Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Poll: Mormons Don't Trust the Media to Cover Them Fairly

By Napp Nazworth

A strong majority (67.5 percent) of those who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do not trust the media to cover their faith fairly, according to a new poll conducted by Key Research and the Center of the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University.

Anti-Trafficking Groups Raising Awareness Ahead of London Olympics

By Ivana Kvesic

A group of over 30 faith-based investment firms are teaming up to fight against human trafficking at this year's biggest sporting event in the world – the 2012 summer Olympic games in London.



Military Gay Pride: Behavior Once Grounds for Court Martial Now Celebrated

By Alex Murashko

The U.S. Department of Defense's recognition of Gay Pride Month less than a year after the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) is the new "stark reality" that behavior once considered by the military as grounds for court martial is now celebrated, says the director of a chaplain alliance group.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross case Monday, paving the way for California's lower courts to make a decision before any other legal action is taken in the dispute over religious symbolism on government land in San Diego County.

A new bill being pushed by the California State Senate looks to alleviate the fears of supporters of Proposition 8, the 2008 measure that sought to ban same-sex marriage in the state, by trying to ensure that members of the clergy will not be forced to marry homosexual couples.

The pastor of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn. State football coach who was convicted last Friday on 45 counts of child sex abuse charges, said every believer in Jesus must have moral strength, and that his church now had the opportunity to show that to the world.

Church & Ministries

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Theologian: Young Evangelicals Want to Rethink What it Means to Be Evangelical

By Napp Nazworth

Theologian Peter Enns believes that some – mostly young, evangelical Christians today – want to rethink what it means to be evangelical but the movement's leaders are resistant to talking about the issues for fear of repercussions.

The Reformed Church in America has opted to appoint a "new committee" to recommend a set of plans to deal with certain issues pertaining to the denomination's position on homosexuality.

People who end up in hell do not repent, from what the Bible tells us, said respected New Testament scholar Don Arthur (D.A.) Carson on Sunday at The Gospel Coalition National Women's Conference in Orlando.

You can be saved and yet have an inadequate understanding of God until you see glimpses of His vision, said Pastor John Piper. He used the late Chuck Colson as an example to make his point.

More News

Scottish Parliament Rejects Voting on Anti-Prostitution Bill

Scotland's Parliament has rejected a plea that ...

Supreme Court Issues Mixed Ruling on Ariz. Immigration Law

The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down three ...

Texas Billionaire Criticizes Obama, Koch Industries Over Energy Issues

T. Boone Pickens, the energy billionaire who has ...

Obama Campaign Sees 'Gay Pride' Events as Fertile Recruiting Field

In an effort to find volunteers and votes for ...

Pawlenty Says He's Told Romney to Look Elsewhere for Potential VP

Tim Pawlenty is being seen as a potential running ...

Joel Osteen Throws First Pitch at Houston Astros' Faith and Family Night

Joel Osteen, the pastor of America's largest ...

Court Allows Man to Distribute Bibles at Gay Pride Festival

A Wisconsin man was allowed to pass out Bibles at ...

Liberal North Dakota Church Sells Building to Muslim Community

A liberal North Dakota congregation that has dealt with membership and financial shortcomings announced that it sold its property to the Muslim community which was initially renting.

Tenn. Pro-Abstinence Sex Education Law Sparks Debate

A pro-abstinence sex education law enacted ...

University of Minn. Sponsors 'Un-Fair' Campaign Targeting 'White Privilege'

The University of Minnesota Duluth has joined an ad campaign aimed at reducing racial injustice by saying that it is "unfair" to be white and that white people are not simply lucky, but privileged.

Pat Tillman's Final Love Letter: NFL Star's Wife Shares Message

A love letter from Pat Tillman, who left a promising career with the NFL to join the army, has been uncovered by his wife Marie in a new book.

Lonesome George Dies; Last of Giant Tortoise Species

The last of the Pinta Island tortoises Lonesome ...

Obeying God Comes After Grace, Says Tim Keller

Christians who obey God and then expect grace and ...



Oprah Interviews Kim Kardashian About Church Attendance, Inaccurate Public Image

By Christine Thomasos

Kim Kardashian insists that her actual personality is nothing like the public perception of her and is using her church attendance and lack of alcohol intake to serve as examples.

Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Christian forward, may have cried after an emotional NBA Finals loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday night, but the league's leading shooter has expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to compete.

Disney-Pixar's "Brave" hits theaters Friday, and The Christian Post spoke with Katherine Sarafian, the film's lead producer, about faith, the path of finding out who one really is, and her decision to do away with princes.


Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate competing against Ahmed Shafiq in a runoff election to become Egypt's first elected president in 60 years, has allegedly said that the Coptic Christian population should

Coptic Church Head in UK Speaks of Hope for Egypt in Wake of Morsi's Election Win

By Christian Today

The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the U.K. has spoken of his hope for positive reform in Egypt after the election of Mohammed Morsi as president.

Brazilian protesters have come out in force at Rio+20 – the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to demand that Iran release Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.

A national census has revealed that while most Australians profess Christianity as a belief, the religion as a whole in the country has been on a steady decline, while the number adherents of Eastern faiths like Buddhism and Hinduism has grown.

The son of a founding leader of Hamas has announced that he will be making a movie about Islam with the intention of showing Muslims the "real nature" of Prophet Muhammad.

Tech & Biz

Official Image of the Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S3, the World's First Quad-Core LTE Smartphone

By Vincent Funaro

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has launched in many countries throughout the world.

