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  • Southern Baptists Call Off the Culture War

    06/16/2018 4:56:13 PM PDT · by Salman · 78 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 6-16-2018 | Jonathan Merritt
    America’s largest Protestant group moves to cut ties with the Republican Party and re-engage with mainstream culture. It was immediately clear that change was afoot in Dallas. I’ve attended the annual gatherings of the Southern Baptist Convention dozens of times, but walking around the convention center this week, I was struck by how unfamiliar it all felt. When I was a child, the convention hall was a sea of silver combovers and smelled of denture paste. While the older, more traditionalist crowd was still present in Dallas, the younger, fresh-faced attendees now predominated. “The generational shift happening in the SBC...
  • What South Korean Christians Want for North Korea

    06/15/2018 1:35:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | June 13, 2018 | CT Editors
    “North Korea has been threatening South Korea two or three times a year. They say, ‘We want to make Seoul a city of fire.’ They make weapons. They shoot our navy boat down. They shoot cannonballs into South Korean islands..." But this aggressive behavior hasn’t kept South Korean churches from praying for their Northern neighbors.Instead, South Korean Christians pray frequently for “freedom, for evangelism, for the transformation of the North Korean leaders, that God will be merciful to them and to us so our nation will be unified so we can go up there and evangelize in North Korea and...
  • Church attendance linked with reduced suicide risk, especially for Catholics, study says

    06/11/2018 1:22:59 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 171 replies
    LA Times ^ | Jun 29, 2016 | Melissa Healy
    Against a grim backdrop of rising suicide rates among American women, new research has revealed a blinding shaft of light: One group of women — practicing Catholics — appears to have bucked the national trend toward despair and self-harm. Compared with women who never participated in religious services, women who attended any religious service once a week or more were five times less likely to commit suicide between 1996 and 2010, says a study published by JAMA Psychiatry. [snip] Among devout Catholic women — those in the pews more than once a week — suicides were a vanishing phenomenon. Among...
  • It’s Not Bigotry to Believe Homosexuality Is a Sin

    06/08/2018 11:26:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | June 8, 2018 | David French
    Another Christian has lost his livelihood for good-faith wrongspeak. This time it was for articulating extremely basic Christian truth that it’s sinful to celebrate sexual immorality. Here’s BuzzFeed with the story: A high-ranking CrossFit employee was fired after tweeting his support for a CrossFit gym’s cancellation of a Pride event, citing his belief that celebrating LGBT pride is a “sin.” Russell Berger was the mega-successful fitness company’s chief knowledge officer, often de facto spokesperson, and a co-author of the Russells, a blog about scientific misconduct that he maintained with colleague Russell Greene. But Berger got into hot water Wednesday afternoon...
  • New California Law May Punish Pastors for Helping Others Leave Homosexuality

    06/07/2018 2:26:10 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    The New American ^ | 07 June 2018 | Selwyn Duke
    Could California pastors be charged with a crime for using Christian doctrine to help someone leave homosexuality? This could be the case if a new Golden State bill, AB 2943, becomes law. Making matters worse, some critics claim it could even be used to impede sales of the Bible. California, 11 other states, and D.C. already ban “reparative therapy” — which seeks to eliminate unwanted same-sex attraction or feelings of “gender” identity — for minors. The new bill, however, applies to adults as well and would prohibit not just therapists but anyone from offering such aid. It’s gold-plated hypocrisy: The...
  • Nancy Pelosi on Supreme Court Ruling: Bake That Cake, Christians!

