The Christian Post: Tuesday September 4, 2012 Elul 17, 5772

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Tens of Thousands Remain Powerless, Homeless in Hurricane Isaac's Aftermath

By Anugrah Kumar

Tens of thousands of people are powerless and thousands remain in emergency shelters nearly a week after Hurricane Isaac swamped the Gulf Coast with a deluge. President Barack Obama met victims on Monday while officials assessed the damage which might cost over $2 billion.

Romney Brings 'Positive Attention' to Mormonism, Marriott Head Says

By Napp Nazworth

J.W. Marriott, who heads the Marriott hotel chain, praised Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for bringing "positive attention" to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Marriott is a personal friend of Romney and, like Romney, a Mormon.

US

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Christians Repent, Pray for Church and Nation Before Democratic Convention

By Lillian Kwon

Days before the opening of the Democratic National Convention, thousands of Christians converged in Charlotte on Sunday to repent and pray for revival in the face of what they see as a "national crisis."

A member of a Washington state organization seeking to overturn a recently passed law legalizing same-sex marriage has dismissed claims that his organization has violated state laws on campaign finance.

Pastors in Pennsylvania are overcoming their fears and rising to the challenge of preaching on political and cultural issues from the pulpit. On Sunday, the Pennsylvania Pastors Network launched its second Pulpit Sunday where preachers in the state didn't shy away from politics.

As the Democratic convention begins this week, a new poll shows President Barack Obama has lost the slight edge he had over GOP challenger Mitt Romney until last week's Republican convention.

A county in Virginia has decided to rescind a zoning violation charge against a United Methodist church over its digital sign displaying more than two messages in a day.

As surrogates for President Obama's reelection campaign occupied the Sunday morning talk shows, they were asked the question Ronald Reagan first posed in his 1980 election: "Are Americans better off now than four years ago?" They avoided answering the question directly, but argued that the position of Americans has improved, Obama needs more time to improve the economy, and the high unemployment rate is the fault of Republicans.

Church & Ministries

The Village Church lead pastor Matt Chandler spoke with Christian hip-hop portal Rapzilla.com in an interview published Aug. 31, 2012.

Matt Chandler Shares Heart for 'Young Black Males,' Addresses White Privilege in Church

By Nicola Menzie

Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Texas and the newly-installed president of church-planting organization Acts 29, recently shared in an interview his heart for the "young black male" and how he hopes to address some of the tough issues he believes African-American men face when it comes to countering "white privilege" in the church.

Leaders at the Harvest Crusades estimate that 272,000 people attended the ministry's first-of-its-kind evangelistic event last Sunday that included those inside a nearly full baseball stadium in Southern California and others watching a live webcast feed at more than 2,400 host locations throughout the U.S.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is inviting visitors to Charlotte, N.C., to visit the new "Billy Graham: God's Ambassador to World Leaders" exhibit at The Billy Graham Library, which documents the evangelist's meetings and interaction with various leaders from across the world during his career.

South Carolina Pastor Perry Noble made the bold goal of seeing 3,000 people receive Christ in one weekend. Though he didn't reach that number, he's celebrating 1,251 salvations.

More News

Nick Vujicic on Why God Made Him Limbless

Evangelist Nick Vujicic, who spoke at Saddleback ...

Lakewood Church Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Spanish-Speaking Ministry

The unity between Spanish and Portuguese language ...

Muslim Cleric Framed Christian Girl in Pakistan's Blasphemy Case, Police Say

A court in Pakistan has sent a Muslim cleric to ...

Ex-Navy SEAL's Lawyer Responds to Pentagon's Allegations

The lawyer of the former U.S. Navy SEAL who has ...

Battle Over Voter ID Laws Intensifies as Election Nears

Federal judges appear to be going against Republican-backed state measures to prevent voter fraud saying they discriminate against the poor and minorities. But states say they will appeal every court ruling to the Supreme Court ...

Pro-Life Is Not Anti-Woman, GOP Women Say

Pro-life leaders honored pro-life women ...

GOP Cries Foul Over Charges of Racism by Dems

Democrats looking to make the 2012 election about people and not policy are beginning to step up the rhetoric claiming racism in the Republican party, a tactic that is generating cries of foul from some observers.

Unification Church Founder Sun Myung Moon Dies at 92

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the ...

Arizona Pastor Indicted for Health Care Fraud

Michael Salman, a pastor from Phoenix, Ariz., who ...

Persecution Prompts Christians in Pakistan to Call for Separate Province

Christians in Pakistan are responding to the persecution attacks they often endure by demanding their own province within the South Asian country – although some have questioned the likelihood of such a request being granted by ...

Romney Visits Storm-Hit Louisiana; Obama to Follow

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney ...

