THE CHRISTIAN POST: Monday September 17, 2012 Tishri 1, 5773

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Racism, Anti-Mormonism Won't Affect Election, Expert Believes

By Napp Nazworth

With a black man and a Mormon running against each other in the presidential race, will racism or anti-Mormonism effect the outcome? Political scientist Norman Ornstein does not think so.

America Should Return to 'Original Factory Settings,' Kirk Cameron Says

By Anugrah Kumar

Actor and producer Kirk Cameron said America can get out of the "mess" by returning to the "original factory settings," which involves listening to the Founding Fathers who relied on wisdom that comes from faith in God and His Word.


Pro-Life panel at Values Voter Summit

Values Voter Summit Highlights Abortion, Adoption Link

By Napp Nazworth

Ending abortion has been a central concern of social conservatives since the movement, sometimes called the "Christian Right" or "Religious Right," began in the late 1970's. At the Values Voter Summit this past weekend, adoption was also a common theme linked to the pro-life cause.

Two businessmen have filed a lawsuit against a nephew of evangelist Billy Graham, alleging he defrauded them as they were planning to purchase his golf course in South Carolina.

A recent poll by the Inquirer Pennsylvania regarding the state's controversial voter ID law shows that nearly two-thirds of likely voters support requiring those who show up to vote to produce a government issued photo.

With protests outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo over a film on the Prophet Muhammad leaving one person dead and about 250 injured since Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Egypt and other Arab Spring nations against attacking diplomatic missions.

The behemoth search engine Google made the controversial decision Friday, Sept. 14 to block the anti-Islam "Innocence of Muslims" video in Egypt and Libya, where protests continue over the film's offensive portrayal of the Muslim religion's prophet Muhammad.

Church & Ministries

James MacDonald

James MacDonald's Vertical Church Tour: It's About Getting Back to Jesus

By Alex Murashko

Megachurch pastor James MacDonald has reached the halfway point of his whirlwind "Vertical Church Tour" planned for 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada in just a two-month time span. The founding and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago continues to deliver his message that today's Christian churches should meet primarily for the purpose of seeking and worshipping God and all else will follow.

The death of Apple founder Steve Jobs in October 2011 had a profound effect on Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C. At that time, Furtick's church averaged between 8,000 and 10,000 people in attendance, yet the death of Jobs, a great innovator, still caused him to question whether or not he was doing great things for God.

Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, commenting on the importance of helping women who find themselves in a crisis and dealing with unplanned pregnancies, said there is no such thing as an "accidental" child.

More News

US Pulls Out Embassy Staff from Sudan, Tunisia

The State Department on Saturday ordered ...

Obama Seen as 'Tentative,' 'Apologetic;' Romney 'Naïve,' in Foreign Policy Decisions

Some are questioning if the Obama administration is too tentative in how they address terrorist activities and if the tone of their statements is more apologetic than forceful. On the other hand, liberals contend that Mitt Romney ...

Rand Paul Talks Faith, War, Abortion at Values Voter Summit

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke about struggling ...

Pope Urges Muslims, Christians to Coexist in Lebanon

A day after arriving in Beirut, Pope Benedict XVI ...

New Coptic Christian Pope to Be Number One Target of Radical Islamists?

Egypt's Coptic Christians are getting ready to ...

Gay or Straight? Alan Chambers Addresses Confusion Over His Sexuality

Amid confusion about his sexual identity, Exodus ...

UMC Churches Respond to Chicago Strike

As union leaders meet and teachers remain on ...

Who Is Sam Bacile; What Is Terry Jones' Role in the Middle East Attacks?

News that the U.S. is investigating whether the murder of Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens was the result of a preplanned, coordinated terrorist attack and not a spontaneous uprising ignited by an anti-Muslim film have added a new ...

'National Back to Church Sunday' Hopes to Draw 1M to Church on Sept. 16

"National Back to Church Sunday," described by ...

Faith and Freedom Warn of Emerging Pro-Gay Agenda in Calif. Schools

Religious and community leaders are joining advocates with Faith and Freedom to inform parents whose children attend California public schools that classrooms are staging points for the silencing of Christian views and the ...

