THE CHRISTIAN POST: Monday July 23, 2012 Av 4, 5772

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Obama, Churches Honor Colorado Shooting Victims

By Anugrah Kumar

President Barack Obama met with friends and family of the Colorado shooting victims on Sunday as churches around Aurora reflected on the tragic incident that left 12 killed and at least 58 wounded.

Colorado Shooting: Christians Point to the Reality of Evil

By Lillian Kwon

While police are still investigating the motive behind Friday's shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colo., some Christians are convinced of the real source: evil.

US

President Bush

George W. Bush to Skip Republican National Convention

By Anugrah Kumar

Former President George W. Bush said through his spokesman that he will not attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., next month because he's enjoying his time "away from the spotlight."

Advocates for stricter gun control measures argued Sunday that President Barack Obama has not done enough to lead on the issue amid the recent shooting massacre in an Aurora, Colorado-theater.

Churches in the city of Aurora and much of Colorado held special prayer services and vigils Friday night in response to a mass shooting in which 12 people were killed and 58 were wounded inside a theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie. Pastors and ministry leaders are making not only their churches available, but their spiritual counsel as well.

Responding to an investigative report on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, Penn State University took down a statue of famed state football coach Joe Paterno, accused of concealing abuse claims, from outside the football stadium Sunday.

The U.S. Department of Defense gave permission Thursday for all service members participating in San Diego's Gay Pride Parade this Saturday to march in uniform for the first time in history. Christian chaplains in the military previously said that the DoD's recent 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.

Church & Ministries

United Methodist

Methodists in Northeast Approve Pro-Gay Resolution

By Michael Gryboski

A Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church has approved a pro-gay resolution denouncing the denomination's Book of Discipline's opposition to homosexuality.

Portraits of Texas megachurch pastor Joel Osteen and other evangelical Christian leaders have been removed from a public library in Grayson, Ga., after a complaint by a Jewish woman over the exclusively Christian nature of the paintings, all done by a Christian artist.

Renowned theologian J. I. Packer recently elaborated his views on how to put sin to death, saying that the first thing a Christian should do is ask God to "enable me to see the sin as He sees it."

Pastor Ed Young from Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, warns that relationships have become too dependent on technology, which decreases people's ability to connect with one another.

Without Walls Pastor Randy White revealed on Sunday the "hell" that he's been through over the last five years, including a battle with depression, an addiction to prescription drugs and being the subject of an IRS investigation.

More News

Colorado Shooting Was 'Calculated, Deliberate,' Police Say

The Colorado shooting that killed at least 12 ...

Judge Allows NYC Bus Ad Calling Israel's Foes 'Savages'

A federal judge said Friday that transportation officials violated the First Amendment by refusing to run an NYC bus advertisement by blogger Pamela Geller that called enemies of Israel "savages."

Troops March in Uniform for First Time in Calif. Gay Parade

For the first time ever in the United States, ...

Chicago Woman Dies After Abortion at Planned Parenthood

A 24-year-old woman died late Friday after a ...

Will Removing Adult Movies From Hotels Help Win Battle Over Porn?

A campaign led by two religious scholars asking ...

Pa. Newspaper Calls Atheist Lawsuit Against Restaurant 'Small and Petty'

A Pennsylvania newspaper has denounced the efforts of an atheist activist who filed a discrimination complaint against a restaurant that offered a 10 percent discount for customers who brought in a church bulletin.

Tea Party Falsely Blamed for Colorado Shooting; ABC Apologizes

ABC News reporter Brian Ross made statements on ...

Colo. Shooting Victim's Brother Recounts Final Moments: Jessica Was No Longer Screaming

Jessica Ghawi was among the 12 victims of Friday's shooting in Aurora, Colo. Her brother, Jordan, described in detail how she was shot and killed while watching "The Dark Knight Rises."

Homosexuals Shouldn't 'Force' Gay Marriage in Scotland, Says George Michael

During a radio interview in Scotland, entertainer ...

Conn. School Board Agrees to No Longer Hold Graduations at Church

A Connecticut school board that had been in a ...

Christian Leaders Urge Control Over Arms and Ammunitions in UN Treaty

A number of Christian organizations have come out ...

Australian Pastor Criticized for Posting 'Adam and Steve' Marriage Message at Church

An Australian Baptist pastor has come under criticism for posting what are being called homophobic messages on his church windows – although he has said he is solely expressing his opinion on what the Bible says of human sexuality.

Entertainment

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Michael W. Smith Says Atheist Lawsuit Threat Is 'Absurd'

By Michael Gryboski

Contemporary Christian music star Michael W. Smith has denounced a recent lawsuit threat from a Utah atheist who wants a concert canceled because of possible church-state concerns.

