Headlines & Articles — Monday, November 20th, 2017
..;..Navigating Thanksgiving With Grace   -AFA.net
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and most of us will be gathered with friends and family to eat good food, watch football, and hopefully enjoy fellowship with one another. However, the Thanksgiving table isn’t always a peaceful, pleasant place.  If your family is normal, there is going to be a certain amount of tension or drama accompanying every get-together. It can be big things or petty things, but chances are there is at least a possibility that someone will say the wrong thing and someone will get their feelings hurt. Thanksgiving, just like any family gathering, can be a time of love or a time of strife depending on how one person acts.  Paul writes in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” Here are four ways we can put this into practice this Thanksgiving. 
.;..Washington's New Museum of the Bible Aims To Inform, Not Preach   -Reuters
.....Museum backers say its collections will offer a scholarly, nonsectarian view of one of history’s most-debated sacred writings, following revision of the initial mission statement that called for it to “bring to life the living word of God.”“It’s not about espousing our faith,” Steve Green, a Southern Baptist who is the museum board’s chairman and president of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, told reporters this week. “We just want to present the facts and let visitors decide.” Visitors at the Saturday opening will enter through 37-foot-high (11.2-meter-high) brass gates etched with the first 80 lines of the....
..;.Washington's New Museum Is a Collection Of Christian Artifacts Unlike Any Other  -The A1A.org
You could say Washington, D.C. is also America’s museum capital. And this week, a new collection opens to the public. Just south of the National Mall, the Museum of the Bible will welcome visitors to a $500 million facility that uses a mix of art, technology and lavish architecture to educate guests about Christianity’s sacred text. The museum is funded, in part, by the conservative Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, a crafts franchise that....
.;..ISIS Militants in Philippines Targeted Christians for Worst Abuse, Says Report -Christian Post
Dozens of Christian civilians were killed while others in the community bore the brunt of the six-month conflict on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao between the country's military and militants allied to the Islamic State group, which ended last month, according to a detailed report....
..;.Three Convincing Reasons to Boycott Target This Christmas  -AFA.net
We realize that a great many American shoppers will begin shopping for Christmas this weekend and especially immediately after Thanksgiving. Target is hoping that you won't care that they allow men into women's bathrooms and changing rooms and will do your Christmas shopping with them. AFA knows that you do care. Here are three convincing reasons you shouldn't shop Target this Christmas:
.;..Four Ways Your Church Can Help People Simplify Christmas -Karl Vaters
A few years ago, our small church decided we weren’t going to compete with all the shopping, school plays, office parties and visits to Santa that were filling people’s calendars. We weren’t able to keep up, so we stopped trying. Instead, we asked ourselves “what can we do that no one else is doing?” Specifically, instead of crowding their calendar even more, how can we help people simplify their Christmas season? We experimented with several ideas. Over the years, we’ve landed on a few simple concepts that work for us.
..;.How Southern Baptists Trained More Disaster Relief Volunteers Than the Red Cross    -Gospel Coalition
Southern Baptists already have 65,000 trained volunteers; the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) disaster response is so massive it financially trails only the Red Cross and the Salvation Army—and has more trained disaster relief volunteers than either one. In September, President Trump acknowledged each of “the big three” for their Harvey response.  Receiving presidential praise was a big moment in a big year for SBC disaster relief, which also celebrated its 50th anniversary and spent 500,000 hours tackling one of the worst natural disasters in American history.  But changing the volunteer structure will easily have the biggest long-range effect. “We jumped in the deep end not knowing if we could swim,” said David Melber, who heads up the SBC’s disaster-relief efforts. The new system has some bugs in it, and has caused some anxiety, he said. But responses have been positive enough for him to say that “without question, it’s going to work.”
