allow schools to offer elective Bible literacy courses and provides state guidance to help establish such classes..
The Atlantic: ALABAMA MULLS CREATING A CHURCH-RUN POLICE DEPARTMENT
...This month, Alabama could add to their ranks something unprecedented in American history: a police department operated by a church.....
CBN News: Government Commission Says Russia Should be Labeled One of World's Worst Violators of Religious Freedom....
Deseret News: 'Netflix for Christians' Just Expanded In a Major Way....
PureFlix.com announced Tuesday that it will add its service to Android-based TV platforms and Apple TV as a part of an overall expansion of the movie streaming service. 
Whatever Is Pure: Cedarville Requires Professors to Apply Philippians 4:8
This spring, Cedarville University enacted new curriculum guidelines inspired by Philippians 4:8 and aimed at purifying coursework of erotic and graphic content. Cedarville, a buttoned-up Baptist school with a 130-year Christian history, is not the kind of place where professors assign Fifty Shades of Grey or anything close. But administrators want to err on the side of caution. ...
CBN News:Daughter of Facebook Murder Victim Shares How Souls Are Turning to Christ Because of Family's Forgiveness!....
For the First Time, Russia Ranked Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom..
From Lifezette:
Teacher, LGBT Partner Are ‘Anti-Christian Bigots’ for Banning Cross Necklace....
Faith and Millennials— Bringing Them Back into the Fold....
Faith Groups Still in Limbo Under Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate....
Jackie Robinson’s Faith on the Field....
From The Christian Post:
Congressional Republicans Urge Trump to Sign Religious Liberty Executive Order....
Four Pro-Life Accomplishments During Trump's First 100 Days....
Chechnya to 'Eliminate' Entire Gay Population Ahead of Islamic Ramadan....
Dangers of Porn: NY Parish Tackles What Many Churches Are Ignoring....
World's Largest Jesus Christ Statue to Be Built in Most Populous Muslim Nation?....
James Dobson Reflects on 40 Years In Broadcasting: I Will Never Apologize for Defending Unborn, Marriage....
National Review: Coptic Christians’ Endless Struggle for Survival in Egypt....
West Virginia School District in Legal Battle Over Bible Classes....
Commentary & Opinion....
Rachel Alexander: Christians Are the Least Judgmental People....
David Ruzicka: Loving Yourself Won't Make You Happy....
American Conservative: Is There a Constitutional Right to Carry a Gun?....
Christian Articles....
IMB: Workplace Evangelism Abroad Begins with Workplace Evangelism at Home...
9Marks: Must Every Christian Evangelize?....
Tim Challies: The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church....
9Marks:  Three Ingredients for an Evangelistic Church Culture....
Thom Rainer: 10 Common Sentiments Pastors Wish They Could Express....
 
China Gripped By Revival as 'Hundreds of Millions Turn to Religion and Faith'
Forty-one years after China's Cultural Revolution snuffed out all forms of religious expression, hundreds of millions of Chinese people are flocking to religions like Christianity.Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ian Johnson believes what's transpiring in China is nothing short of "one of the world's great spiritual revivals" and says the world better take note because the impact of this "spiritual transformation" could have significant global implications.  Johnson spent six years researching the "values and faiths of today's China." He says the fastest-growing drivers of this "religious revolution" are unregistered churches or so-called "house" or "underground" churches....
 
Atlas Obscura: The Forgotten American Missionaries of Pyongyang
It may be difficult to imagine from the perspective of the 21st century, but the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang once had at its center a community of Americans—Christian missionaries who lived there from 1895 to 1942.  This long-lost mission, almost unknown even to Korea experts on both sides of the Pacific, was part of a pre-Second World War American Christian presence in Korea that achieved its greatest success in Pyongyang. The current capital was then the home of the largest Christian community in Korea and the center of the Presbyterian Church in Asia......
Freedom Outpost: Science Is Not God, So Why Do So Many People Keep Trying To Turn It Into A Religion?
....Google defines science as “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.”  Personally, I very much believe in the scientific method because it has helped us to understand a great deal about how our world operates. But in recent years, many in the scientific community have elevated “theory” to the same level as “fact”, and those that dare to question the most cherished theories of the scientific priesthood are often persecuted greatly.  Just ask all of the professors that have been “purged” from universities all across.......
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
CBN News: The Clock on America's Ticking Debt Bomb Is About to Speed Up
The Federal Reserve is getting ready to raise its target interest rate after allowing it to sit at historically low levels for years.  With $20 trillion in national debt, this could be an expensive proposition for Washington and taxpayers. ....
