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Author: British youth need Bible, aren’t being reached by “cool” youth ministers, entertainment

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Youth ministry leader and author Dave Fenton says youth in Britain are not being reached by trendy youth ministers chosen according to age rather than ability to touch kids’ lives. “Why do we say youth leaders have to be cool, to […]

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Climber teaches kids to “stick to the Rock”

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Little did Ron Simonek of Big Bear, California, know when he made his first climb 20 years ago that rock climbing would lead him into a relationship with Jesus Christ and into a ministry of hope for youth and families, writes […]

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Time’s David Aikman: China cracking down on its Christians

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“China tolerates Christian church services,” writes former Time magazine correspondent David Aikman, “but only within the narrow boundaries of theology and church life dictated by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, which oversees two church umbrella groups, the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and, […]

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Wall Street Journal: China’s banned churches defy government

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“On a recent Sunday at the Beijing Zion Church, Pastor Jin Mingri laid out a vision for Christians in China that contrasts starkly with the ruling Communist Party’s tight reins on religion,” writes Brian Spegele in the Wall Street Journal. […]

After five letters to China’s president ignored, church leader pleads for his flock

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EDITOR’S NOTE: In China today, the only churches permitted are those with government-paid pastors who deliver government-approved sermons. Children under 18 are barred. So, the vast majority of Chinese Christians meet illegally in “house churches.” Their membership numbers are rumored to […]

Texas governor Rick Perry speaks to Houston prayer rally

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Governor Rick Perry spoke to a Houston rally Saturday despite withering criticism from a variety of pundits and opponents.  

Washington Post: As we face the budget crisis, “Fear not!”

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“Because our fear of scarcity trumps our trust in God’s abundance,” writes the Rev. Charles Booker-Hirsch, “we place an undue emphasis on securing our goods militarily.” And that’s not Jesus’ way, writes the pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Md., writing for the […]

Visit to house-arrested Chinese pastor difficult for longtime friend

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EDITOR’S NOTE: China’s government has for 16 weeks been coming down hard on Beijing’s 1,000-member Shouwang Church — banishing some members from the Chinese capital, pressuring employers and landlords to shun members. The following, provided by the China Aid Association, […]

Chuck Colson: The late John Stott stirred Evangelicals to speak, serve, stand up

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“Soon after he became a columnist for the New York Times,” writes Chuck Colson, “David Brooks wrote that people were ‘misinformed’ about Evangelicals. Part of the reason, Brooks reasoned, lay in whom the media chose to speak for us: choices that […]

72% of Americans polled say 9/11 Cross belongs at the NYC memorial

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When workers were cleaning up after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, they found a steel girder that had been sheared on both sides to form a cross. As America cheered, workers raised the cross-shaped steel […]

Chief rabbi, Greek Orthodox patriarch join mufti for Ramadan fast-breaking

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It was not your ordinary dinner. Whirling dervishes twirled while waiters offered candied dates as appetizers. And there, sitting together were Turkey’s Chief Jewish Rabbi İsak Haleva, Greek Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomeos and Istanbul’s Muslim Mufti Mustafa Çağrıcı. The event was Tuesday […]

Princeton Review: Kids won’t hear pro-gay lectures at Wheaton College

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Wheaton College  in Chicago’s west suburbs has been ranked for the second time in three years as the least “LGBT-friendly college” in America, according to the Princeton Review. LGBT means “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual.”  Wheaton also made the publication’s list of […]

Vigilant atheists declare victory: No Bible study for U.S. Air Force nuke officers!

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“Earlier this week the Air Force announced the course called ‘Christian Just War Theory’ had been indefinitely suspended,” writes Michael Stone for the Humanist Examiner.  “The course had been part of the curriculum for future nuclear launch officers for more than 20 […]

Israel National News: Netanyahu Reportedly Accepts 1967 Lines if Palestine Drops Statehood Bid

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A report released on Tuesday said that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to President Barack Obama’s formula for peace with Palestine based on the pre-1967 lines with land swaps if Palestine drops its bid for statehood in September. It’s expected […]

Cal Thomas: ACLU sues when Texas governor prays with conservatives, but not when Obama prays with liberals

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The ACLU has been livid that Texas Republican governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry will headline a “Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis” on August 6 in a football stadium in Houston, observes author Cal Thomas in […]

Most Americans believe churches valuable to their community

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 Most Americans believe churches play a positive role in communities, and even atheists and agnostics don’t view churches harshly. A Barna Group study released July 13 revealed a generally upbeat attitude among the public regarding how churches influence their areas. […]

Why do kids stay in church when they grow up?