.;..Christians In Australia Fight To Remain So    -OneNewsNow
Australia conducted an unprecedented mail survey of voters and 62 percent of those returning the postal cards favored same-gender marriage. The issue is being discussed now with a plan by Parliament to rush through a new law by early December when Parliament ends its 2017 session. Despite the lopsided results the campaign does not reflect the views of many Austrialians, especially Christian believers in the country....
..;.Alabama Pastors Condemn Sexual Exploitation of Women by Men in Power  -Christian Post
Baptist pastors and other ministers in Alabama have denounced and condemned sexual abuse, assault, harassment and exploitation of women, especially by men in power, in the wake of sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore.
.;..Stark Contrast Trump-Obama Thanksgiving Proclamations  -wnd.com
…Trump invoked God six times in his first proclamation, emphasizing an American tradition whose inspiration comes from the Bible…By contrast, Obama’s eight annual separate proclamations during his years in office referenced God a total of five times, excluding quotes he referenced from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
..;.Inside Chilling Religion Creating 'God Robot' a Billion Times Smarter Than Humans  -WIRED
....“What is going to be created will effectively be a god,” Levandowski tells me in his modest mid-century home on the outskirts of Berkeley, California. “It’s not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it?”
.;..French Court Bans Christmas Nativity Scene Displays in Public Buildings -Christian Post
A court in France has ruled that Christmas nativity scenes cannot be displayed in public buildings unless they are installed for cultural, artistic or festive purposes alone.
..;.Newsmax's 25 All-Time Greatest Christian Books  -Newsmax
This Newsmax list of the 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America includes pastors, teachers, politicians, athletes, and entertainers — men and women from all walks of life whose faith leads them to live differently and to help others in a variety of ways.
.;..Four Possible Reasons Some Pastors Struggle Financially    -Eric Geiger
....While there are likely many reasons, I want to offer four possibilities—three of which place responsibility on the church for not providing enough support and one that places responsibility on the pastor for not being a wise steward. In my more than twenty years of serving in local church ministry and working alongside pastors and churches, I have seen all four reasons at play.
..;.Seven Ways Being Nice Hurts Your Church-Thom Rainer
Don’t judge me too quickly on the content of this article. Unfortunately, I’ve seen it again and again. Church leaders and members sacrifice the health and good of the church for fear of hurting one or a few persons. The body is sacrificed for the sake of a few members. We think we are being nice, but we are hurting the church. See if you can identify with one or more of these seven “nice” issues.
.;..The Reformation Is Not Finished  -Wally Morris
....The Reformation is not finished because new generations need teaching of the Biblical gospel and given a vision and passion for that gospel. This responsibility is always hard, particularly so today as secular culture subtly infects our thinking and behavior at every level of life. Many Christians know more about popular movies than they do about the Bible and base their choice of which church to attend on pragmatic reasons rather than....
..;.Scholar: ‘Human Dignity’ Was Rare Before Christianity -Intellectual Takeout
.....There’s reason to believe that human dignity could become a rarity again in a post-Christian world. Both the idea of human dignity and its concrete realization require a certain sort of worldview, which in turn requires reasoned support that isn’t always apparent. Part of the problem is that the global hegemony of the West, and thus of its better values, is gradually drawing to a close. China, an ancient civilization that never shared the Western view of the human person, has reversed centuries of decline and war on its way to becoming a superpower that could well supplant the United States.
.;..The Gospel According to the Gospels  -Mike Harding
....The way of salvation has been exactly the same at all times and in all places: by grace alone, through repentant faith alone, grounded in the merits of Christ alone. However, the content of faith increased progressively throughout Biblical history beginning with the protoevangelium (“first gospel,” Gen. 3:15) and concluding with the all-sufficient revelation of Christ in the sixty-six inscripturated books of the Bible.
..;.Scoffers Will Come  -Howard Green
.....The word scoffer denotes a person who is engaged in the act of jeering, scorning, or mocking. In this case, the Bible warns us about people who will be scoffing at the possibility of the Lord’s soon return. Please take note of the fact that the Bible zeroes in on a particular time in history. Peter tells us that these people will be around in the last days. Another key aspect of these people is the fact that they are following their own sinful desires. The Bible tells us that these people will mockingly ask, “Where is the promise of his coming?”