Frontpage: The Green Cult’s Holy Week
 Hard upon Passover and Easter Week comes the two high holy days for the Green Cult, last Saturday’s Earth Day, and next Saturday’s People’s Climate March. This two-bit nature-worship calls itself “environmentalism,” but like another pseudo-science that ravaged the modern world, Marxism, this “ism” is definitely a “wasm,” its contradictions, hypocrisies, and cognitive incoherence patent. But just as Marx’s poltergeist lives on in various collectivists ideologies, environmentalism exacts a huge cost from those who can least afford it. Resource management is an obvious imperative for human beings. We are practically and morally obliged to use nature in such a way that we maximize benefits for all people, and leave for those who come after us the resources for maintaining and improving their lives. Our earthly home is not the wild, the untouched nature that.....
In Surprising Shift, Lebanon Seeks Permanent Ceasefire With Israel
ebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri asked the United Nations Friday for help in forging a permanent cease-fire with Israel. “I urge the U.N. secretary-general to support efforts to secure, as soon as possible, a state of permanent ceasefire. This is long overdue and my government is committed to move this agenda forward,” Hariri said, Reuters reported.....
Christian Post: Evangelicals, Pentecostals Are More Likely Than Other Christians to Be Persecuted, Says Report
Evangelicals and Pentecostal Christians are most at risk among persecuted Christians in part because of their zeal to evangelize, a new study shows. Key findings of "In Response to Persecution," a new study of Notre Dame's Under Caesar's Sword project, were revealed Thursday at the National Press Club where panelists mentioned several times during a discussion that evangelicals and Pentecostals are targeted for persecution more intensely than mainline, Catholic, and Orthodox believers.......
Jehovah's Witnesses Banned by Russia's Supreme Court After 'Extremist' Tag Upheld
Russia’s Supreme Court has declared Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization, ordering its assets liquidated and banning all activities in the country, Russian state media reported Thursday. The ban will not come into force until after the group’s appeal is heard. The ruling upholds a claim made by Russia’s Ministry of Justice. Responding to the ruling, Yaroslav Sivulskiy, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, confirmed that the Jehovah’s Witnesses will be appealing the ruling.....
America Unraveling: Anne Graham Lotz Warns We Must Return to 'In God We Trust'
Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has warned that the United States is "disintegrating into anger, anarchy, division" because of its "rejection of God." The daughter of evangelist Billy Graham and founder of AnGeL Ministries told the Biblical Recorder in an interview that prayer is America's answer.....
Harvard University LGBT Fact Sheet Claims Gender Can 'Change Day to Day'
A new Harvard University factsheet on gender dysphoria is urging students to "fight transphobia" by learning what the university claims are facts associated with the fluidity of gender....
 
 
Daily Wire: The Genocide Of Down Syndrome Infants Continues Unabated
Mikayla Holmgren couldn't have had a more difficult start. She was born six weeks premature, she was missing an esophagus, and she was diagnosed with Down syndrome. In the 22 years since her birth, however, Mikayla hasn't simply walked through life, she's charged through it. A dancer and a gymnast, Holmgren has shown a desire for the spotlight....Having conquered gymnastics and dance, Mikayla has decided to take on another challenge - the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.  ...
Germany's Speech Police Target Truth, Spawning Cold War Flashbacks
....When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and East Germany collapsed, East Germans looked forward to living in freedom. But now, some are beginning to wonder just how free the new Germany is.  Last year a married couple was convicted for creating a Facebook group that criticized the government's open-door migration policy.  At the trial, the man complained that Germans cannot be critical of refugees without getting labeled 'Nazi.'  And 60 others accused of writing so-called hate speech online had their homes raided by police...
Loretta Lynch OUTED in Front of Nation & It All Points Back to Hillary Investigation
James Comey did have reasons for approaching Hillary’s email scandal the way he did and they all involved Loretta Lynch, it would seem. He didn’t trust her or other Obama officials at the Justice Department. He was afraid they would cover up for the Hildabeast, which they did. I believe Comey… partially. In the end, he tried to please both sides and wound up being hated by......
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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, April 22nd-23rd, 2017
Breitbart News: ‘Shattered’ Revelation— Clinton Campaign Hatched Russian 
Hacking Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary’s Loss
The new Clinton campaign tell-all, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, reveals how Hillary Clinton personally placed blame for her bruising defeat on Russian meddling “within twenty-four hours of her concession speech.”....
SBC Voices: SBC In Free-Fall Compared to Southern Population, But There Is Hope
....We all know about the flatlining and then declining numbers of the SBC related to baptisms, church membership, and worship attendance. We’ve talked about them for years, heard warnings years ago, and we’ve seen it with our own eyes. While SBC megachurches are still doing well numbers wise, there continues to be consolidation going on, churches struggling, and many churches in steep decline. With the new numbers set to come out in the next few weeks, an overall analysis might be helpful....
‘Separation of Church and State!’: Leftist Activists Disrupt Michigan Town Hall
A group of leftist activists wearing pink pussy hats disrupted a Christian opening prayer at Rep. Jack Bergman’s (R-MI) Thursday evening town hall in Gaylord, Michigan, shouting, “Separation of church and state!” as other constituents stood with their heads bowed in respect.....
