CBN News: General Mattis Warns North Korea— Stop or Face 'Destruction of Its People'
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is warning North Korea to stop its missile tests and nuclear program or face devastation. The news comes after dictator Kim Jong Un threatened to attack U.S. forces in Guam after revelations that his regime now has mini-nukes.   LINK
CNC News: How Canada Secured the Release of Pastor Imprisoned In North Korea
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to dispatch an envoy was key to securing the release of a Canadian pastor imprisoned in North Korea, says a Canadian with knowledge of the case. As was first reported in state-run media in North Korea, Daniel Jean, the national security and intelligence adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, led a delegation to the capital city of Pyongyang to discuss the case of Toronto Presbyterian minister Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim.     LINK
Gateway Pundit: Ouch! Even Church of Satan Does Not Want Hillary Clinton as Preacher
The Atlantic reported on Monday that Hillary Clinton is thinking about becoming a preacher. Does anyone really see Hillary as an ordained minister? Well one group has already rejected her application to preach to the faithful. The Church of Satan rejected her as a high priestess. After tweeting out earlier today that Hillary Clinton was looking to become a preacher Twitter user Okayred tweeted that Hillary was already running the church of satan.     LINK
ZeroHedge: 'Aspiring Pastor' Hillary Goes From Seances And SpiritCooks To Bible Thumping
....I think it’s safe to say that Hillary Clinton is a fan of Marina Abramovic, whose ‘art’ probably wouldn’t go over so well with the Methodist congregation Hillary apparently wants to preach to.      LINK
MarketWatch: Beneath the Glow of Stock-Market Records, Darkly Bearish Trends are Lurking
Major U.S. stock-market indexes are trading near record levels, but does that statistic simply mask an ominous picture that’s being painted behind the scenes? Market breadth, a measure of how many stocks are rising versus the number that are dropping, has turned “exceedingly negative,” according to Brad Lamensdorf, a portfolio manager at Ranger Alternative Management.   LINK
1,000 Jews Pray at Joseph’s Tomb on Holiday of Love; Arab Media Decries Settlers’ Attack
An estimated 1,000 Jews arrived on Monday night for an overnight prayer vigil at the Tomb of Joseph adjacent to the Biblical city of Shechem (Nablus). The gathering, intended to celebrate Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love, was described in Palestinian media as a military onslaught in which, “Talmudic rituals … caused clashes with the Palestinian locals”.     LINK
Crux: Study Finds More Americans Are Approving of Polygamy
According to a recent poll, polygamy's approval rating has steadily increased 10 percent since 2003. The study also found that though polygamy is often found in fundamentalist sects of religion, it grew most of its acceptance from non-religious people.      LINK
Conservative Daily News: California Transgender Day Camp Ensnares Preschoolers as Young as 4 Years Old
In another wonderful story out of that land of debauched moral values known as California, a day camp is indoctrinating children as young as four-years-old into transgenderism. One almost has to think way back to classic science fiction movies like “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers” to find a comparison to the nearly alien form of social engineering that exists to grab kids whose minds are still largely a blank slate to suck them into the world of transgender madness.        LINK
Christian Post: Elevation Church Responds After Breastfeeding Mom Told by Volunteer to Leave Service
The multi-campus Elevation Church in North Carolina has responded to a controversy that arose Sunday after a church member posted a comment on social media saying she was told to leave during service because she was breastfeeding her child in public.      LINK
UK Mirror: ‘Blood Moon’ Lights Up the Night Sky In Spectacular Prequel To Solar Eclipse
A blood red moon lit up the night’s sky in many parts of the world during a partial lunar eclipse on Monday. The spectacular sight was best-viewed in the Indian Subcontinent where it glowed over buildings for hours. But striking images were also captured in locations as diverse as Poland, Indonesia and Spain. The moon passed through the Earth’s shadow exactly two weeks ahead of the highly anticipated solar eclipse on August 21.    LINK
Democratic Socialists Vote to Boycott Israel at National Convention — Then Chant For Israel’s Elimination 
On Saturday, in Chicago, the Democratic Socialists of America voted to approve a motion endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.      . LINK
Ryan Bomberger: The Evangelists of Tolerance Have a Zero-Tolerance Policy
Why is it that the self-proclaimed evangelists of tolerance always seem to have a zero-tolerance policy? Tech giants that run the world's largest platforms of public discourse — Google, Facebook and Twitter — are the least likely to allow the diversity of opinion.      LINK
National Geographic: The Real Story Behind the 'House of Jesus' Apostles' Discovery
The "lost home of Jesus' apostles" has just been found, according to a recent Israeli newspaper report. Yet while the actual discovery is not nearly as sensational as many headlines suggest, the new results are adding very interesting fuel to an ongoing debate about the location of one of the most important cities in the New Testament. Here's what we know so far....     LINK
Ann Kroeker: Spiritual Hardiness in a Cushy World
.....In a culture where comfort and convenience reign, relatively minor inconveniences — burned lasagna, flat tires, long post office lines, a lost Internet connection, or an unexpectedly tough hike — can seem overwhelming. If we can’t cope with these “first-world problems” without a meltdown, how will we handle a serious crisis?      LINK
John Knight: The Altar of 'Progress'— The Horrifying Science of Child Sacrifice 
One famous little boy, Charlie Gard, was denied experimental medical interventions because a British court determined it was not in his best interest. Much more quietly, in an American laboratory in the past year, “many tens” of tiny humans were destroyed once their bodies were no longer useful to the more powerful humans who created them.     LINK
Rob Schwarzwalder: Loneliness— Its Dangers, Its Cures
When you think of a public health crisis, you might think of a contagious disease or a dangerous virus. You probably won’t think of something that burdens the soul and only then attacks the body. Yet according to the American Psychological Association (APA), “Loneliness and social isolation could be a greater public health hazard than obesity, and their impact will continue to grow.”   LINK
Breitbart News: Judicial Watch Warns California— 11 Counties Have More Voters than Voting-Age Citizens
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization, has sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on behalf of the Election Integrity Project, noting that there are 11 counties in the state with more registered voters, and alleging that the state may be out of compliance with Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act.      LINK
The Atlantic: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
.....The more I pored over yearly surveys of teen attitudes and behaviors, and the more I talked with young people like Athena, the clearer it became that theirs is a generation shaped by the smartphone and by the concomitant rise of social media. I call them iGen. Born between 1995 and 2012, members of this generation are growing up with smartphones, have an Instagram account before they start high school, and do not remember a time before the internet.    LINK
The Atlantic: Hillary Wants To Preach
Religion is playing a big role in Clinton’s post-election tour. What does she have to gain from sharing her faith now?
