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The ex-gay Christianity movement is making a quiet comeback. The effects on LGBTQ youth could be devastating.

A rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, blows in the wind in Christopher Park outside the Stonewall Inn in New York in June. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) By Jonathan Merritt September 6 at 1:27 PM For two decades, McKrae Game was a top-tier figure among ex-gay Christians and a leading advocate for conversion therapy, a counseling practice with the goal of helping LGBTQ people suppress their homosexuality and become “straight.” But Game, 51, now disavows the movement and acknowledges…

Tullian Tchividjian’s Upside Down Christianity | Christopher Jackson

Four years after a sex scandal prompted him to depart from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Tullian Tchividjian, grandson to Billy Graham, has again assumed the pulpit. Now, he is preaching an alternative approach to the faith that he calls “Upside Down Christianity.” Since I last wrote about him in 2015, Tchividjian’s life has taken many turns. He attempted to resurrect his Liberate Network parachurch ministry and found employment at Willow Creek Presbyterian Church in Winter Springs, Florida. Both endeavors fizzled in early 2016 after…

Hong Kong Christians: Bill’s removal not enough

The original story can be found at http://www.bpnews.net/53552/hong-kong-christians-bills-removal-not-enough HONG KONG (BP) — The withdrawal of an extradition bill that threatened religious freedom in Hong Kong is not enough to satisfy Christians and others amid protests there, a Christian advocate told Baptist Press Wednesday (Sept. 4). “Their anger lies with the excessive use of police/force, police brutality, and prosecution of protestors or activists in the past few months,” International Christian Concern’s (ICC) Gina Goh told BP. “These are the direct results of (Hong Kong Chief…

Response to Christianity in crisis

Gwendolyn Haddad Spring Valley, MN This is a response to Greg Rendahl who wrote about conservative Christianity in crisis, published August 26, 2019.  Immigration: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America helped legal immigrants settle in communities. Christians are called to help the foreigners who obey the laws of the country they settle in. One law of any country is to enter that country through a legal process. God does not honor lawlessness, but order. Socialism: Mr. Rendahl misuses the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12). We…

Lose Your Faith at an Evangelical College? That’s Part of the Process

It was quiet in the morning chapel when a Bethel University student took a pen and paper and put words to the fear: “Does God really love me?” Then another student at the small evangelical school in Mishawaka, Indiana, took another piece of paper and wrote, “Am I good enough?” Three students wrote, “Can a loving God send unbelievers to hell?” Six asked, “Why does God answer some prayers and not others?” Twelve: “Is Christianity the only way?” Twenty: “Is God really real?” Shawn…

Man claims Christianity as defense in illegal immigration conspiracy

It’s not rare for a defense attorney to tell a judge his client is a good man. A religious man, even. It no doubt happens at sentencing hearings in courtrooms across the country every day. But here’s a twist. The attorney for an O’Neill man in his 70s — indicted in a conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants following a raid last year — wants to raise a sort of Good Samaritan defense at his jury trial in September in a case involving his interactions…

Fox & Friends Guest Blames Mass Shootings on the Decline of Christianity

A Fox News guest on Sunday blamed America’s rising gun violence on the decline of Christianity after a mass shooting in West Texas left at least seven dead and 22 others injured this weekend. The deadly massacre, which began at a traffic stop between Odessa and Midland on Saturday afternoon, has intensified pressure on GOP lawmakers to enact stricter gun control measures. The attack came just weeks after a gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine with an assault weapon and another stormed…

The Fate of Hong Kong’s Christians

Christians in Hong Kong overwhelmingly support the mass protests that have disrupted the region for the last two months. Millions, including many Christians, have taken to the streets to protest a proposed extradition bill.  Hong Kong’s legal independence was a hallmark of the “one country, two systems” agreement made between Hong Kong’s former colony, Great Britain, and the People’s Republic of China in 1997. This principle allows Christians in Hong Kong to enjoy religious freedom. However, Hong Kong citizens fear that this extradition bill…

Two-Thirds Of US Christians Think They Don’t Need Church

A Gallup poll published this year found that Americans’ trust in clergy is at an all-time low. Doctors, teachers, police officers, and even funeral directors all ranked as more trustworthy than pastors. While I’m not sure what shenanigans an undertaker would have to pull to lose this surprisingly lofty reputation, it’s clear that suspicion toward ministers isn’t merely an aftershock of recent scandals. It’s part of a much larger anti-institutional swing in American religion — one that’s left an unprecedented number of Christians convinced…

