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Hispanics turning evangelical, Jews secular

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Worship service attendance is up in New York City, but down among young adult Jews, according to recent studies. On the other hand, fewer Spanish-speaking teens are attending Catholic mass, but more are showing up at Evangelical churches. A recent […]

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Billy Graham: I know where I’m going

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“Daddy thinks the Lord will allow him to live to 95,” said Franklin Graham recently. It was not a prophecy but a hope, Franklin explained, that he would live to see the beginning of a Christian renewal, a genuine heaven-sent […]

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Are All These Christians’ Complaints of Persecution Just So Much Empty Whining?

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The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought Out, Murdered in the Kenyan Mall Massacre,” “Judicial Watch […]

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How can Christians defend themselves against today’s random violence?

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So, a crazed gunman opens fire and you’re caught in the middle. How can you survive? Heroes come in all sorts of packages. And they wield all sorts of defensive weapons. Such as guns and Jesus. Sometimes both at the […]

Does Sunday Morning Church Really Need All This Glitter, Showmanship and Gimmickry?

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What’s wrong with church today? Are we in danger of turning worship into a flashy concert? Of watering down the message so nobody is offended? Of forgetting the simplicity of the Gospel? I grew up with a preacher’s kid. He […]

Want a Good Movie for Your Youth Group?

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What does it take to make a good Christian movie? “Passion,” says Nicole Abisinio, producer of “The Investigator,” based on the true-life story of comedian Ray Romano’s brother Rich. In the long-running TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond.” the character “Robert” […]

Are Denominations Dividing the Church?

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One day, Jesus turned to one of His most faithful disciples, fisherman Simon Bar-Jonah, and gave him a new name. God had only done that a few times before – Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Jacob to Israel, then […]

Egypt’s Christians weep as rioters target their churches, homes, businesses … and children

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Christian nuns are paraded through the streets like prisoners of war. Scores of churches and Christian schools smolder in vandalized ruins. Christian children are being gunned down on the street. “The words are heavy to put together this morning,” writes an […]

Focus on the Family’s President Says It’s Time to “Refocus”

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 It’s tough out there in the culture wars and Jim Daly has the battle scars to prove it. But does the top executive of Focus on the Family believe he can ever successfully declare a truce with forces that seem […]

Who should be allowed to pray for Obama?

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It seems preposterous, but there’s a major debate over who is worthy to invoke the presence and blessing of the Almighty on the leaders of this land we love! So, who is qualified to pray for the President of the […]

ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour: Not your ordinary Christmases

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Christmas has unique memories for international journalist Christiane Amanpour, the ABC News Global Affairs Anchor. As a small child, she remembers wonderful times, “my family with a Christmas tree and presents and a family gathering.” But her father was Muslim. Her mother […]

Who’s winning the war on Christmas?

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A Los Angeles-area retirement center was briefly the center of the annual war against Christmas when employees tossed out a Christmas tree, menorahs and anything else festive, declaring them to be prohibited religious symbols. Meanwhile an elementary school banned children from the audience of its Christmas show — […]

Producer, author, actor Roma Downey’s life has been more than touched by an angel

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When Roma Downey speaks, you know you’ve heard that golden voice before, but as you listen, the Irish-born actress is reading aloud a children’s book, The Sweetest Story Bible. She’s telling how much God loves us – with stories chosen […]

On our knees: the only way for Christians to approach this presidential election

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How should we approach the upcoming presidential election? On our knees, proclaims a chorus of Christian leaders from across the theological spectrum – including two separate groups that are praying for the nation in the final 40 days leading up to Election […]

Have they proved Jesus had a wife?

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Does a tiny, recently unveiled scrap of papyrus prove that Jesus Christ had a wife? If so, it would contradict the Gospels and throw the entire New Testament and Christianity itself into doubt. However, the fragment itself is increasingly in […]

Dallas cops give hookers a choice: jail or Jesus

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Authorities in Dallas are grappling with prostitution by taking some uncommon measures. Rather than sending prostitutes directly to jail, officers are giving them a unique opportunity — to turn their lives around, get off of streets and begin a process […]

Was Jesus a Democrat? Or a Republican?

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There’s a bit of debate about Jesus’ politics these days. “Jesus would send all these right-wing pseudo-Christians straight to hell,” writes Jack Clark. “I can prove Jesus was a Republican,” writes Darrin Yaeger. Jesus changed everything, notes author John Ortberg […]

Mixing Bibles, bars and beer, missionaries head for the pubs

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Theology at the Pub is a popular weekly event in Melbourne, Australia, aimed at “amateur theologians aged between 18 and 40 and any clergy who wish to enjoy a drink or two with anyone younger than the average parishioner.” In Norfolk, […]

Have Americans lost their faith … or just their trust in the old “mainline” churches?

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Do Americans have less faith in God? Or is their crisis of faith in the professional bureaucracies claiming to represent Him — particularly in the old, historic “mainline” denominations — the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Disciples of Christ, Methodists and what remains of […]

India’s Christians: What would Gandhi do?

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 What would Gandhi do? Hindu extremists recently dragged several new Christian converts from their homes in Assam, India, beat them and threatened them for five hours, trying to get them to renounce Jesus. When finally released, the shaken converts did […]

Is religion to blame for the world’s violence?

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Just a few days ago, a car loaded with explosives attempted to get access to the First Evangelical Church Winning All in Kaduna, Nigeria. However, the suicide bomber’s car with a military uniform folded on the back seat was turned away at […]

Should America be a Christian nation?

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Fifty years ago on June 25, 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court banned prayer from U.S. public schools on the principle that America has no state religion – and is not officially a Christian nation. It set the stage for today’s […]

Did Jesus influence America’s Founding Fathers?

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Were America’s founding fathers influenced by Jesus Christ? Rather than debate the topic, why not just look into their personal journals? What did they say? Christopher Columbus in his Book of Prophecies: It was the Lord who put into my […]

After years of terror, corruption, cancer-stricken Chavez cries out to Jesus on state TV

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After years of criticizing the church, kicking out Christian missionaries, assisting terrorists and praising atheists, Venezuela’s mercurial strongman, Hugo Chavez, came home from a botched cancer treatment in Cuba, then took to Venezuela’s airwaves to call out to Christ for help. “Give me Your crown, […]

Understanding Christian Political Engagement

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Guest Blogger: Bethany Blankley Pastor Charles Worley of Maiden, North Carolina created a firestorm among Christians and non-Christians when he suggested that homosexuals be rounded up and put inside electrical fences, left to die. Obviously, this is not the Christian […]

Why would “anti-bullying” youth convention speaker mock the Bible, Christian teens?

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The report is difficult to believe: A paid “anti-bullying” expert is caught on video ranting at a national convention of high schoolers and is recorded bullying the Christian kids who were offended by his obscenities. They quietly follow his advice […]

Are Americans finding God in cyberspace?