Hillary Clinton wants to preach. That’s what she told Bill Shillady, her longtime pastor, at a recent photo shoot for his new book about the daily devotionals he sent her during the 2016 campaign. Scattered bits of reporting suggest that ministry has always been a secret dream of the two-time presidential candidate: Last fall, the former Newsweek editor Kenneth Woodward revealed that Clinton told him in 1994 that she thought “all the time” about becoming an ordained Methodist minister. She asked him not to write about it, though: “It will make me seem much too pious.” The incident perfectly captures Clinton’s long campaign to modulate—and sometimes obscure—expressions of her faith.    LINK
USA Today: Microchipping Employees Raises Apocalyptic Questions
The apocalyptic "mark of the beast" prophecy in the Bible makes some wary of a Wisconsin company's recent decision to embed microchips into the hands of willing employees. The end times account in the New Testament's Book of Revelation warns believers about being marked on the right hand and the forehead by the Antichrist.       LINK
UK Daily Mail: Sleeping Less Than Six Hours a Night Is as Damaging as Binge Drinking
Regularly getting less than six hours sleep a night could cause the same long-term damage as alcohol abuse, according to a worrying new study.  For the body, sleep deprivation results in increased risk of obesity, depression, heart attacks and strokes - causing experts to dub it the 'modern ill'.  However, the most worrying consequences are rooted in the brain and new research suggests the effects are far more destructive than previously thought. Research suggests that being awake for 18 hours results in the same cognitive impairment people get from being drunk. This is so severe that driving while sleep deprived could be as dangerous as driving when drunk...    LINK
Kansas City Star: Was Jesus Crucified During a Solar Eclipse? NASA Shows One Occurred In 33 A.D
Based on both the Bible and some scientific data, it might seem reasonable to think that a solar eclipse like the one millions of people will view on Aug. 21 occurred during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. A translation of the Gospel of Luke 23:44-45 in the New American Bible says so without qualification...    LINK
Baptist Press: DNA Editing, Ethics and Biblical Truth
Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time ever. But a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary bioethicist says the research in question was unethical for its destruction of embryos and raises moral questions about genetic engineering.  The research -- published Wednesday (Aug. 2) in the journal Nature -- used a gene-editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9 to correct in dozens of embryos a genetic mutation that causes a potentially fatal heart condition.      LINK
Vox: The Reinvention of the Christian Broadcasting Network          SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
.....Unlike the staid, older-leaning 700 Club, its latest political show, Faith Nation, is more obviously geared to younger, social media-savvy viewers. It airs on Facebook Live, one of its on-camera anchors is a self-described social media expert, and the show frequently exhorts viewers to like or tweet their support. It represents a new era for CBN: one in which the network actively seeks to mirror and respond to the secular world's influencer-led, highly curated internet landscape.      LINK
Eric Metaxas: Missing the Canaanites in Plain Sight— The Media Need to Read Their Bibles!
You can't always believe what you read in the press, particularly when it comes to the Bible. Open it up, and do your own fact-check. Reporters miss things.    LINK
Israel Natn'l News: The Spiritual Crisis of Post Modern, Western Society
The tone of political discourse in America and Europe has become so polarized, embittered and volatile that it conveys a grave sense of deep anxiety and loses of national self confidence and direction. Similarly, for the first time in human history, America and Western Europe are suffering from negative fertility rates, meaning that they find themselves in a slow process of national suicide, whose end will be the extinction of thousand year old national heritages.      LINK
Senator to ABC: ‘Concern’ About Hate Group Designation of Christian Legal Organization
A U.S. Senator expressed “concern” that an ABC News article described a Christian legal organization as a “hate group.” ABC relied on the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) classification.  “I found it odd that ABC would designate [Alliance Defending Freedom] ADF as a hate group not based on any actual crime or action, but apparently based on their belief in religious liberty or traditional marriage,” wrote Senator James Lankford (R-OK) in a letter to ABC News President James Goldston.     LINK
David Mathis: Do You Pray Like an Atheist?
....Christianity is not distinct because we call out to the divine. However, those who follow the Bible do pray in an utterly unique way, set apart from every other kind of cry toward the sky — and the implications are huge for how we pray every day.      LINK
Jon Miltimore: Logic is More Important than Ever— So Why Don’t Schools Teach it Anymore?
One of the great ironies of our age is that schools have stopped teaching logic in an age when it’s more necessary than ever. We live in a time defined by vast information, mass marketing, and propaganda. It’s been 70 years since Dorothy Sayers observed that by teaching young men and women to read but not think, “we have left them at the mercy of the printed word.”   LINK
Marketwatch: Americans Now Have the Highest Credit-Card Debt In U.S. History 
American consumers just hit a scary milestone. They now collectively have the most outstanding revolving debt — often summarized as credit card debt — in U.S. history, according to a report Monday released by the Federal Reserve. Americans had $1.021 trillion in outstanding revolving credit in June 2017. This beats the previous record in April 2008, when consumers had a collective $1.02 trillion in outstanding credit revolving credit.    LINK
CBS Local: Many States Preparing For Historic Eclipse Like A Natural Disaster
Americans across the U.S. will see the country’s first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years. While millions of people get ready to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse, local authorities are the treating the event more like a natural disaster and are preparing for the worst.      LINK
Christian Post: 11 'Mostly Children and Elderly' Killed, 18 Injured in Bloody Massacre at Nigerian Church
In an attack Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned as "unspeakable sacrilege," an early morning mass at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Ozubulu was turned into a bloody massacre on Sunday as gunmen entered the church and fatally shot at least 11 people and injured 18 others.    LINK
CBN News: The Rare Eclipse You Don’t Want to Miss—  It’s ‘a Blessed Time In the History of Our Solar System’
The upcoming Aug. 21 eclipse is causing such a stir because one like this hasn't crossed the entire continental U.S. in 99 years.  And directly under its path, millions of people will see a rare total solar eclipse. "It's unique basically based on its position -- the fact that it's coming right over so many states in the U.S.," astronomer Bethany Cobb Kung of George Washington University told CBN News. Kung indicated that in this age of social media and the internet, this solar/lunar spectacular is likely to be history's most talked about eclipse. "Eclipses are both interesting scientifically — we learn a lot about the sun, especially the solar corona, during an eclipse — and it gets people excited about astronomy," she stated.  "So we're looking forward to it and we know we're going to get a lot of news coverage and people are going to be interested.   It's going to be live-streamed on the web. People are going to be sharing it on social media."    LINK
Christianity Today: Robbing God, Literally— 1 in 10 Protestant Churches Experience Embezzlement
Churches and other faith groups collect tens of billions of dollars in donations each year. But not all of it ends up where it’s supposed to. About 1 in 10 Protestant churches has had someone embezzle funds, according to a new survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors...     LINK
