NEWS ARCHIVE FOR JUNE 1st-10th, 2017
WEEKEND EDITION  JUNE 10th-11th, 2017
Christianity Today: Tragic Church Bus Crash Ends Student Mission Trip Before It Can Start
On the way to the Atlanta airport for a student mission trip to Africa, an Alabama church bus flipped in a crash with two other vehicles, killing a teen girl and injuring dozens more. The bus carried 38 passengers, mostly 11th and 12th-grade students, from Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, about three and a half hours away. The group, including a second bus from the church, was on their way to a flight bound for Botswana. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
UK Express: Christian Church Destroyed as Chinese Police Drag Worshippers Into Street and Beat Them
Violence broke out in Shanggiu in Henan province after 300 police officers and officials demolished the Shuangmiao Christian Church—which was under construction.  Officers dragged out around 40 Christians with one worshipper comparing the brutal scenes to the Japanese invasion of China during the Second World War, according to charity China Aid.  Eight Christians remain in custody following the incident amid a crackdown on churches by the communist regime.  China Aid said: “During the demolition, officials beat dozens of church members, pushing them to the ground and twisting their hands. “The church was completely razed, and a church member likened the scene to the Japanese invasion of China during World War II.
Water, Electricity Cut at House Churches in China for Refusing to Install Surveillance Equipment
 Disputes over government surveillance devices in house churches continue in China’s coastal Zhejiang as officials cut power and water supplies to several area churches and the homes of church leadership at the beginning of June.
Emma Green: Bernie Sanders’s Religious Test For Christians In Public Office
.....Where Sanders saw Islamophobia and intolerance, Vought believed he was stating a basic principle of his belief as an evangelical Christian: that faith in Jesus is the only pathway to salvation. And where Sanders believed he was policing bigotry in public office, others believed he was imposing a religious test.
John Daniel Davidson: Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Think Christians Are Fit For Public Office
...Sanders doesn’t think Christians are fit to serve in government because they’re bigots. Basic Christian theology, in Sanders’s view, “is indefensible, it is hateful, it is Islamophobic, and it is an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world.”
Trump Is 'Most Stunning Example of the Success of the Prosperity Gospel,' Expert Says
....Politicians and city leaders might look for support from prosperity preachers in certain ways, but because the movement's public profile is shady, they never looked for ways to openly advocate for their causes, Bowler noted.  Yet all that has changed with the man who now resides in the White House. "Donald Trump is the first American President whose only religious impulses arise from the American prosperity gospel," Bowler asserted.
Christianity Today: TBN's Jan Crouch Found Liable for Covering Up Granddaughter's Alleged Rape 
A California jury has found that the late Jan Crouch, the founder and popular face of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), is partly to blame for mishandling an incident when her teenage granddaughter was allegedly molested and raped at a telethon in 2006. Carra Crouch, now 24, was awarded $2 million in damages in a civil case against her grandmother over the emotional pain from when she says she was sexually assaulted by a TBN employee.
The Stream: Why We Kill Disabled Kids---For the Same Reason Cain Killed Abel
....It’s not enough that unborn children per se are as innocent as it is possible to be, after the Fall. We destroy one in three of those. In our rights-obsessed, virtue-signaling West that will turn reality upside down lest some drag queen be banned from the restroom of his choice … more than 90 percent of children detected with this disorder are killed in the womb. 
 World Mag: The Unintended Consequences of Gene Editing
A recent study is raising questions about whether the revolutionary gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 is ready for human tests. The study, published last week in Nature Methods, found the technology can cause hundreds of unintended, off-target mutations throughout the entire genome. The results come as China completes a second round of CRISPR clinical trials on humans. The United States is scheduled to begin human trials next year.
Breitbart News: Obama Warns Against Income Inequality While Delivering $7,700-a-Minute Speech
Former President Barack Obama spoke to the Chamber of Commerce in Montreal on Tuesday, warning against income inequality and the concentration of wealth—remarks from a man who reportedly commanded $400,000 a speech, or $7,700-a-minute at that rate, for his Canadian speech.
Joe Carter: Two U.S. Senators Apply an Anti-Christian Religious Test for Government Officials
 ...Within the span of six minutes, two U.S. Senators—Sanders and Van Hollen—shamed the people of Vermont, Maryland, and the rest of the United States by establishing a new religious test for government officials....We should not be suprised when such anti-Christian bias is expressed by groups like the ACLU. That organization has spent decades undermining the liberties of religious Americans. 
