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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR MARCH 16th-31st, 2018
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Friday & Saturday, March 30th-31st, 2018
Baptist Press: Christ's Resurrection— Where Is the Evidence?
Did Jesus really rise from the dead? It's a question asked and answered each Easter in news reports, television documentaries and personal conversations...Rob Phillips, who leads apologetics for the Missouri Baptist Convention, pointed to the "minimal facts argument," which defends the resurrection using only evidence "considered virtually undeniable," even by skeptics. Stephen Wellum, a theology professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said evidence for the resurrection always must be coupled with an explanation of the resurrection's significance within the Christian worldview. Phillips said the minimal facts argument is "a compelling case for the resurrection" in the 21st century because "there appears to be such a high level of skepticism today about the Bible in general and about its recorded miracles in particular."....LINK
Zondervan Academic: What the Resurrection Means
Of all religions, Christianity is the one that has the most historical evidence, and therefore the least to hide, in what it purports. We should never hide from, or routinely dismiss, the historical aspect of Christianity.  If all we have are historical reasons for our belief in the resurrection, then it is possible to conclude, with a certain amount of probability, that the resurrection of Jesus Christ happened in history. However, we also recognize that, when we are thinking about the “why” question as it pertains to the resurrection of Christ, Christians should never be content to begin and end their belief in the resurrection of Christ with only historical data. Those data can support our belief in the resurrection. They can supplement what we believe and why we believe it.....LINK
Douglas Groothuis: Easter Life and the Facts of History
Easter commemorates and celebrates a historical event unlike any other: the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. But what is the significance of the resurrection? And how can we know it really happened?....LINK
Matt Recker: Three Powerful Proofs for Jesus’ Bodily Resurrection
Is the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ a hoax? Does one commit intellectual suicide by believing in the resurrection? Others may wonder, “What does it really matter? What difference does it make if Jesus did rise again?” The resurrection does matter because life matters. If Jesus rose again from the dead, then we have assurance we can have life in heaven after this brief, troubled existence. ....LINK
CNS News: Pope Says 'There Is No Hell'
In an interview, Pope Francis claims that Hell does not exist and that condemned souls just "disappear." This is a denial of the 2,000-year-old teaching of the Catholic Church about the reality of Hell and the eternal existence of the soul....Scalfari says to the Pope, "Your Holiness, in our previous meeting you told me that our species will disappear in a certain moment and that God, still out of his creative force, will create new species. You have never spoken to me about the souls who died in sin and will go to hell to suffer it for eternity. You have however spoken to me of good souls, admitted to the contemplation of God. But what about bad souls? Where are they punished?" Pope Francis says, "They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls." ....LINK
wnd.com: ‘Betrayal’ —James Dobson unloads on Republicans
“In passing the very immoral omnibus spending bill, the Republican establishment in both the House and the Senate has betrayed those who put them in office in the first place,” Dobson said Wednesday. He said that while the Hyde Amendment “makes it technically illegal to use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, we know full well that these resources will be used to promote and expand an organization that many Americans find abhorrent and incompatible with our Christian faith.”....LINK
Christian Post: Twitter Restricts Pro-life Advertisements Again, Backtracks Amid Media Scrutiny
Twitter has again suspended a pro-life organization from running ads on its site only to then backpedal upon receiving questions from conservative media about their actions.....LINK
CBN News: Chicago Megachurch Caught in Swirl of Accusations Against Founder
One of the country's most influential mega-church pastors is facing accusations of inappropriate behavior with women staff members--and categorically denying them. Pastor Bill Hybels founded Willow Creek Community Church in Palatine, Illinois in 1975 with a unique seeker-oriented style and it quickly grew. Today, the church boasts 25,000 in attendance at eight locations in the Chicago area...   .LINK
Boston Globe: Harvard Drops 'Puritans' Reference In School Song After 181 Years  ....LINK
Baptist Press: Assisted Suicide Dies In Two New England States
Legislative efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide have failed in two New England states, but Hawaii appears to be on the verge of enacting the practice. If Hawaii legalizes assisted suicide, it will become the seventh state to do so, following California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington -- as well as the District of Columbia.....LINK
Public Discourse: A Tragic Abandonment of Identity— The Secularization of America's Religious Colleges and Universities
Today’s religious colleges and universities face a choice between two opposing worldviews: the traditional, spiritually embedded worldview upon which they were founded, or the secular, hedonistic, materialistic worldview that dominates them today. ....LINK
Phil Monroe: Seeing and Ministering To Vulnerable People
When you think of Jesus’ ministry, you may think about the miracles or the sermons or the conflicts with the priests or the conversations with his disciples. But notice how much of his ministry is the work of seeing invisible and burdened people; people with shame. He sees lepers, the blind man Bartimaeus, the bleeding woman, the Samaritan woman, the centurion with a sick child, the rich young ruler and many more. He had to see them; he had to go through Samaria. Why did he have to go? He had to go in order to meet broken people where they lived...LINK
Public Discourse: The Romance of Ordinary Marriage
It is fashionable to mock as bland and boring the ordinary men and women living out their married lives together, but they are often engaged in a quest far more challenging and romantic than anything the bohemian libertine will attempt.....LINK
Patrick Schreiner: 10 Things You Should Know about the Cross
The cross is not only where our sin is paid for, where the devil is conquered, but the shape of Christianity.....LINK
Dave Furman: We Are Barabbas
Pilate knew Jesus was innocent, but the crowds roared to free Barabbas and to crucify Jesus.....LINK
Steve Gaines: Easter Means There Is 'No Fear In Death!'