Headlines & Articles — Friday, November 17th, 2017
..;..Former Google Exec Says Artificial Intelligence is 'God,' Creates New Religion -CBN News
Artificial intelligence is already disrupting employment, recreation, the economy--and now religion. A former Google executive is so inspired by artificial intelligence, that he's creating its first church. Anthony Levandowski says AI should be seen as a God because it's smarter than any human being.  "It's not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it," Levandowski told Wired.  According to paperwork filed with the IRS, this new church, called "Way of the Future," will focus on: "the realization, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software." It goes on to say the church will try to "develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead, contribute to the betterment of society."
.;..Tennessee Grandfather Banned from Reading Bible on Public Sidewalk   -Christian Headllines
 A man in Tennessee who was stopped from reading his Bible on a public sidewalk due to a city ordinance is arguing that the ordinance violates his religious freedom rights. CBN News reports that Paul Johnson is being supported in his argument by First Liberty Institute and the Center for Religious Expression, who sent a letter to Sweetwater, Tennessee city officials on Johnson’s behalf.
..;.Opioid Abuse and our Neighbors: Three Characteristics Our Churches Need-ERLC
We are in the midst of a crisis. Fifty-eight thousand Americans died during the Vietnam War. And 64,000 Americans died last year from opioid overdose....Opioids come in all shapes and sizes. Most overdoses happen because of taking heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. Increasingly, users are taking carfentanil, an extremely potent opioid used as an elephant tranquilizer. They come in less suspecting forms, too. You know those orange pill bottles filled with little tablets of OxyContin, Percocet, Lortab, or Vicodin  as the pain relievers that helped you get through recovery after your back surgery or wisdom teeth removal, but they are opioids, too. They are dangerous and being pedaled on the streets of our cities. 
.;..Chinese Christians Forced to Replace Posters of Jesus with President Xi  -Christian Headlines
Christians in a village in southeastern China have reportedly been asked to replace their posters of Jesus Christ with posters and photos of Chinese President Xi Jinping if they want relief from poverty and illness.  According to the South China Morning Post, Chinese government officials are encouraging the change. Xi has publicly said that he is working to end poverty by 2020. That work includes government visits to Christian families to encourage them to follow the Communist Party policies and solve their problems.
..;.Australians Vote 'Yes' on Legalizing Gay Marriage; Churches Say Free Speech Rights Must Be Preserved
A majority of Australians, 61.6 percent, voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, according to results from a national postal survey. Opponents and major churches are, meanwhile, calling on free speech and parental rights on education to be respected.
.;..Netanyahu Vows Israel Will Act Alone Against Iran If Given No Choice  -Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised…that Iran would not gain a foothold in Syria by which to attack Israel. The premier spoke…just hours after Russia clarified the it had no intention of pushing Tehran’s military forces out of the country. “Iran is scheming to entrench itself militarily in Syria. They want to create a permanent air, land and sea military presence, with the…intent of using Syria as a base from which to destroy Israel.
..;..FBI May Investigate Allegations Against Planned Parenthood  -Christian Headllines
 The FBI has asked the Senate to turn over documents about Planned Parenthood’s alleged sale of baby parts.  Pro-life supporters are hopeful this means the FBI is investigating Planned Parenthood and its sale of fetal tissue and body parts.
.;..Young Christian Girls Gang Raped, Boys Tortured in 'Ethnic Cleansing' in Nigeria: Report  -Christian Post
The ongoing killings and rape of Christian men, women and children in Nigeria at the hands of Fulani herdsmen deserve to be called "ethnic cleansing," two prominent persecution watchdog groups argue.
