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Prayer List: Covid-19 Global Menace

Cases of Covid-19, the Wuhan Coronoavirus, have been reported in more than 200 nations and more than 80,000 people have died. – Stats from Wikipedia

Orders to stay at home are preventing normal funeral services for the victims. Some families and friends of the deceased are experiencing deep depression.

Severe economic problems are also on the horizon for the unemployed.

Prayer List

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the families and friends of people that have died from Covid-19.
  • Pray for a rapid recovery for those who are sick.
  • Pray for safety for doctors, nurses and family members caring for the sick.
  • Pray for financial needs to be met for people financially struggling after losing a job or receiving fewer work hours.
  • Pray for the spiritual needs of people to also be met.
  • Pray for opportunities to share God’s love and hope to people that are depressed from these circumstances.

Religious News Websites

Assemblies of God News

  • Second Site
    New church plant prepares for second location, despite the pandemic.
    - 1 day ago 9 Apr 21, 5:29pm -
  • Bringing Jesus to the Gym
    Pastor couple finds an open door to evangelism and discipleship among fitness-seekers.
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  • This Week in AG History -- April 7, 1934
    Marguerite Flint's mother dedicated her to God's service even before she was born -- Marguerite grew up and served as a missionary to India for more than four decades, including building a Pentecostal Bible school for girls and women.
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 21, 12:00pm -
  • A Process to the Promise
    Elga Comellas reflects on her deliverance from drug addiction nearly half a century ago.
    - 3 days ago 7 Apr 21, 12:00pm -
  • Set on the Right Course
    A stay in a Teen Challenge center as a child, and a loving environment afterward, turned Ryan Ring-Cadena’s life around.
    - 4 days ago 6 Apr 21, 12:00pm -

Baptist Press

Bible Gateway

  • Why, After 10 Years of Talking with Atheists, I Still Believe in Christianity: An Interview with Justin Brierley
    The weekly podcast, blog, and video series Unbelievable? from Premier Insight, hosted by Justin Brierley (@unbelievablejb), is a unique meeting place that brings together people of radically different views. It seeks to build bridges and create a space for understanding where hard questions can be asked and discussed. The program believes the truth of the […]The post Why, After 10 Years of Talking with Atheists, I Still Believe in Christianity: An Interview with Justin Brierley appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 21, 12:32pm -
  • Escaping the Comparison Parent Trap
    By Ann Wilson Have you ever thought to yourself, This world is so big and so dark and they’ll face so many challenges, so what do I know? What if I don’t get everything right that my kids need to learn? The training stage reveals our perceived deficiencies. We want to impart everything our kids […]The post Escaping the Comparison Parent Trap appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 21, 10:00am -
  • How to Live the Bible — Becoming a Life Learner
    This is the one-hundred-fifty-first lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. How do we make Scripture […]The post How to Live the Bible — Becoming a Life Learner appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 3 days ago 7 Apr 21, 5:27pm -
  • NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible Surpasses 100,000 Milestone
    Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, announces that the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible (Zondervan, 2018), has sold more than 100,000 copies across all formats. [Sign up for the Dwelling in God’s Presence free email 5-day devotional with insights drawn from the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible] The NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible was […]The post NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible Surpasses 100,000 Milestone appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 3 days ago 7 Apr 21, 3:25pm -
  • Walking with Christ to the Cross, Week 7
    The season of Lent that just concluded invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that […]The post Walking with Christ to the Cross, Week 7 appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 5 days ago 5 Apr 21, 8:15am -

Christian Headlines

Christian Newswire

  • newEvangelist Alveda King: Voter ID Denial, Slavery and Abortion Are Identity Theft
    NEWS PROVIDED BYAlveda King MinistriesApril 9, 2021ATLANTA, April 9, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Evangelist Alveda King and she is available for comment:In the 20th century and during the days of slavery in the 19th century and the 18th century, slaves and indentured Blacks were robbed of precious identities.Today, when you say to me as a citizen of the United States of America, "You don't need to have an ID to vote," you are saying to me, your i Source: Alveda King Ministries
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  • newSomebody Cares Continues Winter Storm Recovery; Families Across Texas Receiving Help
    NEWS PROVIDED BYSomebody Cares America/InternationalApril 9, 2021 HOUSTON, April 9, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- Countless people across Texas are still suffering from the effects of the deep freeze that hit seven weeks ago: damaged roofs; burst water pipes; burned down homes; and more. Already struggling because of COVID shut-downs, many families cannot repair the damage. State Farm reported burst pipe claims rose from 79 in 2020 to over 29,000 this year. Widow and long-time Texan, Source: Somebody Cares America
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  • newAbortion-Slavery Analogy Ignites Debate
    NEWS PROVIDED BYCatholic LeagueApril 9, 2021NEW YORK, April 9, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an Oklahoma lawmaker who is under fire: In the course of debating pro-life legislation in Oklahoma, state Rep. Jim Olsen compared the evil of abortion to the evil of slavery."None of us would like to be a slave," the pro-life lawmaker said. "If I had my choice, I guess I'd be a slave. At least the slave has his life. Once your life Source: Catholic League
    - 21 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 9:02pm -
  • newSomebody Cares Continues Winter Storm Recovery; Families Across Texas Receiving Help
    NEWS PROVIDED BYSomebody Cares America/InternationalApril 9, 2021 HOUSTON, April 9, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- Countless people across Texas are still suffering from the effects of the deep freeze that hit seven weeks ago: damaged roofs; burst water pipes; homes burned down due to temporary heat sources; and more. Already struggling because of COVID shut-downs, many families cannot repair the damage. State Farm reported burst pipe claims rose from 79 in 2020 to over 29,000 this year. Source: Somebody Cares America
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  • newBiden Administration 'Caves' on Beijing 2022 Olympics Boycott Discussions After the Chinese Government Issues Warning of 'Robust Chinese Response' to a Potential Boycott
    Protest and News Conference Outside of the White House on Saturday, April 10, at 1:00 P.M.NEWS PROVIDED BYChristian Defense CoalitionApril 9, 2021WASHINGTON, April 9, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- A State Department spokesman indicated in an exchange with reporters Tuesday that the U.S. was discussing whether to skip the Olympics in Beijing as part of a boycott with allies. Tragically, after a threat from the Chinese Government, the Biden Administration pulled back and later said; Source: Christian Defense Coalition
    - 21 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 9:00pm -

Christian Post

Christian Research Network

  • newChildren Endangered as GOP Applauds Sexual Anarchy
    “If Republicans don’t speak up, who will? Not any Democrat. They are busy dragging children into the nearest sewer—those who manage to escape abortion, that is, which is the pinnacle of “women’s rights” in the Dems’ world. And pastors? Only … Continue reading →
    - 2 hours ago 10 Apr 21, 4:40pm -
  • newFalse Assumptions – The Consequences of False Teaching
    (Rick Becker – Famine In The Land)  We live in an age where the gospel is hardly recognizable in the visible church. The proliferation of false teachers and false doctrines have produced hordes of false converts, and sadly, thousands of … Continue reading →
    - 3 hours ago 10 Apr 21, 3:48pm -
  • newCRN Weekly Headlines – April 5-10
    HERE’S WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED… MONDAY DISGRACED ‘60 MINUTES’ DECEPTIVELY (AND MALICIOUSLY) EDITS RON DESANTIS VIDEO JOHN MACARTHUR RESPONDS TO JULIE ROYS’ LIBELOUS CLAIMS IN LAWSUIT AGAINST GAVIN NEWSOM PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSOR REVEALS THE REASON FOR THE URGENCY OF … Continue reading →
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  • newTim Keller Says Biblical Moral Values Cannot Be Proven to Be True
    “It cannot be any clearer. Tim Keller denies the Biblical truth about God once again and, like it says in Romans 1:25, he has exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worships the Creation–in this case, his own … Continue reading →
    - 24 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 6:28pm -
  • Beth Moore now in open rebellion to the Bible
    “I beg your forgiveness where I was complicit. I could not see it for what it was until 2016. I plead your forgiveness for how I just submitted to it and supported it and taught it. I trusted that the … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago 9 Apr 21, 5:13pm -

