Wednesday, May 9, 2012

THE CHRISTIAN POST: "Front Page" Wednesday May 9, 2012 Iyyar 17, 5772

NC marriage
(Photo: Vote For Marriage NC)

NC Voters Ban Gay Marriage Despite Objections From Obama, Clinton

By Paul Stanley

Voters in North Carolina overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage in the Tar Heel state. Even President Obama and former President Bill Clinton's opposition to the measure could not convince enough people to vote against the amendment.

Utah Becomes First State to Have 72-Hour Waiting Period for Abortion

By Michael Gryboski

Utah has become the first state to enact a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. The new law took effect on Tuesday.


Gay unions

Half of All Americans Support Gay Marriage; Protestants Most Resistant

By Stoyan Zaimov

A new Gallup poll on the attitudes of Americans toward same-sex marriage has revealed that around 50 percent of all respondents agree with its legalization. The poll reveals, however, that among religious Americans, Protestants in general are opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage.

A Baptist student group that initially filed for registration at Vanderbilt University for the upcoming semester has changed course and has opted instead to refuse recognition due to Vanderbilt's "all-comers" policy.

A letter signed by about 500 Emory University faculty, students and alumni seeks to bring attention to the anti-evolution views of Dr. Ben Carson. The world-renowned Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon will be the Atlanta university's May 14 commencement speaker.

Church & Ministries

Laurie, Smith

Calvary Chapel's Chuck Smith Faces Loss of Sister, More Cancer Treatment

By Alex Murashko

Pastor Chuck Smith, widely recognized as a leader of the Jesus movement in the U.S. during the '60s and '70s, will be undergoing more radiation and drug therapy for his lung cancer, his family announced Monday.

Extreme-survivor expert and "Man vs. Wild" star Bear Grylls made a special appearance at Saddleback Church Saturday – at one point receiving some audience participation from the church's pastor, Rick Warren.

Evangelical theologians who firmly hold to the inerrancy and authority of Scripture are preparing to help fellow believers stand firm in their faith amid an increasingly hostile culture.

Dr. Ken Hutcherson, the pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Wash., posted an announcement earlier this week that many close to him – including his wife – have known for years. Hutcherson revealed that he is the "gayest man I know."

Delegates of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church have voted down two proposals that would divest the denomination's funds from companies that did business in Israel.

Arrest of Youcef Nadarkhani's Lawyer: A Bad Situation Made Worse

Defense attorney Mohammad Ali Dadkhah's recent ...

Republican, Nontheist to Head Atheist Organization

The Secular Coalition of America announced that ...

Gay Marriage Advocates Split on Financial Backing for Obama

One-in-six of President Barack Obama's top ...

Kansas House Passes 'Anti-Abortion' and 'Anti-Sharia' Bills

The Kansas House approved a bill Monday designed to ban tax breaks for facilities providing abortions and to ban writing off abortion costs as medical expenses. The House also passed a bill that prevents state courts from heeding ...

Catholic Bishops Slam Proposed GOP Budget Cuts as 'Immoral'

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) ...


Mary Mary

Mary Mary Release New Album 'Go Get It' Tuesday

By Emma Koonse

Multi-Grammy Award-winning duo Mary Mary released their fourth album "Go Get It" on Tuesday.

Christian artist Thomas Kinkade, who died in his California home on April 6, had suffered an overdose from accidentally consuming an excessive amount of Valium and alcohol, according to a coroner's report made public Monday.


Loki vs. Jesus

By Lane Palmer

I'm quite certain you'll enjoy The Avengers, but you can take even greater gratification in the fact that the spiritual world created in the Marvel film series is about as real as a ginormous green guy in purple pants.


UK Parliament

Half a Million Sign Petition to Protect Definition of Marriage in UK

By Christian Today

A petition launched in the United Kingdom in defense of traditional marriage has passed the half million mark.

A Vatican newspaper has suggested that abortion providers who terminate ill fetuses and proponents of euthanasia are using the same arguments in their defense as did Nazi Germany in its eugenics program of mass extermination.

A cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez is becoming "more Christian" as he battles a reoccurring form of the disease that could significantly stifle his chances for re-election in October.

The focus on helping orphans worldwide needs to shift from simply perpetuating orphanages to equipping local churches in connecting children to parents, said leaders at the Christian Alliance for Orphans' annual summit this week.

Tim Tebow, Terrell Owens Pay Their Respects to Junior Seau

After news broke that former Charger's ...

Justin Bieber 'Blessed' to Give Back After Graduating High School

Justin Bieber, 18-year-old Canadian crooner and ...

Neb. Coach Ron Brown Insists He Treats Gay, Straight Players the Same

Nebraska Cornhuskers assistant coach Ron Brown, who might be facing possible dismissal from his job after stating his belief that homosexuality is a sin, has explained that despite his convictions, he would not treat gay players ...

Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning, John Elway Compete Creatively for Charity

Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning, and John Elway— ...

'Girl in Progress' Director Says Movie Can Change Lives

With Mother's Day fast approaching, director ...

10 Ways 'The Avengers' Are an Example for the Church

They are hard to get together but when they do ...

Deion Sanders Calls God 'Faithful' After Court Decision

Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, NFL Hall-of-Famer, ...

Tech & Biz

eBible app on iPhone

iPhone 4S Price Drops to $149 at Target Retail Locations

By Vincent Funaro

Apple fans interested in picking up the iPhone 4S should make their way over to Target as the retailer is now offering the 16GB version for just $149.99, according to 9to5Mac, who received a tip on the stores plans to discount the smartphones this week.

Apple is now offering iPads for discounted prices on its website.

Tim Tebow and his former coach Urban Meyer were reunited on Friday to share their thoughts on leadership at the live Chick-fil-A leadership event watched by 125,000 people across the United States.

AT&T will launch a trial version of "Digital Life," the carrier's home automation and security suite of services this summer.

What Maurice Sendak Can Teach the Church

By Russell D. Moore

Maurice Sendak, who just died, doesn't seem, at first glance, to have much to teach Christians. After all, he was an atheist with a cynical outlook and a foul mouth. But underneath all of that, I think, Sendak saw something of the fallen glory of the universe we followers of Jesus sometimes ignore.


Top 10 Temptations That Leaders Face

By Perry Noble

perry noble

Devoting more time to an online audience (twitter/facebook) rather than leading your family, your staff and investing in the REAL people that God is bringing to your church


Shrine Discovery in Judah May Confirm, Clarify Biblical Descriptions

By Jeff Schapiro

Excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa

An archaeologist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says he has discovered cultic shrines dating back to the time of the biblical King David, which may provide clarity to some obscure building references in the Bible.


When Paul Sent the Celebrity Pastor

By Kevin DeYoung

There have always been men who gain a certain notoriety for their preaching of the gospel. Paul spoke of a brother "famous among all the churches for his preaching."


Dangerous Calling: Pastoral Ministry Is War

By Paul Tripp

Bob Pitman

Why do so many pastors report being over-burdened and over-stressed? Why do so many pastors report tension between family life and ministry life? Why does pastoral ministry often seem like more of a trial than a joy? Why is there often disharmony between the private life of the pastor and his public ministry persona?


Movie Producer DeVon Franklin: Hollywood Paying Attention to Faith-Based Audience

By Alex Murashko

DeVon Franklin

The Hollywood entertainment industry has become increasingly aware of the growing market for faith-based films and entertainment, said movie producer DeVon Franklin at the Biola Media Conference at CBS Studios on Saturday.


TBN: Trouble in Paradise

By Ken Connor


It's a drama fit for reality television: Sadly, it's not the Real Housewives of Orange County at the center of this drama, but the first family of Trinity Broadcasting Network.


Gay Conversion Therapy: Good or Bad?

By Matt Moore

Although I fully support biblical and spiritual counseling, I am not the biggest fan of the idea of conversion therapy. Nor am I a fan of programs that lead people to focus more on their desire to have heterosexual attractions than their to desire to know Jesus Christ (who, by the way, is the only One who holds the power to create such a transformation in sexual desires).