Linda Chavez: Political Cynicism and Religious Hypocrisy
While most eyes in the nation were focused on former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, some 1,500 evangelical Christian activists gathered in a Washington, D.C., hotel ballroom to listen to President Donald Trump tell them, "We are under siege." It was Trump's way of keeping his most loyal supporters fired up to fight the "forces of evil..."
Christians Outraged Over Textbooks in India Calling Jesus Christ a 'Demon'
The Christian community in Ahmedabad, India, is outraged that class 9 Hindi language textbooks refer to Jesus Christ as a "demon."
The Stream: Coach Kennedy, Fired for Praying After Football Games, Gets Day in Court Monday
The football coach fired for praying will have oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Monday.  Joe Kennedy is represented by First Liberty Institute, a religious freedom law firm.  “We feel very prepared,” said First Liberty attorney Mike Berry. But “it’s impossible to predict how oral arguments will go.”
Joe Carter: Supreme Court Delivers Religious Liberty Victory to Hospitals
On Monday the Supreme Court handed down an important ruling affirming that religiously affiliated organizations—including hospitals and colleges—are exempt from the U.S. Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). 
Andy Crouch: Two Billion Smartphones...What Do They Mean For Our Present World?
....In a single decade we have dashed from a world with zero smartphones (if you don’t count the clunky pre-2007 ancestors of the iPhone) to a world with 2 billion of them....We’re still getting over the jet lag, and the queasy discovery that although we bought these devices because of what they promised to do for us, they’re also doing something to us.
Alex Hong: How to Tame the Digital Tongue
....Cyberbullying and online harassment have increased ever since the invention of the smartphone. The Pew Research Center conducted a study that stated at least “one in three online teens have experienced online harassment.” ... Harsh words, hurt emotions, and damaged reputations fill our social media feeds every waking morning. 
World Net Daily: Stunning! Senate OKs U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem Resolution 90-to-0
The U.S. Senate, in an extremely rare moment of action without any opposition, has adopted a resolution calling on President Trump to abide by a 1995 law that calls for the U.S. Embassy to be in Jerusalem. The vote actually was 90-0….
Julie Roys: Bernie Sanders Thinks All Christians Should Be Disqualified From Public Office
Senator Bernie Sanders doesn't think Christians are fit to serve in public office.In a shameful exchange Wednesday caught on video, Sanders grilled Russell Vought, President Trump's nominee for Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, about his Christian beliefs. When Vought refused to disavow his belief that Muslims "stand condemned" because "they have rejected Jesus Christ," Sanders became livid. "I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about," Sanders said. "I will vote no." Ironically, Democrats like Sanders have been assailing President Trump for allegedly applying a religious test when it comes to immigration. Yet clearly Sanders has no problem applying a religious test when it comes to holding public office, something specifically forbidden in the U.S. Constitution. What's clear from Sanders' diatribe is that he believes only those who believe that people of all faiths are going to heaven (i.e. universalists) should be allowed to hold public office.
Breitbart News: The Six Most Important Revelations From the Comey Hearing
Trump supporters, swamp dwellers, and Americans from all walks of life had their eyes glued to coverage of the testimony by former FBI Director James Comey to the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday morning.
Trump to Christian Right Conference: 'We Are Under Siege,' 'God's Glorious Wisdom Will Shine'
Speaking to a room full of social conservatives Thursday, President Donald Trump declared that God's truth will prevail against the "hatred" and "prejudice" that the "entrenched interest" has toward religion and faith in the United States.
Public School Opens Up Rooms For Muslim Prayer- Atheist Group Says It’s 'Reasonable'
A New York state public school has provided two vacant rooms so Muslim students can pray during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. This school’s principal, Donald Flynt, along with some other school administrators had invited a local imam to meet with them and learn more about the Muslim religion. Following this meeting Flynt made the call to open up the rooms for Muslim prayer
‘Gays for Trump’ Banned from Participating in Charlotte Pride Parade
Members of a pro-Trump gay group say they have been banned from participating in the Charlotte Pride Parade because of their support for President Trump.
CBS News: Vatican Promises Time Off In Purgatory By Following Pope On Twitter
The Vatican is taking a modern approach to one of its oldest traditions, by offering indulgences to Twitter followers of the Pontifex's social media account...Pope Francis is making this first-time offer to the faithful who follow the events in Rio de Janeiro online....Under the Pope's new offer, those who follow the week's events on the Twitter feed can get a speedier transit through purgatory, hopefully on the way to heaven.