....He was on the brink of eternity. He knew he was going to heaven but he was still afraid. He said, "Pastor, I know I am saved. I know that when I die, I'll go to heaven. But I'm afraid. I've never died before. I'm afraid of what death will be like. Can you help me?"....LINK
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Wednesday & Thursday, March 28th-29th, 2018
Thiessen: Stormy Daniels vs. Trump— Here's Why Conservative Christians Are Sticking With the President
....How can so-called "values voters" continue to stand with President Trump despite revelations that he allegedly had affairs with a porn star and a Playboy model, and paid them for their silence? Trump....is a deeply flawed man. But Trump does have one moral quality that deserves admiration: He keeps his promises....Trump has arguably done more in his first year in office to protect life and religious freedom than any modern president. Little wonder that religious conservatives stick with him despite the Daniels revelations. This is not to say that Christians don't think a culture of fidelity is important. But the culture of life is important too. So is a culture that is welcoming to religious believers rather than waging war on them. No one upholds Trump as moral exemplar. He is not the most religious president we have ever had, but he may be the most pro-religion president. ...LINK
Christian Post: Evangelical Leaders Say Trump Showed 'Moment of Weakness' by Signing 'Immoral' Spending Bill
Conservative evangelical leaders have issued a rare public condemnation of the Donald Trump White House after the president signed an "immoral" spending bill that they say "constituted a moment of weakness" for his administration....LINK
CBN News: Ex-Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: Protesters Should 'Demand a Repeal of the 2nd Amendment'
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is lending his opinion to the ongoing gun debate.   In an op-ed published in The New York Times, Stevens calls for gun control advocates to demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.  "Demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment," he stated. ....LINK
George Barna: The Disengaged Are Destroying America
.....But another crucial component of our national stalemate is the large share of the voting-age population that is disengaged from the multifaceted battle of worldviews. These people are the tiebreakers. But they refuse to show up.  There are two key segments of the disengaged. The first is those who have moderate views – i.e., obstinate ambivalence – on both politics and theology (31% of the adult population). They will not take stands on the important issues of the day, from immigration to abortion, from the veracity of the Bible to the role of Jesus Christ in modern life. The second segment is people who are not registered to vote and pay little attention to political news and information (21%). There are times when all of us get frustrated with the political system and its players, and harbor ill-will toward the biased media. But rather than work through the garbage and distortions in the pipeline, the disengaged retire from the game altogether.....LINK
Free Beacon: U.S. Electric Grid Vulnerable to Unprecedented Waves of Attack
The U.S. electric grid has become increasingly vulnerable to what the federal government is describing as an unprecedented wave of attacks that threatens to cripple the nation, according to a new investigative report that warns the energy industry is lagging in efforts to boost physical security of these critical sites. Amid a wave of increasing attacks across the country on key power stations, the........LINK
Breaking Israel News: ‘Freedom Coins’ From First Jewish Revolt Against Rome Discovered in Temple Mount Cave
Bronze coins, the last remnants of a four-year Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, were found near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They were now discovered by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar during renewed excavations at the Ophel, located below the Temple Mount’s southern wall. These 1.5cm bronze coins were left behind by Jewish residents who hid in a large cave  for four years during the Roman siege of Jerusalem, up until the destruction of the Second Temple and the city of Jerusalem.  ...LINK
One News Now: School District 'Justifies' Islamic Terrorist Group Teaching Kids
After being sued, San Diego school officials are defending granting “unprecedented power and influence” to the recognized Islamic terrorist organization, CAIR – a front group of the Muslim Brotherhood – including letting it edit classroom curricula and teach students....LINK
Intellectual Takeout: Guns Have Been a Regular Fixture at American Schools— Why All the Violence Now?
....If you have a chance to do so, ask older Americans about guns in schools. I have done so on many occasions and have learned that a surprising number of older Americans can recount how they or their peers would bring shotguns and rifles with them to high school. These weren't one-off occasions, either. It turns out that many a young man stored his gun in his locker, planning to use it after school when he would go hunting or shooting with his fellow students. Others would leave a rifle sitting in the gun rack of a pickup parked in the school lot. ..LINK
bju.edu: Bob Jones University Approved for Air Force and Army ROTC
 Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit today announced that, beginning with the fall 2018 semester, BJU students will have opportunity to apply for enrollment in Air Force or Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Earlier this month, BJU entered a crosstown partnership agreement with Air Force ROTC Detachment 770 hosted by Clemson University, making that ROTC program available to BJU students...LINK
wnd.com: Good News! Twin Wins for Christians In the Military
Advocates for religious freedom in the military are mostly cheering President Trump’s policy on transgenders serving in the military and are breathing a sigh of relief as the U.S. Navy rejects the push for an atheist chaplain.....LINK
Daily Caller: New York Churches Install Metal Detectors
....No particular event led to the decision to install the devices; but an Islamic terrorist attack in Fall 2017 — a man used a truck to kill eight people at a nearby location — forced them to acknowledge the reality of the dangers present in the current state of the world.......LINK
Christianity Today: We Need an Independent Investigation of Sovereign Grace Ministries
For nearly six years now, an open wound has been festering in the evangelical community. It’s time for healing to begin. But that healing cannot begin until we all know the exact nature and extent of the wound; until all the facts are out in the open; until the truth that liberates can be known; and most importantly, if and when it is pertinent, there is repentance. To put it simply: Sovereign Grace Churches and its individual churches and leaders, present and former, who have been accused of failing to adequately respond to past incidents of child and sexual abuse should submit to a thorough, truly independent investigation.....LINK
New York Daily News: Alice Cooper Says Religion Saved Him
..... “My wife and I are both Christian,” the 70-year-old performer explains. “My father was a pastor, my grandfather was an evangelist. I grew up in the church, went as far away as I could from it — almost died — and then came back to the church.” “There’s nothing in Christianity that says I can’t be a rock star,” he continued. “People have a very warped view of Christianity. They think it’s all very precise and we never do wrong and we’re praying all day and we’re right-wing. It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with a one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ."  The performer...does Bible study daily and goes to church every Sunday....LINK        PLEASE SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Aaron Blumer: A Wisdom Case for Total Abstinence from Alcohol in Modern Times
