NEWS ARCHIVE FOR APRIL 16th-30th, 2018..
Joe Carter: Nine Things You Should Know About the Creation of Modern Israel 
On Wednesday and Thursday, the modern state of Israeli celebrated the 70th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. Here are nine things you should know about the creation of the modern Israeli state. 1. In AD 138, the ancient nation of Israel ceased to exist when the Roman emperor Hadrian crushed the Bar Kochba revolt and banned all Jews from Palestine (i.e., the biblical regions known as the Land of Israel). The land was conquered by various nations until 1517, when it was controlled by the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans retained control until 1917, when the British captured Jerusalem during World War I.....LINK
Governing: Loneliness May Be a Bigger Public Health Threat Than Smoking or Obesity 
Since stepping down as surgeon general in April of last year, Vivek Murthy has turned his attention to what he considers to be America’s fastest-growing public health crisis. No, it isn’t cardiovascular diseases or obesity or smoking or even the nation’s system of health-care delivery. Murthy is taking on a more unlikely cause: loneliness. “During my years caring for patients, the most common pathology I saw was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness,” Murthy wrote in the Harvard Business Review in 2017.....LINK
Pew Forum: When Americans Say They Believe in God, What Do They Mean?
Virtually all U.S. Christians say they believe in God or a higher power of some kind. Among evangelical Protestants, 91% put their faith in God “as described in the Bible,” as do 92% of those in the historically black Protestant tradition. Most Catholics and mainline Protestants also believe in the God of the Bible, though sizable minorities within these groups say they believe in some other higher power or spiritual force.....LINK
New Atlas: Electronics 3D-Printed Onto Human Skin
....“We imagine that a soldier could pull this printer out of a backpack and print a chemical sensor or other electronics they need, directly on the skin. It would be like a ‘Swiss Army knife’ of the future with everything they need all in one portable 3D-printing tool.”....LINK
CBN News: 'Singing Jesus Loves Me': Waffle House Victim Died Singing Gospel Songs
A young woman who was killed in the attack by a gunman last week in a Tennessee Waffle House died singing gospel songs, according to CNN.  Walt Ehmer, the restaurant chain's CEO, spoke at the funeral of DeEbony Groves held at the First Baptist Church in Gallatin Saturday. He shared with the audience what a survivor of the April 22 attack at the Antioch restaurant told him. Groves, 21, and her friend were singing gospel songs....LINK
NY Times: Inside Southwest Flight 1380, 20 Minutes of Chaos and Terror
....“I grabbed my wife’s hand and I started praying: ‘Dear Jesus, send some angels. Just save us from this,’” said Timothy C. Bourman, 36, a pastor from Woodside, N.Y., who was on his way to a church retreat in San Antonio. “I thought we were goners.” .....Pastor Bourman said he could not figure out how to use his mask, and decided it would not save him if the plane crashed. Instead, he sat and prayed as his wife, Amanda, managed to connect her phone to the plane’s Wi-Fi. They began texting Pastor Bourman’s father to tell him what had happened and to convey a message to the couple’s three daughters, 6, 4 and 2 years old:  Pray.  Plane blew an engine.  We are going to try to land. Tell the girls we love them and that Jesus is with them always........LINK
CNS News: Pew— 65% of White Democrats Don’t Believe in ‘All-Knowing, All-Powerful, All-Loving’ God
Two-thirds (65%) of white Democrats do not believe in a God or higher spiritual power that is “all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving,” Pew Research Center reported Wednesday....LINK
CBN News: House Chaplain Fired, A First in History of US Congress
Irate Democrats erupted Friday over House Speaker Paul Ryan's move to oust the House chaplain, saying Ryan hasn't offered any explanation and charging that Rev. Patrick Conroy's political leanings contributed to his dismissal.  Ryan told Republican lawmakers in a closed-door meeting that he forced Conroy out because he wasn't doing a very good job tending to the pastoral needs of lawmakers and that lawmakers had brought concerns to him. But Ryan's office won't say why Conroy was asked to resign and he hasn't told rank-and-file Democrats why. It would be the first forced ouster of a chaplain in the history of the House.....LINK
Jordan Standridge: Five Reasons Why Pope Francis’ Answer Was Demonic