The Irony Of Conservative Christians’ Opposition To Immigration

This piece is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. President Donald Trump’s base simultaneously cares deeply about defending Christianity and restraining immigration. It’s a stance we’ve come to expect, but there’s an irony to this. At a moment when more and more Americans are unaffiliated with religion, immigration is providing a counterbalance. In fact, nothing would do more to strengthen Christianity than embracing undocumented immigrants. Most undocumented immigrants come from Latin America, so 83 percent are Christian. If they were…

Music and Christianity: What’s it all about?

*Brief disclaimer: I have focussed on Christian worship music, because it is my own personal experience. I cannot speak for any other faith, but I would always be interested to listen. When you hear the words ‘Christian worship music,’ what’s the first thing that springs to mind? Maybe a modern Christian song with a repetitive tune and incessant choruses about how ‘Jesus loves us.’ Or a stereotypical village church where the congregation mumbles the hymns, out of time with the organ, and with varying…

Letter to the Editor: Understanding political polarization through Christianity

Today’s society is becoming more and more secular as the movement away from a belief in the existence of God and his influence in human affairs accelerates, especially in the halls of government and in the media. As television’s Dr. Phil frequently asks, “How’s that working out for ya’?” Indicators like the recent mass shootings, chaos in immigration and international relationships and uncertainties in almost every important aspect of our daily lives show that it is not working out well at all. Ironically, the…

‘Christian left’ is reviving in America, appalled by treatment of migrants

Holding pictures of migrant children who have died in U.S. custody and forming a cross with their bodies on the floor of the Russell Senate Office Building, 70 Catholics were arrested in July for obstructing a public place, which is considered a misdemeanor. The protesters hoped that images of 90-year-old nuns and priests in clerical collars being led away in handcuffs would draw attention to their moral horror at the United States’ treatment of undocumented immigrant families. American Catholics, like any religious group, do…

Christian persecution MAPPED: The 50 countries where Christians face EXTREME danger

Each year, Open Doors UK publishes a World Watch List of places around the world where it is the most dangerous to be a Christian. In these countries, Christian’s face detention, violence and abuse for their religion. The number one most dangerous country on the list is North Korea, which has held the top spot for 18 years. Related articles Christian crackdown: Man jailed in Nepal for handing out bibles Christianity crackdown: Wedding party attacked by mob ‘with rods’ There are estimated to be…

Some white evangelicals are difficult to recognize as Christians at all

August 15 at 5:04 PM I have a confession to make. I am one of the five remaining Americans who is uncomfortable with vulgarity, put off by profanity and offended by blasphemy. Swearing is now generally taken as a sign of authenticity; it is more often the expression of anger and aggression. I don’t think political discourse is improved by language more appropriate to a bar fight. I do think the presidency is diminished by public scatology and sacrilege. And I really don’t give…

In ‘God Land,’ Lyz Lenz Explores Midwest Christianity — And Those Who Are Welcomed Versus Those Who Are Not

Lyz Lenz thinks the term “Heartland” is “so dumb.” “It over-romanticizes [the Midwest] and gives it a kind of soft focused filter like, ‘Oh, it’s the Heartland,’ which downplays the messy complications of the space,” she tells Bustle. “This is something I think we have a tendency to do, especially in politics. Politicians say, “We need to talk about the average person in Middle America!'” But who, Lenz wondered prior to the 2016 election, is the average Middle American? After all, the Midwest is…

Bibles Escape Trump’s Tariff Fight with China……

The Good Book got good news from the Trump administration today: America’s Bibles—most of which are printed in China and imported to the United States—are now exempt from the burgeoning trade war between the two nations. With a 10-percent hike on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods looming next month, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) posted two long lists of items: one of imports from China that will become subject to tariffs on September 1, and one of imports whose proposed…

Rare Sightings of Foxes Near Temple Mount a Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy?