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Will the church of the future be on line? We seem to be heading that way, says think-tank president Ron Sellers who points to recent findings that among American adults who use the Internet, 44 percent use it for religious purposes.  […]

Are “unacceptable religions” fatal for U.S. presidential candidates?

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Is there an unwritten religious litmus test for the U.S. presidency? Do voters require candidates to be “not just religious, but acceptably religious”? Yes, say Northwest Nazarene University professors Steve Shaw and Darrin Grinder. If they are right, will Mitt […]

Chuck Colson: Beyond Watergate

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 by James D. Davis  Copyright © 2012, South Florida Sun-Sentinel This week I told a friend that Chuck Colson was on his deathbed. Her response: “Who’s that?” That ignorance is good, in a way. For many in my generation, Colson, […]

Is Iran about to drag us into Armageddon?

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Should we be worried that Iran is about to tip the entire world into World War III?  Are some folks reading far too much into all of today’s saber-rattling? Are they drawing wild conclusions from popular interpretations of Bible prophecy […]

Hollywood loses a quiet giant of the faith

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Tributes are pouring in on the Internet to a quiet man of faith who believed that prime time television – the world of sit-coms and cop dramas and reality shows – could be used of God to change the world. […]

Challenges to faith, tradition swirl in Britain

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Is political correctness running amuck in Great Britain? Officials have decided to forbid British schoolchildren from having best friends. The government says it will back a ban on employees wearing crucifixes or any other Christian symbol. A court says UK […]

Texas town turns other cheek, helps atheist who threatened their nativity scene

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Turning the other cheek seems to be working in little Athens, Texas. It seems a big-city atheist heard that they had a nativity scene on the courthouse lawn last winter, according to MSNBC News. So, he called Athens officials five hours away to threaten that […]

Billy Graham’s daughter Ruth has been through the fire, says it’s time for honesty

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Billy Graham’s daughter wants to hear from you. She says it’s time to be honest. Ruth Graham, daughter of the famed evangelist, says she’s been through the fire and is ready to talk about her deepest frustrations and fears. She also […]

Amid violence, Egypt’s Christians rely on Muslim friends, worry about future

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Burned-out rubble is all that’s left of Christian shopkeeper Abskharon Suleiman’s appliance store in the northern Egyptian village of Sharbat. His home was destroyed as well as shops owned by his adult children – all targeted because they are Christians. […]

European tourists packing the pews at Harlem’s historic black churches

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Gawking European tourists are paying to stand in long lines so they can enjoy a unique New York City experience — the legendary Gospel music of Harlem’s black churches. Having to turn away crowds of international visitors are a number of evangelical neighborhood churches famous for their joyous choirs, […]

Ramadan, Iranian hijabs, Sikh daggers add unexpected drama to the London Olympics

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This year at the London Olympics, Sikh athletes will be allowed to carry daggers – and some Muslim competitors may be exempted from their annual Ramadan fast. But a decision to experiment with the safety of  hijab headcoverings for Muslim women soccer players may […]

Internet spreading new accusations connecting Rick Warren with “Chrislam”

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New accusations that mega-church pastor Rick Warren is promoting a new world religion that will usher in the Antichrist– are raging again, despite Warren’s adamant and frustrated denials. Fanning the flames on the Internet this time are none other than […]

Bestselling novelist Frank Peretti’s “Illusion” is a love letter to Barbara, his wife for 40 years

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If there’s a message in bestselling author Frank Peretti’s new book Illusion, it’s a thank-you card, he says, or maybe a romantic note to his wife – as well as a celebration of marriage. “It’s a tribute,” he says from […]

British soccer sensation is a rural Texas boy who looks to Heaven after each goal he scores

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Making English Premier League soccer history, the intense kid from rural Texas scored a “hat trick” – three goals in a single match for Fulham. Only a few days later, did he it again — the first American ever to do so once, much […]

Did Obama mean to pick a fight with America’s two largest denominations?

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In an election year of all times, why would President Barack Obama choose to infuriate both America’s Catholics and Southern Baptists? “It seems that Obama, in a classic act of hubris, has created the means of his own destruction,” writes […]

Did Rastafarian spokesman Bob Marley become a Christian on his deathbed?

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Three decades after the death of legendary Jamaican musician Bob Marley, an intriguing story is circulating. “What most people don’t know, and many try to cover up, is the fact that Bob Marley converted to Christianity in 1980,” proclaims an […]

Are U.S. colleges hostile to Christian students?

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Are Christian kids on U.S. college campuses facing open hostility and discrimination because of their faith? Supreme Court Justice Justice Samuel Alito seems to think so. So does U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Daniel Ripple – and human […]

Does Bible ban tattoos? No, scoffs shopping center church that also offers cage fighting

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The Bridge, an offbeat church in a Flint, Michigan shopping center, is offering tattoos to its members. It also offers occasional classes in cage fighting, poetry slams and auto repair. “A Michigan pastor who says he’s doing everything he can […]

Texas, Alabama, Arizona groups ignore threats from Wisconsin atheists

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Thousands of Texans, including the state attorney general and the governor, presidential hopeful Rick Perry, have sent a clear message to Wisconsin atheists who enjoy intimidating small towns into removing nativity scenes. The message is the same from an American […]

Pretending to be Jesus renews skeptic’s faith

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You’ve seen the extraordinary paintings of Jesus’ life. They’re in bookstores and magazines. They’re all over the Internet. They’re the work of artist Liz Lemon Swindle. They’ve won worldwide acclaim – even compared to Italian master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, […]

California carolers surprise shoppers

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A bunch of friends in Redondo Beach, California, had a bright idea — why not put on their own “flash mob” Christmas pageant at the local Galleria shopping mall. Without any permission, they just showed up and began singing Christmas […]

Tebowing goes international

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Across the globe, folks are Tebowing in exotic places. What is Tebowing? It’s “to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different,” says sportswriter Lindsay H. Jones at the […]

Graphic novelist tackles Christmas

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Billy Tucci, a “graphic novelist,” best known for soldiers, samurais and superheroes, has turned his attention to what he calls “the greatest superhero” in his newest work, writes James Davis in South Florida’s Sun Sentinel daily newspaper. A “graphic novel” might be […]

Thousands rally to save Texas nativity

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Thousands of Texans, including the state attorney general and the governor, have sent a clear message to Wisconsin atheists who enjoy intimidating small towns into removing nativity scenes. At least 5,000 showed up at a rally supporting Henderson County officials […]

Over morning coffee, five friends inspire “Merry Christmas” billboards nationwide

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“As Christians, we were offended,” the five told the morning news shows. Over coffee, Joanne Brown, Linda Bennett, Judi Hanna, Laurie Kramer and Pat See, all of the Youngstown, Ohio, area — lamented Americans’ increasingly “politically correct” pressure to mumble […]

Last minute gift: a Jesus toaster!