In my view, the Bible is just ambiguous enough on the topic of beverage alcohol to put the question in the category of matters of conscience. But matters of conscience are not matters to “leave alone;” they’re not excluded from the call to “consider one another in order to stir up love and good works” (Heb. 10:24). These issues call for respectful challenging of one another’s assumptions.......LINK
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
Rod Dreher: Muslims Leaving Islam
As the number of American Muslims has increased by almost 50% in the past decade, so too has the number of ex-Muslims. According to the Pew Research Centre, 23% of Americans raised as Muslims no longer identify with the faith. Most of them are young second-generation immigrants who have come to reject the religion of their parents. Some, however, are older when their crisis of faith arrives, already married to devout Muslim spouses and driving children to the mosque to study the Koran at weekends.....LINK
CNS News: Report— Europe’s Youth Abandoning Christianity
A new report, Europe’s Young Adults and Religion, reveals that European youth (ages 16-29) have abandoned the Christianity of their ancestors in large numbers, and now many young people, in some countries more than 50%, do not identify with any religion at all. In addition, large majorities of young Europeans say they never pray.....LINK
Christian Post: Canadian Street Preacher Arrested on Accusation He Made Homophobic Comments in London
A Canadian Christian street preacher and nondenominational ministry leader was reportedly arrested and detained for over 20 hours in the United Kingdom last week after he was accused of making homophobic comments. Preacher David Lynn was released from the Fresh Wharf Custody Base in East London last Wednesday without charge after he was detained a day earlier because of accusations that he called a lesbian woman "perverse" and "sinful" while preaching at a train station in Barking.....LINK
David Cloud: The Emerging Church— A Magnet for Rebels
The emerging church is a magnet for those who have rejected the “old-fashioned” New Testament faith and who despise traditional Bible-believing churches, dogmatic biblical preaching, and biblical “judgmentalism” in regard to lifestyle choices.  Many of the books I have read by emerging leaders make this admission. For example, in Blue Like Jazz Donald Miller tells how that he refused to be restricted by the teaching of traditional-type churches. He wanted to drink beer and watch raunchy movies and talk trashy and run around with atheists and other rebels. In discussing his involvement in church in his youth he says, “I wished I could have subscribed to aspects of Christianity but not the whole thing” (p. 30). He complains, “In order to believe Christianity, you either had to..."....LINK
CBN News: Chicago Megachurch Caught in Swirl of Accusations Against Founder
One of the country's most influential mega-church pastors is facing accusations of inappropriate behavior with women staff members--and categorically denying them. Pastor Bill Hybels founded Willow Creek Community Church in Palatine, Illinois in 1975 with a unique seeker-oriented style and it quickly grew. Today, the church boasts 25,000 in attendance at eight locations in the Chicago area.....LINK
Josh Buice: Five Signs of the Times
We are living in a day that is consumed with the desire to see signs and wonders of God. Miracle hunters fill stadiums in search of signs and wonders that would amaze them or heal them or satisfy their curiosity about the existence of God. There is no lack of self proclaimed prophets who are willing to perform such signs and wonders for the seekers. Like a WWE Wrestling event—it’s filled with drama and action, but it’s really a hollow shell—it’s something other than the real thing.....LINK
John Van Gelderen: Guns and Sanctification
.....The issue is not guns. The issue is the heart, the intent of those holding guns. Ironically, there is a similarity between the right view on guns and the right view of sanctification. Romans 6 depicts two principals holding mastery over man and leading him through different means and in opposite directions. These two masters: indwelling sin and the indwelling Christ.....LINK
Thomas Overmiller: Police (and Government Officials) as Ministers of God 
....God calls upon every believer to be a law-abiding citizen. Why is this the case? Because regardless of what political process a nation may follow, the underlying principle is that God appoints whatever governing authorities are in place (Rom 13:1). The words that Paul uses to describe this phenomenon tell us that God assigns governing officials to their respective roles. ....LINK
Daly Signal: Three Common Traits of School Shooters
What do school attackers have in common? Several things. In addition to often exhibiting signs of increasingly violent and dysfunctional behavior, they are significantly more likely than the average population to suffer from undiagnosed or untreated mental illness; they often come from broken homes; and their shootings may be related to economic insecurity. Let’s take a closer look at these factors.....LINK
Washington Examiner: The ACLU's Bigoted Purge of Faith-Based Adoption Agencies
It has been said that the only fashionable bigotry in modernity is intolerance of Christianity. The truth of this adage is demonstrated by nationwide efforts, coordinated by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Movement Advancement Project and others, attacking faith-based child placement agencies. ....LINK
Israel Today: Third Temple Alert— Police Authorize Passover Sacrifice Next to Temple Mount
Religious Jewish factions say they are moving ever closer to the realization of the Third Temple in Jerusalem. The latest evidence of this is police authorization, granted on Sunday, for a Passover sacrificial ceremony to be held just tens of meters from where the Second Temple once stood. Religious groups have been holding public Passover sacrifices, in accordance with the biblical outline, for years. But never before have they been permitted to conduct the ceremony so close to the Temple Mount…....LINK
Andrew T. Walker: Forcing Pro-Life Pregnancy Care Centers to Advertise for Abortion is Unjust and Unconstitutional
....Not only does this case compel speech, it does so for the purposes of devaluing human life. The law asserts that over 60 percent of the births in California were publicly funded. It seeks to reduce this number by requiring facilities that provide family-planning or pregnancy-related services to inform all patients of the contraceptive and abortion services available in the state. The internal logic is that because these infants pose a significant financial burden on taxpayers, it is in the state’s best interest to ease that burden by limiting the number of pregnancies that continue on to birth.....LINK
wnd.com: ‘Blasphemous’ Ice-Cream Chain Coming To U.S.
....The whole shocking shtick of ‘Sweet Jesus’ is mocking Christianity…..there’ something just downright creepy about the Mad Magazine-style imagery of children in the company’s ads. Some of the children have bruises and appear to be abused. Some say the ads sexualize children and have accused the company of pandering to pedophiles.....LINK
Logos Talk: The Organized Mind of John Stott
....For almost sixty years of his fruitful career as pastor, writer, and evangelical leader, John Stott used a system of note cards to keep track of quotations and stories that he wanted to use in his sermons and books. With the help of his faithful secretary Frances Whitehead, he filed these cards away in his office at All Souls Langham Place, the church in London where he pastored for many years.....LINK
Jon Bloom: The Path to Short-Lived Greatness
What greatness do you really value? If you’ve been a Christian very long, you know the right answer — Jesus’s answer (Matthew 23:11). But if you’re honest, who would you list as “the greatest among you”? The greatness you value is not necessarily what you can articulate to others, or preach from your pulpit — or write in your article — but what you secretly wish you were or who you wish you were more like. ...LINK
Tony Reinke: Did the Simpsons Ruin a Generation? 