A press photo and official specifications for the upcoming Google Nexus 7 tablet leaked this week.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 release event in the United States took place recently and it has gotten thousands of Galaxy fans excited about the pioneering smartphone. The launch event focused on many of the features Samsung has implemented that no other smartphone yet has, in efforts to win over new portions of the mobile phone market share.

Microsoft plans to launch its Windows 8-powered Surface tablet in the near future as answer to Apple's extremely successful iPad.

Fred Luter: The Extraordinary Man Behind the Office

By Dr. Richard D. 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.


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?


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.


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.


Remedy for Restlessness, Part 2

By Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas

God's response to suffering and the doubt it produces did not consist of words and finely-crafted arguments but of a person, Jesus Christ. While Buddhism, for example, offers insight into the nature of suffering and its origins, Christianity offers a God who lived and died as one of us and then rose from the dead.


Can God Use A Divorced Person?

By Duke Taber

I am writing this post my friends to encourage you that no matter what you have gone through in life, God still wants to use you in mighty and powerful ways. You are still a valid vessel that can be used by God to good things!


Subsidizing Abortion in Connecticut

By Ken Connor

Spain Abortion Rally

One would think that "open-minded" Connecticut liberals would appreciate and respect the personal beliefs of their fellow citizens when it comes to the highly controversial issue of abortion, but this is clearly not the case.


The Apocalyptic Life in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

By Marc Newman

You wake up one morning and discover that the only safeguard standing between you and impending death has been obliterated. Death is coming. It is relentless and swift. You have three weeks remaining. Suddenly, years lose their meaning. Every second counts. How will you spend them?


Entertainment Bibles

By Christian Post Guest Voices


But if I have any real objection, it is less with The Voice itself and more with the entire category of what I call “entertainment Bibles,” every one of which was supposed to rock our Christian world.


Inside Egypt: As World Awaits Presidential Election Results, Christians Urged 'Don't Leave!'

By Brian C Stiller

Egypt Elections

Over the last few days, I've been talking to Christian leaders here in Cairo, and asking them who would make the best president: Mohammed Morsi, the candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood, or Mubarak-era Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.


America Was Birthed in Prayer

By Karen Gushta


But William H. Jeynes, professor of education at California State University, Long Beach, says the root of the problems these young people now face is not primarily economic. Instead, Dr. Jeynes says today's problems began 50 years ago this month when the Supreme Court banned prayer in public schools.


Putting God First in Your Priorities

By Joyce Meyer

Together for the Gospel

There are so many things that clamor for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our spouses, our hobbies—the demands and distractions of life. And we have to be careful not to let them become more important or more of a priority than our relationship with God.


You Cannot Be Spiritual Without Being Religious

By Kevin DeYoung

Sudan Independence

No matter how much you like angels, or how much you pray, or how often you mediate, or how much you are into yoga, or how much you believe in miracles, if you do not understand, cherish, and embrace the cross you are not a spiritual person.


How to Conquer Your Fears

By June Hunt

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The history of predicted and expected "last day" dates is nearly as lengthy as modern history itself. Mostly recently, the world was predicted to end on May 2011. Why are so many gripped with dread over apocalyptic predictions? This is most likely because of our basic, human tendency to fear the unknown.


Welcome to the Resistance

By Dan Delzell

Dan Delzell

So you are now a born again believer in Jesus….and you wonder what is coming down the pike for you in this new and exciting relationship with God.


Evangelicals and Climate Change: Global Warming Activists (Pt. 2)

By Napp Nazworth

Evangelical Leaders Declare 'New War Against Globa

For evangelicals who are global warming activists, convincing the Christian community to get engaged has been a process. For example, Richard Cizik, though he was cited in 2008 by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world for his work as a 'green evangelical,' had a very tough time convincing his organization to back him at the time.


SIN: Treating the Symptoms and Not the Sickness.

By Matt Moore

This past week I was really sick, I mean really sick. Fever, headache, chills, you name it. For days I took pain relievers and the turmoil in my body would ease for a while.. but inevitably, the gut wrenching symptoms returned.


News Alert: We Know Who Wins the 2012 Election

By Ken Hutcherson and James Hansen

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As pollsters are gearing up for what looks to be an unforgettable political battle come this November, we have a hunch as to who is going to come out on top in this Presidential election. No, it's not Obama. And, no, it isn't Romney either. It's not even a write-in candidate.


50 Years Without Official School Prayer

By Jerry Newcombe

See You at the Pole: Students to Hold National Day

Fifty years ago this month, the Supreme Court declared an official school prayer unconstitutional. How have the schools fared since then? The facts speak for themselves.


Is it Christian to Support President Obama's Terrorism Hit List? (Pt. 2)

By David French

Soldiers of the Army National Guard 162 Engineer Company attached with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion of U.S. Marine Corps stay next to a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicle in Afghanistan, March 6, 2010.

It's perhaps a symbol of our growing civil/military divide that the New York Times coverage of President Obama's "kill list" of known and active terrorists created such breathless commentary. As a veteran of the Iraq War, my first thought was, "This is news?" and my second was, "People are actually offended?"


The Changing Ethnic and Racial Landscape of Denominations in America

By Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer

This week, I am in New Orleans for the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. This year's gathering will be a historic one as Southern Baptists are poised to elect our first African-American convention president – Dr. Fred Luter. A denomination birthed with a racially-tinged history is now electing a descendant of slaves as its leader.


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