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“Have breakfast with Jesus every morning!” writes Monsignor Charles Pope, in a tongue-in-cheek message on the website of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., “In the past you’ve had see Him with eyes of faith. Now you can see Him right […]

Bureaucrats decide Congressmen cannot write “Merry Christmas” in official mail

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Anonymous federal rulemakers this year decided that members of the U.S. House of Representatives are not allowed to wish their constituents back home “Merry Christmas.” Senators may. However, members of the House may only offer holiday greetings to voters. They must steer clear of anything so politically incorrect […]

Silent monks “sing” the Hallelujah Chorus

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It’s just a fun skit — a bunch of high schoolers who to the delight of their audience pondered just how a bunch of monks who’d taken a vow of silence might put on a Christmas concert. If you think […]

Joy to the World! Take the word to the mall!

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What fun! The choir at  Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minnesota decided to go Christmas caroling at the Burnsville Center Shopping Mall. Then somebody put the word out on the Internet — and caroling turned into a flash mob. […]

Survey: poor economy hurting churches

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How is the economic downturn affecting churches across America? More than 92 percent of the congregations responding to a recent survey said they had been impacted by members’ job loss and loss of income. Only slightly more than a third […]

Christmas caroling meets “flash mobbing”

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Folks have been Christmas caroling for centuries. It’s a fun tradition. Just get a few friends and their kids together and go stand in the freezing cold of your neighbors’ lawns. Send an eight-year-old up to knock on the door […]

British Prime Minister admits personal doubts, calls for Christian revival, values

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In ceremonies commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned a growing “do as you please” culture, warned of a “slow-motion moral collapse” in Britain and called for a revival of traditional Christian […]

China “revokes probation” of Christian lawyer already jailed at secret location for 2 years

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In the first official word from Chinese authorities about Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who disappeared into police custody nearly two years ago, police say they have revoked his probation and are sending him back to prison. The puzzling announcement […]

It’s ‘Christmas tree,’ say irked Rhode Islanders

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Although Governor Lincoln Chafee has decided to declare the decorated evergreen in the State Capitol’s Rotunda a “holiday tree,” a chorus of Rhode Islanders are proclaiming it a Christmas Tree. In fact, a local talk show host is planning a […]

Iran official says illegal churches harm youth

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As the anniversary of Iran’s 2010 Christmas raids on Christian homes and house-based churches approaches, Iran’s minister of intelligence has announced that underground Evangelical churches pose a serious threat to the nation’s youth. Meanwhile a senior Iranian religious official said […]

Christians the “target of every progressive thinker and half-witted comedian”

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Canadian TV commentator Rex Murphy is tired of Christians turning the other cheek. “There is a radical inconsistency to the treatment afforded to Christian believers and that of most other religious groups,” he writes in the Canadian daily newspaper the […]

New film to highlight mystery of Elvis’ faith

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Who will release the first Hollywood biographical movie about Elvis Presley? According to the Hollywood Reporter, four productions are in the works — and one of them, The Identical, focuses on the elusive question of Presley’s faith. Worldwide, the enigmatic Presley […]

Conservative pioneer fund-raiser calls for boycott of annual Catholic offering

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Conservative icon Richard Viguerie is irked with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. He’s annoyed enough that he’s launched a nationwide campaign calling on fellow Catholics to withhold their annual gifts — usually collected on the third weekend of November. […]

African leaders cite Christian, Muslim beliefs, tell British to quit pushing immorality

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Whether or not to legalize lifestyles they consider immoral should not be a requirement for receiving British foreign aid, a key African leader told Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday. Offended by the implication that Ghana’s former colonial masters […]

Ancient Christian ruins in danger

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The ruins of the 1,500-year-old St. Menas’ church and monastery near Alexandria, Egypt, are sinking into water-saturated soil and may be added to the UN’s list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The situation worsened two weeks ago with the collapse of an […]

Egyptian Muslims, Christians reach agreement to ease church repair rules

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church and the Muslim group Al-Azhar have come to an agreement on a unified law for building houses of worship, according to the Cairo daily newspaper al-Masry al-Youm. Egypt has long had strict rules prohibiting the repair or […]

Gallup: Fewer Democrats attending church

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The gap between Democrat and Republican churchgoers has widened, according to a new Gallup poll. The new report shows that 52 percent of Democrats seldom or never attend church. Democrats who attend weekly dropped two percent  from 29 to 27 percent […]

British Conservatives losing Christian voters

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Pollsters say 83 percent of church-going British voters are opposed to Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom — and 57 percent are “less likely to vote” for his party as a result. “The […]

Philippine priest lights a candle in the darkness … and adds smoked fish

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“When you were with us, all you did was to cause me and our children pain,” reads the letter from a Philippine inmate’s wife. “We always fought whenever you asked for money to support your vices. But now, you no […]

Supreme Court Justice says it’s past time to resolve “separation of church and state”

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says confusion and contradiction surround recent lower court rulings concerning the “Establishment Clause.” Within the First Amendment of the he U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, there is a phrase that Congress shall make no […]

Muslim: Britain needs to be more Christian

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The only Muslim in the United Kingdom’s cabinet says Britain should be more Christian. Writing in the daily newspaper the Telegraph, Baroness Sayeeda Hussain Warsi suggested Christians have no reason not to be proud of their religion — and declared that […]

Will FDR’s D-Day prayer be added to Memorial?

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The national World War II Memorial has a serious problem, says Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) — it ignores the crucial role that Christian faith played. The monument highlights 12 famous speeches given as America was dragged into the worldwide conflict […]

After 12 years of praying with kids at flagpole, pastor says offended atheists won’t stop him

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Can a Wisconsin atheist group keep a Florida preacher from meeting with local kids who want to pray at their school’s flagpole before classes begin? School Attorney Bruce Bickner for the Clay County School Board says the atheists can, indeed […]

Lawmaker says prayer saved her life; fights for American students to have freedom to pray

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Florida State Senator Larcenia Bullard says she’s alive because of the power of prayer — and that’s why she’s fighting for the right of Florida students to pray. Recently, she was brought to tears during debate over proposed state legislation that […]

Congress confirms: “In God We Trust” is America’s official motto

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It’s not exactly a new idea — that America’s motto should be “In God We Trust.” However, the House of Representatives made it official once again Wednesday by a vote of 396 to 9. The Senate passed a similar resolution […]

Rupert Murdoch adds Thomas Nelson publishers to HarperCollins empire

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has bought the Nashville-based Thomas Nelson, Inc., Christian publishers, reports Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg for the Wall Street Journal. The purchase was made by News Corp.’s HarperCollins book publishers. No terms of the sale were disclosed, but […]

Israel nabs terrorist leader Hassan Yousef, father of bestselling “Son of Hamas” author

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Sheikh Hassan Yousef, co-founder of the Palestinian terror group Hamas and father of New York Times bestselling author Hosab Hassan Yousef, has been picked up in a raid inside the Palestinian territories by Israeli Defense Forces. The elder Yousef had been freed from […]