....Videos like these make me cry. I’m not talking symbolically here...I say that to help you understand that there is no hate here (maybe a little for the Pope). I hate false religion and I despise false teachers. I can’t stand the thought of these people going to hell, and I’m thankful for the Gospel in my life, and that I have the ability to share it with the world. Now allow me to answer a question a friend asked me: is what the pope said actually demonic? Sure, it is false teaching, but can you actually call it demonic?....LINK
Bloomberg Viewpoint: The Ugly Coded Critique of Chick-Fil-A's Christianity
....What the author really seems angry about is that the company’s CEO opposes same-sex marriage. But the framing of the piece made Christianity the villain, and the headline -- was sufficiently troubling that Nate Silver quickly tweeted “This is why Trump won.” Fair point. Religious bigotry is always dangerous. But there’s a deeper problem here, a difficulty endemic to today’s secular left: an all-too-frequent weird refusal to acknowledge the demographics of Christianity. When you mock Christians, you’re not mocking who you think you are.....LINK
Christian Post: Megachurch Pastor Les Hughey Resigns After 7 Women Accuse Him of Sexual Abuse
Arizona megachurch pastor Les Hughey has officially resigned as senior pastor at Highlands Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, after several women accused the church founder of taking sexual advantage of them decades ago as teenagers and young women.....LINK
Tim Challies: The Best Argument for Using a Printed Bible
I admit it: I use an electronic Bible. Better said, I use an electronic device that has a Bible app installed on it. Several years ago I put away my printed Bible in favor of Logos on my iPad....Yet in this year of worldwide travel for that church history project I’m calling EPIC, I’ve been challenged to return to a printed Bible. What’s the best argument? Instead of telling you, let me show you.......LINK
Aaron Blumer: Autonomy, Ethics Scandals, and the Madness of Crowds
When faced with ethical misconduct scandals, are churches, or any other organizations, obligated to involve outside investigators? Should the volume and fervor of public outcry guide an organization’s response to ethics scandals? I hope to be somewhat persuasive in answering these questions, but mostly I want to be clear. With that in mind, I’ve structured my thoughts here debate style. In response to purely ethical scandals, organizations should not view themselves as obligated to involve any third parties; further, they should not attach significance to.......LINK
Rebecca McLaughlin: Why I Don’t Sit With My Husband at Church
"Are you and Bryan okay?” asked a friend. “Yes, why?” “I noticed you weren’t sitting together in church.” I often hear this question. The answer hinges on the rising need for hospitality in church.....LINK
Randy Alcorn: Heaven Would Be Hell Without God 
.....Numerous people claim to have gone to heaven and seen loved ones and even Jesus, yet almost never do they react as the beloved disciple, the apostle John, did: “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead” (Revelation 1:17). Surely no one who had actually been in heaven would neglect to mention what Scripture shows is its main focus. If you had spent an evening dining with a king, you wouldn’t just talk about the place settings. When John was shown heaven and wrote about it, he recorded the details — but first and foremost, from beginning to end, he kept talking about Jesus, the Lion and the Lamb, with infinite gravitas and beauty. ...LINK
Erik Reid: Pastors & Churches— Don’t Celebrate Brokenness 
Have you noticed the latest buzz word tossed around Christian circles?  Brokenness. Listen, and you will hear it. Songs in worship gatherings and on Christian radio contain it. Churches use it on their websites to describe their culture to potential visitors. Pastors and leaders stand on stage and explain how broken they are and how their church is a place for broken people....Brokenness has never been so popular.  ....LINK
Nicholas T. Batzig: God’s Metrics
God’s metrics are not our metrics. The way in which we seek to measure fruitfulness and faithfulness is often quite skewed....The fruitfulness of a Gospel ministry is never observed in total in the here and now. The one who waters the seed of God’s word in men and women’s lives may see the increase, while the one who sowed the seed may not. The one who planted and the one who watered may never see the increase, but a future generation may see it. God may chose to delay fruit until some later period in an individual’s life. The fruit may appear on........LINK
Forward: Jewish Mystics Hope Trump’s Israel Visit Might ‘Raise The Temple’