Christian Sentinel

  • Televangelist Finally Goes to Jail for Tax Evasion
    In an April 2019 article about televangelist William Todd Coontz, the Christian Sentinel reported, “For those keeping track, the old cliche is true. ‘The Wheels…The post Televangelist Finally Goes to Jail for Tax Evasion appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 24 days ago 18 Mar 21, 2:55am -
  • TBN: Building an Empire [from unpublished autobiography of Brittany Crouch]
                Growing up, I liked to take advantage of the fact my grandparents invented church on television whenever it was convenient for me. My mom…The post TBN: Building an Empire [from unpublished autobiography of Brittany Crouch] appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 70 days ago 30 Jan 21, 7:06pm -
  • Trump’s New World Religion by Jackie Alnor
    Christians were shocked and appalled when United Methodist pastor, a Missouri congressman, Emanuel Cleaver, gave the opening prayer for the new 2021 Congress, and concluded…The post Trump’s New World Religion by Jackie Alnor appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 94 days ago 6 Jan 21, 8:02pm -
  • Not for the Faint of Heart
    The whole world is feeling anxious.The post Not for the Faint of Heart appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 20 Nov 20, 10:08pm -
  • ‘Doing the Stuff:’ An Encounter with John Wimber
    John Wimber had the audience stand up. He told everyone to remain silent and pray. He put both hands together holding them straight out in front of him toward the audience, with eyes closed. It appeared he was using his arms as a divining rod... A very loud rap, rap, rap sound intermittently sounded all over the auditorium. Fear gripped me as I prayed for the Lord’s protection. The post ‘Doing the Stuff:’ An Encounter with John Wimber appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 7 Oct 20, 7:07pm -

Christian Today

  • Interview: The Best Advice on Engaging Muslims, from Arab Evangelical Scholars
    Diverse anthology of current Christian research on Islam, the Quran, and Muhammad suggests biblically-faithful paths for better engagement beyond polemics or dialogue.American evangelicals often find themselves frustrated in their approach to Islam.Two options are consistently placed before them: a polemical argument few are educated enough to engage in, or an awkward dialogue urging friendship but emptied of theological significance.Help, therefore, may come from abroad—where evangelicals interact with Muslims everyday.A new book, The Religious Other: Toward a Biblical Understanding of Islam, the Quran, and Muhammad, answers both concerns. An anthology of recent academic contributions to Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS), located in Beirut, Lebanon, the publication delves into the details of the debate over how evangelicals should view the rival religion.But it also promotes a “kerygmatic method,” based on the New Testament Greek word for proclamation and connoting among biblical scholars the core message of early church gospel preaching. The book applies the term to seek a middle ground between polemics and apologetics on the one hand, and syncretistic and common ground approaches on the other.Built on a foundation of academic rigor, this method aims for a tone of love within a spirit of Jesus-centered proclamation.CT interviewed Martin Accad, editor of the anthology and associate professor of Islamic studies at ABTS. Though he remains on faculty, he recently resigned from his leadership positions at the seminary to found Action Research Associates, seeking holistic application of the kerygmatic method within the troubles of sectarian Lebanese society.Accad described the value of the book for evangelical engagement with Islam, but also how its principles can guide interaction with “the religious other” in both Lebanon and the United States:Continue reading...
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  • An Altar Call for Backsliding Book People
    Two authors encourage Christians to rededicate themselves to attentive, artful reading.Among many evangelical literature-lovers (and likely many CT readers), Leland Ryken is a familiar name. Longtime (now emeritus) professor of English at Wheaton College, he is the author of numerous books, including The Christian Imagination and How to Read the Bible as Literature. In his latest offering, Recovering the Lost Art of Reading, he teams up with professional writer Glenda Faye Mathes to take on one of the ecclesial crises of our time (though not one that tends to make the headlines): By and large, Christians aren’t engaged in serious reading.Ryken and Mathes set out to provide Christians with the reasons and tools they need to start reading again. Their overriding hope is that readers will find it easier to pick up a book and responsibly—indeed, artfully—lose themselves in it. (In this, their intentions overlap somewhat with those of Karen Swallow Prior in her 2018 work On Reading Well, although Recovering the Lost Art of Reading is a very different book.)Ryken and Mathes describe their project as addressing “first the concept of reading as a lost art, then distinctive features of various types of literature and tips for reading them, and finally, ideas for ways to recover reading.” To put it more plainly, the book asks and responds to three questions: What is literature? Why should Christians read it? And what do they need to know (either about literature or about why they’re not reading it) before they can read it well?While Recovering the Lost Art of Readingisn’t exactly literary criticism, it brings aspects of a literary-critical engagement to would-be readers and provides insight into things like the difference between literary and nonliterary uses of language, the ...Continue reading...
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  • Raising the Bar for Ministry with Children
    Why Your Children’s Ministry Leader Needs More Education and Training.As both a professor and ministry coach, pastors and search committees often ask me, “How much education is really necessary for a children’s ministry pastor or director?” On the surface, that can be an easy query to answer by asking a few questions: Is the position full-time or part-time? What are the responsibilities? Does this position require the person to administer the sacraments, (such as baptism), which might require ordination? But the question can also be a complicated one, because behind it is an attitude of value toward ministry with children.A few months ago, Ed Stetzer tweeted a question asking if church leaders should pursue a PhD. A colleague of mine at Wheaton College, Dan Trier, wrote an eloquent response regarding the importance and joy of further biblical and theological studies. But let’s be honest—it’s rare that people ask that question in reference to children’s ministry leaders.In every discussion I have had, churches affirm that ministry with children is important and valued. Why else would the church pursue hiring someone to lead the ministry? But often, leadership in children’s ministry isn’t viewed the same way as leadership in other ministries. Children’s ministry leaders are hired for their administrative skills: ministry organization, volunteer recruitment, curriculum and supply ordering.These needs are real, but, as I pointed out in a recent journal article that surveyed the past 40 years of trends in children’s ministry, we’ve assigned “backseat” status to children and their spiritual development in the church. While churches say they affirm ministry with children, they are more likely to be ambivalent about ...Continue reading...
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  • Died: Ashur Eskrya, Champion of Iraq’s Displaced Christians
    President of the Assyrian Aid Society–Iraq (AASI) passes away from COVID-19 complications.Ashur Sargon Eskrya, president of the Assyrian Aid Society–Iraq (AASI), passed away today from COVID-19 complications.A champion of the Assyrian Christian minority, he was also a central figure in US efforts to shelter refugees from ISIS and later rebuild the Nineveh Plains.AASI was honored for its work with a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2016.“Ashur has played a prominent role in being a voice for our people in international forums, speaking on behalf of us all especially on the subject of indigenous rights,” stated the official account of the Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM), of which Eskrya was a senior member.“He will always be remembered for his leadership.”Fellow ADM member Jessi Arabou called him one of the Assyrian nation’s “biggest assets.”Born in 1974, Eskrya was a civil engineer and graduate of Baghdad University. He became a member in AASI in 2003, and assumed the presidency in 2010. Founded in 1991 to respond to the humanitarian crisis following the first Gulf War, the nonprofit is funded through branches of the Assyrian diaspora in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Sweden.“Ashur did much to make [AAS] what it is today. His energy and passion fueled and propelled the work on a daily basis,” stated the Assyrian Aid Society of America.“[His] tireless efforts in bringing international attention to the plight and struggle of Assyrians is commendable and will be remembered and honored for generations to come.”Under Eskrya’s leadership, AASI administered projects for refugee relief, reconstruction, irrigation, and medical clinics. Over 2,600 students in 27 schools were provided with K-12 education, including ...Continue reading...
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  • Remembering Robert E. Cooley, Former President of Gordon-Conwell
    He brought archaeological expertise to Israel, Egypt, and North America.If you met Robert E. Cooley, you remember his arresting handshake. If you sat in a meeting with him, you recall a brilliance that stopped committee chatter or—more improbably—made sudden sense of it. If you worked with him, you remember a measured decisiveness that could pull your organization back to its mission or lead a whole new movement.Cooley, a Near Eastern archaeologist and former president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, died Thursday, April 1, at age 91.Best known for his presidency of the seminary from 1981 to 1997, Cooley spent much of his earlier career at archaeological sites in Israel and Egypt. His most important discoveries were made at Tel Dothan, in the West Bank, where he brought to light the burial rituals of the ancient city that speak volumes about how they lived. He played a key role in the founding of the Near East Archaeological Society.His later research of 106 Native American sites while director of the Center for Archaeological Research at Missouri State University became central for the U.S. government’s “cultural resource management studies.”But it was in higher education that he had his greatest impact on American religious life, much of it after he retired from Gordon-Conwell. He helped Tim Laniak, then-dean of the Charlotte, North Carolina, campus, develop that campus and plant a satellite school in Jacksonville, Florida.“Those who knew Dr. Cooley,” Laniak said, “assumed the whole world did.”In 2008, Cooley helped to reorganize the governance of Oral Roberts University at a time when the school had fallen into debt and was on the brink of closing. Mart Green, a co-owner of the Hobby Lobby stores who brought Cooley in to help rescue ...Continue reading...
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Faith on Film (Video Podcast)

