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CHURCH-in-REVIEW: "Bud Stonebraker" Friday May 11, 2012 Iyyar 19, 5772

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The Christian Post: Friday May 11 2012 Iyyar 19, 5772

(Photo: St. David's Church)

Calif. Court Rules in Favor of Episcopal Diocese in Property Dispute

By Michael Gryboski

A California judge has ruled in favor of The Episcopal Church in a years long legal battle over the property of a couple breakaway congregations.

Who Should Christians Vote for? Look to Biblical Teachings, Pastor Urges

By Stoyan Zaimov

Dr. Ken Hutcherson, the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Redmond, Wash., has told Christians in America to look to the word of God before they consider presidential candidates this coming election year, and has set a clear message – Christians should not support those who go against Biblical teachings.


Joel Hunter

Obama's Spiritual Adviser Rebukes President on Golden Rule, Same-Sex Marriage

By Stoyan Zaimov

The Rev. Joel Hunter of the 15,000 member Northland church, who is often referred to as President Barack Obama's spiritual adviser, said he is disappointed with the president's use of the "Golden Rule" to explain his endorsement of gay marriage.

White evangelical Christians who believe Mormons hold different beliefs strongly favor Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama, according to a new poll.

Most of the press has covered President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney differently in how they changed positions on issues, notes Brendan Nyhan in a Columbia Journalism Review article. Nyhan believes that the differences can be attributed to less media scrutiny of Obama during his 2004 senate race, Obama's greater skill at explaining his changed positions, and the media's "authenticity fetish."

Church & Ministries

Craig Groeschel

Pastor Challenges Christians to Detoxify Their Soul

By Lillian Kwon

For many Christians, watching a movie with some violence, bad language, and a little sex scene is no big deal. But one pastor says it can be poisoning their soul and driving them farther from God.

Minister Franklin Graham appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) this week, co-hosting its signature ministry program "Praise the Lord" with network co-founder, Jan Crouch, just as the network is facing scrutiny over allegations of financial dishonesty.

A California megachurch is hoping to gather 16 tons of food during the month of May for its annual drive to benefit a local food bank.

A pro-life event is being held at the Crystal Cathedral church Thursday night and will feature several prominent pro-life advocates, including the CEO and founder of a California-based network of parental health consultation clinics.

A Florida church's produce stand operated in its parking lot has garnered controversy over its potential violation of zoning regulations.

SC Church Billboard Displays 'Message From Satan'

A South Carolina church has launched an ad campaign featuring billboards which have a message signed by Satan.

44 Percent of Americans Believe Homosexuality Is a Sin, Survey Says

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Gay Rights Activists, Christian Leaders React to NC Ban on Gay Marriage

To the surprise of few, the approval of a gay ...

NY Court Rules That Viewing Child Porn Is Legal

The New York Court of Appeals has ruled that ...

'True Marriage' Church Sign Angers Liberal Voters in North Carolina

A Wilmington Church sign calling for the defense of traditional marriage in North Carolina that was stationed in front of a polling location is causing controversy among some, who are saying it influenced and swayed voters on ...

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Mariano Rivera on Blood Clot Discovery: 'Maybe the Lord Is Telling Me It's Time to Go'

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Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 12-time All-Star closer, was vocal about his faith in the Lord after he tore his ACL last week and recently said he was blessed because doctor's discovered that he was suffering from an additional injury, a blood clot in his calf.

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The members of award winning CCM ensemble Avalon, Jeremi and Amy Richardson, have welcomed a beautiful baby girl Noa into the world. Noa Elayza Richardson was born on April 20, 2012.



Christians From Haiti to Nigeria 'Live Below the Line' to Stamp Out Global Poverty

By Ivana Kvesic

Christian organizations and Good Samaritans around the world are joining together this week as part of an awareness and fundraising campaign that hopes to impact the lives of over a billion people globally.

Argentina has made history by becoming the first country in the world to make sex-change operations a legal right of every citizen, mandating that public and private insurance providers cover such surgeries.

A petition launched in the United Kingdom in defense of traditional marriage has passed the half million mark.

Iranian Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has become the face of religious persecution throughout the world after being arrested for his beliefs in Oct. 2009, has issued a letter to persecution aid group Present Truth Ministries (PTM).

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How Should the Church Love a Gay Couple?

By Paul Stanley

How should Christians express love and minster to couples living in a homosexual lifestyle when these couples attend church? Both Christians and non-Christians seemed bewildered by the issue.


The Double-Reach of Self-Righteousness

By Tullian Tchividjian


There's an equally dangerous form of self-righteousness that plagues the unconventional, the liberal, and the non-religious types. We become self-righteous against those who are self-righteous


Redefining Bullying: A Savage Attack

By Eric Metaxas

anti-gay bullying

Americans recently got a lesson in hypocrisy -- and of how dangerous it can be to redefine words.