Times of Israel: Sites Vie To Be Seen as Christianity’s ‘Lost’ City of Bethsaida
....Based on the recent discovery of a Roman-era bathhouse in the Bethsaida Valley Nature Reserve, a Haaretz report this week trumpeted “The Lost Home of Jesus’ Apostles Has Just Been Found, Archaeologists Say.” Its location, according to the article, is el-Araj, one of three sites historically debated by scholars.        LINK
Christian News Net: Archaeologists in Israel Discover ‘Mesmerizing Proof’ of Event Described in Bible
....“Evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians is currently being unearthed in the City of David in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority,” it explained. By conducting excavations on the eastern slope of the City of David, archaeologists discovered the remains of 2,500-year-old dwelling places covered by a rockslide.   LINK
Religion News Service: Serving God by Suing Others— Inside the Christian Conservative Legal Movement
Roger Gannam cites the Bible to define his company's mission...His employer, Liberty Counsel, advocates for conservative Christian interests in cases related to the sanctity of life, family values and religious liberty. "We seek to help Christians avail themselves of their First Amendment rights to live out a Christian life the way they want to live it," said Gannam, assistant vice president of legal affairs for the Orlando, Florida, firm. Liberty Counsel is part of the Christian legal movement, a collection of advocacy groups working in the legal, public policy and public relations arenas to advance and protect conservative Christian moral values.    LINK
Christian Post: Prison Worker Banned From Chapel Services for Citing Bible on Homosexuality Loses Appeal
A Christian prison worker who was banned from attending prison chapel services because he cited a Bible verse that calls out the sin of homosexuality lost his appeal in court.      LINK
Craig Cabaniss: Christian, What Are You Watching?
.....For most Americans, media is the omnipresent backdrop of life. Even if you don’t find yourself in every scene of the previous day-in-the-life scenario, you’re nevertheless surrounded. Whether at home, in the car, at the store, in a restaurant, or even at the gas station, the perpetual media lifeline continues. We’re never beyond its ubiquitous reach. We’re so engulfed that media seems....     LINK
Joe Carter: What Should Evangelicals Think About the Shroud of Turin?
.....Whether the Shroud really has something to do with Jesus is a question that was first raised in 1357 when a linen cloth claiming to be the burial shroud of Jesus was exhibited in France.       LINK
Christian Institute: Embryo Editing 'Breakthrough' Raises Spectre of Designer Babies
Scientists have raised the spectre of designer babies once again, after researchers successfully removed DNA which causes a heart defect from human embryos for the first time.       LINK
CBN News: Liberal Organizations Indoctrinate Young Kids with Idea that God-Given Gender Doesn't Matter'
Liberal organizations are taking their push for transgenderism and "gender fluidity" to the next level by teaching children as young as four that their God-given gender does not matter.  Planned Parenthood is pushing this idea through a new set of parental guidelines which explains that children are never too young to be taught that their genitals don't indicate their gender.    LINK
Israel Today: To Ascend the Mount, or Not, That is the Question
Last week, a record number of Israelis visited the Temple Mount. According to some sources, more than 1,200 Jews entered the holy site to mark the fast of Tisha b’Av, which commemorates the destruction of the Temple. Hundreds more were not allowed in because, unlike Muslims, Jews can enter the Temple Mount for only four hours a day through a single gate equipped with metal detectors.     LINK
Ron Jager: Unconditional Christian Love for Israel
In the United States, the two groups that most ardently support Israel are Jews and evangelical Christians. Jewish support is easy to explain, but why should certain Christians, most of them politically quite conservative, be so devoted to Israel?    LINK
Christianity Today: When Your Spouse Is Mentally Ill
My husband’s schizoaffective disorder devastated our family. Here’s what I’ve learned in the years since he was first diagnosed.     LINK
Glen Scrivener: Hope in the Darkness of Mental Illness
....Already mental illness is the most common cause of work absence in Britain and, globally, it constitutes the largest single source of world economic burden ($2.5 trillion per year). If you aren’t struggling with mental illness, someone close to you is.       LINK
Justin O. Smith: The Fallacy of 'Separation of Church and State'
The language of the First Amendment makes it clear that the goal was to restrain government when it came to religion.       LINK
Tom Plum: Stop Calling Jesus a Socialist!
Throughout the entire 2016 election and onward, a tired line heard from within the Progressive Christian camp was that it was Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-declared "democratic socialist," who spoke from a policy platform most comparable with the New Testament ethic.  The assumption is that Jesus was himself a quiet socialist, and that his charity while acting as Lord, feeding without profit and giving without return, was to become the governmental archetype for any system built upon the imperative of public utility.   LINK
Thom Rainer: Ten Tough Pieces of Advice Pastors Have Trouble Receiving
The last thing pastors need is someone to offer them advice.  They receive “advice” every day of the week. Some of it is well intended. Some of it is not. All of it cumulatively is overwhelming. It is thus difficult for me to pile on. But I do want pastors to hear those pieces of advice that are really difficult to heed. And they are difficult even if pastors know they are true.       LINK
Kent Brandenburg: Canaanite DNA and Fake News
.....The science part of the study appeared in the American Journal of Human Genetics.  It should be a great testimony to the authenticity of the biblical record, since it says that these people existed. Instead, many used it with great glee as a basis for the Bible not being true...They are saying in essence, "The Bible says they were destroyed, and they weren't!" The Bible says that God told Israel to destroy them.  Israel didn't.  As a result there was all sorts of Canaanite false worship in the land.    LINK
Al Baker: A Case for Door to Door Evangelism
.....Ask yourself this question–is that what you see in the ministry of the Lord Jesus and His apostles? Did Jesus or the apostles sit in Starbucks waiting for people to ask them questions about their faith? Even a cursory reading of the gospels and Acts makes clear that they were always moving, always engaging people in the gospel. Paul went to the local market and spoke daily to the people....     LINK
David Cloud: A Regenerate Church Membership and Evidence of Salvation
....Salvation is the thing that is often missing in young people who grow up in Christian homes and churches. They go through the motions of professing Christ. They know how to give the right answers and to act right when necessary, but the reality of the kind of supernatural salvation that we see in Scripture is foreign to their daily lives.       LINK
Washington Examiner: Trump Moves Forward With Religious Freedom Priorities
....Last week, Trump nominated Gov. Sam Brownback to serve in the position of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, a position within the U.S. State Department. This immediately inspired anger and assertions that the Kansas governor is opposed to LGBTQ rights.     LINK
CBN News: Kentucky Ministry Prepares to Preach to 250,000 Expected for Solar Eclipse
On August 21 a historic solar eclipse is set to take place across the continental United States; something that hasn't happened in almost a century. Some see the rare phenomenon as a sign from God and point to scripture to support their claims....But whether the upcoming event is or isn't a sign from God, many Christians believe it serves as a good time to share the gospel.  LINK
Religion News Service: Gene Editing— Gateway To Promised Land, or Pandora’s Box?
