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  • Pastor Andrew’s Trial Takes Bleak Turn – Judge Refuses Release, Delay’s trial

    04/18/2018 6:55:49 PM PDT · by cblue55 · 7 replies
    American Center for Law and Justice ^ | April 16, 2018 | CeCe Heil
    After one day of trial, the situation just took a bleak turn for Pastor Andrew. At the conclusion of the first day of his trial – a day filled with video testimony of secret prosecution witnesses whose voices and appearances were disguised – the Turkish judge ordered that Pastor Andrew be returned to the notoriously overcrowded and grim prison, where Pastor Brunson was originally imprisoned. The judge refused to release Pastor Andrew. The judge ordered that the trial not resume until May 7th.
  • Oklahoma Legislature Votes to Extend Home, Business Defense Options to Churches

    04/18/2018 1:32:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Oklahoma legislature has overwhelmingly voted to extend the protections homes and businesses have in the laws of defense of self and others to Oklahoma churches. From publicradiotulsa.org: The Senate voted 42–1 on Thursday for House Bill 2632, which makes places used either part- or full-time for religious services covered by the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act. The shooting still must be done because of reasonable fear of harm or death or to prevent a violent felony. "That makes it clear that there has to be some reason that you felt that you were threatened and needed to use that defensive...
  • What happens when a church dedicated to fighting white supremacy is accused of it

    04/17/2018 4:44:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2018 | Michelle Boorstein
  • Fully 20% Of Americans Now Have No Religious Identity

    04/12/2018 9:13:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/12/2018 | Andrew Malcolm
    And church attendance by Roman Catholics is on the decline again. So, in fact, is the religious affiliation among Americans at large.The drop continues a long trend of declining attendance at mass. In the last three years, an average of only 39 percent of Catholics reported attending church in the past week. That’s down from an average of 45 percent just 10 years ago. And severely off from the mid-1900’s. In 1955, for instance, 75 percent of Catholics reported attending mass during the previous week.On the other side of the aisle, the new Gallup survey found that church attendance...
  • Only 39% of Catholics and 45% of Protestants Attend Church Weekly

    04/12/2018 9:00:47 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 200 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 11, 2018 | Michael W. Chapman
    An updated survey from Gallup, which it has conducted every 10 years since 1955, shows that only 39% of Catholics and 45% of Protestants attend church weekly. Back in 1955, about 75% of Catholics went to Mass every week. For the Protestants, about 42% went to church weekly.
  • Macron sparks uproar in France with church remarks

    04/10/2018 9:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 10 April 2018 13:52 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron that he wanted to repair church-state ties caused uproar Tuesday, sparking charges he was tampering with France’s longstanding secular tradition. The Church and the state were for centuries virtually indistinguishable in France, but the 1789 Revolution marked the first step by republicans to exclude religion from government affairs, codified in a 1905 law separating the two. But tensions have persisted, with conservative politicians often accusing officials of denying France’s cultural heritage — as seen in efforts to install nativity scenes at town halls during Christmas. Macron, who prides himself on tackling difficult issues head-on,...
  • Ex-bookkeeper gets 2 years in prison for stealing $400K from Georgia church

    04/09/2018 8:14:12 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 22 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 04/09/2018 | Lauren Foreman
    A former bookkeeper was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing about $420,000 from a Peachtree City church, according to the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. . . . “We hope that today’s federal prison sentence will bring some solace to the church and its members, and deter others who might consider stealing from vulnerable victims like churches and charitable organizations,”
  • She Got Pregnant at 18 and Did Something That Today, Few Teens Do

    04/09/2018 4:57:45 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 99 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 8, 2018 | Kelsey Harkness
    Kelly Clemente found out she was pregnant when she was 18. She had just finished her first semester of college, and up until then, described herself as your typical “all-American girl.”She got good grades, was a member of a sorority, and ran on the track team.When she saw that pregnancy test, “My life is over,” she thought.“I was like, it doesn’t even matter. Nothing matters anymore,” Kelly told The Daily Signal.Kelly, unlike most girls her age, was familiar with the implications of an unplanned pregnancy. In high school, she volunteered at HOPE in Northern Virginia, a nonprofit that creates gift...
  • Volunteer Church Member Stops Attacker in Church Gunfight

    04/07/2018 9:07:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, the West Maypole Avenue Church of Christ was having a Bible study that started at 7:30 p.m. At 8:09 p.m., the study was interrupted by 27-year-old Kenneth Baines, who announced an armed robbery. A 57-year-old armed church member was seated inside. The church member was legally armed and had a concealed carry permit. It seems likely that he was a member of a voluntary church security team, as later reports refer to him as a “security guard”, but no report mentions that he had a security guard license, or that he was paid as a...
  • Mom deployed Taser on son to wake him up for church, court docs say

    04/03/2018 3:49:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/03/18 | Nicole Darrah
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  • The Erroneous Notion That Is Causing an Exodus From the Church

    03/21/2018 7:22:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/21/2018 | Christopher Benek
    People are fleeing the institutional church and there should be no question as to why this exodus is happening. The vast majority of people who claim to represent God in the United States have been perpetuating a Biblical misconception that has been leading the church into decline for decades. That erroneous notion is Escapism Theology. Escapism theology is the concept that humanity needs to get away from this mess we call Earth and go "home" to Heaven. I hear this kind of verbiage all of the time from church leaders almost everywhere. They say things like: "Accept Jesus as your...
  • 12 Surefire Methods For Standing Out From The Crowd During Church