Outrage follows reports teacher, students killed Christian boy over crucifix, tattoo

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Ayman Nabil Labib, a 17-year-old Christian, was murdered by Muslim classmates after refusing to remove a crucifix he was wearing, according to reports in the Egyptian daily newspaper al-Masry al-Youm, the Assyrian International News Agency and National Review magazine. Labib […]

Charles Colson: China Bible exhibit a farce

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A Washington, D.C., exhibit of Chinese Bibles sponsored by China’s Communist government is an embarrassing farce that should cannot go unchallenged, say authors Charles Colson and Congressman Frank Wolf. Colson is the founder of Prison Fellowship, author of such bestsellers […]

Complaint says crosses at Catholic school offensive, prevent Muslim prayers

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Crosses in every room at Washingon D.C.’s Catholic University of America are a human rights violation that prevent Muslim students from praying. That’s the complaint to the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights filed by a professor from rival George Washington University […]

Will Libyan democracy, religious freedom flourish now that Gaddafi is gone?

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Libyans are celebrating in the streets over the death of ex-Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi. But now that the Libyan revolution is over, how will it affect that nation’s Christian minority? Will democracy and freedom flourish? ‘We declare to the whole […]

Burmese Catholic priest tells of gunfire, raid at church, being forced to carry soldiers’ gear

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Could freedom and democracy be returning to Burma? After almost a half-century of brutal military rule, Christians there are hopeful. “Burma appears to be turning a new leaf,” reports Mission Network News. “The brutal military rule has given way to […]

Conflicting reports swirl as Iranian Christian pastor condemned to death awaits verdict

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Has the Iranian Supreme Court annulled  Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani’s controversial death sentence? Apparently not. On October 11, Mohabat News, the Iranian Christian news agency announced on its website that the high court had found “defects” in Nadarkhani’s case requiring his case to be returned to […]

British media, theaters celebrate 400th anniversary of the King James Bible

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“We all know by now that the King James Bible is 400 years old, right? I mean, it has been everywhere,” writes Matt Trueman in the British daily newspaper the Guardian. “We’ve had James Naughtie retelling its story on Radio […]

96-year-old gets baptized at Cowboy church

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It’s never too late for salvation, reports Debbie Denmon for Dallas-Fort Worth’s KFAA-TV — and 96-year-old Bert Devers is living proof. After almost a century of refusing to go to church, he’s found a home at the Dallas County Cowboy […]

Why are U.S. Hispanic Catholics joining Pentecostal, Evangelical churches?

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Although their numbers have revitalized many Catholic parishes, Hispanic living in the United States are turning into Baptists and Pentecostals at surprising rates. Some say that in Latin America, their families would not tolerate investigating other Christian faiths. However, living […]

Silent vigil fills Cairo cathedral as Egyptian officials try to blame massacre on the victims

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Young Coptic Christians stood in silent tribute Sunday night at Cairo’s Abbasseya Cathedral, mourning the violent deaths of 27 and wounding of hundreds in what is increasingly being referred to as the Maspero Massacre — as Egyptian army units opened fire […]

Saudis underwrite organization to bring world’s religions under one roof

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is financing a new organization designed to bring all the world’s religions together. “The organization hopes to prevent conflict through interfaith dialogue,” writes Spencer Kimball for the German news site Deutsche Welle.  “The foreign ministers of […]

Pakistani police tell family of kidnapped, raped 12-year-old girl to return her to captors

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A 12-year-old Christian Pakistani girl was lured away from her home, kidnapped, then repeatedly raped by her captors for eight months — who now claim that she is married to one of the kidnappers. The girl escaped and returned home, however […]

NY Times: Churches adding pet ministries

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In a society obsessed with pet dogs, cats, rodents, fish and reptiles, it only follows that churches should open their doors to Fido. “As a boy in San Antonio, Paul Flotron helped his family raise miniature schnauzers,” writes Mark Oppenheimer […]

All women political candidates must be veiled and silent, says Egyptian politician

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All Egyptian women seeking office in upcoming elections must be veiled and not speak to men, says a top Egyptian politician, adding to growing concerns that “Arab Spring” has been a setback for human rights in the Arab world’s most populous nation. […]

Evangelical, Catholic chaplains say they’ll perform no same-sex weddings

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Two large groups of the U.S. military’s chaplains say they will perform no same-sex weddings. “A coalition representing more than 2,000 Evangelical Christian military chaplains says its members will not perform homosexual ceremonies,” reports Jeremy Kryn of LifeSiteNews. “The Chaplain […]

Christian pastor condemned to death awaits Ayatollah’s decision

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The fate of Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian Christian pastor condemned to death for refusing to convert to Islam, awaits a decision by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Nadarkhani was first arrested in 2009 and then sentenced to death in 2010. The case […]

Survivor of Tiananmen Square massacre tells of return to complacent China

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In the spring of 1989, a young, idealistic Beijing college student found herself leading one of the most well-known student protests ever — which turned into one of history’s most vicious massacres. Here’s a video that will bring back memories of what happened […]

Iraq’s Kurds offer homes to refugee Christians

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Iraq’s Kurdish minority is offering homes to refugee Christians who have been driven out of southern Iraq and Baghdad by Islamist extremists. Aboout 30 million Kurds inhabit a region historically known as Kurdistan which crosses the borders of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. About 4 million […]

State Department reports no churches or Christian schools survive in Afghanistan

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No churches or Christian schools remain in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. “There is no longer a public Christian church,” reads a State Department report on religious freedom. “[Private] chapels and churches for the international community of various […]

Did N. Korea assassinate activist pastor?

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The mysterious death of South Korean pastor Patrick Kim in China is being blamed on North Korea. “On a Sunday evening in August, a middle-aged South Korean pastor collapsed suddenly near a taxi stand in Dandong, a Chinese city on […]

Pollsters: 75 percent of pastors say Mormons “not Christians”

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Most U.S. pastors feel strongly that Mormons are not Christians, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. In a poll of 1,000 American Protestant pastors, a response was asked to the statement: “I personally consider Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ […]

Decision on Iranian pastor’s execution now up to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei

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The final verdict for condemned Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani is now in the hands of Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, according to the French news agency Agence France-Presse. “The ayatollah has ultimate authority in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” […]

Peaceful protest sparks deadly riots, opportunity to point accusing fingers

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At least 24 have died and 200 have been injured after street protests turned into violent clashes between the Egyptian army and unarmed protesters of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority. The were protesting a lack of government response when mobs torched a number of churches. They were also calling […]

What do you call a female Episcopal priest who converts to Roman Catholicism?

