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Sam Smith Wears Devil-Horned Top Hat during Controversial Grammy Performance of 'Unholy'
Sam Smith Wears Devil-Horned Top Hat during Controversial Grammy Performance of 'Unholy'

Pro-Life Church Group Ordered to Pay $960,000 for Holding Worship Services Outside Planned Parenthood Clinic
Pro-Life Church Group Ordered to Pay $960,000 for Holding Worship Services Outside Planned Parenthood Clinic

13 Is Too Young for Social Media, U.S. Surgeon General Says: 'Our Kids Need Help'
13 Is Too Young for Social Media, U.S. Surgeon General Says: 'Our Kids Need Help'

Phil and Lucinda Dooley Appointed as Hillsong's New Global Senior Pastors
Phil and Lucinda Dooley Appointed as Hillsong's New Global Senior Pastors

NBA Legend Is 'Reintroducing' America to Jesus: He's the 'Foundation of Everything'
NBA Legend Is 'Reintroducing' America to Jesus: He's the 'Foundation of Everything'

U.K. Police Drop Charges Against Pro-Life Activist Arrested for Praying Silently Outside Abortion Clinic
U.K. Police Drop Charges Against Pro-Life Activist Arrested for Praying Silently Outside Abortion Clinic

Video of 77-Year-Old Woman with Parkinson's Disease Being Baptized Goes Viral
Video of 77-Year-Old Woman with Parkinson's Disease Being Baptized Goes Viral

Hard Work Brings Contentment, Dream Job or Not
Hard Work Brings Contentment, Dream Job or Not

We Too Often Settle for Knowing about Jesus When We Can Know Jesus
We Too Often Settle for Knowing about Jesus When We Can Know Jesus

Rescuing a Child from Trans Ideology
Rescuing a Child from Trans Ideology

The Devil Cannot Attack God, So He Attacks God's People
The Devil Cannot Attack God, So He Attacks God's People

If You Give a Man a Womb, Is He a Woman?
If You Give a Man a Womb, Is He a Woman?

How the Power of Small Change Can Change the World
How the Power of Small Change Can Change the World

Army Vet Sues City after Being Arrested for Holding 'God Bless the Homeless Vets' Sign
Army Vet Sues City after Being Arrested for Holding 'God Bless the Homeless Vets' Sign

Leaders at 2023 International Religious Freedom Summit Say 'China Poses Greatest Threat' to Religious Freedom
Leaders at 2023 International Religious Freedom Summit Say 'China Poses Greatest Threat' to Religious Freedom

Super Bowl Broadcast Will Include TV Ads about Jesus and His 'Confounding Love and Forgiveness'
Super Bowl Broadcast Will Include TV Ads about Jesus and His 'Confounding Love and Forgiveness'

'Are You a Man?': Pastor Criticizes Husbands Who Let Wives Decide when to 'Start Having Kids'
'Are You a Man?': Pastor Criticizes Husbands Who Let Wives Decide when to 'Start Having Kids'

American tourist arrested for alleged attack on Jesus statue in Jerusalem church
American tourist arrested for alleged attack on Jesus statue in Jerusalem church

Pastor Launches Ministry for Women Suffering from Domestic Violence
Pastor Launches Ministry for Women Suffering from Domestic Violence

Christianity Isn't a Western Faith
Christianity Isn't a Western Faith

By Failing to Seek God, We Seek to Be Our Own God
By Failing to Seek God, We Seek to Be Our Own God

God Knows Our Needs Far Better Than We Do
God Knows Our Needs Far Better Than We Do

Pastor to Host Conference for Parents of LGBT Children
Pastor to Host Conference for Parents of LGBT Children

Whole Communities Touched by Fire of the Holy Spirit: Native American Tribes Experience Christian Revival
Whole Communities Touched by Fire of the Holy Spirit: Native American Tribes Experience Christian Revival

Pro-Life Dad Acquitted, Federal Jury Rejects Gov't 'Intimidation Against Pro-Life People'
Pro-Life Dad Acquitted, Federal Jury Rejects Gov't 'Intimidation Against Pro-Life People'

'A New Religious Cult - the Church of Woke': London School of Economics Cancels Christian Holidays Lent, Easter
'A New Religious Cult - the Church of Woke': London School of Economics Cancels Christian Holidays Lent, Easter

Pastor and Three Christians Shot to Death by Suspected Islamic Extremists in Sudan: Report
Pastor and Three Christians Shot to Death by Suspected Islamic Extremists in Sudan: Report

70th National Prayer Breakfast Aims to Return to Roots, Build Unity
70th National Prayer Breakfast Aims to Return to Roots, Build Unity

Library Rejects Church's 'Christian-Themed' Story Hour, Faces Possible Suit: Legal Group
Library Rejects Church's 'Christian-Themed' Story Hour, Faces Possible Suit: Legal Group

The Church Must Strive to See the Value in Every Person
The Church Must Strive to See the Value in Every Person

Relationships Are Key to Long-Term Health
Relationships Are Key to Long-Term Health

The Problem with Defining Truth However We Wish
The Problem with Defining Truth However We Wish

Nonreligious People View Christian Scientists as 'Less Intelligent' due to Perceived Conflict between Christianity, Science
Nonreligious People View Christian Scientists as 'Less Intelligent' due to Perceived Conflict between Christianity, Science

When Artificial Intelligence Makes Art, What Becomes of the Artist?
When Artificial Intelligence Makes Art, What Becomes of the Artist?

School District Settles Free Speech Case, Will Now Allow Student to Wear 'Jesus Loves Me' Mask
School District Settles Free Speech Case, Will Now Allow Student to Wear 'Jesus Loves Me' Mask

Fear Strikes UK Community after Remnants of Suspected Occult Ritual Are Discovered near Local Church
Fear Strikes UK Community after Remnants of Suspected Occult Ritual Are Discovered near Local Church

Appeals Court Rules against Jack Phillips in Gender-Transition Cake Case
Appeals Court Rules against Jack Phillips in Gender-Transition Cake Case

5 Christian Students Killed in Car Crash While Driving Home from Bible College Tour
5 Christian Students Killed in Car Crash While Driving Home from Bible College Tour

Bill in Pakistan Would Expand Misused Blasphemy Law
Bill in Pakistan Would Expand Misused Blasphemy Law

U.S. Hispanic Protestant Churches See Growth in Membership, Outreach Efforts
U.S. Hispanic Protestant Churches See Growth in Membership, Outreach Efforts

Preacher Goes Skydiving to Celebrate 98th Birthday
Preacher Goes Skydiving to Celebrate 98th Birthday

1 killed and priest injured in machete attacks at Spanish churches
1 killed and priest injured in machete attacks at Spanish churches

American Life Expectancy Continues to Fall
American Life Expectancy Continues to Fall

Christians Must Not Treat Their Faith Like a Hobby
Christians Must Not Treat Their Faith Like a Hobby

New Study Debunks Dutch Transgender Research
New Study Debunks Dutch Transgender Research

World Athletics to Consider Policy Restricting Trans Athletes' Participation in Women's Sports
World Athletics to Consider Policy Restricting Trans Athletes' Participation in Women's Sports

Pew: A Minority of Parents Want to Pass Down Their Religious Beliefs to Their Children
Pew: A Minority of Parents Want to Pass Down Their Religious Beliefs to Their Children

Pope Francis: Homosexuality
Pope Francis: Homosexuality "is not a crime," but gay sex is "a sin"

Pastor Draws Praise, Criticism for Asserting Gay Churchgoers 'Have More Faith Than I Do'
Pastor Draws Praise, Criticism for Asserting Gay Churchgoers 'Have More Faith Than I Do'

Atheist Group Complains after Sheriff's Office Celebrates 300 Baptisms
Atheist Group Complains after Sheriff's Office Celebrates 300 Baptisms

U.S. Is 'Most Permissive Country' When It Comes to Transgender Treatments, Study Shows
U.S. Is 'Most Permissive Country' When It Comes to Transgender Treatments, Study Shows

What's Wrong with the World Today?
What's Wrong with the World Today?

When We Walk Our Journey Well, Our Changed Lives Attract the Lost to Christ
When We Walk Our Journey Well, Our Changed Lives Attract the Lost to Christ

Effective Compassion vs. Effective Altruism
Effective Compassion vs. Effective Altruism

What Christians Can Learn from Secular Humanism
What Christians Can Learn from Secular Humanism

Chick-fil-A's Purpose Is 'to Glorify God,' Chairman Dan Cathy Tells Magazine
Chick-fil-A's Purpose Is 'to Glorify God,' Chairman Dan Cathy Tells Magazine

Five Christians Killed in NE Nigeria, 12 in Middle Belt
Five Christians Killed in NE Nigeria, 12 in Middle Belt

Fuller Seminary Inaugurates Its First Black President
Fuller Seminary Inaugurates Its First Black President

Gunman Commits Suicide after Killing 10 at Ballroom Dance Studio
Gunman Commits Suicide after Killing 10 at Ballroom Dance Studio

Blast at Baptism Service in DRC Kills 14 Christians
Blast at Baptism Service in DRC Kills 14 Christians

A Spiritual Lesson on Buying Time
A Spiritual Lesson on Buying Time

God's Thoughts Should Be Our Thoughts: Truth Is Revealed and Knowable
God's Thoughts Should Be Our Thoughts: Truth Is Revealed and Knowable

NASA Astronaut Says the Bible and Science Don't Conflict: 'God Is the Creator'
NASA Astronaut Says the Bible and Science Don't Conflict: 'God Is the Creator'

Almost Half of Democrats Support Abortion Restrictions, Poll Suggests
Almost Half of Democrats Support Abortion Restrictions, Poll Suggests

Christian Man Faces Criminal Charges, Prison for Sharing 'Ex-Gay Testimony'
Christian Man Faces Criminal Charges, Prison for Sharing 'Ex-Gay Testimony'

Church of England rejects same-sex marriage, says union is between
Church of England rejects same-sex marriage, says union is between "one man and one woman for life"

What Is Your Missional Purpose?
What Is Your Missional Purpose?

Baptist Senior Pastor Resigns to Focus on Church Planting
Baptist Senior Pastor Resigns to Focus on Church Planting

Church Mourns Pastor, His Wife Who Died Trying to Save Their Son from Drowning
Church Mourns Pastor, His Wife Who Died Trying to Save Their Son from Drowning

Popular Minister Defends Enneagram: 'Counselors and Pastors Use it as a Tool to Help Others'
Popular Minister Defends Enneagram: 'Counselors and Pastors Use it as a Tool to Help Others'

NHL Player Refuses to Wear LGBT Pride Jersey, Cites Christian Faith: 'Stay True to Myself'
NHL Player Refuses to Wear LGBT Pride Jersey, Cites Christian Faith: 'Stay True to Myself'

Church of England Issues Proposal to Uphold Biblical Marriage but Bless Gay Couples
Church of England Issues Proposal to Uphold Biblical Marriage but Bless Gay Couples

Christian Persecution at All-Time High, Open Doors Finds
Christian Persecution at All-Time High, Open Doors Finds

Former SBC President Returns to Pulpit, Sparking Debate
Former SBC President Returns to Pulpit, Sparking Debate

35 Historic Black Churches to Receive Total of $4 Million to Fund Preservation, Renovation Efforts
35 Historic Black Churches to Receive Total of $4 Million to Fund Preservation, Renovation Efforts

Diocese Bans Use of Preferred Pronouns, Requires Parishioners to Use Restrooms Matching Their Biological Sex
Diocese Bans Use of Preferred Pronouns, Requires Parishioners to Use Restrooms Matching Their Biological Sex

75 Percent of Parents Want Children's Ministries to Address 'Difficult Subjects': Barna
75 Percent of Parents Want Children's Ministries to Address 'Difficult Subjects': Barna

Trump Criticizes the 'Disloyalty' of Evangelical Leaders Who Don't Back Him in 2024
Trump Criticizes the 'Disloyalty' of Evangelical Leaders Who Don't Back Him in 2024

Megachurch Pastor Argues, Some Gay People Are 'Born That Way'
Megachurch Pastor Argues, Some Gay People Are 'Born That Way'

The More We Rely on Ourselves, the Less We Are Relying on God's Spirit.
The More We Rely on Ourselves, the Less We Are Relying on God's Spirit.

