Sunday, June 10, 2012

THE CHRISTIAN POST: Sunday June 10, 2012 Sivan 20, 5772

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Bishop TD Jakes Honored as 'Prophetic Voice' at 35th Anniversary Celebration [PHOTOS]

By Katherine T. Phan

Bishop T.D. Jakes celebrated his 35th anniversary of ministry Friday with surprise tributes from Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Pastor Paula White and Chaka Khan at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Celebrities and Christian leaders honored the black minister as a "spiritual leader" and "prophetic voice."

Iconic Crystal Cathedral Receives New Name Under Catholic Leadership

By Ivana Kvesic

The Orange County, Calif., megachurch known as the Crystal Cathedral has been given a new name by its Catholic owners. Bishop Tod Brown announced the cathedral's new name, Christ Cathedral, on Saturday during an Ordination Mass of four new Catholic priests at the St. Columban Catholic Church in Garden Grove.


Carlos Bobadilla and Karen Ulliksen of Chile attend the

New Yorkers Join Religious Freedom Rally to Protest Obamacare

By Katherine Weber

Hundreds gathered in New York City's Financial District on Friday to attend the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally, held in protest of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

A wildfire that started in northern Colorado at around dawn on Saturday reached 8,000 acres, about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, and was moving towards homes and Poudre Canyon, forcing dozens of evacuations, by late evening.

A South Carolina high school has reversed course and is now allowing its student of the year to cite a Bible verse in her graduation speech Saturday.

After years of viewing the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community as the "worst of what sin had to offer," Tim Kurek wanted to find out what it was like on the other side. So he decided to wear the label "gay" for a year and is now recounting his journey in a book.

A 22-year-old Dartmouth College student will appear in court early next week after he allegedly used his car to run over a pro-life display set up by a student organization.

Church & Ministries

Southern Baptist

Most SBC Pastors Reluctant to Use 'Great Commission Baptists' Descriptor

By Anugrah Kumar

Contrary to the recent recommendation by a Southern Baptist Convention task force that the denomination introduce an "informal" optional title – "Great Commission Baptists" – more than half of SBC pastors say they would not like to use the tagline.

Christians need to recognize the primacy of Scripture in their lives and not be drawn to fads, a theologian told CP at the Pastorum Live conference this week.

Creflo Dollar, pastor of a 30,000-strong congregation in Georgia, is drawing an outpouring of support and prayers amid reports that he assaulted his teenage daughter.

The Crystal Cathedral Ministries congregation will be moving to a new location next summer, it was announced on Thursday, with the ministry's leader calling the move a "significant step" in their revival.

Emma Watson in Talks to Join Biblical Epic Film 'Noah'

"Harry Potter" star Emma Watson is in talks for a ...

US Army Suicides Hit One Per Day; Higher Than Combat Casualties

A worrying trend has developed in the U.S. ...

Homeless NC Teen Makes it to Harvard

Dawn Loggins was abandoned by her drug-abusing parents and left homeless at age 15, and had no choice but to clean the floor of her North Carolina high school to make a living. But days before she graduated from the school last ...

Israeli CEO Commits to Giving 5 Percent of Profit to US Christian Charities

The CEO of an Israeli nutrition company says he has realized the deep connection both Christians and Jews share with Israel and will therefore give 5 percent of the proceeds to Christian churches or groups in the United States ...

Appeals Court Hears Case on Texas Funding Ban of Planned Parenthood

An appeals court heard arguments in a case ...

Gov. Bobby Jindal Signs 2 Pro-Life Bills

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law ...

Pro-Family Marylanders Get Same-Sex Marriage Issue on Ballot

Pastors and pro-family advocates in Maryland have secured enough signatures to bring a vote on same-sex marriage to the November ballot, a move that means the heavily Democratic state could override the governor and state ...

Santorum to Mobilize 1M Conservative Voters for November Elections

Former GOP presidential front-runner and U.S. ...

Rand Paul Endorses Romney; Tea Party, Ron Paul Support to Follow?

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Republican presidential ...

Only Half of Gay People in UK See Marriage as 'Personally Important'

A poll conducted in England seeking to see where ...


Brian Presley portrays Scott Murphy, a former high school football star whose promising athletic career ended after a knee injury during a championship game his senior year.

Brian Presley on Melissa Stetten Twitter Claims: 'I'll Be More Careful Who I Say Hello to'

By Daniel Blake

Brian Presley has denied claims by model Melissa Stetten that he was hitting on her in a recent red eye flight earlier this week.

Seattle-based Mars Hill Church has taken its eclectic brand of worship music, led by a variety of band singers and musicians serving at its 14 locations, and formed its own recording label, the megachurch announced earlier this week.

