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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR MAY 11th-20th, 2017
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WEEKEND EDITION May 20th, 2017
The Long DelayWill the US Embassy Ever Move to Jerusalem?
More than 60 influential U.S. Christian leaders sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. Embassy there. But a White House official told Reuters though President Trump wants to move the embassy to Jerusalem, he won't do it now since he feels it would complicate a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.  It was a campaign promise candidate Donald Trump stated over and over. "We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem," he frequently said on the campaign trail, inevitably to resounding applause. But when President Trump visits Israel, he won't fulfill that promise. It's yet another chapter in American's long diplomatic history in the Holy Land.....
NPR: Wading Into Murky Waters, Trump Trip To Advocate Religious Unity
Donald Trump's first overseas trip as president began Friday with a pilgrimage of sorts. With stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, Trump will be visiting the centers of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the three major monotheistic religions. But he's wading into deep waters with potential for missteps and disagreement. He'll meet with Muslim leaders despite declaring that "Islam hates us" during the campaign; he'll meet with Pope Francis, who advocates for countries to be welcoming to refugees.....
Israel Today: Israeli President— Christians Are Our Brothers
Israel President Reuven Rivlin said during a meeting with church leaders in Jerusalem that Christians and Jews are “brothers.” Rivlin invited the heads of the various churches in Jerusalem to his official residence on the occasion of Easter....
kansascity.com:Will Trump Pick Brownback For Religious Freedom Role?
Gov. Sam Brownback’s name has been floated by religious leaders in recent weeks as a possible pick for an ambassadorship focused on promoting religious liberty worldwide. The position, which was established in 1998, is relatively obscure compared to some of the positions the two-term governor and former U.S. senator was rumored to be in the running for after Trump’s election, but religious organizations that have been pushing for a swift appointment say it’s critically important to the goal of world peace......
Texas Attorney General Moves to Intervene in Lawsuit Against Judge Sued Over Chaplain-Presented Prayers
The attorney general of Texas has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against a judge who was sued by a prominent professing atheist organization over his practice of opening court with a chaplain-presented prayer. “The lawsuit against Judge Mack is an affront to religious liberty and yet another attempt to push religious expression from public life,” Ken Paxton said......
Wives of Imprisoned Chinese Rights Activists Detail Their Husbands' Torture, Persecution
The wives of Chinese human rights lawyers imprisoned and tortured by the government in China detailed their husbands' experiences and told members of Congress Thursday that families are also being persecuted by the Chinese government.
CBN News: Protestors Rally for Jakarta's Christian Governor
Christian Post: Actor Steve McQueen Was Found Clutching Billy Graham's Bible When He Died, Greg Laurie Says
Hollywood icon Steve McQueen, who accepted Christ months before he was diagnosed with fatal cancer, died clutching legendary evangelist Billy Graham's Bible, California pastor Greg Laurie's new book on the salvation of the "King of Cool" explains.
Evangelical Focus: Romania Close to Ban on Same-Sex 'Marriage'
The Romanian Chamber of Deputies has voted in favor of a proposal to amend the Constitution to ensure that marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman.
'I Can't Take Christ Off Like a Sweater,' Says Christian Woman Penalized for Religious Beliefs
A number of American Christian business owners and professionals have spoken out about their need for religious freedom and to be protected from anti-LGBT discrimination lawsuits, arguing that they cannot simply put away their faith at work.
Breitbart: Planned Parenthood Clinics Closing Rapidly
Despite increases in taxpayer funding and donations from celebrities, Planned Parenthood facilities are closing rapidly throughout the country due to financial problems.
CNS News: Franklin Graham: 'All Churches Should Pull Out of the Boy Scouts Organization'
Ancient Origins: From Christendom to EuropeHow a Continent Got Its Identity
RT.com: Secular Brits Now Outnumber Christians, But Islam and Hinduism Are Growing
In 1983, the number of Anglicans accounted for 40 percent of Britain’s population. The research also shows a spike in the number of ‘nonverts’, namely people who have been brought up believing in a certain religion, but who have turned to be non-religious.
Unlocking the Bible: Six Things to Know About God’s Wrath
....This theme of the wrath (or anger) of God toward sin and sinners is clearly and widely taught in the Bible. This truth is so interwoven with the hope of our peace with one another and with God that if we lose our grasp on the one, we lose our hope of the other.....
David Cloud: Early Baptists Required Faithful Church Attendance
Church members today often display an amazingly cavalier attitude toward church attendance. It is not uncommon for churches that run 200 in attendance on Sunday mornings to have half or less of that number back on Sunday night and even fewer for the mid-week service. Church membership was treated much more seriously in Baptist churches four hundred years ago. ....
 
Puder:Revisiting the Six Day War
Even secular non-believing Israelis considered the hand of God in this war. 
June 5th, 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War in which Israel vanquished the Arab armies arrayed against it.  Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon were the main combatants, but others also took part in the war as auxiliaries... I was  a young draftee facing a war on an Israeli airbase.....
Tony Reinke: Your Phone Is Changing You 
“Are you using your phone, or is your phone using you? Can you put it down? Can you turn it off?” These were the blunt rhetorical questions asked by Denzel Washington in a recent interview with BBC television...The question is not merely rhetorical. We feel the changes inside of us. We all know that the more addicted we become to our phones, the more prone we are to all sorts of psychological and physiological consequences. ....
 