Rabbi: DNA Holds Secret To Rebuilding Temple
An Israeli rabbi is making the case the Hebrew priesthood can be re-established through genetics, making it time to rebuild the Temple."Genetics connects modern Judaism to the Bible, confirming 3,000 years of Jewish tradition," explained Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman to Breaking Israel News. "This is an amazing testament to God's covenant and the Jewish people. Despite more than 2,000 years of exile we have maintained our religion, our customs, our Torah, and our genetic identity."
Thom Rainer: Seven Personality Types of Sick Churches
....In order to help create greater awareness, I have described illustratively seven personality types of sick churches. For certain, no one church is a perfect illustration of any one type. But I am confident you will recognize churches that have taken on one of these seven as a dominant personality type. 
Answers In Genesis: Sunday School Syndrome
.....When compared to those who never went to Sunday school, more Sunday school attenders believe that good people don’t need to go to church, more feel like the church is less relevant, and more have become increasingly anti-church over the years. The brutal conclusion is that, on the whole, the Sunday school programs of today are statistical failures.
John Stonestreet: The Worldview of Islamic Terrorists
What drives ISIS and its recruits is something much more than the word "loser" suggests. They're living out their deeply held beliefs about God, humanity, and history — beliefs that are not just mistaken or wrong but are, at root, evil in the rejection of God and truth.
Breitbart News: Nikki Haley in Jerusalem: We Won’t Let UN Bully Israel Any More
On a visit to Israel, Washington’s ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed the UN for “bullying” Israel and assured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. has the Jewish state’s back. 
Tim Challies: The Bible’s Three Big Lessons on Debt
The Bible has a lot to say about money, and for good reason. Money, we find, has a uniquely powerful way of exposing our hearts and displaying our priorities. Ultimately, we see that it comes down to a matter of loyalty: “No one can serve two masters..."  As Christians, we must love God rather than money, for “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). As the Bible teaches about money, it warns about debt. In fact, it offers three big lessons on debt.
WORLD Mag: Christian Farmers Banned From City Market Over Marriage Views
 Like many business people today, Steve and Bridget Tennes rely on multiple streams of income to pay the bills. They run an orchard called Country Mill Farm in Charlotte, Mich., that doubles as a wedding venue. When the city of East Lansing learned the Tenneses only host heterosexual weddings, it banned them from the town’s farmers market.  Last Wednesday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed suit on behalf of the Tennes family. ADF senior counsel Jeremy Tedesco said the city found out about the family’s religious beliefs in August. Steve Tennes was selling organic corn, apples, blueberries, and pumpkins at the farmers market, as he had for seven years. 
Newsmax: Supreme Court Starts to Set Limits on Govt's Power to Seize Property
The Supreme Court's unanimous ruling Monday to curb the government's ability to seize property from criminal conspirators, even if they didn't profit from the crime, is the latest sign of the court's changing opinion on civil asset forfeiture. 
Michael Snyder: Five Trends That Are Destroying The Middle Class In America
The middle class in America has been shrinking for decades, and our leaders seem powerless to do anything about it. Two years ago, the middle class became a minority in this country for the first time ever. In other words, the middle class now accounts for less than 50 percent of the population. But back in the early 1970s, the middle class made up more than 60 percent of the population. 
CBN News: How NBA Star Steph Curry Carries the Bible With Him On and Off the Court
....Steph Curry was raised in Charlotte, N.C., by Christian parents who began every morning with a required family devotional time before school.  As a result, Stephen Curry has developed into solid man of God, one who never shies away about sharing his faith. Sometimes while on the basketball court, Curry points his index finger upward as an outward sign and reminder that God gets all the glory for his success.
Christianity Today: Supreme Court Saves Christian Hospitals from Crushing Pension Payments
The US Supreme Court unanimously affirmed today that religiously affiliated organizations—including hospitals, schools, and daycares—are exempt from the US Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
YNet News: Netanyahu Pledges Israel Will Never Give Up Golan Heights
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Tuesday morning at a youth conference of the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee: “I came to tell you that the Golan Heights will always remain under Israeli sovereignty. We will never leave the Golan Heights. It is ours.”
Texas Governor Abbott Signs Abortion Dismemberment Ban Into Law
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law a measure that will ban the procedure of dismemberment abortion, which involves ripping apart a human fetus and then removing the pieces one at a time from a womb.
Paul de Vries: The Strange Harmony Between Secular Left and Radical Islam
So, where is the seeming harmony between these disparate groups coming from? What could these two divergent groups have in common that enables their frequent, seeming public harmony?
Newsmax: Even Moderate Drinking Changes Brain, Says Study
 Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to changes in brain structure and an increased risk of worsening brain function, scientists said on Tuesday. In a 30-year study that looked at the brains of 550 middle-aged heavy drinkers, moderate drinkers and... 