Movie director Ridley Scott revealed that he is planning a movie based on the biblical account of Moses, and shared that he is skeptical of religion, calling it "the biggest source of evil."


Protesters shout slogans during Friday prayers at Tahrir Square in Cairo June 1, 2012.

Egypt's Secular Parties Get Equal Role in Constitution Drafting

By Anugrah Kumar

The Speaker of Egypt's parliament said lawmakers will once again elect on Tuesday members of the constituent assembly tasked to draft the country's new constitution, days after Islamist and secular-minded parties agreed for even representation in the crucial body formerly dominated by conservative Muslims.

Thousands of Muslims in Turkey, preparing to celebrate the Ottoman conquest of the country 500 years ago, are demanding that authorities allow them to convert the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque, despite laws forbidding worship at what was once the world's most renowned Christian church.

Efforts to challenge and even remove the theory of evolution from the public school system in South Korea have been gaining ground after a petition last month seeking to make notable changes to textbooks in favor of creationism proved successful.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that U.N. monitors where shot at Thursday while trying to reach the village where another Syrian massacre took the lives of at least 78 villagers.

Violence in Nigeria has taken another 19 lives after members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram engaged in a gunfight with government soldiers Tuesday evening in the cities of Kano and Maiduguri.

Casey Anthony Movie: Actress Drops Out

The actress who was slated to play Casey Anthony ...

John Schneider on Christian Films: 'People Have to Show Up'

Actor John Schneider recently stopped by The ...

Scotty McCreery Graduates From High School After Win at CMT Music Awards

Scotty McCreery snagged his first CMT Music Award ...

Gina Chon, Wall Street Journal Reporter, In Alleged Affair With Brett McGurk

Gina Chon, a Wall Street Journal reporter, could ...

Christian Boxing Champion on Being Single Mother, Working Three Jobs

Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson, like many single mothers, is a strong-willed woman who works multiple jobs in order to support her family. Unlike most mothers, however, she is a professional boxing champion who relies on God to give her ...

Rihanna Says Forget Chris Brown Rumors, Claims She Lives 'for God'

Rihanna revealed that she still has hope of ...

Ray Bradbury Dead at 91, Said His Work Was 'God-Given'

Author Ray Bradbury, whose novel "Fahrenheit 451" ...

Christian Counseling Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Scotland

A Church of Scotland counseling center will ...

Organized Crime Finds Fertile Ground Across Latin America

Gangs and drug trafficking groups are getting ...

Majority of Christians Hate Christian TV, Survey Finds

Chief Executive of, Pastor David ...

Uptick in Church Closures, Attacks in Indonesia

The number of violations of Christians' religious ...

Repentant Christian Thief Returns Money and Apologizes to Victims in Brazil

An unidentified thief, who stole from a house in ...

New Bible Translation Initiative Aimed at 'Most Marginalized People'

A Bible translation organization wants to help ...

Tech & Biz

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Ban Opposed by Electronics Giant

By Vincent Funaro

Samsung issued a statement yesterday stating that it plans to fight a recent patent infringement claim that was filed by Apple earlier this week.

A new survey suggests that Facebook users may actually be getting bored with the social networking site after a botched IPO and those new sentiments have investors worried.

The deal-of-the-day website Groupon has decided to discontinue its business association with a California-based torture porn group.

LinkedIn, the professional networking site, is currently investigating a rumor that a hacker has accessed company information and leaked over 6.5 million users' passwords.

Pastors: You Need to Grow Too

By Eric Mason

Being a pastor can be one of the most enjoyable and fruitful roles to play in the scheme of God's redemptive story. It is this growth toward being more like Christ that drives what we do. We're driven to see the church grow, people grow, and gospel opportunities grow. However, if we're not careful, the most important area of growth can become neglected, our own spiritual growth.


Temperance: The Least-Understood Virtue

By Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas

Temperance is one of the four cardinal virtues, which the ancients saw as character qualities necessary for people to live a truly good life. It would help to know what temperance is in the first place — and, incredibly, we don't!


Cheap Law

By Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian

Jesus shows unambiguously that the greatest obstacle to getting the gospel is not "cheap grace" but "cheap law" – the idea that God accepts anything less than the perfect righteousness of Jesus.


Can Deliberate Sin Negate Your Conversion Experience?

By Dan Delzell


Every Christian hits rough spots at times where a particular sin just seems to get the upper hand for awhile. It might be a grudge....or impure thoughts....or jealousy....or whatever. By God's grace, believers somehow manage to bounce back and get beyond these spiritual setbacks. But what about the professing believer who never bounces back?


Upcoming Film 'Hellbound?' Explores Ugly Debate on Hell

By Lillian Kwon


When it comes to the debate on hell, Kevin Miller sees nothing short of an ugly battle where Christians tend to dehumanize those who disagree with their views and show little humility.


