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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR MAY, 2018
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David Cloud: Israel’s Unthankfulness
Individual exceptions aside, as a nation Israel doesn’t give God the glory for its successful return to the land, its statehood, its development, the winning of its wars, its technological prowess and prosperity.  On a visit in 2017, after an Israel tour guide pointed out some impressive national monuments of various heroes of its independence and statehood, I asked him to show us Israel’s monument of thanksgiving to God for these things, and he admitted there is no such monument. Israel’s founders gave little or no glory to God. Most were “secular Jews” who were either agnostics or atheists....in reality, Israel owes everything to God.  Every step of Israel’s preservation, return, and subsequent success has been a cliffhanger that could easily have failed and, in fact, should have failed. ....LINK
CBN News: 'Christians Need to Unhitch the Old Testament from Their Faith': 
Andy Stanley's Sermon Draws Social Media Backlash
Popular evangelist Andy Stanley recently raised the ire of some Christians on social media when he publicly said that Christians need to "unhitch" the Old Testament from their faith. Stanley, the senior pastor of the North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, made the comments during an April 30 sermon to his congregation....According to The Christian Post, Stanley said that while he believes that the Old Testament is "divinely inspired," it should not be "the go-to source regarding any behavior in the church.....LINK
Christian Post: Southern Baptist Leader Paige Patterson Issues Apology to Women for 'Inappropriate' Language
Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, issued on Thursday an apology for his past statements, including how he described advice he gave in a domestic violence situation as well as a sermon illustration involving a "built" teen girl....LINK
Christian Post: Five Things to Know About the Paige Patterson Controversy
The largest Protestant denomination in America is embroiled in controversy over past remarks about abuse and divorce from of one of its top leaders, Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.....LINK
AP: In Rematch, North Carolina Race as Much About Trump as Faith
The rematch of an extremely close 2016 North Carolina congressional primary may hinge as much on which Republican candidate seems to more vigorously support President Donald Trump as who more successfully mobilizes Christian conservatives. Only 134 votes separated U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger and the Rev. Mark Harris two years ago in the race for the Republican nomination in a freshly redrawn 9th District that grafted parts of affluent Charlotte and its suburbs onto poor, rural counties along the South Carolina border north to abut Fort Bragg.....LINK
Lifezette: Disney World Drops ‘Night of Joy’ Christian Music Festival
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has decided to end its long-running annual Christian festival, called Night of Joy, which began in 1983 at the Magic Kingdom. Since it premiered more than 30 years ago, the faith-based night has been a popular attraction for families. It featured such Christian rock artists as Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, and others.....LINK
CBN News: US Embassy Move to Jerusalem is ‘Birthday Present’ For Israel’s 70th, Israeli Says
More than 22 years after the US Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act mandating the US Embassy be moved to Jerusalem, it’s finally happening.  Every six months for more than 20 years, presidents who had promised to move the embassy while on the campaign trail signed security waivers to avoid the move.  To be fair, there are always real security concerns in the Middle East.....LINK
Jerusalem Post: Israel Strikes Dozens of Iranian Targets In Syria
Israel struck 50 Iranian targets in Syria after 20 rockets were fired towards Israel’s front defensive line in the Golan Heights…The targets all belonged to IRGC’s Quds Force and included intelligence sites, logistics headquarters, a military compound and logistics complex in Kiswah near the Syrian capital of Damascus, weapons storage sites belonging at Damascus International Airport, intelligence systems and installations, as well as observation, military posts and military hardware in the buffer zone.....LINK
kobi5.com: President Trump Featured on Israeli Coin