Todd Starnes: Town Stands Up To Atheist Bullies, Refuses to Remove Cross
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a notorious reputation for bullying small towns and communities. And most of those towns surrender because they don’t have the money to fight potential lawsuits.
Israel Today: Battle for Britain’s Soul
Many British Christians are understandably frustrated and weary. We have been warning our leaders for so long about the Islamic threat along with the dangers of discarding God’s laws. But, as in the days of Jeremiah, their response is to declare ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace: or tell us that the new morality is good for us because it satisfies our need for ‘diversity and equality’. Of course, if you throw God out of the equation, who’s to judge what is right and wrong?
Reuters: Massachusetts Judge Allows Right-To-Die Lawsuit To Move Forward
A Massachusetts judge ruled that two doctors may move forward with a lawsuit seeking an order that the state's murder and manslaughter laws do not apply to physicians who offer lethal medications to terminally ill patients.
Russell Moore: The Transgender Revolution and the Rubble of Empty Promises
....Ultimately, the transgender question is about more than just sex. It’s about what it means to be human. Poet Wendell Berry responded to techno-utopian scientism with the observation that civilization must decide whether we see persons as creatures or as machines. If we are creatures, then we have purpose and meaning, but also limits. But if we see ourselves—and the world around us—as machines, then we believe the Faustian myth of our own limitless power to recreate ourselves.
Joe Carter: Proposed Regulation Could End the Contraceptive-Abortifacient Mandate
....The new rule would allow any employer or health insurance provider to request a religious exemption because of moral or religious to contraceptives and/or abortifacients. 
WEDNESDAY EDITION — June 7th, 2017
Breitbart News: Ex-Islamist Leader: ‘Stop Saying Violence Has Nothing to Do with Islam’
British Muslims have been urged to “stop pretending” violence and terrorism are completely alien to Islam. The call was made by Maajid Nawaz, a former leader of the UK branch of the hardline Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT). Mr. Nawaz, a broadcaster and author, was speaking on London’s LBC radio in the wake of Saturday night’s terrorist atrocity in the British capital, in which seven people were killed and more than 50 injured. 
The Federalist: President Trump Needs To Fulfill His Promise To Help Iraqi Christians
President Trump pledged on the campaign trail to end the persecution of Iraqi Christians. He should waste no time proving he is true to his word by endorsing the establishment of an internationally-protected safe zone for Iraq’s minorities that have faced genocide for far too long. Some reports estimate that around 80 percent of Iraq’s Christian population has fled or been killed since 2003. 
Washington Times: Supreme Court Signals Deference To Religious Nonprofit Groups
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that faith-based nonprofits can be treated the same as churches under federal retirement laws, in a decision signaling broad deference to religious institutions. Houses of worship are allowed greater freedom to structure their retirement plans than most corporations under the Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA), but it was....
Frontpage: Islamic Preacher in Michigan Helped Radicalize 
London Bridge Terrorists
 One of the London terrorist attackers, British police revealed Monday, was Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, a British citizen born in Pakistan who had been investigated by police and MI5. A second attacker was Rachid Redouane, 30, also known as Rachid Elkhdar, and according to police a Moroccan or Libyan. At this writing, police have not revealed the name of the third attacker, but it is now apparent where he got his motivation to kill. 
According to Daily Caller reporter Saagar Enjeti, Ahmad Musa Jibril, an Islamic preacher in Michigan, helped radicalize the attacker. Jibril was “well known on YouTube for preaching sermons that appear to lionize Islamic terrorists fighting in Syria.” He is a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent who earned a degree in Islamic law....
Sputnik News: Decline of US, Rise of China ‘Happening Much More Quickly Than Predicted’
Martin Jacques, told Radio Sputnik that Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and demands that countries such as Japan and South Korea pay more for their own defense has heightened concerns.
American Conservative: Is the Religious Right to Blame for Christianity’s Decline?
....The decline of many evangelical denominations, including the Southern Baptist Convention, seems to give new credibility to the argument that the Religious Right was, overall, a detriment to Christianity in the United States. Such a claim, however, is difficult to demonstrate empirically.    SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Christian Post: Genocide of Christians in Middle East 'Must' and 'Will End,' Says Pence at Catholic Prayer Breakfast
The persecution of Christians in the Middle East carried out by Islamic State is a "genocide" the depletion of Christianity from its ancient homeland "must" and "will" end, according to Vice President Mike Pence.