..;.Paganism Returning, Warns Rabbi After Egyptian, Hindu Gods Appear on Washington Mall
A three-day weekend event on the Mall in Washington DC featured a massive seven-headed dragon as an exaggerated symbol of Satan in what one prominent rabbi sees as part of the reappearing battle against paganism, an ancient sin that is creeping back into the world. The third annual Catharsis on the Mall, titled a Vigil for Healing, was held as a politically motivated incarnation of the desert Burning Man Festival from which it evolved.
.;..'Church of Artificial Intelligence' Seeks IRS Recognition   -Christian Post
A former executive at Google has filed papers with the IRS to set up a non-profit religious organization that can be seen as a church of artificial intelligence, where technology would be worshipped and a godhead would be created.
..;.US Scientists Made A Genetically Modified Human Embryo
This is the first confirmed case of the gene editing of human embryos in the US and it gets scientists one step closer to the ability to create genetically engineered humans. Researchers in Portland, Oregon have used a powerful gene editing tool called CRISPR to create genetically modified human embryos, MIT Technology Review reported in an exclusive.
.;..Perry Noble Admits He’s Disqualified from Ministry, then Says He’s Not Quitting-Pulpit & Pen
....Perry Noble has been removed from ministry for alcoholism (which disqualifies a minister in 1 Timothy 3:8) and for marital indiscretions, which led to his divorce (which also disqualifies a minister in 1 Timothy 3:2 and 1 Timothy 3:5). The man is not a husband to his wife, and cannot be a daily father to his children. He refused to leave the pulpit of other churches, at which point his home church had to reiterate to the congregation that he remained unrepentant and therefore unqualified to preach. To rebuild his reputation, Noble has hired a Hollywood Public Relations “crisis manager....."
..;.Why Are Christians Sometimes Unkind To Atheists?  -Jack Wellman
Why do some believers treat unbelievers in such a horrible way? Are they responsible for their unbelief? If we respond without love to those who disbelieve, we are breaking a command of God because we’re told to “bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:28), and “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt 5:44). If we understand the biblical doctrine on salvation, we’ll discover that, even though....
.;..Predestination -George Stiekes
There have so many disputes, arguments, and even church splits over the issue of predestination. It is sad when brothers and sisters in Christ divide over the issue of free will or election because both are taught in the Bible. The most important thing to recognize is the fact that salvation begins with God and not man. If it is in any way on the part of man, then we have reason to boast and suddenly salvation becomes a matter of works. 
..;.Restoring the Discipling Church -David Cloud
Most churches have moved away from the New Testament pattern, beginning with hastiness in evangelism, carelessness in receiving members, and a weakness in maintaining spiritual standards and exercising discipline, and as a result they are falling prey to all sorts of errors and moving into an increasingly weaker and softer stance.  Following are some suggestions for moving a mixed multitude congregation to a discipling church position:
Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
..;.Never Be Shamed From Prayer  -Matt Recker
A term called “prayer shaming” arose after the terrorist shooting in San Bernardino in 2015. Its users intend it as a rebuke to those who offer prayers after a massacre but will not take any political steps, such as new gun laws, to stop future attacks. One paper blared the headline: “God Isn’t Fixing This,” to emphasize that prayer is a way that people hide behind their prayers without doing anything. In prayer shaming, some crudely mock and curse out those who state the importance of prayer after horrible tragedies. People are saying in effect, “Don’t pray, do something! Prayers are useless and did nothing to stop the tragedy so why pray when you can make a law to prevent the tragedy from happening again?” After the Texas church shooting, we see this term emerging again....Nevertheless, prayer is doing something, even the best thing. We shouldn’t be shamed from engaging in the greatest privilege we have: “to come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need...