.....“I think The Simpsons is important art,” novelist David Foster Wallace said in an interview. But “on the other hand, it’s also — in my opinion — relentlessly corrosive to the soul, and everything is parodied, and everything’s ridiculous. Maybe I’m old, but for my part I can be steeped in about an hour of it, and then I have to walk away and look at a flower or something.”....LINK
David Mathis: A Father’s Glimpse Into the Heart of God Through his Daughter
Few events have changed me like having a daughter. We first had twin boys, and then our first daughter came along more than four years later, with a strange and wonderful effect on this father’s heart — and perhaps it feels all the more significant because I did not expect it. When God made two sexes, he put into place four distinct kinds of parent-child relationships: father-son, mother-daughter, mother-son, and father-daughter. Because men and women are not the same (but complementary), and boys and girls are different, we find distinct, often subtle, always powerful aspects to the love shared in these four kinds of relationships.....LINK
Erica Owen: The Gift of a God-Fearing Grandma
...Grandmothers, do not underestimate your influence over your grandkids. What they see you value and the priorities that shape your day are teaching them. What you talk about, and who you talk to, communicates as well. You may not love their home life or the way their parents do things, but for the sake of their souls and their future, love them enough to give them something more than toys, sweets, clothes, and trips. Give them something that thirty years later, when you’re dead and gone, still will be bearing fruit in their lives and in others’ lives because of your intentionality, selflessness, sacrifice, and grace-driven persistence.”....LINK
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Monday, March 26th, 2018
YNet News: Jerusalem On High Alert Ahead of Holidays
The two terror attacks in the past seven days in Mevo Dotan and Jerusalem's Old City, which claimed the lives of three Israelis in total, naturally put defense forces across the country on high alert ahead of the coming Passover holiday, but doubly so in the capital. In Jerusalem, this heightened level of alert is manifested in the increased deployment of Border Police and police forces in the Old City, where many Israelis as well as tourists will spend some of the upcoming Passover holiday. ....LINK
Easter Or the Resurrection    -Nathele Graham
What do you celebrate, Easter or the Resurrection of Jesus Christ? ....As the population grew, people once again began to turn away from God’s ways and embraced sin and corruption. Instead of worshipping and honoring the one true God, demon worship was accepted. Animal sacrifices wouldn’t satisfy these demons, and human sacrifice became a common practice, especially the sacrifice of children, which God Almighty abhors. Pagan ways were established in Babylon; and that’s where the worship of Ishtar, a fertility goddess, began. Rabbits and eggs symbolized fertility, so they were adopted into the sexually perverse rituals of Ishtar worship. Ishtar is known by other names in other cultures, including Isis, Ashtaroth, the Queen of Heaven, et al. Eventually God called a man to separate himself from idolatry. ...LINK
Christianity Today: Bill Hybels Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Former Willow Creek Leaders 
....A group of former pastors and staff members has accused Hybels of a pattern of sexual harassment and misconduct, the Chicago Tribune reported tonight. The group includes John and Nancy Ortberg, well-known pastors and authors who are both former teaching pastors at Willow Creek and longtime friends of Bill and Lynne Hybels. ....LINK
OneNewsNow: $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill Includes $500 Million To Fund Abortions
The omnibus spending bill before United States Congress will continue to give the nation's largest abortion chain license to terminate unborn babies.  Although President Donald Trump's proposed budget would have stripped Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers of federal money, the compromise $1.3 trillion spending measure before Congress will continue the flow of tax dollars. Republicans might currently control the House, Senate and White House but there has been no smooth sailing for the GOP on Capitol Hill when it comes to pushing its conservative agenda through...Unfortunately for many pro-life advocates, one of the domestic programs entails killing innocent preborn children at taxpayers’ expense.....LINK
Joe Carter: Why We Shouldn’t Forsake the ‘Forgotten American In Turkey’
A pastor and North Carolina native is being held in Turkey on unsubstantiated charges of terrorism-related activity. Here’s why Christians shouldn’t forget this “forgotten American in Turkey.” Andrew Brunson had served almost half his life as an evangelical missionary in Turkey when he received a summons to the local police station in Izmir. Brunson assumed he was getting a long-awaited permanent-residence card. Instead, the pastor was imprisoned on October 7, 2016 and notified he was being deported because he was considered a “threat to national security.” For 63 days he was detained without access to an attorney—or even a Bible. Brunson was then moved to a ........LINK
CBN News: The Intriguing Answer Stephen Hawking Gave When Asked ‘Do You Believe in God?’
....Perhaps the most astonishing revelation regarding Hawking’s views on the existence of God came when journalist Andrew Graystone asked him directly about his beliefs on the presence of a sovereign power.....LINK
Geri Ungurean: Trump, Democrats, Satan and the Future of America
....We made an appointment to meet with our pastor. After we entered his office, he said to me, “I know exactly who is going to win the 2012 Presidential election!” I looked at him and said, “With all due respect, pastor, how can you possibly know for sure who will win?”  I will never forget his response to me: “The man who will win is whomever the Lord allows to win!” I was conflicted with his response. But as I thought about it more and more – it made complete sense to me. I had allowed myself to become panicked about something over which I had no control, except for praying and casting my own vote.....LINK
Christian Post: Church of England in Decline— What's Being Done to Combat Shrinking Congregations?
Empty churches. One-person congregations. Ministers "dressed up with no one to listen." Is this the stark reality facing Church of England parishes? What is being done to bring the faithful back to the church?....LINK
Daily Signal: In the War Against Faith-Based Adoption Agencies, Children Lose
....One of the left's latest strategies is an attempt to shut down faith-based adoption agencies. The result is indeed a dangerous numbers game, but the victims ultimately will be the 100,000 children waiting to be adopted and the birth moms looking for a placement agency to meet their needs. The left is targeting faith-based adoption agencies because they—no surprise—tend to operate their adoption ministries according to their faith. In fact, it is usually their faith that inspires them to serve children and moms in need, and to work for a private, faith-based agency, usually earning less than their state-employed counterparts, in the first place....LINK
Joseph Sunde: Mao’s ‘Rational Faith’ —How Communist China Sought to Replace God
....Rather, Chambers tells us, communism, at its root, is about an effort to remake the world in man’s own image: to “restore man to his sovereignty by the simple method of denying God.” It is, more simply, a “rational faith” as old as the Garden of Eden, “a vision of man’s mind displacing God as the creative intelligence of the world.” Unfortunately, that basic reality of communism was not confined to Chambers’ experience with Soviet Russia. ...LINK
Collin Hansen: What If Pope Francis Isn’t Catholic?
....What if Pope Francis isn’t Catholic? What if he aims to overturn centuries of dogma? What if he plans to stack the College of Cardinals with liberal allies who will ensure his revolution can’t soon be reversed? What if he banishes his conservative critics to the church’s periphery? Who, then, will enforce the teaching on sexuality and marriage preserved against Western cultural trends by the late Pope John Paul II and self-titled Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI? Indeed, how can the vicar of Christ so confidently dismiss the words of Christ on........LINK
David French: At the Supreme Court, California Put Its Abortion Extremism on Display 
California’s law faced its Supreme Court test. While one must always exercise caution in predicting case outcomes, the argument very effectively highlighted California’s extremism, and Justices Samuel Alito and Anothony Kennedy were the principal inquisitors....LINK
Sharper Iron: God Is Faithful, But Is He Consistent?
