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  • Man shoots, kills robber in Dothan church

    07/17/2017 4:50:02 PM PDT · by boycott · 49 replies
    AL.com ^ | July 17, 2017 | Erin Edgemon
    A staff member of a Dothan church shot and killed a man who robbed him and another parishioner inside the church on Sunday night, police said. Dothan police found Steffon Parreese Valentez Tolver, 26, dead of a gunshot wound in the parking lot of the Crossroads Baptist Church 2574 Westgate Parkway at around 10:34 p.m., police said. Police said Tolver had entered the back door of the church and robbed a parishioner of about $50. When Tolver then attempted to rob a staff member of the church, the staff member fired his handgun once, hitting Tolver in the upper torso....
  • Church of England Votes to Affirm Transgender People; Top Bishop Says LGBT 'Not a Sin'

    07/10/2017 11:51:54 AM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Jul 10, 2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The General Synod of the Church of England has officially passed a motion welcoming and affirming transgender people to the church. A top bishop also declared that being LGBT is "not a sin." "That this Synod, recognizing the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person's gender transition,"the motionthat passed on Sunday reads. As the official CofE website points out, the vote went overwhelmingly in favor of welcoming transgender people, with 30 for the...
  • Do Some Evangelicals Go too Far in Their Efforts to Bring Patriotism into the Church?

    07/05/2017 10:00:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07/05/2017 | BY CHRIS QUEEN
    The 2016 presidential election brought politics and faith together in a way that excited some evangelical voters but made others uneasy. Then-candidate Donald Trump courted the evangelical vote in an astonishing and unprecedented way, and the melding of Christianity and nationalism created a most unusual marriage.Trump's nationalism combined with the effort to win evangelical voters gave some Protestant leaders, like the Southern Baptist Convention's Russell Moore, pause. Other leaders, like Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Texas pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress, placed themselves firmly within the Trump camp, which paid off come Election Day.Jeffress appears to have doubled...
  • 1,600-Year-Old Basilica Found Underwater in What Was Ancient Nicaea

    06/28/2017 6:49:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 6/28/17 | Zelda Caldwell
    Archaeologists in Turkey suspect the church may have been built in the year 325, following the First Council of Nicaea.The remains of a 1,600-year-old Byzantine basilica have been discovered at the site of the Councils of Nicaea, at the bottom of a lake in northwest Turkey. “We have found church remains. It is in a basilica plan and has three naves,” said Mustafa Şahin, an archaeology professor at Bursa Uludağ University, told Hurriyet News. Plans are now underway to open an underwater museum to allow tourists to view the foundation of the church, which was found lying in 5-7 feet...
  • Voices Grow Louder in Turkey to Convert Hagia Sophia From a Museum Back to Mosque

    06/28/2017 6:56:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/24/17 | Umar Farooq
    As the time for afternoon prayers approaches, Onder Soy puts on a white robe and cap and switches on the microphone in a small 19th century room adjoining the Hagia Sophia. Soon, Soys melodic call to prayer rings out over a square filled with tourists hurrying to visit some of Turkeys most famous historical sights before they close for the day. The room Soy is in built as a resting place for the sultan and now officially called the Hagia Sophia mosque fills up with around 40 worshipers, drawn not by the modestly decorated space itself, but by...
  • Facebook CEO: We Can Play the Role that Churches Once Filled

    06/27/2017 7:10:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/27/17 | Lisa Bourne
    CHICAGO, Illinois, June 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) Facebook communities can fill the void left by decreasing religious participation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested last week. Zuckerberg wants groups formed on his social media platform to fill the role in peoples lives once held by churches and groups such as little league teams. People are in need of purpose and support, the millennial social media mogul said, and Facebook groups can provide that meaning. "It's so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter," Zuckerberg said. "That's a lot of people who now...
  • Latest Supreme Courts Religious-Freedom Message: There Are No Second-Class Citizens

