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EDITORIAL

‘POPE CONVERTS TO ISLAM’
…or, How To Avoid Falling for Fake News Headlines

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” Being a fan of Lincoln quotes, I think we should trust this one! Some of the more outrageous fake news headlines of recent times: “Pope re-writes Ten Commandments” “North Korea lands first man on the sun.” “Twitter for sale” Sometimes brethren fall for these fake news headlines, and share the stories on their social media accounts. Subsequently, we look a little silly when it is revealed as a hoax. How can Christians identify fake news stories? One writer at Christianity Today gives five tips for avoiding such fake news. I agree with his assessment in general, but I don’t think Snopes.com is always to be trusted. Regardless, read for… Keep Reading

POLITICS

The evil origins of Planned Parenthood

From Joseph Parker, American Family Association: “The revelation this week of a video that implicates Planned Parenthood in the selling of baby body parts is chilling.  It points to practices and actions that are hard to imagine that anyone would actually do to a human being.   Yet, tragically, for Planned Parenthood, this kind of activity is nothing new.  Planned Parenthood is simply a very wicked and evil organization.   It’s who they are and who they have been from the beginning.” READ FULL ARTICLE Keep Reading

POLITICS

Hidden Camera: Planned Parenthood official discusses selling baby body parts

In one of the most horrifying videos I’ve ever seen, a national leader of Planned Parenthood is caught on hidden camera discussing the harvesting and sale of body parts from babies procured via abortion procedures. Friends, if you haven’t already rejected wholesale the practice of abortion, watch this video. I must warn you, however: It is very disturbing to watch this abortion doctor casually discussing different ways to kill the babies in order to save the desired body part for sale, all the while sipping wine and eating dinner. READ FULL ARTICLE     Keep Reading

RELIGION

School prayer battle brings contempt charge

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… Keep Reading

RELIGION

Body of abducted Christian Lavinda Counce found

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… Keep Reading

POLITICS

Thomas Jefferson advocated ‘dismemberment’ as punishment for homosexuality

There is no doubt that attitudes in America toward the practice of homosexuality have changed over the years. Even 20 years ago, homosexuals more or less kept their “sexual preference” to themselves and didn’t make it a political issue. Given this tidal wave of social change, the church of Christ has had to stay steadfast in its biblical stand on morality. Today, lawmakers are scrambling to create laws making homosexual behavior “normal” and accepted. But did you know that the “founding fathers” of our nation saw the practice of homosexuality as a crime? In this article at Apologetics Press, Dave Miller shows that George Washington considered homosexuality abhorrent, and Thomas Jefferson once advocated for death by dismemberment for those guilty of… Keep Reading

CHURCH

Nebraska church of Christ subject of strange gun, ‘ISIS’ threats

This story didn’t receive much press when it originally happened in mid-June 2015, but view the update video on the North Platte, Neb., local news site for some curious information about the threats made against the church. The threats were called in to a police station, forcing authorities to respond and secure to church buildings.   READ FULL ARTICLE Keep Reading

RELIGION

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

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… Keep Reading

RELIGION

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

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 Keep Reading

WORLD

Gay Teacher Promotes Homosexuality to Little 3rd Graders, Says He Didn’t Care What Parents Thought

A North Carolina elementary school teacher has resigned after his decision to read a gay-themed children’s book to his third-grade class led to controversy in the small town of Efland. Omar Currie said he read his students the book “King and King,” a fairy tale about two princes having a “love” encounter, after he perceived negative gay stereotyping in his class. Currie said that he was inspired to teach the little kids about two men “hooking up” because a boy in his class acted a little feminine. Read Full Article Keep Reading

WORLD

Imperial Roman legionary camp uncovered near Megiddo

The remains of an imperial Roman legionary camp — the only one of its kind ever to be excavated in Israel or in the entirety of the Eastern Empire from the second and third centuries CE — have come to light at a dig near Megiddo, archaeologists said this week. Legio, a Roman site situated next to Tel Megiddo in northern Israel, served as the headquarters of the Sixth Legion Ferrata — the Ironclad — in the years following the Jewish Revolt, and would have helped keep order in the Galilee during the Bar Kochba Revolt in 132-135 CE. Read Full Article Keep Reading