Donald Trump’s transformation from real estate mogul and reality TV star to president reads like a strange American fairytale. Dogged by controversy, with no political experience, Trump is now the most powerful person in the world. To some, his triumph was so unlikely that there was only one way to explain in — God played a part. Some mystically-inclined Jews see Trump as a sort of divine instrument. Within Israel’s controversial Temple Mount movement, which seeks to build the Third Temple in the center of Jerusalem’s Old City, Trump has found vocal advocates who see him not simply as a political ally, but as something more. “President Trump can choose to be a part of a process to bring the Messiah,” Rabbi Hillel Weiss told Breaking Israel News, a religious website in Israel. Now, with Trump’s visit to Israel Monday, members of the Temple Mount movement are hoping that Trump will endorse their project.....LINK
Christian Post: Christian Publisher— Google Blocked Our Ads Over Jesus, Bible References
The head of a Lutheran publishing house has claimed Google will no longer accept advertisements related to the organization's website "because of the faith we express." Bruce Kintz, CEO of Concordia Publishing House — an entity of the theologically conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, took to his Facebook page on Monday to voice outrage after the organization had been told that the Google's online advertising service will not promote the CPH website because of certain religious items on the page.....LINK
USA Today: GQ Magazine Puts Bible on List of Classic Books Not Worth Reading, Incurs the Wrath of Christians
Well, it appears this group of scribes won’t be greeted very warmly at the Pearly Gates. GQ magazine, a bible of “grooming” tips, gadget suggestions and style advice, has sparked a social media conflagration by calling the Christian Holy Bible “foolish, repetitive and contradictory” and placing it on a list of “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” “The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it,” novelist Jesse Ball writes in the magazine. “Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced.”....LINK
Christian Post: Saying Science and Religion Are Incompatible Is a 'Myth,' 'Untrue to History,' Says Physicist
The claim that science and religion are incompatible entities is a "myth" and "untrue to history," according to a physicist speaking at an event held at Quinnipiac University.....LINK
Intellectual Takeout: Poll Reveals the Least Religious Parts of America
This month, Gallup released the results of their annual poll on religious practice in America. The most religious state? Mississippi, which has held the crown since 2008. According to the poll, 59% of Mississippi’s residents report being “Very religious,” meaning that “religion is important to them, and they attend religious services weekly or almost weekly.” And the least religious state? It’s Vermont, where 59% of their residents report being “Not religious,” meaning “religion is not important to them, and they seldom or never attend services.” ...LINK
Michael Snyder: The Politics Of Pope Francis Is Getting Ready To Split The Catholic Church Right Down The Middle
....After all, the schisms of East and West, Catholic and Protestant, were world-shaking, often bloody events. But in today’s Church—and specifically in this pope—Douthat sees the possibility that the Roman Catholic Church will once again break apart.....LINK
The Federalist: After Parkland, Record Numbers Of Women Are Signing Up For Concealed Carry Training
After 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February, more women have been taking classes to learn how to carry a concealed handgun. ....LINK
World Religion News: Megachurch Partners with Facebook to Expand Outreach
Nashville’s Mt. Zion Baptist Church has broken ranks with other churches alleging an anti-conservative outlook of Facebook. The church has partnered with the social media giant to better connect with their community and their congregation. ...LINK
Ari Lieberman: The Hidden Treasure In Israel’s Golan Heights
On Israel’s 70th year of rebirth, an ancient synagogue comes to life. ....LINK
Jason Yates: Free Speech for All at Stake After Conservatives Censored
Beyond an obvious political agenda, the biased censorship practiced by these so-called neutral public forums threatens the very freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment. Americans of all political stripes should be alarmed by these moves to silence opposing viewpoints.....LINK
SBC Today: Two Racial Reconciliation Philosophies—  Replacing the Skin Color Approach with Character Content Approach 
....Perhaps the most insidious assumption by those advocating the Skin Color Approach is that those of us favoring the Character Content Approach are somehow in favor of racism. Just because a person has a problem with the idea of white privilege and white guilt does not mean that they favor racism. They simply have a different method for dealing with racism than those embracing the Skin Color Approach. ....LINK