Christians Are Most Influenced by Family When Resolving Conflicts: Poll
Christians Are Most Influenced by Family When Resolving Conflicts: Poll

Sheriff’s Department Celebrates Baptisms of 40 Inmates
Sheriff’s Department Celebrates Baptisms of 40 Inmates

Judge Rules Maryland Catholic Hospital Discriminated against Transgender Man by Canceling Hysterectomy Surgery
Judge Rules Maryland Catholic Hospital Discriminated against Transgender Man by Canceling Hysterectomy Surgery

Supreme Court Takes Case of Christian Postal Carrier Who Lost Job for Not Working Sundays
Supreme Court Takes Case of Christian Postal Carrier Who Lost Job for Not Working Sundays

The Intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and National Religious Freedom Day
The Intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and National Religious Freedom Day

Ministry Builds its 1000th Wheelchair Ramp for People in Need
Ministry Builds its 1000th Wheelchair Ramp for People in Need

Police Chief Criticizes Commonwealth Attorney for Dropping Charges against Megachurch Pastor Arrested in Prostitution Sting
Police Chief Criticizes Commonwealth Attorney for Dropping Charges against Megachurch Pastor Arrested in Prostitution Sting

NAMB Church Planter Clint Clifton Is Killed in Plane Crash
NAMB Church Planter Clint Clifton Is Killed in Plane Crash

Bills QB Josh Allen Describes 'Spiritual Awakening' after Hamlin Collapse: 'I Couldn't Deny' It
Bills QB Josh Allen Describes 'Spiritual Awakening' after Hamlin Collapse: 'I Couldn't Deny' It

Man Is Allegedly Told to Leave Mall of America for Wearing 'Jesus Is the Only Way' Shirt
Man Is Allegedly Told to Leave Mall of America for Wearing 'Jesus Is the Only Way' Shirt

Catholic Priest Burned to Death in Northern Nigeria
Catholic Priest Burned to Death in Northern Nigeria

'Quite the Survivor': Micro-Preemie Given Only 10% Chance of Survival Celebrates First Birthday
'Quite the Survivor': Micro-Preemie Given Only 10% Chance of Survival Celebrates First Birthday

Why We're Tempted to Pull Ourselves up by Dragging Others Down
Why We're Tempted to Pull Ourselves up by Dragging Others Down

The Need for a Robust Understanding of Congregational Singing
The Need for a Robust Understanding of Congregational Singing

House Passes Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
House Passes Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Off-Duty EMT Saves Life of Pastor Who Went into Cardiac Arrest while Officiating a Wedding
Off-Duty EMT Saves Life of Pastor Who Went into Cardiac Arrest while Officiating a Wedding

Democratic-Appointed Judge Sides with Christian Colleges in Major LGBT Case
Democratic-Appointed Judge Sides with Christian Colleges in Major LGBT Case


"The Passion of the Christ" Sequel Rumors Are Reportedly False

State's Largest UMC Church Considers Leaving Denomination over Homosexuality Debate
State's Largest UMC Church Considers Leaving Denomination over Homosexuality Debate

UK Regulator Bans Album Poster for Being Offensive to Christians
UK Regulator Bans Album Poster for Being Offensive to Christians

Pro-Lifers Counter 'Blasphemous' Billboards with Pro-Chastity Billboards
Pro-Lifers Counter 'Blasphemous' Billboards with Pro-Chastity Billboards

54 Percent of Teens Have Watched Porn by Age 13, Survey Finds
54 Percent of Teens Have Watched Porn by Age 13, Survey Finds

Agape Love Should Be Our Goal
Agape Love Should Be Our Goal

When America Remembered to Pray
When America Remembered to Pray

Denmark Secretly Inserted IUDs in Greenland's Women for Decades
Denmark Secretly Inserted IUDs in Greenland's Women for Decades

Pornography Dehumanizes Humans
Pornography Dehumanizes Humans

Singer Montell Jordan Is Now a Pastor: 'God Can Change and Transform' People
Singer Montell Jordan Is Now a Pastor: 'God Can Change and Transform' People

Governor Bans Critical Race Theory in Schools
Governor Bans Critical Race Theory in Schools

Cardinal George Pell, a powerful but divisive figure within the Catholic Church, dies at 81
Cardinal George Pell, a powerful but divisive figure within the Catholic Church, dies at 81

Vatican reopens investigation into teen's mysterious disappearance 40 years ago
Vatican reopens investigation into teen's mysterious disappearance 40 years ago

Are the Moms All Right? Busting the Myths about Motherhood
Are the Moms All Right? Busting the Myths about Motherhood

Pastor Who Fled the Congo Is Shot Dead in Nashville
Pastor Who Fled the Congo Is Shot Dead in Nashville

Pastor Left Partially Paralyzed after Slipping on Ice
Pastor Left Partially Paralyzed after Slipping on Ice

Public Schools Sue Social Media Giants, Blame Them for Growing Mental Health Crisis among Young People
Public Schools Sue Social Media Giants, Blame Them for Growing Mental Health Crisis among Young People

Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin Thanks Fans for Support as He Is Transferred to Buffalo Hospital
Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin Thanks Fans for Support as He Is Transferred to Buffalo Hospital

FDA to Allow Pharmacies to Distribute Abortion Pills with a Prescription
FDA to Allow Pharmacies to Distribute Abortion Pills with a Prescription

88 Percent of 118th Congress Are Christians, Report Finds
88 Percent of 118th Congress Are Christians, Report Finds

88 Percent of 118th Congress Are Christians, Report Finds

88 Percent of 118th Congress Are Christians, Report Finds

The 118th U.S. Congress has more Baptists than any other Protestant denomination, according to a Pew Research analysis.

The analysis showed that among the 534 members of Congress, some 88 percent are Christian. That’s more than the general population of the U.S., where 63 percent say they are Christian, Baptist News Global reports.

Only one member of Congress — Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, identifies as religiously unaffiliated. Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman of California identifies himself as a humanist, and 20 others (3.7 percent) did not disclose their religious affiliations.

Protestants make up 57 percent of Congress, while Catholics account for 28 percent and Jews account for six percent.

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Tue, January 10, 2023 10:13pm
 
FDA to Allow Pharmacies to Distribute Abortion Pills with a Prescription

FDA to Allow Pharmacies to Distribute Abortion Pills with a Prescription

The Food and Drug Administration announced last Tuesday that pharmacies will now be able to distribute the abortion pill mifepristone to patients with a prescription.

As reported by Relevant Magazine, Mifepristone is a drug typically used to manage miscarriages. It prompts abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy by blocking progesterone, a hormone that helps the pregnancy continue.

Alexis McGill Johnson, the president & CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, lauded the pro-abortion decision in a Tuesday statement, saying, "Today's news is a step in the right direction for health equity. Being able to access your prescribed medication abortion through the mail or to pick it up in person from a pharmacy like any other prescription is a game changer,"...more



 

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Tue, January 10, 2023 10:22pm
 
Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin Thanks Fans for Support as He Is Transferred to Buffalo Hospital

Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin Thanks Fans for Support as He Is Transferred to Buffalo Hospital

On Monday, doctors announced that Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been transferred from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to a hospital in Buffalo, NY. This comes just one week after he suffered a cardiac episode during a Monday game.

Hamlin, 24, was transferred from UCMC to Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute on Monday, where he will receive treatment and undergo testing.

"I traveled with him to the airport this morning with our UC Health air care and local care crew, including teammates that were with us on the field when Damar Hamlin collapsed," Dr. William Knight told reporters on Monday, according to the NFL.

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Tue, January 10, 2023 10:26pm
 
Public Schools Sue Social Media Giants, Blame Them for Growing Mental Health Crisis among Young People

Seattle Public Schools Sue Social Media Giants, Blame Them for Growing Mental Health Crisis among Young People

Seattle Public Schools is suing several social media companies on the claim that the technology applications are responsible for the mental health crisis among children and teenagers.

The public school district filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court and names TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat as defendants.

"Defendants have successfully exploited the vulnerable brains of youth, hooking tens of millions of students across the country into positive feedback loops of excessive use and abuse of Defendants’ social media platforms,” the complaint said. “Worse, the content Defendants curate and direct to youth is too often harmful and exploitive..."

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Tue, January 10, 2023 10:34pm
 
Pastor Left Partially Paralyzed after Slipping on Ice

Minnesota Pastor Left Partially Paralyzed after Slipping on Ice

A Minnesota pastor was left partially paralyzed after he slipped on ice near his church last month.

On Dec. 16, 64-year-old Pastor David Kent of Christian Life Center in Golden Valley slipped on the road outside of his church and broke his neck. At the time, Kent had been walking down the street to talk to some tree-trimming workers.

“Took one slip, I was down on the ground. My hands, my arms, my legs were all paralyzed,” Kent told KSPT while he lay in a hospital bed at North Memorial Health Hospital. “I couldn’t move, my hands were in the snow. I knew that wasn’t good.”

“They said we need to do surgery quickly because he’s broken his C4 and C5,” his wife, Susan, told KSPT. “They said spinal cord injuries have to have surgery within 24 hours … and if they didn’t do...more



 

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Tue, January 10, 2023 11:02pm
 
Pastor Who Fled the Congo Is Shot Dead in Nashville

Pastor Who Fled the Congo Is Shot Dead in Nashville

A pastor in Nashville who left the Congo due to war was killed outside his apartment last week and left like "trash in the yard," according to police.

According to The Christian Post, the Nashville Metro Police Department said a passerby found the body of Pastor Lubunga Lumenge, 30, early last Thursday morning in the grass outside Residences at Stonebrook Apartments.

"People were just walking past him like he was just trash in the yard," said neighbor Semetta Simmons.

Police are investigating the shooting death.

Lumenge had lost a child to gun violence in Nashville previously, according to friends and neighbors.

"My prayers are with (the family)," Simmons said. "Just keep your head up, and I'm so sorry that they had to experience this at the beginning of the...more



 

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Tue, January 10, 2023 11:09pm
 
Are the Moms All Right? Busting the Myths about Motherhood

Are the Moms All Right? Busting the Myths about Motherhood

Last fall, cultural observer and former BuzzFeed writer Anne Helen Petersen published an e-book about the difficulties of motherhood during the pandemic. Based on interviews with 1,000 women, her conclusions were telegraphed in the title: The Moms Are Not Alright. I think most parents would agree that parenting during a pandemic is, well, not ideal.

However, according to scholars Brad Wilcox and Wendy Wang in a recent article in The Atlantic, married mothers fared quite well during the pandemic, including indicating a greater degree of happiness than their single counterparts. Summarizing the 2022 American Family Survey, a poll of 3,000 respondents, Wilcox and Wang report that “affluent married mothers had a striking 30-percentage-point advantage in their reports of being somewhat or completely...more



 

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Tue, January 10, 2023 11:20pm
 
Vatican reopens investigation into teen's mysterious disappearance 40 years ago

Vatican reopens investigation into teen's mysterious disappearance 40 years ago
Lawyer Laura Sgro, left, listens to his client Pietro Orlandi, brother of Manuela, a 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee disappeared in 1983, during a press conference on the establishing of a parliamentary investigative commission on Manuela Orlandi and other cold cases in Rome, Dec. 20, 2022. ALESSANDRA TARANTINO / AP

The Vatican said Monday it has reopened the investigation into the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee, months after a new Netflix documentary purported to shed new light on the case and weeks after her family asked the Italian Parliament to take up the cause.

The Vatican prosecutor, Alessandro Diddi, opened a file on Emanuela Orlandi's...more



 

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Tue, January 10, 2023 11:29pm
 
Cardinal George Pell, a powerful but divisive figure within the Catholic Church, dies at 81

Cardinal George Pell, a powerful but divisive figure within the Catholic Church, dies at 81
Cardinal George Pell leaves the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, March 5, 2018, in Melbourne, Australia. GETTY

Cardinal George Pell, a onetime financial adviser to Pope Francis who spent 404 days in solitary confinement in his native Australia before his child sex abuse convictions were overturned, has died at age 81.

He was a divisive figure. He lived to see Vatican rivals charged with financial crimes after he worked to reform the Holy See's finances. In Australia, he was a lightning rod for disagreements over whether the Catholic Church had been properly held to account for historic child sex abuse.

Pell died Tuesday in Rome, where he had attended the funeral last week of...more



 

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Wed, January 11, 2023 10:37pm
 
Governor Bans Critical Race Theory in Schools

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders Bans Critical Race Theory in Schools

Arkansas' new governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed an executive order on her first day in office banning Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools.

Sanders, who previously served as President Trump's White House Press Secretary, is Arkansas' first female governor and the daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee. On Tuesday, she signed multiple executive orders, including an "Executive Order to Prohibit Indoctrination and Critical Race Theory in Schools."

"CRT, discrimination, and indoctrination have no place in Arkansas classrooms," the order states.

"Critical Race Theory (CRT) is antithetical to the traditional American values of neutrality, equality, and fairness. It emphasizes skin color as a person's primary characteristic,...more



 

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Thu, January 12, 2023 8:48pm
 
Singer Montell Jordan Is Now a Pastor: 'God Can Change and Transform' People

Singer Montell Jordan Is Now a Pastor: 'God Can Change and Transform' People

The Grammy-nominated singer who climbed the charts with the 1995 hit single This Is How We Do It is now a pastor who wants to take the gospel to those "outside of the church."

Montell Jordan received a Grammy nomination in the 90s for This Is How We Do It, which spent 29 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including seven weeks at No. 1. Today, though, the 54-year-old Jordan and his wife Kristin are founding lead pastors of Master Peace Church in Dacula, Ga., which streams its services.

The church's mission is to "see people come to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior," to "see marriages and families restored through the power of God," and to "equip people to become disciples of Christ," according to its website.