JERUSALEM, Israel – While the Jewish people mourned the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem during the Tisha B’Av fast over the weekend, many believe a rare sighting of foxes near the Temple Mount is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Video posted online last week shows what appears to be several foxes walking near the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. [embedded content] For some Jews, the sighting of foxes near the Western Wall is a grave reminder of Lamentations 5:18, which reads:…

Foxes seen near Temple Mount reminder of destruction, biblical prophecy

By Brandon Showalter, CP Reporter | Saturday, August 10, 2019 A footbridge leads from the Western Wall to the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City June 2, 2015. Picture taken June 2, 2015. | (Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad) The presence of foxes near the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism in the Old City of Jerusalem, has some saying that fulfillment of biblical prophecy is materializing. Video footage posted…

Hungary Sounds Alarm on Persecuted Christians Worldwide

BUDAPEST, Hungary (ChurchMilitant.com) – Christians must speak up for other Christians, says a Hungarian official in the wake of a speech he gave July 26 at the 2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. In a newly tweeted summary of his speech, Tristan Azbej, Hungary’s state secretary for the aid of persecuted Christians, “sadly” reported that “Christianity is the most persecuted religion, all over the Earth.” Azbej reported that “[e]ighty percent of the people who are persecuted for their faith in the world are Christians,” calling the global persecution of…

The end times are here, and I am at Target

It’s a theory of mine that life in most societies involves being keenly aware that the end is coming. Your own individual end, yes, but also the end of this, the entire experience that is life as you’ve known it. The mass of our collective canon is littered with stories about the world’s end, where the death of mankind and the death of the universe can be seen as linked or interchangeable. It’s almost as if the second humans evolved enough to contemplate that…

Pastor seeks $100M to build global media platform to navigate End Times

Rick Wiles, TruNews broadcaster, pastor of Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, Florida. | Screenshot: YouTube A nondenominational pastor is asking God for $100 million to build a media platform to help guide the public through the End Times until the second coming of Jesus. In an August 1 episode of his broadcast, called TruNews, Rick Wiles, who pastors Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, Florida, said that God had given him a vision of this global media platform. “The vision He’s put in…

Slate is alarmed that some Pentecostals mix politics and prophecy

Pentecostal Christians who believe in modern-day prophecy and support President Donald Trump gathered more than a year ago in Washington, D.C. That should be enough to frighten anyone braced for battle against theocracy. Worse still, they gathered at the Trump International Hotel, so you know that here is something deeply menacing to the future of America. Ruth Graham ofSlate wrote about “The Turnaround: An Appeal to Heaven,” drawing in part from an on-site report filed Jan. 18, 2018, by Peter Montgomery of People for the…

How A Nationalistic Strain Of Christianity Is Subtly Shaping America’s Gun Debate

As some activists began the all-too-familiar call for stricter gun control measures following back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio this weekend, Texas’ Republican lieutenant governor Dan Patrick offered up his own analysis of American gun violence. During a Sunday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Patrick suggested that the shootings that left over 30 people dead in El Paso and Dayton were moral failings, rather than byproducts of the widespread availability of military-style rifles. Along with violent video games, Patrick said he believes one of…

Iraq’s Christians ‘close to extinction’

‘Those of us who remain must be ready to face martyrdom,’ says Archbishop Warda Christianity in Iraq could now be on the brink of completely disappearing – according to one of the country’s most respected Church leaders. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need coinciding with the anniversary of Daesh (ISIS)’s 2014 seizure of Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil stated: “Christianity in Iraq, one of the oldest Churches, is perilously close to extinction.” Archbishop Warda who…

Latest US-China tensions could be the trade version of ‘the end of the world as we know it’

As the U.S.-China trade dispute hits another level and hammers financial markets, the bigger casualty over the longer term could be the globalization trend that has developed over the past quarter century or so. Only the European Union exports more good to the U.S. than China, making the impact of a prolonged tit-for-tat tariff potentially severe. American businesses have begun looking for alternative markets from which to get the goods they had been buying from China, pushing imports from China down 12.2% year to…

Christianity and the Climate Conversation

Christianity and the Environment In 1967, historian Lynn White Jr. argued that Christian beliefs promoted the domination and exploitation of nature, and therefore were incompatible with environmentalism. Almost half a century later, polls showed that fewer than 50% of all U.S. Protestants and Catholics believe the Earth is warming as a result of human actions. There are notable exceptions, such as Pope Francis, who called for action to slow climate change in his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’.” Another prominent advocate for action is U.S.…

