NEWS ARCHIVE FOR JULY 1st-11th, 2017
Bloomberg: Working Past 70 Americans Can’t Seem to Retire
More and more Americans are spending their golden years on the job. Almost 19 percent of people 65 or older were working at least part-time in the second quarter of 2017, according to the U.S. jobs report released on Friday. The age group’s employment/population ratio hasn’t been higher in 55 years, before American retirees won better health care and Social Security benefits starting in the late 1960s. And the trend looks likely to continue. Millennials, prepare yourselves.
Christian Post: Are Facebook, Google, Twitter Manipulating Public Opinion?
Amid the fierce battle to control information and sway public opinion, can you trust giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter? To answer this question,  journalist Sharyl Attkisson took an in-depth look into efforts to control what we know and spread "fake news."
Joy Overbeck: Why Christians Can’t Believe in Man-Caused Global Warming
Christians believe humankind is God’s all-time favorite creation because He tells us so in the Bible. But leftist/socialists often known as Democrats think humans are an evil, toxic blight bent on destroying the planet through heinous activities like gassing up our cars. Boom. This is the war of the opposing worldviews going on today and it’s worldwide. It encompasses every important issue including man-caused global warming. Leftists think homo sapiens started out as a random blob of cells zapped by electricity....
Steve McCann: America’s Long March Toward a Secular Socialist Democracy
The United States is the only nation in the annals of mankind to be established on the basis of a political and social philosophy centered on natural, or God-given, rights.   Yet, within 230 years of our founding, America has been essentially transformed into another secular socialist democracy.  This metamorphosis is the end-product of a subtle but determined assault on that philosophical underpinning. The United States is the only nation in the annals of mankind to be established on the basis of a political and social philosophy centered on natural, or God-given, rights.   Yet, within 230 years of our founding, America has been essentially transformed into another secular socialist democracy.  This metamorphosis is the end-product of a subtle but determined assault...
CBN News: Christians In Iran Sentenced to 10 Years for Celebrating Christmas
Three Christians are currently sitting in Iranian prisons, charged with blasphemy and threatening national security.  Their crime? Worshipping Jesus.  It's a story that is all too common in Iran, where religious freedom for non-Muslims is scarce. 
Church of England Votes In Favour of ‘Marking’ Gender Transitions with Religious Ceremony
The General Synod of the Church of England has voted to ‘welcome transgender people’ by considering preparing a church service as a way to “mark a person’s gender transition”.
UK Telegraph: Cancer Now More Common Than Getting Married or Having a First Baby
Developing cancer is now more common than getting married or having a first baby, research suggests. Analysis by Macmillan Cancer Support shows there were 361,216 cancers diagnosed in 2014 in the UK, the most recent figures available, compared to 289,841 marriages. New cancer cases are also as common as graduating from university, and more common than a woman having her first baby.
The Blaze: Supreme Court's Ruling Could Revolutionize U.S. Education - If One Footnote Doesn't Get In the Way
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision a private Christian school operated by Trinity Lutheran Church in Missouri is eligible to apply for and receive public funds offered by the state to rubberize playgrounds, despite a section of the state’s constitution that forbids the use of public funds to aid private religious institutions. The importance of the case (Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer) is immense for a number of reasons, but one of the most far-reaching is the impact it is expected to have on school-choice programs. 
CBN News: Charlie Gard Parents Break Down in Court as Judge Calls for Another Hearing
 The strain and anguish of fighting for their terminally ill infant son was on display in a British court Monday as the parents of 11-month old Charlie Gard pled with a judge to re-consider experimental treatment. Gard's mother Connie Yates wept in frustration and his father Chris Gard yelled at a lawyer representing Great Ormond Street Hospital saying "when are you going to start telling the truth?"
Christian Post: Marco Rubio Mocks Politico for Saying Book of Proverbs Is 'Republican'
GOP Senator Marco Rubio of Florida blasted left-leaning media, Politico, which published an article commenting that he was tweeting "the most Republican part of the bible," referring to his use of verses from the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament.
UK Guardian: Facebook Village? Social Media Giant to Build 'Social Housing' 
Facebook is to build its own “village” of 1,500 homes for workers struggling to pay soaring rents as the housing crisis in Silicon Valley deepens. The social networking company has submitted plans to the local council to create a new neighbourhood of homes, shops and a public plaza across the street from its global headquarters. Mark Zuckerberg’s company said it was being forced to build the....
Breaking Israel News: Germany On Its Way to Fulfill Role as Israel’s Biblical Arch-Enemy Amalek
In a development that threatens the global balance of power, Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, has made several public announcements recently questioning the importance of the alliance between her country and the United States. One prominent End-of-Days scholar believes this development has powerful implications and will culminate in Germany revealing its true identity as Israel’s Biblical nemesis.      SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Michael Brown: Ex-Gay Is Here to Stay
I'm getting flooded with requests to write endorsements or forewords to books by men and women who formerly lived as gay, bisexual, or transgender. That is who they were. It is not who they are.
Mark Tapson: The Compassionate Left and the Coldhearted Right
..... It isn’t that conservatives are heartless, of course; we simply have a different (not to mention effective) philosophy about solving such ills as poverty, joblessness, and lack of affordable health care. Unlike the left, we look for solutions that actually help instead of just compulsively throwing more of other people’s money into failed programs with compassionate-sounding names, and we also look for solutions that encourage the needy to help themselves instead of keeping them trapped in demeaning cycles of dependency. 
Jonathan Ashbach: Memo To Gallup No Christian Has Ever Taken The Entire Bible Literally
....Recently the Barna Group reprised research that finds only 17 percent of self-described Christians who regularly attend church actually believe the core tenets of Christian teaching....The survey purports to show that less than a quarter of Americans—only 24 percent—believe that the Bible is actually God’s word...The problem is that the question Gallup asked its respondents has no bearing on the alleged finding of the survey. The question does not ask whether the Bible is literally the word of God, but whether the Bible is the word of God and should always be interpreted literally.