CBN News: Bible Ban Possible?  —Calif. Bill Aimed at Censoring Certain Christian Teachings on Fast Track
A California bill with the aim of banning Christian books and resources which address issues of homosexuality and gender identity could pass in the California Senate as soon as late May, sources told CBN News.  Assembly Bill 2943 declares biblical books and Christian conferences dealing with biblical views on homosexuality or transgenderism as fraudulent, under the state's consumer fraud statute. Ultimately, penalizing those who share a traditional view on marriage.....LINK
Israel Today: Iran Says It’s Ready to Attack Israel at Any Moment
Should Israel continue to interfere with Iran’s efforts to establish a firm military foothold in Syria, the Jewish state will face overwhelming retaliation, according to Brigadier General Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards. Iran’s Mehr news agency quoted Salami as telling gathering in Tehran: “Our fingers are on the trigger and the missiles are ready to launch, at any moment that the enemy wants to start something against us, we will launch. We have learned methods of overcoming our enemies. We can target our enemies’  interests..."..LINK
CBN News: GQ Rejects the Bible as 'Foolish,' Tells People Not to Read It— Franklin Graham Points Them to Jesus
It is the best-selling book of all time, and the Holy Bible has also been called the greatest book of all time. However, the editors at GQ disagree. The men’s magazine ranks The Bible as #12 on their list of so-called “great books” that “haven’t aged well.”....LINK
Rod Dreher: Why Christians Vote Republican Despite It All
....On Monday night at a dinner in Miami, I told a liberal journalist sitting next to me that I would love to vote for a Democrat as a way of bringing the Republican Party back to its senses, but that it is impossible for a conservative Christian like me to vote Democratic, because I am the Enemy to the Democratic Party. It’s all about religious liberty. I am convinced — beyond convinced — that there is no religious liberty that the Democrats would not smash in an effort to advance whatever the LGBT activist leadership wants. ....LINK
Baptist News: Baptist Pastors Among 8,500 Released from Prison In Myanmar
Two Baptist pastors from Myanmar arrested for leading journalists to a church reportedly destroyed by military air strikes in 2016 reportedly have been released from prison. According to local media, Dumdaw Nawng Latt and his nephew Langjaw Gam Seng, both pastors in the Kachin Baptist Convention, were among more than 8,500 prisoners ordered released by newly elected President Win Myint.....LINK
Todd Starnes: Baptist Army Chaplain Faces Punishment for Religious Beliefs
A decorated Army chaplain is facing what his attorneys are calling a “career-ending punishment” after he explained to a soldier that he could not conduct a marriage retreat that included same sex couples.....LINK
Christian Post: The New 'Red Line' Christians in China Are Being Warned Not to Cross
Christians in China are being forced to adhere to revised regulations on religion that were implemented in February which has led to strict government controls on their everyday lives, and have been warned about a "red line" they must not cross.....LINK
Wade Burleson: A Pastor With a D. Min. Degree Should Not Be Addressed as 'Dr,"' Says Tom Kelley 
....Tom Kelley did not comment about fraudulent degrees, but instead wrote about D.Min degrees,  degrees that are legitimate post-graduate degrees for many Southern Baptist pastors. However, Tom expressed his disapproval that these pastors either insist on being called "Dr." or even allow others to address them as "Dr."--a distinction that the D. Min degree does not afford. Tom explained his feelings in this manner.......LINK
The Federalist: Christian Publisher Says Google Banned It Over ‘Faith We Express’
Google ads has refused to do business with a Christian publishing house “because of the faith we express on our website,” said Concordia Publishing House CEO Bruce Kintz in a Facebook post today. “Google ads will no longer accept anything related to the cph.org domain. They stated the reason is because of the faith we express on our website,” Kintz wrote.....LINK
National Review: C. S. Lewis and the Great War
A hundred years ago, C.S. Lewis was an atheist in the trenches of the First World War. ....LINK
Christian Post: Youth, Schools and Violence— What Can Churches Do?
Churches must make every effort to become "safe spaces" for teens and young adults to open up about issues, pastors say, to counter the raft of increased violence in the nation's schools and elsewhere.....LINK
Jennifer Hartline: Who Owns Your Child?