Cuban Pastor Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Homeschooling His Children 
A Cuban pastor has been sentenced to one year in prison for homeschooling his children, and his wife has been ordered to spend a year under house arrest. “This is a great injustice,” Ramón Rigal told the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. “They are trying to force us to send our children only to state schools—not having the option for the children to be taught at home. They should respect the right that parents have  to teach their children and to respect their faith and the right to homeschool.”.....
Russell Moore: In Defense of the Unspoken Prayer Request
...Lord knows we need lots of things changed in American Christian culture, but the unspoken prayer request isn’t one of them...The person who asks for a request that is “unspoken,” though, is almost always someone genuinely grappling with a burden or a dilemma. The burden is so great that he or she doesn’t even feel ready to talk about what that burden is. Why would we not want that?....
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FRIDAY EDITION May 19th, 2017
Daily Signal:Why North Korea's Latest Missile Launch Should Worry Washington
....Saturday’s successful launch means Pyongyang’s quest to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile is progressing more quickly than previously thought. This January, analysts greeted with skepticism Kim Jong Un’s claim that he had an ICBM in the “late stages of development.” There are far fewer skeptics today. Saturday’s launch may have been the missile’s maiden test flight. .
USA Today: Franklin Graham Says Christians Are Under Attack, and Should Not Hesitate To Engage In Politics
Evangelist Franklin Graham said he believes Christianity has been attacked and marginalized by “anti-Christ” media and a liberal government and that it is time for Christians to become more active in politics.....
Star-Tribune: More Folks Over 50 Are 'Shacking Up'
....The number of people over 50 who cohabit with an unmarried partner jumped 75 percent from 2007 to 2016, the Pew Research Center reported last month — the highest increase in any age group. “It was a striking finding,” said Renee Stepler, a Pew research analyst. ...
West Coast Seismic Activity Raise Concerns of Possible Earthquakes
Mt St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Hood are all major volcanoes that lie along the infamous “Ring of Fire” that runs down the west coast of the United States, and all of the seismic activity that has been taking place in the region has many concerned about what may happen next.....
Christian Post:Cuban Pastor, Wife Sentenced to Jail for Homeschooling Their Children; Advocates Demand Asylum
A Cuban evangelical pastor was sentenced to prison because he removed his kids from the state-run communist schools to homeschool them. Homeschooling advocates are calling upon the Trump administration to grant them asylum in the United States.....
Pro-Gay Theresa May Insists Anglicans Should Not Be Forced to Perform Gay Marriages
British Prime Minister Theresa May, a Christian and a vicar's daughter, said that the Church of England should not be forced to perform gay marriages if it does not want to, despite her personal acceptance of homosexuality.....
Samuel Emadi: Why You Will Join the Wrong Church
.... Christians most often push eject on their membership not because they’re upset at the church’s budget or because they disagree on matters of polity. Instead, Christians leave their churches for the same reason people leave their marriages: a lack of relational depth and affection. .
 Josh Buice: Three Errors of the 'Word of Faith' Preaching
....Today, the Word of Faith movement is large—and is the prominent flavor of theology found on the popular Trinity Broadcasting Network.  When you hear popular voices like Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer speak, they are employing the tactics of the Word of Faith system.....
Don Johnson:Learning From 'Last Century’s Fundamentalists'
....The fractured state of Christendom is getting more fractured by the hour in today’s world. One wonders how this state of things appears to the lost world, and how effective our proclamation of truth can be to them. The church is in such a mess, how can the lost be assured of the right version of the gospel story? No wonder post-modernism reigns in so many hearts and minds.....
OTHER HEADLINES
Mosque Takes Over Pentecostal Church as Pastor Prays to Allah
Enormous Underwater Structure in the Sea of Galilee is a Mystery to Archaeologists
Jerusalem Mayor: Move US Embassy, Regardless of Possible Violence
'Bible Answer Man' Says Tumors Have Spread Throughout Body
The Holy Sites That Trump Will Visit: Why This Matters
Trump Admin. Expands Pro-Life Policy to Ensure No Taxpayer Funds for Abortion Overseas
Christian Geologist Sues Nat Park Service for Denying Request For Research In Grand Canyon
 
British Town in Revolt After Local Church Bans Yoga Because It Is ‘Non-Christian’
Churchgoers in Wales have threatened to boycott a church after it banned yoga from its building, claiming it’s “non Christian.” ...A part of St David’s Church, in the Welsh town of Blaenporth, is currently being converted into a community center following the residents’ complaints that the town lacked facilities for activities. Local people, however, were outraged that the Church’s administration decided that, while pilates would be allowed in the center, yoga will be prohibited – together with other “non-Christian activities”, The Telegraph reported. ....
Eric Metaxas: Russia's Crackdown on Religious Minorities
Russia's ongoing persecution of religious minorities — including evangelicals — and of missionaries and evangelists over the last year has earned it a place for the first time among the world's worst countries for religious liberty....
Cloud: The Church’s Atmosphere of Charity
Charity is a “fundamental” and an “essential” of a New Testament church.  Love is the essence of God’s character. He does not merely have love; He is love (1 Jn. 4:8). Love is of God (1 Jn. 4:7). All love flows from Him. When parents long for their children to love one another, that is just a little snippet of God’s Father heart. Love is the essence of God’s commandments (Ro. 13:8-10). Love is the royal law (Jas. 2:8). God’s kingdom is a........
Thomas Overmiller: A Spectator In Your Church
Are you a spectator in your own church? What I mean to ask is whether you watch what’s going on or whether you participate. Perhaps you are like many believers, adopting the mistaken idea that church is a place to go on Sunday, when its convenient. And when you go, you sit down to observe what’s going on. While there, you might engage in some small talk with a handful of other people who treat church the same way. And if........
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WEDNESDAY EDITION May 17th, 2017
Reuters: Trump Administration Vastly Expands Global Anti-Abortion Policy
The Trump administration said on Monday it was vastly expanding the scope of a policy blocking U.S. assistance to foreign groups that perform or provide information about abortions, a move critics say will hinder women’s access to critical care…The policy, introduced in 1984, holds that no U.S. government funding for family planning services can be given to.........
Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse Brings End Times Speculation
A total solar eclipse will be visible in the U.S. on August 21, 2017. Some are speculating that this may be a sign of the end times and Christ’s return.....The eclipse will be visible in 14 states, as well as in parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. This will be the first solar eclipse visible in the U.S. in 26 years. Although, if you want to see it, you will have to be prepared, as it will only last a couple minutes.....
Christian Post: Trump Pushed for Release of American Pastor During Meeting With Turkey President, Source Says
President Donald Trump made imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson a topic of discussion during his meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, a source with inside knowledge of the discussions told The Christian Post......
Newsmax: Trump, Pence Urge Turkey's Erdogan to Free US Pastor
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence double-teamed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, respectfully but repeatedly urging him Tuesday to free U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson, the missionary imprisoned in Turkey seven months ago for alleged crimes.......
China Could Become the Biggest Christian Nation by 2030s
The rapid spread of Christianity in China is well documented, but few would have imagined the communist country might one day become the most populous Christian nation on the planet.  In fact, the country is said to be on track to having the largest Christian population in.......
CBN News: For Every New Christian In the UK, 26 More Leave the Faith
Christianity may be on the rise across Asia, Africa and South America, but it is sharply declining in the United Kingdom.  A new report from The Benedict XVI Center for Religion and Society at St. Mary's University discovered an alarming trend. .....
Canadian Elementary School Letter: Mothers’ Day Cancelled To ‘Nurture’ Students Part of Non-Traditional Families’ 
Canadian elementary school has nixed any celebrations for Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day in “effort to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and also nurture our students who are part of non-traditional families.”....
 