I enjoy playing vintage hymns with my concertina. It is a pleasure to hear the old songs... But there is one hymn with a few lyrics that trouble me, namely, “It Is No Secret What God Can Do.” Although the premise of the hymn is fine (God’s work is renown), one statement ruins it for me: “what He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.” That statement, in my mind, reflects a misjudgment many Christians make: equating God’s faithfulness with consistency and predictability. Put simply, God does not treat each one of us alike, and we never know what He is going to do next. God’s faithfulness and His hesed (faithful, steadfast love) indeed do endure forever, as Psalm 136 reminds us.......LINK
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Thursday & Friday, March 22nd-23rd, 2018
Wired: The Subtle Nudges That Could Unhook Us From Our Phones
....But how you use your phone, and the apps on it, is ultimately about decisions—and decisions hinge on more than self control. They're also informed by rational and irrational judgements, subconscious biases, and information gaps (among other factors), all of which contribute to a quirk of human behavior that has long fascinated psychologists, philosophers, and economists: People will often make a decision at one point in time that becomes inconsistent—or works against their apparent interests—at a later point in time.....LINK
Christian Post: Abortion Speech Law Case Heard at Supreme Court; Pro-Life Advocates Anticipate Win
Hundreds of pro-life advocates assembled on the steps of the Supreme Court to rally in support of crisis pregnancy centers, contesting a California law which compels them to advertise and promote abortion.....LINK
CBN News: Turkey Calls Evangelism An Act of 'Terrorism,' Charges American Pastor Andrew Brunson
Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who's been locked up in a Turkish jail for more than 500 days, could spend the rest of his life in prison. Until now, he's been held without charges, but last week, a Turkish court approved a 62-page indictment against him. The charges include membership in an armed terrorist organization and military espionage. The American Center for Law and Justice, which is helping Brunson's Turkish attorney, says the charges effectively make sharing the gospel an act of terrorism. "Turkey has literally taken the position that Christianization is terrorism," ACLJ Senior Counsel Cece Heil told CBN News. "They have no specific evidence that Pastor Brunson has committed any crime. The fact that he is a Christian, and specifically a Christian pastor, is what they are equating as terrorism."....LINK
CBN News: 24 Vietnamese Christians Attacked, Forced to Renounce Christ
Two dozen Christians in Vietnam were recently attacked by a mob for their faith. The incident happened in the north-western highlands of the country when members of an ethnic group known as Hmong decided to accept Jesus Christ. Their conversion provoked the village chief who threatened to expel the believers from the community if they didn't renounce their new-found faith.....LINK
Washington Examiner: Washington Elites Flocking To Doomsday Camps
A building network of backwoods doomsday camps around the country are pulling in members from affluent areas and even Washington national security officials as the threats grow from nuclear war, an EMP or virus attack.....LINK
G: Turkey-Allied Jihadists Slaughtering Christians, Yazidis in Syria’s Besieged Afrin
Turkey-linked jihadists from the Islamic State  and al-Qaeda are taking advantage of the Ankara offensive in the besieged Afrin region in northwestern Syria to slaughter Christians and Yazidis, caution several activists. The warnings come as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced over the weekend that his allied forces conquered the center of the Kurdish-held city of Afrin.....LINK
Albert Mohler: Why Controversy Is Sometimes Necessary
.....Is it ever right for Christians and churches to engage in controversy? Of course, the answer is yes—there are times when believers are divided over serious and consequential questions, and controversy is an inevitable result. The only way to avoid all controversy would be to consider nothing we believe important enough to defend and no truth too costly to compromise.....LINK
American Conservative: A Wrinkle In Time— When Christianity is Prostituted to Politics
....I chose not to see Ava DuVernay’s new adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. I was, however, deeply disturbed to learn that every reference to Christianity in the original novel had been purged from the screenplay. I was disturbed, but I shouldn’t have been surprised. Not with Oprah Winfrey, the Pope of American Gnosticism and High Priestess of all who consider themselves spiritual-but- not-religious, playing a lead role. Screenwriter Jennifer Lee explained her decision to de-Christianize the film in an interview.......LINK
World Religion News: Oklahoma Becomes New Battleground for Same-Sex Adoption
Oklahoma is being accused of being part of a new trend to erode LGBT adoption rights. The Oklahoma state senate will soon be voting on Senate Bill 1140. This new bill will allow private adoption agencies to use their personal moral and religious convictions to decide if a potential adopter is acceptable. The bill would also shield these organizations from lawsuits claiming discrimination.....LINK
Nick Batzig: The Power of Biblical Thinking
Somewhat surprisingly, there has been a resurgence of interest in Norman Vincent Peale's power of positive thinking in our day. The Reformed Church in America minister--famous for giving people a panacea to protect themselves from all undesirable thoughts and actions--carved out a place for himself in American psychology and religion from the mid to late-twentieth century. President Trump has gone so far as to praise Peale for helping him embrace the idea of self-worth. In the newest season of Marvel's Jessica Jones, a character reads Peal's The Power of Positive Thinking while riding the public transport through a sketchy borough of the city. Ironically, this scene, full of sanguinity, fails to meet the criteria of what we might otherwise consider to be film noir. Nevertheless, the idea that you have the ability to think and speak away everything undesirable seems to have made a renewed headway in our culture.....LINK
George Will: The Real Down Syndrome ‘Problem’
.....genocide...is simply the deliberate, systematic attempt to erase a category of people. So, what one thinks about a genocide depends on what one thinks about the category involved. In Iceland’s case, the category is people with Down syndrome.....LINK
Breaking Israel News: Reviving Biblical Wedding Customs in Preparation for the Third Temple
Reuven Prager, who specializes in Biblically styled clothing, has a passion for restoring ancient Israelite customs. Twenty-five years years ago, Prager learned about four marriage customs described in the Talmud as having fallen out of practice after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE and the squashed Bar Kochba revolt in 132 CE. Prager wanted to revive those customs in order to pave the way for the Third Temple, but he also had a vested personal interest....LINK
Alex Phillip: Why Are There No Chairs Inside the Tabernacle?
....The Bible indicates that, for the priests serving in the tabernacle, there was no sitting on the job either. Consider the furnishings in the tabernacle. There was an altar, a large basin for washing, curtains, a table, an ark, and a lamp stand. Interestingly, there is no chair in the tabernacle.” Why not?....LINK
Answers In Genesis: Stephen Hawking 1942–2018
While the world mourns the loss of such a brilliant mind, there is even more to mourn today, as a man passed into eternity without knowledge of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ (although we don’t know what he was thinking in the final days of his life). We at Answers in Genesis mourn the fact that Hawking and many others have decided that science supposedly has proven that there is no God. However, we firmly believe that science, when properly understood, is consistent with the God revealed in the Bible.....LINK
Desiring God: Why Is the Abortion Industry Run by Women?
Imagine what perspective a future generation might have as they look back at us. What possible explanation could we offer for our actions? Think of a history professor trying to explain to the students, ‘I know this seems unbelievable, but women in the twenty-first century demanded that they should be allowed to murder their own babies and sell the body parts — and if anyone tried to get in the way of this they were accused of being tyrannical abusers.....LINK
Al Gooderham: Are You a Hoarding Church or a Healthy Church?
The temptation as a church and as a church leader is to hoard people, especially good people, especially if you are situated in an area without a regular influx of newcomers. It is immensely costly to give away your people to other ministries and other churches. It feels painful and costly and can make something that is already fragile feel even more so.....LINK
IB: A Christian Response To Those Who Say They Want More Than 'Thoughts and Prayers' After School Shootings.
