Saturday, June 30, 2012

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PCUSA to Vote on Gay Clergy, Same-Sex Marriage

By Anugrah Kumar

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will vote on two highly contentious issues at its General Assembly beginning Saturday with some presbyteries proposing reversal of the right to ordain openly gay and lesbian clergy and some seeking a change to the definition marriage.

NYC Churches Win Right to Hold Weekend Services in Public Schools

By Stoyan Zaimov

The Alliance Defense Fund won on Friday a permanent injunction in the 17-year legal battle involving the Bronx Household of Faith and the NYC Board of Education. Religious groups will now be allowed to meet freely for worship services in public school facilities.



Secularist Group's Dallas Billboard Calls on Catholics to 'Quit Church'

By Michael Gryboski

A secularist organization has launched a billboard campaign to encourage Catholics to "Quit the Church" due to the Roman Catholic Church's stance on the contraception mandate.

The president of a social enterprise that is designed to provide a win-win scenario for corporations and charities in North America says his experience in the church has given him the motivation to succeed.

First lady Michelle Obama told those gathered at the annual conference of the African Methodist Episcopal church in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday that what Christians do in the quieter moments of their lives is more important than just showing up for Sunday services once a week.

President Barack Obama, like many presidents before him, has gone too far in his use of executive power and is not showing due respect for the U.S. government's system of separated powers, said Mark Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University, in a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post.

Visitors at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's exhibition, "Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible: Ancient Artifacts, Timeless Treasures" in Forth Worth, Texas, will be able to view the largest Dead Scroll fragments to ever be placed on public display starting July 12.

Church & Ministries

Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, is seen here speaking in front of the organization's logo.

Exodus International Rejects Reparative Therapy for Gays

By Jeff Schapiro

Exodus International President Alan Chambers addressed the crowd at the 37th annual Freedom Conference on Wednesday in order to share why the organization will no longer use reparative therapy to help those who struggle with same-sex attraction (SSA), and will use a model that focuses more on discipleship instead.

The General Synod of the Reformed Church in America has voted to remove a conscience-based exemption for individuals regarding the ordination of women.

Benny and Suzanne Hinn have confirmed more details about their upcoming remarriage, including date, place, and who will oversee the ceremony. Jack Hayford, a Pentecostal minister, will oversee the ceremony.

Two Protestant denominations, The Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will be debating gay marriage issues in the upcoming week, and any decisions made may have far-reaching consequences.

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Israel's 'Miss Holocaust Survivor' Pageant Tasteless or Toast to Life?

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Air Force Sex Scandal Probe Reveals 31 Victims at Texas Base

The U.S. Air Force announced Thursday that 31 ...

Poll: Most Americans Support 'Obamacare;' Christians Remain Divided

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Va. School Board Settles Legal Fight on Ten Commandments Display

A Virginia school board has settled its legal ...

Texas Teen Gets Permit to Display 12-Foot Cross Near White House

A Congresswoman helped a Texas teen, who is ...

Obama Better Able to Handle Alien Invasion Than Romney?

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Tea Party 'Puts Candidates on Notice' After Court Rules on Obamacare

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Black Church Leader: Civility in America at 'All-Time Low'

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House Votes A.G. Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress

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Manny Pacquiao Open to Visiting 'Brother in Christ' Floyd Mayweather in Jail

By Christine Thomasos

Manny Pacquiao may be considered a rival of fellow boxer Floyd Mayweather after years of public feuding over a fight that has yet to be scheduled, but the Filipino Christian congressman recently spoke about visiting his fellow pugilist in jail.

Mark Jackson, Golden State Warriors head coach who serves as the full time pastor of True Love Worship Center International in Van Nuys, Calif., has recently made headlines for being the victim of an extortion plot stemming from an extramarital affair.

As a means to recognize faith-based and family-friendly films, the first Resonate Film Festival has been announced on Wednesday.


A supporter of the proposed lower Manhattan Muslim cultural center and mosque holds a sign in front of the proposed site in New York City on Aug. 19, 2010 file photo.

Global Charter of Conscience Urges Renewed Religious Freedom

By Ginny Mooney

Following months of headlines describing violent religious persecution in nations like Nigeria and India, as well as increased concerns about the fate of minorities under Egypt's newly elected Muslim Brotherhood president, a new declaration is calling for greater religious freedom globally.

In a brazen move, radical religious leaders of the Indigenous People Forum are set to introduce in Manipur, India new Freedom of Religion legislation, also known as the anti-conversion law.

A decision by a German court prohibiting doctors from performing circumcisions based on religious reasons is being protested by Jews and Muslims who say the ruling is a violation of their liberties, as circumcision is held by both groups as a religious rite.

Egypt's newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, is vowing to elect a Christian and a woman as two vice presidents in an attempt to unify his government and people amid a period of uncertain turmoil.

Tech & Biz

HTC One X (AT&T)

HTC One X Hands-On Review

By Vincent Funaro

HTC launched the highly anticipated One X smartphone earlier this year and the device went on to debut on AT&T in the U.S. The carrier allowed The Christian Post to spend some time with the handset and we'll give you the low down on HTC's first official high-powered Ice Cream Sandwich device and tell you if it's worth buying or upgrading to.

Scientists searching for the so far elusive Higgs Boson particle, also referred to as the "god particle" by some researchers, are gearing up for what could be an historic moment next week when new test results are released.

Anyone wanting to run Android applications on a Mac can do so by acquiring Bluestacks, a tool that recently launched for PC and Apple computers.

It's called the "anti-cheating ring." Made of titanium, the wedding band is designed to prevent adultery.