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The daunting statistics about church-going youth keep rolling in. It’s hard to sort through the various reports and find the real story. “And there is no one easy solution for bringing all of those ‘lost’ kids back into the church, […]

British nightclub mocks faith, offers “the answer to your prayers”

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A British night club named “Religion” opened last week — and the local bishop is not amused. The bar offers alcoholic drinks with names like Angel Wings. The club has special promotions such as “Salvation — the answer to your prayers.” But no sermons are delivered […]

Chronicle of Higher Education: Exclude all devout candidates

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“I propose that it is high time for the electorate to reject anyone who is strenuously devout,” writes David Barash in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s on-line blog “Brainstorm.” His proposed ban would include any candidate who is a”Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Evangelical, […]

Huffington Post: Bill O’Reilly furious that media calls Norway killer “Christian”

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Bill O’Reilly sternly criticized the media for describing Anders Behring-Breivik, the man who has admitted to committing the mass killings in Norway, as a Christian, saying that such a thing was “impossible.” O’Reilly singled out the New York Times, which […]

Jerusalem Christian youth outreach warned not to be noisy

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Preaching the Gospel in Israel’s Muslim neighborhoods is never easy, says Pastor Naim Khoury. However, he’s never before been warned by officials not to be noisy. Holy Land Missions recently purchased a building in a Muslim neighborhood to use as a […]

Southern Illinois agency seeks to join lawsuit over homosexual adoption

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The charitable agency Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois in Belleville has petitioned to join a lawsuit filed by the Catholic Charities agency in Springfield, Peoria and Joliet, Illinois. The suit seeks relief against efforts by the Illinois attorney general’s office and […]

Is there an anti-faith disdain in the media? Yes, says longtime AP reporter

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Christian leaders, whether speaking from the Holy See in Rome, the stages of America’s mega church multimedia wonders or the meanest, rusting music-stand pulpit of storefront inner-city chapel, all decry what they see as the growing bias of secular media […]

Author John Stott dead at 90, once called Evangelicals’ “pope”

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Bestselling author and Christian leader John Stott, 90, has died peacefully in his sleep. “The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors,” said Billy Graham, from his […]

India tells 63-year-old nun to leave; pressure from Hindu extremists blamed

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A 63-year-old British nun caring for leprosy patients for three decades in Bangalore, India, was preparing to leave the country Monday after the Indian government refused to extend her resident permit without giving any reason. “I’m leaving with a heavy […]

Jerusalem Post: Washington is not clear regarding Palestine’s UN rejection says Abbas

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President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas said that the US has not been clear on whether they will reject Palestine UN bid to become a state in September based on the pre-1967 lines. A report from the Jerusalem […]

Washington Post: Breivik says he is a Christian

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“So long as there are differing interpretations of Christian Scripture,” writes Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section, “there can be ‘Christian terrorism.’ He continues: Anders Behring […]

Washington Post: Norway killer not a “religious Christian”

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Self-confessed Norweigan mass-murder suspect Anders Behring Breivik calls himself a “cultural Christian,” writes Mathew N. Schmalz in the Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section. Religious Christians, Breivik observes, have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which Breivik does not claim to have, notes […]

Undercover Congressman catches VA forbidding “Jesus” at Houston funerals

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Texas Congressman John Culberson from Houston went undercover at a Veterans Administration funeral — dark sunglasses and all — as KTRH NewsRadio 740 followed. He is one of several Texas lawmakers upset by accusations that Houston National Cemetery Director Arleen Ocasio […]

Author: Why drop “Christ” from campus outreach’s name?