El Paso Shooting: How Christians Responded

On Sunday morning, some of America’s pastors made no mention of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed at least 31 people and injured dozens more over the weekend. Other Church leaders, however, knew they could not ignore the events. “Our pulpit is not one that silence works in,” Jason Morriss, the pastor at Austin New Church, a progressive Methodist congregation in Austin, Texas, told me. “My first response as a pastor was that my people are going…

Why charismatic Christianity is popular with migrants

IT IS A well-established fact among religion-watchers that charismatic forms of Christianity, including the Pentecostal churches, are the fastest-growing variety of the world’s largest monotheism. Another widely agreed statement: these churches’ success reflects their appeal to people in transit. That includes migrants from rural areas to big cities like São Paolo or Lagos, and travellers from the global south to the prosperous north. Perhaps 700m people, more than a quarter of the world’s Christians, attend charismatic churches. What this fluid religious reality generally encompasses…

VIDEO: Are the end-times predicted in the Scriptures upon us?

July 31, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Michael O’Brien is a Catholic novelist, writer, painter, and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling book Father Elijah: An Apocalypse, which has been translated into twelve languages. On this part 2 of a two-part episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, he talks with me about hell and the end-times, about having hope amid the chaos in the Church, and about the role Mary plays in salvation history. An author of more than thirty books, O’Brien told me there is…

Church of purity advocate who renounced Christianity responds: Pray for ‘redemptive end’

Joshua Harris, well-known Christian author, ‘purity’ advocate, renounces faith The former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md., Joshua Harris, a short time after announcing the end of his marriage, is now saying goodbye to his faith as well. In an Instagram post, Harris revealed he is stepping back from his faith and no longer considers himself a Christian. In the post he recounted several things he has apologized for in the past, specifically apologizing for his previously held views on the LGBTQ…

Kissing Christianity Goodbye | Carl R. Trueman

Joshua Harris has abandoned his Christian faith, news that marks another blow to American conservative evangelicalism. Harris authored the best-selling I Kissed Dating Goodbye in his early twenties, unleashing unnecessary angst on a generation of evangelical teens. In his early thirties, he served as pastor of a Gaithersburg megachurch. He was also an influential figure in the Young, Restless, and Reformed Movement (YRR). Now, he has denounced his famous book, announced he and his wife are separating, and repudiated Christianity. While Harris seems to…

Joshua Harris’ former church responds to news of him leaving wife, Christianity

By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter | Monday, July 29, 2019 Joshua Harris gives a TED talk in 2017. | Screenshot: TEDx Talks The Maryland-based megachurch that I Kissed Dating Goodbye author Joshua Harris once led responded to the news of him leaving his faith and his wife, stating that it “hits home personally.” “These updates are hard to hear. We love Josh and Shannon. For most of us, Josh isn’t just some distant public figure,” wrote Covenant Life Interim Senior Pastor Kevin Rogers…

Mass baptisms performed in Russia to celebrate Christianity

Mass baptism rituals took place across Russia on Sunday to recall the introduction of Christianity as a state religion in ancient Russia more than a thousand years ago. About 150 people from Yekaterinburg and neighbouring cities attended the traditional annual open-air rites on the Chusovaya River in the Sverdlovsk Region. The ritual was held in the village of Stantsionny-Polevskoy because of its church which bears the name of St Vladimir, after the 10th-century ruler who led the region’s conversion to Christianity. People taking part…

Why I blew the whistle on Folau’s twisted version of Christianity: a rugby mother’s story

After my visits to the Folaus’ church at Kenthurst, I discussed my concerns with knowledgeable Christian friends who happened to be associated with the ACL. Loading Things heated up with Israel Folau’s Instagram meme in April claiming hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters”. I contacted the church and asked for a statement of belief. It sent me several videos by US-based Oneness Pentecostal Pastor Gino Jennings, notably describing the trinity as “junk”, women preachers as following Satan, women who wear…

I’m embarrassed by American Christianity. I’m just not ready to give up on Jesus

It happens more and more these days. I’m embarrassed by much of American Christianity. I’ve spent a lifetime bring proud of the word, “Christian.” As a child, when other young boys were planning to grow up to be firemen, “army men” or professional football players, I was going to be a preacher “like my daddy.” But, too often these days, preachers make me cringe. “Too often these days, preachers make me cringe.” I hear anti-education views that are dishearteningly narrow. I hear views about…