The work is controversial because it showed that scientists could manipulate life in its earliest stages and that those changes would then be inherited by future generations, if the embryo were allowed to grow into a baby. (The embryo in question was destroyed.)     LINK
Forward: What Have We Learned From the Temple Mount Crisis?
Three weeks after the murder of two Israeli policemen on the Temple Mount esplanade by three Israeli Arab Islamists, the crisis appears to be over....This is an appropriate juncture to sum up what we have learned in the course of the past three weeks. The insights and lessons are everywhere. They concern decision-making under stress by all the relevant leaders, the response of the broader Arab region, a very evident rise in Muslim and Jewish religious fervor, the nature of Israel’s “sovereignty” on the Mount, and the strategic implications for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.    LINK
CBN News: Mother-of-Five’s Cancer Treatment Interrupted Over Dispute Involving Her Christian Healthcare Plan
Learning that you or a loved one has cancer can feel absolutely devastating. But for one Georgia mother, her diagnosis was just the first piece of bad news her family would receive. Laura Alley, 39, discovered a lump on her neck just months after giving birth to her fifth child, WSB-TV reported. She began treatment at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, where everything had been covered by...     LINK
Word & Way: Survey Weighs Value of Baptist Associations
Most church leaders believe their financial contributions to local Baptist associations are "a good kingdom investment" while others are struggling to see their relevancy, according to findings from a national survey released July 31.  LINK
Joe Carter: Nine Things You Should Know About the History of the Homeschooling Movement
Homeschooling is in the news after the New York Times ran a ridiculous op-ed. “While Stewart does not use the term ‘homeschool’ in her op-ed, she implies that parents who choose to educate their children outside of the public school system participate in a culture the promotes racism and theonomy.”  LINK
Religion News Service: Scientists, Theologians Ponder If Latest Biological Findings Are More Compatible With Religion
 Waiting in the wings are new technologies such as genome editing, which can modify human genes to repair, enhance or customize human beings. Scientists in China are believed to have already genetically modified human embryos and the first known attempt to do so in the United States was reported this week.     LINK
Religion News Service: What the Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker Can Teach Us Today
.....In both its rise and fall, PTL helps to explain why religion remains such a persistent part of American life and how deep and sincere faith can be entangled with money, sex and celebrity on a Hollywood scale. It’s a story as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.    LINK
Charles C. Camosy, First Things: Learning From Charlie Gard
Charlie Gard's legacy on this earth may well be a disturbing increase in euthanasia.  LINK
Christian Post: Cambodia Orders Expulsion of Christian Charity Fighting Sex Trafficking After CNN Report
Cambodia has ordered the expulsion of an American Christian group that rescues child sex slaves after it was featured in a recent CNN report, which Cambodian Prime Minister called an "insulting" story as it exposed how some girls were sold by their own mothers.   LINK
Jerry Newcombe: America Abandons Marriage at Its Own Peril
It would be disastrous for this country if we went the route of Europe in being a post-marriage society. The old cliché is still true: As the family goes, so goes society.     LINK
Michael Hyatt: What I’ve Learned From Being Fired
I have been fired from three different jobs or gigs in my career and I learned from each one of them. Don’t get me wrong. Each of these was a painful experience. But these experiences also taught me important lessons that I probably could not have learned any other way. They were invaluable for my future success. Here are those lessons....     LINK
Conrad Mbewe: Bible Texts Prosperity Preachers Wish Did Not Exist 
.....If you survey the Bible you will not find a single verse that warns you against the detrimental spiritual effect of material poverty. Yet you will find many passages in the Bible warning you against the detrimental effects of wealth—and especially love for wealth. You never hear prosperity preachers preaching on such verses. It is as if their Bibles do not have such verses. LINK
Stephen Nichols: Three Lines In the Sand
....All three of these lines in the sand are drawn in the opening two chapters of the Bible. God makes it clear that He created us, that He created male and female, and that He designed marriage to be between a man and a woman. Those three foundational truths are clear. All three are rejected today.   LINK
Nick Batzig: Reading God’s Providence
....Here are three warnings and three guiding principles upon which to act when we are approach the subject of discerning God’s providence...  LINK
Garrett Higbee: Counseling Parents about Smart Rules for Smartphones (And All Social Media)
Smartphones are everywhere and it is common to see very young kids playing on a tablet or to see older kids texting at every intersection. As counselors or parents, how do we navigate the inevitable conversations, develop reasonable rules, and lay down age-appropriate guidelines regarding smartphones? I hope to lay out some ways you can help those you counsel be smart about... LINK
National Review: The Continuing Threat to Religious Liberty
Two years to the day after the Supreme Court redefined marriage in Obergefell, the Court announced that it would hear a case about the extent to which private parties may be forced to embrace this new vision of marriage. The case involves Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who declined to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex-wedding reception. There was nothing remarkable about Phillips’s decision. With every cake he designs, Jack believes he is serving Christ. He had previously turned down requests to create Halloween-themed cakes, lewd bachelor-party cakes, and a cake celebrating a divorce. Yet Jack was never reprimanded over those decisions. He found himself in hot water only with the same-sex-wedding cake.     LINK
Christianity Today: The 'Prophets' and 'Apostles' Leading the Quiet Revolution in American Religion