Ryan Reynolds is set to play God's son in the upcoming season of "Family Guy." But producers of the TV show are not creating a Jesus character for the actor. Rather, Reynolds will be portrayed as "God's previous attempt at an immaculate conception"

Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has said that he does not believe in abortion, and that it equates to "killing a baby." The singer's comments come in a personal interview in Rolling Stone magazine, where he discusses various hot button topics such as premarital sex, and abortion in the case of incest and rape.

International pop star Madonna is set to be embroiled in more controversy after a group of young Catholics announced the launch of a petition to cancel a concert of hers in Poland that coincides with a World War II commemoration.

World

A demonstrator carries an Egyptian flag near Tahrir square as demonstrators gather to mark the first anniversary of Egypt's uprising, January 25, 2012.

Abductions and Forced Conversions of Christian Coptic Women in Egypt Dramatically Increase

By Myles Collier

A report recently published describes the growing concern surrounding the increasingly common abductions and forced conversions of Coptic Christians in Egypt in the wake of the uprisings that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak early in 2011.

A member of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, is being criticized by the Anti-Defamation League and by other Israeli officials after he publicly ripped out the New Testament pages of a Bible and threw them into the trash.

A disturbing action known as "love jihad" is gaining notoriety after several reports have emerged of young impressionable women being seduced by Muslim men who wish to manipulate them and use them in an effort to aid their jihad.

Syria's defense minister, President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law, and other government officials were killed by a suicide blast at the National Security building in Damascus on Wednesday, with the country's embattled regime vowing it would not be shaken by such an attack.

Tech & Biz

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Samsung Galaxy S3 64GB Edition to Be Released Later This Year

By Myles Collier

Rumors have been swirling online recently that the 64GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be dropped, but new reports have now indicated that it will definitely launch later this year.

The President of one of the largest fast-food chains in America explained that he takes pride in being able to live out his Christian faith through his restaurants, but that we as a nation are challenging God's principals when it comes to the same sex-marriage debate.

The two hour documentary "Mermaids: The Body Found" which aired on Animal Planet in May, has been re-aired on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, and has caused another huge stir.

Truli.net has officially launched with its motto of "Seek, Find & Share." The site is comparable to YouTube but has a distinctively family-friendly focus with a Christian mission. It is the brainchild of Michael Jay Solomon, who took time to speak with The Christian Post.

The Politics of Batman: Is Romney Bane or Wayne?

By Napp Nazworth

Politics has collided with pop culture recently as commentators have drawn connections between Bane, the villain in the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Others, however, have said that Romney is more like the films hero: Bruce Wayne, the billionaire who fights crime in a bat suit.

OPINION

A Mainline Collapse: The Twilight of Liberal Christianity?

By Eric Metaxas

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Since 2000, the Episcopal Church has lost 23 percent of its members. At this rate, there will be no Episcopalians in 26 years.

OPINION

Gotham City Is a Caricature of Biblical Babylon

By Wallace Henley

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Gotham is the caricature of "Babylon," identified in the Bible Book of Revelation as the world system seeking to function without God, and usually in defiance of Him.

DANGEROUS CALLING

Eternity Amnesia and Its Effect on Ministry

By Paul Tripp

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Could it be that there are times when you live and minister as if there is no such thing as forever? Since God's grace guarantees your final destination, it also must guarantee you all the grace you need along the way. We are in trouble when we fail to recognize that future grace carries with it the promise of present grace.

CHURCH & MINISTRIES

Colorado Shooting: 13 Years After Columbine, Is the Church to Blame?

By Alex Murashko

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Colorado native David Jesse woke up Friday morning to the news of the mass shooting in an Aurora movie theater in which 12 people were killed and 58 injured and instantly felt the same way he did more than a decade ago after the Columbine tragedy. While first recalling how Christian leaders at the time pointed to the evils of society in blaming the shootings at Columbine, he says that the Church is to blame for what happened in Aurora.

OPINION

The Dark Night in Denver – Groping for Answers

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

How could such a thing happen? How could a human being do such a thing? There is no easy answer to this question. The easy answers are never satisfying, and they are often based in the confused moral calculus of popular culture. Christians are driven by instinct to think in biblical and theological terms.

LIVING

The Simple (Yet Powerful) Results of Spending Time With God

By Joyce Meyer

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Spending quality time with God is so important. And there are many promises in the Bible about what happens when we do this. For example, Psalm 16:11 says that in God's presence, there is fullness of joy.

COURT CASES

Interview: Phoenix City Prosecutor on Religious Freedom in Jailed Pastor Case (Pt. 2)

By Michelle A. Vu

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In part 1 of CP's conversation with chief prosecutor of Phoenix Aaron J. Carreon-Ainsa, we heard why the city was troubled by Salman's weekly Bible study in his 2,000-square-foot game room. Now in the second part of the interview, Carreon-Ainsa will address concerns that the city violated Salman's religious freedom, the court order limiting only 12 people or less in the pastor's home, and a police "raid" on the property.