Nicholas T. Batzig: A Spiritual Inheritance
.....In a day when multitudes are enthusiastically committing themselves to Christian financial management principles, it would serve us well to consider what sort of inheritance we are storing up for our children. We should be considering what example we are leaving behind for our children to follow. The life of Abraham serves as a model in this regard. Abraham picked up all that he had; and, at the promise of God, left all and followed the God of promise to a place he did not know (Heb. 11:8). Abraham walked by faith with his sons in the land of promise–as a pilgrim and foreigner–hoping in a heavenly city (Heb. 11:9-10). While the Scriptures take note of the fact that Abraham was fairly financially prosperous, it does not highlight that as the better part of the inheritance that he left behind. Abraham left a spiritual inheritance to all those who would become his offspring by virtue of having the same faith in Christ as he himself had.
Sinclair Ferguson: Four Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty
.....There were questions to which Paul in particular gave a great deal of thought. He was, after all, one of those appointed by the Jerusalem Council to circulate and explain the letter that summarized the decisions of the apostles and elders. Faced with similar issues in the church at Rome, he provided them with a series of principles that apply equally well to twenty-first-century Christians. His teaching in Romans 14:1–15:13 contains healthy (and very necessary) guidelines for the exercise of Christian liberty. 
Randy Alcorn: Relationships In Heaven
One of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked about Heaven over the years is about the nature of marriage there. As I share in my book Heaven, there will be one marriage in Heaven, not many. That marriage will be what earthly marriage symbolized and pointed to, the marriage of Christ to His bride. So we will all be married—but to Christ.
Kruger: Five 'Fake News' Stories That People Believe About Early Christianity
.....Given this rash of “fake news,” I thought it might be interesting to observe that an analogous phenomenon can be seen in the study of early Christianity.  There is quite a bit of “fake news” out there regarding the person of Jesus, the origins of the church, or the development of the Bible .  Even though such “news” as no factual basis, it is believed by an uncomfortably large number of people.
Thomas Overmiller: The Ordinances and Pastoral Authority
Churches need leaders, but they also need a biblical understanding of leadership. We too easily fall into the trap of the leadership craze, chasing after leadership books, flocking to leadership conferences and experimenting with all kinds of creative leadership strategies, whether secular or Christian. But biblical leadership is far more simple than all of this.
Stacey Hare: Scripture, the Spirit, and the Isolated Christian
....Christian community is a gift and it is not ideal to leave it and yet, I think that there are other gifts from the Lord that can make up for this loss when necessary. I can testify to the faithfulness of the Lord through the following means when there wasn’t the luxury of Christian community: 
Amy Medina: When Missionaries Think They Know Everything
.... If we’re really honest with ourselves, we have to admit that we really do think we know what’s best.  Our way of doing things is really the most effective.  Basically, I am better than you.  Or at the very least, my culture is better than yours.
Deroy Murdock: In Eastern Europe, President Trump Bolsters Western Civilization
‘We write symphonies,” President Donald J. Trump told a crowd of some 15,000 Poles in Warsaw on Thursday. “We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God. We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.” “We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success,” Trump continued in his remarks in Krasi?ski Square. “We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives. And we debate everything. We challenge everything. We seek to know everything, so that we can better know ourselves.”
Breitbart News: ‘If He’s Still Fighting, We’re Still Fighting’ Charlie’s Parents Deliver 370,000-Signature Petition to Hospital
The parents of baby Charlie Gard have delivered a petition with more than 370,000 signatures to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children imploring hospital administrators to allow them to take Charlie to the U.S. for potentially life-saving treatment.
'There's Nothing to Lose': Charlie Gard's Parents Make Plea as US Lawmakers Prepare to Act
Charlie Gard should be allowed to go to the U.S. for experimental treatment because “there’s nothing to lose,” his mother said Sunday afternoon. The 11-month old’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, spoke to a gathering of supporters and media outside the London hospital where he’s being kept on life support as a UK court decides his fate.
Christian Post: Is Google Censoring Anti-Abortion Group From Top Search Results Lists?
A leading pro-life organization is accusing Google of manipulating the parameters of its search engine to drastically reduce its exposure when people search for information about abortion.
Newsmax: Scientist to Scour Grand Canyon to Prove Biblical Flood
A geologist attempting to prove that the great flood described in the Bible really happened has been granted permission to collect rock samples from the Grand Canyon in Arizona. "The Grand Canyon is the gold standard for geologists," Andrew Snelling, who believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible, told The Australian. "It's important because it's the largest and deepest canyon in the world … The walls are stacked like pancakes: shale, sandstone, limestone, mud. There are more rock layers exposed there than anywhere else." 
CNS News: Pope Francis Says America Has ‘a Distorted Vision of the World’
Pope Francis told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Thursday that the United States of America—and Russia, China, North Korea and Bashar al Assad's Syria—have “a distorted vision of the world"-- as reported in Italian by La Repubblica.
Ch Post: Christian Crisis Pregnancy Centers Sue Illinois Over Law Forcing Them to Promote Abortion
Christian crisis pregnancy centers in the Chicago suburbs have filed a lawsuit challenging a change in an Illinois law that forces physicians and nurses to notify pregnant patients of all their available options, including abortion.
CBN News: Memo to Mark ZuckerburgChurch Is More Than Just a Community
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg stirred some controversy earlier this summer when he seemed to suggest that Facebook communities can serve the same needs as traditional communities, including churches. He noted that more people are dropping out of those communities, including churches, and seeking new ways to connect with others....However, Christians who understand the role of the church will never accept a substitute, Dr. Corne Bekker, Dean of Regent University's School of Divinity told CBN News.
Christian Institute: California Continues Fight Against Religious Freedom Laws
California has widened its ban on state employees travelling to other US states, after more states introduced laws to protect religious liberty. Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that California will not fund work travel to Texas, Alabama, Kentucky or South Dakota. Other states, including Tennessee and North Carolina, were already on the banned list.
Christian Post: New Al-Qaeda Video Shows Kidnapped Christian Missionaries Alive
Al-Qaeda affiliates in Mali have released a video that purports to show six foreign hostages, three of which are Christian missionaries from Colombia, Switzerland and Australia, alive.