The tragic news out of the U.K. regarding little Alfie Evans is more than just tragic. It’s chilling. A child will be killed, perhaps in a few hours, perhaps today, or tomorrow. But make no mistake, he’s not actively dying and his parents want to try to save his life, but once again the courts and the hospital have determined that he must die. Once again, the wishes of the parents are being disregarded and their rights as parents trampled. And a child is going to be killed.....LINK
Michael Brown: When GQ is Long Forgotten, the Bible Will Still be Revered
The editors of GQ magazine recently released a list of “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” They also gave their recommendations as to which books you should read instead. (Is it rude of me to ask: Who cares?) Number 12 on their list was the Bible, with the recommended replacement being The Notebook by Agota Kristof. Yes, you should skip the Bible and read Agota Kristof instead.....LINK
Huffington Post: Lessons from the Montana Hutterites
Here’s What One Of America’s Most Isolated Communities Can Teach Us About Getting Along ....LINK
David Cloud: Rick Warren Recommends Wordless Contemplation
Saddleback Church recommends a wide range of books on contemplative mysticism at its web site. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun, for example, has been listed under the “Spiritual Growth” section for at least the past two years. Rick Warren, senior pastor at Saddleback, pretends that contemplative prayer is merely getting alone in a quiet place to meditate on God’s Word, but it goes far beyond that. Warren says......LINK
Christianity Today: Creepy Chick-fil-A and New York(er) Values— The Shock (and Slander) Are Getting Old
A few days ago, an article  in The New Yorker discussing the “infiltration” of a certain fast food brand throughout Manhattan: Chick-fil-A.  The headline says they are creepy... But, Chick-fil-a is run by evangelicals who hold evangelical beliefs, which makes all the difference...But Chick-fil-A isn’t just all fun and fried food. They’re committed to serving people—their employees and guests—well, and with integrity. As founder S. Truett Cathy famously said, “We should be about more than just selling chicken. We should be a part of our customers’ lives and the communities in which we serve.” Their corporate purpose, as The New Yorker breathlessly writes, is to “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”  Oh no.  Not that. Not in New York.....LINK
Christian Post: Inside the Houston Church Barbara Bush Attended and Where Her Funeral Took Place
Barbara Bush's funeral Saturday put the church she attended in the international spotlight. Bush, the wife and mother of presidents, was a cradle Episcopalian. Together with her husband, George H.W. Bush, she attended St. Martin's in Houston for decades. The casual observer watching the funeral on television may have thought St. Martin's was a cathedral, perhaps because of the soaring architecture. While not a cathedral, it is the country's largest Episcopalian congregation.....LINK
Yahoo News: Past Presidents, Family and Friends Bid Farewell To Barbara Bush
Past presidents, family and friends came together Saturday to bid a tearful farewell to Barbara Bush, the matriarch of one of America's most prominent political dynasties, at her funeral in Texas. Bush, who died Tuesday aged 92, was wife to the 41st US president and mother to the 43rd. She was remembered for her friendship, her wit and her strength.....LINK
Ed Stetzer: It's Time to End the 'Stupid' About the End Times— Debunking Christian Numerology
Self-proclaimed Christian numerologist David Meade is at it again. This time, though, he’s saying that the world is going to end on April 23rd...He’s predicted that the world would end not once, but twice already this year. Again, before getting into a tizzy and starting to think that maybe this could finally be the real deal, I want you to notice something: we’re all still here. But this is causing embarrassment to those of us who actually seek to understand and have faith in what scripture actually tells us about the end times. Meade is a fake expert in a fake field proclaiming another fake event. And, it’s time for the news media to stop covering the same person making the same fake claim over and over.....LINK
Aaron Berry: How to Have Personal Standards Without Being a Legalist
.....I recognize that some of you might come from a legalistic background where personal standards were the sole measure of spirituality and pastors were “teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt 15:9). Please don’t let your experience sour your attitude toward the value of having personal standards. You desperately need to set standards in your life. Why? Because your heart is deceitful. You need guardrails in your life because you like to sin. The presence of standards doesn’t mean that you’re a good person; it means you recognize that you’re a sinful person (Phil 1:10, 27; 2:15; Titus 2:12; 1 Cor 9:27; Col 1:10).....LINK
Christianity Today: US Officials Stand With Pastor at Turkish Terrorism Trial 
For most of American pastor Andrew Brunson’s 18-month imprisonment in Turkey, the government failed to officially indict him or offer the opportunity for bail or his release. Finally, his terrorism and espionage case came to trial on Monday, but the proceedings continue to underline the strained relations between the United States and Turkey.....LINK
Star-Telegram: ‘How Much Is Left?’ Victims, Donors Question Use of Funds After Texas Church Massacre
Victims of the November 2017 mass shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas have begun to question church leaders about the distribution of donated funds. Residents of the small community about 20 miles east of San Antonio drew strength from one another after 26 people were gunned down during a church service on Nov. 5. Now arguments about money earmarked for the rebuilding of the church and to assist victims and their families threatens to tear the town of about 600 apart.....LINK
Jerusalem Post: Is Social-Media Maneuvering Against Pro-Israel and Conservative Sites? 