An Israeli organization has minted a coin bearing President Donald Trump’s image to honor his decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem. The Mikdash Educational Center said Wednesday that the “Temple Coin” featured Trump alongside King Cyrus, who 2,500 years ago allowed Jews to return to Jerusalem from their exile in Babylon. A representative from the center said that they wanted to honor President Trump on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence. ....LINK
teaparty.org: Boy Scouts Lose 425,000 Boys One Week After Announcing Name Change
The Scouts should have been prepared for this. One week after the century-old Boy Scouts of America announced it was changing its name and its mission to accept girls at all levels of scouting, its single biggest participant announced Tuesday that it was cutting ties to the Scouts. And taking one-fifth of the Scouts membership with it.....LINK
Kevin Schaal: Responding to Controversy— Stay and Fight or Separate 
.....To operate within the same denominational structure with false teachers means that you will sit together on the same boards, share the same retirement program, and pay one another’s salaries. 2 John 10-11 indicates that those that aid false teachers or publicly affirm them become complicit in their activities. It is the theological equivalent of aiding and abetting criminals. There can be no clearer application.......LINK
Baptist Press: Churchgoers Say They Tithe, But Not Always To Church
Half of Protestant churchgoers say their tithes can go to a Christian ministry rather than a church, compared to what is often taught by pastors and Bible study aids. A third say tithes can go to help an individual in need and nearly one in five say tithes can even go a secular charity"...LINK
Matt Recker: Three Powerful Steps in Standing for Truth
One might think that the first century church was full of heaven on earth: the apostles were present, miracles were abundant, and revelation was fresh and new. The books of 1, 2, and 3 John, however, give us an open window into severe inner tensions within Christ’s body.....LINK
Baptist Press: Former N.C. Pastor Mark Harris Unseats GOP Congressman
Former pastor and Baptist State Convention of North Carolina president Mark Harris has become the first congressional candidate this year to force an incumbent out of office.  Harris -- who resigned the pastorate of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., last year to focus on a run for the U.S. House of Representatives -- defeated three-term U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger May 8 by a 49-46 margin in the Republican primary for North Carolina's 9th District. "From the beginning, this race has been about giving the people of this district a voice," Harris told supporters on Election Night, according to video from Charlotte's WSOC-TV. "You have stood up tonight across the 9th District, and you have made that voice loud and clear."  Harris challenged Pittenger in the 2016 GOP primary and lost by 134 votes out of approximately 26,000, setting up a rematch....LINK
Christian Post: Trump Announces Release of Three Christian Prisoners in N. Korea, Will Personally Greet Them
President Donald Trump announced that the three American Christians being held in North Korea have been released, vowing to personally greet them when they arrive back on American soil. "I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the three wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health," Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning....LINK
Baptist Press: California Bill Already Impacting Religious Expression
he California state legislature's latest effort to outlaw biblical views on sex, marriage and gender identity appears to have claimed its first casualty. Citing concerns over possible legal repercussions from a pending bill, Colorado-based Summit Ministries has canceled a summer conference at Biola University in the Los Angeles area. "The vagueness of the bill has opened up threats to religious communities that the author did not intend," Biola communications director Brenda Velasco said....LINK
teaparty.org: Democrats Openly Saying National Motto ‘In God We Trust’ Offends Them
We knew it was only a matter of time before we were reporting this ridiculousness: Democrats are now openly saying “In God We Trust” offends them. According to Fox News, two Minnesota state senators led a very public challenge against a bill that would let the national motto back into high schools, should the high schools choose to display it.  The bill was authored by Republican Sen. Dan Hall, who says he did it to bring respect back to the Gopher State’s public schools.....LINK
Andrew C. McCarthy: Trump Dumps Iran Deal — Hallelujah! 