A quiet revolution is taking place in America religion....Largely behind the scenes, a group of mostly self-proclaimed “apostles,” leading ministries from North Carolina to Southern California, has attracted millions of followers with promises of direct access to God through signs and wonders. Their movement, which Christerson and Flory called “Independent Network Charismatic” or “INC” Christianity, has become one of the fastest-growing faith groups in the United States. Apostles like Bill Johnson, Mike Bickle, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Pierce, and Ché Ahn claim millions of followers. They’re also aided by an army of fellow ministers who fall under their “spiritual covering.” Many of these apostles run megachurches... But their real power lies in their innovative approach to selling faith. They’ve combined multi-level marketing, Pentecostal signs and wonders, and post-millennial optimism to connect directly with millions of spiritual customers. That allows them to reap millions in donations, conference fees, and book and DVD sales.    LINK                    SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Ladders: Sleep Deprivation Makes Us Useless at Work, Study Shows
....The National Safety Council released a report based on a survey showing just how many of us are struggling when it comes to getting enough sleep for work the next morning. A whopping 43% of respondents said they fail to get at least 7 hours of shuteye daily, and 97% reported having at least one of the nine “fatigue risk factors” listed in the study to the point where lack of sleep actually threatened their lives. The study identified three ways to spot your own sleep deprivation. First, “decreased cognitive performance,” then “microsleeps” followed by “increased safety risk.”     LINK
CBN News: ‘Obviously Human’ —Mother Posts Heart-Wrenching Photos of Baby She Lost at 14 Weeks
Through a heart wrenching social media post describing the miscarriage of twins, a mother is hoping to shed a new light on the sanctity of human life. Felicia Cash took to Facebook on Monday to share that she had recently lost not one but two babies after 14 weeks of pregnancy. As though the news wasn’t painful enough, Cash made the brave decision to post photos of one of her stillborn children to demonstrate that—even at just three and half months gestation—a child is more than “a cluster of cells” and “lump of tissue.”  For 13 years, Felicia Cash and he husband had struggled to start a family of their own. They finally made the decision to foster three sisters, and they adopted the girls two years later. Soon after, they received the remarkable news that they were expecting their first child.     LINK
Deseret News: Serving God By Suing Others; Inside the Christian Conservative Legal Movement
Roger Gannam cites the Bible to define his company's mission. That wouldn't be notable if he worked at a church or food kitchen, somewhere known for sharing the gospel with the world. But Gannam works at a law firm, suing others and representing those who have been sued. His employer, Liberty Counsel, advocates for conservative Christian interests in cases related to the sanctity of life, family values and religious liberty, presenting the court system as a way to live out Jesus' "Great Commission."     LINK
CBN News: A Fluke or Something More? The Divine Handprint that Marks This Solar Phenomenon
There is doubt among some scientists and others that a Creator God is alive and reigning over this universe. Others, however, watch an amazing phenomenon that occurs occasionally over Earth, and ponder whether such a thing can happen just by accident.  That phenomenon is the fact that our moon happens to be 238,900 miles from Earth and a much more massive sun is 92.96 million miles away -- but from Earth, those vastly different distances make the moon appear to fit EXACTLY over the sun to form total solar eclipses.  LINK
Daily Wire: Now That’s It’s Legal, Euthanasia In The Netherlands Is On The Rise
Life in the Netherlands ain’t what it used to be. Euthanasia, which accounted for 1.7% of deaths in 1990, before it was legalized in 2002, rose to 4.5% of deaths in 2015, according to a 25-year review published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.....The Netherlands was the first country in the world that made it legal for doctors to help people die, whether by euthanasia, where doctors actively kill patients, or assisted suicide, where physicians prescribe patients a lethal dose of drugs.     LINK
Smithsonian Mag: Kellogg's Corn Flakes and Seventh-Day Adventism
....Virtually every American is familiar with corn flakes, but few know the story of the two men from Battle Creek, Michigan, who created those famously crispy, golden flakes of corn back in 1895, revolutionizing the way America ate breakfast: John Harvey Kellogg and his younger brother Will Keith Kellogg.  Fewer still know that among the ingredients in the Kelloggs' secret recipe were the teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist church, a homegrown American faith that linked spiritual and physical health, and which played a major role in the Kellogg family's life.      LINK
Michael Brown: Christian Schools That Cave to Culture Will Lose Their Souls
Time and again in the Gospels, Jesus warned His listeners, "For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it" (Matt. 16:25). This applies directly to our Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries. If we try to "save our lives" by capitulating to worldly standards, we will "lose our lives" in the process.     LINK
Christian Post: SC Supreme Court Rules That Breakaway Diocese's Properties Belong to Episcopal Church
South Carolina's highest court has ruled that at least 29 of the 36 properties of a diocese that left The Episcopal Church belong to the national denomination.    LINK
Rod Dreher: Trump Can’t Save American Christianity
According to Genesis 1, in four days, God made the heavens, the earth and all the vegetation upon it. But four days after Anthony Scaramucci’s filthy tirade went public, Team Trump’s evangelical all-stars — pastors and prominent laity who hustle noisily around the Oval Office trying to find an amen corner — still had not figured out what to say.     LINK
Breaking Israel News: Europe Is Committing Suicide
Europe has surrendered to Islam and is in a state of dhimmitude (submission), “forced to deny its own culture, stand silently by in the face of alleged Muslim atrocities, accept Muslim immigration, and pay tribute through various types of economic assistance.”    LINK
E. Jeffrey Ludwig: The Elite and Their Idols
The endless dissection and negative take on all that happens in the Oval Office partake of the irrationality that any neurotic behavior does.     LINK
Huffington Post: The Fundamentalist Christian Chokehold On America
.....At the beginning of Trump’s presidency, he initiated an executive ordered called “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom.” Most agree the order was little more than a nod to the fundamentalist Christians that helped elect Trump into office, and it has no teeth. However, the order essentially allows discrimination from the highest offices in the country, letting individuals deny health care, education, employment, government grants and even government contracts to people who believe or behave differently. If someone simply claims a strongly held religious belief, they can discriminate for virtually any reason without retribution.    [LINK]
Christian Headlines: Is the Upcoming Solar Eclipse a Sign of the End Times? 