Trevor Thomas: Revival Sparked the Revolution
Between the colonial and Revolutionary periods of American history came what historians have dubbed the (first) “Great Awakening.” The lack of passionate Christianity, along with the coinciding adoption of certain liberal interpretations of Scripture and a turn toward the secular, greatly concerned ministers such as Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Prince, and William Cooper.
BBC: Oral Sex Spreading Unstoppable Bacteria
Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization has said. It warns that if someone contracts gonorrhoea, it is now much harder to treat, and in some cases impossible.
Michael Brown: Gay Activists Really Are After Your Children
The homosexual movement seeks to grow by the indoctrination of our children, from toddlers to pre-schoolers, and from elementary school to college. LGBT activism thrives on indoctrination.
Tom Gilson: New Scientific Research Reveals Atheist Closed-Mindedness
A new research study released to the press this week says atheists may have a problem with closed-mindedness. Two problems, actually: Compared to believers, they have real trouble seeing both sides of an issue, and they don’t do as well handling contradictions. This may come as a shock to the so-called “free-thinking” atheist community, many of whom consider Christians closed-minded. 
Mark Tooley: Reagan’s Evangelism
Historian H.W. Brands’ new biography of Ronald Reagan is very good but conveys an incomplete impression about Reagan’s religious faith. Here’s a paragraph about Reagan supposedly failing to follow up about his dying father-in-law’s lack of faith....
David Limbaugh: The Ongoing Frustration of Trump's Conservative Critics
The frustration of many Trump critics on the right, or MTCRs, is palpable and growing. Some are becoming more elitist by the day and utterly out of touch with rank-and-file conservatives, which is a particularly bitter pill to swallow because they believe they are the main arbiters of what conservatism means.
Dan Doriani: Friendly Theological Liberalism A Threat in Every Age
For centuries, liberal theologians have believed it their task to make Christianity palatable to “modern man.” In most cases, the modern man in question is anyone who shares the liberal theologian’s heritage and social status. The liberal theologian’s goal is to rescue Christianity by excising the elements that seem most offensive in that day. In one era, the doctrine of sin is unacceptable; in another, it’s miracles; in another, it’s the virgin birth, the substitutionary atonement, or biblical sex ethics. But the theme is the same: In order to make Christianity believable, certain doctrines must be abandoned.
Josh Buice: Don’t Skip Sunday School
.... To judge the Sunday school book by its cover would be to make a grievous error.  Just because one church down the road calls it “life groups” or “connection groups” and your church still refers to the Sunday morning gathering as “Sunday school” doesn’t mean that your church is behind the times.  Have you considered the many reasons why you should stop skipping Sunday school?
Tim Challies: The Joy of Walking With God
Christians enjoy the inestimable privilege of walking with God. As we proceed through life, we do so in fellowship with the Creator and Sustainer of all that is. We enjoy a relationship of true familiarity and intimacy. God pleads with us to tell him our cares and to make known to him our concerns, and he carries those burdens on our behalf. We, in turn, plead for his wisdom and guidance and he graciously gives it to us. There is no better way to live.  The Christian’s walk is one of close fellowship with God and earnest obedience to God. Here are some of the joys we receive in this walk.
David Cloud: Seek Good Counsel
One of the important parts of making wise decisions in God’s will is to seek godly counsel. It is mentioned 13 times in Proverbs, the book of practical wisdom. Before making a major decision--such as marriage, education, a job, or a move--a person should seek godly counsel. But it just as important to know where to get the right counsel and how to weigh it.   The classic case in Scripture of....
Christian Post: Hobby Lobby to Pay $3M Fine, Forfeit Biblical Artifacts Smuggled From Iraq
Christian-owned Hobby Lobby, the world's largest private arts-and-crafts retailer, agreed to pay $3 million and forfeit thousands of biblical cuneiform tablets and clay bullae to settle a civil complaint the U.S. government filed against the company Wednesday.
Daily Caller: UN Declares Ancient Jewish Holy Site Is Now Palestinian
A United Nations body ruled Friday that an ancient Jewish holy site is now part of Palestinian heritage. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to make the Tomb of the Patriarchs and the Old City of Hebron Palestinian heritage sites, despite intense push-back from Israel and the United States. Twelve member states voted in favor of the resolution, which the Palestinians initially put forward, while only three were against it.
Fox News: Supreme Court Ruling Emboldens School-Choice Advocates
School-choice advocates are claiming a victory after the Supreme Court sided last week with a Missouri church, ruling that public funding could be used to resurface its playground.  Advocates like Darrell Allison, founding president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, cheered the 7-2 decision. 
CBN News: Bodies Found in King Solomon-Era Town
A new discovery in Israel reveals ancient remains from a Biblical era. Archeologists discovered three bodies while unearthing the city of Gezer, a city mentioned several times in the Old Testament. Egyptians destroyed it over 3,000 years ago.
New York Post: Christian Geologist Wins Battle To Study Grand Canyon Rocks
 A Christian geologist-turned-creationist, who claimed Grand Canyon National Park denied... The National Park Service initially shot down Snelling’s request last July to remove 60 half-pound rock samples, saying it lacked scientific merit...Although Snelling’s beliefs were not mentioned in his permit request, the geologist alleged that the park administrators turned him down because they “didn’t like the questions he was asking,” the Guardian reported.
Christian Institute: 'Bible Literacy Bill' Signed In Kentucky
Classes on the Bible can now be freely taught in state-funded schools in Kentucky after a Bill was passed last week. Governor Matt Bevin, an evangelical Christian, signed the ‘Bible Literacy Bill’ into law. The aim of the Bill is to increase biblical literacy and teach students about the role the Bible played in American history.
Breaking Israel News: Construction Under Temple Mount Preparing for Third Temple
“I was sure that what I was seeing was the beginning of construction on the Third Temple,” Gilchrist told Breaking Israel News. “As an architect, I know that if I was charged with the project, that is precisely the way I would have set about doing it. You don’t start at the top; you begin with making the foundations strong.”
CS Monitor: Why Journalism Is Shifting Away From 'Objectivity'
.....As the media wrestle with the president’s rhetoric, some have begun to question a central tenet of modern journalism: striving to be objective and nonpartisan, conveying the news of the day with calm gravitas. But Mr. Trump is not the only disrupter in media; his presidency coincides with fast-paced changes in society and technology that are also reshaping journalism.