President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is the greatest boost for American and global security in decades. If you think that is an exaggeration, then you evidently think the Obama administration’s injection of well over a hundred billion dollars — some of it in the form of cash bribes — into the coffers of the world’s leading state sponsor of anti-American terrorism was either trivial or, more delusionally, a master-stroke of statecraft.....LINK
Christian Post: United Methodist Church Leadership Endorses Plan to Soften Stance Against Homosexuality
Over the past couple of years, the UMC has sought a resolution to the debate over its official position against homosexuality, gay marriage, and the ordination of openly gay individuals. In February 2019, the denomination will hold a special session of General Conference to determine what, if any, changes they will make to their official position on LGBT issues.....LINK
Baptist Press: Homeschoolers Defeat California Oversight Bill
California homeschoolers converged on the state Capitol last week to voice opposition to a bill that would require state officials to collect and make public a list of families that educate their children at home. ....LINK
Washington Post: Mormon Church Breaks All Ties with Boy Scouts, Ending 100-Year Relationship
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Tuesday it will sever all ties with the Boy Scouts of America, ending a century-old tradition deeply ingrained in the religious life of Mormon boys.....LINK
Victor Davis Hanson: Trump's Deep State Critics Risk Blowback
After the 2016 election, the so-called deep state was confident that it had the power easily to either stop, remove, or delegitimize the outlier Donald Trump and his presidency. Give it credit, the Washington apparat quite imaginatively pulled out all the stops.... But now the administrative state’s multifaceted efforts are starting to unwind, and perhaps even boomerang, on the perpetrators. If a federal judge should end up throwing out most of the indictments of Paul Manafort on the rationale that they have nothing much to do with the original mandate of the special counsel’s office, or if Michael Flynn’s confession to giving false statements is withdrawn successfully because the FBI politicized its investigation and FISA courts were misled in approving the surveillance of Flynn, then the Mueller investigation will implode.....LINK
Sammy Sey: Black Liberation Theology and Woke Christianity
Black Liberation Theology is Martin Luther King Jr,’s social gospel and Malcolm X’s Black Nationalism in one. Black Liberation Theology exchanges the power of God for Black power. It exchanges the supremacy of Christ for Black supremacy. Black Liberation Theology is built on a foundation of bitterness and victimhood, with social justice as its chief cornerstone. ... Woke Christianity is an attempt to reconcile Christianity with Black Lives Matter. It is a theology developed from Calvinism with an awareness for social justice. It makes liberation from perceived racial injustice a central message of the gospel. It suggests that a gospel that doesn’t address racial injustice is an unbalanced gospel. ....LINK
Religion News Service: Liberty University Is No Longer the Largest Christian University
And what is now the largest Christian university? According to federal enrollment data Liberty also cites, that title in the U.S. — and perhaps the world — belongs to Grand Canyon University, a for-profit Christian school in Phoenix. Like Liberty, it has benefited from heavy investment in online education.....LINK
David Cloud: Churches On the Road To Contemporary/Emerging
 Over the last several years, I have become convinced that unless there is a deep-seated, far-reaching change in the average Independent Baptist church, the vast majority will be contemporary-emerging within a decade or two.  Take New Hope Baptist in Burlington, North Carolina, for example. It is a fairly conservative Independent Baptist church. The dress is conservative. They don’t preach false doctrine. They pray for... ....LINK
Kevin DeYoung: The Preacher and Politics— Seven Thoughts 
.....We live in a day where politics are everywhere, and everything is about politics. On one level this has always been true. Jesus is Lord, not Caesar. That’s a political statement. Every sermon touches on the polis, on the city of man, on our earthly citizenship. But that’s not what I have in mind, at least not entirely. What I mean by “politics” are the elections, the elected officials, the political parties, and the endless stream of policy debates and legislative, economic, and judicial controversies that so much of our daily news and social media feed comment on constantly.  What is a pastor supposed to do with these controversies and debates? That’s my question.....LINK
Logos: How Technology Is Revolutionizing Pastoral Training
....I believe the internet and online education will outshine even the printing press in expanding the gospel’s reach. We may scratch our heads at Reformation-era critics of the printing press, but future generations will wonder why anyone ever challenged the legitimacy of online education for pastoral training.....LINK