Forum 18 News Service

  • KAZAKHSTAN: "People don't have the right to distribute religious materials in any form whatsoever"
    Courts fined at least 17 people in 2021 for distributing religious literature, texts, videos, audio and items in places and ways the regime declares illegal under its compulsory religious censorship. Most fines were of three weeks' average wages. "People don't have the right to distribute religious materials in any form whatsoever, whether text, video or audio," insists Kayrulla Kushkaliyev of Atyrau's Religious Affairs Department – which brought six prosecutions. The UN Human Rights Committee found an import ban on ten Jehovah's Witness publications violated Polat Bekzhan's rights.
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  • UZBEKISTAN: Fines, magazine destruction, short-term jailing, beard shaving, threats
    A Tashkent court fined a Baptist for offering Christian magazines to neighbours in her home and ordered the magazines destroyed. A Muslim was jailed for 10 days after police found a lecture from a state Islamic institution on his phone. And a police officer threatened another Muslim with jail or a psychiatric ward for a video criticising the "no serious changes" on human rights, and the public's silence "because of fear of the authorities" about human rights violations.
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  • CRIMEA: Longest jail term so far
    Of the four jail terms handed down in Crimea to punish the exercise of freedom of religion or belief, 54-year-old Jehovah's Witness Viktor Stashevsky received the longest so far. A Sevastopol court jailed him on 29 March for six and a half years, with a further seven years under restrictions, which are due to end in 2034. Seven more Crimean Jehovah's Witnesses are facing "extremism"-related prosecutions. Two were transferred in March from Investigation Prison to house arrest after nearly six months.
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  • AZERBAIJAN: Will regime implement UN, European Court of Human Rights decisions?
    The UN Human Rights Committee adopted two decisions in favour of four Jehovah's Witnesses, requiring not only that Azerbaijan repay their fines and court fees but review "its domestic legislation, regulations and/or practices" to ensure similar violations cannot recur. Dozens of European Court of Human Rights judgments in freedom of religion or belief cases similarly require changes to law and practice to implement the decisions. The regime has given no public indication of any changes to law and practice to prevent further violations.
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  • TURKMENISTAN: 8 conscientious objectors jailed in 2021, UN special procedures ignored
    On 16 March the regime jailed another conscientious objector to military service for two years, the eighth such 2021 jailing. Like six of the other 2021 jailings, 21-year-old Jehovah's Witness Rasul Rozbayev is being punished for the second time on the same charges. The jailings ignore a December 2020 appeal by four UN special procedures. A March 2020 regime report to the UN insisted that defending the country "is the sacred duty of every citizen".
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Get Religion

  • Welcome to Holy Days 2021: How to handle the latest sensational claim about the Bible
    The New York Times often ignores developments in religious scholarship, an especially serious deficiency of its Sunday Book Review (where Nash K. Burger, who was hired by fellow Mississippian Eudora Welty, long and carefully monitored the field until he retired in 1974).Thus, hallelujahs should greet a huge article by culture reporter Jennifer Schuessler, posted March 10 and granted two full pages in the Arts & Leisure section of last Sunday's print edition.The piece reports that young Israeli-American scholar Idan Dershowitz may have identified "the oldest known biblical manuscript by far," which offers "an unprecedented window into origins and evolution of the Bible" and, in particular, the Book of Deuteronomy. If substantiated, some say, this "will be the most consequential Bible-related discovery since the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947."Or not. Journalists assessing what's hot should consider that across the years, manuscript frauds and ill-supported speculations about the Bible have been rife.The Times is known to sometimes "bury the lede," and in this case it buried the news peg. The piece was nicely timed for Jewish Passover and Christian Holy Week when media often dig into biblical mysteries and controversies. But the news here is the April publication of Dershowitz's book "The Valediction of Moses: A Proto-Biblical Book."The book will fill in the missing element in the Times story and thus provide major fresh substance for reporters to develop: Which portions of Deuteronomy are involved in this discussion, and how do specific wordings and passages in today's Bibles compare with the purportedly ancient texts Dershowitz cites? On that basis, what do the agreements and contrasts tell us and why?Dershowitz seeks to rehabilitate Wilhelm Moses Shapira, whose 19th Century Jerusalem shop sold both tourist trinkets and allegedly valuable ancient manuscripts. He tried to sell these Deuteronomy fragments to a regular customer, the British Museum, but its expert and others declared them forgeries in 1883, based on what Dershowitz considers slipshod study.Shamed, Shapira soon committed suicide in Rotterdam. The leather fragments themselves then disappeared.
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  • Returning to Kamp Kanakuk: Is this new expose a work of journalism, theology or both?
    Readers with long memories will recall that, when the Internet arrived it had an immediate impact on important subjects that rarely received adequate coverage in mainstream media.Take religion, for example. The lower cost of publishing online led to an explosion of forums, listservs, newsletters, online “radio” channels, podcasts and weblogs. Some failed or evolved into new forms — consider the long and complicated histories of Beliefnet and Patheos — and others became, well, normal.Now, in the “cancel culture” era, it’s clear that another example of online evolution is affecting serious coverage of religion, as well as other complicated topics.I am referring to the controversies surrounding Substack and the myriad newsletters and alternative publications thriving there. For a sample of the fea paranoia surrounding Substack, click into this thread from a professor at the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry or read between the lines of this Washington Post column: “The Substack controversy’s bigger story.” Here is a sample of that: Substack is a start-up for self-publishing email newsletters: Writers decide how often to write and whether and how much to charge; Substack sends the newsletters and collects any fees. The ease of use has made it popular with journalists. … Some of the most prolific users are heterodox political writers who had found mainstream publications an increasingly poor fit. A number quickly rose to the top of the Substack leader boards. This attracted the gimlet eye of the cancelers: Other online writers — some of whom had their own Substack newsletters — have leveled accusations of transphobia and other offenses. A nascent boycott aims to pressure Substack into deplatforming the alleged offenders. Reportedly, their campaign is having some effect.“Heterodox” is an interesting word. It appears, in this context, to define the work of various kinds of conservatives or, even worse, free thinkers (Andrew Sullivan and Bari Weiss, for example) who accuse many “liberals” or “progressives” of turning dangerously illiberal.This brings me to this weekend’s must-read missive from Nancy and David French, care of The Dispatch, an alternative conservative online publication that is thriving in this new online environment. Here is the dramatic double-decker headline atop this long feature: ‘They Aren’t Who You Think They Are’ The inside story of how Kanakuk — one of America’s largest Christian camps — enabled horrific abuse.
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  • Plug-in: Double standard? Treatment of Boulder suspect's faith raises tough question
    Another week.Another mass shooting.Another 21-year-old suspect.Last week's news coverage of Robert Aaron Long, charged in the deaths of eight people — including six women of Asian descent — at three Atlanta-area spas, focused on his ties to a Southern Baptist congregation.Long's arrest sparked a barrage of stories and columns on evangelical theology, racism and "purity culture," including a Religion News Service op-ed headlined "Blaming Christians for the Atlanta shootings isn't persecution, it's prosecution."On the other hand, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa's Muslim background has figured less prominently — so far — in reporting on the suspect in Monday's massacre that claimed 10 lives at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.In profiling the suspect, some major news organizations haven’t mentioned his religious affiliation at all. RNS has emphasized concerns that Alissa's arrest might ramp up "Islamophobia" and spark hate crimes as Muslims gather in congregational settings. (It’s a familiar storyline, going at least back to 9/11.)"I think there definitely is a double standard," said Warren Smith, an evangelical who serves as president of the independent charitable giving watchdog MinistryWatch.com.Smith, a longtime investigative reporter, offers this advice for covering a mass shooting: Stick to the facts. Avoid speculating on the gunman’s motives. Focus on the victims and the helpers."The perpetrator’s story will have an opportunity to come out in the legal process,” Smith said. “Let coverage of that process be the place where the perpetrator’s story is told factually, dispassionately, empathetically."But the facts, not a double standard, are the reason for the different emphases in the Georgia and Colorado cases, said a journalist friend who is reporting on the Boulder massacre."The big difference to me is that police investigators brought up the 'sex addiction' question quickly and directly in Atlanta, which led people to seek where that guilt came came, which led to religious background," my friend said.
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  • Catholic left seeks (and finds?) signs of hope after Vatican ruling on same-sex unions
    After a media firestorm ignited by a Vatican condemnation of same-sex unions -- because God "cannot bless sin" -- Catholic progressives immediately looked for hope in the words of bishops, President Joe Biden and even Pope Francis.In his Sunday Angelus address after the March 15 ruling, the pope stressed that modern seekers want to "see Jesus" in acts of love, not persecution.Catholics must promote "a life that takes upon itself the style of God -- closeness, compassion and tenderness," said the pope. "It means sowing seeds of love, not with fleeting words but through concrete, simple and courageous examples, not with theoretical condemnations, but with gestures of love. Then the Lord, with his grace, makes us bear fruit, even when the soil is dry due to misunderstandings, difficulty or persecution, or claims of legalism or clerical moralism."While Pope Francis gave "his assent" to this ruling, the Jesuit publication America cited anonymous Vatican sources saying the Angelus remarks suggested that he was "distancing himself" from the work of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.That document said God "does not and cannot bless sin: He blesses sinful man, so that he may recognize that he is part of his plan of love and allow himself to be changed." As for same-sex unions, it added: "The presence in such relationships of positive elements … cannot justify these relationships and render them legitimate objects of an ecclesial blessing, since the positive elements exist within the context of a union not ordered to the Creator's plan."Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp -- who represented Belgium at the 2015 Vatican Synod on Marriage and the Family -- said those words left him "ashamed on behalf of my Church. … I want to apologize to all those for whom this 'responsum' is painful and incomprehensible: faithful and committed Catholic homosexual couples, the parents and grandparents of homosexual couples and their children, pastoral workers and counsellors of homosexual couples," he wrote on Facebook."I know homosexual couples who are legally married, have children, form a warm and stable family, and moreover, actively participate in parish life. A number of them are employed full-time in pastoral work or ecclesial organizations." Why, he added, deny the "similarity or analogy with heterosexual marriage here?"
    - 13 days ago 28 Mar 21, 6:30pm -
  • Purity culture questions: A friendly, but crucial, dialogue between two evangelical thinkers
    The purity culture wars continue over on Twitter, where a crucial question — from a journalism perspective — can be seen in the following sequence.There is no question that some church leaders went too far with purity culture themes and rites, including hellish actions by abusive men. Can anyone deny that? However, can journalists (and their academic and activist sources) assume that because evil happened in some cases means that it happened in all cases? And, to be specific, do journalists have on-the-record evidence that the alleged shooter in Atlanta was, in fact, warped by abusive people at an abusive church?GetReligion published two posts linked to these debates. Check out Julia Duin’s post here: “Panning purity culture: What the press doesn't get about basic Christian doctrines on sex.”Then, I raised other basic journalism questions here: “Wait a minute: How is a sermon on the Second Coming linked to shootings in Atlanta?”Before we get to this weekend’s two “think pieces” on this topic — by religious-liberty activist David French and Crossway books executive Justin Taylor — here is a flashback to a key passage in my post, which is linked to some of Taylor’s constructive criticism of the French piece. It’s not enough to say that this or that conservative congregation, or counseling center, or parachurch ministry is “evangelical” and, thus, the public can assume that Christian doctrines were used in manipulative ways. … Ponder this equation: Journalists cannot assume that a specific evangelical flock advocates dangerous doctrine X, simply because there are experts (progressive evangelicals even) who insist that all evangelicals teach dangerous doctrine X and, thus, we know that dangerous doctrine X causes broken, manipulated individuals to do hellish things. At some point, journalists need to find specific people advocating specific ideas and actions — using research methods that are deeper than second-hand reports and the convictions of hostile experts on one side of fights about the Sexual Revolution.This brings us to French’s must-read piece:
    - 14 days ago 27 Mar 21, 6:00pm -