Sex With Robots Goes Against God's Plan, Christian Ethicists Warn, Urge Ban on Child Sex Robots
A number of Christian ethicists have responded to a new report exploring the possible benefits and dangers of humans having sex with robots, including robots designed to look like children, stating that such sexual activities go against God's design.
UK Independent: There's a Disturbing New Infidelity Trend On the Rise, Survey Says
Extra-marital sex is on the up.  And you’d be forgiven for thinking the younger generations, what with their swiping and their apps and their commitment issues, are the ones driving this. But you’d be wrong. A new study has found that older people are cheating on their husbands and wives much more than their younger counterparts. According to the research published by the Institute for Family Studies, 20 per cent of married Americans aged over 55 admit to extra-marital sex, compared to just 14 per cent of those under 55.
CNN: What Hobby Lobby's President Plans To Do With 40,000 Biblical Artifacts
A few blocks away from the National Mall, a historic building is being transformed to hold thousands of biblical artifacts owned by the president of Hobby Lobby.  The Museum of the Bible -- slated to open later in November -- is headed by Steve Green and will focus on the Bible's impact, history and narrative, its website says. The arts and crafts retail chain recently agreed to turn over thousands of ...
UK Independent: Alzheimer's Linked To Poor Sleep Patterns, According To New Study
Poor sleep may increase the chances of people at risk of Alzheimer's developing the disease, a study has shown. Scientists conducted spinal fluid tests on 101 people with an average age of 63 who had a family history of Alzheimer's or carried a gene linked to it.
Breitbart News: Trump In Poland— West’s Will To Survive Is ‘Fundamental Question of Our Time’
President Donald Trump in Poland on Thursday declared the paramount importance of defending our values, protecting our borders, building strong families, and preserving Western civilization. It was a speech that could have been given by President Ronald Reagan, reminiscent of Reagan’s historical “Tear Down This Wall” speech. Addressing cheering throngs in the capital city of Warsaw, President Trump gave a serious speech about the serious threats facing the West as a whole: the United States, Poland, and more broadly the dozens of nations in Europe and North and South America that share a democratic form of government and typically hold to a Judeo-Christian moral philosophy.But then President Trump took a deeply philosophical turn, surveying the dangers to peace and stability facing not just the US and Poland but scores of other nations across the globe.“The fundamental question of our time is: whether the West has the will to survive...” ..
Daily Caller: Iranians Arrest Christians On ‘Blasphemy’ Charges
Three Iranian Christians were sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in jail at the start of the month, coming as the latest blow in Iran’s crackdown on Christianity. An Iranian judge sentenced Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, Amin Afshar Naderi, and Hadi Asgari each to multiple years in prison for illegal “church activities,” Bos News Life reported Wednesday.
Pro-Life Leaders Raise Voice in Support of Baby Charlie Gard, Blast European Courts and Hospital
American pro-life leaders are raising their voices in support of baby Charlie Gard, decrying the decision by European courts that a London hospital has the authority to withdraw life support against the wishes of his parents. They view this move as a flagrant violation of parental rights and are pleading with England to reconsider in an appeal to save his life.
Jeff Cimmino: Charlie Gard and the Moral Decline of Europe
Pope Francis and President Trump agree: Sentencing a baby to death is simply wrong. These two men form the twin pillars of a peculiar alliance against Europe’s expanding culture of death, and the irony is frightening. After all, what does it say about the state of European society when it cedes a man who is perhaps the most vulgar president in American history the moral high ground?
Russell Moore: Religious Freedom Is for Non-Christians Too
Does religious liberty apply to non-Christian religions?  Someone told me he had seen a Baptist writer question whether Muslim Americans qualify for religious liberty “benefits.” Hearing that was honestly surprising, since it represents a direct contradiction of our confessional document and all of its predecessors. But beyond this there’s a broader question that’s important to consider: Must a person who believes Jesus is the only way to God defend religious freedom for Christians and non-Christians alike? One thing we need to be very clear about is that religious liberty is not a government “benefit,” but a natural and inalienable right granted by God.
Pew Forum: Support for Same-Sex Marriage Is At Its Highest Point Ever, Says Pew Poll
In Pew Research Center polling in 2001, Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a margin of 57% to 35%. Since then, support for same-sex marriage has steadily grown. And today, support for same-sex marriage is at its highest point since Pew Research Center began polling on this issue. Based on polling in 2017, a majority of Americans (62%) support same-sex marriage, while 32% oppose it. 
Christian Baker’s Case To Be Heard By US Supreme Court
A Christian baker who declined to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding will now have his case heard by the US Supreme Court. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, and the organisation said it was the purpose of the cake, and not the customer that Phillips objected to. Phillips lost his initial court case in 2013, when a ruling found that he had violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.
Netherlands May Debate Law Allowing Anyone Healthy 75 Years or Older to Choose Euthanasia
In the Netherlands, it may soon be legal for healthy people to choose to be euthanized provided they are old enough, according to proposed legislation. The "Completed Life Bill," which might be introduced into the Dutch parliament by Pia Dijkstra, a member of Dutch D66 political party, allows any person aged 75 or over to decide that his or her life is "complete" and receive euthanasia drugs....
Kimberly Bloom Jackson: The Democratic Party's Ominous Shift
Democrats have long believed they alone occupy the intellectual high ground, regardless of the issue.  Recently, their party has undergone an ominous shift.  Part of this involves their staunch refusal to engage in any meaningful debate of the issues -- considering everyone else as just a bunch of cultural infidels.  This is a dangerous mindset, as it threatens the fundamental underpinnings of our civility, and thus the overall stability of America.
RedState: Are Younger Men Dropping Out of the Labor Force to Play Video Games?
Younger men may be underrepresented in the labor force partly because video games have gotten way cooler. A paper published at the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that men aged 21-30 are disproportionately falling out of the labor force compare to to men aged 31-55.  The data also shows that recreational computer use and video gaming have risen much more quickly in the younger group....One of the more troubling statistics in the paper shows a higher percentage of younger men who report working zero weeks in the previous year. Until around 2008 that figure was roughly the same for men aged 21-30 as for men aged 31-55. In 2008 that figure rose more sharply for the 21-30 age group and now tracks higher than for the 31-55 age group.