Evangelicals fare better than other Christians when quizzed on Bible, Christianity: poll

By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter | Thursday, July 25, 2019 Attendees watch on during the 2019 Evangelicals for Life conference at the McLean Bible Church in McLean, Virginia on Jan. 16, 2019. | PHOTO: ERLC A new Pew Research poll suggests that evangelical Christians are more knowledgeable about the Bible and Christianity than other American Christians, while American Jews are most knowledgeable about religion in general. While most polls tend to present data on public opinion, a new Pew Research Center survey titled “What…

‘Christianity is an Evil Cult’: Chinese Schools Urging Kids to Report Christian Relatives

The Chinese government continues to tighten its grip on Christianity by actively discouraging young people to engage in things of faith. Under the last year’s new Regulations on Religious Affairs legislation, schoolchildren are even encouraged to report any family members who espouse Christian views. Faithwire: ‘No Evidence Base’: Former Psychologist at Child Trans Clinic Pens Damning Open Letter to Former Boss According to Chinese persecution watchdog, Bitter Winter, the new policy has created fierce rifts amongst families as children are encouraged to questions and undermine the…

‘The Bachelorette’ Is No Longer Hiding Its Christianity – The Daily Beast

On a recent episode of The Bachelorette, lead Hannah Brown tells suitor and contestant Luke Parker, “I have had sex, and, honestly, Jesus still loves me.” (Jesus was not available for comment.) Each season has a major turning point. Colton Underwood jumping the fence. Arie Luyendyk Jr. dumping his winner for his runner-up. Ben Higgins telling two women he loves them. And Brown’s signature moment—the thing fans will likely repeat back to her for years to come—seems to be her sex and Jesus declaration. What…

Understanding Progressive Christianity: A Historical Approach – LA Progressive

The God of Christianity is a Spirit who works in history. These interventions include Moses bringing the Jews out of slavery in Egypt and Jesus bringing salvation to the world. God spoke through the prophets, apostles and the Church and also through us (Luke 12:11-12). Spirit intervenes in the world through human beings. While there is terrible evil in the world, when we examine history closely we can see Spirit’s handiwork. While God works through all people of all faiths, the story of Western…

PEARRELL: Bible’s critics are threatened by its prophecy – Rockdale Newton Citizen

Before the July Fourth weekend, we were looking at the important subject of the Bible. The Bible is the most scrutinized work in existence today. In the first article we saw that the rejection of this work is more based upon personal experience than it is upon verifiable evidence. That is, most people reject the Bible either on the basis of since they haven’t witnessed a miracle, miracles simply don’t happen and since the Bible records miracles, we can’t believe its report. Or, since…

In Brooklyn, ‘tradpunk’ Christianity meets millennial counterculture – Religion News Service

(RNS) — A few weeks ago, I found myself at a goth garden party in Brooklyn, New York’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery with a few people I’d met on the fringe corners of what the internet often refers to as Weird Catholic Twitter (and its somewhat more sedate stepsister: Weird Anglican Twitter). The crowd was mixed. There were people involved in New York’s vintage clothing collecting subculture, some Brooklyn goths, and some of the organizers of the event, which was hosted by the Morbid Anatomy…

Atheism and Islam on the rise in the UK as Christianity suffers ‘dramatic decline’ – The Telegraph

Christian belief has halved in Britain in 35 years with just one in three people now identifying as Christian – while atheism and Islam continue to rise. Figures published by the British Social Attitudes Survey reveal the widest ever margin between staunch atheists and believers who are certain that God exists. Of almost 4,000 people polled by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), 38 per cent described themselves as Christian – a fall from 50 per cent in 2008 and 66 per cent…

Pompeo assures Christian Zionists that Israel allows conversions to Christianity – The Times of Israel

JTA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made a point of reminding a conference of Christian Zionists that Israel permits conversions to Christianity, just weeks after his department reported on the difficulties converts face there. Pompeo, speaking Monday to the annual Washington summit of Christians United For Israel, drew a contrast between Israel and its neighbors. “Modern Israel is the only truly free nation throughout the entire Middle East,” he said. “No country is perfect, but Israel, like America, holds itself to an…

Christianity at risk: ‘Dramatic decline’ in Britain’s Christian identity – shock report – Express