ID the Future (Podcast)

  • Michael Denton Discusses The Miracle of the Cell
    New research keeps unveiling ever more ways in which this fine tuning exists, from the cosmos to the atoms of the periodic table, even to the subatomic level of quantum tunneling.
    - 12 Oct 20, 9:31pm -
  • Michael Denton: Remarkable Coincidences in Photosynthesis
    On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, we listen in on a few minutes from a lecture given by Australian biochemist Michael Denton, author of the brand new book The Miracle of the Cell. In this segment, Denton explains the “remarkable set of coincidences” that makes the creation of oxygen through photosynthesis possible. From the specific energy of visible light to the unique properties of water, this degree of fine tuning for life shouts intelligent design. For more on how the cosmos is designed for life, watch Discovery Institute’s documentary Priviledged Species, featuring Michael Denton.
    - 9 Oct 20, 7:16pm -
  • Dr. Michael Denton on Evidence of Fine-Tuning in the Universe
    On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Casey Luskin sits down with Dr. Michael Denton, a Senior Fellow of the CSC who holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Denton is the author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, which has been credited with influencing both Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe, as well as Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, which elaborates on the evidence of design in nature.
    - 7 Oct 20, 11:29pm -
  • The Demise of the Artifact Hypothesis
    Paleoentomologist Günter Bechly makes the case that recent findings have put the nails in the coffin of this “artifact hypothesis.” He goes on to argue that these findings are “not just a tiny problem but a fatal problem” for modern Darwinism.
    - 5 Oct 20, 7:28pm -
  • Scott Turner on Purpose in Nature, Part 2
    On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Rob Crowther continues his conversation with J. Scott Turner, biologist at the State University of New York (SUNY), visiting scholar at Cambridge University, and author of the new book Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It. Turner critiques evolutionary biology’s bias toward mechanistic and gene-centric thinking, and contemporary biology’s failure to come to grips with the evidence of purpose and intentionality at many levels of biology. Viewing the brain as a computer, for example, obscures many things about the brain and the mind that exceed computers, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
    - 2 Oct 20, 8:55pm -

International Missions Board

  • Missionary couple to serve among Manyika people in Mozambique
    IMB missionaries Ryan and Aubrey Curry will be moving to live among the Manyika people of Mozambique this month. Before they were married, both Ryan and Aubrey had a desire to serve on mission in Africa. The couple served separately with the IMB in Africa while single, and their shared desires to serve in Africa were foundational in the beginning of their romantic relationship. “I trusted that if the Lord wanted me to go and focus on church planting overseas, He would introduce me to a man who had that same desire,” said Aubrey. “And He did.” The Currys have...The post Missionary couple to serve among Manyika people in Mozambique appeared first on IMB.
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 21, 12:00pm -
  • Southern Baptists explore East Asia virtually
    Travel restrictions and a worldwide pandemic haven’t kept Southern Baptists from engaging in the work God is doing in East Asia, though churches and IMB workers have certainly had to get creative at finding ways to fellowship. When COVID-19 led to the postponement or cancellation of all planned mobilization and short-term mission opportunities for churches in the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC), Craig Webb was intrigued by the idea of a virtual mission experience suggested at a meeting. Webb, who serves on staff for the HPBC, was hopeful several dozen pastors might want to participate. Ultimately, 160 Hawaii Pacific Baptists...The post Southern Baptists explore East Asia virtually appeared first on IMB.
    - 3 days ago 7 Apr 21, 12:00pm -
  • Hospitality house in Central Asia meets physical and spiritual needs
    Snow shuts down half of this Central Asian province in the winter. Where a person is when the immobilizing snow hits is where they will be until the spring. This inability to travel has dangerous, and sometimes deadly consequences for people living in remote areas who need healthcare. The 160-bed hospital where Brady Drew* practiced medicine supports around one million people in this Central Asian country. Drew served in Central Asia with the IMB for 20 years with his wife, Rani*, and their children. “It’s really a very remote, ‘back at the back of the planet’ place,” Drew said of...The post Hospitality house in Central Asia meets physical and spiritual needs appeared first on IMB.
    - 4 days ago 6 Apr 21, 12:00pm -
  • A little girl’s big prayer
    “If you want me to go to Africa, I will go,” vowed the 10-year-old girl as she put down the Girls in Action study book. She was actively involved in the age level missions education of Woman’s Missionary Union and paid close attention to what she was learning in her study material and through meetings. Thirty-five years later, Vivian Carter* fulfilled her promise to God. For the last eight years, Vivian has worked with women in Northern Africa. She has helped them develop skills so that they can set up their own small businesses and market products. They have also...The post A little girl’s big prayer appeared first on IMB.
    - 5 days ago 5 Apr 21, 12:00pm -
  • Missionaries in Africa share Easter memories
    An unforgettable Easter By Connie Creton* Easter 2019 was an unforgettable Easter. Several new believers from surrounding villages came to a celebration we had at our house under the huge, shady mango tree. We had taken several trips into the villages and invited new believers and their families to the celebration. I have never seen my vehicle packed quite that tightly before. Everyone was so excited, and some were confused as to why we were making such a big deal of the event. We had the privilege of hearing a message from a local believer who became our national partner....The post Missionaries in Africa share Easter memories appeared first on IMB.
    - 9 days ago 1 Apr 21, 12:00pm -