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Thu, January 12, 2023 9:05pm
 
Pornography Dehumanizes Humans

Pornography Dehumanizes Humans

According to a new report (PDF) by the nonprofit child advocacy group Common Sense Media, 73 percent of US teenagers seventeen years of age or younger have viewed online pornography. Fifty-four percent of those age thirteen or younger have seen online porn. On average, they first consumed pornography when they were twelve years old. Nearly one-third of all teens reported that they had been exposed to porn during the school day.

A majority who have viewed pornography also indicated that they had been exposed to aggressive and/or violent forms of pornography; 52 percent saw depictions of rape, choking, or someone in pain.

I have warned frequently about the “plague of pornography (PDF)” sweeping our nation and the damage it is doing to those who view it. Singer Billie Eilish is one example: she says porn “destroyed...more



 

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Thu, January 12, 2023 9:12pm
 
Denmark Secretly Inserted IUDs in Greenland's Women for Decades

Denmark Secretly Inserted IUDs in Greenland's Women for Decades

According to the BBC, doctors in Greenland inserted contraceptive devices into several thousand local women without their knowledge or consent. This was not a once-off action by a few rogue doctors. Rather, this was the result of a decades-old policy of the ruling Danish government.

As is often the case with hellish government policies, this program began with ostensibly good intentions. When Danish authorities noticed a dramatic growth in the native Inuit population, a growth ironically due to the wonders of modern healthcare, the decision was made to artificially limit the ability of Inuit women to have children. The decision was birthed from now discredited theories about the dangers of overpopulation.

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Thu, January 12, 2023 9:20pm
 
When America Remembered to Pray

When America Remembered to Pray

Last Monday night America stopped and held its collective breath. For nearly ten excruciating minutes, Damar Hamlin lay on the turf at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.

My family watched live as it happened. The medical staff seemed to respond to the player on the ground faster than usual. Then they showed the replay. It became immediately apparent that this was not a run-of-the-mill injury. The swarm of medical personnel and the looks on the players' faces told the story. Damar Hamlin's life was in the balance.

We heard something on air during Monday Night Football that we don't often hear – the announcers talking about prayer. Then they cut to the studios, and the message seemed to be the same. "All we can do is pray." Players knelt on the turf and prayed...more



 

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Thu, January 12, 2023 9:32pm
 
Agape Love Should Be Our Goal

Agape Love Should Be Our Goal

Prince Harry’s autobiography Spare is now the UK’s fastest-selling nonfiction book. I started reading it yesterday and am already glad I’m not part of the royal family.

Closer to home, flights resumed yesterday after a Federal Aviation Administration system failure left pilots, airlines, and airports without crucial safety information for hours. My first thought when the FAA paused flights was to hope their action wasn’t related to terrorism. My second was to be grateful I wasn’t flying that day.

In other news, Goldman Sachs began layoffs yesterday; just over three thousand employees will eventually be let go. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be forced to extend their stay for several months after their Russian MS-22 Soyuz spacecraft sprung a leak. The Center for Strategic & International Studies has...more



 

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Thu, January 12, 2023 9:37pm
 
54 Percent of Teens Have Watched Porn by Age 13, Survey Finds

54 Percent of Teens Have Watched Porn by Age 13, Survey Finds


According to a new survey from Common Sense Media, over half of all teenagers have watched pornography by age 13.

In the study, Teens and Pornography, roughly 54 percent of teenagers reported having seen internet pornography before turning 13. The average age of first exposure is 12.

Moreover, 15 percent of youth respondents said they saw porn-based content as young as 10 years old. Altogether, 73 percent of teens under the age of 17 reported that they had watched pornography.

“We can’t sweep this topic under the rug just because it’s uncomfortable to talk about,” Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, told The New York Times. “Pornography is a huge part of the lives of children who have digital access...more



 

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Fri, January 13, 2023 10:37pm
 
Pro-Lifers Counter 'Blasphemous' Billboards with Pro-Chastity Billboards

Pro-Lifers Counter Newsom's 'Blasphemous' Billboards with Pro-Chastity Billboards



A coalition of pro-life organizations has launched a life-affirming advertising campaign that will place billboards in the exact locations California Gov. Gavin Newsom raised pro-choice billboards that were criticized as blasphemous.



The 2022 Newsom-led campaign promoted California as a sanctuary state for women seeking an abortion by placing billboards in Republican-leaning states. Newsom paid for the billboards with money from his reelection fund. "Need an abortion? California is ready to help," one billboard read. Billboards in Oklahoma and Mississippi promoted abortion while quoting Scripture: "Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these," it said, referencing Mark...more



 

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Fri, January 13, 2023 11:42pm
 
UK Regulator Bans Album Poster for Being Offensive to Christians

UK Regulator Bans Demi Lovato's Album Poster for Being Offensive to Christians

A United Kingdom-based regulator has banned an album poster of pop singer and actress Demi Lovato after it was deemed offensive to Christians.

According to The Christian Post, The Advertising Standards Authority, a watchdog agency that regulates advertising, received four complaints about ads by Universal Music Operations for Demi Lovato's new album.

The banner was removed in Aug. 2022 after being on display at six different sites in London. In that same month, Lovato released the album, and it made No. 1 on Billboard's top rock and alternative albums charts.

The watchdog noted that the album title implies the use of a swear word while the cover includes an image of Lovato in a bondage-style outfit as she lay upon a...more



 

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Fri, January 13, 2023 11:46pm
 
State's Largest UMC Church Considers Leaving Denomination over Homosexuality Debate

South Carolina's Largest UMC Church Considers Leaving Denomination over Homosexuality Debate

The largest United Methodist Church in South Carolina announced plans to leave the mainline denomination over an ongoing debate on homosexuality in the church.

According to the Post and Courier, Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church of Lexington, which has a congregation exceeding 5,000 members, started a discernment process earlier this week about leaving the UMC.

"We are thankful a plan, path and price has been provided for traditional churches to consider separation from the denomination," the Rev. Jeff Kersey, the senior pastor of Mt. Horeb, told The Post and Courier.

The church is affiliated with the UMC South Carolina Conference, a regional body of the denomination which oversees all of the congregations in the state.

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Sat, January 14, 2023 12:07am
 
"The Passion of the Christ" Sequel Rumors Are Reportedly False

The Passion of the Christ Sequel Rumors Are Reportedly False

According to a new report, the rumors of a sequel to The Passion of the Christ being filmed this year are false.

The rumors began floating on January 4 when veteran movie journalist Jordan Ruimy reported on his popular WorldofReel.com blog that he's "hearing Mel Gibson will finally be shooting The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection in a few months." The sequel "would focus on the twenty-four hours encompassing Jesus' passion and the events that occurred three days between his crucifixion and resurrection." Gibson famously directed and bankrolled the 2004 blockbuster.

"Gibson has been hard at work on the screenplay with Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace – there have already been six drafts," Ruimy wrote. "Resurrection would focus on the twenty-four hours...more



 

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Sat, January 14, 2023 12:13am
 
Democratic-Appointed Judge Sides with Christian Colleges in Major LGBT Case

Democratic-Appointed Judge Sides with Christian Colleges in Major LGBT Case

A coalition of Christian schools won a major religious liberty victory Thursday when a federal judge dismissed a case that could have forced them to abandon their biblical beliefs on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The high-profile lawsuit was filed in 2021 by a group of LGBT students and asked the court to overturn a government religious exemption received by such schools. Under current federal rules, religious institutions can be exempt from Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities. The Biden administration interprets Title IX as also banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Sat, January 14, 2023 12:17am
 
Off-Duty EMT Saves Life of Pastor Who Went into Cardiac Arrest while Officiating a Wedding

Off-Duty EMT Saves Life of Pastor Who Went into Cardiac Arrest while Officiating a Wedding

An off-duty EMT saved a pastor's life after he went into cardiac arrest while presiding over a wedding in New Jersey last month.

On December 29, Pastor Anthony Palmer of Empowered Life Church had presided over a wedding of an unnamed couple when he suddenly passed out.

"I said it would require patience, love, kindness, and then I passed out," he told NBC4 New York.

The pastor did not realize what had happened to him until he woke up in the hospital.

At the time, 22-year-old EMT Valeria Franco had been in the next room working as part of the catering team.

"We heard something fall; we were all in a separate room and were a little confused," Franco told ABC 7.

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Sat, January 14, 2023 12:22am
 
House Passes Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

House Passes Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

The House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act this week.

The legislation would require healthcare practitioners to provide care to babies born alive following a failed abortion.

According to ABC News, the bill still needs to be approved in the Senate and then signed by President Joe Biden, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the bill is "extreme" and "doomed in the Senate."

"American women deserve to have their right to healthcare protected, not undermined," Schumer said in a statement.

Failed abortions where babies are born alive are very rare. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only .9 percent of abortion procedures occurr after 21 weeks.

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Sat, January 14, 2023 12:29am
 
The Need for a Robust Understanding of Congregational Singing

The Need for a Robust Understanding of Congregational Singing

Today, January 13, we remember the Hussites who, on this day in 1501, published the first hymnal in history written in the language of the common people. The descendants of the Hussites are known as the Moravian Brethren, who carry on the rich tradition of hymns and church music today.

Christians have good reason to commemorate this event. After all, ours, like Judaism, has always been a singing faith. The longest book in the Bible, and the one at its center, is the Psalms, a word that means “songs.” David’s plans for the Temple included clans of Levites whose entire job was music. Choirs, soloists, orchestras, and antiphonal singing were prescribed parts of Temple life and practice, and an entire class of Psalms, the Songs of Ascent, were sung by the people as...more



 

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Sat, January 14, 2023 12:32am
 
Why We're Tempted to Pull Ourselves up by Dragging Others Down

Why We're Tempted to Pull Ourselves up by Dragging Others Down

After a second batch of classified documents was found in the garage at President Biden’s home in Delaware, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced yesterday that Robert Hur has been appointed to serve as a special counsel and lead the investigation into the mishandling of the documents.

Hur, a veteran prosecutor who worked in the Trump administration, was chosen, in part, to demonstrate impartiality by the justice department. Given the already heated nature of the discourse surrounding the president, proceeding with an awareness of public perception was wise. It remains to be seen, however, if any such efforts can stymie the allegations of partiality that have already begun to flow from Republican leaders.

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Sat, January 14, 2023 12:35am
 
'Quite the Survivor': Micro-Preemie Given Only 10% Chance of Survival Celebrates First Birthday

'Quite the Survivor' Micro-Preemie Given Only 10% Chance of Survival Celebrates First Birthday
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A Texas micro-preemie, who weighed just 1 pound and 5 ounces the day he was born, celebrated his first birthday on Tuesday, defying predictions of doctors who only gave him a 10 percent chance of survival.

Amandi Omokore-Allen defied all odds after spending 155 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after his birth.

"He was under a pound-and-a-half and 23 weeks and two days," Samantha Smith, a neonatal nurse practitioner at Pediatrix Neonatology of Texas and Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin, told Fox News.

Amandi was only slightly more than halfway through the pregnancy, which is typically 40 weeks.

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Sun, January 15, 2023 8:41pm
 
Catholic Priest Burned to Death in Northern Nigeria

Catholic Priest Burned to Death in NW Nigeria

A Roman Catholic priest in northwest Nigeria was burned to death before dawn on Sunday (Jan. 15) when assailants set his parish living quarters ablaze and wounded an assistant priest, sources said.

Police said the assailants tried to enter the home of the Rev. Fr. Isaac Achi, on the premises of the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Kafin-Koro, Paikoro County, Niger state, and set it on fire before fleeing when security forces arrived.

“The bandits reportedly attempted to gain entrance into the residence, but it seemed difficult, and they decided to set the house ablaze while the said Rev. Father was burned to death,” Niger State Command spokesman Wasiu Abiodun said in a press statement. “A police tactical team attached to Kafin-Koro Division were immediately...more



 

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Mon, January 16, 2023 10:44pm
 
Man Is Allegedly Told to Leave Mall of America for Wearing 'Jesus Is the Only Way' Shirt

Man Is Allegedly Told to Leave Mall of America for Wearing 'Jesus Is the Only Way' Shirt

A video has gone viral showing security guards at the Mall of America telling a man wearing a shirt that says, “Jesus is the only way” to remove his t-shirt or leave the mall.

According to ChurchLeaders.com, in the video, a security guard at the Minnesota mall tells the man that people are offended by his shirt and he must remove it or leave.

“Jesus is associated with religion, and it’s offending people,” the male security guard says at the beginning of one of the videos.

“It’s not religion. It’s about eternal life,” the man wearing the shirt says.

“Ok, but it’s the same thing,” says the guard. “People have been offended.”

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Mon, January 16, 2023 10:48pm
 
Bills QB Josh Allen Describes 'Spiritual Awakening' after Hamlin Collapse: 'I Couldn't Deny' It

Bills QB Josh Allen Describes 'Spiritual Awakening' after Hamlin Collapse: 'I Couldn't Deny' It


The all-star quarterback who has made Buffalo a favorite for the Super Bowl says Damar Hamlin's frightening collapse has led to his own "spiritual awakening."