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Beliefnet’s Robert Mims, a longtime Christian author and former Associated Press reporter, is puzzled that Campus Crusade for Christ would change its name to “Cru.” In his column, he muses: It seems having“Jesus” or “Christ” or even “Christian” on the signs […]

Chinese Christian dad writes letters to beloved toddler killed in accident

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For 13 weeks, the Chinese government has blocked the 1,000 members of Beijing’s Shouwang Church from being able to meet for Sunday services. They are among an estimated 70 million to 150 million Chinese Christians who refuse to worship in […]

USA Today: Muslim woman says feds should force mosques to “end gender apartheid”

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“There it was, plain as day.” writes Southern Baptist leader and bestselling author Albert Mohler, ” Monday’s edition of USA Today included an opinion column by a Muslim woman that argued–quite straightforwardly–that the United States government should force a nondiscrimination policy on […]

Christian Post: Chrislam is the “spirit of the anti-Christ”

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Chrislam, the popular acceptance of Islam by Christian, is “the spirit of the anti-Christ,” writes the Christian Post‘s David Dollins: “I want to address what is beginning to occur in the Church and why it must be rejected outright,” he […]

Campus Crusade for Christ changes to “Cru”

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Campus Crusade for Christ has decided to make a major change. It will drop “Christ” from its name. And “Campus.” And “Crusade.” In early 2012, reports the Internet website The Blaze, the ministry founded by Bill and Vonette Bright will officially drop […]

Tony Campolo: Church that holds 3 a.m. birthday parties for prostitutes

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Tony Campolo tells of a time when he was speaking in Honolulu, Hawaii. Campolo lives on the east coast of the United States so his body was six hours ahead of Hawaiian time. At three o-clock in the morning it […]

Author Jim Fletcher: Glenn Beck would broadcast from the Temple Mount?

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“The announcement today that Glenn Beck’s previously announced, weird event at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, has been moved due to security concerns is weird,” writes author Jim Fletcher. “But welcome.” Fletcher made the comment in his Beliefnet feature: “Is It the End of […]

Church wins federal suit against “gay anarchists” who invaded Sunday service

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The U.S. District Court of Michigan has awarded victory to an evangelical church in Lansing, Michigan, after it filed suit against a group of self-proclaimed gay “anarchists” called Bash Back! over their protest and disruption of a Sunday service. According […]

Should inmates have to choose between Jesus and freedom?

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Writing in World magazine, Andrée Seu shares: I recently wrote about a man in a Michigan prison whose parole was contingent on completion of a mandatory program for sex offenders. To recap, Daryl became a believer sometime during his 24 […]

New “liberal” translation changes “Son of Man” to “the Human one”

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Five shrinking denominations generally regarded as “liberal” now have their own translation of the Bible. “There are a number of translations available for conservative churches,” spokesman Paul Franklyn told the Nashville Tennessean newspaper. Now, the liberal churches have theirs, the […]

Josh McDowell: As never before in history, parents must counter bad influences on today’s kids

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Atheists and skeptics now have as much access to our children as we have, says bestselling author Josh McDowell. “What has changed everything?” asked McDowell as he spoke at the Billy Graham Center in Asheville, N.C., Friday evening. “The Internet […]

Egyptian Muslims torch 8 Christian homes on rumors of church construction

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A mob of nearly 200 Muslims torched eight Christian homes on Saturday morning in the Egyptian village of Awlad Khalaf, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The attack was initiated by a rumor that a house being built by a […]

British commission says judges have been too tough on UK Christians

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By AL WEBB Religion News Service LONDON – A government-funded watchdog panel said British judges have erred in supporting employers who try to fire Christian workers for wearing crosses or refusing to offer sex counseling to gay couples.     The Equality […]

Muslim group targets Ethiopian Christians

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Churches in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, Africa, are now being fitted with metal detectors because of threats of bomb attacks. Worshippers in Christian churches are also having their bags and persons searched over fears of explosives being smuggled inside. The […]

Cancer silences 17-year-old musician: “When you don’t have God, that’s truly when you’re alone.”

