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  • RI church leader taking sabbatical to transition to a woman

    05/14/2018 6:33:55 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 26 replies
    12 WPRI.com ^ | 05/14/2018 | Lexi Kriss
    Executive Minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches Dr. Rev. Donald Anderson will be taking a three-month sabbatical. According to an announcement by RI State Council of Churches Governing Board President Chontell Washington, Dr. Rev. Anderson shared with the Governing Board last fall that she is transgender and is "in the process of transitioning." The organization has granted Rev. Dr. Anderson a three-month sabbatical to take the time she needs to do that "free of the day-to-day operations of the council."
  • bombings at three Indonesia churches

    05/13/2018 9:00:57 AM PDT · by the_daug · 18 replies
    The Strait Times ^ | May 13, 2018 | Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja
    JAKARTA - A family of six carried out suicide bombings at three churches in Surabaya in Indonesia's East Java province during Sunday mass on May 13, killing at least 13 people, according to the police. The attacks took place at the Santa Maria Church in the Ngagel Madya area of Indonesia's second-largest and busiest city, the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church and the GKI Diponegoro Church. East Java provincial police spokesman Colonel Frans Barung Mangera told reporters a total of 41 injured victims from the attacks have been sent to hospital. At least two of the injured were police officers on...
  • Suicide Bombers Strike Three Indonesian Churches

    05/12/2018 7:56:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Police in Indonesia say suicide bombers have struck three churches in the city of Surabaya on the island of Java. Officials say at least two people were killed and 13 others injured in a blast Sunday in front of the Santa Maria Catholic Church. There was no immediate word about injuries at other sites. Surabaya is Indonesia's second-largest city. Debris is seen outside Santa Maria church, where an explosion went off in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, May 13, 2018. Media reports say simultaneous attacks on churches in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya have left casualties.
  • Migrants Storm A Catholic Church In France During Mass & Have To Be Removed By The Police.

    05/07/2018 7:05:35 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    Twitter ^ | 05/07/18 | Mark Collett
    Undocumented migrants storm into a Catholic Church in France during mass & have to be removed by the police. This is what open borders has done to Europe.  https://twitter.com/MarkACollett/status/993470847179517952  
  • North Texas Officers Accepting Church-Issued ID Cards

    05/06/2018 9:36:31 AM PDT · by risen_feenix · 10 replies
    NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth ^ | 5/4/2018 | Vanessa Brown
    Some undocumented immigrants living in North Texas are getting church-issued identification cards through a local partnership. While they're not official government-issued documents, some law enforcement agencies will recognize them.
  • Some Missouri Clergy Want State to Enforce their View on Church Carry

    05/05/2018 6:50:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Missouri is one of nine states where the government generally prohibits people from carrying firearms in church. As in any question, the government may be neutral, which is the default position in the United States, or it may actively interfere.  According to concealedcarry.com, there are two states that ban concealed carry in churches, Nebraska and Louisiana. Nebraska allows a church to authorize an armed security team if the team members have carry permits and if written notice is given to church members.  Louisiana law is similar, but requires an extra eight hours of training every year. Seven states and...
  • Gunmen open fire during Church service, leave 19 dead (Nigeria)

    04/25/2018 4:40:29 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    UG Christian News ^ | 04/25/2018 | Christian News
    State police told CNN the attackers were most likely Fulani herdsmen who continued their crusade by burning down 50 homes. “They attacked the venue of a burial ceremony and also attacked the church where the two reverend fathers were holding mass,” police commissioner Fatai Owoseni says. “We were able to recover 16 bodies from the scene of the attack and those of the two priests.” . . . . “President Buhari has done nothing more than issue empty words of condolence as villages have been burned and thousands of religious minorities have been slaughtered. President Buhari’s willful inaction has meant...
  • Pastor Andrew’s Trial Takes Bleak Turn – Judge Refuses Release, Delay’s trial

    04/18/2018 6:55:49 PM PDT · by cblue55 · 7 replies
    American Center for Law and Justice ^ | April 16, 2018 | CeCe Heil
    After one day of trial, the situation just took a bleak turn for Pastor Andrew. At the conclusion of the first day of his trial – a day filled with video testimony of secret prosecution witnesses whose voices and appearances were disguised – the Turkish judge ordered that Pastor Andrew be returned to the notoriously overcrowded and grim prison, where Pastor Brunson was originally imprisoned. The judge refused to release Pastor Andrew. The judge ordered that the trial not resume until May 7th.
  • Oklahoma Legislature Votes to Extend Home, Business Defense Options to Churches

    04/18/2018 1:32:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Oklahoma legislature has overwhelmingly voted to extend the protections homes and businesses have in the laws of defense of self and others to Oklahoma churches. From publicradiotulsa.org: The Senate voted 42–1 on Thursday for House Bill 2632, which makes places used either part- or full-time for religious services covered by the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act. The shooting still must be done because of reasonable fear of harm or death or to prevent a violent felony. "That makes it clear that there has to be some reason that you felt that you were threatened and needed to use that defensive...
  • What happens when a church dedicated to fighting white supremacy is accused of it

    04/17/2018 4:44:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2018 | Michelle Boorstein
  • Fully 20% Of Americans Now Have No Religious Identity