Christian Post: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Most Effective Ways to Combat Christian Persecution— Report
A new study released this week reveals the extent of Christian persecution worldwide and the effective strategies the oppressed are employing to combat it...The study found that 43 percent of persecuted Christians respond to persecution primarily with what are called "strategies of survival," which includes adapting ones life and practices to blend into the community, going underground, or fleeing the land altogether.....
Breitbart News: Second Detroit Doctor Busted in Female Genital Mutilation Ring
Dr. Fakhruddin Attar was arrested in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan Friday, accused, along with his wife Farida Attar, of involvement in the same female genital mutilation conspiracy that led to the landmark arrest last week of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala.....
Florida Teacher Bans Cross Necklaces in Class, Promotes LGBT Day of Silence
A national religious liberty law firm is threatening to sue a Florida public school district over allegations that a high school math teacher forced Christian students to remove cross necklaces and that she is engaging in LGBT activism in her classroom.....
Are School-Issued Computers Spying On Your Kids?
There was widespread outrage back in 2010, when it was discovered that a Philadelphia school district had issued laptops to students with a very creepy function.  Unbeknown to both students and parents, school officials had the ability to remotely access the webcams on the laptops, and spy on the students in their homes.  Seven years later, school-issued computers are still spying on students, albeit in more subtle ways.....
Christianity Today: What Can the Church Learn about Sexual Harassment, Accusations, & Transparency from the Bill O'Reilly Debacle?
The explosive controversy surrounding Bill O'Reilly has captured the attention of global news networks, and his sudden departure has sparked conversation about harassment, bullying, and organizational response...There are many lessons Fox News needs to learn from this situation, and certainly O’Reilly has a lot to learn as well.  But I'm wondering something different.  I want to know, what can the Church learn from this debacle?  Here are some thoughts.....
Erik Raymond: We Need More ‘Parlour Preachers’
.... The 19th-century English pastor and author Charles Bridges writes in his book The Christian Ministry that we need more “parlour preaching.” He defines this as “the ability to introduce the subject of religion seasonably and acceptably into social intercourse.” This, Bridges says, “is one of the most valuable talents to the church.”....
 
Push To Rebuild Jerusalem Temple Has Earth-Shaking Implications
There is probably not a more disputed parcel of real estate than the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. A portion of the land there is occupied by an Islamic mosque, yet there are developing plans to rebuild the prophesied third Jewish Temple. That leaves the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a political situation that offers no easy way out. One American pastor now is telling Christians they need to pay careful attention to what happens next.....
Christian Post: 'Bible Answer Man' Booted From Bott Radio Network After Hank Hanegraaff Joins Orthodox Church
The "Bible Answer Man" radio show program with Hank Hanegraaff has been booted from Bott Radio Network over concerns regarding biblical accuracy, following Hanegraaff's conversion into the Eastern Orthodox Church......
Daily Signal: What This Supreme Court Case Could Mean for School Choice
.....The Supreme Court has already acknowledged and disavowed the discriminatory history of Blaine Amendments...Based on oral arguments from Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, the Supreme Court is once again preparing to issue a decision on the question of state aid to a religious institution. As Elizabeth Slattery, legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center, notes: “If Trinity Lutheran wins the day, it will be a signal to states that they may not discriminate against churches under the guise of Blaine Amendments.”.....
Bible Mesh: How Christianity
Conquered Rome
....Even though the cities were unpleasant places to live, they were the population and intellectual centers of the empire, and they provided Christians with opportunities for numerical growth and cultural influence. Indeed, Christianity eventually dominated the empire by taking root in almost all the major cities of the ancient Mediterranean world, from Alexandria in North Africa to Cordova in Spain.....
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Headlines & Articles — Friday, April 21st, 2017
Supreme Court Ponders Striking Down State Constitution Anti-Faith Amendments
The Supreme Court seems poised to strike down constitutional amendments in 39 states that forbid tax money from going to churches after Wednesday’s oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, unless two procedural issues derail the case at the last minute.....
Christian Post: Church-State Playground BattleLiberal Supreme Court Justices Appear to Side With Church
The state of Missouri rejecting a Christian preschool from accessing its scrap tire program to resurface its playground is religious discrimination, religious liberty advocates said outside the Supreme Court Wednesday. And the court's liberal justices reportedly seemed to concur with that during oral arguments in what some consider this cycle's marquee case, Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer...
Census: More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With a Spouse
Four decades ago, in the mid-1970s, young American adults--in the 18-to-34 age bracket--were far more likely to be married and living with a spouse than living in their parents’ home. But that is no longer the case, according to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau. “There are now more young people living with their parents than in any other arrangement,” says the Census Bureau study.....