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Carson Sumpter, a Pelham teenager who continued participating in his church’s worship band despite painful, terminal bone cancer, died Wednesday at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 17. Sumpter, who learned a year ago that he had bone cancer, played in […]

USA Today: Faith lifts baseball star after fan’s tragic death

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Baseball player Josh Hamilton says there will be a time and place to meet the family of Shannon Stone, the 39-year-old Brownwood, Texas, firefighter who fell to his death Thursday reaching for a ball Hamilton tossed his way for his […]

Attorney: Atheist lawsuit same as declaring Texas governor can’t attend church

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An atheist organization is suing Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible presidential candidate, for initiating a private prayer event scheduled for August 6 in Houston. The Freedom from Religion Foundation is suing in federal court over Perry’s upcoming prayer event […]

Washington Post: Same-sex marriage again an issue for religious charities

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By Michelle Boorstein A conflict that roiled Washington’s social service world last year is detonating in Illinois, with the state reportedly severing major ties with Catholic Charities over the issue of same-sex marriage. Three branches of Catholic Charities in Illinois […]

Americans’ freedom of speech at risk, warns New York archbishop

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  American Christians may one day find themselves facing legal penalties simply for believing marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, a fate already suffered by believers in other countries, writes New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Perhaps one […]

Atheists sue Texas governor, demand he skip prayer rally

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By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) – A national organization focused on ensuring the separation of church and state challenged Wednesday the involvement of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in an upcoming evangelical Christian prayer rally. The Freedom From Religion Foundation […]

Libel is not love — even if you disagree

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by Anthony Bradley One sign of the declining state of Christianity in America is the way in which believers publicly slander one another, which can do violence to love and undermine the witness of the Church to nonbelievers. A recent […]

New York town clerk quits over gay marriage licenses

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By Dan Wiessner Reuters HUDSON, New York (Reuters) – A town clerk in western New York has resigned to avoid being forced to sign marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, citing religious objections to same-sex marriage. Laura Fotusky, the […]

TV stars seek to overturn Utah anti-polygamy law passed to placate foes to statehood

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By Lindsay Whitehurst The Salt Lake Tribune Utah’s complicated history with polygamy will start a new chapter Wednesday when an attorney for a reality-show family says he will file a lawsuit that could send the state’s ban on plural marriage […]

“God had His hand on this,” says family as stranger donates kidney, saves dad

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David Ensley of Stallings, North Carolina, is doing well after receiving a kidney from a woman who, until recently, he’d never met. The donor, who is also doing well after the surgery, was a perfect match for him. It was as if […]

Christian praise album outselling Lady Gaga, Beyonce in Australia

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In the first week of release in Australia, Hillsong Church’s latest project God Is Able has outsold recent releases by Lady Gaga and Beyonce. The album debuted at third on the ARIA Top 50 Chart just behind Adele’s 21 and […]

Author worries: Is new Harry Potter film just a recruiting film for the occult?

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The final Harry Potter movie opens Friday, but Steve Wohlberg, author of Exposing Harry Potter and Witchcraft, is worried that it’s one more two-hour recruiting film for the occult. “Pottermania will experience one last spasm with the Grand Finale of Harry […]

Preaching alone won’t spread Christianity, says NYC pastor

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In today’s culture, preaching will not be effective if Christians are not also highly effective, writes Dr. Timothy Keller on the website Redeemer City to City. “In our times, people will be indifferent or hostile to the idea of attending […]

China charges Christian with using “superstition to undermine law enforcement”

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Shi Enhao, a leader in China’s growing underground church movement, disappeared last month — and it turns out he’s been in police custody, held on “suspicion of using superstition to undermine national law enforcement.” Shi is one of as many […]

Nepal’s new constitution could ban fighting for women’s rights, providing disaster aid

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Nepal’s Christians are concerned that the Himalayan nation’s new constitution will make fighting for gender equality illegal. Also banned in this small country wedged between China and India would be providing disaster aid, giving free medical care to the poor and campaigning against […]

Atheist groups say Army should promote their rock concerts, too

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WASHINGTON — Three atheist activism groups have complained the Army supported an evangelical Christian concert at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg but did not act sufficiently enthusiastic about a concert for nonbelievers. The three groups — Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American […]

Christian Leaders Send Letters to Obama on Iran’s Human Rights Violations

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Christian leaders on behalf of an estimated 25 million Americans sent letters to President Obama urging him and other dignitaries to take immediate steps to stop violating human rights, supporting terrorism and developing a nuclear program. A press release issued […]

Francis Shaeffer’s son says conservatives hate America

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On Wednesday, Huffington Post blogger Frank Schaeffer, son of the late best-selling author and conservative Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer, appeared on MSNBC to promote his new book Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics–and How […]