A total solar eclipse will take place in the U.S. on August 21, 2017. People around the country are planning eclipse-viewing parties and eagerly awaiting this event which last happened 38 years ago. Some are even speculating that the eclipse is a sign of the end times. Some Christians are pointing to verses such as Matthew 24:29 or Revelation 6:12 which discuss events that will occur before Christ’s Second Coming.    [LINK]
Israel Today: Israelis March Demanding Access to Temple Mount and Building of Third Temple
Thousands of Israelis participated in an annual march around the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, with a special focus on the Temple Mount. Though it is Judaism’s holiest site, Jews are still not allowed to pray there due to threats of Muslim violence. Government officials participating in the march noted that the people of Israel are seeking much more than just the right to pray atop a Muslim-occupied Temple Mount. They want the Third Temple.     [LINK]
CBN News: Growing Number of Americans Ditching Church Weddings 
Fewer people are getting married in church nowadays. Stats from The Knot's 2016 Real Weddings Study found that only 26 percent of couples in the U.S. had their wedding ceremony in a religious institution in 2016; down from 41 percent in 2009. In most cases, it's a matter of personal preference. Popular wedding venues include: farms, barns, beaches, ranches, beach houses, public gardens, wineries, museums and historic buildings and homes.    [LINK]
Bkng Israel News: Bible Study Returns to White House as Trump Cabinet Members Attend Weekly Meetings
The Trump Cabinet’s weekly Bible study meetings, composed of the most influential lawmakers in the country, may be the first such gathering in 100 years, Ralph Drollinger, founder of Capitol Ministries and leader of the study sessions, told Breaking Christian News (BCN), bringing the Bible back to the White House in a way not seen in a century.    [LINK]
‘The Bible Was WRONG!’: Media Massively Bungle Bible Story — and Are Forced to Issue Corrections
In recent days, countless media outlets have carried bold headlines alleging that a new study calls into question key details presented in the Bible. But there’s a big problem with that narrative: It simply isn’t true.    [LINK]
Christian Headlines: As Artificial Intelligence Grows, So Do Perceived Threats to Human Uniqueness
 SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk got into a spat recently on Twitter with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg over the dangers of artificial intelligence. Musk urged a group of governors to proactively regulate AI, which he views as a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” “Until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react because it seems so ethereal,” Musk said.   [LINK]
Christian Post: Lesbian Mom Loses Effort to Have Christian Judge Removed From Divorce Case
A lesbian mother in Alabama was unsuccessful in her attempts to have a conservative Christian judge removed from her divorce case on the grounds that he holds traditional Christian beliefs about marriage and sexuality.    [LINK]
SBC Today: R.G. LEE – A Peerless Pulpiteer 
.....At age twelve Robert got under conviction of his sinful nature after hearing a sermon at First Baptist Church Fort Mill, SC on “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?” A day or two thereafter he was working in the fields and commented, “I had to plow that day. My misery grew until finally I drove out to the end of a long row and dropped the plows down by the side of Barney, my old white mule, and prayed, ‘If one must accept Jesus to be saved, then I accept Him.’”    [LINK]
Mike Leake: The Danger of 'Has God Called You Into the Ministry?'
“Can you tell us a little about your call to the ministry…” I’ve gotten that question, I believe, in every church interview I’ve had. And every time I talked about how the Lord called me to himself and then a bit of jumbled mess about not being sure in college but really having a compulsion to preach. I share a story about when I was really laboring with that and a professor said, “If you can do something else you should do it.” Preaching has been like a fire in my bones that I can’t not do…so I figure that’s my internal call.  [LINK]
For First Time in Millennia, Jewish Priests Will Undergo Training to Enter Temple’s Holy of Holies
This incredible development was initiated by Israel’s first responder organization ZAKA, following an an unprecedented event occurring during the three weeks of austerity leading up to the Ninth Day of Av: the July 14 Palestinian terror attack against Israeli police officers that left three dead corpses, the most powerful source of ritual impurity, on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. Horrific as the attack was, it served a divine purpose. “When the Jewish people are not moving ahead quickly enough, God does something to force it upon us...”    [LINK]
Christian Headlines: Eight Churches in Baghdad Close Their Doors Forever as Christians Continue to Flee Iraq
The liberation of Mosul came after nine hard months of fighting and three brutish years of occupation. All eyes have fixated on this noteworthy event; however, just south in Baghdad, eight churches have been closed due to the significant loss of the Christian populace.    [LINK]
Deseret News: Millennials Approve of, But Don't Understand, Religious Freedom
.....“They think it (religious freedom) is merely just a choice, and it’s troubling to see that so many don’t know what it means more than just choosing — it means practicing that faith in a meaningful and authentic way,” said Hardman, herself a Millennial and a graduate of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.    [LINK]
Rich Lowery: The Revolution Devours Venezuela
Venezuela is a woeful reminder that no country is so rich that it can’t be driven into the ground by revolutionary socialism. People are now literally starving — about three-quarters of the population lost weight last year — in what once was the fourth-richest country in the world on a per capita basis. A country that has more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia is suffering shortages of basic supplies. Venezuela now totters on the brink of bankruptcy and civil war, in the national catastrophe known as the Bolivarian Revolution. The phrase is the coinage of the late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez, succeeded by the current Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro.     [LINK]
Carl R. Trueman: Christian Colleges—Our Cultural Waterloo
Tradition ascribes to the Duke of Wellington the saying that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton. Today, I suspect the cultural Battle of Waterloo will be won—or lost—on the campuses of Christian colleges, and that in two ways. The first way is obvious. The expansion of the scope of Title IX legislation by the Obama administration makes colleges that hold to traditional Christian moral positons on homosexuality and transgenderism vulnerable to loss of government funding and to damaging legal actions... [LINK]
Christian Post: Democratic Staffer Arrested by FBI Appears to Be a Huge Scandal; Here's the Facts
The FBI arrest last week of a congressional IT staffer with ties to former Democratic National Committee Chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida appears to be developing into a much larger scandal.   [LINK]
Christian Headlines: Archaeologists Find More Evidence of Babylonian Destruction of Jerusalem
 Israeli archaeologists recently discovered 2,600-year-old artifacts they say offer further concrete evidence of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem around 586 B.C.  The Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery just days before Tisha B’Av, a Jewish fast day commemorating the anniversary of the destruction of both the First Temple by the Babylonians and the Second Temple by the Romans in the year 70.A.D.    [LINK]
Peter J. Leithart: Israel Among the Nations
 The similarities between Israel and paganism have vexed, tantalized, and intrigued Christian thinkers for millennia. It was a central issue in the apologetic writings of the early church, and from the patristic through the medieval period Christian intellectuals attempted to fit paganism within the framework of redemptive history.     [LINK]
Christian News Net: Calling Worship 'Unlawful Assembly,' Police in India Arrest Six Christians
Berating and slapping a pastor for reading the Bible instead of Hindu texts, police in Uttar Pradesh state, India last month detained six Christians under “unlawful assembly” laws for worshiping together, sources said.    [LINK]
Axios: Many Americans Are Too Drugged-Out To Work 
A slew of reports finds a fresh reason for the chronic inability of American companies to fill skilled jobs: not a lack of skills, and hence a training-and-education crisis, but a surfeit of drug abuse. Simply put, prime-working age Americans without a college diploma are often too drugged-out to get the best jobs. Opioids remain at high levels, but the surge in drug use is now heroin and the powerful contaminant fentanyl.    [LINK]
Daily Caller: Australia Weather Bureau Caught Tampering With Climate Numbers
Australian scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) ordered a review of temperature recording instruments after the government agency was caught tampering with temperature logs in several locations. BOM has been put under the microscope before for similar manipulations. The agency was accused in 2014 of tampering with…    [LINK]
PJ Media: The First Church of Justin Bieber?