....Facebook stymied even the “Mossad.” As soon as (what appeared to be) Israel’s intelligence agency started a Facebook page and quickly garnered 3,000 likes, Facebook took it down. “I got the email and at first I read the email and the first sentence is basically: Pages are for business and promotion, and we also remove things that are hateful,” said Shawn Eni, the founder of the page.....LINK
Christian Post: Friends of Heroic Southwest Pilot Tammie Jo Say She Gives 'God the Credit' for Safely Landing Plane
Tammie Jo Shults, the pilot who safely landed Southwest flight 1380 after the plane's left engine exploded, is giving "God all the credit" after the frightening incident, according to her Christian friends.....LINK
Trevor Thomas: Chicken Fried Hate
If high-profile Christian business-owners, athletes, entertainers, politicians, pundits, pastors, and so on won't boldly stand for the truth on something as fundamental as marriage, what can they be trusted to stand for?....LINK
National Review: Media Outlets Ignore Key Data in New Abortion-Attitudes Survey
A new poll on abortion attitudes by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) has received a considerable amount of media coverage this week. Interestingly, the survey asks not only about attitudes toward legal abortion but also asks respondents to self-report whether or not their attitudes toward abortion.......LINK
Facts & Trends: E-Giving Vs. Old Giving— New Research on Church Donations
More churches are adding online giving, but the tried-and-true offering plate still brings in the most money.  A recent study found 74 percent of U.S. churches offer congregants the ability to give online. That’s up from 42 percent just a few years ago in 2015. The Dunham+Company/Campbell Rinker study asked 512 church leaders and administrators about their churches’ giving options.....LINK
Joel Wiggin: Christianity In a Polarized America
.....It is worth asking the question, “Why do we live in such a polarized society?” and “Why do Christians so willingly fall into it’s trap?” I believe the answer is simple. This current age and our current society struggles with a deep lack of humility. The reasons for this are not as important as our ability to recognize it, but it likely has a something to do with the self aggrandized, self-important, social media slathered world we live in. ...LINK
Jordan Standridge: Two Lessons from Two Radically Different Funerals
Funerals are a gift from God. I know that sounds crazy, but they are a God-given tool to force us to reflect on the brevity of life, and how finite we are as human beings. I truly do believe that humans should attend as many funerals as possible during their lives. It is that good for your soul. I had the privilege of attending two recently, and they could not have been more different from each other.....LINK
American Conservative:The Collapse of Manners
....A lot of this nasty back-and-forth is built around a dangerous whataboutism: the belief that, if X says nasty things about me and my political movement, I am entirely within my rights to lob insults back at him/her. Such reasoning is not new; it’s existed since Adam said the “woman [God] put here with me” made him sin.....LINK
Paul Matzko: What Jim Bakker Can Teach American Evangelicals Today
....Nothing about Jim or Tammy Faye Bakker’s upbringing—working-class families, college dropouts, small-time Pentecostal evangelism—suggested the heights to which they would rise. But they combined a charismatic stage presence with a message of growth and prosperity that appealed to the consumer mindset of the 1970s and 1980s. ....LINK
John Hawkins: Seven Forces Driving America Toward Civil War
I was interviewed by a mainstream media reporter yesterday. I thought he wanted to talk tech issues, but we actually spent almost the entire conversation discussing the feeling that many conservatives have that America has gone off the tracks and is headed toward dissolution or alternately, a civil war one day. Obviously, this would be a terrible thing and ironically, twenty years ago, it would have been laughable. Today, the joke isn’t so funny because we are a deeply unhealthy society with a dysfunctional government and for all our money, success and storied history, we seem to be on an increasingly dangerous trajectory. ....LINK
Times of Israel: Netanyahu On Israel’s 70th— We’re Just Getting Started
…Seventy years “is the blink of an eye in historical terms,” the prime minister noted, adding: “I have no doubt that 70 years from now, Israel will be even stronger, even more prosperous than it is today.”....LINK
Jews News: New Yorker To Christians— We Don’t Want Your Kind Around Here