    06/26/2017 1:10:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/26/2017 | David French
    While there are many threats to religious liberty, few are more consequential over the long term than the states ever-expanding role in private life. If the government is able to vacuum up tax dollars, create programs large and small for public benefit, and then exclude religious individuals or institutions from those programs, it has functionally created two tiers of citizenship. Secular individuals and institutions enjoy full access to the government they fund, while religious individuals and institutions find themselves funding a government that overtly discriminates against them. Thats the issue the Supreme Court addressed today in Trinity Lutheran Church...
  • Supreme Court justices side with church in playground dispute

    06/26/2017 7:05:26 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 41 replies
    USA TODAY ^ | 6-26-17 | Richard Wolf
    <p>WASHINGTON A clear majority of Supreme Court justices seemed ready Wednesday to rule that the separation of church and state should not extend to swings and slides.</p> <p>In a case with implications for more than 30 states that have prohibitions against public funds going to religious institutions, the justices cast doubt on Missouri's refusal to include a Lutheran church in a grant program that reimburses non-profit groups for installing rubber playground surfaces.</p>
  • Why Cash Remains Sacred in American Churches

    06/23/2017 1:06:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | June 23, 2017 | James Hudnut-Beumler
    On Tuesday, June 27, it will be 50 years since the first automated cash dispenser which came to be known as an automated teller machine (ATM) was inaugurated in London. Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face. I belong to the generation who stood 45 minutes to an hour to deposit or cash checks in the pre-ATM era. I remember getting yelled at for taking my bicycle through the drive-up line at the National Bank of Detroit to avoid the much longer line inside. It did not take me very long to become an early...
  • Hear What This Pro-Choice Actress Said About Her Abortion?

    06/22/2017 9:08:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    lifezette.com ^ | June 20, 2017 | Leah Jessen
    In typical Hollywood fashion, a pro-choice actress has claimed her views on abortion and Christianity go hand in hand suggesting the pro-life crowd has stolen the Christian identity. Actress Amy Brenneman, star of the HBO show The Leftovers, describes her churchs philosophy on the moral agency of women as a mothers right to keep or kill her baby or to decide whats right for her fetus, in Brennemans words. "In my church, we are prayerfully pro-choice, which means that we believe in the moral agency of women," Brenneman, 52, said in a video created by the "Lives of...
  • 47 Groups Sign Letter Demanding End to Johnson Amendment So Churches Have Free Speech

    06/22/2017 8:34:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | June 22, 2017 | Steven Ertelt
    Alliance Defending Freedom joined 47 other signatories to a letter delivered to congressional leaders this week that encourages them to make hearings and votes on the Free Speech Fairness Act a priority. The bill, introduced by Reps. Steve Scalise, R-La., and Jody Hice, R-Ga., in February, would allow non-profit organizations to speak freely in the ordinary course of their business on all matters of life, including elections and candidates, if they choose to do so. ADF has been actively seeking to end enforcement of the Johnson Amendment against churches through its Pulpit Freedom Sunday effort since 2008. Americans dont need...
  • Question: "What is the church?"

    06/20/2017 4:12:13 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 257 replies
    gotquestions.org ^ | unknown | unknown
    Question: "What is the church?" Answer: Many people today understand the church as a building. This is not a biblical understanding of the church. The word church comes from the Greek word ekklesia which is defined as an assembly or called-out ones. The root meaning of church is not that of a building, but of people. It is ironic that when you ask people what church they attend, they usually identify a building. Romans 16:5 says greet the church that is in their house. Paul refers to the church in their housenot a church building, but a body of...
  • How Does Growing Apostasy Prove That Christians Are Getting Closer to the Truth?

    06/19/2017 4:59:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2017 | Michael Brown
    Theres a bizarre argument Im hearing these days which basically goes like this. Look at how many churches are embracing homosexual practice. This proves were getting closer to the truth. To the contrary, all it proves is that more and more churches are apostatizing. The logic behind this argument is as wrongheaded as it is unbiblical. First, to argue that greater acceptance of homosexuality by churches is proof of spiritual growth is like arguing that greater acceptance of obesity by doctors is a proof of medical progress. The reverse is actually true. Second, the Bible often warns us against compromise...
  • UK Has Far More Young Christians Than Thought; Church Attendance Growing Among Teenagers