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You’ve probably heard about the married Episcopal priests who converted to the Roman Catholic Church — and now are serving as non-celibate Catholic priests. So, what happens when a female member of the Anglican clergy turns Catholic? What do you […]

NY Times: Pastor says Romney not a Christian

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A prominent Texas pastor introduced Rick Perry at a Washington, D.C. conference Friday as “a genuine follower of Jesus Christ,” then met with reporters and stated the standard evangelical position that Mitt Romney’s Mormon Church is a cult. As if […]

What is “Chrislam” and who preaches it?

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Are Christianity and Islam about to merge in to a worldwide mega-religion called Chrislam? Popular TV preacher Jack Van Impe recently ended his decades-long run on Trinity Broadcasting Network after he publicly accused California megachurch founder Rick Warren of mixing […]

Exiled Christian Iranians receive death threats

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Eleven Iranian Christians who fled their homeland for fear of the government have received threatening emails calling on them to renounce Christianity and return to Shi’ite Islam — or be killed. The emails were from “the unknown soldiers of the […]

Daily Mail: Christmas gone from new “Thomas the Tank Engine” children’s cartoon

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The annual battle to banish Christmas has started early this year with the beloved British children’s cartoon “Thomas the Tank Engine” carrying a “decorated tree” for the “winter holidays. The word “Christmas” is never uttered although the plucky little train engine […]

Hollywood discovers the public loves inspirational Christian movies

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Noah, machine gun preachers, religious cops, golfers finding their faith — good family movies with solid plots, beautiful cinematography and A-list stars are shaking Hollywood to its violent, filthy, perverse core — but the studios don’t care as long as it makes lots […]

Is Indonesia in danger of becoming another Pakistan?

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Islam’s most populous nation, Indonesia, is the most diverse nation imaginable — a far-flung archipelego of 13,466 islands where 238 million people speaking 742 languages live in everything from luxurious skyscraper penthouses to squalid cardboard slums, mountainside-hugging bamboo huts and rain-forest tree houses. The government […]

Wheaton, Regent researchers: Therapy successful for homosexuals wanting to change

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Therapy can assist a homosexual who wants to be heterosexual, according to a study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. Psychologists Stanton L. Jones of Wheaton College and Mark A. Yarhouse of Regent University are the authors of […]

Does bestselling author Rick Warren want Christianity, Islam to merge into ‘Chrislam?’

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CLICK HERE to find out more about “Chrislam”! If there’s any hope for America, radio talk show host Dr. Laurie Roth is having trouble seeing it. “Everywhere we look today politicians, media and global elite are severing the traditional and […]

Does bestselling author Rick Warren want Christianity, Islam to merge into ‘Chrislam’?

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CLICK HERE to find out more about “Chrislam”! If there’s any hope for America, radio talk show host Dr. Laurie Roth is having trouble seeing it. “Everywhere we look today politicians, media and global elite are severing the traditional and […]

1,482 Gospel singers fill New Jersey city hall lawn, hoping for Guinness record

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Hoping a spot in Guinness Book of World Records, 1,482 singers from more than 40 churches gathered on the lawn of Bridgeton, N.J.’s city hall annex Saturday afternoon and sang “Amazing Grace” in four-part harmony. They followed it with “How Great Is Our God” […]

Pastors nationwide defy IRS regulation, address politics on “Pulpit Freedom Sunday”

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Hundreds of preachers across America were politically disobedient Sunday, following in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as they publicly defied a 1954 law that gags them from preaching about politics. The law was authored by […]

Iran claims condemned Pastor actually a Zionist, extortionist, ran a brothel and guilty of “security-related crimes”

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As his family prayed that a miracle will spare the life of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian state-controlled media has announced that he isn’t scheduled for execution for apostasy after all. “His crime is not, as some claim, converting […]

Atheists gloat over revenge taken on Ohio church that had their billboard removed

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An atheist group is gloating on its website over the revenge it has taken on Christ Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. The church, which owns a billboard leased to Clear Channel Outdoor advertising, discovered that an atheist advertisement had been placed on […]

10-year-old Pakistani girl expelled, accused of blasphemy for misspelling Islamic term

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A 10-year-old Christian girl, Faryal Bhatti, has had to go into hiding with her single mother after she misplaced a dot on her Urdu-language spelling test. Faryal was a fifth grader at Sir Syed Girls High School at the Pakistan […]

Supreme Court to consider whether churches can hire, fire without government interference

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Does a church have the right to hire or fire the preacher without worrying about government interference? If a Catholic priest decides he doesn’t accept the authority of the Pope, can the diocese recall him without worrying about the National Labor Relations […]

Farmer kicks pop singer Rihanna, video crew out of his field, suggests she find God

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Northern Ireland farmer Alan Graham says he’d never heard of pop star Rihanna, but she was dressed too inappropriately to use his barley field, so he made her film crew pack up and leave. He did take time to counsel her to get right […]

Proposed fed rules would disqualify Jesus, Good Samaritan, says cardinal

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New federal guidelines are so narrow that Jesus himself would not qualify for the Department of Health and Human Services “religious employer exemption,” says Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. Neither would the Good Samaritan. The HHS rules has so many rules that “it […]

The Watchtower: Those who leave Jehovah’s Witnesses are “mentally diseased”

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Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses are “mentally diseased” and should be avoided just like anybody else with an infectious disease, according to an article in The Watchtower, the official magazine ditributed door-to-door by the church’s members. The article has prompted outcries from a number of […]

British police give partial apology, say cafe owner can play Bible videos

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Cafe owner Jamie Murray says British police have given a partial apology for telling him that his displaying Bible verses on a TV screen was a breach of public order. Police questioned the café owner Tuesday at the peak of the […]

Will you ask Pakistan to release this mom sentenced to die for believing in Jesus?

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Will you sign this petition for Asia Bibi? She’s been in jail for more than a year. What is her crime? The Christian mother of five said to a fellow Pakistani co-worker, “Jesus saved me. What has Mohammed ever done for you?” Speaking against Islam, the […]

Washington Post: Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Faces Potential Execution Today

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From Jordan Sekulow’s blog Religious Right Now at The Washington Post’s “On Faith”: Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and executionsentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Youcef will be […]

Mattingly: A doomed Iranian pastor [Yawn!]