Christian Headlines: Conservative Non-Profit Kicked Out of Amazon Smile Program
 The Alliance Defending Freedom has cases pending before the Supreme Court of the United States, but that did not stop them from being removed from the Amazon Smile program. Amazon Smile allows customers to give 0.5% of the price of their purchases to the charity of their choice. However, Amazon chooses to exclude some groups from the list that they deem to be hate groups. Rather than evaluating charities themselves, Amazon relies on the list put out by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Alliance Defending Freedom began in 1994 to protect causes related to religious freedom, pro-life causes, and marriage and the family. They claim to have “played a role” in winning 52 cases before the Supreme Court and represent Jack Phillips of the Masterpiece Cake Shop in his case before the highest court in the land.....LINK
Todd Starnes: National Religious Broadcasters Chief Calls on Facebook to Stop Targeting Conservatives
.....“It’s not an accident – it’s on purpose,” Jerry Johnson said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show. “We don’t hear this about progressive groups or leftist groups.” “They have been producing an echo chamber that is for liberal ideas, progressive ideas, and left-wing ideas,” he said.....LINK
CNS News: Trump Signs Executive Order to Give Faith-Based Groups ‘Equal Access to Government Funding’
President Donald Trump marked the National Day of Prayer by signing an executive order aimed at helping faith-based groups gain “equal access to government funding” and to ensure they have “equal right to exercise” their religious beliefs. “I will soon be signing an executive order to create a faith initiative at the White House. The faith initiative will help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in our families, our communities, and our great country. This office will also help ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding and the equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs,” Trump said in a Rose Garden ceremony.....LINK
Daily Beast: LGBT Groups Alarmed as President Trump Signs ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order
In a Thursday morning Rose Garden ceremony marking the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order creating a new “faith initiative” that will be tasked with working on “religious liberty” issues across federal agencies.....LINK
Christian Post: Pastor That Was Arrested at Movie Theater for Preaching After 'Avengers' Tells His Side of the Story
Pastor Michael Webber made national headlines last week when his preaching at a movie theater following a showing of the "Avengers" caused people to run for their lives and led to his arrest on a misdemeanor charge.....LINK
CBN News: NRA Members— 'Restricting Guns Won't Curb Violence but Restoring God and Traditional Values Will'
....As the national debate over guns continues – school and church safety are on the minds of many NRA members, but instead of restricting people's guns – some say restoring God and traditional values is the answer.  "We've taken religion and ethics it seems like out of everything - out of schools and this is what's happening to our country," Angela Smith tells CBN News.....LINK
Yahoo News: Mormon Support for Gay Marriage Gradually Grows
Mormon Alex Landers supports the legalization of gay marriage…for a simple reason: She has LGBTQ friends who she loves and respects… “I can’t look at him and his boyfriend and tell them that they can’t be happy and they can’t love each other,” said Landers… “Heavenly Father loves us for who we are. He wants us to be happy, as long as we’re treating people well and we’re being who we truly are and we’re not hurting anyone.”...LINK
Jerusalem Post: Report— Persecution of Christians Reveals Most Abuse In Muslim Countries 
The majority of anti-Christian persecution in the world in 2013 took place at the hands of Muslims, according to a list by Open Doors USA . The nondenominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide recently released its 2014 World Watch List, that describes and ranks anti-Christian persecution in a list of the 50 worst countries for the past year.....LINK
Pulpit & Pen: Megachurch Pastor, Andy Stanley, Says Unity More Important Than Theology
....At the Orange Conference, which focuses on issues of church leadership, Stanley spoke on Thursday about the importance of Christians of different denominations being “one” in their mission. Stanley centered on John 17, in which Jesus prayed that His followers “may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” The influential author and speaker said that he found it significant that Jesus prayed for the disciples to be one, rather than for other things, including good health and being theologically accurate.....LINK
Belleville News-Democrat (IL): Televangelist Jim Bakker Calls His Missouri Cabins the Safest Spot for the Apocalypse