U.S.

The Aurora Movie Massacre and the Real Dark Knight

By Greg Stier

Greg Stier

Along with the rest of America I'm shocked and saddened at the mass shootings that took place in Aurora, Colorado at this morning's 12:01 am premiere of "Dark Knight Rising" the latest and last of the Batman trilogy.

COLUMN

Look What He Found in Grandpa's Attic

By Dan Delzell

Dan Delzell

If Karl's grandpa knew what he was doing by saving all those cards, don't underestimate what God can do by choosing to leave an inheritance for His children. You are probably not wiser than your grandfather....and you are definitely not wiser than your Creator. Don't allow your defiance to defeat your faith.

EVOLUTION

Evangelicals Debate Theistic Evolution, Historical Adam

By Lillian Kwon

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Evangelical Christians have launched a civil debate on their opposing views on evolution and its compatibility with Scripture. Rather than a "tit-for-tat" exchange, they sought to start something more "charitable" and "respectful" in the science and faith discussion.

EVANGELISM

10 Reasons We Have Not Reached the Unchurched

By Thom S. Rainer

Thom Rainer

Let us look with stark honesty and candor at the ineffectiveness of most American believers when it comes to sharing their faith. One of the main reasons many Christians do not share their faith is simply explained by the word disobedience.

OPINIONS

Whatever Happened to Hell?

By Jerry Newcombe

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Belief in Hell doesn't seem to be taken too seriously these days. Millions of high school students have been taught about Jonathan Edwards' famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," as a supposed example of Puritan excess.

COURT CASES

Interview: Phoenix City Prosecutor on Jailed Pastor, Zoning Violation Case (Pt. 1)

By Michelle A. Vu

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The Christian Post spoke with the chief prosecutor of Phoenix, Aaron J. Carreon-Ainsa, to hear the city's side of the story. The following is an edited transcript of that conversation.

ENTERTAINMENT

The Dark Knight in You

By Lane Palmer

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What, exactly, is worth saving in Gotham City? Callous, cruel, corrupt and downright cold blooded might be some of the more positive descriptions for the object of Batman's loyalty. He believes there is something bright and beautiful behind the shroud of darkness in Gotham city.

OPINIONS

On the Uniqueness of the Individual: Humanism and Theism

By Jeremy Egrerer

Creation Museum

For once the shock and dehumanization of Durden's statement wears off, the viewer is left with an entirely inconvenient question: supposing God doesn't exist, if a man isn't known by many (or any), how much value can he possibly have?

COLUMN

Penn State Sin Makes Every Man a Suspect

By Jim Daly

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The sins of one man at Penn State can be addressed in a court of law, but the consequences ripple like waves from the wake of a big boat. How many adults will keep their distance from kids out of a desire to protect and preserve their reputation?

POLITICS

What to Make of Obama Crediting Community Over the Individual in Business Success

By Jordan Ballor

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But even though the president's words here may have been designed to cater to a base more inclined toward collectivism, conservatives and independents should not respond by rejecting the kernel of truth contained in the president's remarks.

COLUMN

The Grace Effect: Making the Case With Our Lives

By Eric Metaxas

The Power of Grace

The best arguments against secular atheism and for Christianity are not made in the ivory tower; they're made at street level in every day life. Larry Taunton calls it the "grace effect."

CHURCH & MINISTRIES

Would Striking Clichés Make Christians More Tolerable?

By Alex Murashko

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Author and speaker Christian Piatt believes Christian clichés can do more harm than good and if stricken from their vocabulary, can make believers more tolerable.

U.S.

Phoenix Pastor Jailed Over Home Bible Study to Serve 3 Years?

By Michelle A. Vu

Michael Salman family

The Arizona pastor who is currently imprisoned for hosting regular Bible studies at his home may have to serve up to three years for violating his probation.

OPINION

Why No Denomination Will Survive the Homosexuality Crisis

By Kevin DeYoung

Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles

There is no way, short of a miraculous and full-scale changing of hearts and minds, for North American denominations to survive the homosexuality crisis. I'm not suggesting most of our old, mainline denominations will disappear. But I do not see how any of these once flourishing denominations will make it through the present crisis intact.

SCIENCE

Faith Found the 'God Particle'

By Larry Alex Taunton

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Mankind has searched for a great many things in the firm conviction that they could be found: the Northwest Passage; a cure for HIV/AIDS; and a way to safely send a man to the moon and back again. Sometimes that conviction—faith, really—was misguided (El Dorado and perpetual motion); sometimes it was not (Troy and heliocentricity).

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