Netanyahu Looks to Bulgaria for Diplomatic Support

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Bulgaria this week to sway votes against Palestine’s bid to become a state. Netanyahu, who appeared to gain Romania’s support to oppose Palestine’s quest for statehood after his visit to Bucharest Wednesday, praised the […]

Championship coach tackles God on the gridiron

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  By GREG GARRISON Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After Auburn University’s football win over Clemson last season, coach Gene Chizik declared, “It’s a God thing.” After the national championship game win over the University of Oregon, he told a […]

Longtime Time correspondent blasts China’s “savage repression” of 1,000-member Beijing church

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“As many American Christians are aware,” writes former Time magazine Asia correspondent David Aikman, “China’s Christian house churches, those Christian communities who don’t want to be controlled by the Communist Party, have been under their savage repression in years from the authorities.  The […]

3,000 D.C.-area teens attend high-energy worship

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The moment the Washington, D.C.-area First Baptist Church of Glenarden opened its doors Friday night, nearly 3,000 teenagers rushed inside for a high-octane worship service, according to the Washington Post. Inside the Upper Marlboro mega-church, a large digital clock was at […]

Church services too long, complains British bishop

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The Rev. Jonathan Gledhill, the Bishop of Lichfield, told a group of clergy in a speech in his London diocese this week that church services have become too long, recommending “clergy should aim to keep the time of worship to […]

Crystal Cathedral denies removing founder Robert H. Schuller from board

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A Crystal Cathedral spokesman on Monday denied reports that the church’s founder, Robert H. Schuller, has been voted off the board of directors. “He was not voted off the board,” said spokesman John Charles of the Garden Grove,  church spokesman. “He is still […]

BREAKING NEWS: Iranian pastor’s death sentence perhaps overturned, but still required to renounce Jesus

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Iran’s secretive supreme court has reportedly overturned a death sentence handed down to an evangelical pastor for leaving Islam, surprising trial observers who were earlier informed about an execution ruling. However concerns remained Monday, July 4, about the future of 33-year-old Yousef […]

Couple spends 12th anniversary in jail defying Chinese government’s war on 1,000-member church

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Chinese Christians Chu Xiaodong and Yu Xingmei spent their 12th wedding anniversary in jail. Their crime? They showed up for church in China’s capital of Beijing. They were promptly arrested as the Chinese government’s campaign against the 1,000-member Shouwang Church […]

Pilots balk at towing atheists’ ad banners

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A nationwide advertising campaign by an atheist group has run into an unexpected snag. Of the nation’s 85 pilots who tow aerial banners, only 17 would agree to participate. “I’m not going to hell towing that sign,” said one pilot […]

Are “God and country” church services wrong?

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“The 4th of July is near, and it’s time for cookouts, barbecue, fireworks, and – so it seems – patriotic worship services,” writes Stan Reeves, an elder at Grace Heritage Church in Auburn, Alabama, on the website “Reformed Baptist Fellowship.”  […]

Focus on the Family: 4th of July was a religious holiday

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For 150 years in America’s history the Fourth of July was considered a religious holiday, says Christian history activist David Barton. He told Focus on the Family listeners this week:  If you look at our government proclamations on that day, it […]

Iran Supreme Court to Christian convert: Return to Islam or die

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Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence of a Christian pastor for leaving Islam. He was reported to have been given a choice on Saturday, July 2, to repudiate his faith in Christ or be executed. Yousef Nadarkhani, 33, had appealed to the […]

China pressures employers to fire members of Beijing’s defiant Shouwang Church

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In a disturbing new development in the 12-week long clash between the Chinese Communist Party and members of Beijing’s 1,000-member Shouwang Church, the Chinese government is pressuring employers to fire church members from their jobs. According to the China Aid Association, an […]

Houston National Cemetery defies judge, bans “God bless you” from veterans’ funerals

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Three national veterans groups have filed a 26-page complaint in federal court that officials at the Houston National Cemetery have defied the court’s order to quit censoring prayer and banning the words “God” and “Jesus” from funeral services. Despite a Memorial […]

Inspirational vine: North Carolinians see image of Jesus Christ on the Cross

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The Gospel of John quotes Jesus as saying “I am the true vine,” and some folks in eastern North Carolina think they may have witnessed a literal demonstration. A utility pole about a mile south of Kinston has attracted attention […]