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Why doesn’t the press care that Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces execution for refusing to deny Jesus Christ? The former Muslim turned Christian preacher in Iran has twice refused to recant his Christian faith during two court hearings held in Rasht, Gilan Province, […]

Is Obama the Antichrist? Apparently not

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President Barack Obama passed a key test Monday night in case anybody is worried that he might be the Antichrist. Speaking at a campaign fundraiser at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, Obama was interrupted by a man identified […]

British doctor accused of witnessing his Christian faith to a patient

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A British physician who asked a patient whether he had considered putting his faith in Jesus has come under the scrutiny of a medical board. However, the complaining patient has not shown up for hearings, prompting concern as to why the matter […]

Elder at banned Chinese church smuggles out letter declaring victory

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For six months, Beijing’s 1,000-member Shouwang Church has attempted to hold outdoor services after officials blocked them from taking possession of a $4 million property. Today, the church’s leaders are under house arrest. Any church member who shows up at […]

Washington Post: Scandalized pastor, Gary Busey agree to ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap”

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“An appearance on ABC’s ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ show is not the traditional way to restore the image of a troubled evangelical pastor,” notes Joshua Little in the Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section: But, scandalized former mega-church pastor Ted Haggard has […]

New Jersey church says “God trusts you,” will give away $90,000 in “reverse offering”

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Why is a 2,000-member New Jersey church with no building planning a $30,000 “reverse offering” followed by $60,000 more donated back to the community? “Washington is broke, people are broke, and folks have lost faith that government can provide a lasting […]

Violent, graphic “Machine Gun Preacher” movie actually had to tone down truth

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When actor Gerard Butler first read the script for the movie Machine Gun Preacher, “I thought, are you kidding me?” he says. “This couldn’t all have happened.” But it did and much more, writes Michele Vu for the Christian Post. “The man has […]

Baylor Religion Poll: 73.1% of Americans believe “God has a plan for me”

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A new study shows that a majority of Americans believe God is the guiding force that is leading America’s economy and the government is too big. As a result, sociologists concluded these believers are upset about U.S. economic policy because […]

Has British comedian committed professional suicide by outing himself, confessing faith?

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British stand-up comic and talk-show host Frank Skinner has never been politically correct. But now he’s done it. He’s come out of the closet. He’s dared to defy the establishment and reveal that, yes, the rumors are true. He can’t […]

Southern Baptists propose name change

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The Southern Baptists are considering changing their name. “The announcement from Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright of a presidential task force to study the prospect of changing the convention’s name sparked a lively debate during the SBC Executive Committee […]

The Guardian: Was John Wesley distracted by Bristol church’s topless statue?

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The statue of a bare-breasted woman has been uncovered in a Bristol, England, church where John Wesley preached. Art experts removed a piece of 17th century armor consisting of a breastplate and backplate so that “she now stands – as they […]

California couple fined $300 for holding home Bible study

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A southern California couple has been fined $300 dollars for holding Christian Bible study sessions in their home, and could face another $500 for each additional gathering, according to the internet website the Blaze: City officials in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. […]

Appeals court hears case of couple fired because for being “too religious”

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The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Thursday over whether the Florida property management firm Hallmark Companies discriminated against a Christian couple when it fired them. Daniel and Sharon Dixon were managing an apartment complex in Lake City, Fla., […]

Tortured daily for 32 months for her faith, African singer praises Almighty God anyway

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She sings without accompaniment distinctly Middle-Eastern melodies. Listen closely and you’ll pick out one word that needs no translation from her native Eritrean: alleluia. Helen Berhane walks haltingly with help — still recovering from nerve damage suffered from almost three […]

Churches taking over Hungary’s schools as part of new austerity measures

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Churches are taking over Hungary’s school as the government cuts back on services. “Local government officials in Hungary are handing state-owned schools over to churches, unable to afford their upkeep during the economic recession, according to church sources,” reports the […]

Top atheist says “dangerous, damaging and disingenuous” Christians “must be eradicated”

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American Atheists, a non-profit that claims to protect the rights of atheists and to ensure the “absolute separation of government and religion,” always seems to find itself in the middle of controversy, writes Billy Hallowell at the news website the […]

Only the rebellious dare to declare their Christianity?

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Declaring one’s Christianity has become a sign of cultural rebellion in these politically correct times, writes Anthony Bradley in World magazine. “The most radical, counter-cultural, rebellious thing a young adult can do in America today is join a Christian church […]

Jewish columnist marvels at the continuing vitriol aimed at Mel Gibson

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Why is there such knee-jerk hatred of Mel Gibson? Is it because he can never be forgiven for making an incredible success of The Passion of the Christ? Or can there be redemption? It would seem not, considering the chorus of […]

Is the Daily Beast too generous in declaring Turkey’s prime minister not “a Jew-hating jihadi”?

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Is the Daily Beast, a news and opinion website published by British-born Tina Brown in conjunction with Newsweek magazine, being over-generous in defending Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan — who has broken off relations with Israel and says the Turkish navy will […]

Japanese Buddhists, Christians mark six-month anniversary of earthquake, tsunami

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While the United States was observing the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Japan on Sunday was marking the six-month anniversary of the March earthquake and tsunami that devasted a large portion of the island nation. The Japanese observed […]

Daily Mail: Embattled Archbishop of Canterbury to resign

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Dr. Rowan Williams is planning to resign as Archbishop of Canterbury by the end of next year – eight years early, London’s Daily Mail newspaper reported Monday. Rumors have been circulating that the 61-year-old Archbishop, who could remain in office until he […]

SMU football player’s faith, quiet act inspire thanks from Aggie interceptor

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There on the game tapes, it’s unmistakable — Texas Aggie Trent Hunter intercepts the ball, but loses his helmet. Southern Methodist center Blake McJunkin takes him down — but deliberately protects Hunter’s head as SMU teammate Kelly Turner joins the […]

Condemned Pakistani Christian prays Finland will overturn his asylum denial

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Clive Trevor, who fled his native Pakistan with his family after he was accused of blasphemy by a Muslim cleric, is praying that Finland will give him sanctuary, reports the Pakistan Christian Post, an online newspaper. After months in hiding in […]

LA Times: Mel Gibson planning movie on Judah Maccabee

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Mel Gibson, admired for his tenacity in producing the blockbuster movie The Passion of the Christ, but whose personal life has led to embarrassing headlines, is developing a film for Warner Bros. about the life of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee. “Gibson’s […]

NY Times: “Jesus Daily” on Facebook surpasses Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, NFL

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“Jesus Daily” — which started off as a preacher’s son’s hobby now has the most highly engaged Facebook audience in the world, reports Jennifer Preston in the New York Times. The page hosted by Aaron Tabor, 41, a North Carolina physician, far […]

Little church’s members try to slip past police to support beseiged Beijing Christians

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Five members of a small suburban “house church” got up at 4 a.m. Sunday hoping to slip past police and worship Jesus with beseiged believers from the 1,000-member Shouwang Church in Beijing. However, police were out in force and caught the five […]

Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus to speak at National Cathedral’s 9/11 service, but no evangelicals

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The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., has scheduled “A Call to Compassion” interfaith prayer vigil on Sept. 11 — however not a single protestant or evangelical has been invited to participate. Who was invited? A Roman Catholic bishop, a Jewish rabbi, […]

Their heritage guides the Sekulow family’s fight to protect America’s religious freedom

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  by Jordan Sekulow Special to Beliefnet When interfaith prayer is too controversial[1] for a memorial service in New York, it’s worth asking: how has America’s treatment of public religion changed? “Hundreds and thousands of families turned to God more […]

World magazine: Is there such a thing as a wrong question?