Julie Roys

  • Slain South Carolina Doctor Wrote of Faith, Life’s Fragility
    Robert Lesslie—the South Carolina physician and author who authorities say was killed, along with three family members and a repairman, by former NFL player Phillip Adams—frequently wrote of the fragility of life and a deep-seated Christian faith that guided him personally and professionally.“I know without a doubt that life is fragile,” the 70-year-old doctor wrote in one of his books, a collection of missives he termed “inspiring true stories” from his medical work. 
    - 1 day ago 9 Apr 21, 6:17pm -
  • Christian Camp Director Accused of Inappropriately Touching More Than 20 Teenage Girls
    A camp director and pastor with ties to a megachurch in western New York has been accused of inappropriately touching more than 20 women when they were teenage girls.The accused, Wayne Aarum, is the director of Circle C Ranch camp in Delevan, New York. Aarum also served as a youth pastor at The Chapel at Crosspoint, one of the largest churches in the Buffalo, New York area, from 1990 to 2000. Aarum currently pastors the First Baptist Church of Arcade. 
    - 1 day ago 9 Apr 21, 2:36pm -
  • Liberty University Names Jonathan Falwell as New Campus Pastor
    Liberty University announced today that Jonathan Falwell—the brother of former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. —will serve as its new campus pastor.The announcement comes one day after David Nasser, former Liberty vice-president for spiritual development, announced his resignation in a video posted online and shared on social media.Nasser has served in his role at Liberty since August 2014.Falwell currently serves as the pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC), the church his father, Jerry Falwell, Sr., founded. 
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 21, 10:09pm -
  • Beth Moore Apologizes for Her Role in Elevating ‘Complementarian’ Theology
    First she shook the evangelical world by leaving the Southern Baptist Convention. Now Beth Moore, arguably the evangelical world’s most famous women’s Bible teacher, has begged forgiveness for supporting the theology of male headship rooted in many evangelical cultures.In a Twitter thread Wednesday, Moore took aim at complementarianism, the 20th century theological framework that argues men and women were created for different roles and that effectively champions male headship and female submission. 
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 21, 1:12pm -
  • Police Fence Off and Surround Canadian Church That Defied COVID-19 Restrictions
    Authorities in Edmonton, Canada, have fenced off and surrounded a Canadian church that defied COVID-19 restrictions.A chain link fence now surrounds GraceLife Church—a church that’s been at the center of controversy since February. Security guards and police are also patrolling the area, while police cars block entry.GraceLife’s pastor, James Coates, was jailed for more than a month for hosting services at full capacity and without the use of masks. 
    - 3 days ago 7 Apr 21, 11:43pm -

Life News

  • newPregnant Abortionist Feels Her Baby Kick As She Tears Off Leg in an Abortion
    An article written by David Daleiden & Jon Shields that appeared in The Weekly Standard discussed the phenomena of abortionists and clinic workers who quit. After remarking on studies that showed that clinic workers are often emotionally drained by their work, it said: “Such studies are few. In general, abortion providers have censored their own emotional trauma out of […]
    - 20 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 10:05pm -
  • newJoe Biden’s Budget Funds UNFPA, Which Supports China’s Population Control, Forced Abortions
    Joe Biden released a proposed budget Friday that would give taxpayers’ money to groups that promote the killing of unborn babies in abortions and have been linked to forced abortions in China. Among other funding for the abortion industry, Biden’s proposed 2022 budget would restore millions of dollars to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). […]
    - 21 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 9:33pm -
  • newJoe Biden’s Budget Would Force Americans to Give Planned Parenthood $340 Million More
    Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar organization that reported record-high abortion numbers earlier this year, stands to benefit hugely if President Joe Biden’s proposed budget passes Congress. On Friday, Biden announced a budget plan that would increase taxpayer funding to the abortion industry both in the U.S. and abroad. Among other things, the president wants a $340 […]
    - 22 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 8:26pm -
  • newNotre Dame Requires Students to Get COVID Vaccine, But They’re Linked to Cells From Aborted Babies
    Students at one of the country’s most well-known Catholic universities expressed dismay this spring at a new mandate requiring all students to get a COVID-19 vaccine, despite connections to abortion. Two University of Notre Dame graduate students said the university also recently began providing the Pfizer vaccine to the student body even though it is […]
    - 23 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 7:39pm -
  • newJoe Biden Takes First Step in Packing Supreme Court With Liberal Activists
    Joe Biden is taking the first step to packing the Supreme Court with liberal activists. Biden announced on Friday that he is signing an executive order to formally create the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States to study and debate the merits ofadding more members to the nation’s highest court. With pro-abortion […]
    - 24 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 6:40pm -

Mennonite Central Committee

  • Relief Sales Spark Creativity
    As MCC began to celebrate its centennial year in the beginning of 2020, no one knew that the global pandemic COVID-19 would essentially put a pause on all in person gatherings. A year that we hoped would be full of in person
    - 6 days ago 5 Apr 21, 4:00am -
  • Celebrating MCC thrift volunteers!
    MCC thrift shops run on four things: volunteers, donations, commitment from board and staff and lots of hospitality for everyone who enters the shop! From volunteers to donors to staff, a dedication to creating community and working to support MCC is essential.
    - 10 days ago 1 Apr 21, 4:00am -
  • MCC Thrift shops

    - 12 days ago 30 Mar 21, 4:00am -
  • Mental health support during COVID-19 | Nepal | Video
    The project includes access to specialized treatment and support services so that the women can recover and be reintegrated into their families and communities. (Trigger warning: This video discusses suicide and mental health).  
    - 13 days ago 29 Mar 21, 4:00am -
  • Strengthening racial equity
    Caption: MCC U.S. board members Hugo Saucedo, left, of San Antonio, Texas, and Karl McKinney of Landisville, Pennsylvania, chat during a 2019 learning tour in Ukraine. The racial equity audit report advised MCC U.S.
    - 13 days ago 29 Mar 21, 4:00am -