Michele Bachmann: A ‘sense’ God calling me to presidency

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 By Elizabeth Tenety ~ from The Washington Post‘s On Faith Minnesota’s Republicatn congresswoman— and now official presidential candidate — Michele Bachmann told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer on Sunday that she believes God is calling her to run for the nation’s […]

Sally Quinn: Tim Tebow on Jesus, football and dating

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“It’s attractive when girls have faith,” says Tim Tebow, a deeply committed Christian who is not afraid to say so — which he does in his new book, Through My Eyes. Tim Tebow is the real deal, writes the Washington Post‘s Sally Quinn. […]

“Heaven” ignites atheist uproar

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By Jordan Sekulow ~ from The Washington Post’s On Faith New York City has chosen to honor the memory of seven fallen heroes – firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 – by naming the street that their fire […]

Congressman under fire for comment that liberalism is based on a hatred of God

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U.S. Congressman Todd Akin from Missouri says he’s not surprised at the firestorm of criticism he’s gotten after telling a Christian radio program that ‘at the heart of liberalism, really, is a hatred for God and a belief that government […]

Tweet of Mickey & Minnie in Muslim attire stirs Egyptian fury

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Naguib Sawiris A Christian businessman who is one of Egypt’s richest entrepreneurs, has run afoul of the internet’s social media after sending out a message of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as conservative Muslims. The cartoon, which was already circulating by email and on […]

John MacArthur Says America is Under Divine Judgment

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Evangelical preacher and bestselling author John MacArthur told the 2011 “Resolved” conference in Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday evening that America’s sins are akin to that of ancient Israel’s and the United States is under divine judgment. CLICK HERE to read more

Congressman: GOP Medicare Plan “Immoral” And “Un-American”

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“I always find it very interesting that people talk all about their from Christianity and all these other religions that teach love. All that teach taking care of the poor. All of which talk about doing for the least of […]

Bishop calls on Atlanta mega-church preacher to repent of sexual sins

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Bishop Paul S. Morton, founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship that ordained Eddie Long as Bishop, has openly rebuked the Atlanta megachurch pastor and called him to repent of any sins committed in sexual coercion lawsuits that were […]

NY Pastor: Gay Marriage a ‘Cold, Hard Slap of God’s Face’

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The passage of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry by the state Senate on Friday, in fact, should leave Christians grieving – grieving that “our God has been offended,” said a New York pastor in his Sunday sermon. […]

Cardinal sees ‘no theological obstacle’ to women priests

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Cardinal Jos da Cruz Policarpo of Lisbon, Portugal, a veteran European prelate at one point considered a contender to become pope, reportedly has said he sees no fundamental theological obstacle to the ordination of women as priests in the Catholic […]

Wife prays for an angel, football player lifts car off trapped husband

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“God, bring an angel to my side,” prayed the desperate, screaming wife as she struggled to lift a car off of her husband’s chest. “Help me!” In the parking lot of the Bull’s Den Cafe near the University of South […]

Sudan Christians facing genocide, bishop pleads for worldwide prayer

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“We are facing the nightmare of genocide of our people in a final attempt to erase our culture and society from the face of the earth.”  That’s the warning of African Episcopal Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail in northern Sudan’s Nuba Mountains […]

Evangelicals see declining influence in U.S.

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Are U.S. evangelicals losing their influence on America? A new poll released Wednesday (June 22) from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life seems to say just that, with […]

Conservatives want senator to resign after affair

By JONATHAN TILOVE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The president of the Christian conservative Family Policy Network sent Sen. David Vitter, R-La., a letter Monday (June 20) calling on him to follow the lead of former Rep. Anthony […]

Pawlenty’s prominent pastor not a political pawn

By G. JEFFREY MacDONALD c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) When GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty goes to church, he knows he’ll hear a 27-minute sermon — never longer, never shorter. But whether he’ll hear a biblical endorsement of the […]

Church of England to allow gay bishops — sort of

By AL WEBB c. 2011 Religion News Service LONDON (RNS) The Church of England has issued a set of “legal guidelines” that pave the way for openly gay clergy to become bishops — so long as they are and promise […]