CBN News:Is Western Wall in Israel? White House Declines to Say
The White House is declining to say whether or not the Western Wall is located in Israel. "The Western Wall is obviously one of the holiest sites in the Jewish faith. It's clearly in Jerusalem, but there's been -- it's an issues that's had serious consideration," Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during an off-camera briefing Tuesday. His answer followed first a dodge and then a non-answer by National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster during a separeate press briefing earlier in the day.....
500,000 People Watch Pope Francis Create Two Child Saints Who Spoke With Demons In Fatima Vision
Clutching Babylonian rosary beads and praying to statues, the Roman Catholic faithful showed up in massive numbers to worship at the feet of Pope Francis as he declared two children who were visited by demons at Fatima in 1917 to be “saints”. During the mass, he held high an Egyptian sun disk as he prayed...
Christians Slam 'Demonic' Practice of Turning Frozen Embryo Children Into Jewelry for Parents
Pro-life Christians have slammed an Australian company's controversial practice of turning frozen embryo children into jewelry for parents, with some arguing that it is "demonic."....
Christian Headlines: Wife of Slain Missionary Forgives Husband’s Persecutors
The wife of a Christian missionary who was tortured and killed says she forgave her husband’s murderers because Jesus told her to do so. Susanna Geske told The Christian Post that she felt “empty” after the death of her husband, Tilmann Geske. Geske, a German missionary, was killed along with two Turkish converts from Islam at a Bible publishing house in Turkey in 2007.....
Am. Conservative: Trump Reverses Obama on Religious Colleges
Last August, the Obama administration ordered schools to change their policies in order to be open to students without reference to biological sex. This order—which was rescinded by  Trump in February—threatened religious freedom in schools in......
Acton: Will Big Data Hurt the Creditworthiness of Christians?
....The key finding, as Stephens-Davidowitz notes, is that, “If someone writes ‘I promise I will pay back, so help me God,’ he is among the least likely to pay you back.” This conclusion is a depressing, though not all that surprising, commentary on integrity in the modern age. The most untrustworthy are often the most likely to expect people to trust them based on nothing more than their oath to God. ...
Am. Conservative: What Americans Think About Open Marriages
In a long piece for The New York Times, Susan Dominus asked the question, “Is an open marriage a happier marriage?” The article presented a flattering portrayal of non-monogamous relationships, and suggested that the taboo against such arrangements is eroding.  Unsurprisingly, many social conservatives were horrified by the normalization of open marriages...
CBN News: A Christian Exodus Sweeps the Middle East
A senior U.S. official says the battle to retake control of Iraq's second largest city of Mosul from ISIS terrorists is approaching its final stages."It's really just a matter of time," Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition against ISIS told reporters while visiting the Iraqi city.....
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TUESDAY EDITION May 16th, 2017
Cyberattack Victims Begin to Assess Financial Damage
As day four of a globe-spanning cyberattack brought with it a marked slowdown in the spread of infected computers, governments and companies started to count the costs. Hundreds of thousands of users were infected by a strain of so-called ransomware, called WannaCry, that scrambled files of victims and demanded ransom via bitcoin to decrypt them again. The malware spread around the globe Friday, before slowing over the weekend.....
Jewish Press: Trump Hoping to Jump-Start Peace Process Next Week
President Donald Trump intends to express his hopes to “leaders and peoples alike, across the entire trip” for a “just and lasting peace” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority...
Joe Carter: Why Religious Liberty Should Be a Foreign Policy Priority
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recently released the 2017 edition of its annual report on religious liberty around the world. In their report, the USCIRF documents religious freedom abuses and violations in 36 countries and makes country-specific policy recommendations for U.S. policy. One country worthy of particular attention is Russia. For the first time Russia has been designated as a “country of particular concern” under the International Religious Freedom Act for “severe violations of religious freedom.”....
You Can Debate Franklin Graham on Martyrs, But Not the World's Persecution Problem
....what is not in dispute is that religious freedom violations have hit record highs in recent years, as extensively documented in the latest reports from Open Doors, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, the US State Department, and Under Caesar’s Sword, among others.  A leading cause has been ISIS attacks on Christians, which advocates argued was “genocide”, and the State Department finally agreed.....
CBN News: China Could Become the Biggest Christian Nation by 2030s
The rapid spread of Christianity in China is well documented, but few would have imagined the communist country might one day become the most populous Christian nation on the planet. In fact, the country is said to be on track to having the largest Christian population in the world by 2030, according to Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF).....
Mohler: Performing Abortion Is “God’s Work?” The Real Story of Christianity and Abortion
...Decades after they thought they had put the matter to rest with the Roe v. Wade decision, America’s conscience is more troubled than ever, and near panic appears regularly to break out among abortion activists. Such a panic is now underway, and the defenders of abortion are trotting out some of their most dishonest arguments. One of the worst is the claim that Christians have only recently become concerned about the sanctity of human life and the evil of abortion.....
Michael New: The Problem With Media Coverage of Trump's Pro-Life Appointments
Last month, President Donald Trump appointed two well-known pro-life activists to important positions in the Department of Health and Human Services.....
 
Brown: Getting Rid of Mother's Day and Father's Day to 'Celebrate Diversity'?
I'm going to make a bold prediction. Mother's Day and Father's Day will outlive the social engineers who want to reconstruct or deconstruct or remove or redefine these special days. That's because moms and dads are here to stay, no matter what society says.....
Snyder: Only 37 Percent Of Evangelical Christians Believe That Going To A Strip Club Without Your Spouse Is Cheating
If a husband goes to a strip club without his wife and spends hours watching other women dance around naked, would that be considered cheating? Of course the answer is yes, but I was astounded when I came across a recent survey that found that only 37 percent of evangelical Christians agree with me.....
Americans More Accepting of Immorality Than Ever Before, Gallup Finds
Gallup released the findings of their annual "Values and Beliefs" survey, which found that on many social issues Americans have the "most left-leaning" views to date. On issues like divorce, same-sex relationships, having a child out of wedlock, and polygamy, Americans have either tied past record high support or broken the record for acceptance......
The Stream: Kentucky Appeals Court Favors Christian T-Shirt Printer in Religious Freedom Case
...Adamson owns a printing shop in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2012, the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) requested t-shirts for a pride parade. Adamson declined the order based on his Christian beliefs. He referred GLSO to another shop that would make the t-shirts for the same price. ...
Christians in India Forced to Convert Back to Hinduism: 'They Cannot Take Jesus From My Heart'
A number of Christians in tribal villages in India have reportedly been punished with severe financial penalties for attending church on Easter last month, with some being forced to reconvert back to Hinduism....
 