....We would tell children God loves them, but you insist on teaching them that there is no God....We would teach children godly morality that would change how they see the world and treat their neighbor, but you insist that morality is conditional, ethics are situational, and the Bible is judgmental.....LINK
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Baptist Press: California Bill Threatens Bible-Based Therapy
A proposed law in California could outlaw helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender-identity confusion. If passed, the bill, introduced last month by Assemblyman Evan Low, would be the most expansive ban on therapy related to sexual orientation and gender in the country.....LINK
CBN News: Here's Why Pro-Lifers Are Encouraged by Tuesday's Supreme Court Case
You'd assume the last place that should have to advertise abortions would be those pro-life health centers created specifically to help pregnant women not abort their babies.  However, pro-choice legislators in California passed a law in 2015 demanding those centers post those advertisements in their facilities and online. That was enough of an attack on the First Amendment free speech right to get the US Supreme Court Tuesday to hear whether that law should be struck down.....LINK
Christianity Today: Will President Trump’s New Secretary of State Prioritize Religious Freedom? 
Top advocates have spent much of President Donald Trump’s time in office waiting for his administration’s international religious freedom efforts to fall into place. With the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, they’re left once again wondering exactly how the administration will approach the issue as part of a broader strategy for foreign affairs. The President announced this morning that Tillerson, who ran the State Department since February 2017, would be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Mike Pompeo. ...LINK
Indie Wire: ‘I Can Only Imagine’ Might Not Be March’s Only Faith-Based Box Office Surprise Hit
Faith-based filmmaking isn’t dead. While the genre has struggled recently to turn out crossover hits (and nothing has topped the $611M take of Mel Gibson’s controversial smash hit “The Passion of the Christ,” still the top earner in the genre 14 years after its release), brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin’s latest film, “I Can Only Imagine,” surprised this weekend’s box office with a $17 million opening take, good enough to push it to third place in a crowded field. Among contemporary Christian community titles, only “Heaven Is for Real” had a better opening, scoring $22 million when it opened in 2014.....LINK
Christianity Today: Andy Savage Resigns from Megachurch Over Past Abuse
Andy Savage, the pastor who disclosed his decades-old assault on a teen in his former youth group to an applauding congregation, stepped down from his position at a Memphis megachurch on Tuesday. Savage’s January 7 remarks on his repentance regarding the 1998 incident launched months of discussion among Christians, coverage in national news media, and an investigation by Highpoint Church......LINK
Christian Post: Seven Things to Know About the Trump-Facebook-Cambridge Analytica Scandal
A data-mining company named Cambridge Analytica is at the heart of a new controversy over online privacy and election interference.....LINK
USA Today: Teen Suicide Is Soaring— Do Spotty Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Share Blame?
....The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than white youth do, the rate of increase was higher — 77%.  A study of pediatric hospitals released last May found admissions of patients ages 5 to 17 for suicidal thoughts and actions more than doubled from 2008 to 2015. ..LINK
Clarion Ledger: Mississippi Imposes Toughest Abortion Ban In US— Clinic Sues, Hearing Set
Mississippi moved quickly toward a legal confrontation over the nation's most restrictive abortion law Monday. Within six hours, the governor signed a bill banning most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, the state's lone abortion clinic sued, and a federal judge set a Tuesday morning hearing to consider blocking the restrictions. Abortion opponents sought the confrontation, hoping federal courts will ultimately prohibit abortions before a fetus is viable. Current federal law blocks such restrictions by states.A....LINK
Get Religion: Why Has the Press Been So Focused on White Evangelicals?
.....Trump isn't president today because lots of evangelicals – for various reasons – backed him. He is president because lots of blue-collar and labor Democrats voted for him in crucial states. Many of them were white Catholics. Where is the tsunami of coverage of those crucial niches in American politics?....LINK
Greg Morse: Internet Trolls in Church Clothes
They wander from mountain to mountain, website to website, article to article, contributing their unsolicited thoughts on pieces that their comments betray they have hardly read. They “criticize much, and meditate little.” Seated on their homemade bench, they adorn themselves in silver wigs and dark robes as they usher out humorless stares. They are the self-appointed judge, jury, and.......LINK
Marshall Segal: Are You Pretending to Be Happy?
.....If you want the secret to true happiness — to a full and satisfied heart — start asking why you have a heart in the first place. Why did God make you? You are not alive simply to enjoy as much pleasure or comfort as you can in seventy or more years. That’s why millionaires commit suicide. No, whether you live seventy years or seventeen, God has filled your life with more potential than the.......LINK
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
Christian Journal: New Age Oprah Mocks God and Jesus on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert hosted a blasphemous segment with New Age Oprah that they called, “‘Oprah Winfrey gets some career advice from a slightly less famous figure: the Lord.” During the show, they openly mocked God and Jesus.....LINK
CBN News: Terror Attacks Rise, 'Rage' Days Ahead as Israel Prepares for 70th Anniversary
With less than two months until Israelis celebrate the nation's 70th anniversary and the US moves its embassy to Jerusalem, terror attacks are on the rise.Terrorists in the Gaza Strip are ramping up roadside bombings along the security fence while continuing construction on attack tunnels. On Sunday, the IDF destroyed two tunnels – one inside Israel and one in central Gaza. But according to Israeli television commentator Ehud Ya'ari, the Gaza-based terror groups have a new tactic in mind....LINK
Christian Post: Trump's Nominee for Sec. of State Mike Pompeo: 5 Quotes on Jesus, the Rapture, War on Radical Islam
CIA Director Mike Pompeo, nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is making waves for a number of speeches he's made in the past, exalting Jesus Christ and warning about radical Islam.....LINK
Daily Signal: Don’t Tax the Net
.....South Dakota is the latest to take up this unholy tax crusade...Its claim is that if a South Dakota resident buys something from an online retailer, that retailer essentially has a store in South Dakota and therefore should be taxed as if the store really was in South Dakota. Except it’s not....If they succeed, prices will rise. Innovation will suffer. Efficiency will be lost. And the cost and quality of our lives will be directly impacted.  Right now, congressional leaders are debating whether to include an internet sales tax in this week’s omnibus spending bill. Fortunately, strong opposition exists to such language, but a final decision has not yet been made. In addition, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments April 17 in a related case. Unfortunately, the solicitor general of the United States has lined up in support of the state tax power grab, arguing that a website should be treated for sales tax purposes like a full-fledged local business. Both of these scenarios present a frightening proposition, especially for small entrepreneurs who lack the resources.........LINK