Quarterback Josh Allen guided the Bills to a 34-31 victory over Miami Sunday and has led the Bills to three straight division titles, including a 13-3 record this season.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Allen says he was personally impacted by the events surrounding Hamlin's collapse and recovery. Hamlin experienced a cardiac arrest on national television and was resuscitated with CPR.

"I said this in my press conference the other day, [there has been] just kind of a spiritual awakening for, really for me, and I know for a lot of...more



 

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Mon, January 16, 2023 10:53pm
 
NAMB Church Planter Clint Clifton Is Killed in Plane Crash

NAMB Church Planter Clint Clifton Is Killed in Plane Crash

The church planting community is mourning the loss of church planter Clint Clifton of the North American Missionary Board, who died in a plane crash in Georgia last Thursday. He was 43.

NAMB President Kevin Ezell informed NAMB and Send Network staff and missionaries in an email that Clifton died after his personal plane crashed in north Georgia on Thursday evening. The accident, however, was not reported until Friday morning.

“God generously gifted Clint in so many ways. He had a pastor’s heart and was a talented church planter with a passion for reaching people for Christ. He loved what we do here at NAMB and poured his heart and life into it. We miss him already, and he leaves a void that can’t be filled,” Ezell wrote, according to Dawson County...more



 

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Tue, January 17, 2023 1:29am
 
Police Chief Criticizes Commonwealth Attorney for Dropping Charges against Megachurch Pastor Arrested in Prostitution Sting

Virginia Police Chief Criticizes Commonwealth Attorney for Dropping Charges against Megachurch Pastor Arrested in Prostitution Sting

A police chief in Virginia is criticizing the office of the Chesterfield Commonwealth Attorney for dropping charges against a megachurch pastor arrested in 2021 in a prostitution sting.

Chesterfield County Police Chief Jeffrey S. Katz said last week that Chesterfield Commonwealth Attorney Stacey Davenport’s handling of the charges against John D. Blanchard, pastor of Rock Church International in Virginia Beach, was “bewildering.”

“When someone: 1. Rents a car, 2. Texts a phone number posted on a known sex worker website, 3. Solicits a ‘qv’ (‘John’ lingo for a ‘quick visit’), 4. Makes multiple inquiries if the person he’s texting is ‘affiliated with law enforcement,’ 5. Drives two and a...more



 

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Tue, January 17, 2023 1:38am
 
Ministry Builds its 1000th Wheelchair Ramp for People in Need

Kentucky Ministry Builds its 1000th Wheelchair Ramp for People in Need

A Kentucky church ministry recently completed the construction of its 1,000th ramp to help people in need.

The Reidland United Methodist Men Ramp Ministry – which launched in 1995 to help build handicap-accessible ramps for people in need in Western Kentucky – built its 1,000th ramp on Wednesday.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Joe Burkhead, the head of the ramp-building ministry, explained that the group originally began as an extension of Reidland UMC’s “Helping Hands” ministry work.

“Our UMM group did a lot of help projects for our older church members,” Burkhead told The Christian Post. “Our then-President Bill Thistlewood fielded a request from a community asking if we could build a handicap ramp for a...more



 

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Tue, January 17, 2023 1:44am
 
The Intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and National Religious Freedom Day

The Intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and National Religious Freedom Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated across America today, and for good reason.

Here’s a brief synopsis of Dr. King’s life and legacy: he was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of a Baptist minister. He received a doctoral degree in theology and in 1955 helped organize the first major protest of the African American civil rights movement: the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The effort he led resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibited racial discrimination in employment and education and outlawed racial segregation in public facilities. Later that year, he became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. Today we remember his life, celebrate...more



 

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Tue, January 17, 2023 1:53am
 
Supreme Court Takes Case of Christian Postal Carrier Who Lost Job for Not Working Sundays

Supreme Court Takes Case of Christian Postal Carrier Who Lost Job for Not Working Sundays

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take a major religious liberty case involving a United States Postal Service carrier whose request to not participate in Sunday deliveries was denied.

Gerald Groff, a Christian, had worked as a USPS carrier since 2012, when his local post office began Sunday deliveries for Amazon in 2015. USPS initially granted his request to not work on Sundays by transferring him to another branch. But when that branch, too, implemented Sunday delivery, Groff was told he must work Sundays. Facing termination for refusing to work Sundays, he resigned and sued USPS.

The Supreme Court on Friday announced it would take up the case Groff v. DeJoy.

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Tue, January 17, 2023 8:48pm
 
Judge Rules Maryland Catholic Hospital Discriminated against Transgender Man by Canceling Hysterectomy Surgery

Judge Rules Maryland Catholic Hospital Discriminated against Transgender Man by Canceling Hysterectomy Surgery

A Maryland Catholic hospital's cancellation of a transgender man's hysterectomy surgery was deemed "discriminatory" by a federal judge last week.

According to CBN News, on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Chasanow ruled that the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center's decision not to perform the surgery on Jesse Hammons, a biological female, was "discriminatory" under the Affordable Care Act.

In January 2020, the hospital canceled the hysterectomy of Hammons the night before it was scheduled to take place. At the time, a physician recommended the surgery to treat gender dysphoria.

The hospital chief's medical officer, however, told the surgeon that they "cannot do transgender surgery at St. Joseph" due to the...more



 

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Tue, January 17, 2023 8:52pm
 
Sheriff’s Department Celebrates Baptisms of 40 Inmates

Indiana Sheriff’s Department Celebrates Baptisms of 40 Inmates

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department in Indiana celebrated the baptisms of some 40 incarcerated men and women just before the New Year.

“What a great way to celebrate Christmas and a New Year!” a Facebook post from the department read. “DCDC Chaplain Dave Burnett, along with REC members, baptized nearly 40 men and women after a personal, public profession of Jesus Christ in their lives.”

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Tue, January 17, 2023 8:57pm
 
Christians Are Most Influenced by Family When Resolving Conflicts: Poll

Christians Are Most Influenced by Family When Resolving Conflicts: Poll

A new research poll from the Barna Group shows that Christians are most influenced by family members when it comes to resolving conflicts.

According to the Barna Group and The Genius of One poll, about 57 percent of Christians said their family members have the "strongest influence" on how they've learned to resolve conflicts.

Other influences include the Bible (39 percent), friends (37 percent), pastors and church leaders (24 percent).

"It may feel like unity is a hard thing to come by, even among Christians. This article explores recent data on both Christians' and pastors' perspectives of the subject," the study says.

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Tue, January 17, 2023 9:18pm
 
The More We Rely on Ourselves, the Less We Are Relying on God's Spirit.

The More We Rely on Ourselves, the Less We Are Relying on God's Spirit.

About eight million people were under flood watches yesterday in coastal Central California, including the Bay Area. The latest in a series of lethal atmospheric rivers lashed the state last night; storms that began in late December have killed at least nineteen people.

The California Geological Survey reports that the state has endured more than four hundred landslides since December 30. Violent winds from the latest storms could topple trees in soils weakened by all the rain, threatening yet more power outages and misery in the state.

Floods are not the only natural disasters Californians are facing: there is more than a 99 percent chance of a major earthquake in their state in the next thirty years. Wildfires and drought have plagued their region for years as...more



 

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Tue, January 17, 2023 9:24pm
 
Megachurch Pastor Argues, Some Gay People Are 'Born That Way'

Megachurch Pastor R.A. Vernon Argues, Some Gay People Are 'Born That Way'

R.A. Vernon, a prominent megachurch pastor in Cleveland, Ohio, who holds a biblical view on marriage, argued that some gay people are "born this way."

Vernon, who pastors The Word Church – the largest predominantly African American Church in Cleveland – addressed the topic in a recent episode of his podcast. The episode is titled "The Elephant in The Church - Homosexuality And Christianity." Vernon felt it necessary to address the topic since he has many "lesbians, gay brothers and sisters, [and] queer Christians" who attend his church.

According to The Christian Post, Vernon shared three reasons why he believes people are homosexual, with the first reason being that they were born that way.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 2:05pm
 
Trump Criticizes the 'Disloyalty' of Evangelical Leaders Who Don't Back Him in 2024

Trump Criticizes the 'Disloyalty' of Evangelical Leaders Who Don't Back Him in 2024

Former President Donald Trump says in a new interview that evangelical leaders are being disloyal by staying neutral in the 2024 race after backing him in 2016 and 2020.

Trump made the comments in an interview with David Brody, who asked him to comment on "prominent evangelical leaders" who are "not yet willing to commit" to support Trump. Brody referenced Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress, who in November said, "the Republican Party is headed toward a civil war," and he would remain neutral for the 2024 nomination.

"It's a sign of disloyalty," Trump said. "There is great disloyalty in the world of politics. And that is a sign of disloyalty, because nobody ... has ever done more for Right to Life than Donald Trump.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 2:09pm
 
75 Percent of Parents Want Children's Ministries to Address 'Difficult Subjects': Barna

75 Percent of Parents Want Children's Ministries to Address 'Difficult Subjects' Barna

A majority of parents in churches believe children's ministries should address current events and "difficult subjects," according to a new Barna survey.

The poll found that 75 percent of churched parents of children ages 5-14 answered "yes" when asked if a children's ministry "should address current events, social topics, mental health or potentially difficult subjects." One-fourth (24 percent) said such topics should not be broached.

Among children's ministry leaders, 78 percent support it, while among all churched adults – those with young children and those without young children – 75 percent back it.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 2:16pm
 
Diocese Bans Use of Preferred Pronouns, Requires Parishioners to Use Restrooms Matching Their Biological Sex

Iowa Diocese Bans Use of Preferred Pronouns, Requires Parishioners to Use Restrooms Matching Their Biological Sex

An Iowa-based Diocese implemented a new policy on Monday that has banned congregants from using preferred pronouns and requires them to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex.

"Any parochial, organizational, or institutional documentation which requires the designation of a person's sex is to reflect that person's biological sex," the diocese said in a statement. "No person may designate a 'preferred pronoun' in speech or in writing when related to ministry activities of any kind, nor are parishes, organizations, or institutions to permit such a designation. To permit the designation of a preferred pronoun, while intended as an act of charity, instead promotes the dissociation of biological sex and 'gender' and thereby confuses or denies...more



 

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Fri, January 20, 2023 2:18pm
 
35 Historic Black Churches to Receive Total of $4 Million to Fund Preservation, Renovation Efforts

35 Historic Black Churches to Receive Total of $4 Million to Fund Preservation, Renovation Efforts

Nearly three dozen historic Black churches will receive $4 million in funding to help with renovations and the preservation of their buildings and properties.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund will distribute the funds to 35 churches as part of its first round of “Preserving Black Churches” grants. The grants, which total about $20 million, are funded by The Lilly Endowment.

“We focus not only on the preservation of the physical buildings but also on the profound stories embodied in their walls, landscapes, cemeteries, and beyond,” the fund’s executive director and the trust’s senior vice president, Brent Leggs, stated in an email.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 2:27pm
 
Former SBC President Returns to Pulpit, Sparking Debate

Former SBC President Johnny Hunt Returns to Pulpit, Sparking Debate

Former Southern Baptist Convention president Johnny Hunt preached at a Florida church Sunday, seven months after SBC messengers adopted a report saying he had been credibly accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2010.

Hunt last summer said he "vigorously" denied the "circumstances and characterizations set forth" in the report and that he had "never abused anybody." Hunt later claimed it was consensual.

A group of four pastors released a video in November saying they had completed a restoration process with Hunt whereby he and his wife underwent "intense" counseling within a season of "reflection and restoration." One of those pastors, Steven Kyle of Hiland Park Baptist Church in Panama City, Fla., welcomed Hunt into the pulpit at his church Sunday.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 2:32pm
 
Christian Persecution at All-Time High, Open Doors Finds

Christian Persecution at All-Time High, Open Doors Finds

Christians around the world are facing the worst levels of persecution for their faith since persecution watchdog Open Doors began recording such acts nearly 30 years ago.

Open Doors' new 2023 World Watch List released this week showed that in 50 countries around the globe, Christians are facing record levels of persecution for their beliefs.

North Korea returned to the top spot on the list amid a jump in arrests of Christians under the country’s “anti-reactionary thought” law. The “anti-reactionary thought” law defines a range of behaviors considered illegal, such as listening to foreign radio and distributing “impure” foreign recordings or other media. The ban includes the Bible.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 2:40pm
 
Church of England Issues Proposal to Uphold Biblical Marriage but Bless Gay Couples

Church of England Issues Proposal to Uphold Biblical Marriage but Bless Gay Couples

The Church of England announced a proposal that will allow for the blessing of same-sex couples while still upholding the biblical position on marriage.

As explained in a statement, Bishops within the denomination will propose "prayers of thanksgiving, dedication and for God's blessing for same-sex couples" and "urge all congregations in their care to welcome same-sex couples unreservedly and joyfully."

According to The Christian Post, the proposal will be provided to the CofE's General Synod in London next month. It is a part of church's Living in Love and Faith initiative.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 3:01pm
 
NHL Player Refuses to Wear LGBT Pride Jersey, Cites Christian Faith: 'Stay True to Myself'

NHL Player Refuses to Wear LGBT Pride Jersey, Cites Christian Faith: 'Stay True to Myself'

A prominent NHL player ignited a debate within the sports and religious worlds when he cited his Christian faith Tuesday in refusing to participate in his team's LGBT Pride celebration.