CBN News: 'We Thought We Were Losing Israel Forever' —Israelis Remember the Six-Day War
After 2,000 years of occupation by various world conquerors, Jerusalem was reunited under Jewish sovereignty in the 1967 Six-Day War. But since then, that victory has pitted much of the world against Israel and even divided Israelis. ....
Ibrahim: The Devastating Cost Of ‘Blaspheming’ Against Muhammad
...Because the word of a Christian “infidel” is not valid against the word of a Muslim, accusations of blasphemy, often with little or no evidence, routinely lead to the beating, imprisonment, and possible killing of Christians and other minorities every month in Pakistan.....
Christians Jumping to 'Shameful Conclusions' About Bible Answer Man's Conversion: Daughter of CRI Founder
The daughter of the Christian Research Institute's founder considers its president, "Bible Answer Man" Hank Hanegraaff, a brother in Christ despite theological objections from fellow Christians following his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.....
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MONDAY EDITION May 15th, 2017
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The American Conservative: Gallup On Post-Christian America
Gallup reports that the United States is now more socially liberal than it ever has been.
Americans continue to express an increasingly liberal outlook on what is morally acceptable, as their views on 10 of 19 moral issues that Gallup measures are the most left-leaning or permissive they have been to date. The percentages of U.S. adults who believe birth control, divorce, sex between unmarried people, gay or lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage, doctor-assisted suicide, pornography and polygamy are morally acceptable practices have tied record highs or set new ones this year. At the same time, record lows say the death penalty and medical testing on animals are morally acceptable...
North Korea Fires Another Ballistic Missile Against US Warnings—Lands Near Russia
On Sunday, North Korea fired a ballistic missile that ultimately landed in a sea near Russia, drawing condemnation from the United States and regional allies, including South Korea and Japan. “The U.S. military's Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile that was fired but it was ‘not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile,’ Reuters reports. ...
Falwell: Trump Gave 'Best Commencement Speech Liberty Has Ever Had'
Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, praised President Trump on Sunday, saying his commencement address was the “best commencement speech Liberty has ever had.”  “Every seat was filled,” Falwell told Fox News, noting that 50,000 people showed up to see the president speak.  “He knocked it out of the park. He really, it was such an inspirational speech. It was geared towards the graduates. He was speaking directly to them. He was inspiring them.”....
Pope Francis Confounds Liberal Media, Refuses to Dis Trump
Despite an NBC journalist’s best efforts to trick the Pope into saying something negative about President Trump, Francis held his ground Saturday, saying he looked forward to hearing what the President has to say at their upcoming meeting...
NY Times: Cyberattack's Impact Could Worsen in 'Second Wave' of Ransomware
Security experts are warning that the global cyberattack that began on Friday is likely to be magnified in the new workweek as users return to their offices and turn on their computers. Many workers, particularly in Asia, had logged off on Friday before the malicious software, stolen from the United States government, began proliferating across computer systems around the world. So the true effect of the attack may emerge on Monday as employees return and log in.....
Politico: White House Calls Emergency Meetings as Global Cyberattack Spreads
The Trump administration hastily called emergency meetings Friday and Saturday to contain fallout from the ongoing global ransomware campaign that has now hit victims in at least 150 countries, including the U.S....
Israel on High Alert for Cyber Attacks Following Global Onslaught
In order to ensure Israel’s preparedness against the ongoing threat, National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz declared an increased state of cyber alert for the country’s energy and water infrastructure on Saturday afternoon......
National Review:‘Polyamory’ Is a Modern Name for a Backwards Practice
In the mid-1800's, polygamy was considered a 'relic of barbarism.' And yet, 155 years later, the concept is creeping back into the mainstream, with the blessings of popular culture.....
Breitbart News:Christian Zionist Group Publishes Policy Paper Urging Trump to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) has called on President Donald Trump to right an “historic injustice” and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.....
Trump Should Adopt an International Religious-Freedom Policy With Teeth
....Millions of religious minorities across the globe face violence, sexual abuse, and constant harassment for keeping their faith. According to the latest report by the Pew Research Center on global restrictions on religion, Christians are the most persecuted group in the world, facing harassment in 128 countries. Their plight should move Americans, especially U.S. Christians, to act.  This week, some are pledging to do so. Vice President Mike Pence joined......
Christian Today: Archaeologists Discover Ancient Churches Near the Sea of Galilee
Archeologists digging the ancient city of Hippos-Sussita near the Sea of Galilee have unearthed a cluster of churches that may have existed in the late fifth or early sixth century. The expedition has found six to seven places of worship so far, indicating a mutual tolerance among Christian sects during that time. Hippos-Sussita was one of the region's 10 cities in the eastern........
In Nashville, Tennessee Area, A Sex-Club Posed As a Church
The Metropolitan Government has filed a complaint seeking an injunction to permanently close a controversial swingers club in Madison. The filing made Thursday in General Sessions court, states that a permit had been issued to operate a church at 520 Lentz Ave in Madison, but instead the owners have been operating a sex club.....
Christian Today:  Is a Shift In Theology Enough to Stop Mainline Church Decline?
Is there hope for the mainline Church in America? Or is it possible that the decline is so great that mainline Protestants won't last much longer than '23 Easters'? It's likely that mainline churches may need more than theological renewal in order to survive.....
Pastor, Christian Activist Released From Sudanese Prison by Presidential Pardon
A pastor and another Christian serving a 12-year sentence in Sudan were freed today after they were granted a presidential pardon, sources said. Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor had been in prison since his arrest in December 2015, as was Abdulmonem Abdumawla of Darfur. ....
Christian Post: Trump's Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Defends Religious Freedom
A week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order defending religious liberty, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a new policy statement to reestablish the "Department's commitment to safeguarding every American's First Amendment rights, particularly the right to free speech and the right to free religious exercise."....
 
Over 8 In 10 Americans Reported To Be Concerned About Nation's Moral Decline
More than eight out of 10 Americans are concerned about the direction of moral behaviour, according to LifeWay Research. LifeWay found that 81 per cent of people who responded to its survey agreed with the statement.'I am concerned about declining moral behavior in our nation.' There is some variation in how strongly held this belief is, though. Nearly half (46 per cent) of respondents said they 'strongly agree', while 35 per cent said they 'agree'.....
Lifezette: What Millennials Think About Religious Liberty May Shock You
Nine out of 10 millennials support First Amendment rights and religious freedom, according to a new poll. Yet the results may not be as clear-cut as they seem at first...“There’s a vast, silent majority of millennials who embrace these freedoms, and those are the young men and women we are seeing in our programs.”....
 