.;..Ex-Members Say North Carolina Church Uses Power, Lies To Keep Grip On Kids    -Associated Press
.....Three single mothers told the AP that a longtime church member who was a Rutherford County court clerk bypassed the foster system and eventually won custody of their children, even though a judge called her conduct inappropriate. Two of the mothers said the clerk approached them and offered to temporarily keep the children while they served their jail time. The AP interviewed a dozen former congregants who said they had witnessed the three children living with the clerk being subjected to intense screaming sessions called “blasting” aimed at casting out demons, or being shaken or beaten.
..;.Pastor Preaches Forgiveness After Texas Church Shooting, Says Victims Are 'Dancing With Jesus'
First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy of Sutherland Springs, Texas, preached a message of forgiveness and said at the first Sunday service following last weekend's mass slaughter that the victims are with Jesus Christ.
.;..'We Choose Life': Hundreds Turn to God on First Sunday Since Church Massacre  -CBN News
Hundreds of people gathered in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas Sunday to praise God in the face of evil. It was the first Sunday service held one week after a gunman opened fire on a worship service at the First Baptist Church, killing 26 people. The service was held outdoors under a white tent on a baseball field and was packed with worshippers. The tent's flaps had to be opened to accommodate the overflow crowd.
..;.Church of England Says 'Let Students Choose Their Genders   -UK Daily Mail
....Schools are also told they cannot use the Christian faith or Bible teachings to justify behaviour that is considered to amount to bullying – for example, identifying a transgender pupil by a sex other than the one they have chosen. The advice contains instructions on how to report bullying, including sample forms on which teachers are encouraged to name the alleged bully and their target, and use tick boxes to describe what happened.
.;..The First Amendment Protects a Dissenting Cake Baker, Not State Coercion -Daily Signal
Does the First Amendment allow the government to force a cake baker to make custom cakes in violation of his own conscience and religious beliefs? The answer is “no.” Our legal system must protect people like Jack Phillips, a cake artist and small business owner asserting a First Amendment defense against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which punished him for declining to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony.
..;..It's Time to Stop Defending Judge Roy Moore   -Shane Vander Hart
Some new information has come to light that I think is particularly bad for Moore.
.;..Liberal Adoption Agency Declares Christians Make ‘Unfit and Dangerous Parents’
A liberal adoption agency has caused outrage after it has announced that it will no longer accept applications from Christian families as they make “unfit and dangerous parents.”
..;.Once Taboo, Socialism Finds Comrades Among US Millennials  -Yahoo News
While working as an electrician Lee Carter received a literal shock, through one hand and across the chest, that jolted him into politics and turned him on to what was a dirty word in America for nearly a century: socialism...The 31-year-old former Marine is part of a growing cadre of Americans, particularly millennials, pledging their allegiance to the Democratic Socialists of America, the nation's fastest growing leftist group that was originally founded in 1982 as a foothold for Marxists.
.;..Nuke Fallout Alert as Russian Radioactive Leak Sweeps Across Europe  -UK Express
The pollution recorded indicates that an accident happened in a nuclear facility in Russia, or just over the border in Kazakhstan, in the last week of September. This comes just a week after the UK was struck by "radiation fog" with the Met Office issuing an alert. Nuclear radiation fears are also being caused by North Korea with their testing of the hydrogen bomb and missiles.
..;.Gates of Solomon’s Desert Fortress Discovered in Christian-Sponsored Dig -Breaking Israel News
What are likely to be Solomon’s gates, as described in the Bible, have been uncovered at the Biblical Tamar Park in southern Israel. Paul Lagno, Bible student and participant in a five-day dig at the Biblical Tamar Park, said that the discovery gives evidence to the Biblical account of Judean control...
.;..Satanist Group and Pro-Life Organizaton Battling  -Daily Caller
The Thomas More Society (TMS) filed an amicus brief on Friday, arguing that Missouri’s abortion waiting period law is not only constitutional but also that the law is rooted in science rather than religion.