Ivan Provorov, a Philadelphia Flyers defenseman who is tied for the team lead in games played, declined to participate in pre-game warmups in which his teammates wore Pride-themed rainbow jerseys and carried hockey sticks wrapped in rainbow tape.

"I respect everybody, and I respect everybody's choices. My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion," said Provorov, who was born in Russia and identifies as Russian Orthodox.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 3:13pm
 
Popular Minister Defends Enneagram: 'Counselors and Pastors Use it as a Tool to Help Others'

Popular Minister Defends Enneagram: 'Counselors and Pastors Use it as a Tool to Help Others'


A well-known pastor and author is defending Christians' use of the Enneagram personality test, saying it's a tool for counselors and pastors to use in helping others "see where they might be prone to trust in their own strength rather than Christ."

John Starke, the lead pastor of Apostles Uptown in New York City and the author of The Secret Place of Thunder and The Possibility of Prayer, made the comments in a lengthy Twitter thread Wednesday as the faith community continues to debate the Enneagram's usage. Christian author and speaker Jackie Hill Perry recently denounced the Enneagram as "demonic" and apologized for her past promotion of it.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 3:21pm
 
Church Mourns Pastor, His Wife Who Died Trying to Save Their Son from Drowning

Brazilian Church Mourns Pastor, His Wife Who Died Trying to Save Their Son from Drowning

A church in Brazil is mourning the loss of their pastor and his wife after they died last week attempting to save their teenage son from drowning at the beach.

The incident occurred on January 10 at around 10 am, when 43-year-old pastor Felisberto Sampaio and his 42-year-old wife, Inalda Sampaio, saw their 13-year-old son, Ian Sampaio, fighting to stay above water at Camacari Beach in Brazil and attempted to rescue him. The couple, however, failed to reach their son and ended up drowning in the water.

The Christian Post reports that a fisherman and another family member were able to pull the boy to safety but could not save his parents.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 3:27pm
 
Baptist Senior Pastor Resigns to Focus on Church Planting

Brentwood Baptist Senior Pastor Resigns to Focus on Church Planting

The senior pastor of Tennessee's Brentwood Baptist Church is resigning from the Nashville megachurch to focus on church planting.

"Thirty-two years — by any standard — is an amazing run, and I'm grateful for every minute. But the time has come for someone else to lead BBC into the future that I'm convinced God has for our church," Mike Glenn wrote in a letter to his congregation announcing his resignation.

Glenn said he will be working on church planting.

"I need to spend more time working with pastors, church planters, and leaders in Middle Tennessee," he said. "I want to work with churches to plant new churches and re-purpose churches in changing communities. The most fun I have right now is working with our campus pastors. I want to do more of this."

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Fri, January 20, 2023 3:33pm
 
What Is Your Missional Purpose?

What Is Your Missional Purpose?

The National March for Life is tomorrow in Washington, DC., followed in two days by Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Both are timed to correspond with January 22, 1973, when the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision tragically discovered a right to abortion in the US Constitution.

Since that time, more than sixty-three million (PDF) babies have been lost to abortion.

Last June, the Court finally overturned Roe in the case of Thomas Dobbs, et. al. v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. States such as Texas enacted their own bans on abortion as a result.

Now we are learning the practical consequences of these legal decisions, at least in my home state: new data released by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission shows that three abortion procedures were performed in our state in August 2022,...more



 

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Fri, January 20, 2023 3:38pm
 
Church of England rejects same-sex marriage, says union is between "one man and one woman for life"

Church of England rejects same-sex marriage, says union is between one man and one woman for life
A demonstrator holds a placard as they protest outside Church House, the venue of the Church of England's General Synod, in London on February 15, 2017. DANIEL LEAL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

The Church of England on Wednesday outlined proposals that would refuse same-sex marriages in its churches, continuing to teach that marriage is between "one man and one woman for life," it said in a statement. The decision came after five years of debate.

While the Bishops of the Church of England are set to issue a formal apology later this week to "LGBTQI+ people for the 'rejection, exclusion and hostility' they have faced in churches and the impact this has had on their lives," read...more



 

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Christian Man Faces Criminal Charges, Prison for Sharing 'Ex-Gay Testimony'

Christian Man Faces Criminal Charges, Prison for Sharing 'Ex-Gay Testimony'

A Christian man who shared his “ex-gay testimony” in a Maltese internet interview faces criminal charges in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the world.

Matthew Grech, 33, was invited by PMnews Malta in April 2022 to give his testimony and share how he became a Christian, which involved him leaving behind an “unwanted same-sex attraction,” according to his legal representative, the Christian Legal Centre.

During the interview, Grech asserted that according to the Bible, “homosexuality is not an identity as we make it nowadays.”

“And neither is it a feeling, but a practice,” Grech said during the interview. “This means that no matter what sexual feelings a man or a woman is experiencing, if they have sexual relations with...more



 

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Sun, January 22, 2023 3:32pm
 
Almost Half of Democrats Support Abortion Restrictions, Poll Suggests

Almost Half of Democrats Support Abortion Restrictions, Poll Suggests

According to a new Marist poll, nearly half of Democrats support abortion restrictions after the first trimester and over two-thirds support a ban on late-term abortions.

The poll, conducted on behalf of the Knights of Columbus, found that 32 percent of Democrat respondents believed “abortion should be available to a woman any time she wants one during her entire pregnancy.”

Just 19 percent believe that “abortion should be allowed only during the first six months of a pregnancy.”

Twenty-nine percent suggested a smaller window, saying that “abortion should be allowed only during the first three months of a pregnancy.”

An additional 13 percent said the procedure “should be allowed only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the...more



 

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Mon, January 23, 2023 1:27pm
 
NASA Astronaut Says the Bible and Science Don't Conflict: 'God Is the Creator'

NASA Astronaut Says the Bible and Science Don't Conflict: 'God Is the Creator'

A NASA astronaut who formerly held the American record for cumulative days in space says he believes science and the Bible are in harmony, not conflict.

Astronaut Jeffrey Williams took part in four space missions from 2000 to 2016, first on the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the next three aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. His 534 cumulative days in space ranks second all-time among Americans and formerly ranked first before being broken by fellow astronaut Peggy Whitson.

Williams on Thursday spoke at the opening of a new exhibit at the Museum of the Bible, "Scripture and Science: Our Universe, Ourselves, Our Place." The exhibit – which runs through January 2024 – explores the relationship between...more



 

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God's Thoughts Should Be Our Thoughts: Truth Is Revealed and Knowable

God's Thoughts Should Be Our Thoughts: Truth Is Revealed and Knowable

Isaiah 55:8-9 are among those verses that have taken on a life of their own in Christian circles:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Christians often cite these verses as meaning that God’s thoughts and ways are so transcendent and inscrutable, we cannot know them. This is, we are told, a reason for comfort for the Christian, especially when circumstances around us are confusing and painful. Some even use these verses to defend a kind of Christian anti-intellectualism. After all, if God is unknowable, why study theology at all? When having a “child-like” faith is confused with a purely emotive faith, there’s...more



 

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Mon, January 23, 2023 1:52pm
 
A Spiritual Lesson on Buying Time

A Spiritual Lesson on Buying Time

The United States hit its debt ceiling on Thursday. The Treasury Department responded by taking measures intended to buy more time before the country risks defaulting on its debt. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen predicted that the measures would be sufficient for roughly five months, though she also cautioned that there is “considerable uncertainty” regarding that time frame.

But this is hardly the first time Congress has come to such an impasse, and few believe the government will actually fail to raise the debt ceiling when the time comes. So why all the furor over the present debate?

Given that the markets have largely shrugged off the development, it seems like those who follow the financials most closely see the Republican refusal as political grandstanding rather than seeking genuine reform. In fact, the primary reason...more



 

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Mon, January 23, 2023 1:59pm
 
Blast at Baptism Service in DRC Kills 14 Christians

Blast at Baptism Service in DRC Kills 14 Christians

Muslim militants were suspected in the bombing of a Protestant church baptism service in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that killed at least 14 worshippers on Jan. 15, officials said.

While DRC officials said at least 14 died and 63 were wounded in the blast in Kasindi, in the eastern DRC, a spokesman for Uganda’s military operations in the DRC, Bilal Katamba, reportedly said it killed 16 people and wounded at least 20 others of the Church of Christ of the Congo (Eglise du Christ au Congo, or ECC).

Officials suspected the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) carried out the attack. The Islamic State claims the ADF, an Islamist rebel group, as its affiliate in central Africa. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying “nearly 20”...more



 

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Tue, January 24, 2023 5:40pm
 
Gunman Commits Suicide after Killing 10 at Ballroom Dance Studio

Gunman Commits Suicide after Killing 10 at Ballroom Dance Studio

Tragedy struck Saturday night when a gunman killed 10 and injured 10 others in a mass shooting at a dance studio.

The suspect, later identified as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, opened fire at those attending a dance class at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, killing five men and five women. Ten others were wounded, with seven being treated at a local hospital. Their conditions range from stable to critical.

According to the New York Post, the victims are believed to be of Asian descent and were about 50 years of age or older. The Asian American community had been celebrating the Lunar New Year in the city over the weekend.

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Tue, January 24, 2023 5:43pm
 
Fuller Seminary Inaugurates Its First Black President

Fuller Seminary Inaugurates Its First Black President

Fuller Seminary in California has officially inaugurated its first Black president.

According to a press release from the school, David Emmanuel Goatley officially took his post at the California school on January 21 at an inauguration ceremony at Lake Avenue Church.

Goatley is the college's sixth president since it was founded in 1947.

"We live in the midst of formidable challenges locally, nationally, and globally," Dr. Goatley said during the inauguration, where he talked about his vision of "The World is Our Village."

"Christian higher theological education is as critical today as ever before, because churches need good leaders, and the world needs good churches. Fuller has a rich history of forming faithful pastoral, academic,...more



 

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Tue, January 24, 2023 5:46pm
 
Five Christians Killed in NE Nigeria, 12 in Middle Belt

Five Christians Killed in NE Nigeria, 12 in Middle Belt

Suspected Fulani herdsmen killed five Christians early Sunday morning (Jan. 22) in northeast Nigeria, following the slaughter of 12 Christians on Friday (Jan. 20) in the country’s Middle Belt, sources said.

In Bauchi state’s Tafawa Balewa County, area residents said herdsmen attacked the predominantly Christian community of Gambar Sabon Layi, killing five Christians and kidnapping another.

“Fulani herdsmen at about 3 a.m. this Sunday, 22 January, invaded my community of Gambar Sabon Layi,” area resident Godwin Moses told Morning Star News in a text message. “The Fulani herdsmen killed five members of our Christian community and a sixth Christian, Mr. Daniel Dabwa, was captured and is being held captive in an unknown place.”

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Tue, January 24, 2023 5:50pm
 
Chick-fil-A's Purpose Is 'to Glorify God,' Chairman Dan Cathy Tells Magazine

Chick-fil-A's Purpose Is 'to Glorify God,' Chairman Dan Cathy Tells Magazine

Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy says in a new interview with Chief Executive magazine that the company’s faith-centric approach to business has been key to its success.

The magazine noted that Cathy’s father, Truett, closed the restaurant on Sundays before handing the reins to Dan, who took over as CEO in 2013. Dan Cathy's son Andrew became CEO in 2021.

Chick-fil-A's faith-centric mission, Dan Cathy said, has been key to a successful CEO transition. He serves as chairman of the board.

"At Chick-fil-A, we are very grounded on our corporate purpose, to be a purpose-driven organization," Cathy told Chief Executive, a magazine for CEOs and public company board members. "That purpose is defined in the statement that we're here to glorify God by being a faithful...more



 

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Tue, January 24, 2023 5:54pm
 
What Christians Can Learn from Secular Humanism

What Christians Can Learn from Secular Humanism

A few months ago, a group called Humanists International updated their “defining statement of World Humanism.” Though they explicitly state that the statement “is not a creed,” it is—and it serves as an update to what’s known as “the Amsterdam Declaration,” the official statement of World Humanism, last updated in 2002. In that edition, the World Human Congress stated that “the solutions to the world’s problems lie in human thought and action.”

While that is an interesting claim to make only a year after the “human thought and action” on display in the chaos and tragedy of 9/11, secular humanists interpreted those events in defense of their creed. According to the 2002 statement, “Humanism is a response to the widespread demand for an alternative to dogmatic religion.” In other words, some...more



 

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Tue, January 24, 2023 6:01pm
 
Effective Compassion vs. Effective Altruism

Effective Compassion vs. Effective Altruism

Earlier this month, cryptocurrency entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty to fraud after the shocking collapse of his multibillion-dollar crypto exchange company FTX. It’s a complicated case, but the central allegation is that Bankman-Fried used money from one of his businesses to pay the debts of a different one, defrauding investors and customers. The fallout has been incredible. Some estimates place what he owes investors at up to 8 billion dollars.