The pop star is reportedly considering starting his own church. What could go wrong?   [LINK]
Robert Arvay: What Is Normal? What Is Abnormal? Who Decides?
Gendery dysphoria, body integrity identity disorder, even homosexuality – is nothing at all abnormal anymore? [LINK]
Edward L. Glaeser: The War on Work— And How to End It
.....The rise of joblessness — especially among men — is the great American domestic crisis of the 21st century. It is a crisis of spirit more than of resources. The jobless are far more prone to self-destructive behavior than are the working poor. Proposed solutions that focus solely on providing material benefits are a false path.    [LINK]
Randy Alcorn: Three Things to Remember When You’re Browsing Through Social Media
How do we, as believers in Christ, love each other well on social media? Yes, the writer of the post has a lot of responsibility, but remember, as you’re scrolling through the endless library of social media feeds, you, the reader, also have a responsibility. Here are three things to consider as you’re browsing.   [LINK]
Wired Mag: Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones
Sometimes our smart phones are our friends, sometimes they seem like our lovers, and sometimes they’re our dope dealers. And no one, in the past 12 months at least, has done more than Tristan Harris to explain the complexity of this relationship...Technology steers what 2 billion people are thinking and believing every day. It’s possibly the largest source of influence over 2 billion people’s thoughts that has ever been created. Religions and governments don’t have that much influence over people’s daily thoughts.    [LINK]
Jordan Standridge: Four Incredible Blessings of Giving
By the time the average human being reaches the age of 20, he will have watched one million commercials. 1,000,000. Think about that. Most people will watch almost four million commercials in their lifetime....Every one of us is willing to subject ourselves to this and very seldom do we question the motives of the advertisers despite the fact that they don’t have our best interest at heart, they simply want to make money. In the church, it is the opposite. People complain all the time about churches being “money-hungry” or “greedy.” Many people leave churches if they feel that the pastor talks about giving too much. But Paul never shied away from talking about it. Not only did he talk.... [LINK]
Jeff Straub: Tips On Building a Digital Library
We live in exciting times. At no point in human history has it been easier to collect and maintain a ministerial library if one chooses the route of a digital books. [LINK]
Jared C. Wilson: Do Visitors To Your Church Really Feel Welcome?
I don’t know of any church leader who wants visitors to their services to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. And yet it still surprises me that many churches still don’t think through some of the ways, both obvious and subtle, that work against making visitors feel “at home” with the congregation. If you’re a church leader who cares about the experience of hospitality for those who visit your church services, I hope you will work through the following questions with eyes open to the impression your church may be leaving visitors.    [LINK]
Clint Archer: Four Ways Pastors Lose Their Pulpits
....There are many ways to leave a church honorably. You could die in the pulpit. You might gracefully retire so a younger man can fill your shoes. Perhaps you feel called to another ministry, and your current elders support you in that endeavor. But there are some ways no pastor wants to be ejected from his ministry. [LINK]
Tony Reinke: Where Will You Be One Year From Today?
....Our culture loves the prediction-makers. Sports talk radio is 10% news, 20% gossip, and 70% forecasting. Who will win, lose, get cut, or traded — on and on go the predictions. In this world, the Las Vegas odds makers have job security.
Politics, too, is run by polls and predictions... Political forecasts cause stock markets around the world to drop and rise... Speculating on our future is the petri dish of anxiety and fear, and it’s probably one reason why God has not called us to walk by prediction. He has called us to walk by faith.  [LINK]
Reports: Trump Pulls Anthony Scaramucci from White House Communications Director Role After 10 Days
White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after just a week into the job, according to reports. Scaramucci was brought in by Trump personally to serve as President Donald Trump’s point man for the media, but lost confidence with staff after having a frank and profane conversation with a New Yorker reporter...   [LINK]
Jennifer Rubin: As Trump Debases the Presidency, the Religious Right Looks Away
No group has been as blindly loyal to President Trump as Christian conservatives. They have not let religion or values get in the way of their support. Consider the “Access Hollywood” tape, the attack on a Gold Star family....the firing of the FBI director, the humiliation of evangelical-favorite Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the politicization of the Boy Scouts, the threats to the special counsel and now an interview with Trump’s out-of-control, potty-mouthed communications director. What about Trump, exactly, reflects their values? [LINK]                        SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Christian Post: Nearly 100 Evangelical Leaders Met With White House Staff for 'Listening Sessions' Last Week
Donald Trump's White House expanded its engagement with faith leaders last week by holding three different listening sessions that featured nearly 100 different Christian leaders and activists, participants have told reporters.   [LINK]
CBN News: Could Iran's Moves In Syria Be the Seeds of the Next War with Israel?
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin recently announced a ceasefire in parts of southern Syria.  A cease fire on the surface sounds like a great idea, but some Israeli leaders feel it presents a clear and present danger to the Jewish state....CBN News recently visited the area on Israel's northern border covered by the ceasefire agreement. According to a number of reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't share President Trump's optimism about the ceasefire agreement for one main reason: Iran.  One senior Israeli official told the Israeli daily Ha'aretz "it creates a disturbing reality in southern Syria. The agreement doesn't include a single explicit word about Iran, Hezbollah or the Shiite militias in Syria." [LINK]
Christian Post: Fewer Americans Are Getting Married as Many Millennials Postpone Nuptials Indefinitely
Not only are fewer Americans getting married, but many are delaying marriage, and those who are choosing to say, "I do," are inviting fewer guests, according to a report in Bloomberg, which looked at the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and private research firms.    [LINK]
Baptist Press: Infant Charlie Gard Dies After Parents' Futile Pleas
Charlie Gard -- the infant at the center of a battle over parental authority that gained international attention -- has died, his parents announced Friday in England....Charlie died in hospice care a week short of his first birthday, Aug. 4, after being removed from a ventilator.    [LINK]
CBN News: Bible Studies at the White House— Who's Inside This Spiritual Awakening?