Lifezette: Here's How a Clinic Advised an Alleged Minor to Get an Abortion
A Texas abortion facility referred an anonymous, undercover caller — posing as a 15-year-old who did not wish to obtain parental consent for an abortion — to a clinic in New Mexico where state laws would allow the girl to have an abortion on her own.
Rob Schwarzwalder: The Six Day War and the Gifts of God
....In June 1967, the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan massed to attack the little State of Israel.  They thought their superior numbers would crush the Jewish State. They were crushed. About 18,000 were killed and many more were wounded. Outnumbered more than two-to-one, Israel’s armed forces lost less than 1,000 killed and 5,000 wounded.
Christian Post: Barna Study Reveals America's Most 'Churched' and 'Unchurched' Cities
As trends show that church attendance is decreasing in the United States, the evangelical polling organization Barna Group recently released data revealing which of America's cities are the most "churched," "unchurched," "dechurched" and "post-Christian."
Christian Post: Christian Comedian Chonda Pierce: Kathy Griffin Ruined Her Own Career by Denouncing Jesus
Christian comedian Chonda Pierce is responding to Jim Carrey's defense of Kathy Griffin's ISIS-inspired beheading images depicting President Donald Trump, saying the crude stand-up comic ruined her own career years ago when she insulted Jesus Christ.
Jay Richards: Was the Early Church Communist?
You’ve heard this question. Since I write a lot about Christianity and economics, I’ve been asked it dozens of times. Was the early Church communist? It’s not a crazy query. In the book of Acts, just after Pentecost, members of the new Church sold their belongings and shared their wealth. That sounds like communism to some folks. And if Christians are to live up to their origins, the argument goes, then they should be communists too. Makes perfect sense, as long as you misread the text, ignore the details, and forget the...
Michael J. Kruger: Can a Person Choose Their Own Race? The Inevitable Hypocrisy of Relativism
....Not surprisingly, objective facts regarding biology, genetics, and ethnicity were not a deterrent to Dolezal’s insistence that she was black.  “I identify as black,” she told Matt Lauer.  In other words, I get to decide what is true.  Reality is what I make it. Of course, the idea that you can create your own reality is nothing new.  Dolezal is simply acting out the worldview she has learned from the Western culture within which she was raised. No doubt she has heard, from her earliest days, that there is no objective truth. 

TUESDAY EDITION — June 6th, 2017
RNS News: What Makes Killing Christians Appealing?
....But, what makes killing such loyal Christians so appealing?  Without a doubt, there are many reasons, including political and social ones, but the religious reasons cannot be underestimated. Militant Muslims know their sacred texts well, and apply them by the letter. While today’s world calls for tolerance and coexistence between faiths, militants rely on scriptural verses that offer a direct command to attack Christians and Jews.......
Leading UK Muslim Group Calls for Ramadan Jihad
A self-described "leading" Muslim group is fundraising on the back of "jihad" in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, using pictures of President Donald Trump, Brexit leader Nigel Farage, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on its material....
CBN News: The Bible Got It Right---Why Going to Church Keeps You Alive Longer
Once again, things the Bible says will improve our spiritual life are being scientifically proven to improve our physical health as well. The latest is church attendance...
Do Terror Attacks Point to the End Times? See Why One Man Says 'Yes' 
Do the daily reports of evil in our world make you think we're in the end times and near the return of Jesus Christ? Pastor Phil Hotsenpiller, author of One Nation Without Law, says one of the biggest indicators that we are living in the end times is the rampant spirit of lawlessness. 
Franklin Graham: We Need to Wake Up to Threat of Islam Before It's Too Late
Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham has warned that given the increasing terror attacks on civilians in the United Kingdom, both the British and United States governments need to "wake up" to the reality of Islamic terrorism before "it's too late."
Michael Vick: My Fall From Grace Showed Me 'God Was Real'
Supreme Court Declines Petition of Marine Convicted for Keeping Bible Verse on Desk
The United States Supreme Court has declined to review the case of former Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling, who claims that she was unfairly convicted at court-martial and discharged from the Marines after she refused to remove cutouts of a paraphrased Bible verse from her desk.
There Are Population Control Centers All Over America – They Are Called ‘Planned Parenthood Clinics’
The phrase “family planning” is just a more palatable way of saying “population control”. In the United States today, Planned Parenthood operates 650 “health centers” that work tirelessly to promote abortion and other “family planning measures”. Planned Parenthood says that approximately 2.5 million people visit their “health centers” each year, and somewhere around 60 million people visit their website....