CHURCH

Forth Worth congregation makes stand against alcohol rezoning

For more than 100 years, the Handley Church of Christ has been sitting at its current location, near Handley Drive and East Lancaster Avenue, providing a place of worship and a gathering spot for neighbors. In recent years, however, the number of church members has dwindled. Church elders decided to sell the large, sprawling building and relocate to a smaller, more efficient space. So a group of developers led by realtor Jim Austin offered to buy the building for close to its $1.4 million asking price and turn it into an event center to serve the community. The church folks and the neighbors were supportive until they found out that Austin was seeking a zoning change that would allow the… Keep Reading

WORLD

She is What Abortion Looks Like, When It Doesn’t Work

Nearly thirty-seven years ago, Melissa Ohden survived a saline infusion abortion. Now she is the founder of The Abortion Survivors Network, an organization that exists to educate the public on abortion survivors and to offer support to those who’ve survived failed abortions. Last week, Ohden shared her testimony at the National Right to Life convention in Louisville, Kentucky. She began by explaining the abortion procedure that was intended to take her life. Read Full Article Keep Reading

WORLD

Ultrasound bus gives women second chance before abortion

Six days a week, a big blue bus parks right across the street from Houston’s Planned Parenthood clinic.  At 78,000 square feet, it’s one of the largest abortion facilities in the United States. The bus, operated by Houston’s Coalition for Life, offers women contemplating an abortion a second chance. It provides free ultrasounds and pregnancy tests to any woman in need. Life and death decisions are literally made on the bus. More than 7,000 women have stepped aboard since it opened four years ago and nine out of 10 have decided to keep their unborn children. Read Full Article Keep Reading

EDITORIAL

Polyester Sins and Catfish Condemnation

Last week’s Supreme Court decision about marriage generated two widely-diverse reactions. One camp viewed it as a triumph and a positive step forward while the other saw yet another sign of rapid moral decline. Some supporters of the SCOTUS decision chose to spike the ball by needling those most disappointed by the ruling: Bible-believing Christians. These jabs take many forms ranging from “rubbing-your-nose-in-it” pictures posted on social media to outright hatred. A Christian who is following Jesus’ example and His apostles’ commands will rise above these insults and not return in kind. There is always hope for a change of heart and an opportunity for civil debate (which is in short supply these days). Most disappointing to me was an… Keep Reading

WORLD

No genetic cause of homosexuality

A genetic cause for homosexuality is not scientifically possible. A homosexuality gene, if it existed, would quickly die out. However, it gradually becomes clear that liberals and progressives are poorly-educated about science. They passionately believe in evolution, yet they don’t understand it. Public discussion is driven by an assumption that one may be “born homosexual.” Being ‘born’ homosexual is a medical impossibility unless there is a specific gene causing it. That is, heterosexuals would have one genetic DNA sequence while homosexuals have a different DNA sequence in its place. I discovered something debating this topic: One central point simply escapes the understanding of liberal activists. Homosexuality powerfully reduces reproduction. It is a lack of sexual desire for the opposite sex.… Keep Reading

EDITORIAL

Will Christianity survive?

by Chuck Webster — Some of the stuff going on in our country frightens me, and from looking at social media and some of my favorite blogs, I don’t think I’m alone. The number of Christians in America is decreasing. There’s racial unrest in Baltimore (and everywhere, it seems). Nine justices in our nation’s capital are contemplating a verdict that may redefine marriage. Laws are being passed that make it illegal to act on your religious faith. Read Full Article Keep Reading

CHURCH

The Great Commission has been fulfilled

All of my growing up and most of my preaching career found me lingering under the misconception that Christians today remain bound by the Great Commission. My generation was not the first to be taught this as truth, and that is why I had the wrong idea about it. I had been misguided by those who went before me as they had been wrongly taught by those who went before them on this matter of the relationship of the church today to that long ago given assignment. Keep Reading

EDITORIAL

Faithful Fathers

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate” (Psa. 127:3-5). What an awesome blessing, as well as responsibility, rearing children is! If only more fathers and mothers had a greater appreciation of this gift and took more seriously their God-given roles as parents (cf. Deut. 6:1ff; Pro. 22:6; 31:1ff; Eph. 5:22ff; 6:4).  “Father’s Day” is a day set aside each year to honor… Read more Keep Reading

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