Christianity Today: Why US Christians Risk Their Lives to Teach In North Korea
The recent arrest of two American citizens working in North Korea has brought attention to the curious case of Pyongyang University of Science & Technology, an American-founded, evangelical-affiliated school in the capital city of the world’s most notorious dictatorship. It’s hard to think of a less likely place for American Christians to teach than North Korea, a country the United States has not had diplo- matic ties with for over 60 years and where religious freedom does not exist......
David Cloud: The Bible and America’s Government
The Bible had a powerful influence upon America’s government and founding political documents.The nearly 180 years between the founding of Jamestown Colony (1607) and the ratification of the U.S. Constitution (1788) was an intense experiment in human government, and it was an experiment in which the Bible played a prominent role.  No other “religion” could have produced America than Bible Christianity. Roman Catholicism never produced anything like America. Hindus and Buddhists never produced anything like America. Atheists never produced anything like America. Islam certainly never produced anything like America. ....
Trump to Advocate for Peace, Religious Tolerance in First Overseas Trip
On his first international trip next month, President Donald Trump will "broadcast a message of unity … to the faithful of three of the world's greatest religions" and seek to strengthen American alliances,  security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster said.....
Christianity Today: Many Practicing Christians Agree with Marxism (and Other Worldviews)
They identify as Christians, attend church at least once a month, and say their faith is very important in their lives. Barna Group calls them “practicing Christians.” But according to a new report by Barna and Summit Ministries, in addition to their Christian beliefs, many practicing Christians have embraced beliefs from other ideologies.....
Kentucky Names Southern Baptist Leader to Fix Broken Foster Care
...The governor and his wife spent two years trying to adopt an 11-year-old girl from Kentucky but the state ultimately rejected their application. They went on to adopt four children from Ethiopia.....
CBN News: Learning Program Pushes LGBT Agenda on Homeschooled Children
Khan Academy, a learning program aimed at homeschooled students, has begun pushing an LGBT agenda, according to LifeSite News. On one of Kahn's English quizzes, students are given the following question. "Brittany and Sofia went to lunch with their ___ every day." Students are then forced to choose between two answers: "wives," and "wifes."....
Gratitude: Who Knew Its Vital Role in Great Marriages?
....Even if practiced by only by one partner, gratitude can inject new life into a marriage, leading to greater happiness and satisfaction for both spouses......
 
Fox News: Opioid Addiction Crisis Spurs Brutal Candor In Obituaries
...It’s a grim trend that follows the explosion of deaths around the country due to opioid addiction. Once a forum for sweet memories and floral language, obituaries for the casualties of opioids are becoming a platform for frank cautionary tales.....
Prime Minister Theresa Says Christian Faith Helped Her Cope With Infertility
...Prime Minster Theresa May told BBC1's One Show that her battle with infertility often cast a shadow over the Mother's Day, but said her Christian faith helped her to cope......
ERLC: WHAT OUR STAY-AT-HOME MOM TAUGHT US ABOUT HUMAN DIGNITY
...You can’t google our mother and see her accolades. She doesn’t speak or write for others. She has no public platform. She doesn’t even have a Facebook account. Yet, for our lives and ministries, she has been more influential than any other person. ..
The Radical Christian Aristocrat: Who Was Count Nicholas von Zindendorf?
This count was a rare thing: both noble aristocrat and radical Christian missionary – and his work transformed the church....
Minnesota City to Allow Satanic Temple to Place Monument In Veterans Park
Officials in a Minnesota city have agreed to allow the Satanic Temple, which does not believe in a literal Satan, to erect a monument in its Veterans Park after the group applied for inclusion now that a “limited public forum” has been created in the park to allow the presence of a cross that upset atheists.....
Don Johnson:Pulpit or Pew – How 
Our Place In the Church Affects 
Our View of Separation
...The average Christian's concern is not the compromise of some popular preacher in some state, far removed from his own, but it is the more basic question, “Where shall I worship God with my family? Where can I serve without violating my conscience?” ....
Mark Tooley: Jen Hatmaker, LGBTQ and Apostolicity
...This unending public quarrel within historic Protestantism and modern evangelicalism sometimes lacks decorum. But it also is key to the spiritual energy and organizing genius that has driven this movement originated.....
Layton Talbert: The Book of Ezra, Part 1
...One of the most valuable lessons of history is that the basics — the nature of God and the nature of man — never change. “Secular history” is a misnomer, an oxymoron. All history is theological.....
John C. Richards: The Scandalizing Exclusivity of Jesus
In today’s culture, claims of exclusivity are met with the resistance of a toddler pushing back a plate of broccoli. This is especially true of religious claims. Religious pluralism is more palatable for Western society and this worldview rules the day.....
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WEEKEND EDITION May 13th-14th, 2017
Bloomberg: Modern Motherhood Has Economists Worried
Motherhood is changing, as are mothers' working lives—and those changes have economists concerned. For a while, women around the world were making clear economic progress. More of them were working, and they were earning more (and boosting the global economy in the process).
But in the past few decades, that progress has stalled. Women's participation in the U.S. workforce peaked two decades ago. And today, women are making big changes to when, and whether, they have children. Economists have begun paying attention....
CBN News: 'College Campuses Are Not Free Speech Areas': Professor Attacks Pro-Life Students
Pro-life students at Fresno State University filed a lawsuit against a professor who destroyed the group's pro-life messages on campus. The Students for Life group at California State University, Fresno, wrote a pro-life message in chalk on school grounds... The professor is seen on tape scrubbing the pro-life message off the sidewalk and encouraging his students to join him. ....
Michael Snyder: Scientific And Religious Leaders Both Agree That Cataclysmic Disasters And Mass Death Are In Humanity’s Future
Are we on the verge of the worst times in all of human history? We live at a moment when prominent leaders in the scientific world and in the religious world are both urgently warning that humanity could soon be facing a nightmarish apocalyptic future. ....
Brewer: North Korea's Christians Are Suffering—We Cannot Forget Them
...The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — a communist state of 25 million souls — is considered the most secretive nation on earth. Driven by the Kim family into isolation and a cultic reverence to the royal family, this small nation now threatens to destabilize the world with nuclear warfare. Yet, while rumors fly about secret islands used to stage missile launches, and stories emerge of U.S. citizens being held in hard labor camps, a whole narrative of persecution against Christians goes largely unreported in the media.....
Why Are Evangelicals In Italy Having To Fight to Keep Their Churches Open?
Evangelical Christians in Italy are fighting to defend their churches after more than 20 have been shut down in the last three years. Local authorities are closing evangelical worship centres in northern Italy because they are not technically authorised to function as churches, Evangelical Focus reports. In the Lombardy region alone, 27 places of worship have been closed. This affected around 40 Christian communities because some were used by more than one....
VP Pence: 'America Will Stand by Followers of Christ' Against Global Attacks
Some say that Christendom is facing more persecution right now than at any other time in modern history. More than 200 million Christians in some 50 nations are facing high, very high or even extreme persecution. Just about every month more than 300 are killed for their faith. Often believers facing such danger and living under such threat feel isolated and alone.  That's why evangelist Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association called for the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians this week in Washington, D.C....
Noah Beck: Palestinians Use Deception for Greater Acceptance
 The two main political groups that claim to represent Palestinians – the Islamist terror group Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) – have embarked on new campaigns of deception in order to gain greater international acceptance. PA President Mahmoud Abbas met with President Donald Trump last week to discuss the peace process. He blatantly lied throughout his public remarks....
Christian News Net: Texas House Advances Bill Allowing Foster, Adoption Agencies to Operate According to Their Faith
The Texas House of Representatives has advanced a bill that provides protections to foster care and adoption agencies operating in accordance with their faith. House Bill 3859 was approved 94-51 on Tuesday amid opposition from Democrats who asserted that the move was discriminatory against homosexuals, “transgenders” and those of other religions.....
Christian Post:ACLJ Meets With Trump, Urges Him to Bring Up Imprisoned US Pastor in Meeting With Turkey's Erdogan
A top conservative law group met with President Donald Trump on Thursday, asking him to speak out on the imprisonment of American Pastor Andrew Brunson during his upcoming meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.....
WND: Rebellion Grows Against Muslim Indoctrination In Schools
From coast to coast, parents are rebelling against what they describe as Islamic indoctrination of their children in public schools. In Florida, for example, parents are protesting a.......
Michael Brown: The Man Who Was Beheaded the Day He Became a Believer
Most of us are familiar with the story of the 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who held fast to their faith and were beheaded by ISIS in 2015. But did you know that one of the martyrs was from Chad, and he had not been a Christian prior to the day of his beheading?....
Christian Post: Church Bans 'Non-Christian' Yoga for Focus on Oneself Instead of God; Some Threaten Boycott
An Anglican church in Wales might face boycott from some in the community after it banned "non-Christian" yoga from the premises.....
Crowd Boos GOP Lawmaker for Invoking the Name of God - In a Church
Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) faced a loud and repeated chorus of screams and boos during a town hall with constituents Tuesday night when he stood for religious freedom. One of the questions posed to the congressman at the event, which was held at at Clover Hill Assembly of God in Midlothian, Virginia, CNN reported, wondered if Brat, “as a seminary graduate,” believes in the separation of church and state and whether it would be “acceptable” for churches to support specific political candidates. “Now that’s a loaded question,” Brat said. ....
81 Percent Of Americans Are ‘Concerned About Declining Moral Behavior In Our Nation’
Could it be possible that Americans are more concerned about declining standards of morality than most of us initially thought? A very surprising new survey conducted by LifeWay Research has discovered that a whopping 81 percent of Americans agree with this statement: “I am concerned about declining moral behavior in our nation.” It is quite obvious that moral behavior is.....
 