Public Discourse: Why Christians Should Be Wary of the Word 'Transgender'
The Christian worldview accepts the validity of people’s testimony that gender dysphoria is a real experience resulting in heartrending distress. But the Christian worldview cannot countenance the idea that men can become women or that women can become men.
MONDAY EDITION — June 5th, 2017
London Terror Attack Kills Seven, Leaves Nearly 50 Injured
Not even two weeks after the deadly terror attack at the Manchester Arena which killed 22 people, the UK has been the target of yet another attack. Masked men drove a vehicle into pedestrians on London Bridge before exiting the vehicle and going on a stabbing spree, according to CNN.com. Seven people died in the attack and 48 others were injured.....
Christian Post: Prime Minister Theresa May After London Bridge Terror Attack: There's 'Far Too Much Tolerance of Extremism'
The three militants who killed seven people and injured at least 48 others by driving a van at high speed into them on London Bridge Saturday night were shot dead within eight minutes of the first call, police said Sunday. The attackers were shouting, "This is for Allah," a witness said.....
Trump Breaks With Obama Tradition of Designating June as ‘LGBT Pride Month’
President Trump is not celebrating June as “LGBT Pride Month” with an official proclamation, like his predecessor Barack Obama did every year, although various federal agencies are still holding “pride” events and making pro-LGBT statements.....
Christian Headlines: Strong Religious Reaction to Trump Climate Accord Decision
....While leaders of the so-called religious left were overwhelmingly critical of the move, conservatives were somewhat divided.....
Fox News: Religious Freedom or Bigotry? Supreme Court Mulls High-Stakes Gay Wedding Cake Case
Two of the most precious rights Americans possess are the right to express themselves freely and the right to practice their religion as they see fit. Both are enshrined in the First Amendment. But these rights are not absolute, and sometimes may clash with a duty toward others...
Eight Filipino Christians Killed for Refusing to Recite Islamic Creed
Eight Christians who were killed when an Islamic State-linked group stormed a Filipino City late last month were shot to death because of their refusal to recite the Islamic declaration of faith, government officials have reportedly said.
YNet News: Israel Disappointed After Trump Delays US Embassy Move
President Donald Trump on Thursday has signed a waiver to delay relocating the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv; Prime Minister Netanyahu expresses disappointment, saying, we appreciate ‘Trump’s friendship to Israel’; Jordan, on the other hand, welcomes...
Christian Post: 13-Year-Old Girl Kills Herself After Christian Parents Allow Her to Live as Transgender Boy
Just over a year after her Christian parents allowed her to start living life as a boy named Jay Griffin, a troubled 13-year-old girl who was in therapy for depression, anxiety and identity issues killed herself inside her home in Trussville, Alabama, last Thursday.
Christian Man Describes 'Sadistic Torture' He Suffered in Chinese Prison, Faith Saving Him From Suicide
A persecution watchdog group monitoring the human rights abuses suffered by Christians under the regime of Chinese President Xi Jinping has shared details about some of the atrocities a Christian lawyer suffered in prison.
Drag Queen's Erotic Performance Shocks Audience At Grade School
Parents are furious after children as young as 5-years-old were exposed to an erotic drag show performance at what was supposed to be a school district talent show.
70-Year-Old Church Secretary Caught Stealing Nearly $60,000
Stier: Four Reasons I'm Convinced We're on the Verge of the Next Great Awakening
I have been a student of sweeping revivals and massive spiritual awakenings since I was in elementary school. Maybe it was how the Gospel transformed my very tough, very urban family from a gang of fist fighters to a group of street preachers almost overnight.....
Christian Today: The 'Deathless Sermon' —How One Preacher Changed the World
....The date was May 31, 1792, and a sermon was preached by a poor cobbler named William Carey. It became known as the 'Deathless Sermon' and it contained one ringing sentence that helped change the world: 'Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God!'.....
Chinese Officials Arrest Pastor Detained on Falsified Damage Charges
After deceiving a pastor into police custody, a recent report revealed that authorities in China’s eastern Anhui province formalized his arrest on May 18. Charging him with “intentionally sabotaging public and private property,” government personnel formalized the arrest of the pastor of Caili Church, Chen Shixin, after keeping him in criminal detention for more than a month...
White House— Jerusalem Embassy Move Not a Matter of 'If,' But 'When'
The White House position on moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem? It's not a question of "if," but a question of "when." That's what Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in his daily briefing, Friday. President Trump signed a waiver Thursday delaying moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, even though as a candidate he campaigned on a promise to do so. This was a campaign promise that excited many Israelis and pro-Israel Christian voters. The White House says the promise is still a promise, though.....
