THE CHRISTIAN POST "MORNING NEWS" Feature Story Desk Friday March 30 2012 Nisan 7, 5772

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John Piper, Tim Keller Discuss Why Churches Still Struggle With Racism

By Katherine T. Phan

At a live discussion on race and the Gospel this week in New York City, evangelical pastors John Piper and Tim Keller discussed why racism still persists in today's Church and shared struggles that pastors, including themselves, face in pursuing racial diversity in their churches.

Tenn. Legislators Push Bill to Protect Faith-Based Groups on College Campuses

By Jeff Schapiro

State lawmakers in Tennessee are considering legislation that would protect faith-based organizations on state college campuses from non-discrimination policies that many say actually discriminate against the groups themselves.

US

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Obama, Left With Little Choice, Embraces Term 'Obamacare'

By Napp Nazworth

President Barack Obama used to consider it a slur to call the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) "Obamacare." He recently decided, though, to embrace the term. Some pundits believe he had little choice because the term has become so widely used.

Mitt Romney's endorsement list keeps growing longer by the day and now he's added two names that will most certainly move to the top of the list – former President George H.W. Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

A new poll from Gallup reveals that although "state culture" influences one's religiosity, America is still, overall, a religious nation. In addition, the survey found that among all states, Mississippi is the most religious, while Vermont and New Hampshire rank as the least religious.

A church-state watchdog group has spoken out against a road improvement program being reviewed by the Kentucky State Legislature due to it being connected to the construction of a Bible-themed amusement park.

Church & Ministries

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Mark Driscoll Steps Down as Leader of Acts 29; Resigns From Gospel Coalition

By Alex Murashko

Acts 29 Network cofounder Pastor Mark Driscoll has stepped down from the reins of the successful global church planting organization to make room for Pastor Matt Chandler as president, it was announced Wednesday.

The "Hour of Power," Crystal Cathedral's landmark television program, will air its first new episode Sunday under new leadership, after the church's founding family, the Schullers, quit the ministry. However, in some markets, the long-running program will be cut to just half an hour.

I am Second, the Texas-based ministry that has garnered recognition for its videos of celebrity testimonies, is teaming up with Reunion Church to host an event that will bring hope to the people of downtown Dallas during Holy Week.

A candidate to succeed influential pastor John Piper at Bethlehem Baptist Church was announced by the church's elders Tuesday. Piper said he is "overjoyed" at the selection while he continues to be a part of the succession process.

T.D. Jakes recently released a new book on forgiveness that has at least one critic accusing the renowned preacher of denying the doctrine of original sin.

An Ohio pastor involved in spreading awareness about child abuse in the U.S. said that the church should be "fearful of our own depravity."

What is your occupation?

Entertainment

'Mirror Mirror'

Movie Review: 'Mirror Mirror' Brings Out the Laughs, but Not the Lessons

By Eryn Sun

What's the price you'd be willing to pay for beauty? How about a few lives, an entire kingdom, and a couple hours-worth of excruciating treatments?

Tim Tebow was recently announced as a backup quarterback for the New York Jets football team. But when it comes to being a spokesperson for a product, he is a first-stringer. According to the findings of a new marketing index, the outspoken Christian quarterback's endorsement is one of the most marketable among today's celebrities.

Five-time 2012 Dove Awards nominee Natalie Grant has opened up about what it's like to be an artist recognized by the Gospel Music Association.

The Weinstein Company recently announced that they would release their documentary "Bully" unrated after months of unsuccessful petitioning alongside celebrities and lawmakers to get their film a PG-13 rating.

World

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Anglican 'Unity Covenant' Voted Down by Church of England

By Michael Gryboski

The Church of England has voted down a 'unity covenant' that was intended to help keep together the Anglican Communion, which is experiencing fierce divisions over theological differences amongst its member churches.

A Christian doctor was purportedly fired after emailing a prayer to his colleagues at Walsall Manor Hospital in western England, according to the Derby Telegraph.