'Fetus Testing' and the Relentless Quest for the New Human

By Wallace Henley


"Scientists could soon be able to routinely screen unborn babies for thousands of genetic conditions, raising concern the breakthrough could lead to more abortions," said a June 6 headline in The Telegraph, a British newspaper.


The Five Myths About Small Groups

By Thom S. Rainer

Southern Baptist

Discipleship is a hot topic within the local church right now. Discipleship manifests itself in the local church most often through small groups. But they often struggle to be successful and transformational because of wrong expectations, beliefs, or myths about how they work best.


Cinema in Focus: Men in Black III - 2 Stars

By Denny Wayman

men in black

It has been ten years since the last Men in Black film came out in 2002. Following up on the first film in 1997, the second film was a disappointment as its sarcasm left us unimpressed. So it is understandable that the franchise waited for a decade before attempting another film based on the creation of Lowell Cunningham.


Southern Baptists and Salvation: It's Time to Talk

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr.


A recent statement on the doctrine of salvation has received a good bit of attention in recent days. It is no small matter that Southern Baptists are discussing how best to speak of God's salvation, even as we are fully engaged in the task of reaching the nations with the Gospel of Christ.


No Such Thing as Ex-Gay

By Eric Metaxas

new york gay marriage

Should Christians try to help homosexuals who want to change their sexual orientation? Why is that even a question?


Two Things to Keep in Mind When Evangelicals Turn Catholic

By Kevin DeYoung

Catholic Church

I want to remind of us two points that we can easily forget when a somewhat high profile evangelical converts (or seems about to convert) to Rome. Let's remember that the traffic across the Tiber is not one way, not by a long shot.


Can Christians Use Birth Control?

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr.


The effective separation of sex from procreation may be one of the most important defining marks of our age–and one of the most ominous. This awareness is spreading among American evangelicals, and it threatens to set loose a firestorm.


A Christian Doctor’s Views On Energy Work: Is it Dangerous?

By Rita Hancock MD

energy light

Because I'm a pain management physician, patients sometimes ask me about non-medicinal alternatives to pain control. Here's my short answer to patients who ask about energy work: I think energy work is dangerous if people try to do it. On the other hand, if God decides to heal people somehow through energy, that's up to Him.


Snake-Handling Christians: Faith, Prophecy and Obedience

By Nicola Menzie

snake handling file photo

The recent death of a Christian minister from West Virginia who believed that the Bible instructs the faithful to handle snakes and drink poison has put into question a doctrine many believe is unbiblical and dangerous but that its adherents, biblical literalists, say they are compelled to obey.


Planned Parenthood: Using Our Money to Oppose Our Freedom

By Doug H. Napier

Planned Parenthood

On June 12, North Dakotans will have the opportunity to freely decide the fate of that state's Religious Liberty Freedom Amendment…unless, of course, Planned Parenthood dumps another half a million dollars into state coffers from places as distant as California and New York, to confuse voters in what will or won't be the status of religious liberty in North Dakota.


Extraordinary Claims, Extraordinary Evidence, and Belief in God

By Robin Schumacher

When it comes to belief in God, is extraordinary evidence truly needed? If it is, does such a thing exist for God? Lastly, if such a standard is necessary, then does it also apply to the atheist worldview if it makes extraordinary claims?


Getting Off the Treadmill of Guilt

By Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer

Guilt is a dangerous emotion because it can shut us down spiritually if we let it. We make mistakes and then start wondering where we stand in our relationship with God.


Parenting and Setting Boundaries: The 2 'Rs' Kids Need to Understand

By June Hunt

June Hunt

Parenting is demanding work. Those who raise children are required to wear many hats (CEO and janitor, nutritionist and nurse, counselor and cook, plumber and many others). So, how can parents guide their children into successful adulthood? One of the essential requirements is learning how to establish healthy boundaries.


America's Moral Schizophrenia

By Ken Connor


We find ourselves living in a society where our elected officials see nothing strange about using the power of government to impose a morality of nutrition while shying away from using that power to protect the lives of innocent unborn children.


Is It Sin for Me Not to Like the Doctrine of Election?

By John Piper

John Piper

It's sin not to like the true doctrine of election. It's sin not to like what God likes. I want to say it like that because many people have conceptions of doctrines—all kinds of doctrines—that are inaccurate.


Hugging Homosexuals: An Evangelical Epidemic

By Ken Hutcherson and James Hansen

Va. Tech

Maybe you're suffering with this disorder. From what we've been reading and hearing, a number of Christians are showing these symptoms across the country. Case in point, The Christian Post recently ran a three part series of articles suggesting ways in which the Evangelical community should love homosexual couples who come into the church. What we would like to know, though, is why all the preferential treatment?


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