School Administrator Who Cursed at Teens Sharing Abortion Abolition Message on Sidewalk Resigns
The Pennsylvania school administrator who was recorded on camera cursing out two teenage abortion abolitionists last month as they held signs on the public sidewalk has resigned. Zach Ruff had been on leave from Downingtown STEM Academy since the incident went public, as the Downingtown Area School District decried his behavior as being unacceptable. Ruffs has now admitted his wrong according to the district.....
Christian Company Does Not Have to Make Gay Pride T-Shirts, Kentucky Appeals Court Rules
....A three judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Friday that Hands On Originals could not be forced to make T-shirts for an event its owner was morally opposed to on religious grounds. The panel upheld an earlier decision from the Fayette Circuit Court in favor of HOO and against an LGBT group and the Lexington Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission.....
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FRIDAY EDITION May 12th, 2017
The Federalist: Why So Many Mothers Secretly Loathe Mother’s Day
Before moms around the world start throwing things at the screen: If you like your Mother’s Day, you can keep your Mother’s Day. Moms deserve honor, respect, time, gifts, love, and appreciation in whatever form they like... That said, for a lot of moms (and dads) I know, the holiday has worn thin, often due to the burden of meeting unrealistic expectations during a period of life that’s already exhausting, overwhelming, and overburdened with tasks big and small. But there’s another unspoken reason that’s hard for many moms to articulate. I’ll try.....
Walter Williams: The Ugly Racism of Karl Marx
....Few people who call themselves Marxists have ever even bothered to read Das Kapital. If one did read it, he would see that people who call themselves Marxists have little in common with Marx. For those who see Marx as their hero, there are a few historical tidbits they might find interesting...Marx had a racial vision that might be interesting to his modern-day black supporters. Marx was also an anti-Semite, as seen in his essay titled “On the Jewish Question,” published in 1844. .
TGC: The Uncomfortable Subject Jesus Addressed More than Anyone Else
....The doctrine of hell is uncomfortable for most of us. However, our understanding of hell shapes our view of the gospel, God’s holiness, and our depravity. If we don’t accept the reality of hell, we won’t rightly understand the glory of the gospel.....
Prophecy News Watch: Would You Let Your Company Chip You?
Remember scenes from movies like Mission Impossible or Minority Report where people are subjected to microchip implants?  Well, it's not just in the movies anymore--it's real. Ask the employees of the Swedish company Epicenter, based in Stockholm, where it's routine to have your hand implanted as part of your new employee on-boarding process. ....
Daily Wire: Obama’s Former Defense Secretary: Yeah, We Lied To the Israelis That We’d Stop Iran from Going Nuclear 
In a profile of Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, a startling admission comes from Obama’s former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta; he states that Obama was lying when he said he was serious about preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons.....
 