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Author Andrée Seu writing in World magazine ponders: “I have often heard, ‘There’s no such thing as a bad question.’” Well, is there? “Scripture shows that there is such a thing as a bad question,” she writes. Among them would […]

Washington Post: Prayer vital to America’s survival

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“Prayer is essential. Faith is powerful. Non-believers and skeptics cannot comprehend the concept of literally asking God for His guidance and blessing. This is not surprising nor is it, in itself, offensive. When the lack of understanding turns into sneers […]

Billy Graham’s daughter: September 11 attacks were a wake-up call from God

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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were a wake-up call from God, says the Rev. Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz. She recalls how she was at home by herself on the day of the terrorist attack. “My daughter […]

Churches’ Dilemma: 80 Percent of Flock Is Inactive

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 There is a secret inside many churches. According to researchers Scott Thumma and Warren Bird, most churches – mega-sized and small, black and white – are actually run by 20 percent of the congregation. The other 80 percent, they say, […]

Thrifty Amish offer lessons to us all

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By ERIN ALBANESE Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The old Lorilee Craker would have picked up a couple of $16 children’s shirts without a second thought, ordered a $20 pizza without checking what’s in the fridge, and sent […]

Kansas City church has been praying, worshipping 24 hours a day for more than 12 years

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by Billy Hallowell There are about 300,000 Protestant churches in America. While each is surely unique, most of them probably have worship services on Sundays (and, perhaps at one or two other mornings or evenings during the week). But, one […]

CNN: Banned by Communist government, churches in China “at a critical moment,” pastor says

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By Eunice Yoon, CNN Beijing, China – The congregants were seated in rows of folding chairs, clasping their hands in prayer or studying passages in their Bibles. The choir was sitting up front ready to sing on cue. A cross […]

Catholic Herald: Is television “Satan’s Tabernacle?”

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William Oddie in the British Catholic Herald writes: “This week I received through the post the summer newsletter of an organization I had not previously heard of, engagingly called CUT, which stands for Catholics Unplug your Televisions. This immediately put […]

Is your church too “cool”? Longing for a little tradition?

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by Rachel Held Evans ~ Relevant Magazine People sometimes assume that because I’m a progressive 30-year-old who has no children, I must want a super-hip church—you know, the kind that’s called “Thrive” or “Be,” and which boasts “an awesome worship […]

Bestselling author: America’s culture is in collapse

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American culture is circling the drain faster and faster, but most of us are too caught up in the frenetic pace of our lives to notice the dramatic changes that have sent our country spinning out of control, says New […]

After South Carolina town prays for football star, doctors say they can’t find cancer

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Do you believe in miracles? South Carolina athlete C.J. Williams does and so do his football teammates at Fox Creek High School in North Augusta, S.C. Last Friday, the Predators’ star running back was diagnosed with cancer — Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, […]

Liberty University’s campus pastor blasts Christian hypocrisy

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The campus minister at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is tired of “fake religion,” he says. Recently, Johnny Moore, 28, halted a song service at the late Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church. “OK, OK, wait just a second,” said Moore. “Do you […]

Wall Street Journal: Why does the press trumpet bad news about church attendance?

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The national news media yawned over the Baylor Survey’s findings that the number of American atheists has remained steady at 4 percent since 1944, and that church membership has reached an all-time high. “But,” ponder Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson in […]

Turkish Prime Minister invites Christians, Jews to reclaim property seized 75 years ago

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In an unexpected move, the Turkish government is releasing hundreds of properties seized 75 years ago from Jews as well as Christians in Turkey’s Greek, Armenian and Syriac communities. “The times when citizens in our country were oppressed for their beliefs, their ethnic […]

China arrests Catholic priests, church members as persecution intensifies

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Priests and church members in China’s immense underground Catholic Church were arrested this weekend in the community of Tianshui — as the Chinese government continues its persecution of Christians. Among those rounded up were the administrator of the underground diocese, Father John Baptist Wang […]

Baptist Press: 539 Sturgis motorcyclists make professions of faith

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Encounters at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally between 160 evangelistic volunteers and 4,800-plus biker enthusiasts led to 539 professions of faith in Jesus Christ over an eight-day period at the famed event, reports Baptist Press. It was the sixth year for […]

Upstate NY church offers “prayer for business” opportunities

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“Lingering economic woes have prompted some to take their concerns to the Lord,” writes Gary McLendon for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in upstate New York. Pastor Samme Palermo of the Oasis Christian Fellowship in Penfield opened the doors […]

LA Times: State removes crosses that stood at Inspiration Point for decades

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The state Department of Transportation has removed three crosses that have stood for decades at Inspiration Point just off California Highway 79 outside Julian in northeastern San Diego County, according to the Los Angeles Times. Workers this week removed the […]

New Philadelphia archbishop blasts CNN, NY Times, Newsweek

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When it comes to finding information on vital issues like abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and faith, the mainstream media simply can’t be trusted, the incoming archbishop of Philadelphia told a group of youth in Spain last week. “Being uninformed about the […]

Washington’s National Cathedral, other churches damaged in East Coast quake

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Churches seemed to bear the brunt of Tuesday’s 5.8 earthquake on the East Coast. Significant damage was reported to Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral and St. Peter’s Catholic Church, historic St. Patrick’s Church near Baltimore, and two churches in Culpepper, Va., […]

100,000 teens, young adults show up at French Catholic-Protestant summer camp

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This summer, some 100,000 young people from around the world –- mostly between the age of 15 and 30 – will have gathered outside a village in the middle of France, 3,000-4,000 at a time for a week of Christian […]

Iran attempts to shut down Iranian Christian News website

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The Iranian National Security Ministry is targeting Farsi-language websites which do not adhere to strict Shi’ite Muslim theology. Among those hit in cyber-attacks is Mohabat News, which serves Persian Christians in Iran and surrounding countries. “The most recent attack took place […]

Atheists decline to debate theologian Lane Craig

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American Evangelical theologian William Lane Craig is ready to debate the rationality of faith during his tour of Great Britain this fall, but it appears that atheist philosophers are running shy of the challenge. This month president of the British […]

Russian court bans artwork depicting Mickey Mouse as Jesus

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A court in central Russia has ruled that a painting of the Sermon on the Mount that features Mickey Mouse instead of Jesus Christ is extremist, the regional prosecutor’s office said on Friday. “Unless the Kaluga Region court’s ruling is […]

NPR: Tennessee church lends sanctuary to local Muslims

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A Tennessee pastor startled his neighborhood, his congregation and local Muslims when he invited the local Islamic community to celebrate Ramadan inside his church. Their own cultural center was under construction nearby. So, Pastor Steve Stone offered the main sanctuary at his 550-member Heartsong Church in […]

The Telegraph: British commission quietly abandons efforts to ensure Christians’ rights