As he tells the story, 30-year-old Sam Bankman-Fried never set out to be a billionaire business tycoon. While in college at MIT, he was approached by William MacAskill, a well-known philosopher, professor, and author, who encouraged Bankman-Fried to join a movement of philosophers and philanthropists called Effective Altruism.

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Tue, January 24, 2023 6:06pm
 
When We Walk Our Journey Well, Our Changed Lives Attract the Lost to Christ

When We Walk Our Journey Well, Our Changed Lives Attract the Lost to Christ

My local newspaper, the Dallas Morning News, broke the story reported by this headline yesterday. According to authorities, the men had arranged online to meet at hotels in our area, intending to pay for sex.

Officials have not divulged the names of those arrested. The article reports that a high school teacher, a football coach, and an operations director of a large hospital network were among those arrested. However, the paper chose to headline its coverage by reporting that a “youth pastor” was arrested.

When I saw the headline, my first thought was that the paper focused on a church leader in a way that is unfair to my faith. Why not lead with the hospital administrator or someone else? I assumed that this will only fuel anti-Christian animosity in our...more



 

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Tue, January 24, 2023 6:10pm
 
What's Wrong with the World Today?

What's Wrong with the World Today?

The Lunar New Year has begun. Celebrated by Asian cultures around the world, the holiday marks the first new moon of the year and continues for around fifteen days until the first full moon of the year. As National Geographic reports, the holiday focuses on themes of reunion and hope and is “a time for family reunions, plenty of food, and some very loud celebrations.”

It was, therefore, especially horrific that a gunman killed ten people and wounded ten others at a California ballroom dance club Saturday night following a Lunar New Year celebration. Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna identified the shooter as seventy-two-year-old Huu Can Tran and said he took his own life last night in a van after law enforcement surrounded the vehicle in a parking lot.

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Tue, January 24, 2023 6:17pm
 
U.S. Is 'Most Permissive Country' When It Comes to Transgender Treatments, Study Shows

U.S. Is 'Most Permissive Country' When It Comes to Transgender Treatments, Study Shows

According to a new study, the United States displays further tolerance for transgender treatments than Europe.

The group Do No Harm, which published the study, found that "the United States is the most permissive country when it comes to the legal and medical gender transition of children."

During an interview with Fox News, Dr. William Malone, a board-certified endocrinologist, said that doctors who find the procedures risky fear scrutiny from politicians and reputable medical associations.

"We are dealing with what may be the biggest medical and ethical scandal of modern times," he told Fox News Digital. "Transgender medicine is big business, and youth who are transitioning today will be medical patients for life – for the next 60-plus...more



 

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Wed, January 25, 2023 5:21pm
 
Atheist Group Complains after Sheriff's Office Celebrates 300 Baptisms

Atheist Group Complains after Sheriff's Office Celebrates 300 Baptisms

A prominent atheist organization is demanding that an Indiana sheriff’s office cease the promotion of inmates’ baptisms on its social media pages and is threatening legal action if such actions continue.

At issue is a Dec. 29 Facebook post from the Decatur County Sheriff’s department celebrating the baptism of some 300 people in its system. The post includes photos of men and women being baptized.

“What a great way to celebrate Christmas and a New Year! DCDC Chaplain Dave Burnett, along with REC members, baptized nearly 40 men and women after a personal, public profession of Jesus Christ in their lives,” the Facebook post said, referencing Residents Encountering Christ (REC), a faith-based ministry. “Over the past four years, nearly 300 men and women have given their life to...more



 

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Wed, January 25, 2023 5:28pm
 
Pastor Draws Praise, Criticism for Asserting Gay Churchgoers 'Have More Faith Than I Do'

Pastor Andy Stanley Draws Praise, Criticism for Asserting Gay Churchgoers 'Have More Faith Than I Do'

Pastor and author Andy Stanley is receiving both praise and criticism after a sermon he preached saying that gay people who attend church "have more faith than I do."

In a video clip of the sermon shared on Twitter, Stanley tells listeners that the LGBTQ+ community in the church is an important and faithful part of the church. Stanley is the founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

"A gay person who still wants to attend church after the way they've been treated, I'm telling you, they have more faith than I do," Stanley said. "They have more faith than a lot of you."

As of Tuesday afternoon, Stanley's sermon had generated more than 344,000 views.

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Wed, January 25, 2023 5:37pm
 
Pope Francis: Homosexuality "is not a crime," but gay sex is "a sin"

Pope Francis: Homosexuality


Pope Francis has called laws criminalizing homosexuality as fundamentally "unfair," making it clear that in the mind of the leader of the Catholic Church, "being homosexual is not a crime."

The pontiff addressed discrimination against the LGBTQ community, his own health and future plans, and the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, among other things, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press published Wednesday.

"We are all children of God, and God loves us as we are," he told AP reporter Nicole Winfield at his Vatican residence.

Francis reiterated, however, church teaching that engaging in homosexual activity is sinful.

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Wed, January 25, 2023 6:14pm
 
Pew: A Minority of Parents Want to Pass Down Their Religious Beliefs to Their Children

Pew: A Minority of Parents Want to Pass Down Their Religious Beliefs to Their Children

According to a Pew Research study, a small portion of parents believes it is important to pass their faith down to their children.

“Parents place less importance on their children growing up to have religious or political beliefs that are similar to their own. About a third (35 percent) say it is extremely or very important to them that their children share their religious beliefs, and 16 percent say the same about their children’s political beliefs,” Pew researchers Rachel Minkin and Juliana Horowitz said in a statement. “Republican and Democratic parents are about equally likely to say it’s at least very important to them that their children share their political beliefs.”

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Thu, January 26, 2023 3:34pm
 
World Athletics to Consider Policy Restricting Trans Athletes' Participation in Women's Sports

World Athletics to Consider Policy Restricting Trans Athletes' Participation in Women's Sports

World Athletics is currently considering whether to place certain restrictions on biological males who identify as women from participating in women's sports.

World Athletics, formerly known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation, is considering placing testosterone limits on trans-identifying athletes. At the same time, however, the organization clarified that the new policy is not a total ban on transgender women from competing in women's sports.

"As we have always said, all regulations are subject to review at any time," World Athletics told The Christian Post in a statement. "In terms of including our female eligibility regulations, we will follow the science and the decade and more of the research we have in this area in order to...more



 

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Thu, January 26, 2023 3:37pm
 
New Study Debunks Dutch Transgender Research

New Study Debunks Dutch Transgender Research

A calling card of our cultural moment is the presumption that science is wholly on the side of the progressive sexual agenda. To question so-called “transgender medicine,” for example, especially for minors, is to be called a “science-denier.” Advocates often point to a set of Dutch studies as the scientific ground on which to build their case for childhood transgender “medicine.”

However, a new review of those studies reveals this is a foundation of sand—hopelessly, obviously, and dangerously flawed. Rather than the “gold standard” of scientific proof for transgender activists’ claims, these studies are the new exhibit A for the dangers of researchers tweaking data to achieve ideological aims.

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Thu, January 26, 2023 3:51pm
 
Christians Must Not Treat Their Faith Like a Hobby

Christians Must Not Treat Their Faith Like a Hobby

This morning’s headlines include former Vice President Mike Pence’s discovery of classified documents in his Indiana home; House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s decision to block two Democrats from serving on the Intelligence Committee; the firing of several Ukrainian officials in an anti-corruption purge; the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Google; another mass shooting in California; and storms that inflicted extensive damage to communities near Houston.

Since none of these stories directly affects me in Dallas, Texas, I read the first four with interest and the last two with sorrow, but none of them with existential concern.

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Thu, January 26, 2023 3:56pm
 
American Life Expectancy Continues to Fall

American Life Expectancy Continues to Fall

According to a CDC report released in December, the life expectancy of Americans fell by about seven months in 2021, reaching the lowest point in two decades. Although researchers expected a major drop in the wake of COVID-19, many industrialized nations are seeing signs of recovery. The U.S., however, despite spending more on healthcare than any other country, continues a trend in the wrong direction. More importantly, while COVID-19 remains a leading cause of death in the U.S., deaths from cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, and drug overdoses increased over the last year.

In fact, even if the COVID death numbers are to be believed, this downward trend in the life expectancy of Americans predates the pandemic. In 2019, a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association...more



 

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Thu, January 26, 2023 4:01pm
 
1 killed and priest injured in machete attacks at Spanish churches

1 killed and priest injured in machete attacks at Spanish churches


A machete-wielding man killed a sexton and injured a priest in attacks at two churches in the city of Algeciras on Wednesday before being arrested, Spain's interior ministry said, in what authorities are investigating as a possible act of terrorism.

The suspect was arrested in the southern city and is in the custody of Spain's National Police. The ministry did not identify him.

The attack started around 7 p.m. when the armed man went into the San Isidro church and assaulted a priest, who was seriously injured, the ministry said.

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Thu, January 26, 2023 5:05pm
 
Preacher Goes Skydiving to Celebrate 98th Birthday

North Carolina Preacher Goes Skydiving to Celebrate 98th Birthday

A longtime North Carolina preacher celebrated his 98th birthday on Tuesday by going skydiving with his family.

As reported by The Christian Post, pastor Roy Jernigan recently when skydiving for the first time in his life. He went with his daughter and granddaughter.

A day before skydiving, Jernigan shared insights on his birthday celebration on his Preacher Roy Ministries Facebook page.

“Before I get into tonight, tomorrow is my 98th birthday. I had a lovely, lovely, birthday party on Saturday night at Parker’s barbeque in Wilson. There were 75 people there. I didn’t know I had that many friends in the world but what a joy and a blessing,” he quipped. “I certainly appreciate everyone who was there.”

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Fri, January 27, 2023 10:51pm
 
U.S. Hispanic Protestant Churches See Growth in Membership, Outreach Efforts

U.S. Hispanic Protestant Churches See Growth in Membership, Outreach Efforts

According to a new Lifeway Research survey, Hispanic congregations in the United States have seen significant growth amongst their members and in outreach efforts.

"For decades, the Hispanic population in the U.S. has been growing exponentially, and it is imperative for churches to be informed about the specific needs of this community," said director of global publishing for Lifeway Recursos Giancarlo Montemayor. "This study will help us to continue the ongoing conversation of how to serve our brothers and sisters in a more strategic way."

The survey found that just over half of Hispanic churches (54 percent) have been established since 2000, including 32 percent that were founded in 2010 or later. Meanwhile, less than 1 in 10 (9 percent) were established in 1950.

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Fri, January 27, 2023 11:00pm
 
Bill in Pakistan Would Expand Misused Blasphemy Law

Bill in Pakistan Would Expand Misused Blasphemy Law

Pakistan’s lower house of parliament has passed legislation to make the country’s blasphemy laws stricter even as their blatant misuse again came to light in a threat to falsely charge a Christian woman.

The woman, a Catholic widow, was terrified after a Muslim colleague threatened to file the false blasphemy charge because she refused his demand to commit wrongdoing in their work, she said.

Samina Mushtaq, a security official with Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said a Muslim CAA facilities official, Muhammad Salim, on Jan. 7 demanded she allow an unauthorized vehicle into the parking area of the cargo terminal at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport.

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Fri, January 27, 2023 11:05pm
 
5 Christian Students Killed in Car Crash While Driving Home from Bible College Tour

5 Christian Students Killed in Car Crash While Driving Home from Bible College Tour

Five Christian students were killed on Sunday in a tragic series of car crashes while traveling home from a Bible college in Wyoming.

According to KATV, the students were identified as High School seniors Susana "Suzy" Prime, 18, and Ava Luplow, 18, and recent graduates Salomon Correa, 21, Maggie Franco, 20, and Andrea Prime, 23. Andrea and Suzy are sisters.

The students were driving home from Jackson Hole Bible College on Interstate 80 on Sunday when a Dodge Ram 3500 traveling east on the west side of the interstate crashed into a passenger car and commercial truck. This collision forced another truck to cross onto the other side of the road and collide head-on with the students' Ford F-150.

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Appeals Court Rules against Jack Phillips in Gender-Transition Cake Case

Colorado Appeals Court Rules against Jack Phillips in Gender-Transition Cake Case

Christian baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado lost his appeal on Thursday in a case surrounding his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition.

A three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled against Phillips, upholding a previous ruling requiring Phillips to bake the cake for Autumn Scardina, a transgender woman. The design for the cake was supposed to have pink and blue frosting, the colors of the transgender flag, to celebrate Scardina’s gender transition.

“Scardina testified she requested a custom pink and blue cake with no message or other design elements. The trial court found that Debra agreed to make that cake but then retracted the commitment once Scardina told her what the cake was for,” Judge Timothy Schutz...more



 

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Fear Strikes UK Community after Remnants of Suspected Occult Ritual Are Discovered near Local Church

Fear Strikes UK Community after Remnants of Suspected Occult Ritual Are Discovered near Local Church

A United Kingdom community is worried after finding remains of what looks to be a suspected occult ritual in a national park.

According to CBN News, five animal hearts were found laid out in a pattern on top of a stone with several candles around it.