As many as 3,879 people have been polled for the British Social Attitudes report last year, highlighting how Britain’s spiritual identity has been reshaped since 1983. Among those surveyed, only 38 percent of Britons described themselves as Christian, down from 50 percent in 2008, just 11 years ago. This result is even more astonishing if compared to the one gathered in 1983, when this survey was first taken, with 66 percent of the Britons polled then describing themselves as Christian. On the other hand,…

Glarryford couple Robert and Natasha Templeton ‘preparing for end times’ – BBC News

A County Antrim husband and wife facing terrorism charges were “preparing for end times” a court has been told. Robert James Templeton, 33, of Cladytown Road, Glarryford, and his wife Natasha, 31, of the same address face the same nine terrorism charges. They include possession of explosives, possession of a firearm and preparation of terrorist acts. Coleraine Magistrates’ Court heard that police entered the Templetons’ Cladytown Road property on 5 July. A police officer in court described it as a “shambles” with “material strewn…

Chinese Christians flee China amid crackdown on church: ‘No longer safe for us’ – Fox News

As China continues its crackdown on religion, Christians in the Communist country are fleeing for their lives. China’s ruling Communist Party has carried out a widespread crackdown on all religious institutions in recent years, including bulldozing churches and mosques, barring Tibetan children from Buddhist religious studies and incarcerating more than a million members of Islamic ethnic minorities in what are termed “re-education centers.” President Xi Jinping , who is also party leader, has ordered that all religions must “Sinicize” to ensure they are loyal to…

Trump-supporting pastor says socialism and Christianity are incompatible – Baptist News Global

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham added the rise of the Democratic Party’s socialist left to a list of concerns like abortion and same-sex marriage on the line in “a battle for the soul of our nation.” “Socialism is fundamentally at odds with the Christian worldview and seeks to suppress all peoples in support of the state,” Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, said in a televised sermon on Sunday. “No one serious about their Christian faith can be serious…

Glenn Stanton: Is Christianity really shrinking? – Fox News

There’s been a rash of stories lately suggesting Christianity is in steep decline and that atheism is rapidly becoming the largest “religion” in the United States. But is such news true? Is Christianity really going the way of the VHS tape? No. As President Ronald Reagan once said of liberals: “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” MICHAEL MCAFEE AND LAUREN GREEN MCAFEE: IS THE BIBLE WORTH READING? Christianity is certainly not…

The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity – The Atlantic

Last week, Ralph Reed, the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s founder and chairman, told the group, “There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump. No one!” Reed is partially right; for many evangelical Christians, there is no political figure whom they have loved more than Donald Trump. I recently exchanged emails with a pro-Trump figure who attended the president’s reelection rally in Orlando, Florida, on June 18. (He spoke…

Fulfilled prophecy teaches great lessons | Faith – Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

The Bible is an amazing Book! Written by forty different authors, over fifteen hundred years, in three different languages, on three different continents and yet there are no errors and no contradictions. One of the greatest lines of evidence for the inspiration of Scripture is fulfilled prophecy. In Daniel chapter 7 God gave the prophet Daniel a vision of world history. Daniel saw a vision that focused on four great beasts. These beasts represent four great empires. Verse 4 reads, “The first (beast) was…

A Photographer Sees a Prophecy of Trump’s America in Atlantic City – Hyperallergic

From Atlantic City (courtesy Circa Press) Atlantic City, New Jersey never really had a heyday, at least not one that lived up to the halcyon daydreams of its original architects. First conceived as the East Coast’s answer to Europe’s fashionable seaside resorts, its tawdry boardwalk attractions, backroom gambling establishments, and casual violence never approached the elegance of Cannes or Biarritz. Nevertheless, it held on for a while before taking a particularly American downturn. The legacy of the cut-and-run business which caused that downturn is…

What Do Oil And Christianity Have In Common? – Texas Standard

It may seem like a stretch to look for a connection between the oil industry and Christianity. But a new book by Darren Dochuck says these two larger-than-life entities both played important roles in building the country. The book, titled “Anointed with Oil:  How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America,” draws connections between the independent oilmen and wildcat Christianity. Dochuck says a lot of migration inside the United States has historically been tied directly to where and how oil money could be found, and…

The Color of Compromise: American Christianity’s legacy of racism calls for ‘repentance and repair’ – Baptist News Global