..;.Target Closing 12 Stores: Is it Because of the Boycott?   -
Is the #BoycottTarget campaign continuing to damage the retailer?  Target has announced it will be closing 12 under performing stores next year.  The company says the closings are based on profitability metrics.  "It's not a decision we make lightly," said Kristy Welker, a Target spokeswoman.
.;..Do You Sleep Less Than Jesus?     -David Mathis 
The Word became flesh and slept among us.  God himself in full humanity — body, heart, mind, and will — closed his eyes and went to sleep. And not once or twice, but every day. Of his thirty-plus years dwelling here bodily, God himself spent roughly one-third of that time asleep. He not only ate, drank, cried, and celebrated, like every other human, but he also became tired, “wearied as he was from his journey, " just as we become tired and weary. And it was no sin or failing in the God-man that he became tired. It was human. Yet it’s one thing to sleep, and quite another to sleep through a “great storm.” 
..;.Do You Excuse Your Own Sin?   -Don Straka 
We all know the deadly nature of sin, but we are often unaware of its subtle sidekick — the excuse. Excuses convert the seriousness of sin into a simple shoulder shrug. “It was just a mistake on a tired night.” No big deal. Not my fault. And just like that, we downgrade our greatest offenses against God into something light, even meaningless. Instead of owning our sin, we excuse it. Instead of killing sin, we explain it away.
.;..Why a Universal Call to Salvation is Essential   -Kevin Schaal
It is hard to believe, but there were some mid-19th Century London Baptists who accused Charles Haddon Spurgeon of having a “a second-hand ministry, deeply tainted with an Arminian spirit.”[1] Yes. Spurgeon was called a closet-Arminian by some of his peers. One of their problems with Spurgeon was his insistence on a universal call to salvation (called a universal warrant). The universal warrant places the “warrant” or condition for believing on nothing other than the commands of scripture. These staunch hyper-Calvinists, as Spurgeon called them, felt it was a theological error to call people who were not elect to salvation. Of course, that presents a dilemma. How do you know who is elect? Their practice was to wait until the penitent would show signs...
..;.Amos’s Prayer for the Nation   -David Cloud
In Amos 7 we see the power of intercessory prayer. God’s people need to learn from Amos and pray fervently and persistently in the most desperate, wicked times. When Amos saw the first two visions of coming judgments (a locust invasion and a great fire), he beseeched God to withhold judgment, and the Lord repented (Am. 7:3, 6).  There can be no doubt that a chief lesson of this passage is that prayer changes things.
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, November 13th, 2017
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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, November 11th-12th, 2017
..;..LGBT Advocates Demand Christian University Change its Stance on Homosexuality
 Asuza Pacific University, one of California’s largest Christian universities, is being pressured to end its policies regarding homosexuality. The conflict began when an employee at the University, Mahesh Pradhan, alleged that the university had demoted him based on his sexual orientation. LGBT student activists rallied around Pradhan and called for the university to change its policies.
.;..Roy Moore Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations   -Baptist Press
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, a Southern Baptist long known for his support of Judeo-Christian values in the public square, has denied allegations he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades ago. The allegations were published Thursday (Nov. 9) by The Washington Post, which claims Moore, 70, also pursued dating relationships with three other teenagers when he was in his early 30s.
..;..Facebook Was Built To Exploit ‘Psychological Vulnerability’, Says Founding President -Reuters
 Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, says the company was designed to “consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible” and warns the platform could affect developing minds in negative ways. At an Axios event Wednesday, Parker, 38, the billionaire co-founder of Napster and an early investor in Facebook, confessed that he has become “something of a conscientious objector” to social media, despite the fact that he made most of his $2.6 billion fortune from Facebook....Facebook is “exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology” by giving users “a little dopamine hit every once in awhile” in the form of likes, comments and shares. If a user posts content that garners likes, Parker said the founders knew it would “get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you more likes and comments.” Parker explained that Facebook uses likes, comments and shares to create a “social-validation feedback loop” that keeps users addicted to the platform.