Editor's Mother's Day Sermon: 
God As Our Mother Eagle
Motherhood has always been sacred in American society.  It has been a symbol of all that is good and right in our culture...In our present passage we find a strange occurrence.  God compares Himself to a mother eagle. Our God is an incomparable God.  It is difficult for man to understand His greatness and His  wonder.  God declares Himself in scripture by comparing His previously unknown attributes with other attributes that are known to mankind.  He uses many pictures and types in scripture to help us understand... ...
Cripplegate: Sleep Disorders and the Glory of God
....With sleeplessness comes unique suffering. The side-effects tend to be many, complex, and severe. It can be hard to understand. Perhaps at times, we could benefit to brush up on both the struggles and glories of sleep disorders..
Christian Firefighter, Axed for Sharing His Faith, Now Heading to WA High Court
A Christian firefighter will go before the Washington Supreme Court later this year, fighting for his religious rights. The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) has filed a legal brief on Capt. Jonathan Sprague's behalf, arguing that the Spokane Valley Fire Department fired him because he had expressed religious views. Sprague is encouraged that the....
T: Lesbian Granted 'Husband Rights' in Same-Sex Divorce
In the first ruling of its kind in the state, a Knox County judge has granted a woman the legal rights of a husband. The ruling came as the state Legislature was pushing through a bill designed to stop 4th Circuit Court Judge Greg McMillan - and any other judge in Tennessee - from making that very decision, court records show. In a reversal from  last year.........
Muslims Want 'Blasphemers' Identified And Prosecuted... Worldwide!
...."The aim is not simply to remove anything posted on the Internet deemed offensive to Islam, but to find out who posted it and prosecute them," says the non-profit charity Barnabas Aid, which assists persecuted Christians globally.....
Mormon Church Ending Boy Scouts Programs for Older Teens
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that it will be ending scouting programs for older teens, in a move that will take about 180,000 teenage boys out of the Boy Scouts of America.....
North Korean University Draws U.S. Evangelicals Despite Dangerous Risks
...The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) says its sole mission is to help North Korea's future elite learn the skills to modernize the isolated country and engage with the outside world. ....
Former Reagan Administration Official Is Warning Of A Financial Collapse Some Time ‘Between August And November’
If a former Reagan administration official is correct, we are likely to see the next major financial collapse by the end of 2017.  According to David Stockman,  the U.S. economy is in dire shape, and  he is convinced that the S&P 500 could soon crash “by 40% or even more...”....
Charlie Wallace: Mental Toughness and Following Christ
....The challenge for the Christ-follower is to be mentally tough in a different way. Being a mentally tough Christ-follower means the opposite of being mentally tough in the world. Worldly toughness involves digging deep down and looking inside yourself and grinding it out. However, to follow Christ means the opposite. It means to lose yourself completely and trust, not in yourself, but in Jesus.....
Texas House OKs Adoption Agencies Barring LGBT Families
Adoption agencies in Texas would be able to reject foster parents on religious grounds under a bill approved by the state’s  House of Representatives that critics say discriminates against LGBT Texans and non-Christians. Democrats and civil rights groups said the bill could allow private, faith-based foster care agencies to block parents who practice a different religion or who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender....
Pence: Trump Prays for Persecuted Christians, Says ISIS Will Be Destroyed
Vice President Pence reiterated the support of President Trump for persecuted Christians around the world, noting that both he and the president pray for them and that the terror group Islamic State will be destroyed "at its source."...
Erik Raymond: Pastoral Bullies
It was a bad day at church. What was supposed to be a blessed and meaningful worship experience felt like a punch in the gut.  What happened? Those in authority were selfish bullies. We read about these leaders in 1 Samuel. Eli’s sons aptly described by the author as “worthless men....”....
Michael Hyatt:How to Harness Sleep to Boost Your Productivity
....Folks may think it’s smart to skimp on sleep but “in reality, most of the people who are buying into that are not successful—they’re not even close to successful.” While a few “anomalies” might pull it off, most of eventually “fizzle out."....
Joe Carter: What Last Century’s Fundamentalists Can Teach Us About This Century’s Apostasy 
....Few changes in church history have occurred as rapidly as the acceptance of homosexual behavior within evangelicalism. In 2011 only 13 percent of white evangelicals favored same-sex marriage. By 2016 support had doubled to 27 percent. But that number obscures the generational divide. ...
David Cloud:Strong’s Concordance and James Strong
....There is no perfect Bible study tool, in my knowledge, and I have looked high and low... But the few defects of Strong’s Concordance are far outweighed by its great value, in my estimation. In fact, I am convinced that it is the most important Bible study tool ever made. As for James Strong (1822-1916), he might have contributed to the ASV......
Amy Hickman: An Unsure Calling
....Have you ever struggled with your calling? We probably all have. If we ever allow ourselves to fall in a comparison trap, we’ve probably all thought someone else could do a better job, tell a better story of life change, or was more “spiritual” than we are. The enemy likes to riddle our lives with a.....

 

Pew: Here’s How Badly Soviet Atheism Failed in Europe
This is how the Pew Research Center summarizes the surge of Christianity in Europe around the fallen Iron Curtain roughly 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. “The comeback of religion in a region once dominated by atheist regimes is striking,” states Pew in its latest report. Today, only 14 percent of the region’s population identify as atheists, agnostics, or “nones.” By comparison, 57 percent identify as Orthodox, and another 18 percent as Catholics......
Metaxas: Canada May Extend 'Right To Die' To The Mentally Ill
We could have predicted this: Canada may extend the "right to die" to the mentally ill. It's an evil idea. In 2015, Canada legalized physician-assisted suicide... Now, there's a campaign to extend what Canada calls "physician assistance in dying" beyond the terminally ill to include the mentally ill..
Christian Couple Found Guilty of Discrimination for Not Baking Gay Marriage Cake Take Case to U.K. Supreme Court
Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company in Northern Ireland, who last year were found guilty of having discriminated against gay people for refusing to make a cake promoting same-sex marriage, are now bringing their case to the U.K.'s Supreme Court....
Snyder: America Was Founded As a Christian Nation By Christians That Believed the Bible Is the Word Of God
One of the reasons why America has gotten so far off track is because most of the population has forgotten that our founders intended our country to be a Christian nation with laws based upon the principles found in the Word of God. The other day I encouraged.......
Brent Fulton:Unfinished Journey— How Christianity Came to China 
Christianity, with its strong Western influence, is at odds with China’s political system and culture and must be Sinicized if it’s going to have a future in China. This was the argument Zhuo Xinping—head of China’s Institute of World Religions—made in the United States last year. He contended that the Chinese will continue to resist Christianity’s expansion because it’s seen as a force of international confrontation. ..
Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female—and Childbearing 
The Atlantic recently reported the successful gestation of a premature lamb in an artificial womb...Although this technology is still at an early stage of development, it offers an exciting and welcome possibility for the care of premature infants in the future. The advent of such technologies will enable us to save lives that formerly would have been lost, and to minimize the harm to infants who are thrust too early from the womb. ....