Julie Roys: To Christians Who Cheer Trump's Reprehensible Behavior
As usual, the media are acting like fools – and Trump is responding in kind or worse, showing himself to be an equal or even greater fool. But what's particularly disconcerting is the way even Christians are not only excusing, but cheering Trump's reprehensible behavior.
John Stonestreet: Charlie Gard's Death Sentence The Consequences of Usurping Parental Rights
Can the government tell you when and where your child will die? For one couple in the U.K., the answer is "yes." This is a chilling precedent.
Jeff Cimmino: India Has a Religion Problem
....Most notably, India is experiencing internal religious torment rooted in Hindu nationalist ideology. Even more worrisome is that Prime Minister Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a bastion of Hindu nationalist sentiments. Elections held earlier this year strengthened the BJP’s already solid control over the country’s political system. Its strong showing in state elections is particularly ominous for religious freedom since states have significant political power in India.
Denny Burk: The Baker Who Refused To Make Wedding Cake Appears on 'The View'
.... If the government can force Jack Phillips to create a message that contradicts his beliefs, then the state can coerce anyone to violate their conscience. Religious liberty is not just for Christians but for everyone. 
David Murray: Eight Ways to Help Depressed Christians
Many of us struggle with what to do when someone we know is depressed. We want to help but fear, confusion, or misunderstanding holds us back. So, let me suggest eight guidelines for helping depressed people.
John MacArthur AnswersIt is Not Sinful To Provide Services for a Gay Wedding
California megachurch pastor and author John MacArthur has weighed in on the question of whether or not it's sinful for a Christian baker or florist to provide services for a same-sex wedding....During a question-and-answer session, MacArthur answered two theological questions pertaining to homosexuality. One of the questions posed to the panelists asked if it's "truly sinful" for a Christian business person to make a product for a same-sex wedding. Although panelists were initially hesitant to answer, MacArthur responded by saying that providing products to same-sex weddings is not a sin....
EDITOR'S NOTE: We completely disagree with MacArthur.  We include this news item as information to Christians of this leader's views.
Steven Lawson: Why Did God Create?
....God did not create because of some limitation within Himself. Instead, He created everything out of nothing in order to put His glory on display for the delight of His created beings and that they might declare His greatness. The book of Genesis records God’s extraordinary display of sovereignty in speaking creation into being—and in saving it.
Tim Challies: Act Your Age!
“I just don’t know if I’m ready to settle down yet.” He had recently celebrated his 30th birthday but was still content to live in his parents’ home, to eat their food, to enjoy their rent-free accommodations. 
Tom Olson: Why Do Christians Sing?
Have you ever wondered why God desires his people to sing? Here are seven biblical reasons.
H.B. Charles Jr: Preaching Under Pressure
..... I believe that you have not really learned to preach until you preach through a storm. Unending sunshine creates shallow pulpits. Preaching through a storm anchors the pulpit to the tried and proven word of God. How do you faithfully preach under the pressure that arises against your leadership, ministry, or pulpit? 
David Cloud: Contemporary Praise Is Building the One-World Church
The Canadian born Matt Maher (b. 1974), who lives in Tempe, Arizona, is a popular contemporary worship musician. As of 2011, he is an eight-time GMA Dove Award Nominee. He has a degree in Jazz Piano from Arizona State University.  Like John Michael Talbot, Maher is a Roman Catholic ecumenical bridge builder.   He grow up Catholic but didn’t take it seriously until he had a “profound awakening” through a charismatic Catholic group.
Jim Elliff: Don't Just Tweet Your Proverbs
.....The man who had been given wisdom as a gift from God and was considered the wisest man of all time before Christ, who wrote thousands of proverbs, was skilled in music and science, built the kingdom of Israel up to its most productive GDP, and to whom God appeared twice, had an affection problem. The Bible records it this way: “and his wives turned his heart away” (11:4).
Baptist Press: An Appeal To Rightly Apply 2nd Chronicles 7:14
....Is America Israel? No. Is God an American? No. But can warnings and promises to God's people in the Old Testament be applied to Christians today? Absolutely. Regarding 2 Chronicles 7:14, it is very appropriate for any Christian to obey the spirit of this text by endeavoring to humble himself or herself, pray, seek God's face and turn from wicked ways, trusting that God will hear, forgive and heal.
UK Mirror: Vatican Police 'Break Up Gay Orgy' At the Home of One of Pope Francis' Top Advisors
Vatican police have broken up a gay orgy at the home of the secretary to one of Pope Francis’s key advisers, it has been claimed. The flat belonged to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, or Holy Office, which is in charge of tackling sexual abuse amongst the clergy. Reports in Italy claim the occupant of the apartment is the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio - a key aide to the 80-year-old Pope. Coccopalmerio heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and was said to have once recommended his secretary for a promotion to bishop. The claims about the police raid last month were made in the Italian newspaper Il Fatto....
Daren Jonescu: Parents vs. PaternalistsThe Charlie Gard Case
Many important questions are raised by the case of ten-month-old Briton Charlie Gard, sentenced to death against the wishes of his parents who had raised money for a desperate last hope of life-saving treatment in America. For months, those parents fought a losing battle, all the way to the European Court of Human Rights, to invoke the human tradition of parental authority against the impersonal death cult of progressive paternalism which had condemned their son.
World Rallies in Support of Charlie Gard; UK Leaders Mum
A U.S. hospital reportedly has offered to treat Charlie Gard for free in an eleventh-hour push to save his life.  The unnamed hospital made the offer following a tweet by President Trump on Monday saying the U.S. would be "delighted" to help the 11-month-old.  Gard suffers from a rare genetic condition called mitochondrial depletion syndrome.  It's known to cause brain damage and muscle weakness.  A Vatican hospital also reached out, Monday, on behalf of Gard--offering to take the baby in and allow him to live with dignity until his natural death. "We are close to the parents in prayer and, if this is their desire, willing to take their child, for the time he has left to live," said Mariella Enoc, president of Bambino Gesù Hospital, in a statement on Monday. Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, faced a series of heartbreaking defeats in an effort to keep their son....