A hiker found the items at Stagbury Hill in the New Forest near Bramshaw, Hampshire.

Police say they are investigating.

The items were found close to a local church, St. Peter's Church, where another suspected occult incident happened. In December, church members found a dead cat hanging from a flagpole. A dead fox was also found on the doorstep of the church's sanctuary.

"Every so often, we get things like this happening. It makes everybody feel very uncomfortable," said Rev. David Bacon of St. Peter's Church. "It's really...more



 

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School District Settles Free Speech Case, Will Now Allow Student to Wear 'Jesus Loves Me' Mask

Miss. School District Settles Free Speech Case, Will Now Allow Student to Wear 'Jesus Loves Me' Mask

A Mississippi school district has decided to change a policy that kept a 3rd grader from wearing a face mask that said, "Jesus Loves Me."

The Simpson County School District in Mendenhall, Mississippi, agreed to a settlement after Alliance Defending Freedom lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of the elementary student, Lydia Booth, and her parents Matthew and Jennifer Booth.

The district said they would respect students' freedom of expression and religious views and allow Lydia to wear her mask.

"Public schools have no business discriminating against a 9-year-old for her religious expression," said ADF Legal Counsel Michael Ross. "Other students within the school district have freely worn masks with the logos of local sports teams or even the...more



 

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When Artificial Intelligence Makes Art, What Becomes of the Artist?

When Artificial Intelligence Makes Art, What Becomes of the Artist?

In September, the first prize at the annual Colorado State Fair art competition went to a submission entitled, “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial.” The painting was submitted by Jason Miller and depicts an ornate stage and costumed performers, washed in beautiful golden light. Miller, however, did not paint the image. Instead, he typed in a few prompts on a search bar, and an artificially intelligent art generator program, called Midjourney, did the rest.

When Allen won, outrage ensued, but Allen defended his decision to submit the painting he did not paint, arguing that his intent was not to deceive but to draw attention to the potential of artificial intelligence. “I won,” said Allen, “and I didn’t break any rules.”

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Nonreligious People View Christian Scientists as 'Less Intelligent' due to Perceived Conflict between Christianity, Science

Nonreligious People View Christian Scientists as 'Less Intelligent' due to Perceived Conflict between Christianity, Science

A new study shows that nonreligious individuals tend to view Christian scientists as less intelligent than their peers due to the stereotype that Christianity and science are incompatible.

The analysis, conducted by researchers at Ohio University, featured two separate studies assessing the perceptions of incompatibility between Christianity and science in the U.S. and how it affects nonreligious individuals' stereotypes of Christians in the field.

"[M]anipulating perceived Christianity-science compatibility reduced negative perceptions of Christians' scientific ability and general intellect among nonreligious participants," the study's abstract says.

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The Problem with Defining Truth However We Wish

The Problem with Defining Truth However We Wish

On a weekend with another mass shooting in California and grief and outrage over the video of Tyre Nichols’s horrific death, watching the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs win their playoff games yesterday was a welcome distraction for many.

Meanwhile, another story in the news is more culturally significant than it may seem.

A golden, eight-foot female sculpture wearing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s signature lace collar now stands over the state courthouse in New York City. According to the New York Times, the sculptor titled her work “NOW” because “it was needed ‘now,’ at a time when women’s reproductive rights were under siege after the US Supreme Court in June overturned the constitutional right to abortion.”

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Relationships Are Key to Long-Term Health

Relationships Are Key to Long-Term Health

Since 1938, the Harvard Study of Adult Development has followed two groups of men. One is a group of 456 boys from Boston’s most troubled families and roughest neighborhoods. The other consisted of 268 Harvard College students, chosen by a professor of hygiene specifically for their potential to become healthy, well-adjusted adults. The focus of the longitudinal study has been to discern the factors that best predict a long, healthy life.

The researchers who have followed these young men have maintained a stunning 84 percent participation rate over eight decades. They have visited homes, spoken to parents and siblings, tracked medical exams, and followed marriages and careers. The study, which is currently tracking a second generation of participants, has produced a wealth of significant data. However, in a...more



 

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Is Genesis Just One of the Many Creation Myths?

Is Genesis Just One of the Many Creation Myths?

In the middle of the 19th century, an archaeologist discovered fragments of multiple clay tablets in what is modern-day Iraq. Translated, the cuneiform writing on these and other tablets subsequently found revealed the “Enuma Elish,” the Babylonian account of the creation of the world.

The Enuma Elish starts with formless chaos and water. The waters divide into a god and a goddess, who have children who are also gods. War breaks out between mother and father, and between mother and children. Ultimately, the offspring of the first two gods create human beings to be their servants.

Other ancient cultures have strikingly similar creation stories. Egyptians believed multiple creation myths, but most also begin with chaos and water, out of which comes gods, war, and ultimately, human beings. The...more



 

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The Church Must Strive to See the Value in Every Person

The Church Must Strive to See the Value in Every Person

Let’s start with the good news: the White House announced yesterday that the US plans to end the coronavirus public health emergency on May 11. According to the New York Times, this is “a sign that federal officials believe the pandemic has moved into a new, less dire phase.”

Now to the bad news: A report released yesterday by the world’s largest humanitarian network states that the world remains “dangerously unprepared” for the next pandemic, which could be “just around the corner.” The World Health Organization is currently monitoring nine “priority diseases” that pose the greatest public health risk. One of them is labeled “Disease X,” acknowledging that “a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human...more



 

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Library Rejects Church's 'Christian-Themed' Story Hour, Faces Possible Suit: Legal Group

Library Rejects Church's 'Christian-Themed' Story Hour, Faces Possible Suit: Legal Group

An Arizona public library violated the U.S. Constitution and its own policy when it refused to allow a local citizen to reserve space for a church-sponsored Christian-themed story hour, according to the man’s legal representative.

Pinal County resident and citizen Ricardo Ferreira Frias made the request in December to San Tan Library, telling officials he wanted to hold a story hour to read one of a series of Brave Books, which he said would illustrate “a moral principle aligned with the Bible,” according to First Liberty Institute, which is representing him. The story hour would be hosted by Calvary Chapel of Queen Creek and open to the public.

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Wed, February 01, 2023 3:22pm
 
70th National Prayer Breakfast Aims to Return to Roots, Build Unity

70th National Prayer Breakfast Aims to Return to Roots, Build Unity

Here in the nation's capital, it's not easy to unite lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. But for 70 years, people have put aside politics to gather for an annual D.C. tradition – the National Prayer Breakfast.

It's happening this Thursday. Since 1953, the annual multi-faith event has been urging political and religious leaders to meet, pray, and build relationships.

Every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has headlined the event.

This is the first year that the international foundation known as "The Fellowship" will no longer run the event. Congress is now taking over after concerns over espionage within that secretive group.

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Wed, February 01, 2023 3:29pm
 
Pastor and Three Christians Shot to Death by Suspected Islamic Extremists in Sudan: Report

Pastor and Three Christians Shot to Death by Suspected Islamic Extremists in Sudan: Report

Tragedy recently struck Christians in Kadugli, Sudan, with a disturbing report that a pastor and three believers were shot to death Jan. 23 by suspected Islamic extremists.

A source told Morning Star News militants attacked the group in the middle of the night while they stayed at a facility during a trip back home.

The victims were Sudanese-American Pastor Ibrahim Kandr, Bashir Almaak, Ismail Osman, and Ayoub Ibrahim. In addition to these deaths, four others were also reportedly injured during the assault: Imtiyas Marhy Jabdool, 29; Fadul Musa Al Haraba, 23; Zakaria Butros Al Haraba, 34; and Mujahid Hassan, 19.

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Wed, February 01, 2023 3:32pm
 
'A New Religious Cult - the Church of Woke': London School of Economics Cancels Christian Holidays Lent, Easter

'A New Religious Cult - the Church of Woke': London School of Economics Cancels Christian Holidays Lent, Easter
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Administrators at the London School of Economics have stripped Lent and Easter — as well as Christmas — from the academic calendar in an attempt to become more “international.”

The move has been decried by critics as “ludicrous” and “virtue-signaling nonsense.”

Beginning next year, the Michaelmas term — a reference to the feast of Michael the Archangel — will be renamed “autumn term,” Christmas to “winter break,” Lent to “winter term,” and Easter to “spring break,” according to LBC.

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Wed, February 01, 2023 3:35pm
 
Pro-Life Dad Acquitted, Federal Jury Rejects Gov't 'Intimidation Against Pro-Life People'

Pro-Life Dad Acquitted, Federal Jury Rejects Gov't 'Intimidation Against Pro-Life People'

Pro-life dad Mark Houck, who was arrested in a terrifying FBI home raid, has been acquitted in federal court. After the verdict was announced, Houck embraced his wife while roughly two dozen supporters in the courtroom wept tears of relief.

Houck and his family later prayed outside of the Philadelphia federal courthouse. "I thank you, Lord. When two or more are gathered in your name, you are there in our midst. Your spirit is here," he prayed.

Houck's defense team won their victory at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in the case of United States of America v. Mark Houck.

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Wed, February 01, 2023 3:42pm
 
Whole Communities Touched by Fire of the Holy Spirit: Native American Tribes Experience Christian Revival

Whole Communities Touched by Fire of the Holy Spirit: Native American Tribes Experience Christian Revival

In some respects, the plight of Native Americans hasn't changed. They face troubling circumstances with issues ranging from substance abuse to a massive COVID-19 impact, to an alarming number of missing and murdered women.

"There's a lot of broken areas, broken communities, and our communities are rampant with drugs," Crow Tribe member Donna Stands-Over-Bull told CBN News.

God is Moving

Yet, in the midst of the suffering, Stands-Over-Bull and her husband Russell say God is on the move.

"We can feel and sense the rumblings of revival, and when I say revival I mean people's hearts turning back to God," she shared.

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Pastor to Host Conference for Parents of LGBT Children

Pastor Andy Stanley to Host Conference for Parents of LGBT Children

Megachurch Pastor Andy Stanley is planning to host a conference for parents of children in the LGBTQ+ community later this year.

Stanley's Alpharetta, Georgia-based North Point Community Church will host the Unconditional Conference on Sept. 28-29. Stanley is listed as one of the featured speakers along with North Point Ministries' Debbie Causey, former megachurch pastor John Ortberg, Embracing the Journey co-founders Greg and Lynn McDonald and LGBTQ+ advocate Justin Lee.

"The Unconditional Conference is an event for Christian parents with LGBTQ+ children and ministry leaders. In a world that makes us choose sides, experience a conference from the quieter middle. Our goal is to provide hope and to help parents demonstrate the unconditional love of Jesus to their LGBTQ+ children," the...more



 

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Thu, February 02, 2023 3:55pm
 
God Knows Our Needs Far Better Than We Do

God Knows Our Needs Far Better Than We Do

A Georgia police officer named Jacob Kersey made this post to his personal Facebook account earlier this month: “God designed marriage. Marriage refers to Christ and the church. That’s why there is no such thing as homosexual marriage.” The next day, his supervisor informed him that someone had complained about the post and instructed him to take it down.

When Kersey refused, the supervisor warned him that failure to delete the Facebook post could result in his termination. He was placed on paid administrative leave for a week, then told he could not share personal opinions on social media that someone might find offensive.

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Thu, February 02, 2023 4:01pm
 
By Failing to Seek God, We Seek to Be Our Own God

By Failing to Seek God, We Seek to Be Our Own God

NFL quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement from the sport yesterday. (For an excellent analysis of his decision and its life lessons for us, see Dr. Ryan Denison’s article, “Tom Brady retires again: The cost of holding on to success for too long.”)

Brady’s decision is unusual on three levels.

First, it comes a year to the day after he retired last year only to change his mind and return for his twenty-third season. Not many people retire twice from the same job.

Second, most players retire because they can no longer play the game well enough to compete as they once did. Not so with Brady: Even though he was the oldest active player in the NFL this season, he threw for 4,694 yards, the third most in the league, while completing 66.8 percent of his...more



 

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Thu, February 02, 2023 4:06pm
 
Christianity Isn't a Western Faith

Christianity Isn't a Western Faith

Last month, according to the Congolese military, a militant group attacked a Pentecostal church, killing at least 10 and wounding scores of others. Though incidents like this are hardly new, they rarely make the news. Many in the Western world simply don’t realize how prevalent Christianity and Christian persecution are outside of Europe and North America. Plus, the creeping influence of “the critical theory mood” leaves the impression that because Christianity has been so influential in Western history, Christians must always be villains and can never be victims.

This caricature of Christianity as a sort-of tribal faith of Westerners is flawed at the core. As Philip Jenkins argued in his book The Next Christendom, it took nearly a millennium and a half before the majority of Christians were Europeans. Even today, that...more



 

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Pastor Launches Ministry for Women Suffering from Domestic Violence

Pastor Launches Ministry for Women Suffering from Domestic Violence

The co-pastor of a ministry for women suffering from domestic abuse saw firsthand what happens in abusive relationships.