.;..4 in 10 Americans Say Gender Is Not Determined at Birth: Survey  -Christian Post
A new survey shows that 44 percent of Americans say a person's gender is not determined at birth and that a person can be a man or a woman regardless of the "sex they were assigned at birth."
..;.Pence Tells Grieving Town ‘Faith is Stronger Than Evil’  -Christian Headlines
Vice President Mike Pence traveled to this rural stretch of Texas to offer prayers and words of comfort to a stricken community three days after a lone gunman killed more than two dozen people during a Sunday morning church service.
.;..Evangelicals Slam Use of Mary and Joseph to Defend Roy Moore's Sexual Misconduct Allegations -Christian Post
Pastor and Billy Graham Distinguished Chair at Wheaton College in Illinois, Ed Stetzer, has slammed the use of the biblical Mary and Joseph's relationship to defend Southern Baptist Alabama Judge Roy Moore against allegations that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 and other evangelicals share his outrage.
..;..Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong-Intellectual Takeout
.....It leads to a conclusion that is simple yet profound: when dealing with addiction, environment matters a lot.  This might sound simplistic, but it challenges the typical view the left and right tend to take in matters of addiction. The right tends to view addiction as a moral failing: people are simply too weak to kick their habit. The left, on the other hand, tends to view addiction as a “disease,” an illness people are all but helpless against. Hari would seem to reject both views (or, perhaps, take a little from each). And he makes a compelling case. 
.;..Moody Bible College to Close Spokane Campus, Cut Chicago Faculty  -Christianity Today
Moody Bible Institute has decided to shut down its undergraduate campus in Spokane, Washington, after 25 years, as well as its distance learning extension site in Pasadena, California. The decision, announced today, is part of a strategic initiative to preserve Moody’s long-term financial wellbeing, which includes cuts to faculty and staff at its main campus in Chicago.
..;.California City Accused of Telling Church to Stop Feeding Homeless  -Christian Post
A city in California is garnering controversy over an apparent decision to stop a church from feeding local homeless, effective after Thanksgiving.
.;..Why So Much Hatred Toward Christians?-Michael Brown
On Sunday, the day of the church massacre, cultural commentator David French tweeted, "The amount of anti-Christian hate on Twitter the same day Christians were massacred is stunning and chilling."
..;.Plague Outbreak Feared Out of Control as Police Forced to Seize Infected Bodies -UK Daily Mail
Madagascar remains ravaged by the pneumonic plague that is believed to have killed more than 143 people across the African island. Cases have risen by 8% in just one week and scientists frantically working to make sure the airborne infection doesn’t spread to mainland Africa. Aid workers on the ground have now revealed their battle with the plague. They spoke out about how some families are refusing to hand over infected bodies, and other victims are refusing to go to the doctor.  Nine countries are now on high alert amid fears the plague could go global.
.;..Transgender Substitute Brags About Confusing Indiana 2nd Graders   -Peter Heck
Second graders in South Bend Community Schools, one of Indiana's largest public school systems, are getting an education in transgenderism thanks to the district welcoming substitute teacher Meghan Buell into their classrooms.
..;.U.S. Muslim Stokes Violence Against Coptic Christians  -World Net Daily
Some of the most vicious incitement against Christians in Egypt originates from a petite Egyptian woman sitting at a computer in her home in a quiet suburb of New Jersey.
.;..Is America Headed For Another Race War?  -Jack Wellman
There are striking similarities between the race riots of the late 1960’s and recent riots, so does this mean the U.S. is headed for another race war?
..;.Don’t Mock Prayer. Pray    -David Limbaugh
.....Christians don’t use prayer as an excuse for inaction. We don’t believe our petitions to the Almighty relieve us of our duty to do good works...Truth be told, the critics aren’t wrestling with such philosophical questions, and they aren’t calling for just any action. No. The only actions that will satisfy them are extreme gun control measures, which they wrongly believe will prevent these shootings.