    04/12/2018 9:13:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/12/2018 | Andrew Malcolm
    And church attendance by Roman Catholics is on the decline again. So, in fact, is the religious affiliation among Americans at large.The drop continues a long trend of declining attendance at mass. In the last three years, an average of only 39 percent of Catholics reported attending church in the past week. That’s down from an average of 45 percent just 10 years ago. And severely off from the mid-1900’s. In 1955, for instance, 75 percent of Catholics reported attending mass during the previous week.On the other side of the aisle, the new Gallup survey found that church attendance...
  • Only 39% of Catholics and 45% of Protestants Attend Church Weekly

    04/12/2018 9:00:47 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 200 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 11, 2018 | Michael W. Chapman
    An updated survey from Gallup, which it has conducted every 10 years since 1955, shows that only 39% of Catholics and 45% of Protestants attend church weekly. Back in 1955, about 75% of Catholics went to Mass every week. For the Protestants, about 42% went to church weekly.
  • Macron sparks uproar in France with church remarks

    04/10/2018 9:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 10 April 2018 13:52 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron that he wanted to repair church-state ties caused uproar Tuesday, sparking charges he was tampering with France’s longstanding secular tradition. The Church and the state were for centuries virtually indistinguishable in France, but the 1789 Revolution marked the first step by republicans to exclude religion from government affairs, codified in a 1905 law separating the two. But tensions have persisted, with conservative politicians often accusing officials of denying France’s cultural heritage — as seen in efforts to install nativity scenes at town halls during Christmas. Macron, who prides himself on tackling difficult issues head-on,...
  • Ex-bookkeeper gets 2 years in prison for stealing $400K from Georgia church

    04/09/2018 8:14:12 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 22 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 04/09/2018 | Lauren Foreman
    A former bookkeeper was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing about $420,000 from a Peachtree City church, according to the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. . . . “We hope that today’s federal prison sentence will bring some solace to the church and its members, and deter others who might consider stealing from vulnerable victims like churches and charitable organizations,”
  • She Got Pregnant at 18 and Did Something That Today, Few Teens Do

    04/09/2018 4:57:45 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 99 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 8, 2018 | Kelsey Harkness
    Kelly Clemente found out she was pregnant when she was 18. She had just finished her first semester of college, and up until then, described herself as your typical “all-American girl.”She got good grades, was a member of a sorority, and ran on the track team.When she saw that pregnancy test, “My life is over,” she thought.“I was like, it doesn’t even matter. Nothing matters anymore,” Kelly told The Daily Signal.Kelly, unlike most girls her age, was familiar with the implications of an unplanned pregnancy. In high school, she volunteered at HOPE in Northern Virginia, a nonprofit that creates gift...
  • Volunteer Church Member Stops Attacker in Church Gunfight

    04/07/2018 9:07:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, the West Maypole Avenue Church of Christ was having a Bible study that started at 7:30 p.m. At 8:09 p.m., the study was interrupted by 27-year-old Kenneth Baines, who announced an armed robbery. A 57-year-old armed church member was seated inside. The church member was legally armed and had a concealed carry permit. It seems likely that he was a member of a voluntary church security team, as later reports refer to him as a “security guard”, but no report mentions that he had a security guard license, or that he was paid as a...
  • Mom deployed Taser on son to wake him up for church, court docs say

    04/03/2018 3:49:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/03/18 | Nicole Darrah
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  • The Erroneous Notion That Is Causing an Exodus From the Church

    03/21/2018 7:22:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/21/2018 | Christopher Benek
    People are fleeing the institutional church and there should be no question as to why this exodus is happening. The vast majority of people who claim to represent God in the United States have been perpetuating a Biblical misconception that has been leading the church into decline for decades. That erroneous notion is Escapism Theology. Escapism theology is the concept that humanity needs to get away from this mess we call Earth and go "home" to Heaven. I hear this kind of verbiage all of the time from church leaders almost everywhere. They say things like: "Accept Jesus as your...
  • 12 Surefire Methods For Standing Out From The Crowd During Church

    03/20/2018 10:49:23 AM PDT · by fishtank · 165 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 3-19-18 | B. Bee
    12 Surefire Methods For Standing Out From The Crowd During Church March 19, 2018 You know what’s the literal worst? Going through all the trouble to put on your best clothes from Hollister, drive all the way to church, and worship the Lord Most High—only to realize later that not a single person even noticed you the whole time you were singing God’s praises and having the Word of God preached to you. Everyone’s eyes were on the worship band or on the pastor.
  • An ex-con disarmed a gunman in a Texas church. Then ‘the good guys shot me’

    02/27/2018 9:09:08 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 49 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 2/27/18 | Matthew Martinez
    When a man with a handgun walked into a church service at the Faith City Mission in Amarillo, Texas, most of the crowd of about 100 started to run. But Tony Garces, an ex-con, took his shirt off and confronted the gunman, according to a news release from Amarillo police. After Garces wrestled the gun away from 35-year-old Joshua Len Jones, and helped prevent what could have been another mass shooting on the same day as the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., at least one Amarillo police officer shot Garces. He was hit twice, in...