Televangelist Jim Bakker suggests that if you want to survive the end of days, the best thing you could do is buy one of his cabins in Missouri's Ozark Mountains. And while you're at it, be sure to pick up six 28-ounce "Extreme Survival Warfare" water bottles for $150. Bakker, 78, made comments promoting his Morningside church community alongside his co-host and wife, Lori, on an episode of "The Jim Bakker Show," which aired Tuesday. The show is filmed there, near Branson.....LINK
The Atlantic: North Korea's Secret Christians
....South Korea’s largest religious radio broadcaster, the Far East Broadcasting Company, transmits gospel-centered programs to both North and South Korea every day of the week. The station’s goal is to use Christian radio to subvert the Kim regime’s strict ban on religion, and ultimately pave the way for a unified, Christianized Korean Peninsula. The Christians behind FEBC advocate for the reunification of the two Koreas under a democratic system, which they believe would bolster religious freedom. What’s more, they see Christianity and North Korean ideology as mutually exclusive—and argue that the former can be an antidote to the latter.....LINK
Christian Post: Pence Reveals What Prayer Is Like At White House, And It’ll Leave Some People Angry
…“There’s prayer going on on a regular basis in this White House,” Pence told the Christian news service Thursday. “And it’s one of the most meaningful things to me, whether it’s public meetings or not, I’ve lost count of the number of times that the president has nudged me, or nudged another member of the Cabinet and said, ‘Let’s start this meeting with prayer,’” he added.....LINK
BBC: Making the Desert Sand Bloom
Norwegian scientists have developed a treatment that can turn desert sand into farmland. During a trial in United Arab Emirates the “nanoclay” halved the amount of water needed to grow crops.....LINK
Christian Post: Ancient Secret Church Discovered Under ISIS-Occupied City in War Ravaged Syria
An ancient church that's believed to have operated in secret has been discovered in Manbij, Syria, along with artifacts from the first centuries of Christianity's existence and human remains.....LINK
Baptist Press: Syrian Couple 'Lost Everything,' Gained Christ
Radwon and Asmaa Alajrab know what it's like to be homeless and to lose everything they own. The Alajrab family from Syria recently visited the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board offices in Franklin. The Syrian natives had to leave the country where they were born several years ago due to civil war. They went across the border and became refugees living in Jordan.  But that was really a new beginning.....LINK
BBC: The Evolution of the English Language – the Bizarre Words Emerging Online 
Feeling scute with your on fleek eyebrows or with your new balayage? Or are you rekt and baeless?  The English language is forever in flux, as new words are born and old ones die. But where do these terms come from and what determines whether they survive?....LINK
Baptist Press: Family, Supporters Mourn the Death of Alfie Evans
Alfie Evans, the sick toddler at the center of a legal battle over his treatment in Britain, died early Saturday. "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30," his father, Tom Evans, 21, said in Facebook post. Doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England, discontinued Alfie's life support Monday against his parents' wishes. ....LINK
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The Stream: Has Archaeological Evidence of King David’s Kingdom Been Found? New Discovery Offers Clues
A team of archaeologists has found a large building, which they believe is located in the biblical King David’s kingdom. The dig is located at Tel ‘Eton near the Hebron hills, some 30 miles from Jerusalem. Some archaeologists believe King David was a mythical figure. This find may help end that debate.  Professor Avraham Faust of Bar-Ilan University led the dig. Faust told Breaking Israel News that 25 years ago nobody doubted that King David was a real historical figure. “In the last 25 years or so, however, David’s historicity, and especially the size of his kingdom, are hotly debated.” Faust believes the find suggests a much larger highland kingdom than scholars originally thought.  Archaeologists identified the biblical city of Eglon at the site. Eglon was one of the five Amorite kingdoms who fought the Israelites....LINK
World Net Daily: Christian School Banned By City and Supreme Court Let It Happen
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case in which a Michigan township changed its zoning laws to prevent a Christian school from entering the community.....LINK
Christian Post: Alabama Teacher Sent Home for Wearing 'Just Pray' Shirt Supporting Sick Girl
An Alabama grade school teacher was sent home last week after she came to school wearing a T-shirt with the phrase "just pray" written on it, which was in support of a local 11-year-old fighting a brain tumor.....LINK
Michael Brown: Are We Witnessing a Miracle in North Korea?