Study Shows Attending Church Is Good for Your Health, Longevity
One of the results of attending church is that you have better health and live longer than those who do not, according to a recent study by Vanderbilt University professor Marino Bruce.....
50 Years After the Six-Day War, Israeli Jews Reflect On the Victory
....the 1967 Six-Day War...whose 50th anniversary will be marked on Monday (June 5), had a profound effect on many Israeli and Diaspora Jews that is felt till this day. Jews – as well as many Christians – viewed Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan as a kind of miracle. Israel had beaten three much larger countries and, for the first time in 2,000 years, Jewish holy sites were in Jewish hands. But the war, which also saw the capture of the Golan Heights, Gaza, the Sinai, displaced 325,000 Palestinians. ..
This Farmer Won't Host Same-Sex Weddings at His Orchard. Now a City Has Banned Him From Its Farmers Market.
A farmers market and Facebook posts have opened a new front in courtroom battles over religious freedom. It started when Steve Tennes, who owns a 120-acre farm in Charlotte, Michigan, expressed his traditional view about marriage on the farm’s Facebook page. This drew a warning from an official more than 20 miles away in East Lansing, Michigan, that if Tennes tried to sell his fruit....
FRIDAY EDITION — June 2nd, 2017
CBN News:‘We’re Getting Out’: Trump Announces Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord
President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies abroad. He said the U.S. would try to negotiate re-entry on better terms...By abandoning the world's chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge. ....
Christian Post: Leaked Document Shows Trump Planning to Roll Back Obama-Era Contraception Mandate
The Trump Administration is looking to roll back the regulations of former President Barack Obama's controversial Health and Human Services contraception mandate, according to a leaked government document obtained by Vox.....
Christian Post: Church of England to Vote on Offering ‘Baptism’ for Transgender People to Mark New Identity 
The Mail on Sunday reported that the vote has been scheduled for July, after a motion putting the controversial issue up for a vote moved forward. Liberal voices within the Church have argued that vicars have had to carry out unofficial services to welcome and accommodate transgender Christians, and have called on the community to embrace those who identify as such....
Jewish Press: Jordanian Government Says Jews Defiling the Temple Mount
Jordan sent an official letter to the Israeli Embassy in Amman protesting the presence of “Jewish extremists” on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem under police protection. 
Christian Post:  Planned Parenthood Annual Report: More Abortions, Fewer Health Services, More Government Funding
Planned Parenthood has finally released its much anticipated annual report which shows that not only has the nation's largest abortion provider increased its abortion output and profit in the last year but also performed fewer cancer screenings, STD testing and other health services while accepting more federal funding than ever before.
Christian Post:  Franklin Graham Defends Margaret Court After Lesbian Tennis Star Decries Views on Transgenderism as 'Sick'
The row over Australian tennis legend-turned-Pentecostal pastor Margaret Court's outspoken views on gay marriage and efforts by LGBT activists to push transgenderism on children has deepened, with the Rev. Franklin Graham giving her his support after some tennis stars called her views "sick and dangerous."
Breitbart: Judges Say Parents, School Officials Must Obey ‘Transgender’ Teenager
The federal constitution requires that school officials submit to the demands of a teenage girl who wants to change her sex to become a boy, says a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Gulf Coast Pastor: More on the Curse of Ham
Some have recently brought up the fact that people of the past, and I suppose a few in the present, have used the Curse of Ham in Genesis 9 to justify slavery and racism.  It does not.  Some Southern Baptists used this argument years ago, but none I know of today.  Instead, for years Southern Baptists have spoken against this false idea.  ....
David Cloud: Biblical Church Discipline
Every church is required by God to rule itself by the sole authority for faith and practice, which is the New Testament faith recorded in the canon of Scripture. Christ is the one Head of the church, and as we see in Revelation 1-3, He walks in the midst of the churches and judges the churches. He will not judge a church on the basis of the society and culture in which it exists. He will judge solely on the basis of His Word which is eternally settled in heaven....
Breitbart:Trump Delays Moving Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
President Donald Trump signed a six month waiver to delay moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, despite his campaign promise to do so. In a statement, the White House said Trump was still committed to to his promise, but made the decision to delay the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for the sake of peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.....
Illinois Forcing Foster Parents To Support Gender Transition or Lose Kids
The state of Illinois' social services policies now bar social workers from employment and foster families from caring for children if they refuse to facilitate a child's gender transition. Earlier this month, the state's director of the Department of Children and Family Services approved "enhanced department procedures" that established "mandatory minimum standards for LGBTQ children under its authority," reports said....
PNW: Are Christians In Military Really A 'National Security Threat'?