In his 2019 book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, University of Mississippi doctoral candidate Jemar Tisby describes his purpose: This book is about revealing racism. It pulls back the curtain on the ways American Christians have collaborated with racism for centuries. By seeing the roots of racism in this country may the church be moved to immediate and resolute antiracist action. Tisby’s study surveys the history of racial discrimination and injustice in America from the colonial…

Christianity Is the Bad Guy?: Bemoaning the Demise of the Classical World – Christianheadlines.com

Christianity Is the Bad Guy?: Bemoaning the Demise of the Classical World In “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” 18th-century historian Edward Gibbon blames Rome’s demise, at least in part, on Christianity. He wrote, “The clergy successfully preached the doctrines of patience and pusillanimity; the active virtues of society were discouraged, and the last remains of military spirit were buried in the cloister [and] a large portion of public and private wealth was consecrated to the specious demands of charity and devotion…”…

The end of the world will be a non-event – The Outline

It will not stop raining in Pittsburgh. Ours has always been a gray and drizzly city, but this feels different. Last year we got nearly 60 inches of rain, more even than in 2004, when the remnants of Hurricane Ivan flooded downtown and many of the little riverfront towns a few miles up the Allegheny River. We had an epidemic of landslides, collapsing roads, and homes getting swallowed by mud. This year is on pace to match or exceed 2018’s record precipitation. The rains…

Chinese House Church Members Taken Into Custody After Sharing Meal Together – Christian News Network

Photo Credit: Andrey Filippov/Wikipedia Commons (Bitter Winter) — For Christians, even getting together for a meal is now off-limits in China. It seems that dinners are now considered religious gatherings, which as such should be authorized. That’s the hard lesson 11 believers from a Sola Fide house church in Xiangyang city in central China’s Hubei Province learned on March 13, 2019, the night they were arrested after having dinner together. Just as the believers were leaving the meeting venue, they were surrounded by more…

Florida “Pride Prom” for Teenagers, Where Youth Could Dress in Drag, Canceled – Christian News Network

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A “Storybook Pride Prom” for teenagers that had been scheduled for Friday night, where youth were invited to dress as their favorite book characters — including in drag, was canceled due to stated “emotional and physical safety” concerns and a lack of “adequate security.” The event had generated an impassioned response from both sides, with tickets selling out on one hand but also being opposed by others as being inappropriate for children. “You’re invited to create your own ‘happily ever after’…

Ten Commandments Plaque ‘No Longer on Display’ at Ohio Middle School Following Complaint – Christian News Network

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — Although in disagreement, a public school district in Ohio has removed a Ten Commandments plaque from the walls of a middle school following a complaint letter from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). “In speaking with the district, it is my understanding that the plaque has been taken down and is no longer on display on district property,” wrote attorney Brian DeSantis, representing the New Philadelphia City School District, on June 19. However, the district also said in a statement…

Christ Sacrificed Himself For Others. Are America’s Christians Sacrificing Others for Themselves? | Opinion – Newsweek

This summer marks 400 years since August 1619, when the first slaves were brought to Jamestown, Virginia.The four centuries have been to no small extent shaped by America’s tumultuous relationship with racial injustice, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. One of the focal points for this relationship is the question of reparations for slavery, most recently made concrete in the shape of a proposal by Democrats to offer a type of compensation for descendants of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The idea…

The power of prophecy – Jackson Sun

RYAN FRASER, Freed-Hardeman University Published 2:57 p.m. CT June 27, 2019 CLOSE Prophecy is a biblical concept that is filled with mystery, mystique, and misconceptions. Some religious leaders these days seem to push the notion way beyond the parameters set in Scripture regarding prophecy. So-called prophets may be found all over the Internet, particularly on social media sites. They claim to speak for God, alleging to be direct recipients of special divine knowledge and revelation. Prophecy may be divided into two categories: true divinely…

Mark Taylor Is Still Standing By His Failed ‘Red Tsunami’ Prophecy – Right Wing Watch

When radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and so-called “firefighter prophet” Mark Taylor appeared on the “Daily Renegade” program last weekend, he warned that anyone who called him a false prophet was literally risking their lives because God does not take kindly to those who attack his prophets.  During that same program, Taylor struggled mightily to explain away the false prophecies he delivered prior to the 2018 midterm elections, when he repeatedly guaranteed that America would see “a red tsunami” sweep across the nation as Republicans…