ZeroHedge: Edward Snowden— Facebook Is A Surveillance Company Rebranded As “Social Media”
dward Snowden slammed Facebook in a Saturday tweet following the suspension of Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) and its political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, over what Facebook says was imporoper use of collected data. Facebook makes their money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you voluntarily post. They are not victims. They are accomplices....LINK
Ch. Post: Evangelical Judge Who Refused to Marry Same-Sex Couples Handed Down Longest Suspension in History
An evangelical judge who has refused to marry same-sex couples was handed down a three-year suspension without pay Thursday by the Oregon Supreme Court, the longest suspension in the court’s history.....LINK
CBN News: Sign of the Times— Why 'Jesus' Was Temporarily Removed from Easter Message
A church in New South Wales was forced to remove the word "Jesus" from its Easter signs at a local shopping center out of fear non-Christians would be offended by the word. Elim Church paid to display a sign that read "The Greatness of His Power - Jesus is Alive" at the Erina Fair shopping center. However, church leaders were shocked when they were told by the shopping center's management company Lendlease that the word "Jesus" could not be included on the sign, even though it was advertising an Easter event.....LINK
Mark Ellis: What Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking Said About God, Heaven
The famed astrophysicist, who struggled for most of his life with ALS, left the shackles of his withered body on March 14th, his soul launched into a Christ-less eternity. He had a huge impact as a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. While he made references to God, he remained a staunch atheist to the end.....LINK
CBN News: God-Based 'I Can Only Imagine' a Surprise Hit at Box Office, Beating New Age 'Wrinkle in Time'
The faith-based film "I Can Only Imagine" was a surprise hit at the box office over the weekend, rivaling movies with bigger budgets and godless worldviews. Here's what happened.....LINK
The Stream: What You Need to Know About the Supreme Court Case Affecting Pregnancy Help Centers 
On Tuesday, the U.S Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case involving the free speech rights of pregnancy help centers in California. Days before, attorneys on both sides discussed the impending case at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “What happens in this case will impact freedom of speech across the United States,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Arkansas has joined 21 other states in a brief that opposes the California law at stake. “These crisis pregnancy centers are being targeted [to] advertise services they do not provide and do not wish to provide.” ....LINK
Prophecy News Watch: Earthquakes and the End Times
When Jesus was asked what would signal His return and the end of the age, He said to look for a number of signs. One of those signs was the appearance of earthquakes (Matthew 24:7). But what does that mean? After all, earthquakes have been a part of human life since Adam and Eve. They aren't rare. The Bible says they appeared in the days of Amos and King Saul. They appeared in the days of Paul and Silas.....LINK
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Monday, March 19th, 2018
CBN News: MSNBC Host Apologizes for Comments About Trump Appointee Larry Kudlow's Faith
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle has issued a public apology to economist Larry Kudlow for what some viewed as offensive remarks against his faith. The controversy began when Ruhle ridiculed Kudlow Thursday for saying he will trust in God as he works as Trump's top economic aide, as the Washington Free Beacon first reported.  "However this thing works out, it will be God's will," Kudlow said on CNBC. Ruhle seemed to take issue with one particular part of that statement. “That’s an interesting way to talk about being the national economic advisor to the president. God’s will?” Ruhle remarked on MSNBC. But Ruhle then followed that up with an apologetic message. She tweeted, ”As a reporter, a mom & a Catholic, I know words matter & I want to clear something up. I meant no offense when discussing Larry Kudlow’s WH appointment. I apologize if my comments came off as dismissive of his faith.”...LINK
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Pew Research: About a Quarter of U.S. Adults Say They are ‘Almost Constantly’ Online
As smartphones and other mobile devices have become more widespread, 26% of American adults now report that they go online “almost constantly,” up from 21% in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January 2018. Overall, 77% of Americans go online on a daily basis. That figure includes the 26% who go online almost constantly, as well as 43% who say they go online several.....LINK
The Atlantic: How Trump Is Remaking Evangelicalism
....Under President Trump, the word “evangelical” has been tossed around a lot, used interchangeably with other broad terms like “conservative Christians” and “the religious right.” Evangelicals are portrayed as cohesive, all-powerful, and monolithic; they are almost always discussed in the context of politics, and the unspoken assumption is that they are white. This is a regrettable failure of description, since it does not remotely cohere to reality.....LINK
CBN News: 'Nasty Woman OB/GYN' Admits She 'Silences' Fetuses So They Won't Scream
Dr. Leah Torres is a self-proclaimed “Nasty Woman OB/GYN" promoting healthy sexual practices and education. The political activist and general "do-gooder” has the pro-life community in an uproar with her gruesome statements outlining how she “silences” the child during the abortion procedure. According to a report by Lifesite earlier this week, Dr. Torres tweeted, “You know fetuses can’t scream right? If transect the cord first so there’s really no opportunity, if they’re far enough along to have a larynx.” The tweet has since been taken down.....LINK
Infowars: Church Forced to Remove the Word ‘Jesus’ From Easter Advertising
A church  in Australia has been forced to remove the word ‘Jesus’ from its signs ahead of Easter because it has been causing offence. Elim Church on the Central Coast in New South Wales, Australia, paid for digital signs to be displayed at a shopping centre......LINK
CNBC: 65% of Americans Save Little or Nothing—and Half Could End Up Struggling In Retirement
Despite a low unemployment rate and increasing wage growth, Americans still aren't saving much. That's according to a new survey from Bankrate.com, which found that 20 percent of Americans don't save any of their annual income at all and even those who do save aren't putting away a lot. Only 16 percent of survey respondents say that they save more than 15 percent of what they make, which is what experts generally recommend. A quarter of respondents report saving between 6 and 10 percent of their income and 21 percent say........LINK
Christianity Today: Faith in Russia— What Does It Mean?