Five Reasons Christians Should Continue to Oppose Gay Marriage

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new york gay marriage

It can seem like the whole world is having a gay old time, with conservative Christians the only ones refusing to party. The temptation, then, is for Christians go silent and give up the marriage fight.


President Obama, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Future of Evangelical Response

By Ed Stetzer


Homosexuality is not an easy issue. Christians have said a lot of unhelpful things about the subject over the years-- but that does not mean we cannot say helpful things now.


Spoken Word Poet Jefferson Bethke, Fiancée Talk Faith and Marriage

By Katherine Weber

Spoken Word poet Jefferson Bethke is engaged to marry his girlfriend of two years, Alyssa

Jefferson Bethke, the spoken word poet whose YouTube video "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" garnered millions of hits, recently proposed to the woman he has been dating for two years. The couple, who both attend Mars Hill Church, recently shared with The Christian Post their views on marriage, faith and love.


Evolution's End? President Obama Calls for Same-Sex Marriage

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

President Obama's call for the legalization of same-sex marriage yesterday is an historic and tragic milestone. An incumbent President of the United States has now called for a transformation of civilization's central institution.


What Maurice Sendak Can Teach the Church

By Russell D. Moore

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Maurice Sendak, who just died, doesn't seem, at first glance, to have much to teach Christians. After all, he was an atheist with a cynical outlook and a foul mouth.


Top 10 Temptations That Leaders Face

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Devoting more time to an online audience (twitter/facebook) rather than leading your family, your staff and investing in the REAL people that God is bringing to your church


Shrine Discovery in Judah May Confirm, Clarify Biblical Descriptions

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An archaeologist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says he has discovered cultic shrines dating back to the time of the biblical King David, which may provide clarity to some obscure building references in the Bible.


When Paul Sent the Celebrity Pastor

By Kevin DeYoung

There have always been men who gain a certain notoriety for their preaching of the gospel. Paul spoke of a brother "famous among all the churches for his preaching."


Dangerous Calling: Pastoral Ministry Is War

By Paul Tripp

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Why do so many pastors report being over-burdened and over-stressed? Why do so many pastors report tension between family life and ministry life? Why does pastoral ministry often seem like more of a trial than a joy? Why is there often disharmony between the private life of the pastor and his public ministry persona?


Movie Producer DeVon Franklin: Hollywood Paying Attention to Faith-Based Audience

By Alex Murashko

DeVon Franklin

The Hollywood entertainment industry has become increasingly aware of the growing market for faith-based films and entertainment, said movie producer DeVon Franklin at the Biola Media Conference at CBS Studios on Saturday.


TBN: Trouble in Paradise

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It's a drama fit for reality television: Sadly, it's not the Real Housewives of Orange County at the center of this drama, but the first family of Trinity Broadcasting Network.


Gay Conversion Therapy: Good or Bad?

By Matt Moore

Although I fully support biblical and spiritual counseling, I am not the biggest fan of the idea of conversion therapy. Nor am I a fan of programs that lead people to focus more on their desire to have heterosexual attractions than their to desire to know Jesus Christ (who, by the way, is the only One who holds the power to create such a transformation in sexual desires).


How Is Your Worship Team "Really" Doing?

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Rick Muchow

When is the last time you got on the balcony? No – not the balcony at your church building or even the hotel from your last vacation. It’s Jason Hatley here (Pastor of Worship Arts at The Journey Church) with a quick (but important) leadership principle that every pastor and worship leader needs to practice… Getting on the Balcony.


Telling the Whole Story: The Flight of Chen Guangcheng

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The whole world loves a good escape story. But in the case of a certain Chinese dissident, the world needs to hear the rest of the story.


Tom White, Abuse, VOM, and the Power of the Internet

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Tom White, Executive Director of Voice of the Martyrs.

Last Thursday afternoon I received a call while in my office at Emmanuel Enid. One of our secretaries buzzed in and said, "I have a man on the phone who claims to be the father of the young girl abused by Tom White and he wishes to speak to you." My heart skipped a beat.


How Does Your Narrower View on Divorce, Remarriage Affect Your Ministry to Congregants?

By John Piper


Your view on divorce and remarriage is narrower than many other Christians even in your church. How does this affect your ministry to them?


Andy Stanley and the Appropriateness of Ambiguity

By Christian Post Guest Voices

Andy Stanley

Is ambiguity ever Ok? Is it fundamentally wrong to be ambiguous about what's right or wrong? These questions seem to be lurking under the surface in the dust up over Andy Stanley’s message titled “When Gracie met Truthie.”


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Avengers

By Jim Denison

The Avengers

What do The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Avengers have in common? Nothing I can think of, except the fact that I saw them both over the weekend. What do they tell us about ourselves? A great deal.


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