    06/05/2018 5:19:52 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 57 replies
    brietbart ^ | 06/04/2018 | Joel B Pollak
    Would-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed Monday’s 7-2 Supreme Court ruling in the Masterpiece Bakeshop case, attacking “discriminatory practices behind the guise of religious liberty.” The Court found in favor of a Colorado baker who was sued when he declined to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage because of his Christian beliefs. The baker asserted his religious liberty under the First Amendment. The decision avoided ruling on the broader question of whether religious liberty trumps non-discrimination on the basis of sexuality, and held only that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had not given the baker...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Feast of Our Lady, the Help of Christians (Gueranger)

    05/23/2018 10:41:54 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Commemoration EVER SINCE OUR ENTRANCE upon the joys of the Paschal Season, scarcely a day has passed without the Calendar’s offering us some grand Mystery or Saint to honor; and all these have been radiant with the Easter sun. But of our Blessed Lady, there has not been a single Feast to gladden our hearts by telling us of some mystery or glory of this august Queen. The Feast of her Seven Dolors is sometimes kept in April—that is, when Easter Sunday falls on or after the 10th of that month; but May and June pass without any...
  • Christian Colleges Don't Have to Violate Faith, Provide Birth Control Coverage, Oklahoma Court Rules

    05/18/2018 8:09:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/18/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    A federal court has ruled that four Christian universities based in Oklahoma will not be penalized for refusing to provide health care coverage for the birth control services they consider contrary to their religious beliefs. In 2013, Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Southern Nazarene University filed suit against the Obama administration over their mandate that forced most employers, regardless of religious convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and contraception. A decision released Tuesday by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma granted relief for the four universities, in large part...
  • Egypt: Families of Beheaded Copts Finally Reunited with Remains of Loved Ones

    05/18/2018 4:23:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    After a three-year wait and a number of broken promises, the Egyptian Coptic families of 20 men beheaded by IS in Libya in 2015 have finally received their loved ones’ remains. The leader of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, accompanied by several bishops, priests and deacons, welcomed the 20 coffins at the Cairo airport on Monday evening, 14 May, with prayers and Coptic chants. From there the coffins were transported to the village of Al-Our in Minya province, where the Church of the Martyrs of Faith and Homeland, dedicated to the victims, had been inaugurated in February in anticipation...
  • Jerusalem embassy to be opened by 'religious bigot,' Romney says (Pastor Jeffress)

    05/14/2018 7:30:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    MSN ^ | May 14, 2018 | F. Brinley Bruton and Vaughn Hillyard, NBC News
    Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney lashed out at the decision to have a controversial evangelical leader give a blessing at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Monday, calling him a "religious bigot." The Senate candidate from Utah criticized the inclusion of the Rev. Robert Jeffress — the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas who is also an an adviser to President Donald Trump. The president recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital last year. "Robert Jeffress says, 'You can't be saved by being a Jew,' and 'Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell,'" Romney wrote in...
  • Family of ISIS-inspired suicide bombers attack Indonesian churches, at least 13 dead

    05/13/2018 5:10:31 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 8 replies
    aol ^ | May 13th 2018 | KANUPRIYA KAPOOR
    A family of six launched suicide attacks on Christians attending Sunday services at three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya, killing at least 13 people and wounding 40, officials said. Police said the family who carried out Sunday's attacks were among 500 Islamic sympathizers who had returned from Syria. "The husband drove the car, an Avanza, that contained explosives and rammed it into the gate in front of that church," East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told reporters at the regional police headquarters in Surabaya. The wife and two daughters were involved in an attack on a second...
  • California Demands That Christians 'Evolve'

    05/11/2018 1:45:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2018 | Brent Bozell and Tim Graham
    California has a hallowed but questionable reputation as being the birthplace of the radical Free Speech Movement on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Today, they're not just shutting down conservative speakers on the campus. The state's Democrats may pass a law to shut down religious speech and create a statewide LGBT "safe space." There's a new legislative proposal banning all conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice -- by not just mental health providers but anyone. Since the "independent fact-checkers" are quick to swarm around conservative "misinformation," FactCheck.org, PolitiFact and Snopes have all cried "False" at the idea that...
  • *Sigh* No, Being A Christian Does Not Require You Meekly Submit To Leftist Tyranny