It’s too soon to say for sure. But if things continue to develop positively between North and South Korea, it would not be farfetched to think that we are witnessing a miracle unfold before our eyes. And I say this circumspectly.....LINK
Christian Post: Pastor Mac Brunson Resigns From Jacksonville Megachurch; No 'Scandal' Involved, Officials Say
Seven months after revealing that he hoped to remain in his position for at least five more years, Mac Brunson, senior pastor of the 10,000-member First Baptist Church of Jacksonville in Florida, abruptly resigned on Sunday as church officials assured members his premature exit wasn't prompted by any scandal.....LINK
Breitbart: Obama's Team Speechless After Netanyahu Exposes Iran Deal Lies
The vaunted “echo chamber” that President Barack Obama’s aide Ben Rhodes created to sell the Iran deal was quiet on Monday, in the aftermath of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s revelations of new intelligence proving that Iran had lied to the world about its nuclear weapons program.....LINK
Christian Post: Bible Answer Man Addresses Blessings Through Prayer, 'Dark Underbelly' of Joel Osteen's Teaching
If you pray for something persistently and consistently, will those blessings come true? The question was posed this week to "Bible Answer Man" Hank Hanegraaff of the Christian Research Institute by a listener of his broadcast who specifically noted Hanegraaff's disagreement with Pastor Joel Osteen when it comes to how one receives blessings.....LINK
David Brumbelow: Ken Hemphill, Nominee for SBC President 
 Many are excited about Dr. Kenneth Hemphill being nominated this year for president of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Ken Hemphill previously served as President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.  He pastored churches in Kentucky and Virginia, led the Home Mission Board’s (now NAMB) Center for Church Growth, and now serves as an administrator at North Greenville University. ....LINK
SBC Today: Biblical Inerrantist Believes Bible
In breaking news, Paige Patterson shockingly made a comment in an interview eighteen years ago exalting the timeless truth of Scripture regarding the matter of divorce. Unfortunately, Patterson’s point, when taken completely out of context, appears to call into question his sensitivity to our contemporary culture’s Me Too Movement, a development that arose seventeen years after he concluded the interview.....LINK
CBN News: US Supreme Court Will Not Review Case of Christian School Banned from Michigan Township
The United States Supreme Court announced Monday it will not hear the case of Livingston Christian School v. Genoa Charter Township.   The case focused on the private Christian school which applied for a permit to use the facilities of a Brighton, Michigan church building for its operations. According to The Livingston Daily, Livingston Christian Schools filed a lawsuit in August of 2015 after Genoa Township officials denied a permit request to operate the school in the Brighton Church of the Nazarene, known locally as The Naz.....LINK
CBN News: Netanyahu— 'Iran Lied Big Time', Sought Nuclear Weapons
In a primetime press conference Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented thousands of pages of documents he said proves Iran pursued a nuclear weapons program which the Islamic regime covered up as it negotiated a deal to end its nuclear program in 2015. Speaking from the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv Monday evening, Netanyahu said the "half-a-ton" of material Israel has in its possession proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Iran lied "big time." He said the evidence gathered by Israeli intelligence.  Netanyahu spoke in English, using materials including video clips, graphics, charts, photos and blueprints as evidence that Iranian leaders lied about their nuclear ambitions, which culminated in the deal signed with world powers in July 2015. ....LINK
Sports Illustrated: Why Jake Locker Walked Away From Football—and Why He Doesn’t Miss It 
Four years after the Titans made him the eighth pick in the 2011 draft, Jake Locker quit the game and told his agent not to listen to any offers to return. It wasn’t his spotty performances or the recurring injuries that ended his desire to play—it was the growing realization that he wanted something else in life.....LINK
Breaking Israel News: President Trump May Attend Embassy Opening in Jerusalem