Alleged Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Attends Coptic Churches in Calif.

The Coptic Orthodox Church Diocese of Los Angeles is condemning an anti-Muslim film that has enraged the Arab world and may have been created by a man who occasionally attends churches within the diocese.


Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow Trade Talk Rumor Squelched; 'Out of Character'

By Alex Murashko

With only one season game under his belt as a Jets player, unashamed Christian quarterback Tim Tebow is rumored to be contemplating a trade away from the New York Jets by season's end. However, shortly after its publication at the New York Daily News, many sports analysts were calling the trade story that included quotes from an un-named NFL source preposterous.

In what is perhaps any filmmaker's best-dream scenario, President Barack Obama has issued a public response to the movie "2016: Obama's America" through his White House team. Although the film is criticized on the president's website, co-producer Dinesh D'Souza welcomed the opportunity to talk about the movie's success at the box office even without much media attention – or an endorsement from Obama.

Steven Curtis Chapman, Katherine Heigel, Josh Kelley and Ne-Yo were in attendance at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's annual gala Wednesday. Heigel, Kelley and Ne-Yo were among the 113 honored as "Angels in Adoption." Chapman, a previous honoree, sang two songs for those in attendance.

A film company plans to honor military men and women during commemoration of the 9/11 tragedies on Patriot Day by showing an advanced screening of "Last Ounce of Courage" on Tuesday and giving tickets to veterans and active military in 28 select cities.

Memphis, Tenn., will begin an initiative to lower crime this month when city residents will have the opportunity to exchange their firearms for free gas and tickets to a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game on the grounds of a local Baptist church.


Palestinians burn a U.S. flag during a protest against what they say is a film being produced in the U.S. that was insulating the Prophet Muhammad, in front of the United Nations headquarters in Gaza City Sept. 12, 2012.

US to Blame for Radical Islamist Attacks in the Middle East?

By Stoyan Zaimov

As U.S. embassies around the world remain on tight security after attacks in Libya, Egypt and Yemen, some experts have said that although the U.S. government's response so far has been appropriate, its previous decisions have largely allowed for Islamist radicals in those countries to thrive.

Following international outcry, China's Population and Family Planning Commission issued an order to ban the use of forced abortion when enforcing its one-child policy. The directive is being hailed as a significant step forward in human rights.

Since the Arab spring swept through the Middle Eastern region, Christian minorities have been worried over persecution and marginalization within the Muslim-dominated countries and governments. Now, a recent initiative is aiming to draw both Christians and Muslims together in order to build lasting relationships based on mutual understanding.

Prominent religious and public leaders in Australia have urged their government to protect the sanctity of marriage when the issue is voted on in parliament.

Human rights watchdog Open Doors USA has warned that the attacks that have taken place in the last 24-48 hours in Libya and Egypt as a result of an anti-Islamic film promoted by a Florida minister will lead to further marginalization of Christians in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Promoters of 'Innocence of Muslim' Defend Film, Shift Focus to Islam

Promoters of the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims," which has spurred violent demonstrations and deadly protests, have defended their actions, claiming that they are not the ones with blood on their hands.

Bishops in Mexico Demand Education Reform

There is a brewing battle between religious ...

Crew of Anti-Islam Film Linked to Libya, Egypt Attacks Was 'Grossly Misled'

The crew associated with "Innocence of Muslims," ...

Islamists Attack US Embassy in Yemen; Burn Cars, Flag

The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, was stormed by ...

Anglican Head Rowan Williams Admits Mistakes in Handling Homosexual Issues

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, the ...

Bibles for China Prepares to Deliver 30,000 Bibles to Eager Christians

An organization dedicated to providing religious ...

Children Should Know 'Fact' of Evoution at Early Age, Says Richard Dawkins

Biologist Richard Dawkins has again rejected any ...

Christian Students in Myanmar Forced to Shave Heads, Convert to Buddhism

A Christian aid group has revealed that students ...

Christopher Hitchens' Widow Says 'God Never Came Up' on His Deathbed

Christopher Hitchens' widow says the topic of God ...

Tech & Biz

Prince Parker shared a popular meme on Twitter to highlight the consumer craze over Apple, Inc.'s new iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 Release Date Arrives; Twitter Trend Highlights Consumer Lust for Phone?