Christian Post: 1,400-Y-O Church Discovered on UK Holy Island, Where Conversions of Pagans to Christianity Began
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient seventh century church on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the U.K., believed to be the site where monks began England's mass conversion from pagan traditions to Christianity.
Breitbart News: Climate Mafia Caught Tampering With Evidence Again
If you want to know what’s really going on with global warming watch this video by Tony Heller. It’s called The Ministry of Climate Truth – Erasing The Satellite Data and tells a story so shameful that if the mainstream media ever did their job, none of the shysters involved would ever be able to show their heads in public again.
CBN News: The State of Oregon Is About to Approve Free Abortions for Everyone
Democrats in Oregon have pushed through a pro-abortion bill that forces health insurers to pay for abortions for residents and illegal immigrants--essentially making the procedure free.  The bill known as the Reproductive Health Equity Act has moved to the Senate after winning approval in the State House.  It sets aside $10.2 million for services related to contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, including vasectomies and abortions, for the 2017-2019 budget period.
Christian Post: Young Americans Cheat on Spouses Less Often Than Older Americans, Study Finds
Younger Americans are less likely to cheat on their spouses than older Americans are, and although culture has become much more accepting of loose sexual norms, adultery is still viewed with disapproval, according to the social science data.
Christian Post: In 30 Years People Won't Have Sex to Make Babies, Stanford Professor Says
Within three decades sexual intercourse will no longer be necessary to conceive a child. Instead, parents will choose from a range of embryos made with their DNA in a laboratory, a Stanford professor claims.
Adam Blosser: James Chapter Three and Social Media Feuding
.....There is something strange that happens when we get behind a smart phone or computer screen that emboldens us to say things we would likely not say if we were sitting in front of the person to whom we are talking.  The worst part is that these emboldened conversations typically happen in a very public venue like a Facebook post, tweet, or blog comments section.
Black Lives Matter Trying to Stop Bill That Teaches Schoolchildren How to Deal With Police
Black Lives Matter has come out against a new bill proposed by the New Jersey Assembly that compels schools to provide training to youngsters on how to interact with police and avoid confrontation.
Most Evangelicals Say Religious Freedom Is 'What Makes America Great,' Barna Survey Finds
A majority of evangelicals say religious freedom is what "makes America great," according to a recent Barna study that asked Americans what they love most about their country.
Thomas Kidd: The United States of AmbivalenceCelebrating the Founding of Imperfect Freedom
....We find much to commend in the American tradition, but it can’t be our ultimate allegiance. As with Christians everywhere, “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). Nevertheless, as we keep our eyes on the heavenly kingdom, Christians in America have many reasons to thank our King for the blessings he’s given to this imperfect nation.
Todd Starnes: University To Remove Cross and Bibles From Campus Chapel
East Central University said they will remove crosses, Bibles and other religious symbols from a campus chapel to appease a bunch of out-of-town agitators. It’s unclear when the Oklahoma school will commence with the Christian cleansing of the Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel. The chapel opened in 1957.
The Hill: Trump Vows to Support Religious Freedom
President Trump told a group of evangelical Christians late Saturday that his administration will always “support and defend your religious liberty. “We don’t want to see God forced out of our public square,” he said at a “Celebrate Freedom” concert at the Kennedy Center, according to a reporter traveling with the president. “We want to see prayers before football games if they want to say prayers.” “No one is going to stop you from practicing your faith or saying what’s in your heart,” he added.
Washington Post: Trump Brings Up the War On Christmas - In July
The war on Christmas came early this year. That is, according to President Trump, who devoted a large portion of his speech at a Celebrate Freedom event at the Kennedy Center on Saturday to railing against those who might try to shy away from overt references to Christianity in American discourse....Though there has not been a Christmas yet since Trump took office, references to religious freedom during his presidency have centered on Christianity. 
Press-Enterprise: Greg Laurie’s Harvest Christian Fellowship Merges With Southern Baptists 
....The Rev. Greg Laurie, pastor and founder of the 15,000-member Harvest, announced the move in June. Some theologians see this as Laurie’s official shift toward mainstream evangelicalism and worry that Harvest could be overshadowed by the denomination. Laurie has been seen as one of the biggest crusaders of Calvary Chapel, an association of evangelical Christian churches to which Harvest belongs. Calvary was born as a movement away from religious denominations.    SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Christian Post: Hostility to Christian Sexuality Beliefs Up 114 Percent In Three Years, Report Finds
A new report produced by one of the nation's leading social conservative activist organization claims that there has been 76 percent increase in religious freedom violations and a 114 percent surge in documented hostility toward Christian views on marriage and sexuality in the last three years.
Christian Post: What's Most Important to Americans, Religious Freedom or Sexual Freedom? (Poll)
When there's a conflict between faith and sexuality, which should be preferred? LifeWay Research asked Americans about it, and found that they stand divided. However, more are in favor of faith.  As the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, the research found that about half of Americans, 48 percent, say religious freedom is more important in such conflicts. A quarter, 24 percent, say sexual freedom is more important, and 28 percent aren't sure....
Canadians Would Choose a Gay, Transgender or Atheist Leader Over an Evangelical: Survey
Canadians are more likely to vote for an atheist, gay or transgender person than an evangelical Christian to lead their country, according to a Canadian research institute. The Angus Reid Institute survey, conducted in May with a sample size of 1,533 Canadian adults and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, found that 85 percent said they would vote for a party that is led by a gay man; 84 percent would back a lesbian; 80 percent, an atheist; and 69 percent, a transgender. 
Daren Jonescu: The True Meaning of Socialized Medicine
A perfect crystallization of the full heart and soul of socialized or "single payer" health care is on display in the story of Charlie Gard, a ten-month-old infant with a life-threatening genetic condition, and his parents, Chris and Connie, whose desperate efforts to save their child have been diverted, and finally thwarted, first by the British government and now by an entity with the perfectly Orwellian name "European Court of Human Rights."
Eileen F. Toplansky: The Death Spiral of Socialism
The total abrogation of personal autonomy for the parents of baby Charlie Gard as courts in the United Kingdom and in Europe simultaneously and arbitrarily decided what his parents can and cannot do for their extremely ill child is another symptom of the chilling or, should I say, killing world of socialism.