.....But it is wrong to assume that atheism rules, indeed, if it ever did. Make no mistake, this is a religious and, in fact, a Christian country, if one were to define a country by what its people believe. The Pew Foundation noted that 74 percent of Russians identify as Christian. However, even with this remarkable percentage of self-confessed Christians, Russia is dynamically secular, with a definite separation of Christian witness from its civil life, apart from official Orthodox ceremonies.....LINK
Ross Douthat: Pope Francis Is Beloved— His Papacy Might Be a Disaster
.....Meanwhile, the pope’s response to the sex abuse scandal, initially energetic, now seems compromised by his own partiality and by corruption among his intimates. The last few months have been particularly ugly: Francis just spent a recent visit to Chile vehemently defending a bishop accused of turning a blind eye to sex abuse, while one of his chief advisers, the Honduran Cardinal Óscar Maradiaga, is accused of protecting a bishop charged with abusing seminarians even as the cardinal himself faces accusations of financial......LINK
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Friday, March 16th, 2018
Facts & Trends: Top Ranked Virginia Led by Biblical Principles, Faithful Coach
The Virginia Cavaliers began the season unheralded and unranked. They ended it as the no. 1 team in the country and a favorite to win the national championship—much of that due to their faith-fueled coach. Tony Bennett has been around basketball for much of his life, due in part to his father and retired coach Dick Bennett. But a love of basketball is not all the elder Bennett passed down. Tony Bennett watched his father develop a way to coach basketball that honored Christ. He has built the Virginia program around the biblical principles of “humility, passion, unity, servanthood, and thankfulness”—what he calls the “Five Pillars.” Those principles have brought Bennett success on and off the court and lead him to pray for his players. “It’s my hope that they’ll be able to find the truth in their lives that has transformed my life,” he told Decision magazine. “But I realize they’re all on a journey, and I certainly try to be respectful of that.”...LINK
Dallas News: First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress— Evangelicals Don't Care if Trump Had Sex with Porn Star 
Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress found himself in a familiar position last week: defending evangelicals' support of President Donald Trump following actions that would seem to be at odds with evangelical principles. Last week, the leader of downtown's First Baptist Dallas appeared on Fox News to discuss whether it was valid to call evangelicals hypocrites if they backed a man who is alleged to have committed adultery with an adult-film actress. Jeffress' take: A strong no.....LINK
CBN News: Like 'Lung Association Being Forced to Promote Cigarettes'— State Turns Pro-Life Clinics into Abortion-Pushers
Josh McClure started the Pregnancy Care Clinic in San Diego with a desire to support women facing unplanned pregnancies and help save lives. The clinic estimates that 75 percent of the women it serves who are at risk for choosing an abortion end up choosing life for their babies. So McClure was concerned when he learned that state lawmakers were considering a bill that would require pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post information on how to get an abortion. He immediately began plans to head to the state capitol in Sacramento to protest the legislation. That protest turned out to be short-lived...After lawmakers passed the bill, McClure and more than 100 pro-life pregnancy centers in California discovered they would have to either post an abortion notice in their waiting rooms or give clients notice. ....LINK
Thomas Kidd: Evangelicalism After Billy Graham
As soon as word broke about the death of Billy Graham, the most influential Christian evangelist of the twentieth century, scholars and admirers began asking: “Will there ever be another Billy Graham?” The consensus seems to be “no.”  Scholars note that evangelical Christianity and our dominant media culture are both too diverse for anyone to take on a singular role like Graham’s again. Admirers contend that Graham’s relentless devotion to Christ and to the gospel also made him a unique figure. Were Billy Graham around to hear this discussion, I am confident he would remind us that God made Graham into the titanic figure he was. Thus, if God chooses to raise up “another Billy Graham,” then there will indeed be another. But commentators on Graham’s uniqueness are missing another, more mundane point. Some scholars say that our media environment is too diffuse for someone like Graham to capture its attention. But we could turn that argument on its head....LINK
Christian Post: Parents Barred From Questioning 'Gender Identity' Changes at Virginia School District Meeting
Concerned parents in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. were barred during a recent committee hearing from questioning a motion to replace the terms "biological sex" and "biological gender" with the phrase "sex assigned at birth" in public school curriculum.....LINK
Radical Atheist Who Trashed Billy Graham after His Death Is Set to Become a Navy 'Chaplain'
Radical atheist Jason Heap is hoping to become a Navy chaplain. The US Navy is seriously considering the approval of this anti-Christian activist for a spot in its Chaplain Corps.....LINK
Washington Post: What Stephen Hawking Said About God, His Atheism and His Own Death
British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking schmoozed with popes during his lifetime, even though he was an avowed atheist. The famous scientist, who died Wednesday in England at 76, was often asked to explain his views on faith and God. During interviews, he explained his belief that there was no need for a creator.....LINK
Christian Post: Franklin Graham, Ken Ham Respond to Death of Atheist Stephen Hawking
Franklin Graham, Ken Ham, Ray Comfort share their reaction to the death of outspoken atheist and physicist Stephen Hawking.....LINK
Religion News Service: A Brief History of Stephen Hawking’s Atheism
....“What could define God (is thinking of God) as the embodiment of the laws of nature. However, this is not what most people would think of that God,” Hawking told Diane Sawyer in 2010. “They made a human-like being with whom one can have a personal relationship. When you look at the vast size of the universe and how insignificant an accidental human life is in it, that seems most impossible.”....LINK
Baptist Press: Embargoed Billy Graham Documents To Be Released
.....Starting Monday (March 19), two new collections about his ministry, including notebooks documenting Graham's personal relationship with each U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama, will be opened to the public. Maintained by the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College in Illinois, the collections also cover Graham's interactions with other world leaders, his evangelistic campaigns, his work with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and a wide range of other topics. ....LINK
Howard Green: Christians, Get Ready for Persecution in the West
I firmly believe there is a trend being established in the Western world. It's subtle in nature but if you are carefully watching what is going on, you will discern that the tide of public opinion is rapidly turning against true Bible-believing Christians. It is time for followers of Jesus to get ready for persecution in the West.....LINK
Christian Post: Steve and Jackie Green Share 'Phenomenal' Responses to Museum of the Bible From Public
Hobby Lobby owners Steve and Jackie Green opened up about the "phenomenal" response they've seen from the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. and revealed they're just at the "starting line" when it comes to fulfilling their mission of sharing the Gospel around the world. The Greens, who co-founded the Museum of the Bible, told The Christian Post they've been pleasantly surprised by the success of the museum, which has welcomed more than 350,000 visitors ­since its opening in November.....LINK
CBN News: Bodies of 21 Christians Beheaded by ISIS to be Returned to Egypt
The bodies of the 21 Egyptian and Ghanaian Christians who were brutally beheaded by ISIS on the shore of a Libyan beach will be returned to their families in Egypt, according to Al Arabiya English. Libyan Attorney general Abdul Qader Juma Radwan agreed Wednesday to return the remains at the request of Egyptian Attorney General Nabil Sadek. The decision came after the Libyan government confirmed it found and identified the remains of the martyrs in October 2016.....LINK
Baptist Press: Loneliness— Pastors Highlight Need for Community
Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and Denver were named America's loneliest cities in a recent study, but pastors in those cities are not surprised. They say the transient nature of modern life, along with selfishness and technology contribute to people feeling alone despite being surrounded by people. Various reports indicate a rise in the number of people who report feeling lonely, and in Great Britain earlier this year Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a minister for loneliness. ....LINK
Van Kicklighter: When God TakesYou On a Detour
....Sometimes God takes our lives on a detour, at least from the plans we have laid out and from the destinations we were headed toward. And trying to get back to the old road, the former route, is to miss what God wants to do in our life. As one author puts it, the detour has become the new road. What do we make of this? Is God playing a mean trick on us, or has He changed His mind about His purpose........LINK
Samuel Sey: A Better Country For Mom
....Mom has a good home. She’s persevered. But she’s suffered. Mom taught me all I know about sacrifice. She taught me that because Jesus suffered, she must suffer too. She taught me that because she sacrificed everything for me, I must also sacrifice everything for others. When I was a boy, mom worked in the morning and at night, it was my responsibility to wake up early in the morning and prepare myself and my little siblings for school. It was my responsibility to give up whatever after-school activities I wanted to participate in. I had to pick up my little siblings from their babysitter and bring them home to take care of them. I couldn’t do many things. I couldn’t have many friends. And I couldn’t complain, because mom never did.....LINK
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