Southern Baptist Blasts Group of Clergy-Turned-Atheists as 'Pathetic'

A prominent evangelical recently blasted a newly ...

Entertainment

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'Jeremy Lin's Miracle Night' Marks End of NBA Star's Tour of Taiwan

By Jeff Schapiro

Jeremy Lin, the Houston Rockets guard who became an NBA sensation last season while playing for the New York Knicks, finished up his tour of Taiwan on Sunday by giving his personal testimony during an event called "Jeremy Lin's Miracle Night."

Following a successful first episode last week, "The American Bible Challenge" returned to the Game Show Network on Thursday and featured a new challenge named after New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

Actor Clint Eastwood quipped about President Barack Obama's term in office Thursday evening at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and in response Obama made a joke of his own.

Popular Christian singer and songwriter TobyMac just released his highly anticipated album "Eye On It," and it has already topped several charts.

Famed television scientist Bill Nye is defending a recent video produced by BigThink.com entitled "Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children," arguing that he did not attack religion in the video, in which he says that those believing in creationism live in a "fantastically complicated world."

World

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Franklin Graham Answers Call From South Sudan to Host Crusade

By Alex Murashko

Evangelist Franklin Graham has agreed to hold an evangelistic event in South Sudan next month, answering a plea from churches in the violence-ridden region who believe that their only hope for their new country is a spiritual revival.

Reverend Samuel Rodriguez offered a benediction at the Republican National Convention (RNC) this week, praying that "what America needs most is a fresh outpouring of God's Holy Spirit."

The well-followed court case of Singaporean pastor Kong Hee, who is being accused of misusing $18 million in funds from his City Harvest Church, has been adjourned until Oct. 4 and it has been reported that the megachurch pastor plans to plead not guilty to the charges.

One of the highest courts in Europe will hear testimony from four Christians who claim they were wrongly terminated due to the fact that they were Christians.

The two-day Evangelistic Crusade Victorious Life For You has drawn an impressive crowd in Brazil. The event is in its 16th year and according to organizers more than 650,000 attended the event this year in Ponta Negra Beach, Amazonas state in the northwest of Brazil.

Tech & Biz

iPad Mini Concept

iPad Mini Spotted by Developer

By Vincent Funaro

Two new iPad devices were discovered by Instapaper developer Marco Arment this week.

The release date for the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 must be just around the corner as pictures of the upcoming device are continuing to leak onto the internet this week.

New photos of the iPhone 5 show that the next-generation model has received a height increase.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be launching in October, according to the official announcement made by Samsung at its "Unpacked" event in Berlin Germany Wednesday.

Nine Things That Every Leader Struggles With and How to Overcome Them

By Perry Noble

I threw out a tweet asking leaders what was the top thing that they struggled with…and received lots and lots of answers. If you are a leader (especially a church leader) then one of the things we are most guilty of is believing God's Word for other people but not for our own lives.

OPINION

If God Weren't Angry...

By Paul Tripp

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Called to represent God's work of grace in the lives of others, many of us in ministry need to reevaluate how we think about the anger of God. Sometimes we can treat God's anger like the embarrassing uncle in our extended family. It's as if we're working hard to keep this attribute of God away from public exposure.

U.S.

Survey Suggests Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions Can Be Reduced Through Counseling

By Jeff Schapiro

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Survey results from a study conducted by People Can Change, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help people with unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA), show that over half of those who sought counseling for SSA felt their attractions diminish as a result.

COLUMN

Minimizing Suffering Minimizes the Cross

By Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian

It is ironic that one of the most beautiful and encouraging verses in the Bible is also one of the most dangerous. You probably know which one I'm talking about. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose"

OPINION

Holy Sweat: 3 Reasons Church Leaders Should Get in Shape

By Greg Stier

Greg Stier

In college I had 8% bodyfat and could hang with the best of them when it came to push ups, sit ups and the like. But then something strange happened. I went into ministry full time.

LIVING

Learn How to Pass Your Tests in Life

By Joyce Meyer

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Sometimes God allows or even arranges for us to go through difficulties in this life because it's during those times that we grow in our faith and develop more of the character of Christ. Trials reveal what we really believe and what's really inside our hearts.

COLUMN

Is God Your Genie in a Bottle?

By Dan Delzell

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A well-known television preacher was earnest in this recent plea to his viewers: "Give your seed an assignment." He compared the Father sending Jesus to earth with an assignment....to that of viewers sending money to his television ministry. The announcer then came on and encouraged viewers to "target your seed toward your greatest need." The announcer said that in response to their financial gift, the minister was believing God to give the donor "a life-changing creative idea, supernatural favor, and a debt canceling miracle." What a deal!

ENTERTAINMENT

Are Christian Media Avoiding '2016: Obama's America?'