How Is Your Worship Team "Really" Doing?

By Christian Post Guest Voices

Rick Muchow

When is the last time you got on the balcony? No – not the balcony at your church building or even the hotel from your last vacation. It’s Jason Hatley here (Pastor of Worship Arts at The Journey Church) with a quick (but important) leadership principle that every pastor and worship leader needs to practice… Getting on the Balcony.


Telling the Whole Story: The Flight of Chen Guangcheng

By Eric Metaxas

Chen Guangcheng

The whole world loves a good escape story. But in the case of a certain Chinese dissident, the world needs to hear the rest of the story.


Tom White, Abuse, VOM, and the Power of the Internet

By Christian Post Guest Voices

Tom White, Executive Director of Voice of the Martyrs.

Last Thursday afternoon I received a call while in my office at Emmanuel Enid. One of our secretaries buzzed in and said, "I have a man on the phone who claims to be the father of the young girl abused by Tom White and he wishes to speak to you." My heart skipped a beat.


How Does Your Narrower View on Divorce, Remarriage Affect Your Ministry to Congregants?

By John Piper


Your view on divorce and remarriage is narrower than many other Christians even in your church. How does this affect your ministry to them?


Andy Stanley and the Appropriateness of Ambiguity

By Christian Post Guest Voices

Andy Stanley

Is ambiguity ever Ok? Is it fundamentally wrong to be ambiguous about what's right or wrong? These questions seem to be lurking under the surface in the dust up over Andy Stanley’s message titled “When Gracie met Truthie.”


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Avengers

By Jim Denison

The Avengers

What do The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Avengers have in common? Nothing I can think of, except the fact that I saw them both over the weekend. What do they tell us about ourselves? A great deal.


Attention All People-Pleasers, Fixers, and Rescue Artists . . .

By June Hunt

June Hunt

After 11 years of conflict, turmoil and tears, Patricia found the courage to end an on-again/off-again relationship with her abusive boyfriend. Yet instead of feeling relieved, she was overwhelmed with sadness and entertaining ideas about taking him back. Seeking direction, she called Hope In The Night, my live 2-hour call-in counseling broadcast.


When our Traditions and Tired Beliefs are Calcified into Orthodoxy (Brief Thoughts On Women)

By Christian Post Guest Voices


Yesterday as I was sitting across from one of the people I respect most in the world my life changed forever. You see I have had many long years of being in pain, though I am on a path of healing. Yes, this story does have a happy (-ish) ending.


A Review of Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel

By Michael Hyatt

Craig Groeschel

According to Craig Groeschel, pastor of, we are living in the most spiritually poisonous time in history. In his new book, Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World, he outlines the various threats. In a moment, I’ll tell you how to get a free copy.


Relinquishing Grace or Truth Actually Sacrifices Both

By Dan Delzell

Dan Delzell

When God created Adam and Eve, He placed them in a garden which had boundaries. They were told to respect those boundaries and obey the truth. They chose to cross God's boundary line. The rest is history.


Politically Incorrect: A Badge of Honor

By Miles McPherson

miles mcpherson

It's that season. Super Political Action Committees are funneling lottery-sized sums of cash into political ads. Pundits on television are popping veins in heated "discussions" that wind up right back where they started. All joking aside, I can't deny how critical it has become in this day and age to be politically aware. Let me be clear, I didn't say politically correct.


Bigotry on the Ballot? No, Dishonesty in the Editorial

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

The New York Times regularly promotes same-sex marriage in its editorials and news coverage. Even so, the paper's latest editorial serves as a display of how the argument for homosexual marriage is often pressed with what can only be described as undisguised intellectual dishonesty.


Five of the Most Difficult Challenges for Pastors

By Thom S. Rainer

Matt Chandler

It may be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Indeed, it may be an impossible job to do in our own strength. So I asked the question: What specific part of being a pastor is the most difficult for you?


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