52 ideas that changed the world – 3. Christianity – The Week UK

In this new series, The Week looks at the ideas and innovations that permanently changed the way we see the world. This week, the focus is on Christianity. Christianity in 60 seconds See related  Christianity is based on the beliefs and teachings laid out in the Bible. The first part, the Old Testament, describes the creation of the world and the history of the Israelites. The first five books, which include the Ten Commandments, are the central scripture of Judaism, in which they are…

Iranian regime’s repression of Christians ‘shocks the conscience’ – Fox News

A horribly familiar description of the Iranian regime’s persecution of Christians and other minorities emerged from a U.S. State Department report on religious freedom published Friday. “In Iran, the regime’s crackdown on Baha’is, Christians and others continues to shock the conscience,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. The U.S. has classified the Islamic Republic as a “Country of Concern” since 1999, because its regime violates religious freedom as defined by the U.S. International Religious Freedom Act (1998). Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany,…

Why Christians disagree over the Israel Folau saga – The Conversation AU

For many Christians, Israel Folau has become the talisman in the fight for religious freedom. This week, some Australian Christians rallied behind Folau’s legal battle against Rugby Australia, stepping in when the rugby star’s GoFundMe campaign was shut down. On its first day, the new campaign raised more than A$1 million in donations – and counting. Some Christian leaders have urged the newly re-elected Coalition government to make religious freedom protections a priority in the wake of Folau’s sacking by Rugby Australia. There’s even…

With Hymns and Prayers, Christians Help Drive Hong Kong’s Protests – The New York Times

HONG KONG — Armed with a Bible, a guitar and a drawing of Jesus walking on water, Andrea Wong sat outside the offices of Hong Kong’s central government and booed. Ms. Wong, 18, usually stays out of politics. But in recent weeks, as Hong Kong was swept by mass protests against closer ties with mainland China, she asked herself what a good Christian would do. “I am very certain that Jesus would not have stayed home enjoying the air-conditioning,” Ms. Wong said. “He would…

Kent Ingle: How can we instill the hope of Christianity in a generation tired of tight reins of religion? – Fox News

Recent studies from the General Social Survey found that atheists make up the largest religious group in America. Catholics and Evangelicals fall right behind. Those who identify with “no religion” now account for 23.1 percent, the majority of them under age 50. Americans are losing interest in attending religious institutions, as well as an overall loss of faith in the church. Yet still many identify as spiritual. These findings call for changes – our practice of Christianity needs to change in order to best…

Popular Catholic Worship Artist Audrey Assad ‘Celebrates’ Pride Month in Tweet – Christian News Network

Popular Catholic singer Audrey Assad, known for songs such as “Restless,” “For Love of You” and “Even Unto Death,” as well as a number of hymn renditions, recently tweeted in recognition of Pride Month, stating that she loves and celebrates her homosexual friends. “Happy #Pride month. I love and celebrate you,” she posted on June 16, with four rainbows following. The tweet generated much discussion among her followers, some of whom supported the comment and others who were disappointed by it. “Audrey, thank you!…

Shanxi House Churches Closed for Suspected Foreign Ties – Christian News Network

Photo Credit: Cacahuate/Free Map Viewer (Bitter Winter) — Campaigns to eliminate house churches are underway across China. In May, the United Front Work Department of Yanhu district in Yuncheng city in the northern province of Shanxi convened a meeting for grassroots-level officials to discuss religious affairs. One of the primary messages: to keep an eye on and prevent “foreign forces” from using rural house churches to “infiltrate” China. To ensure proper implementation of the order, each village was instructed to thoroughly investigate and register…

Are You Ready to [Expletive] Party Tonight?’ Joel and Victoria Osteen Attend Lady Gaga Concert, Pose for Sirius/Pandora Merger – Christian News Network

Screenshot YouTube 2017 NEW YORK — Megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria were among a number of celebrities, including drag queens, actors and music industry personalities, who attended the “SiriusXM and Pandora Present Lady Gaga at the Apollo” concert on Monday night in New York City. The two posed on the carpet for a photograph next to a SiriusXM/Pandora/Lady Gaga backdrop, which is posted online. “Are you ready to [expletive] party tonight? Are we making history?” Gaga, whose real name…