By Alex Murashko

Obama America

The filmmakers of "2016: Obama's America" are questioning why some Christian media and even some Christian leaders are reluctant to give movie reviews or place ads of their documentary-style film. Although not financed by any political group, the movie critically questions President Obama's worldview and paints a dire future under a second-term should he be re-elected.

OPINION

Words Matter. Truth Counts.

By Ken Connor

Ken Connor

Or do they in the postmodern age in which we live? We have widely diverging views of what is true, so we can't agree on which words to use in describing the truth or even the meaning of the words that are used.

OPINIONS

The Casualties of Free Expression in America

By Craig Parshall

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Mr. Zuckerberg, as well as Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt, and Apple's innovative genius, the late Steve Jobs, have all praised, at various times, the concept of expressive "openness" on Internet platforms. Yet, ironically, all three – Facebook, Google and Apple – have been tools of censorship against Christian ideas.

OPINION

Ditching Obvious Truths in the Information Age

By Robert Knight

Facebook

The information universe is expanding at warp speed. The question is, with all this information, why aren't people getting smarter, and why aren't things better? Once upon a time in America, you didn't have to explain certain, obvious things - what the Declaration of Independence describes as "self-evident truths."

OPINION

Restore the Real American Dream

By Rev. Mark H. Creech

Mark Creech

Is this really what has become of the American Dream? This is far removed from an earlier time when the nation's attention was not so much on its possessions, but the quest to be a civil, just, righteous, freedom-loving, God-fearing, contented, thankful and generous people.

DISASTER

Why Does God Allow Hurricanes?

By Jerry Newcombe

Tourists walk along beach taking photos of tropical storm Isaac as it moves over Key West, FL on August 26, 2012.

All politics aside, how could a good God allow hurricanes or other forms of natural disasters? This is a core question that keeps resurfacing. Presumably, it is part of what keeps some from believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

CP BLOG

Where Did the New Calvinism Come From?

By Tim Challies

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The New Calvinism is a distinctly twenty-first century, digital-era development. It is the Internet in general, and social media in particular, that first tied the movement together and that have since drawn people in.

CHURCH

Pastor Embraces Hollywood Entertainment Industry; Launches Artists Resource Center

By Alex Murashko

Toure Roberts

Microphone in hand, Touré Roberts is at ease as he introduces each short film at his first film festival at the movie theater inside the Sherman Oaks Galleria. He invites selected filmmakers and actors to chat with him and tell the audience about their projects after each screening. On a recent summer evening, it's easy to see that this young pastor of a large church in Los Angeles is passionate about making a difference in Hollywood.

U.S.

New Report Reveals Voting Interests of Churchgoing, Christian Women

By Jeff Schapiro

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Barna Group released the final report in a four-part series on "Christian Women Today" on Tuesday, revealing somewhat surprising statistics concerning the influence of Christian women voters and what issues concern them the most.

EVANGELISM

5 Reasons Why Christians Struggle to Evangelize

By Greg Stier

Greg Stier

There are many Christians who, down deep inside, want to share their faith but they honestly don't know what to say. Sadly, there are also many who call themselves Christians but they just don't care about the lost.

OPINION

Listening to Negative People Will Make You Dumb

By Thom S. Rainer

Thom Rainer

We all know those "energy drainers." They are the people that seem to have a perpetual cloud hanging over their heads. Research shows that exposure to 30 minutes or more of negativity – including viewing such material on TV – actually peels away neurons in the brain's hippocampus. That's the part of your brain you need for problem solving.

OPINIONS

Political Football: Republican Party Must Not Squander Their First and Goal Opportunity on Immigration

By Samuel Rodriguez and Robert Gittelson

Arizona immigration

The Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform coalition is cautiously awaiting the introduction of this year's Republican Party platform. We are keenly interested to see where, exactly, the Party will ultimately stand on the issue of immigration reform. It is our fervent hope that in this year's platform, the Party will be willing to stand with their "better angels." By that, we mean that we hope that the Party embraces the call for adhering to the Rule of Law, but also calls for adhering to a call for a more compassionate conservatism.

COLUMN

Ben & Jerry's, Chick-fil-A & Political Correctness

By Perry Noble

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A few years ago I went to Wal Mart, found my favorite flavor and decided to tweet that I was purchasing some Ben & Jerry's ice cream…and doing so "unleashed the hounds" in a sense.

COUNSELING CORNER

The Sexual Predator Pattern

By June Hunt

June Hunt

Typically, childhood sexual abuse is not a onetime, isolated incident, but rather a premeditated plan resulting in repeated abuse by a perpetrator. While the details in each story of abuse may be different, perpetrators follow a predetermined pattern of behavior: first seducing, then stimulating, silencing and suppressing the child.

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