David Platt Still Addressing Controversy Over 'Sinner's Prayer' Remarks

By Lillian Kwon

It was a three-minute video clip that was shared across the evangelical community. In it, Pastor David Platt famously called the "sinner's prayer" "superstitious." A few months later, he still finds himself explaining the heart behind that message.


Reverse Missions: Back to the Catacombs (Part 3)

By Wallace Henley

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The weary old building reeked with death. Spiritual demise had occurred long ago at the hands of theologies that strangled biblical truth.


Obamacare Decision Proves Elections Matter

By Jerry Newcombe

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My first reaction to the Obamacare decision was: Well, it was a great country while it lasted. My second reaction to the Obamacare decision is to re-remember just how important elections are.


When Fire Forces You From Home

By Jim Daly


If you had only a few minutes to gather up a few select treasures of your life before fleeing a raging inferno, what would you take - and what would you leave behind?


What Happened at the RCA General Synod?

By Kevin DeYoung


The short answer is: a lot. It was an exhausting week, one from which I still have not recovered. I'm glad I don't have to go back for five years.


Will NAE's Code of Ethics For Pastors Become Professional Standard?

By Alex Murashko

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Prominent Christian leaders continue to sign and endorse a "Code of Ethics for Pastors" document created by a National Association of Evangelicals taskforce and released just two weeks ago. But others wonder why the Bible – already serving as a standard – isn't enough.


The Tragedy of the Dumb Church

By Robin Schumacher

The fact is some in this particular demographic leave the Church because they get talked out of a faith that they were never sure of in the first place. The storyline is sadly familiar.


It Can Happen Here: Religious Freedom Threatened

By Eric Metaxas


C'mon, is so-called gay "marriage" really a threat to religious freedom? Seriously? Christians are often asked by gay activists why they oppose same-sex "marriage." "How does our marriage hurt you?" they ask.


Dating Your Wife?

By Tullian Tchividjian


A religious approach to marriage is the idea that if we work hard enough at something, we can earn the acceptance, approval, and life we think we deserve because of our obedient performance.


Is Political Science Worthy of Government Funding?

By Napp Nazworth

A debate among political scientists erupted this week over a New York Times op-ed by Dr. Jacqueline Stevens arguing that, "Political Scientists are Lousy Forecasters." The debate comes amid efforts in Congress to not allow political science research to compete for National Science Foundation grants.


When Mature Believers Disagree on Secondary Doctrines

By Dan Delzell


While all born again people agree on the Gospel....and the doctrine of the Trinity....and the doctrine of Christ's two natures....we are not in full agreement on many secondary doctrines. This isn't necessarily a problem in and of itself. Unfortunately, we sometimes take it a step further and attempt to push our "pet doctrines" upon one another.


The Bigfoot of the Bible (aka 'The Sinner's Prayer')

By Greg Stier

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The Sinner's Prayer is the Bigfoot of the Bible, talked about a lot, but nowhere to be found. This yakking Yeti doesn't even leave a fake footprint. Saying a prayer is not believing in Christ, believing in Christ is believing in Christ.


Three Missionary Wives: The Martyr, the Heroine, the Forgotten

By Marvin J. Newell

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Although five young men were commissioned as missionaries on February 6, 1812, considerable interest was concentrated on the three young wives who were so publicly expanding expectations of the role and capabilities of women in missions.


The Mormonizing of America (EXCERPT, PT 2)

By Book Stop

The presidential race of Mitt Romney and the success of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon have generated new interest in Mormonism. Stephen Mansfield's book The Mormonizing of America provides a careful study of this growing religion. The Book Stop blog is posting excerpts from the first two chapters of this book.


Lethal Foresight: Deciding Who Gets to Be Born

By Eric Metaxas

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Expecting parents may soon be able to find out the complete genetic makeup of their baby in utero. But should they?


Fred Luter: The Extraordinary Man Behind the Office

By Dr. Richard D. Land

Richard Land

Is he the Convention's first African-American president and thus a historic figure? Yes. But he is also a great Christian, pastor, preacher, husband, father, and friend that I have had the privilege of knowing for more than two decades.


United: Hamas and the White House

By Michael Youssef


We don't often think of Hamas and the US Government as having anything in common. But in recent days, the terrorist organization and the White House have shared a common perspective: an enthusiastic support for the result of the Egyptian presidential election.


Beginning of North American Mission: What Happened to the Others Who Sailed?

By Marvin J. Newell

missionary timeline

Two couples and two single men left along with Adoniram and Ann Judson in February of 1812. The eight were sent out by the newly organized American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Here is what happened to the others who sailed to India (on two different ships) that month.


Preach the Gospel, and Since It's Necessary, Use Words

By Ed Stetzer

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There's a popular saying often repeated by Christians. It has found new life on Facebook and Twitter. Maybe you have even uttered these words, commonly at tributed to Francis of Assisi: "Preach the gospel. Use words if necessary." There are two basic problems with this quote.


Lessons From the Streets of Haiti

By Paul Mator

Haiti orphans

As a writer, my job is to show my organization's American Christian donors how their money is turning the third world into a better world. There's no question their generosity has impacted lives. But what struck me during my recent trip to Haiti was how the reality has fallen short of expectations.


Toward Denominational Unity

By Kevin DeYoung


If there is one biblical theme we've heard a lot of in the RCA (Reformed Church in America) for the past 15 years it's the theme of unity. So what events would have to take place and what problems would have to be addressed for the RCA to experience genuine, vibrant, Christ-pleasing, Spirit-filled, God-glorifying unity?


Why We Must Celebrate Grace

By Paul Tripp

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We must keep in view that we are not just instruments but also recipients of daily grace and will never outgrow our need of what grace alone is able to provide. We must remind ourselves that because of that grace, obedience is a privilege, worship is a privilege, sacrifice is a privilege, and ministry is a privilege.


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