..."Donald Trump's election has led to such a steep rise in fundamentalist Christian evangelizing and religious bigotry in the U.S. armed forces that the matter is reaching the level of a ‘national security threat,' according to complaints from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF)......
Trump Admin Considering Rule That Would Help Little Sisters of the Poor
For employers that don’t want to provide birth control and abortifacient coverage in health insurance plans, relief may be on the way. President Donald Trump’s administration “is poised to make changes to Obamacare’s birth control coverage mandate by granting broad exemptions to employers that object on religious or moral grounds,” The Hill reported.....
THURSDAY EDITION — June 1st, 2017
Christian News Net: Planned Parenthood's Annual Report: 328,348 Abortions Performed by Organization In 2015
Following a several month delay, Planned Parenthood has released its annual report, which reveals that the number of abortions performed by the organization are the highest since 2011 while the number of women using Planned Parenthood’s services in general continues to be the lowest in a decade. The abortion and contraception giant releases the report each year to tout its achievements, which include services largely centering around sexual activity.....
Lifezette: Recent ISIS Attacks Have a Sick New Theme— Children
Showing a blatant disregard for any kind of moral boundary, ISIS militants attacked innocent children in the most recent instance of nightmarish violence. In what would seem to go against all traditional ethical standards, the radical Islamic extremist group targeted kids in an attack that took the lives of at least 31 people overnight on Monday in Baghdad, Iraq.....
Texas Adoption Law Could Jumpstart Christian Agencies Again
....About a quarter of child welfare providers in Texas are religiously affiliated groups. But over the past few years, these organizations began to reduce their involvement, fearing legal backlash over policies that restrict prospective parents by faith, sexuality, or marital status......
11-Yr. Old FL Girl Forced to Marry 20-Yr. Old Church Rapist Who Impregnated Her
A former member of a Pentecostal church in Florida has revealed that when she was just 11, she was forced to marry a 20-year-old church brother who had raped her multiple times and impregnated her.....
Hot Air: Law Enforcement Just Won a Major Victory at the Supreme Court
In what will no doubt prove to be infuriating to liberals and most libertarians, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision today which will provide a greater measure of safety and security to law enforcement officers......
Court Says Female Who Identifies as Male Can Use Wisconsin School's Boys Restroom
A biological female student who identifies as a man can use the boys' restroom at a Wisconsin school, ruled a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Afghan Capital Bombing: At Least 80 Killed in One of Deadliest Blasts in Kabul
A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the center of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, police said, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds and damaging embassy buildings.
Brown: Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry ConcertIs This What Manchester Needs?
What would bring the most healing to the people of Manchester? What would help them rebuild their broken world, one life at a time?
India Forces Hindu Identity on 71 Christian Children, Refuse to Recognize Parents' Christianity
AA number of children in central India have been detained by authorities and told that their families illegally converted to Christianity.
Joe Carter: Nine Things You Should Know About Ramadan
Because Muslims account for 1.6 billion of our global neighbors, Christians need to become more aware of Ramadan and Islamic practices. Here are nine things you should know about Islam’s holiest month.
David Cloud: Third Generation Baptist Preacher Committed to Emerging Church
The emerging church, its philosophy and direction, is illustrated by Chris Seay of Ecclesia (Church) in Houston, Texas. The emerging church is all about living as I please, about not being restricted by old biblical mores.....
Christianity Today: Why the US Military Wants Fewer Generic Christians 
If you’re an evangelical entering America’s military—and about 4 out of 10 service members are—you’re going to have to get more specific than that. The general categories of “Protestant, no denominational preference” and “Protestant, other churches” have been removed from the Department of Defense (DoD) list of recognized religions as the US military seeks out more detailed designations for its 1.3 million service members...
Christian Post: Should You Force Your Kids to Attend Church?
....Parents who want to ensure that their children have an education in math, reading, chemistry or any other challenging academic course because they know it is good for them but allow their kids to skip church because they do not like it, are showing their priorities. And such priorities are ultimately "atheistic," he said.....
Pat Bushanan: Are We Seeing the Breakup of the West?
...But the disagreements with Europe are deeper than matters of style. Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have indicated that in dealing with foreign nations, U.S. support for democratic norms and human rights will now take a back seat to strategic interests.....
The Pope’s Marxist Head of the Jesuits
Pope Francis has been planting Marxists throughout the Church, including at the top of the troubled religious order to which he belongs. In 2016, the Jesuits, with the blessing of Pope Francis, installed as its general superior a Venezuelan, Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, whose communist convictions have long been known.....