A spiritual awakening is underway at the White House. Some of the most powerful people in America have been gathering weekly to learn more about God's Word, and this Trump Cabinet Bible study is making history. They've been called the most evangelical Cabinet in history – men and women who don't mince words when it comes to where they stand on God and the Bible.    [LINK]
RealClearReligion: How the Social Gospel Movement Explains the Roots of Today's Religious Left
Throughout American history, religion has played a significant role in promoting social reform. From the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century to the civil rights movement of the 20th century, religious leaders have championed progressive political causes. This legacy is evident today in the group called religious progressives, or the religious left. The social gospel movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as I have explored in my research, has had a particularly significant impact on the development of the religious left.    [LINK]
CNN: Outlaw Pastor Rob Bell Shakes Up the Bible Belt
....Going to hear a pastor preach on a Sunday afternoon is considered an act of piety. But when that pastor is Bell and he's speaking in the heart of the Bible Belt, it's subversive. Bell, who made the cover of Time magazine, is an outlaw in the evangelical world. He was cast out of that kingdom in 2011 after he questioned the existence of hell in his New York Times best-selling book, "Love Wins." [LINK]                         SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Hawkins: Solar Eclipses Inspire Awe, Declare the Divine Designer’s Glory
On October 22, 2134 B.C., two Chinese astrologers failed to foretell the coming of a solar eclipse, and it sealed their fates. As legend tells, the astrologers Hsi and Ho were soon executed. For, in ancient China, an eclipse could bode ill for the emperor, especially if it hadn’t been predicted. This earliest of recorded eclipses shows the awe and terror that the sun’s darkening has inspired among people both everywhere and always in human history. Even today, in China, drums roll and rituals are performed to frighten and drive away the dragon that has eaten the sky....But Christians today can especially look at the solar eclipse with wonder and joy, seeing it as an expression of the power of God....    [LINK]
Christian Post: Democrats Reverse Course on Pro-Life Candidate Ban; Need 'Broad Coalition,' Party Says
The Democrat Party is willing to lend support to any pro-life candidates among their ranks, according to leaders. [LINK]
Michael Brown: Do New DNA Discoveries Really Disprove the Bible?
.....So, the headlines should have read, “DNA Confirms the Bible.” Why, then, didn’t these news outlets tell us the truth? Your guess is probably similar to mine.  [LINK] 
Lloyd Billingsley: Canada’s Free-Speech Phobia
Islam-critic charged with “willful promotion of hatred.”   [LINK]
Paul Jacob: Charlie Gard, Single-Payer…Both Dead
News of 11-month-old Charlie Gard’s death during last Friday’s wee morning hours brought sadness and grief. But perhaps for those of us far enough removed from the tragedy, a measure of hope — hope that the days of single-payer healthcare may now be similarly numbered.    [LINK]
Scott Ehrlich: Why Single-Payer Will Only Make Health Care More Expensive
The arguments for single-payer are full of ridiculous extrapolations, economically illiterate assumptions, and pie in the sky dreams of abundant providers to treat millions of patients. [LINK]
James Hasson: Military Service Is A Privilege That Transgender People Aren’t Qualified For
Military service is a privilege, not a right. And the military has an obligation only to admit and retain soldiers who make it more effective at fighting wars.   [LINK]
Daniel Greenfield: The Transgender Ban Isn’t Fair. Neither is War
The military demands results, not diversity.     [LINK]
Natasha Crain: How Living Counter-Culturally Can Lead to Your Kids’ Resentment of Christianity
 ....We’re no longer talking about a world where counter-cultural means leaving sports practice early for Wednesday night youth group. We’re talking about having to protect our kids from widely available TEEN FASHION magazines that teach them how to be sodomized.     [LINK]
Snyder: A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October
One mystery trader has made an extremely large bet that the stock market is going to crash by October, and if he is right he could potentially make up to 262 million dollars on the deal.  Fortunes were made and lost during the great financial crisis of 2008, and the same thing will happen again the next time we see a major stock market crash.  But will that stock market crash take place before 2017 is over?   [LINK]
Reynold Lemp: Authority— Right or Wrong?
Authority and chain of command are terms we use when we are referring to “who is in charge.” It may be a grocery store owner, a Little League ball team manager, or a big manufacturing executive. God Himself, and only God, established authority. Even in the heavens the law of authority exists. Our own earth is in submission to the law of gravity of the sun. The moon is in submission to the earth. [LINK]
Thomas Kidd: A Brief History of the Altar Call
.....By the mid-20th century, altar calls had become a staple of evangelical and Baptist life in America, especially in the South. Many evangelical and Reformed-leaning churches in recent years have stopped doing altar calls, for a variety of reasons. Critics of altar calls have pointed out that they have no strong biblical basis, and that they were part of the “New Measures” introduced by Charles Finney in the later stages of the Second Great Awakening.   [LINK]
Thom Rainer: Seven Common Reasons Churches Have a Dramatic Decline In Attendance
“Where did everyone go?” A business executive asked that question when she returned to her church after some extended international travels. In the four weeks she was out, the attendance at the church had declined from nearly 600 to under 400. The attendance had plummeted in that short time by 35 percent!  To be clear, such rapid declines are aberrations. Most declining churches go through incremental, not dramatic, reductions. We consider a church to be in dramatic decline when the average worship attendance drops by 20 percent or more in three months or less. What causes such unusual declines? Here are seven common reasons....    [LINK]
Amy Medina: Grace Like Water
.....I would have been really good at any kind of legalistic religion.  Following the rules, working hard, doing my duty--all of those things come naturally to me.  Perhaps that's why serving and giving often come easy for me.  But receiving that which I don't I deserve?  That's a whole lot harder.  It's humbling.  It makes me feel small and unworthy.  So I guess that's why receiving undeserved grace reveals my pride.    [LINK]
Peter Beck: What Are You Willing To Give Up For the Sake of the Gospel?
That question, so antithetical to self-centered Christianity, stands at the heart of the Gospel itself. Jesus told the rich, young ruler to sell everything, if he wanted to follow Him... Jesus’ point was not to encourage poverty, patricide or divorce. Rather, He desired to force any who would follow him to count the cost before they started the journey. [LINK]
CCCDiscover: What If Job Had Grieved on Facebook?
What if the story of Job happened in the era of social media? What would it look like?
It might look a little something like this…    [LINK]
Eric Geiger: Four Painful Results of Insecure Leadership
Insecurity must not be confused with humility. Insecurity, like pride, is a focus on your self. Humility comes when you have a proper view of yourself in light of the Lord who is holy and above all. Humility comes from understanding that we are not God but we are loved by Him. When leaders lead in an insecure posture they don’t lead effectively. In fact, insecure leaders can damage the organization or ministry they are leading in at least four ways....   [LINK]