Ponders Striking Down State Constitution Anti-Faith Amendments
Court seems poised to strike down constitutional amendments in 39 states
that forbid tax money from going to churches after Wednesday’s oral arguments
in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, unless two procedural issues derail
the case at the last minute.....
Post: Church-State Playground Battle—Liberal
Supreme Court Justices Appear to Side With Church
of Missouri rejecting a Christian preschool from accessing its scrap tire
program to resurface its playground is religious discrimination, religious
liberty advocates said outside the Supreme Court Wednesday. And the court's
liberal justices reportedly seemed to concur with that during oral arguments
in what some consider this cycle's marquee case, Trinity Lutheran Church
Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With a Spouse
ago, in the mid-1970s, young American adults--in the 18-to-34 age bracket--were
far more likely to be married and living with a spouse than living in their
parents’ home. But that is no longer the case, according to a new study
by the U.S. Census Bureau. “There are now more young people living with
their parents than in any other arrangement,” says the Census Bureau study.....
|Chinese Officials Arrest
Pastor For Singing 'Jesus Loves You'
Pastor Xu Rongzhang was arrested in China over Easter weekend. His crime?
The pastor is accused of leading a gathering of Christians in the popular
worship song “Jesus Loves You.” Pastor Xu was detained in the city of Zhengzhou
in the Henan province for the offense. He was in jail only for a few hours,
but the Henan authorities refused to turn over his confiscated identification
and travel documents until Monday. According to Communist officials, singing
the song is an illegal religious activity. ....
|CBN News: Georgia
College Argues In Court That Gospel Message Incited 'Hostility' and 'Fighting
college has filed a motion to dismiss a First Amendment lawsuit by claiming
it removed a Christian student from campus because his discussion of the
Gospel incited "hostility" and "fighting words." The Alliance Defending
Freedom (ADF) is suing Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) for censoring college
student Chike Uzuegbunam. Uzuegbunam was repeatedly stopped from
discussing his Christian faith on campus, even after following the school's
Are Swamped In $1 Trillion of Credit Card Debt
now owe $1 trillion in credit card debt, with an average monthly balance
of about $9,600 for borrowers who don’t pay their cards in full each month.....
News— Are Evangelicals the Problem?
to find secular sources finally concerned about truth, now that Donald
Trump is president. But blaming evangelicals, who've been fighting the
"truth is relative" concept in America for over 100 years, is misplaced.....
|CNS News Commentary:
Time For an About-Face on Facebook
has just been passed on Facebook, and the news is not good. A new study
has come out pointing out the negative effects of Facebook. This study
claims to be much more rigorous than those of the past. Of course, Facebook
has always had its enemies.
|Christian Post: ISIS
Attempted Terror Attack on St. Catherine's Monastery in Egypt Leaves 1
Officer Dead, 4 Wounded
State terror group killed one police officer and wounded four others in
a foiled attack at St. Catherine's monastery in Sinai, Egypt, one of the
oldest Christian monasteries in the world...
Bible Answer Man, Hank Hanegraaff, Leaves the Christian Faith?
numerous reports that Hank Hanegraaff, the well-known talk show host, and
evangelical apologist known as “The Bible Answer Man,” has left the biblical
Christian faith for Greek Orthodox tradition...It is also reported that
Hanegraaff hinted at his possible conversion while defending the Orthodox
tradition on his radio program a few weeks ago. The Orthodox Church is
a false expression of Christianity, much like the Roman Catholic Church,
that is highly driven by graven images and denies the biblical doctrine
of salvation by grace alone through faith alone, and instead, trusts in......
|Christian Post: Religious
Left Emergence 'Unlikely,' Polling Expert Says
emergence of a "Religious Left" to counter the political agenda of the
Republican-dominated White House and Congress is unlikely, according to
an expert from a left-leaning polling organization.....
|Ch Today: Russia
Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as Extremists
Jehovah’s Witnesses can no longer practice their faith freely in Russia,
where the Supreme Court on Thursday declared the pacifist religious organization
an “extremist group” and banned all of its activity. The judge ordered
all 395 local chapters and its Russian headquarters to close and authorized
the government to seize all property. Under the ruling, distributing copies
of the Watchtower, discussing their beliefs in public, or even worshipping
at a meeting hall has become a crime. A lawyer for Russia’s justice ministry,
Svetlana Borisova, told the court that Jehovah’s Witnesses “pose a threat
to the rights of the citizens, public order and public security,” according
to media reports.....
|Swedes Microchip Themselves,
Become Guinea Pigs in Digital Dystopia
thousand of Swedes have chosen to voluntary implant a microchip under their
skin to keep track of personal health data and avoid the necessity of having
to remember a password. The technology used to chip people is roughly the
same being used on dogs and cats. Using today’s cutting-edge technology,
a microchip, which takes half a second to install, can be read from several
decimeters’ distance, and its contents can be altered using a mobile phone.
From that moment onwards, the digital microchip may be used for such features
as opening and unlocking doors, paying for goods and services.......
|New Yorker: War,
Terrorism, and the Christian Exodus from the Middle East
Christians are part of a mass exodus taking place throughout the Middle
East, the cradle of the faith. Today, Christians are only about four per
cent of the region’s more than four hundred million people—and probably
less. They “have been subject to vicious murders at the hands of terrorist
groups, forced out of their ancestral lands by civil wars, suffered societal
intolerance fomented by Islamist groups, and subjected to institutional
discrimination found in the legal codes and official practices of many
Middle Eastern countries,” several said....
Over, You're In My Seat!
it’s a courtside sports bench, a desk in the classroom, or a pew in church,
people routinely sit in the same places. In every church I’ve been part
of—from a 3,000-member downtown church in the Deep South to a small congregation
in Pennsylvania farm country— members tend to pick their seats and stick
with them, sometimes for generations...