MinistryWatch

Religion News Service

  • newPhotos of the Week: Easter, Holocaust Remembrance
    (RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo selection includes Easter, Ramadan preparations and more.     Add to Favorite ArticlesThe post Photos of the Week: Easter, Holocaust Remembrance appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 21 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 9:25pm -
  • newMartin Luther King III calls new voting legislation ‘greatest hypocrisy’
    (RNS) — ‘People came out and voted in every mechanism, and they want to stop people from voting,’ said the son of the civil rights leader. ‘That's unconscionable.’ The post Martin Luther King III calls new voting legislation ‘greatest hypocrisy’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 22 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 8:51pm -
  • newA white woman’s response to the ‘Prayer of a Weary Black Woman’
    (RNS) — Her prayer makes me uneasy, but may help me see why Chanequa Walker-Barnes may hate someone like me.The post A white woman’s response to the ‘Prayer of a Weary Black Woman’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 22 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 8:46pm -
  • newAnglican convert and Pacific Island deity: 5 faith facts about Prince Philip
    (RNS) — Married for 73 years to the head of the Church of England, the prince consort built a religious profile that was more complicated than his official role might suggest.The post Anglican convert and Pacific Island deity: 5 faith facts about Prince Philip appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 22 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 8:29pm -
  • newRobert Lesslie, slain doctor, saw ‘Angels in the ER’ and wrote hopeful stories of faith in tragedy
    (RNS) — The longtime ER doctor and writer said he often saw God at work in tragedy and crisis.The post Robert Lesslie, slain doctor, saw ‘Angels in the ER’ and wrote hopeful stories of faith in tragedy appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 23 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 7:44pm -

Trinity Foundation

  • Televangelist Todd Coontz Begins Prison Term for Tax Evasion
    Televangelist William Todd Coontz is finally serving a five-year prison sentence for filing fraudulent tax returns and failing to pay his federal income taxes. On April 3, 2019, WSOC-TV investigative producer Michael Stolp tweeted,”It appears Todd Coontz is officially a prison inmate, but maybe not for long. Per court documents he was scheduled to voluntarily […]The post Televangelist Todd Coontz Begins Prison Term for Tax Evasion first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 4 days ago 6 Apr 21, 2:21pm -
  • James MacDonald’s Walk in the Word Failed to Report Donations to IRS
    In response to the infamous Jim Bakker/PTL scandal, Congress held a hearing in 1987. Pastor D. James Kennedy testified, “I would think that if a person is going to give money to something, that they have … a responsibility to learn where it is going.” But how can donors make responsible decisions if charities and […]The post James MacDonald’s Walk in the Word Failed to Report Donations to IRS first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 4 days ago 6 Apr 21, 2:17pm -
  • Suspicious Financial Dealings and Sexual Abuse at Christian Camp
    MinistryWatch recently reported, “An analysis of the financial statements by MinistryWatch, with the assistance of the Dallas-based Trinity Foundation, reveals what the Trinity Foundation calls a ‘suspicious’ pattern of self-dealing between Kanakuk and founder ‘Coach’ Joe White and his family. Kanakuk Ministries is one of the largest Christian camps in the United States.  Each summer, […]The post Suspicious Financial Dealings and Sexual Abuse at Christian Camp first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 4 days ago 6 Apr 21, 2:03pm -
  • Video Blog Investigates TV Preacher Jet Flights
      Have you ever wondered where televangelists travel on privately owned and ministry owned jets? We take a critical look at televangelist flights in the first episode of our new 30 minute long video blog Air Traffic Out-of-Control. For almost twenty years, Trinity Foundation has tracked televangelist aircraft and we’ve discovered TV preachers often travel […]The post Video Blog Investigates TV Preacher Jet Flights first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 37 days ago 4 Mar 21, 12:11pm -
  • IRS Finalizes Tax on Non-Profit Organizations with Million Dollar Salaries and Parachute Payments
    Correction: Following the publication of this article, Trinity Foundation was informed that it included a factual error: An exemption existed in the tax code preventing ministers from being subject to the excise tax. After more research and visiting an IRS office, we have an update. Before publication, we contacted an IRS spokesperson and were told […]The post IRS Finalizes Tax on Non-Profit Organizations with Million Dollar Salaries and Parachute Payments first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 37 days ago 4 Mar 21, 10:44am -

United Methodist News Service

  • Racial diversity linked to church growth
    A study of more than 20,000 United Methodist churches in the U.S. found that multiracial churches had higher worship attendance over time.
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 21, 5:19pm -
  • Virginia church contemplates racism in the ranks
    Anonymous letters criticizing the appearance of its African associate pastor have led to self-reflection for a Virginia congregation and a “Do No Harm” campaign seeking changes in The United Methodist Church.
    - 3 days ago 7 Apr 21, 12:21pm -
  • Restructuring legislation gets a hearing
    The drafters of the Christmas Covenant are leading webinars in the Philippines, Africa and Europe about their proposal for changing the denomination’s global structure.
    - 4 days ago 6 Apr 21, 4:11pm -
  • When one's enemy becomes one's neighbor
    A traumatic childhood memory, repressed for 40 years, came back to force United Methodist deacon Constance Hastings to confront racism in her upbringing.
    - 5 days ago 5 Apr 21, 5:34pm -
  • Clergyman takes on QAnon through podcast
    The Rev. Derek Kubilus lands on ‘60 Minutes’ after launching his own podcast about conspiracy theories.
    - 5 days ago 5 Apr 21, 4:25pm -

Women of Faith

  • TODAY WE REJOICE
    Today, everything changes. Today, new life begins. The tomb is empty and Jesus is alive! THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS WAS NOT FINALLY REVEALED UNTIL HIS RESURRECTION. THE RESURRECTION WAS THE SEAL AND CONFIRMATION OF JESUS CHRIST’S SAVING ACTIVITY ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY.THIS IS WHY THE GOSPELS DO NOT EXPLAIN THE RESURRECTION. THE RESURRECTION ALONE IS WHAT EXPLAINS THE GOSPELS. THE RESURRECTION IS ALSO THE NECESSARY COMPLEMENT AND SEQUEL TO THE INCARNATION.JESUS’ RESURRECTION IS THAT ONE EVENT IN WHICH THE MESSIAH WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD AND HIS BODY BROUGHT TO LIFE IN ORDER TO DEMONSTRATE THE COMPLETED WORK OF REDEMPTION.NOT ONLY DID CHRIST DEMONSTRATE HIS COMPLETION OF REDEMPTION, BUT GOD ALSO IN POWER AND MIGHT, STRUCK DOWN DEATH IN TOTAL DEFEAT.THIS IS WHY, DOWN THROUGH THE AGES, CHRISTIANS HAVE ALWAYS PROCLAIMED THAT THEY WANT TO, "KNOW CHRIST AND THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF SHARING IN HIS SUFFERINGS, BECOMING LIKE HIM IN HIS DEATH, AND SO, SOMEHOW, TO ATTAIN TO THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD."CHRISTIANS UNDERSTAND THE RESURRECTION TOGETHER WITH THE CROSS TO BE HISTORY’S MOST IMPORTANT EVENT. THE DESPAIR OF ALL PAST HISTORY IS REVERSED BY IT. THE HOPE OF ALL FUTURE HISTORY IS ENABLED BY IT. IT IS OF ALL EVENTS THE MOST ILLUMINATING DISCLOSURE OF GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION.TO UNDERSTAND THE RESURRECTION IS TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF HISTORY FROM ITS END! THIS IS WHY LUKE 24:34, "THE LORD HAS RISEN INDEED" IS NOW OUR TESTIMONY.For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.John 3:1617And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.Matthew 20:17-198And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:Philippians 2:8-925Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?John 11:25-265And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.6And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.7But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.Mark 16:5-71Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.2And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.3And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.4And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:5And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?6He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,7Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.8And they remembered his words,9And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.10It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.11And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.12Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.Luke 24:1-126He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,7Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.Luke 24:6-7 Video by  Centerline New Media
    - 7 days ago 4 Apr 21, 5:00am -
  • PROVERBS 18:21
    The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
    - 9 days ago 2 Apr 21, 5:00am -
  • By His Wounds
    By His WoundsHe personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.1 Peter 2:23-24 Video Illustration Produced by Centerline New Media 
    - 9 days ago 2 Apr 21, 5:00am -
  • BIBLE IS FULL OF ERRORS... DEBUNKED
    The idea that the Bible is full of errors is deBunked.All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:2 Timothy 3:16 But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.1 Peter 1:24-25   Video by The Veracity Project
    - 10 days ago 31 Mar 21, 2:32pm -
  • Forgiveness - Releasing You Is Freeing Me
    “Let it go.” Sounds simple, but it’s not. How do you forgive someone who hurt you? In these Keys for Living, learn how you can truly forgive and let go of past pain. With God’s help, you can be healed and set free.  Sometimes forgiveness seems impossible … or even feels wrong. The pain is too real. Yet forgiveness is the key to healing and freedom. In these Keys for Living, learn how you can truly forgive and let go of past pain. With God’s help, you can be healed and set free.RELATED TOPICS...AngerConflict ResolutionConfrontationEvil & Suffering ... Why?GuiltReconciliationRejection & Abandonment  
    - 32 days ago 10 Mar 21, 6:00am -