By Nicola Menzie

Fans of Apple often find themselves in a tizzy to get their hands on the company's latest products. In this case, skeptics, perhaps a bit unimpressed with the new iPhone, have taken to Twitter to suggest the lengths some seem willing to go to just to get their hands on the new iPhone 5.

Could a hybrid device capable of competing with the iPhone ever be created? Would consumers ever be interested in such a gadget?

There's a new product that one young entrepreneur is introducing to the U.S. for iPhone users – a stylish clutch that will charge your phone on the go. The buzz around the "Everpurse" comes just after Apple unveiled its iPhone 5.

The price of the unlocked iPhone 5 has been announced for certain areas of the world.

Greater Religious Freedom for Christians in India

By Benjamin Bull

Although universal in nature, religious liberty is not universal in practice the world over. And a law designed to prevent conversions to Christianity in India is exhibit A for the truth that, in some countries, religion is but one more aspect of life controlled by government or ruthless factions that fear no government.


'I Wish Mitt Romney Would Meet People Like Me,' Rape Conceived Pro-Lifer Says

By Napp Nazworth

Pro-Life panel at Values Voter Summit

"The reality is," Bomberger added, "I wish Mitt Romney would meet people like me ... and understand that it's more than just a one percent fringe case and we can just immediately write them off, because the assumption is always that abortion is the natural follow-up to a rape."


Spirit Rising in New York City

By Dan Delzell

Jim Cymbala, Assemblies of God

If we were to name some pastors in America who lead the way when it comes to encouraging Christians to seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit, the first person I think of is Jim Cymbala at The Brooklyn Tabernacle. His latest book, "Spirit Rising," is another home run where he lays out the path to greater effectiveness for Christ. I had the pleasure recently to sit down with Pastor Cymbala in his office and discuss the work of the Holy Spirit in the church today.


Evangelicals Should Avoid 'Muslim-Baiting,' Says Professor

By Michael Gryboski


An evangelical professor who was part of a summit on foreign policy held at Georgetown University believes that evangelicals should avoid "Muslim-baiting."


Freed From the Prison of Why

By Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian

There's no doubt, the Why questions of suffering are utterly perplexing. And as we search the Scriptures and consider stories such as Job's, we are tempted to see those as worst-case scenarios designed to help us get our heads straight in relation to our comparatively small "first world" problems.


Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make About Christians

By Thom S. Rainer

Thom Rainer

Christians are against more things than they are for. "It just seems to me that Christians are mad at the world and mad at each other." I don't see much difference in the way Christians live compared to others.


One Consequence of Same-Sex Marriage

By Jim Daly

new york gay marriage

By the end of this month it's likely to be legal for children in California to have three parents. So why aren't two enough anymore? Same-sex marriage.


An Open Letter to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

By Perry Noble

obama romney

Both of you are way better than this. I'm not sure if either of you know this or not…but the way you two are attacking each other is making you appear like you are way more interested in tearing your opponent apart rather than leading our country.


Nick Vujicic Talks 'Unstoppable,' Overcoming Suicide and Joy of Married Life

By Stoyan Zaimov

'Unstopabble' by Nick Vujicic

Evangelist Nick Vujicic has traveled the world sharing his message of hope in God and overcoming difficulties – he was born without arms and legs. In his new book, Unstoppable, he reveals how he has survived the most difficult periods of his life, and today been blessed with a joyful married life.


Episcopal Priest Speaks of Need to Reclaim Liberalism Within Biblical Christianity

By Ginny Mooney

John Liebler

The Rev. John Liebler, an Episcopal priest, lost his faith in an ironic place: seminary. Studying for the priesthood in the late 1970s, Liebler was inundated with a theological liberalism that left him believing that Christianity, and all religion, was just a mirror we hold up to our own wishes rather than a window through which we see true spiritual realities. We asked Liebler about how he returned to faith, and why he believes orthodox Christians urgently need to reclaim liberalism.