When Rachel Wilson was 8, she saw her mother's boyfriend abuse her. It was that experience that inspired her to launch Girl Talk International, a ministry from Kingdom Vision Life Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Wilson leads the ministry with her husband, Ronald Wilson. Both co-lead Kingdom Life Center.

"My mother was heavily abused through domestic violence. I witnessed her being beat up and being body slammed. And as a young girl, with my other girl siblings in the house, we actually saw my mother being abused and beat up in front of our very eyes. So, that was like an indirect hit that was very terrorizing and traumatizing," Wilson said, according...more



 

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Thu, February 02, 2023 4:18pm
 
American tourist arrested for alleged attack on Jesus statue in Jerusalem church

American tourist arrested for alleged attack on Jesus statue in Jerusalem church
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Israeli police on Thursday arrested an American tourist after he allegedly knocked down and broke a statue of Jesus in a church in Jerusalem's Old City. Images on social media showed the statue laying horizontally on the floor after apparently being pulled down from a stand at the church.

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'Are You a Man?': Pastor Criticizes Husbands Who Let Wives Decide when to 'Start Having Kids'

'Are You a Man?': Pastor Criticizes Husbands Who Let Wives Decide when to 'Start Having Kids'

A fundamentalist Baptist preacher is drawing attention on social media for a viral clip in which he says husbands should be the sole determiner of how many children their wives have.

Jonathan Shelley, the pastor of Stedfast Baptist Church in Watauga, Texas, made the comments on January 8 in a sermon titled “Postpartum and Pediatricians,” according to ChurchLeaders.com, which first reported on the comments. A video clip of the sermon has been viewed more than 250,000 times on Twitter.

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Super Bowl Broadcast Will Include TV Ads about Jesus and His 'Confounding Love and Forgiveness'

Super Bowl Broadcast Will Include TV Ads about Jesus and His 'Confounding Love and Forgiveness'

The most-watched sporting event in the United States will include commercials about Jesus this year.

The company behind the viral "He Gets Us" ads announced this week that Super Bowl 57 between Kansas City and Philadelphia – televised Feb. 12 on Fox – will include commercials from the campaign.

He Gets Us bills itself as a "campaign to reintroduce people to the Jesus of the Bible and his confounding love and forgiveness."

The campaign has reached more than 100 million people to date.

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Leaders at 2023 International Religious Freedom Summit Say 'China Poses Greatest Threat' to Religious Freedom

Leaders at 2023 International Religious Freedom Summit Say 'China Poses Greatest Threat' to Religious Freedom

The 2023 International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington D.C. determined that China "poses the greatest threat" to religious freedom.

According to CBN News, the annual event, which ran from Jan 31-Feb 1, included world leaders, activists and lawmakers from both sides of the political spectrum.

"The United States must continue to be a voice for the voiceless who are persecuted for their beliefs," Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) said during the opening session of the IRF Summit.

"In our very diverse world, unless the right to religious freedom exists for everyone, it doesn't truly exist for anyone," said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA).

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Army Vet Sues City after Being Arrested for Holding 'God Bless the Homeless Vets' Sign

Army Vet Sues Georgia City after Being Arrested for Holding 'God Bless the Homeless Vets' Sign

A U.S. Army veteran is suing a Georgia city after he was arrested for holding a sign with the phrase “God bless the homeless Vets” written on it.

Jeff Gray filed two lawsuits this week, saying he was harassed for holding the sign. In one suit, he is suing the city of Alpharetta, Georgia. In another, he is suing Blackshear Police Chief Chris Wright, The Christian Post reports.

“Gray’s speech about the plight of homeless veterans — whether ‘panhandling’ or not — and his subsequent questioning of Lt. Furr’s actions, was clearly established as protected political expression,” stated the complaint. “Even if Gray was ‘panhandling,’ it is clearly established that the First Amendment protects speakers asking others for...more



 

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How the Power of Small Change Can Change the World

How the Power of Small Change Can Change the World

The old cliché that something went “the way of the dodo” could soon have a very different meaning.

As Antonio Regaldo writes for the MIT Technology Review, scientists at Colossal Biosciences in Austin, Texas, are currently working to resurrect the bird that has become synonymous with extinction. If your mind is trending toward Jurassic Park flashbacks as you read, you’re not too far off base.

Colossal’s process works by genetically altering the Nicobar pigeon—the dodo’s closest living relative—to gradually turn it into its long-dead ancestor. This process is made possible by the research of Beth Shapiro and her team at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who recently recovered the extinct bird’s DNA from the five-hundred-year-old remains of a...more



 

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If You Give a Man a Womb, Is He a Woman?

If You Give a Man a Womb, Is He a Woman?

Forty years ago, Monty Python’s Life of Brian mocked a male character who wanted to become a woman and have babies. “You haven’t got a womb, [Stan]!” John Cleese’s character reminds him. “Where’s the fetus going to gestate? You going to keep it in a box?”

For the most part, men who identify as women (and vice-versa) accept that no amount of cross-dressing, hormones, or surgery can allow them to play the opposite sex’s role in reproduction. As Cleese rightly observed, men can’t have babies because they haven’t got wombs.

But what if they did? What if medical science enabled “womb transplants,” giving men the ability to carry and bear children within their bodies? Would that make them women?

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The Devil Cannot Attack God, So He Attacks God's People

The Devil Cannot Attack God, So He Attacks God's People

Three stories making headlines this morning offer a case study into human nature.

First, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked southeastern Turkey and northern Syria this morning, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing more than 1,300 people. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers comb through mounds of wreckage for people still trapped under rubble.

Second, Navy divers are searching for debris from the Chinese spy balloon a US fighter jet shot down Saturday off the coast of South Carolina. According to the New York Times, the shooting down of the balloon “introduced a new phase in the increasingly tempestuous relationship between the United States and China.”

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Tue, February 07, 2023 3:25pm
 
Rescuing a Child from Trans Ideology

Rescuing a Child from Trans Ideology

How far would you go to rescue a child from danger? What if it were your child? What if your child was being harmed by an ideology that taught her to hate her body and question who she was?

While parents are pressured to believe that they must affirm their child’s gender confusion, threatened with legal action, and even told they will be responsible for their child’s self-harm, Erin Friday refused to give up on her 11-year-old daughter when she began to struggle with her identity as female.

Recently, Erin told the remarkable story to Virginia Allen on The Daily Signal Podcast.

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Tue, February 07, 2023 3:41pm
 
We Too Often Settle for Knowing about Jesus When We Can Know Jesus

We Too Often Settle for Knowing about Jesus When We Can Know Jesus

In the midst of all the bad news in today’s news, I thought you might like to hear about something a little different this morning. As you’re making plans for next week’s Valentine’s Day, here’s an option you may not have considered: you can donate $10 to the San Antonio Zoo. For that amount, they will name a cockroach after anyone you designate and feed it to an animal.

Their annual “Cry Me a Cockroach” is intended for “exes who just won’t bug off,” as CNN reports. The annual event received more than eight thousand donations last year from all fifty states and over thirty different countries.

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Tue, February 07, 2023 4:13pm
 
Hard Work Brings Contentment, Dream Job or Not

Hard Work Brings Contentment, Dream Job or Not

According to a story in Business Insider, one woman who gave up on her passion is now all the happier for it. Maggie Perkins taught middle and high school in both Florida and Georgia, but now works at Costco, of all places. She attributed the change from lunch boxes to big boxes, after years working in the educational world, to being unable to pay her bills and, more importantly, to sleep at night because of the stress from her job.

Her story is only one of many to describe the broad disillusionment common in education today being expressed by parents, students, taxpayers, and teachers. It also is a reminder that dream jobs can become nightmares if we become alienated from our labor. The God-given joy of meaningful work is often, in our late-modern cultural moment, sapped by overwork, overregulation, and mission...more



 

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Video of 77-Year-Old Woman with Parkinson's Disease Being Baptized Goes Viral

Video of 77-Year-Old Woman with Parkinson's Disease Being Baptized Goes Viral

A video of a woman with Parkinson’s disease being baptized at a London church is going viral.

The woman, 77-year-old Susan, is shown being baptized at The Angel Church in London.

“As surely as the devil is a liar, he is also a liar, he is also a loser,” Pastor Regan Burton King said in a tweet about the video. “Jesus always wins.”

Grace Baptist Church Pastor Ryan Burton King shared the video. His brother is the pastor who baptized the woman in the video, The Christian Post reports.

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U.K. Police Drop Charges Against Pro-Life Activist Arrested for Praying Silently Outside Abortion Clinic

U.K. Police Drop Charges Against Pro-Life Activist Arrested for Praying Silently Outside Abortion Clinic

United Kingdom authorities have dropped charges levied against a pro-life activist who was arrested last year for silently praying outside an abortion clinic.

As Christian Headlines previously reported, police arrested U.K. March for Life director Isabel Vaughn-Spruce on December 6 outside of BPAS Robert Clinic in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

At the time, she was charged with "violating a Public Space Protection Order, which prohibits "protesting, namely engaging in any act of approval or disapproval or attempted act of approval or disapproval, with respect to issues related to abortion services, by any means," including "graphic, verbal or written means, prayer or counseling" outside the abortion clinic.

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NBA Legend Is 'Reintroducing' America to Jesus: He's the 'Foundation of Everything'

NBA Legend Allan Houston Is 'Reintroducing' America to Jesus: He's the 'Foundation of Everything'


Former NBA All-Star guard Allan Houston is opening up about his Christian faith while promoting a new media campaign that seeks to tell millions about Jesus.

The two-time NBA All-Star is a spokesperson for He Gets Us, a media campaign that was launched in 2022 to "reintroduce people to the Jesus of the Bible and his confounding love and forgiveness," according to the He Gets Us website.

He Gets Us announced last week that the Fox Super Bowl LVII broadcast will include commercials from the campaign.

Houston, who retired in 2005 after 12 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks, told Christian Headlines he comes from a "heritage of faith." He grew up in Louisville, Ky., where...more



 

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Phil and Lucinda Dooley Appointed as Hillsong's New Global Senior Pastors

Phil and Lucinda Dooley Appointed as Hillsong's New Global Senior Pastors

Pastors Phil and Lucinda Dooley were appointed as the new global senior pastors of Hillsong Church after serving as interims following Hillsong founder Brian Houston's resignation last year.

"Phil and Lucinda were raised up in our church. They have served many roles, as youth pastors, worship pastors, pastoral care, and for the last 14 years dedicating their lives to establishing and building a flourishing church in South Africa," Hillsong Church Global Board chair Stephen Crouch told the congregation on Sunday before praying for the Dooleys.

"We believe, that is the global senior board believe[s], that they have got the spirit of leadership on their life. And as we have come to see them more closely, as you have come to see them more closely, you can see that they...more



 

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13 Is Too Young for Social Media, U.S. Surgeon General Says: 'Our Kids Need Help'

13 Is Too Young for Social Media, U.S. Surgeon General Says: 'Our Kids Need Help'

The nation's top doctor says he believes social media is having a negative impact on the nation's youth and that 13 is too young to be using the popular services.

Most social media apps require users to be 13 years old before signing up. This is because the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) – signed into law in 1998 – prohibits websites from tracking information on children younger than 13 years old. It became law before the rise of social media.

"I, personally, based on the data I've seen, believe that 13 is too early," U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told CNN. Thirteen, he said, is a time "where it's really important for us to be thoughtful about what's going into how they think about their own self-worth and their relationships, and the skewed...more



 

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Pro-Life Church Group Ordered to Pay $960,000 for Holding Worship Services Outside Planned Parenthood Clinic

Pro-Life Church Group Ordered to Pay $960,000 for Holding Worship Services Outside Planned Parenthood Clinic

A Christian pro-life organization has agreed to pay $960,00 in legal fees and damages for hosting worship services outside a Spokane, Washington, Planned Parenthood clinic.

According to The Christian Post, The Church at Planned Parenthood (TCAPP), a group organized by Covenant Church, agreed to pay $850,000 in legal fees and $110,000 in damages for holding worship services outside the Spokane Planned Parenthood Health Care Center in 2020.

"Planned Parenthood Sues our little church for Peaceful Assembly, and it costs Christians $850,000 for mostly Corrupt Lawyer's Fees," TCAPP Pastor Ken Peters wrote on Facebook last Friday. "The only difference… We have to do 7 pm instead of 6 pm and go across the street. $850k over one hour and...more



 

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Sam Smith Wears Devil-Horned Top Hat during Controversial Grammy Performance of 'Unholy'

Sam Smith Wears Devil-Horned Top Hat during Controversial Grammy Performance of 'Unholy'

Sam Smith and Kim Petras took to the Grammy’s stage Sunday night to perform their controversial hit song “Unholy.” During the performance, Smith donned a devil-horned top hat, Petras danced in a cage and fire and red lights illuminated the stage.

“Unholy,” which won Smith and Petras the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, tells the story of a man carrying out an extramarital affair.

The performance was introduced by Madonna, who Petras, the first transgender woman to ever win the pop duo category, thanked for advocating for the LGBTQ community during her acceptance speech. According to People, while introducing Smith and Petras, Madonna asserted, “If they call you shocking, scandalous, problematic,...more



 

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