    06/19/2017 10:44:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2017 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR ,
    A new research shows that far more young people in Britain are Christian than previously thought, and that thousands of them are converting after visiting a church building.(PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/HANS MUSIL)The Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Cathedral of the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primate of All England and religious leader of the Church of England.More than 20 percent of people between the ages of 11 and 18 describe themselves as active followers of Jesus, and 13 percent say they are practicing Christians who attend church, according to a study commissioned by Christian youth organization Hope Revolution Partnership...
  • ISIS used Mosul church to abuse Yazidi girls, women, Iraqi Army officer says

    06/15/2017 6:16:12 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 14, 2017 | Hollie McKay, Steven Nabil
    In the basement of an decimated church in eastern Mosul, rubble and debris tell a gut-wrenching story of ISIS' depravity towards Yazidi women and girls. On the floor of the iconic house of worship lie tiny pieces of pink and yellow underwear and flower headbands belonging to the very young Yazidi sex slaves the barbaric terrorist group took captive. Iraqi officials tell Fox News that at least 200 Yazidi girls and women were imprisoned in the historic Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Ephraim, one of the regions largest Christian sites, which was freed by Iraqi forces several months ago. We...
  • Ukrainians Build One of the Biggest Churches in Brazil

    06/13/2017 7:26:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    On June 4, the rite of consecration of the Holy Trinity Church for the Ukrainian community was held in the Brazilian municipality of Sao Jose dos Pinhais (Parana), Marcelino settlement. Local Ukrainians have been striving to do this for almost a century. Built next to the old church, the Church of the Holy Trinity represents a traditional Ukrainian architecture of temples. This building, according to SvitUA which cites Gazeta DO Povo, is one of the largest churches in Brazil. The area of the temple is about 740 square meters, its height is 32 meters. The premises of the temple can...
  • Why this gay man spray painted anti-gay graffiti on his church is just sad

    05/23/2017 12:04:13 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 41 replies
    LGBTYnation ^ | 4 May 2017 | Dawn Ennis
    George Nathaniel Stang, 26, stands accused of a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, after confessing that it was he who spray painted homophobic, pro-Nazi and pro-Trump graffiti last November, including a swastika, on the church where he was the organist. When confronted by police, Stang who is gay reportedly admitted to staging the vandalism and wrote in a handwritten statement to police that he did it to mobilize a movement ....
  • Church bans yoga from premises because its non-Christian

    05/20/2017 9:29:05 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 255 replies
    Metro UK ^ | May 10th 2017 | Rob Waugh
    Villagers say theyll boycott St Davids Church, in Blaenporth, Ceredigion, Wales, in protest. Church bosses say pilates is OK, but not yoga, which might be seen to be in conflict with Christian values and belief.
  • Peace be with you: Mass brawl breaks out at Georgia church during vote over whether...

    05/02/2017 1:35:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 90 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 2, 2017 | Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Peace be with you: Mass brawl breaks out at Georgia church during vote over whether controversial pastor should be fired A massive brawl broke out during a meeting at a Georgia baptist church during a vote on whether its controversial pastor should be fired. Punches were thrown, church goers were shoved to the ground, and chairs were launched across the room after a fight erupted at Greater Bellevue Baptist Church in Macon on Monday. Local county deputies were forced to call for back up after the two cops were overwhelmed by the brawl. Scroll down for video
  • Electing Lesbian Bishop Violates Church Law, United Methodist High Court Rules

    04/30/2017 2:27:32 PM PDT · by madison10 · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 4/28/2017 | Michael Gryboski
    Electing Lesbian Bishop Violates Church Law, United Methodist High Court Rules The United Methodist Church's highest court has ruled that a regional body violated the denomination's rules when they elected an openly lesbian clergywoman as bishop and she can be removed from her position. In a 63 decision released Friday, the United Methodist Judicial Council decided that the Western Jurisdiction's election of Karen Oliveto to the position of bishop violated church law. "It is not lawful for the college of bishops of any jurisdictional or central conference to consecrate a self-avowed practicing homosexual bishop," read the decision, as reported by...