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State of Georgia demands part-time preacher turn over sermon transcripts

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In 2014, Dr. Eric Walsh was hired as a District Health Director for the Georgia Department of Health. During the interview process, state government officials asked for recordings of sermons Walsh had delivered. He is a part-time Seventh-Day Adventist preacher. After reviewing the recordings, Walsh’s employment was terminated. Earlier this year, Walsh filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Public Health alleging he was terminated for delivering sermons on issues ranging from homosexuality to evolution. Now, Georgia Attorney General Samuel Olens is demanding Eric Walsh turn over of his sermon notes and transcripts. Not only was this man apparently fired based on content of sermons he preached, but now the government is attempting to review his sermons to…what? See…

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A strong aversion to the word “denomination”

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Dr. Roger E. Olson, a Baptist minister and professor of theology at Baylor University, is currently updating and revising the Handbook of Denominations in the United States. In a blog post regarding the work in progress, he makes a very interesting observation about the state of denominationalism in our country: “One of the biggest surprises for me in this whole research project has been the adamant rejection of the word “denomination” by many leaders and members of denominations. For the handbook’s purposes, a “denomination” is any collective, network, of congregations (whatever they may call themselves) that has some identity. A denomination does not even have to have a headquarters, let alone a hierarchical structure, to be a denomination. For example, the…

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Muslim Woman ‘Rises from the Dead’ After Two Days, Converts to Christianity

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A freelance journalist tells the story of a Muslim woman who supposedly died, was placed in a morgue, and “rose from the dead” two days later. Following her recovery, she and many members of her Muslim family converted to Christianty after hearing her story of a vision she had while she was in the morgue. This story is linked here for informational purposes only. Perhaps there is a good illustration here.  

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Pagan goddess of destruction projected on Empire State Building

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America’s decline into moral and religious chaos was illustrated once again yesterday as the Hindu goddess of destruction was projected on New York’s Empire State Building. This follows the recent bathing of the building in green in celebration of a Muslim holiday. The idol Kali “means black, time, death, lord of death; she is therefore called the Goddess of Time, Change, Power, and Destruction.”

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College applications rejected due to faith in God

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Looking out across the cultural landscape of America, we see attempts to remove God from the public eye. When we see such things, we usually sigh and whisper to ourselves, “What next?” Apparently, “what’s next” is total discrimination against people who express faith in God. This article by the American Center for Law and Justice reveals two troubling cases of outright discrimination. READ FULL ARTICLE  

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School prayer battle brings contempt charge

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There is an ongoing battle over school prayer in the Rankin County School District in Mississippi. On Monday a federal judge found the district in contempt of court, and levied a fine of $7,500.  The school district first got into trouble in 2013 when a student sued over having to attend a school assembly that “promoted Christianity” via a school prayer. The suit was filed with the aid of the American Humanist Association. According to the Clarion-Ledger, “U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves said in last week’s ruling that the district has since violated the policy it adopted to ensure its schools conformed with the First Amendment by holding an awards ceremony where a Christian reverend delivered a prayer and again when it assisted Gideons…

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Body of abducted Christian Lavinda Counce found

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The body of Lavinda Counce, 90, was found Sunday at the edge of a corn field by a volunteer searcher. Counce had been missing since July 3, when she was abducted from her home. She was a Christian who worshiped with the church of Christ in Bay, Ark. Residents and church members there are still struggling to understand who may have done this and why. Ted Knight, an evangelist originally from Bay, knew her well and posted a wonderful tribute to her on his Facebook page. Here is an excerpt from his post: “The only one to gain from this despicable ordeal is Lavinda Counce who now is at rest which is indescribable. You see, this terrorist or terrorists took her earthly…

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For Churches That Won’t Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Insurance Begins to Look Iffy

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In the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, pastors and church members are experiencing a wave of anxiety over what many of them deem the “nightmare scenario”: lawsuits or government action designed to force them to perform or recognize same-sex marriages. While there are — so far — no meaningful judicial precedents that would permit such dramatic interference with churches’ core First Amendment rights, lawsuits challenging church liberties are inevitable. Indeed, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission has declared that prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity “sometimes” apply to churches and has stated that a “church service open to the public” is not a “bona fide religious purpose” that would limit application of the law. In…

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Australia’s Bishops Reaffirm Catholic Marriage – and Get Reported to Government

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In a recent pastoral letter on marriage, Australia’s Catholic bishops reaffirmed Catholic teaching. And one of the bishops has countered a leading same-sex marriage activist who said the pastoral letter should be reported to the Tasmanian government for illegal bias. “The Catholic Church in Tasmania is exercising its right to freedom of opinion, just as opponents to the Church’s views on marriage are also exercising their rights,” Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart said, according to the Catholic Leader newspaper. His comments concern “Don’t Mess with Marriage,” a pastoral letter in booklet form the Australian bishops’ conference released May 28. He said the booklet “explains the meaning of marriage enshrined in our laws from a religious perspective.” Read Full Article

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