    03/20/2018 10:49:23 AM PDT · by fishtank · 165 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 3-19-18 | B. Bee
    12 Surefire Methods For Standing Out From The Crowd During Church March 19, 2018 You know what’s the literal worst? Going through all the trouble to put on your best clothes from Hollister, drive all the way to church, and worship the Lord Most High—only to realize later that not a single person even noticed you the whole time you were singing God’s praises and having the Word of God preached to you. Everyone’s eyes were on the worship band or on the pastor.
  • An ex-con disarmed a gunman in a Texas church. Then ‘the good guys shot me’

    02/27/2018 9:09:08 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 49 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 2/27/18 | Matthew Martinez
    When a man with a handgun walked into a church service at the Faith City Mission in Amarillo, Texas, most of the crowd of about 100 started to run. But Tony Garces, an ex-con, took his shirt off and confronted the gunman, according to a news release from Amarillo police. After Garces wrestled the gun away from 35-year-old Joshua Len Jones, and helped prevent what could have been another mass shooting on the same day as the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., at least one Amarillo police officer shot Garces. He was hit twice, in...
  • Local church to hold four-day celebration of assault rifles

    02/21/2018 6:39:35 AM PST · by RBW in PA · 14 replies
    Pike County Courier ^ | 20 February 2018 | Frances Ruth Harris
    NEWFOUNDLAND — A multi-day festival to celebrate assault rifles begins in Pike County just one week after one was used to gun down more than 30 people, 17 fatally, in a Parkland, Fla., school. In recent years, the famous Moon family has brought to Pike County both a company that sells assault rifles and a church that puts them at the center of religious observances. The church's pastor and his followers say their devotion to the AR-15, a weapon of war used again and again in the nation's worst mass shootings, is rooted in Christian love. They do not see...
  • Church Protection Act Advances in Alabama

    02/19/2018 12:16:30 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    An Alabama representative, Lynn Greer (R), has filed a bill to clarify Alabama law to include churches with dwellings that have protection under the law to use deadly force to protect the people inside from attack.  On 15 February, 2018, the bill was passed with overwhelming support, 40 to 16, in the House.  39 Republicans and 1 Democrat voted for the bill, 2 Republicans and 14 Democrats voted against it. From montgomeryadvertiser.com: The bill, sponsored by Rep. Lynn Greer, R-Rogersville, would add houses of worship to the state’s 2006 law, allowing a person to use physical force against anyone...
  • Liberal Church of Sweden Set to Lose 1 Million Members, Start Selling Its Property

    02/18/2018 2:20:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/18/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The liberal-leaning Church of Sweden is expected to lose over one million members in the next 10 years, insiders have said, and will soon have to start selling property it can no longer support. Börje Holgersson, chairman of the church council of Lima-Transtrand in Västerĺs, said in an article for SVT, the Swedish national public TV, that the parish "simply can't afford to make ends meet." A translation by Breitbart News on Wednesday noted that fears are that the Lutheran church, which has around six million baptized members in the country, will see a dramatic drop in membership over the...
  • What is a Cult?

    02/10/2018 7:10:14 AM PST · by tiredofallofit · 62 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 2/07/18 | Robert Messner
    When I tell people about my childhood church, they will usually insist that I was in a cult. While I strongly suspect that they are correct, I never thought of myself as a cult member. Sure, my church may have shunned the outside world and taught that it alone possessed “the truth” but we never had to swear our undying loyalty to the leaders or live in a compound or drink poison. Should you wish to stop attending the church, you were free to do so, but you had to accept that the members who remained were no longer your...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Bergoglio calls for "dare I say – at a bold cultural revolution”

    01/29/2018 12:40:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | January 29, 2018 | Vox Cantoris
    The arrogance of this man. He even knows by his "dare I say" how inflammatory a statement he is about to make. http://www.lastampa.it/2018/01/29/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/the-pope-asks-catholic-universities-for-a-cultural-revolution-Yktf3rHxCR10bKNrbj9uyH/pagina.html“on the cultural level of academic training and scientific study, a broad and generous effort at a radical paradigm shift, or rather – dare I say – at “a bold cultural revolution”.   http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_constitutions/documents/papa-francesco_costituzione-ap_20171208_veritatis-gaudium.html Think that's it? Do you doubt the next requirement is for priests and bishops to sign-on and swear loyalty to the Magisterium of Francis? Since when is the teaching of the Roman Pontiff separate from the Magisterium of the Church? If the Roman Pontiff teaches...
  • Pastor Who Confronted Police After Arrest in East Haven Church Resigns

    01/26/2018 1:30:48 PM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 33 replies
    nbcconnecticut.com ^ | 1/26/2018 | nbcconnecticut.com
    An East Haven pastor who confronted police officers after they went into her church to arrest a suspect in a violent case of domestic violence has resigned. The pastor, Rev. Care Goodstal Spinks, confronted police officers outside Old Stone Church after they arrested 34-year-old Ryan Champlin. Police said Champlin went to the church Tuesday after assaulting his 59-year-old mother following an argument about him not paying to live at their residence. When Champlin’s mother tried to call 911, her son pushed her to the ground, police said. Champlin's mother locked herself in her bedroom, but her son kicked the door...
  • Bold About What?

    01/26/2018 3:30:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2018 | Mike Adams
    Every now and then, I visit other churches in order to see what kinds of traditions they observe and what kinds of issues they tackle in their weekly worship services. Last weekend, I visited a non-denominational church. As I write this column on a Thursday morning, I am on my fourth day of trying to figure out what the pastor actually said, if anything. To be frank, I suspect that the pastor is still trying to figure out what he actually said, if anything.The thesis of the sermon, which was given to a church heavily populated with college students, seems...