Kuwaiti authorities arrested a man Tuesday for insulting the Prophet Muhammad via his Twitter account, based on a Sharia-based blasphemy law, which is highly regarded in the mostly Sunni Muslim country. The incident reportedly drew calls for the man's death.

Youcef Nadarkhani Still Alive; Execution Reports Prove False

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is still alive ...

Suu Kyi Sidelined by Illness and Suspending Campaign

Suu Kyi, a democratic leader hoping to win ...

Egypt's Copts Debate Role of New Pope After Shenouda III

A little over a week after the death of Pope ...

Humilitarized Aid

While preserving our humanity through lunch in a ...

Afghan Shootings: Did the US Pay Off Families?

New allegations have been made that the U.S. paid ...

Vatican 'Shamed' by Irish Sex Scandal, Asks Victims for Forgiveness

A Vatican delegation to Ireland concluded Tuesday ...

Mali Coup: Rebels Promise President 'Safe,' New Threat Emerges

Mali is in turmoil after the national Malian army ...

Tech & Biz

eBible Voice Edition

Speak Words of Life With eBible Voice Edition App

By Vincent Funaro

Believers can now access their favorite scriptures by simply speaking them into a mobile device with the new eBible Voice Edition application for Android OS.

Hulu Plus subscribers can now access the application for the service on several more Android powered tablets thanks to a new update that is now available for download.

Today marks the last day for the Electric Vehicle Conference which took place in San Jose over the past couple of days. While the conference garnered some attention to those in the electric industry, car lovers may have been more taken by Google's new project instead.

Apple is reportedly preparing to release an iOS device that will have a 5-inch display sometime in 2013.

Inside Church Planting: Who Are the Church Planters? (Part 1)

By Jeff Schapiro

There are churches in the United States that are hundreds of years old. Many of them have rich traditions and have seen hundreds if not thousands of people come to know Jesus Christ through their ministries. Yet there is a special crop of people – the church planters – who feel called not to preach from pulpits in front of well-established congregations, but to create churches of their own.

CP BLOG

Resurrection ... Did He or Didn't He?

By George W. Sarris As we approach the Palm Sunday and Easter holidays, I was reminded of a Christmas card I received from a friend some years ago.  It had a very simple, but profound message.  The cover asked, “What's the difference between Christmas, Buddhamas, Confuciusmas, and Moham

OPINION

Aborting Women's Rights

Planned Parenthood

For years, feminists have maintained that women will not be truly free or equal unless they are free to abort their unborn children.

THEOLOGY

Law and Gospel: Part 1

The WEA urges increased Bible readership during Lent. Pictured: The World's Oldest Bible.

Every ounce of confusion regarding justification, sanctification, the human condition, God's grace, how God relates to us, the nature of the Christian life, and so on, is due to our failure to properly distinguish between the law and the gospel.

OPINION

Abortion Proponents Support Ultrasound Use for Tumors

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A state judge in Oklahoma this week blocked enforcement of a law that would have required doctors to give a woman an ultrasound and describe the unborn baby to her in detail before performing an abortion.

FAMILY

A Note to Dads With Daughters

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Spend as much time as possible with your little girl! NOW!! Seriously, do it right now!

OPINIONS

Obamacare – Health Care Overhaul or Government Overreach?

Tea Party supporters protest Obamacare

It is said that the high court has not heard as many oral arguments on any one case since the 1950s in the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education.

OPINION

Foolishness in Federal Prisons

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What do you get when ideology drives federal policy? Dangerous foolishness.

THEOLOGY

Does Calvinism Make People Jerks?

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Reformed folks have been stereotyped as the cranky Christians on the block. I'm not interested in debating whether the stereotype is deserved or not. Sometimes it is; sometimes it isn't.