    05/10/2018 5:06:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2018 | Kurt Schlichter
    First, the oldest but best Christian joke in the world (The second best is the one about how what was going on in Gomorrah was so bad nobody will talk about it): There’s this Christian guy who gets on his roof to escape a flood. He prays to God to save him. A rowboat comes by. He says, “No thanks, God will save me.” The rowboat leaves, the water rises, and he drowns. He appears before the Lord and says, “But I prayed for you to save me!” and God says, “I sent you a rowboat.” Donald Trump is religious...
  • WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Smothers Comedian Michelle Wolf With Kindness

    05/03/2018 9:51:11 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 64 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/3/18 | Nick Givas
    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders turned the other cheek on “Fox & Friends” Thursday and responded to criticism from comedian Michelle Wolf by wishing her a happy life. “Look, I think that evening says a whole lot more about her than it does about me,” Sanders said of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday. “The people that were my friends before that evening are my friends today and I’m going to continue doing the job that I came here to do every single day,” she said. “I’m very proud of the fact that I work in this...
  • The Good News for Christians From An Otherwise Bleak Pew Study

    04/29/2018 9:04:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2018 | J. Warner Wallace
    I’ve been tracking the decline of Christianity in America ever since serving as a youth pastor in the early 2000’s. Even back then I couldn’t help but notice the astonishing rate at which young Christians were leaving the Church. The polls have been consistent about this, and the latest Pew Research Center study (surveying more than 4,700 U.S. adults) is no exception. If you’re a Christian, the poll offers a distressing assessment:Our Numbers Are Shrinking – Only 56% of Americans say they believe in God “as described in the Bible.” The number of people who claim a belief in God – or...
  • Trump to Halt HHS Rule Forcing Christian Doctors, Hospitals to Perform Sex Change Surgeries

    04/24/2018 9:47:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/24/2018 | Samuel Smith
    The Trump administration plans to eliminate an Obama-era regulation that opponents say requires faith-based hospitals, insurance providers and doctors to perform, provide and cover gender-reassignment surgeries and procedures that violate their religious convictions. The New York Times reported Saturday that the United States Department of Health and Human Services submitted a proposal to the White House that would eliminate a 2016 rule that barred health care providers and employers from discriminating against transgender patients seeking to transition genders. The move comes after Judge Reed O'Connor in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide...
  • Why President Trump Should Recognize The Armenian Genocide

    04/23/2018 6:00:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | APRIL 23, 2018 | Stella Morabito
    If President Trump recognizes the Armenian genocide by specifically using the word “genocide” in his April 24 proclamation, he would send a strong signal to the world that America is unequivocally on the side of historical truth and the protection of innocent life. He would be only the second president, after Ronald Reagan, to do so boldly and officially. Every year on April 24 there are memorial services, marches, and media reminders of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. The beginning of the massacres is marked on that date in 1915, when hundreds...
  • 'White American Bible Belt' Often Worshiped Racism and Called It Jesus Christ, Says Russell Moore

    04/06/2018 7:58:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/04/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    Often in history, the "White American Bible Belt" paid homage to racism while calling it "Jesus Christ," according to prominent evangelical Russell Moore. Delivering a speech at the MLK 50 Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, on Tuesday, Moore drew a parallel between America's struggle for racial equality and the ancient Israelites being told to choose between serving God or serving Baal. "Time and time again, when told they could not serve both, the people of God tragically often chose to worship Baal but to rename him God," said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "And...
  • Christians and white people get 'unmerited perks,' live 'easier'

    04/03/2018 1:17:23 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/3/2018 | Caleb Parke
    George Washington University is hosting a seminar on combating “Christian privilege” in America. According to an event description, students in a 90-minute training session will learn about ways American Christians receive things they don’t deserve and are not worthy of getting: “How do we…acknowledge that Christians receive unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across our country?”
  • Facebook now bans image of Jesus on cross

    04/03/2018 10:48:12 AM PDT · by detective · 68 replies
    WND ^ | 04/02/2018
    An image of the San Damiano Cross, showing Jesus in glory, “reigning from his cruciform throne,” has been rejected by Facebook because of its “shocking content.” “This is what the monitors at Facebook consider excessively violent, sensational, and shocking,” said a statement from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.