Chinese Officials Arrest Pastor For Singing 'Jesus Loves You'
Taiwanese Pastor Xu Rongzhang was arrested in China over Easter weekend. His crime? The pastor is accused of leading a gathering of Christians in the popular worship song “Jesus Loves You.” Pastor Xu was detained in the city of Zhengzhou in the Henan province for the offense. He was in jail only for a few hours, but the Henan authorities refused to turn over his confiscated identification and travel documents until Monday. According to Communist officials, singing the song is an illegal religious activity. ....
CBN News: Georgia College Argues In Court That Gospel Message Incited 'Hostility' and 'Fighting Words'
A Georgia college has filed a motion to dismiss a First Amendment lawsuit by claiming it removed a Christian student from campus because his discussion of the Gospel incited "hostility" and "fighting words." The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is suing Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) for censoring college student Chike Uzuegbunam.  Uzuegbunam was repeatedly stopped from discussing his Christian faith on campus, even after following the school's strict guidelines.....
Americans Are Swamped In $1 Trillion of Credit Card Debt
Americans now owe $1 trillion in credit card debt, with an average monthly balance of about $9,600 for borrowers who don’t pay their cards in full each month.....
Nazworth: Fake News— Are Evangelicals the Problem?
It's refreshing to find secular sources finally concerned about truth, now that Donald Trump is president. But blaming evangelicals, who've been fighting the "truth is relative" concept in America for over 100 years, is misplaced.....
CNS News Commentary: It's Time For an About-Face on Facebook
A verdict has just been passed on Facebook, and the news is not good. A new study has come out pointing out the negative effects of Facebook. This study claims to be much more rigorous than those of the past. Of course, Facebook has always had its enemies. 
Christian Post: ISIS Attempted Terror Attack on St. Catherine's Monastery in Egypt Leaves 1 Officer Dead, 4 Wounded
The Islamic State terror group killed one police officer and wounded four others in a foiled attack at St. Catherine's monastery in Sinai, Egypt, one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world...
Maples: The Bible Answer Man, Hank Hanegraaff, Leaves the Christian Faith?
There are numerous reports that Hank Hanegraaff, the well-known talk show host, and evangelical apologist known as “The Bible Answer Man,” has left the biblical Christian faith for Greek Orthodox tradition...It is also reported that Hanegraaff hinted at his possible conversion while defending the Orthodox tradition on his radio program a few weeks ago. The Orthodox Church is a false expression of Christianity, much like the Roman Catholic Church, that is highly driven by graven images and denies the biblical doctrine of salvation by grace alone through faith alone, and instead, trusts in......
Christian Post: Religious Left Emergence 'Unlikely,' Polling Expert Says
The predicted emergence of a "Religious Left" to counter the political agenda of the Republican-dominated White House and Congress is unlikely, according to an expert from a left-leaning polling organization.....
 
Ch Today: Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as Extremists
It’s official. Jehovah’s Witnesses can no longer practice their faith freely in Russia, where the Supreme Court on Thursday declared the pacifist religious organization an “extremist group” and banned all of its activity. The judge ordered all 395 local chapters and its Russian headquarters to close and authorized the government to seize all property. Under the ruling, distributing copies of the Watchtower, discussing their beliefs in public, or even worshipping at a meeting hall has become a crime. A lawyer for Russia’s justice ministry, Svetlana Borisova, told the court that Jehovah’s Witnesses “pose a threat to the rights of the citizens, public order and public security,” according to media reports.....
Swedes Microchip Themselves, Become Guinea Pigs in Digital Dystopia
....Over a thousand of Swedes have chosen to voluntary implant a microchip under their skin to keep track of personal health data and avoid the necessity of having to remember a password. The technology used to chip people is roughly the same being used on dogs and cats. Using today’s cutting-edge technology, a microchip, which takes half a second to install, can be read from several decimeters’ distance, and its contents can be altered using a mobile phone. From that moment onwards, the digital microchip may be used for such features as opening and unlocking doors, paying for goods and services.......
New Yorker: War, Terrorism, and the Christian Exodus from the Middle East
....Syria’s Christians are part of a mass exodus taking place throughout the Middle East, the cradle of the faith. Today, Christians are only about four per cent of the region’s more than four hundred million people—and probably less. They “have been subject to vicious murders at the hands of terrorist groups, forced out of their ancestral lands by civil wars, suffered societal intolerance fomented by Islamist groups, and subjected to institutional discrimination found in the legal codes and official practices of many Middle Eastern countries,” several said....
Ch Today: Scoot Over, You're In My Seat!
....Whether it’s a courtside sports bench, a desk in the classroom, or a pew in church, people routinely sit in the same places. In every church I’ve been part of—from a 3,000-member downtown church in the Deep South to a small congregation in Pennsylvania farm country— members tend to pick their seats and stick with them, sometimes for generations...
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