CHURCH & MINISTRIES

Mark Driscoll: 8 Truths About Jesus and the Cross

Jack Graham, Mark Driscoll and T.D. Jakes appear at "The Elephant Room" 2012 roundtable on Jan. 25, 2012.

With the celebration of Easter less than two weeks away, megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll outlined what he called the eight truths about the reason for Jesus' death on the cross in a recent blog post.

CP BLOG

Are You Equipped to Respond to the Prosperity Gospel?

Mourners who attended the funeral of Florida pastor Zachery Tims recorded short video clips of the Aug. 20, 2011 service held at First Baptist Church of Orlando.

I recall a class discussion in seminary about the prosperity gospel and its popularity in North American churches today. The class consensus was that hardcore prosperity teachings were so “out there” that they would easily be dismissed by the church members we would be serving.

CP BLOG

The Myth of Modern Marriage

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The concept of marriage as undying and eternal love is a modern myth without any basis in reality.

OPINION

Christianity Without the Church?

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Want all the blessings of Christianity without having to hassle with a church? Well, it isn't possible.

EVANGELISM EVENT

Will Graham Preaches to Nearly 10,000 in Texas

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Nearly 10,000 people came to hear evangelist Will Graham speak at two consecutive weekend outreach events produced by The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Texas.

CP BLOG

The Hunger Games Call to Adults

Suppose you are a teen and adults plunged you into a situation where you are forced to kill other teens or die yourself? What would you do? Could you find a way not to sin by outsmarting these adults. That's the desperate dilemma put forth in Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games.

BOOKS

John Ramsey Tells of Finding God Through Extreme Suffering

The Other Side of Suffering

The father of JonBenet Ramsey, the six-year-old beauty pageant queen whose 1996 murder has yet to be solved, shares in a new book that it was faith in God that helped him overcome the tremendous ordeal and suffering he has endured throughout the case. 

MOVIE

'The Resurrection:' Hollywood Producer Aims for God's Sequel to 'The Passion'

Resurrection movie

Eight years after watching the phenomenal success of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," Hollywood promoter and producer David Wood remains steadfast to a vision that he credits to God – the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ told by way of a major motion picture.

OPINIONS

Obamacare and the Gremlins Behind the Door

Health care

Incrementalism with respect to the Constitution is the reason 40 percent-plus of Americans support an administration taking us farther along the journey toward socialism. It is disturbing that the subtle spins of incrementalism have apparently convinced almost half the voting population that Hayek's "road to serfdom" is the yellow-brick road.

OPINIONS

The Deadly Sounds of Christian Silence

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This just in: Get married or baptized in a church adjacent to Jesus' birthplace, and it won't be recognized by the law. You can't make this up. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has just declared that it deems the First Baptist Church of Bethlehem to be illegitimate.

CHURCH

Ex-Gay Becomes Deacon at Local Church

Dean is an important member of his local church. He is a deacon, and says he sometimes gets so busy with ministry that he has to shut off his phone so he can rest and not take any calls. Dean is also a former homosexual, who says sanctification – the process by which Christians are increasingly set apart for Christ through obedience – is a process that lasts a lifetime.

MARRIAGE

Can a Woman Lead in a Spiritually Unequal Marriage?

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The hardest part of a marriage in which the husband is not a Christian is balancing spiritual leadership roles, say relationship experts and authors Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller.

COLUMN

Why All Christians are Actually Non-Denominational

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Your church building may have a denominational name on it. Your mouth might speak often of your own particular denomination. And the majority of your friends may all belong to your denomination. But I'll tell this much....there is no denominational label imprinted on your soul....and there will be no denominations in heaven.

LIVING

Christian Wives Talk Thriving With Nonbelieving Husbands

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The Bible is clear about not being "unequally yoked," but what if you become a Christian once married and your spouse doesn't follow suit?

OPINION

Should Christians Boycott Starbucks?

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In this case (and in many like it) a boycott exposes us to all of our worst tendencies. Christians are tempted, again and again, to fight like the devil to please the Lord.

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