Florida School Sued for Banning Bible Distribution
Jul02

Florida School Sued for Banning Bible Distribution

For years, the Collier County School District allowed World Changers to offer Bibles to interested students during non-school hours on Jan. 16 in honor of Religious Freedom Day. But since last year, the superintendent and the Community Request Committee have refused to grant permission to the Southern Baptist Convention-related mission group to do so. Now World Changers is suing the school for banning Bible distribution on public school campuses on Religious Freedom Day.

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Christmas Looking Cheerful Again in Bethlehem
Dec15

Christmas Looking Cheerful Again in Bethlehem

After eight long and dismal years, this Christmas season looks as though it will be a cheerful one for the birthplace of Jesus. Hotels are booked solid through January, Manger Square is bustling with tourists, and Israeli and Palestinian forces are working to make things go smoothly. This is attracting tourists once again who have stayed away for such a long time now due to Palestinian and Israeli violence in the area.

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Using GPS To Protect Baby Jesus in Nativity Scenes
Dec10

Using GPS To Protect Baby Jesus in Nativity Scenes

When Baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn’t follow a star to locate him. Instead a GPS device mounted inside the life-size ceramic figurine led sheriff’s deputies to a nearby apartment, where it was found face down on the carpet. An 18-year-old woman was arrested in the theft.

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Chinese Officials Confiscate Bibles From American Christians
Aug18

Chinese Officials Confiscate Bibles From American Christians

A group of American Christians is refusing to leave an airport in China after China officials confiscated more than 300 Bibles from their luggage. Pat Klein, the leader of the Christian group, said they will not leave an airport in the southwestern city of Kunming until they get their Bibles back. “I heard that there’s freedom of religion in China, so why is there a problem for us to bring Bibles?” said Klein, whose Sheridan, Wyoming-based group distributes Bibles and Christian teaching materials around the world. The move comes as China hosts the Olympics in Beijing, where false media reports last year claimed Bibles would be banned from the games. The state-run China Daily reported last month that 10,000 bilingual copies of the Bible would be distributed in the Olympic Village, which houses athletes and media. In China, Bibles are legally printed at just one plant — the world’s largest — run by a communist government-backed Christian association, and are available in many bookstores. But the officially atheistic government prohibits proselytizing and is worried that if the spread of religion goes unchecked, believers might ultimately challenge the Communist Party’s authority. What do the Chines officials have to say about this? An officer on duty at Kunming airport’s customs office who would only go by the name of Xiao, denied confiscating the Bibles but rather said authorities were just “taking care” of them and provided no further details. On Monday morning, Klein said Chinese officials had shown the group what they said were regulations that banned bringing Bibles into China, but that the documents were in Chinese. Klein said the customs officers had told him that they could each have one Bible for personal use, but no more than that. He said the officers were insisting that they leave the airport. “We don’t want to go without taking those books. It cost us a lot of money to bring them here,” Klein said. “They’re saying that it’s illegal to bring the Bibles in and that if we wanted to, we had to apply ahead of time for permission.” This very likely happens quite often. However with the Olympics currently taking place in Beijing, more news of human rights violations seem to be hitting American news sources. Original news source: Fox News. UPDATE: Chinese officials have returned the Bibles they originally confiscated. Story at The Christian...

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Gay Man Suing Bible Publishers Over ‘Homosexual’ Verses
Jul10

Gay Man Suing Bible Publishers Over ‘Homosexual’ Verses

The Christian Post reports that a homosexual man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that references to homosexuality being a sin in versions of the Bible they publish violate his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress. Are you kidding me? Talk about a frivolous suit! Bradley LaShawn Fowler, an ex-con turned author, filed the federal suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday. Fowler, who is representing himself, claims that Zondervan manipulated Scripture by using the term “homosexuals” in 1 Corinthians 6:9 of their 1982 and 1987 revised edition Bibles. He also contends that the reference to homosexuality were deleted by the publisher in later versions without informing the public. He also alleges that since the older Kings James Version containing the term “homosexuals” is used by his family pastor, he has been outcast by his family. The 39-year-old is suing the Grand Rapids publisher for compensation of 20 years of “emotional duress and mental instability,” he told WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. First of all, Zondervan nor Thomas Nelson own the translations in question. They are simply re-publishing what others have already translated. Therefore Mr. Fowler is going after the messenger rather than the source. Secondly, how can either of these publishers be held accountable for the version of the Bible that Mr. Fowler’s family pastor uses or the actions of his family outcasting him? Finally, if the references to “homosexuality being a sin” offend Mr. Fowler personally, I’d say, “don’t read the Bible!” Really, I don’t visit gay clubs, read gay literature, watch gay movies and the like because it would offend me as a Christian. If you don’t like what the Bible has to say — don’t read it. This is America after all where a person has the right to choose what they do or do not believe in. I really hope this case is thrown out of court quickly. In fact, I would like to see Mr. Fowler fined severely for even bothering the judicial system with such a frivolous suit in the first...