Van Impe leaves TBN over ‘Chrislam’ remarks

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Jack Van Impe, a popular End Times broadcaster, has ended his decades-long run on Trinity Broadcasting Network after a dispute over naming ministers that he accuses of mixing Christian and […]

Lesbian minister to face Methodist church trial

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) United Methodists will begin a trial Tuesday (June 21) against a Wisconsin minister who’s accused of breaking church rules by celebrating a same-sex marriage and being in a lesbian relationship. The […]

All Southern Baptist eyes on black New Orleans pastor

By BRUCE NOLAN c. 2011 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Even before the Southern Baptist Convention elected the Rev. Fred Luter to national office, there was already widespread speculation that Luter is poised to become the denomination’s first African-American […]

Oregon strips faith-healing parents of legal defenses

By STEVE MAYES c. 2011 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a new law that removes the remnants of Oregon’s legal protection for parents who rely solely on faith healing instead of traditional medical care […]

Left-leaning Christians to rally around ‘Wild Goose’

By YONAT SHIMRON c. 2011 Religion News Service DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s the South. That must mean it’s time for an old-fashioned camp meeting. Next week (June 23-26), the bygone staple of the tent revival will […]

Commentary: Jesus is still surrounded by too many men

By Cathleen Falsani c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Pop quiz: Name three women leaders in evangelical Christianity. Not including women known primarily as partner to their better-known husbands. And just to make it interesting, let’s say they have to […]

Baptists support legalization but not ‘amnesty’

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Southern Baptists adopted a resolution Wednesday (June 15) that supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants but clearly states they reject “amnesty.” After heated debate at their annual meeting […]

After controversy, Baptists affirm belief in ‘eternal’ hell

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Southern Baptists on Wednesday (June 14) called hell an “eternal, conscious punishment” for those who do not accept Jesus, rebutting a controversial book from Michigan pastor Rob Bell that questions […]

Goshen College silences national anthem (again)

By JACK JENKINS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Goshen College will no longer play The Star-Spangled Banner at sporting events, school leaders announced, reversing last year’s decision to allow the use of the national anthem for the first time […]

Southern Baptists look to minorities to jumpstart growth

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Southern Baptists meeting in Phoenix adopted a plan Tuesday (June 14) to try to boost minorities in their top leadership posts as they face continuing reports of stagnant baptism rates […]

‘The Book of Mormon’ wins nine Tonys

By SCOTT D. PIERCE c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune (RNS) The irreverent and hilarious The Book of Mormon musical dominated the 65th annual Tony Awards on Sunday (June 12), winning the award for Best Musical and becoming one of the […]

Temple weddings leave some on outside, hurting inside

By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) You see them on Temple Square nearly every day, pacing nervously or strolling aimlessly, staring down at the tulips or up at the spires. They are parents, […]

Evangelicals wade into circumcision debate

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is siding with Jews and Muslims in opposition of a proposed ban on infant male circumcision in San Francisco. “Jews, Muslims, and Christians all trace […]

For evangelicals, Bachmann ‘speaks our code’

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour warned several hundred Christian conservatives gathered here last week (June 3-4) not to expect a “perfect candidate” to emerge from the field of Republican presidential contenders. […]

Feature: Ministry repairs kids’ bikes and lives

By MORGAN JAREMA c. 2011 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) The doors of The Motion Initiative have just opened along a stretch of industrial buildings and already Thomas Fish can’t walk more than a few steps without being […]

Feature: Tebow details blessed life rooted in faith

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN and SEAN LEAHY c. 2011 USA TODAY (RNS) Tim Tebow is a 23-year-old second-year, second-string quarterback on a so-so NFL team. So who’s going to buy his memoirs? What’s to remember? Only … — The play-by-play […]

Religious Leaders Call a Strike On Tobacco

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Religious leaders are hoping to hit a home run in a campaign to get Major League Baseball players to ban tobacco use on fields and dugouts of the national pastime. […]

Budget Battle Pits Atheist Ayn Rand vs. Jesus

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The atheist philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand published more than a dozen books before she died in 1982. Now, liberal Christians say another work belongs in Rand’s controversial canon: the […]

Lawyers: Faith-Healing Parents Sought Care for Daughter

By STEVE MAYES c. 2011 Religion News Service OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two faith-healing parents pleaded with child-welfare workers for permission to take their infant daughter to a doctor and keep her out of state custody, defense attorneys said Tuesday […]