Election 2012: Christians Will Make a Choice – for Better or Worse

By Rev. Mark H. Creech

Mark Creech

An aspiring politician gave his best shot at a campaign speech. He felt that it was a stirring, fact filled speech. Then the candidate looked out on his audience and asked, "Are there any questions?" That's when someone in the back row called out, "Who else is running?" That seems to be the sentiment of many Christians when it comes to the nation's choices for President in 2012.


Theologians Tackle 'Should Christians Vote for a Mormon for President?' Question

By Lillian Kwon

mitt romney

Should Christians vote for a Mormon presidential candidate? That's the question many evangelicals are grappling with as the November election draws near.


The Six Myths Christians Believe About Politics

By Jim Daly


Are we more concerned with shaping (and winning) the debate than we are with shaping and refining our own attitudes toward the world? If we're going to help win people to the heart of Jesus, it's critical that our own hearts are wedded to His.


How Christians Should Engage Latter-day Saints

By Russell D. Moore

russell d. moore

Christians often wonder why Mormons believe such an incredible system: golden tablets translated with "magic glasses," an advanced society of ancient American Indian Israelites who left behind no archaeological evidence at all, an eternity of godhood producing spirit babies, and special protective underwear. What we must understand is that Latter-day Saints believe these things for the same reason that people everywhere believe the things they do: they want to believe them.


New Film With Lisa Chan Explores 'True Beauty' the Way God Sees It

By Lillian Kwon

true beauty, lisa chan

Steve Carr may be a man but he knows the pressures and expectations women face when it comes to beauty and success. "Our culture's definition of beauty is impossible to achieve by most. However, if you buy the right products or get the right injections or have the right surgery, you can have a better life!"


The Ayes Have It ... or Do They?

By Ken Connor


Prominent Democrats have tried to assure the voting public that the omission of "God" and "Jerusalem" and the vote to reinsert them were no big deal, but this begs the question: Who decided that these two little words needed to be removed when they had been part of the Democrats' platform for years, and why was the platform amended to reinsert them if their removal was inconsequential?


Anger Is a Calling?

By Paul Tripp

Paul tripp

Suffering must not, cannot be okay with us. Injustice must not, cannot be okay with us. The immorality of the culture around us must not, cannot be okay with us. The deceit of the atheistic worldview – the philosophical paradigm of many culture-shaping institutions – must not, cannot be okay with us. Righteous anger should yank us out of selfish passivity. Righteous anger should call us to join God's revolution of grace.


Render Unto Caesar – Everything?

By Christian Post Guest Voices


Before they got caught and scrambled to fix it, the Democrats’ Platform as approved by their Platform Committee suggested that America has forgotten or should forget God. The Party’s guiding document didn’t just refuse to acknowledge our Creator as the one who endows us with our rights


9/11: Pain, Ashes and Hope 11 Years Later

By Greg Stier

Greg Stier

It astounds me that it has already been eleven years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Never before have three numbers defined our country in such a tragic way.


Evangelicals Rejoice Over Youcef Nadarkhani's Release; Pray for 'More Outcomes Like This'

By Katherine T. Phan

Youcef Nadarkhani

Prominent evangelical leaders whose advocacy efforts helped make Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani into an international poster face for religious freedom are rejoicing over his recent release from prison but are now asking Christians to stay vigilant in supporting the rights of persecuted religious minorities worldwide. The leader of the largest evangelical group in the U.S. says Christians should "pray and press for more outcomes like this."


Remembering 9/11: Extraordinary Stories From the Sidelines

By Paul de Vries

9/11, world trade center

As many as 30,000 people who "should have been" in the WTC that morning did not come – detained by a whole host of unusual factors.


Pastors Are Hurting

By Thom S. Rainer

Thom Rainer

Not all the news about pastors is discouraging. Pastors feel privileged to be called to their places of ministry. They have a deep love for those they shepherd. Most of them could not conceive of doing anything else. But please hear me: Many pastors are hurting.


Study: Most Churchgoers Do Not Read Bible on Daily Basis

By Michael Gryboski

The Holy Bible

A recently released study by a Christian research organization shows that most churchgoers do not read or study the Bible on a daily basis. The findings of the Transformational Discipleship Assessment released by LifeWay Research noted that 19 percent of respondents report reading or studying the Bible outside of church "every day."


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