The World And Everything In It (Podcast)

  • newThe Olasky Interview, Season 3: Mez McConnell
    Mez McConnell is an author and senior pastor from Scotland. In this 2018 interview, Marvin Olasky talks with McConnell about how he came to faith in Christ and why mercy ministries can sometimes do more harm than good.
    - 4 hours ago 10 Apr 21, 2:10pm -
  • 4.9.21 Culture Friday, and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
    On Culture Friday, Nick Eicher and Myrna Brown talk to theology professor Katie McCoy about gender ideology and the schism it’s caused in women’s studies; Megan Basham reviews the new Marvel series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier; and WORLD founder Joel Belz shares his testimony. Plus: bed bugs at sea, and the Friday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from the new book, Saturdays with Billy. Author Don Wilton shares stories of his 20-year friendship with Billy Graham … whose words changed Don’s life. They can change ours, too. The book Saturdays with Billy … more at ThomasNelson.com.From Maranatha Baptist University, with licensure options through the Master of Arts in Teaching. mbu.edu/mat And from Redeem TV: A new worldwide Faith-Based video streaming service. Subscription is free at redeemtv.com.
    - 1 day ago 9 Apr 21, 7:15am -
  • 4.8.21 Georgia squeeze play, corporate politics, and reciting Scripture
    Kent Covington reports on the corporate campaign to punish Georgia over its new voting laws; Mary Reichard talks to Jerry Bowyer about why corporate boardrooms have drifted so far left in the last few decades; and Myrna Brown visits a church in Georgia that’s taken on the challenging task of reciting Scripture from memory. Plus: commentary from Cal Thomas, a preview of this week’s Listening In, a remote rescue, and the Thursday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from the new book, Saturdays with Billy. Author Don Wilton shares stories of his 20-year friendship with Billy Graham … whose words changed Don’s life. They can change ours, too. The book Saturdays with Billy … more at ThomasNelson.com.From Redeem TV: A new worldwide Faith-Based video streaming service. Subscription is free at redeemtv.com.And from Maranatha Baptist University, with licensure options through the Master of Arts in Teaching. mbu.edu/mat
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 21, 7:15am -
  • 4.7.21 Washington Wednesday, World Tour, and lessons from lament
    On Washington Wednesday, Mary Reichard talks to The Heritage Foundation’s David Ditch about the Biden administration’s infrastructure spending bill and their plans to pay for it; on World Tour, Onize Ohikere reports on international news; and Katie Gaultney profiles a busy mom reflecting on lessons she’s learned during this difficult time. Plus: commentary from Janie B. Cheaney, a record-setting football card, and the Wednesday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donateAdditional support comes from Redeem TV: A new worldwide Faith-Based video streaming service. Subscription is free at redeemtv.com.From the new book, Saturdays with Billy. Author Don Wilton shares stories of his 20-year friendship with Billy Graham … whose words changed Don’s life. They can change ours, too. The book Saturdays with Billy … more at ThomasNelson.com. And from Maranatha Baptist University, with licensure options through the Master of Arts in Teaching. mbu.edu/mat
    - 3 days ago 7 Apr 21, 7:15am -
  • 4.6.21 Gun control, justifying abortion, and Classic Book of the Month
    Sarah Schweinsberg reports on the latest push for gun control following several mass shootings; Mary Reichard talks to WORLD’s Leah Hickman about her investigation into the translation of an Old Testament passage now being used to justify abortion; and Emily Whitten recommends Effective Biblical Counseling by Larry Crabb for the April Classic Book of the Month. Plus: commentary by Kim Henderson, forgiveness for an Easter burglar, and the Tuesday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate.Additional support comes from the new book, Saturdays with Billy. Author Don Wilton shares stories of his 20-year friendship with Billy Graham … whose words changed Don’s life. They can change ours, too. The book Saturdays with Billy … more at ThomasNelson.com.From Maranatha Baptist University, with licensure options through the Master of Arts in Teaching. mbu.edu/matAnd from Redeem TV: A new worldwide Faith-Based video streaming service. Subscription is free at redeemtv.com.
    - 4 days ago 6 Apr 21, 7:15am -