Gingrich Woos Skeptical Evangelical Voters

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) As evangelicals and other social conservatives gather here this weekend (June 3-4) to take the measure of a number of Republican presidential candidates, Newt Gingrich will be conspicuously absent. […]

Commentary: Harold and me

By DICK STAUB c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) California radio evangelist Harold Camping’s false prophecies about the Rapture and the end of the world, first in 1994 and now again in May 2011, are a bit of deja vu. […]

Adventists in Calif. city lose Sunday mail delivery

By ALBERT SABATE c. 2011 Religion News Service LOMA LINDA, Calif. (RNS) Postal carrier Ruth Gomez had prayed and waited for five years to be transferred to the Loma Linda Post Office so that she could finally put to rest […]

Feature: Christians shatter taboos around talking about money

By G. JEFFREY MacDONALD c. 2011 Religion News Service BEVERLY, Mass. (RNS) No sooner had 29-year-old Graham Messier joined a small group at his church earlier this year than he found himself breaking an American taboo: talking about how much […]

Commentary: The (real) coming Judgment Day

By TOM EHRICH c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) If you are reading this, then you apparently didn’t qualify for the Rapture on May 21. Or Judgment Day predictors need better math. Either way, last Saturday belonged to God, not […]

Messiah alumni rally around gay students

By IVEY DEJESUS c. 2011 Religion News Service GRANTHAM, Pa. (RNS) Alumni at evangelical Messiah College have launched an online petition urging the conservative Christian school to change its policies toward gay and lesbian students. The petition has collected hundreds […]

Study suggests ‘born-again’ believers have smaller brains

By YONAT SHIMRON c. 2011 Religion News Service DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) For decades, mainline Protestants have been beset by bad news: declining numbers, aging membership, waning cultural influence. A new study from Duke University Medical Center, however, gives these Protestants […]

Feature: Bob Dylan’s Religious Mystique Endures

By RON CSILLAG c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Through the 1960s, Bob Dylan was hailed as a prophet, first of folk music, then of rock ‘n’ roll — at least by those who forgave him the heresy of having […]

Mormon Embrace of KJV Didn’t Come Early, or Easy

By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune (RNS) Though many early Mormon texts and speeches mirror the English prose of the King James Bible, it was not always the Mormons’ only authorized version of Holy Writ. In fact, […]

Chances Are Thou Keepest a KJV in Thy House

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN c. 2011 USA Today (RNS) If thou hast a Bible in the house and readeth it at least once a month, chances are strong it’s the majestic King James Version of the Bible in Elizabethan English, […]

A Quiver Full of Controversy

By CATHLEEN FALSANI c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) When Meg Moseley gave birth to her third child 20 years ago, doctors cautioned her against having any more babies, fearing that another difficult pregnancy might jeopardize her life. So Moseley […]

Immigration Pits Mormons Against Hierarchy

By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) For decades, Mormon conservatives have believed their politics matched the positions of their church: opposing abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment and same-sex marriage, for example. But now […]

Graham’s Doctor Says Condition Has Stabilized

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Billy Graham’s doctor confirmed Thursday (May 12) that the 92-year-old evangelist has pneumonia, but said he is doing well. Graham was taken Wednesday to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., where […]

Obama Rallies Hispanic Christians on Immigration

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama assured Hispanic Christians on Thursday (May 12) that he hears their pleas for immigration reform, calling it a “moral imperative” that requires action from the pews and […]

Even After Win, Gay Clergy Likely to Remain Limited

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Gay and lesbian advocates celebrated a landmark victory on Tuesday (May 10) when the Presbyterian Church (USA) entered the expanding ranks of Christian denominations that allow openly gay, partnered clergy. The […]

After Seminary, ‘Lost Boy’ Headed Back to Sudan

By MATT VANDE BUNTE c. 2011 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) It has been more than two decades since Deng Alier fled war in his homeland. Now, armed with a master’s degree in educational ministry, the former “Lost […]

After Court Gives OK, Christians Mark National Day of Prayer

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Supporters marked the 60th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday (May 5), just weeks after a federal appeals court dismissed a suit that challenged the law creating the […]

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