Michael Snyder: A War On Globalism
Have you ever wondered why Donald Trump is so deeply hated by the elite?  It isn’t because he is a Republican.  In fact, there are lots of Republicans out there that the elite absolutely love.  The truth is that the reason the elite have such deep animosity toward Trump is because he is fighting their globalist agenda.  When Trump talks about a border wall or a travel ban, the elite hate that because they ultimately want a world where national borders have been made meaningless. 
Tim Challies: How To Identify Your Pet Sin
Every Christian can think of a sin he has identified and attacked with all the brutality he can muster. One of the great joys of the Christian life is seeing God be true to his Word as he motivates and empowers us to wage war against indwelling sin. Yet every one of us probably also has a sin we rather enjoy, a sin we refuse to put to death. In fact, we may even protect and promote it. We might refer to it as a pet sin. Here are some tips on identifying your pet sin. 
Gulf Coast Pastor: Robert G. Lee SermonWhat He Was Made
 This year the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution “On The Necessity Of Penal Substitutionary Atonement.”  It was passed in part because some of the more theologically liberal and progressive folks deny and denigrate this biblical doctrine.  A discussion of Penal Substitutionary Atonement always includes 2 Corinthians 5:21.  It reminded me of Robert G. Lee’s famous sermon, “What He Was Made.”   ....A portion of Robert G. Lee’s message on 2 Corinthians 5:21 follows:
R.C. Sproul: Should I Feel God’s Presence in My Life?
This question brings to mind an experience I had early in my ministry.
Mike Riccardi: Idolatry, Demons, and Ecumenism
Whom can the faithful church of God legitimately partner with in ministry? That question has been a point of contention among professing Christians for the past 100 years. And that’s been illustrated by what is known as the ecumenical movement....And the principal dogma of the ecumenical movement of the 20th century was that anyone who called themselves a Christian was to be regarded as a Christian. It didn’t matter if they were a theological liberal who denied the bodily resurrection of Christ or penal substitutionary atonement, or if they were a Roman Catholic who denied the Gospel of justification by faith alone.
David Cloud: The Finely-Tuned Universe
Charles Townes, Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology; Nobel Prize in Physics 1964; professor at Columbia University, MIT, and the University of California, Berkeley, observes: “Intelligent design, as one sees it from a scientific point of view, seems to be quite real. This is a very special universe: it's remarkable that it came out just this way. If the laws of physics weren't just the way they are, we couldn't be here at all.
Yahoo News: Americans Celebrate July 4th With Leisure and Gluttony
Americans will celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday with fireworks, acts of gluttony and escapes to the beach, even for people in New Jersey where legislators brokered a last-minute deal to reopen state parks. In keeping with tradition, cities across the country will launch fireworks after dark, perhaps the most emblematic way to commemorate July 4, 1776, when the American colonies' Declaration of Independence from Britain was adopted. The document enshrines the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which....
Yahoo News: North Korea Claims Major Breakthrough With First ICBM Test
North Korea declared Tuesday it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile -- a watershed moment in its push to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the mainland United States. US experts said the device could reach Alaska, and the launch, which came as Americans prepared to mark Independence Day, triggered a Twitter outburst from President Donald Trump who....
Gabrielle Bosche: Why Millennials Aren’t Patriotic
....Every generation of youth rebels against the establishment. They push boundaries and question the decisions of those in charge. We say they’re still “coming of age” or joke that “they haven’t paid taxes yet.” But the lack of patriotic youth is different with Millennials, and it may not change anytime soon...Millennials don’t consider themselves patriotic. According to Pew Research, only about half....
Michael Brown: Has America Passed the Point of No Return?
Is it too late for America? Are the nation’s best days behind us? Can our sickly country be saved?  On July 1, 2016, conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza sent out an email titled, “On The Brink Of Losing America Forever,” and it certainly feels that we are that close. But have we passed the point of no return? We could all point to a virtual mountain of sins and crimes that are rampant in our country, including the killing of more than 55 million babies in the womb. We could all indict America on many fronts. That is easy to do. But has Almighty God written us off forever? As we celebrate the 241st anniversary of our nation this July 4th, this is the most important question we can ask. Everything else is secondary. Can America be saved? ....To use a physical analogy, America has cancer, and without radical treatment, that cancer will soon be terminal. 
Breitbart News: University Considers Removal of Bibles and Crosses from Chapel
An Oklahoma public university is reconsidering its original decision to remove religious articles from its chapel after it received a complaint from an organization that describes itself as a “national religious liberty watchdog group.” On Friday East Central University (ECU) announced it was putting a halt to its removal of religious articles, such as bibles and crosses, from its Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel and steeple, until receiving feedback from students and faculty.
Patrick J. Buchanan: Is America Still a Nation?
In the first line of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson speaks of “one people.” The Constitution, agreed upon by the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia in 1789, begins, “We the people …”   And who were these “people”? In Federalist No. 2, John Jay writes of them as “one united people … descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs. …”
Ronnie Floyd: America's Fight for Independence Began With Prayer
The air that September morning of America's First Continental Congress was fraught with anxiety and trepidation. The men who gathered had a monumental decision to make: will the colonies stand united and challenge British rule or will they disband and leave each to its own? Yet, they couldn't even decide on who should lead prayer.
Charles Pope: The Carnage of Divorce
....It is shocking logic, but widespread in our culture. Indeed, the whole conversation about marriage today is about adults and what makes them happy; children are something of an afterthought. Marriage is said to be about romance, being happy, and “finding a soulmate.” But if one asks a couple about having children, a common response is, “Oh sure, that too…when we’re ready.” Children are seen more as a way of accessorizing the marriage, as an “add-on” rather than the essential work of a marriage.
Thom Rainer: Is There a Church Death Spiral?
.....Over 61 percent of churches average fewer than 100 in worship attendance. Yes, we are a nation of small churches. I love it. I love small churches. But if your church has fewer than 100 in worship, it is likely to be a declining church. In fact two out of three of these small churches are declining. Even more, there is a direct correlation with the rate of decline in a church and the size of the church. Simply stated, the smaller the church, the greater the rate of decline in attendance. Perhaps these three statements will clarify....