World Magazine

  • newUnrest simmers in Northern Ireland
    Police used water cannons on protesters for the first time in six years on Thursday in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The demonstrators threw stones, fireworks, and gasoline-filled bottles. Thursday’s gathering was smaller than others, but police said 19 more officers sustained injuries. Some 74 have been injured since the unrest began last week.What’s going on? COVID-19 lockdowns and new trade rules following Brexit have fueled longstanding tension between the Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. Despite occasional outbursts of violence, the region has been largely peaceful since the Good Friday agreement in 1998 ended a long stretch of fighting known as “the Troubles.” But Britain’s departure from the European Union has reimposed some trade and border restrictions, setting off old disagreements about the region’s place in the United Kingdom.Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in World Tour about how a centuries-old religious divide in Northern Ireland threw a wrench into Brexit negotiations.Image: Category: InternationalArticle Title: Unrest simmers in Northern IrelandKeywords: InternationalNorthern IrelandBritainPolitical UnrestUnited KingdomBrexitAuthor: Rachel Lynn Aldrich
    - 20 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 10:07pm -
  • newBiden releases federal budget proposal
    Congressional budget caps from 2011 expire at the end of this fiscal year, and the White House is proposing a big domestic spending binge. President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.5 trillion partial budget prioritizes education, healthcare, housing, and the environment while leaving defense spending roughly unchanged. The White House is requesting an 8.4 percent increase in discretionary spending, including a 41 percent increase to the Education Department, a 23 percent increase to Health and Human Services, and a 15 percent increase to Housing and Urban Development. That represents about a third of Congress’ annual federal budget, while mandatory spending like Medicaid and Social Security make up the rest.What happens next? The divided Congress is unlikely to approve Biden’s plan as it currently stands. Republicans are already calling for a bigger increase in defense spending: Biden’s budget requests a 1.6 percent increase. The White House will release a more complete budget proposal later this spring, as this first draft does not include mandatory spending, tax revenue, or the president’s new infrastructure plan.Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew on what’s in Biden’s infrastructure bill.Image: Category: PoliticsArticle Title: Biden releases federal budget proposalKeywords: PoliticsWhite HouseBudgetAuthor: Charissa Koh
    - 20 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 10:04pm -
  • newBiden considers changing Supreme Court
    Liberal and conservative scholars and members of previous administrations will take 180 days to study potential changes to the nation’s highest court, the White House announced on Friday. Two Obama administration veterans, former White House counsel Bob Bauer and Cristina Rodriguez, a former member of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, will co-chair the 36-member commission. It is not set to provide any recommendations.Will the Biden administration pack the court? After President Donald Trump appointed three conservative justices, creating a 6-3 conservative majority, Democrats began calling for term limits and adding justices to the Supreme Court. During the campaign, Biden refused to say whether he supported those measures and instead promised to create the commission to study the matter.Dig deeper: Read Jamie Dean’s report about the Georgia runoff election that determined the Senate balance of power—and the odds that Democrats could pursue packing the court.Image: Category: Supreme CourtArticle Title: Biden considers changing Supreme CourtKeywords: PoliticsSupreme CourtWhite HouseAuthor: Charissa Koh
    - 23 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 7:33pm -
  • newChinese Christians describe torture at camps
    In 2018, Li Yuese spent 10 months locked inside a windowless room in a facility run by the Communist Party’s United Front Work Department. Officials at the “transformation” center beat and tortured him, Li told Radio Free Asia. “I could not sleep,” he said. “After you’ve been in there a week, death starts to look better than staying there.”Authorities detained him during a crackdown on a house church in the southwestern Sichuan province. Li, who goes by a pseudonym, is one of several Christians reportedly held in brainwashing camps because of their faith. Some have compared their detention to the ongoing crackdown on Uighur minorities in the northwestern Xinjiang region.Li said officials and plainclothes workers from the United Front Work Department held the prisoners in a basement in a secret location. Many of them, he said, were arrested for church-related activities that didn’t warrant criminal prosecution.People who refused to “admit their mistakes” were taken into solitary confinement for extended periods. Li said suicide attempts were common at the facility: “I bashed myself against the wall to self-harm.”China has continued to crack down on unregistered churches in an effort to “Sinicize” or reshape religion to support the Chinese Communist Party. Authorities criminally detained Zhang Chunlei, an elder at Love (Ren’ai) Reformed Church in the southwest Guizhou province, after raiding a retreat at a privately rented property earlier in March.Beijing has also engaged in systematic oppression in Xinjiang, where some 1 million Uighur Muslims are reportedly in reeducation camps. Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom joined the European Union last month to impose sanctions on senior Chinese officials in Xinjiang.A lawyer in the northern Hebei province who went only by Zhang told Radio Free Asia that he represented several Catholics detained at a similar facility in the city of Baoding. “After the religious affairs officials had arrested the bishops and priests, they didn’t pursue criminal charges—they just disappeared them, sometimes for five, six, or even 10 years at a stretch,” he said. “These brainwashing places were similar to the ones used on the Falun Gong.” Falun Gong is a banned spiritual movement in China based on Buddhism and qigong exercises.China Aid President Bob Fu told me he has received individual reports of Christians who endure such experiences but said he has not seen evidence yet suggesting a systemic targeting similar to supporters of the Falun Gong movement or in Xinjiang.He recalled the case of a young Christian in his 20s who was seized by authorities in Beijing and tortured in a similar facility. “He made three attempted suicides,” Fu said.The repression has had a chilling effect on Christian communities, he said: “Even talking about their cases would be a punishable offense, from a warning to administrative or criminal offense.” Getty Images/Photo by Stringer/AFP (file) Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi (left) and an opposition leader at the National Dialogue in Yaounde, Cameroon, in 2019 Remembering a peace workerCameroon’s Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, who actively sought peace in the country’s Anglophone crisis, died last week. He was 90. Tumi, the only Catholic cardinal in the country, served as archbishop of Douala until 2009.Tumi pressed both separatists and the military in the restive Northwest region to stop the destruction and targeting of civilians. The region is the center of clashes between security forces and English speakers who complain of marginalization. The English speakers have declared the region an independent state named Ambazonia. The group gained momentum after the government violently cracked down on peaceful protests by English speakers in 2016.Tumi helped create the Anglophone General Conference, a dialogue effort between all parties of the conflict.In November, separatist fighters in the region abducted Tumi for a day after he urged them to surrender their weapons and work toward peace. “I will preach what is the truth with pastoral conviction and Biblical conviction,” Tumi said at the time. “Nobody has the right to tell me to preach the contrary because I was called by God.” —O.O. Associated Press (file) Refugees from Palma in Afungi, Mozambique Mozambique retakes PalmaAbout 10 days after insurgents invaded a coastal city, the Mozambican military said it regained full control this week. Islamic State–affiliated insurgents stormed Palma, Mozambique, on March 24, severing communication lines and looting shops and banks. Dozens of people died, including a South African and British national, and at least 11,000 people were displaced.Reporters from Sky News who accessed Palma saw bodies lying on streets littered empty bullet cartridges and a hospital, several offices, and homes vandalized and burned.Military officials on Sunday said they killed several terrorists and noted civilians have slowly started coming back. “The population is returning, but they have nothing to eat because the terrorists have looted almost everything,” said Agostinho Muthisse, a Mozambican military commander. Insurgency in the country’s northern Cabo Delgado province has displaced about 670,000 people. —O.O. Associated Press/Photo by Brahima Ouedraogo (file) Beatrice Stöckli, left, in 2012 Swiss missionary confirmed deadThe Swiss foreign ministry verified the DNA of Béatrice Stöckli last week and confirmed she died after four years in captivity.Jama’at Nusrat Al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), an al-Qaeda affiliate, abducted the Swiss missionary from Mali’s northern city of Timbuktu in January 2016. In a November video, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) reported Stöckli died during a failed attempt by “French crusaders” to rescue her. Islamists in northern Mali had previously abducted her in 2012, but special forces from Burkina Faso rescued her two weeks later.Swiss Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis said the DNA test provides definitive evidence of her death. “But I am also relieved that we can return the woman’s remains to her family, and I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to them,” he said. —O.O. Putin hangs onRussian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed off on legislation that would allow him to lead for two more six-year terms. His current term would end in 2024.Putin proposed constitutional changes to presidential term limits last year. Some 78 percent of Russian voters backed the proposal in a nationwide referendum. The decision could see Putin lead the country until 2036. He is Russia’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin argued the decision would allow his lieutenants to focus on their work without worrying about their successors. —O.O. Image: Deck: Christians and other minorities battle state-sponsored persecutionCategory: InternationalKeywords: InternationalChinaPersecutionChristianityMuslimsUyghursCatholicCameroonMozambiquePolitical UnrestTerrorismMaliMissionsRussiaSlug: InternationalArticle Title: Chinese Christians describe torture at campsAuthor: Onize OhikereDigital Branding: World TourHide from Archive?: 0
    - 23 hours ago 9 Apr 21, 7:06pm -
  • More work, less family
    Despite early predictions that the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a homebound baby boom, recent data show the global pandemic only exacerbated an already looming population crisis in many countries around the world. Record low birth rates are expected to continue, and policy makers and demographers searching for explanations and solutions.One proposed fix is work-related benefits, including universal child care and paid parental leave. Experts argue giving tired parents more support as workers will result in more children. But a study released last month by the Institute for Family Studies pushes back on that idea, instead arguing that work-based solutions to fertility declines are counterproductive.The report’s authors, Laurie DeRose and Lyman Stone, studied the concepts of “workism” and “familism”—the values individuals place on work and family. They found that high-income countries that become “workist,” with extremely career-focused attitudes among both men and women, experience large declines in fertility. As societies emphasize personal meaning and value through work, people find less meaning and value in families.The study points to the Nordic nations as a case in point. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, and Sweden in the past were models of modern fertility success: They had relatively high fertility rates alongside egalitarian values and generous social welfare states. But they are now the fly in the ointment with plummeting birth rates since 2008 despite abundant support for working families. DeRose and Stone suggest a rise in workist attitudes in the Nordic countries is to blame.“People’s values matter,” DeRose said during a recent presentation on their findings. She and Stone differentiate workism from a natural desire to provide for a family or even have a comfortable standard of living. Workism is more of an identity shift than a desire to put bread on the table. As men and women increasingly see their personal identities tied to their value as workers, they are having fewer babies or none at all. “The desire for meaningful or important work, not simply well-compensated work, is powerful, and has significant and negative implications for childbearing,” DeRose and Stone wrote.DeRose told me she doubted workism contributed to last year’s pandemic baby bust but rather uncertainty in general and the economic recession in particular. Workism might have accelerated the inevitable, she said: “We would expect a COVID baby bust, but in a workist society, it might be on steroids.”DeRose and Stone argue government policies that try to boost fertility with benefits aimed at workers may “undermine their efforts as they strengthen a ‘workist’ life script rather than a ‘familist’ one.” Benefits such as free child care and paid leave result in more work and less family. DeRose and Stone propose cash allowances, a cheaper solution than funding child care and one that gives families the option of working less instead of only getting benefits through their jobs.Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, recently introduced a plan that would give U.S. parents direct payments each month. Proponents say the proposal removes the current disincentive for marriage in the welfare system and could close the so-called fertility gap—the difference between how many children women say they want and how many they actually have. In another article for the Institute for Family Studies, Stone praised Romney’s plan because it could give some parents the option to stay home with their young children instead of working.But some conservatives argue a child allowance would have a negative effect on work, marriage and fertility rates.“Romney has good goals, but his plan moves existing money around in a way that is anti-work and will undermine marriage,” said Robert Rector, a welfare expert and senior research fellow for the Heritage Foundation. He noted that welfare programs that gave parents larger benefits without work requirements historically led to fewer marriages and babies.Image: Deck: Study ties work obsession to low birth ratesCategory: Family & SocietyKeywords: FamilySocietyChildrenFertilityEmploymentCoronavirusSlug: FamilyArticle Title: More work, less familyAuthor: Kiley CrosslandDigital Branding: RelationsHide from Archive?: 0
    - 1 day ago 9 Apr 21, 4:20pm -