 

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THURSDAY EDITION May 11th, 2017
CBN News: The Bible Confirmed— The War that Catapulted Archaeology in Jerusalem
In the past 50 years, archaeologists have uncovered some of history's most significant finds in and around Jerusalem. Those discoveries became possible when Israelis unified their ancient capital in June of 1967. When 10-year-old Eilat Mazar first heard that Israel recaptured the Old City, she felt as if part of her family had come home. "Even as a child, I mean very young, I could sense that this was a huge event," Mazar told CBN's Chris Mitchell. "It's like you get something back. People related to it like returning a lost son. That's what we were expecting, for now it's happening."  ....
Lifezette:Detention of American Christian In North Korea 'Concerning'
North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen — a self-described Christian missionary — which raises the number of Americans held in North Korea to four. Kim Hak-song, who was taken into custody Saturday (May 6), taught at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. The university, founded in 2010 with donations from South Korean and American Christians, including the Illinois-based Church of the Brethren, remains the only private university in the country....
Daily Signal: Blasphemy Charge Against Christian Governor Could Be a Sign of Deteriorating Religious Freedom in Indonesia
....The very existence of blasphemy laws in Indonesia is concerning. As a general matter, such laws are usually applied against minorities and poor people, but the high-profile nature of Ahok’s case has the potential to spark a broader controversy regarding the merit of these laws....
Christian Couple Found Guilty of Discrimination for Not Baking Gay Marriage Cake Take Case to Supreme Court
Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company in Northern Ireland, who last year were found guilty of having discriminated against gay people for refusing to make a cake promoting same-sex marriage, are now bringing their case to the U.K.'s Supreme Court.....
Lifezette:Democrats Wanted Comey Fired — Until Tuesday
....Over the course of just a few months, Schumer has shifted wildly on the FBI director. The Democratic leader heaped praise on Comey for decisions that benefitted Democrats and tried to damn Comey for decisions that hurt Democrats. On Tuesday, Schumer suggested the decision to fire Comey was indicative of a “cover-up.”....
 
The Federalist: Here's Why Christians Are Choosing To Leave The Girl Scouts
....Unlike the scouts, the American Heritage Girls doesn’t seek to sexualize young girls—it aims to instill Christian values and virtues... Maybe an organization which seeks to instill Christian virtues and values, and hold up role models committed to lives of purity, is a better fit for Catholic girls than, say, a secular organization—like the Girl Scouts—which holds up Margaret Sanger as a hero.....
Thom Rainer: Eight Reasons Churches May Become Too Busy
Most churches keep their members so busy they don’t have time to do ministry. Indeed, I spoke to a lay elder of a church recently who told me he simply did not have time to get to know his neighbors because he was so busy in his church. Something is not right with this picture.....
'Islam Wants Domination' Says Franklin Graham As Jakarta's Christian Governor Is Jailed for Blasphemy
 The world’s most populous Islamic country took another lurch backwards Tuesday when a court sentenced the capital city’s first Christian governor in half a century to two years’ imprisonment for “blasphemy.”....
Christian Bakers Fined for Refusing to Make ‘Gay Marriage’ Cake Get Surprise
Something quite surprising has happened to Christian bakers in Northern Ireland who were found guilty of discrimination for declining to make a cake that included the message “support gay marriage” on it: The bakery’s profits have increased....
61 Percent of Practicing Christians Agree With 'New Spirituality' Beliefs
A new survey reveals the scope of influence of non-Christian belief systems on the mindsets of practicing Christians, with large percentages of them agreeing with ideas from other faiths and secular philosophies......
Historic Campus Founded by D.L. Moody Turned over to New Owners
After a lengthy search, a historic campus founded by legendary Christian evangelist Dwight L. Moody in the 19th Century finally has new owners.The National Christian Foundation, a nonprofit charity based in Georgia, has signed over possession of the Northfield Campus in Northfield, Massachusetts, to Thomas Aquinas College and The Moody Center........
Trump's Army Secretary Nominee Forced Out Over Christian View of marriage
After pro-life, Christian social conservative Dr. Mark Green withdrew from consideration for Secretary of the Army on Friday, two leading Christian talk show hosts warned that America is in danger of having a pro-gay “litmus test” for public servants that effectively boxes out Bible-believing Christians......
First Things: Don’t Celebrate Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order
....Many religious conservatives have been celebrating the order. I’m not sure exactly why. On the first issue, the order does little of substance—though I’ll concede that doing nothing right now may be part of a sensible longer-term strategy. On the second issue, the order likewise does very little, and hints at an unwelcome change in American tradition that conservatives should resist. ....
State Department Releases 2017 Report On International Religious Freedom
....A wide range of U.S. government agencies and offices use the reports for such efforts as shaping policy and conducting diplomacy. The Secretary of State also uses the reports to help determine which countries have engaged in or tolerated “particularly severe violations....       A major concern addressed in this year’s report is that 'international religious freedom is worsening in both the depth and breadth of violations.' ...
Real Life 'Notebook': Elderly Couple Dies Holding Hands
An elderly Houston-area couple, whose love story stood the test of time, died in a manner many couples hope for: at the same time, while holding hands. Their obituary says, "Delma June Ledbetter and Thomas Charles Ledbetter went to be with Jesus; and with their parents and siblings in Heaven." Tom and Delma's love story of began 62 years ago. Amazingly, the couple married after knowing each other for only three weeks! ....
American Conservative:The Disgrace at Duke Divinity School
A report at The American Conservative tells of a brave professor at Duke Divinity School, Paul Griffiths, who is resisting a typically tendentious Maoist-style re-education camp. And naturally for this he is being branded a—wait for it!—racist, sexist, bigot. ....

 

 
Daily Wire: Trump Decides Not To Move U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem
...The U.S. Embassy will not be transferred to Jerusalem. President Trump decided, like his predecessors, to sign a waiver that would delay the move by half a year. This is in contrast to his repeated declarations in the past that he would move the embassy to the "eternal capital of the Jewish people." The decision was made in recent days. The “Jerusalem Law" stated........
Christian Post: MLB Hall-of-Famer Mike Schmidt Says Christian Players Were Stigmatized When He Played
Although Christian professional athletes today are not afraid to share their faith with the world, Philadelphia Phillies great Mike Schmidt explained last week that professional baseball players back in the '60s and '70s were much more hesitant to come out as Christians because of the negative stigma associated with faith in MLB clubhouses.....
Founders.org: Five Dead Baptist Theologians Every Pastor Should Read
....Baptists have a robust theological lineage... As pastors, we should be reading and engaging noted figures from our past and, as opportunity arises, we should make our congregations aware of our rich confessional, theological, and pulpit legacy. Toward that end, here are five Baptist theologians from the past I commend as must reading for every Baptist pastor.....

 

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