Sharper Iron: The Inaugural Speech of John Adams, 1797
.....Relying, however, on the purity of their intentions, the justice of their cause, and the integrity and intelligence of the people, under an overruling Providence which had so signally protected this country from the first, the representatives of this nation, then consisting of little more than half its present number, not only broke to pieces the chains which were forging and the rod of iron that was lifted up, but frankly cut asunder the ties which had bound them, and launched into an ocean of uncertainty.
Amiee Byrd: Does Abstinence Teaching Really Promote Purity?
.... Our purity is from God. Think of all that purity entails. It is not merely abstinence from premarital sex. We must not reduce it to what we withhold. Purity involves our hearts, our thoughts, proper active love, integrity, and holiness. Purity is body, mind, and soul cleanliness, which is not mixed with sin in any of these areas. Can anyone uphold this in herself? Himself?  No! But God gave us his Son.
Ryan Higginbottom: VBS Is Worth The Cost
....Veteran church members know that VBS is a huge undertaking. In addition to the financial expense, it takes an enormous amount of time, energy, and sacrifice from dozens of volunteers to plan and produce this week-long event. Hosting VBS is not just costly, it is difficult. Many churches aim VBS invitations at unchurched families in the area. Caring for some of these kids and holding their attention is just plain hard. For volunteers, VBS week is physically and emotionally demanding.
Christianity Today: China, House Churches, and the Growth of the Kingdom
....To understand the Church in China, it matters what terms mean: Three Self churches are ‘registered churches’ and house churches are ‘unregistered churches.’ Three Self Churches are Protestant churches registered with the government. The government pays for many of their buildings and funds the education of its pastors. They are public, many located in urban areas, often with spectacular architecture and sometimes with congregations of a few thousand.
Trump Preparing Possible North Korean Strike, Contacting Japanese & Chinese Leaders Today
President Donald Trump will hold separate telephone conversations Sunday with the leaders of Japan and China.  A White House announcement did not say what Trump would discuss with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The talks, however, are likely to be about Trump’s growing frustration with North Korea and its series of recent missile tests.
CBN News: TrumpSince Signing the Declaration of Independence, ‘America Always Affirmed that Liberty Comes from Our Creator’
Saturday, President Donald Trump said in his “Celebrate Freedom Rally” speech honoring veterans at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C….“Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our creator,” Trump declared. “Our rights are given to us by God and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is returning that power back to where it belongs — to the people.”
Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook's Mission Is To Replace the Church, a Christian Pastor Responds
Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the social media network’s new mission is to provide the community that churches once fulfilled. Pastor Robert Jeffries, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, responded Friday with Martha MacCullum on Fox News. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declares a new mission for his creation,” MacCullum explined, “suggesting that his virtual social network will seek to take the place of some real life communities, like churches for example.” “So he’s suggesting that the kind of community that people find in places like Facebook perhaps replaces what they used to find when they went to church,” she told Jeffries. “Look, God created the church, Zuckerberg created Facebook, my guess is God and the church are gonna around a lot longer than Zuckerberg and Facebook are,” he responded.
Christian Post: Archaeologists Discover Evidence of Battle for Jerusalem 2,000 Years Ago
Archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority have found evidence of the last battle between Roman soldiers and Jewish rebels which led to the destruction of Jerusalem about 2,000 years ago, and they have also discovered a road where "Jesus  walked."
Breitbart News: University Considers Removal of Bibles and Crosses from Chapel
An Oklahoma public university is reconsidering its original decision to remove religious articles from its chapel after it received a complaint from an organization that describes itself as a “national religious liberty watchdog group.” On Friday East Central University (ECU) announced it was putting a halt to its removal of religious articles, such as bibles and crosses, from its Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel and steeple, until receiving feedback from students and faculty.
Christian Post: German Lawmakers Legalize Gay Marriage Amid Criticism
Germany's parliament backed the legalization of same-sex marriage on Friday in a historic vote hailed by gay activists and leftist parties but criticized by some in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling conservative bloc and by the Catholic Church.
ZeroHedge: America’s Pension Bomb—  Illinois Is Just the Start
The problem with ponzi schemes is that eventually you get to the point where the ponzi is so large that you can’t possibly steal enough money from new entrants to cover redemptions from those trying to exit…
Robert F. Davis: How Much Should Teachers Make at Christian Schools?
Both my wife and I have worked at Christian schools and colleges at all levels of employment, so we can relate first hand to the subject of compensation with real-life experience. We can also relate to the physical, psychological, and emotional conditions which accompany a Christian school compensation package.
CBN News Commentary: How the Radical Left and Radical Islam Find Common Ground
 It seems counter-intuitive that ultra-leftists would find common ground with radical Islamists - the kind of people who automatically sentence homosexuals to death.  The Washington DC-based think tank Center for Security Policy (CSP) is highlighting why those forces that seem so far apart can come together and why some liberals cover up or excuse the violent acts of these jihadists. What’s strange is these leftists will do it despite the fact that history shows that once radical Islamists gain power, they would likely wipe out their Leftist collaborators - it happened in revolutionary Iran.
CBN News: Turkey's Islamist Leader Seizes 50 More Churches
As Americans get ready to celebrate their nation's founding, with all its associated freedoms, Turkish Christians are facing increasing persecution at the hand of the nation's Islamist president. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confiscated another 50 Syriac churches, including the 1,600-year-old Mor Gabriel Monastery. Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic used during the first millennium across the...
Michael Brown: Breaking the Ten Commandments Monument A Prophetic Picture of America
It was the act of only one man who drove his vehicle into a Ten Commandments monument in Arkansas, but it reflected the sentiments of a growing number of Americans: "We do not want the Ten Commandments in our midst, nor do we want the God of the Ten Commandments in our midst."
CBN News: GOP Moves to Restore Free Speech for Pastors 
Congressional Republicans have moved to stop the IRS from enforcing a rule that prevents pastors or churches from endorsing political candidates. House Republicans quietly included a provision in a sweeping spending bill that would deny the IRS money to enforce the 63-year-old rule, which is known as the Johnson Amendment.