At a White House press conference, a reporter from the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) asked who would represent the White House at the historic inauguration. The president gave the surprising answer, “I may go. Very proud of it.”....LINK
Spurgeon.com: Darwinian Evolution and Charles Spurgeon
Charles Spurgeon was 25 years old when Charles Darwin published his famous work Origin of Species. Even while the New Park Street pulpit heralded the Gospel, the words of Darwin contended for the hearts and minds of God’s image bearers. Where did Spurgeon stand on this influential issue? Did he directly confront it?....LINK
Tom Trinko: Pew's Dubious Results on Faith In America
Pew is at it again, producing a dubious poll that tries to "prove" that Americans are becoming less religious. Previously, Pew invented the group called "nones," who constitute about 23% of the population, which Pew tried to portray as being people without faith.  The reality is that of that group, only 3% said they are atheists, 4% said they are agnostic, and the remaining 16% are those not aligned with any particular denomination. ...LINK
Newser: The Bacteria Eats Through Skin, Is Causing Mystery in Australia
.....“It is difficult to prevent a disease when it is not known how infection is acquired,” reads a study published Monday that tracks the spread of a flesh-eating ulcer in Australia, and that’s not the only mystery surrounding the rise in Buruli ulcers. The disease has historically most often struck in tropical and swampy parts of Africa, but incidents of it have surged in Victoria, which the BBC notes has a “temperate” climate—and only Victoria, with no cases reported in the neighboring Australian states….....LINK
CBN News: It's a Horrible Story'—' Trump Condemns the Killing of Christians in Nigeria 
President Donald Trump called the murder of Christians in Africa a "very serious problem" during his meeting with Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari. "We're going to be working on that problem and working on that problem very, very hard because we can't allow that to happen," Trump told reporters Monday. Trump discussed efforts to protect people of faith in Africa and their places of worship from being burned down....LINK
9News: Scientists Confused By Erratic Behaviour of Yellowstone Geyser
A geyser at Yellowstone National Park in the USA has mystified scientists with its spike in activity, erupting three times in the past six weeks. The Steamboat Geyser is known to spout 91 metres into the air, making it the world’s tallest active geyser. And scientists aren’t sure why the iconic landmark has been erupting more often of late.....LINK
Robert Gagnon: FactCheck.org Is Wrong— California’s LGBT Therapy Ban Could Ban Bibles
Either the bill’s author and lawyer are deliberately misrepresenting matters to secure passage of this bill, or they have ignorantly constructed one of the most poorly worded bills imaginable. ....LINK
World Mag: Scientists Say...
43 Percent of the Time Someone Claims Agreement Among All Scientists, No Such Agreement Exists
Wobbly research is way too often used as the justification for new government policies and programs.....LINK
John Daniel Davidson: Alfie Evans’ Death Illustrates the Monstrous Logic Of the Welfare State
It wasn’t in the ‘best interests’ of Alfie Evans to die. It was in the best interests of the British welfare state to demonstrate its power.....LINK
Jayme Metzgar: Alfie Evans Is What Happens When Kids Belong To Society Instead Of To Parents
In practice, ‘belonging to society’ simply means a child belongs to no one at all. It is one of the worst fates that can befall a child....LINK
Tim Challies: Why Christians Blogs Aren’t What They Used To Be
At one time, it seemed like almost every Christian had a blog. Back in the early days of blogging, just about everybody went to Blogger or WordPress, began a free account, and tapped out their first few articles. Some quickly realized it wasn’t for them, but many others stuck it out for months or years....A movement was afoot and everyone wanted to be part of it. That seems a long time ago. Today fewer people are beginning blogs in the first place and more are abandoning the ones they began in the past. A recent check of my favorite sites found many have gone dormant.......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
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
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
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