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Last month, the Equality and Human Rights Commission warned that British courts had failed to safeguard the rights of Christians who wanted to wear the cross at work, and urged judges to be more sensitive to religious discrimination, reports Tim […]

“The Muslims Are Coming” comedy act features Christians and Jews, too

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“I just returned to New York after an eye-opening, exhausting and inspiring two weeks traveling across the American South with the stand-up comedy tour The Muslims Are Coming,” reports Dean Obeidallah for the Cable News Network. “We performed in Alabama, […]

Tech-savvy Christians encouraged to “textify” their faith

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There’s hardly a young person out there without a mobile phone and a British church hopes to tap into their technological dexterity with a new campaign encouraging young people to text about their faith. Textify was recently launched by Hope Revolution, a youth […]

Ghana’s opposition party sets up Christian, Muslim prayer groups

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The leadership of the African nation of Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party has directed all of its party branches nationwide to set up prayer groups, both Christian and Muslim, by August 20 “to seek God’s favor in their quest to win the […]

Half million view Anaheim crusade — 404,222 online, 115,000 in person

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Half a million people participated in Anaheim’s 22nd annual Harvest Crusade — 115,000 in person and 404,222 online, reports Eric Carpenter writing for the Orange County Register newspaper. Hosted by 215 churches from Riverside to Irvine to Temecula, the event […]

Southern Baptist: Americans not God’s chosen people, do not have Him on our side

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“America has been blessed by God in unique ways — we are not just another country, but neither are we God’s special people,” writes Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “I do not believe […]

Reuters: Mississippi preacher bans fried chicken from church dinners

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“Pastor Michael Minor stirred a bit of controversy at his northwest Mississippi church when he banned fried chicken from the fellowship hall,” reports Colleen Jenkins for the British news service Reuters. After all, fried chicken is considered by some to […]

LA Times: Lebanon bans Lady Gaga album as “offensive to Christians”

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Boxfuls of Lady Gaga’s newest album “Born this Way” were intercepted and impounded at Beirut’s international airport by Lebanese authorities late last week as potentially offensive to the country’s Christian population. “Despite having sold millions of copies worldwide, Lady Gaga’s […]

Strong words fly between conservative, liberal Christians in pro- and anti-Rick Perry media

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In his commentary “More Drooling Idiocy on Rick Perry’s Faith,” it’s not too difficult to figure out where political observer Leon H. Wolf stands. “A fairly good indicator that Rick Perry will make a strong general election candidate is the […]

State bureaucrat OKs church BBQ, but forbids baptisms

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On Sunday, Washington State bureaucrats forbade a local church from holding a baptism in a public lake near the state capitol. Saying that she interprets the state constitution to bar religious use of any state property, the acting director of […]

Buffalo church says it’s not the first to offer business administration classes

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A Buffalo, N.Y., church is focusing on a non-traditional calling: business education. However, Pastor Stephen Andzel at New Creation Fellowship says he sees no reason instruction should be limited to spiritual topics. Churches, he says, are called to teach everything, […]

Villagers try to oust evangelical woman pastor from historic church

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“The peace of a bucolic East Anglian village has been shattered by a fierce campaign by residents to oust their female vicar,” reports Jonathan Wynne-Jones, a religious affairs correspondent for the Telegraph, a British daily newspaper. To the outside world, the […]

Bachmann asked whether she’ll submit to husband if elected president

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“In case you missed the debate in Iowa last night, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was asked if she would be submissive to her husband,” observes Sarah Pulliam Bailey on the website GetReligion. “The question wasn’t completely out of left […]

Jay Sekulow: 9/11 cross faces lawsuit in yet one more atheist attack

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“Here we go again,” writes Beliefnet’s Jay Sekulow. “An atheist organization files a federal lawsuit. They are offended. This time the target: a Cross placed at the World Trace Center Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero. It is unbelievable that […]

Miracle, brave girl cited as 12-year-old boy survives riptide, near-drowning

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In what some are describing as a “flat-out miracle,”  12-year-old Dale Ostrander, who was pulled seemingly lifeless from a Washington state ocean riptide, has begun speaking, amazing his doctors.  Prayer is being cited as a factor in the boy’s recovery after being underwater for more […]

Front Lines of Culture Wars: Huffington Post targets Republicans, ignores Jesus’ cautions

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What happened to fair reporting, asks Beliefnet’s “On the Fron Lines of the Culture Wars”: “In a forthcoming series of articles,” announces Huffington Post writer Andrea Stone, “HuffPost is taking a close look at the charitable giving of Republican presidential candidates. […]

LA Times: Creditors say they’ll sue if Crystal Cathedral balks at selling their building

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If the financially-troubled Crystal Cathedral’s board refuses to sell their 35-acre complex and landmark church building as part of on-going bankruptcy proceedings, creditors have told a local court they will sue. Prospective buyers include the Orange County Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church and the Disciples of […]

Church of England using Twitter to seek worldwide prayer for end to rioting

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In a merging of the old and new, the Church of England is using the social media to call upon Christians worldwide to pray for London and other cities affected by several days of rioting. The Church has issued a special prayer, […]

Expected to die, Harry Potter actress reports “miraculous” recovery after baptism

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“A teenage girl who doctors believed was going to die has been hailed a real-life miracle – after she came back to life when a priest put holy water on her head,” reports the British tabloid the Daily Mail. Two […]

Facts & Trends magazine: Five big changes for American churches

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“Discerning future trends can be difficult if not risky,” writes Thom Rainer in the summer 2011 edition of Facts & Trends magazine. “If we miss a trend, we risk missing opportunities because we had our resources directed elsewhere.” “I am thus […]

Outsider finds insights at Rick Perry’s stadium prayer rally

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“As a Latin Mass fan and former Catholic schoolgirl (St. Jude’s, Rockville, Md.),” writes Joanne Butler, “I was an unlikely attendee at ‘The Response,’ Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Houston prayer event. But I’m glad I went; it gave me some insights […]

North Carolina county officials will fight court order to stop praying in Jesus’ name

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Seven of eight Forsyth County, North Carolina, commissioners say they will accept an offer from group of Christian attorneys to fight this week’s ban on praying in “Jesus’ name” all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Commissioners Dave Plyler, Everette Witherspoon and Richard […]

Chicago Sun-Times: 37,000 fill ballpark to hear Joel Osteen

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Houston pastor and author Joel Osteen, drew about 37,000 people to a Chicago ballpark for “America’s Night of Hope” Saturday. Preaching hope amid global economic fears that followed the downgrading of America’s credit rating the preceding night, the 48-year-old pastor proclaimed […]

“Pro-choicers” declare war on storefronts offering a choice

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“Pro-choice” activists have launched a legal assault on volunteer-run “crisis pregnancy counseling centers” nationwide — which is ironic, says author R. Albert Mohler Jr.,  since the crews running such storefronts are dedicated to offering pregnant woman a real choice. “The U.S. Supreme Court’s […]

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