Chick-fil-A, that alluring purveyor of delicious chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, has long been a target in certain quarters. These criticisms have nothing to do with the addictiveness of the chain’s food (a shame, really, because this is a real problem), but its perceived political stances. Most such attacks have stemmed from the chain’s indirect donations to groups that oppose same-sex marriage........LINK
KSTP: Twin Cities School Bus Driver Removed After Leading Prayer
A Twin Cities-area school bus driver says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer. The Star Tribune reports that Quality Care Transportation removed George Nathaniel from his route last week. He drove children to Nasha Shkola, a charter school focused on Russian language and culture.....LINK
CBN News: Churches Fight Atheist Lawsuit that Could Result in $1 Billion In Taxes On Church Leaders
For nearly six decades, religious leaders have enjoyed a housing tax exemption from the IRS. But one atheist organization says no more. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is fighting to strip that tax break in a move that would mean churches across the country would be socked with almost $1 billion in new taxes. Supporters say the provision, known as the "parsonage exemption," allows pastors, rabbis and others to live in the communities they serve. In Gaylor v. Mnuchin, FFRF is suing the IRS and charging the provision actually violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The case kicked off this past week in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Pastors like Chicago's Chris Butler told the federal appeals court Thursday that taking away the tax break would be a big blow to both the leaders and the community...LINK
Christian Post: Woman With Down Syndrome Says Twitter Blocked Pro-Life Posts Though It Allows Explicit Sexual Content
A U.K. pro-life activist with Down syndrome, who in the past has spoken before the U.N. against abortion, said that social media giant Twitter temporarily blocked her account for posting pro-life material.....LINK
Mercury News: The Supervolcano Under Yellowstone Should Make You Worried 
Yellowstone has been a national park since 1872, but it was only in the 1960s that scientists realized the scale of the volcano – it’s 44 miles across – and not until the 1980s did they grasp that this thing is fully alive and still threatens to erupt catastrophically. Yellowstone is capable of eruptions thousands of times more violent than the Mount St. Helens eruption of 1980. The northern Rockies would be buried in multiple feet of ash. Ash would rain on almost everyone in the United States. It’d be a bad day. Thus geologists are eager to understand what, exactly, is happening below all those volcano-fueled hot springs and geysers.....LINK
NY Times: ‘Yes, I’m Running as a Socialist’  —Why Candidates Are Embracing the Label in 2018
There was no question on primary night in Texas last month that Franklin Bynum would win the Democratic nomination to become a criminal court judge in Houston. The 34-year-old defense attorney had no challengers. But for his supporters who packed into a Mexican restaurant that evening, there was still something impressive to celebrate. Many in the crowd were members of the Democratic Socialists of America…....LINK
National Review: Understanding the Mind of Modern Atheists
"....Bullies are usually cruel, arrogant, ignorant, intolerant, selfish, self-centered, often cowards and liars — and when you try to correct them, they usually throw temper tantrums. Well, that’s the perfect description of modern atheists. And these particular bullies are at war with us, plain and simple. For the last 20 years, they’ve been waging an all-out, media-driven attack on believers — especially Christians — in the form of anti-Christian books, movies, TV shows, articles, speeches, billboard campaigns, blogs, anti-religious civil litigation, and government legislation — and it’s been relentless. Their goal has been to totally eradicate religious beliefs from the public square. ....LINK
CNS News: GQ Condemns the Holy Bible— ‘Repetitive, Self-Contradictory, Sententious, Foolish…Ill-Intentioned’
The men’s magazine GQ, in an article, blasts the Holy Bible, declares it a book you don’t have to read, and suggests an alternative.....LINK
World Net Daily: Liberty Counsel Warning— California About to Ban Bible Sales
Liberty Counsel, which defends religious and civil rights, Friday warned that California effectively is about to ban the sale of Bibles.....LINK
Daily Caller: Parents Can’t Opt Out Of Sex Ed Class
A California school district says that parents can’t opt out of a new sex education course that will deal with abortion, homosexuality and transgender issues.....LINK