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Christian Worker Bullied For Refusing To Marry Gays
May24

Christian Worker Bullied For Refusing To Marry Gays

Lillian Ladele, a Christian registrar at Islington Council in north London, was threatened with the loss of her job after refusing to carry out what she considers “sinful” homosexual marriages. The incident occurred after she had asked to be excused from conducting civil partnerships for gay men and women because of her deeply-held religious beliefs. However, her bosses gave her an “ultimatum” to perform the ceremonies or face dismissal for gross misconduct, and was treated like a “pariah” by colleagues when she refused. “I felt harassed and victimised,” she said. “I was being picked on on a daily basis. There was no respect whatsoever for my religious beliefs. Miss Ladele accused gay colleagues of “stirring up religious hatred”, adding: “I felt like I was being thrown before the lions. “I hold the orthodox Christian view that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life and this is the God-ordained place for sexual relations. It creates a problem for any Christian if they are expected to do or condone something that they see as sinful.” “I cannot reconcile my faith with taking an active part in enabling same-sex unions to be formed. I believe this is contrary to God’s instruction that sexual relations belong exclusively between a man and a woman within marriage.” Hundreds of gay couples have married at Islington town hall since the law was changed in December 2005 to allow civil partnerships. Could we see the same scenarios begin to occur in California where the law was just recently changed to allow homosexual marriages? Original story at The Daily...

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California 2nd U.S. State To Approve Gay Marriages
May15

California 2nd U.S. State To Approve Gay Marriages

From The Christian Post, California’s Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Thursday morning to join Massachusetts as the second state to recognize same-sex “marriage.” In the court’s opinion, Chief Justice Ron George ruled that the ban on same-sex “marriage” was “discriminatory” and that “domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage.” While it may appear to be a victory for gay rights advocates, it demonstrates that our nation has taken one more step away from God. Matt Barber of the pro-family Concerned Women for America believes the ruling by the California Supreme Court was the “worst kind of judicial activism today” and represented a rejection of the court’s supposed role “as an objective interpreter of the law.” “So-called ‘same-sex’ marriage is counterfeit marriage. Marriage is, and has always been, between a man and a woman,” he said in a statement shortly after the court’s decision. This is not shocking news to me as more and more Americans abandon absolute truth and rather rely on their heart of which the Bible says it “is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) What is really sad is that most Christian-based groups that work to defend traditional marriage as being between a man and woman cannot even use The Bible in their defense due to the fact that the majority of Americans rejects it as being an absolute source of truth. Instead I have seen these organizations forced to use the defense that when traditional family values begin to erode, it is only a matter of time before the nation falls. It happened to the Romans – why should it not happen to us? Until the majority gets back to the idea that God has provided us a standard by which we should live by – His holy Word, I fear we will continue to see the eroding away of traditional values that we as Christians hold...

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Study Reveals Decline in Teen Pregnancies & Abortions

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a new study has revealed record drops in the rates of teenage pregnancies and abortion. According to the results, both abortion and teenage pregnancies have been steadily dropping since 1990. Overall, the total number of abortions fell 24 percent to 1.22 million in 2004 from a historical high of 1.61 million in 1990. Teenage pregnancies also declined during the same period, accounting for only 12 percent of all pregnancies in 2004 – a drop from 15 percent fourteen years earlier. Stephanie Ventura, the lead researcher of the study, noted that among the reasons for a decline in abortion rates and teenage pregnancies was the overall decline in total pregnancies and a new tendency among women “to postpone child bearing and delay the start of their families.” Lower abortion rates reflect “a lot of different reasons: changes in access to abortion, changes in attitudes about having a baby and a decline in teenage pregnancies, which end in abortion in many cases,” she added, according to Bloomberg News. More details in the original article on The Christian...

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Kenneth Copeland Ministries Refuses To Cooperate In Senate Probe Targeting ‘Prosperity’ Christians
Apr15

Kenneth Copeland Ministries Refuses To Cooperate In Senate Probe Targeting ‘Prosperity’ Christians

Kenneth Copeland Ministries, one of six mega-churches at the center of a U.S. Senate Finance Committee investigation, has informed the committee that it will not cooperate with the probe, citing its concerns about the government targeting certain Christian churches, as well as concerns about privacy and potential First Amendment violations. “The church is deeply concerned that the information Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is seeking could be used to subject the church and its members to public stigma, scorn, and obloquy,” Lawrence Swicegood, communications director for Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM), said in a letter responding to the committee’s request for a range of financial data and other information, including the names and addresses of board members and the names and addresses of people responsible for the church’s audio and video production. So, is this a case of government prying too deeply into private religion or large profitable ministries not being fully accountable for the funds they receive? Or one could also ask when does a “non-profit” ministry that is not subject to income tax become a “for-profit business” that is subject to income...

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Restoring the Scandal of Christmas?
Dec12

Restoring the Scandal of Christmas?

From The Christian Post – churches around the world are joining an emerging international movement to restore the “scandal” of Christmas by observing the holiday more authentically. The movement called “The Advent Conspiracy” calls on churches and their members to give simpler but more thoughtful gifts that foster relationships. Christians are then encouraged to use the money they would have spent on expensive gifts to help the needy around the world. Sounds like a great idea to me as one who really dislikes the commercialism of Christmas. Regarding the name of the movement itself, Rick McKinley, senior pastor of Imago Dei Community Church in Portland, Oregon says, “Jesus’ birth – his coming or ‘advent’ – was done in secret, almost hidden. His coming was scandalous. He didn’t come parading as a king. He didn’t come posturing for power. And He gave himself away to others. Ultimately, He gave the greatest gift of all – His life for our life. We think Christmas should be celebrated the same way.” The movement whose motto is “worship more, spend less, give more and love all,” came together a year ago when five churches decided the greatest and most significant gift their initiative could give was clean water to needy people. The churches were Imago Dei Community, Ecclesia Church in Houston Texas, Windsor Crossing Community Church in Chesterfield Montana, New Providence Community in Nassau, Bahamas, and Fellowship Church in Anthem Arizona (where I work and live). I like the idea and hope it gains momentum. To learn more, read The Christian Post article in its entirety or check out the official site of The Advent...

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