The Christian Post: Sunday June 24, 2012 Tammuz 4, 5772

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Theologian D.A. Carson: Hell Is Not Filled With People Who Repent of Sins

By Michelle A. Vu

People who end up in hell do not repent, from what the Bible tells us, said respected New Testament scholar Don Arthur (D.A.) Carson on Sunday at The Gospel Coalition National Women's Conference in Orlando.

Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi Declared Egypt President

By Daniel Blake

The Muslim Brotherhood candidate in the Egypt presidential elections, Mohamed Morsi, has been officially declared the winner by election regulators. However, the result has immediately sparked concerns for religious minorities in the country, and whether the Brotherhood will look to build a conservative Islamic state.

US

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Marco Rubio Says He Felt 'Called' to Leave Mormon Church for Catholic Church

By Napp Nazworth

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he felt "called" to leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), or Mormon Church, to join the Catholic Church in a Sunday interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Tropical Storm Debby was slowly moving closer to the northern rim of the U.S. Gulf Coast with 60 mph winds early Sunday morning, and was expected to strengthen into a hurricane and hit Texas over the next two days.

Rockdale County in Georgia is being sued for zoning restrictions that are discriminatory against small churches unable to afford the three-acre property size requirement to function, say attorneys for the Alliance Defense Fund.

Only one-third of Americans can correctly identify President Barack Obama's religion, according to a new Gallup poll. Though it's been three years now since Obama took office, many Americans still don't know he is a Christian.

Church & Ministries

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Sinner's Prayer Can Lead to Salvation, Say Southern Baptist Traditionalists

By Katherine T. Phan

The recent decision by delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention to affirm the use of the "sinner's prayer" – known as a prayer of repentance and "inviting Jesus into your heart" – has undermined Calvinism in the denomination and placed a renewed emphasis on traditional Baptist soteriology: if you repent, call on the Lord and believe in Christ for mercy, you are saved.

Joel Osteen, the pastor of America's largest church, was given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the annual "Faith and Family Night" event in Houston, Texas, on Saturday that was attended by over 34,000 people.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) membership dipped below the 2 million mark in 2011, according to statistics released by the PC(USA) Office of the General Assembly on Thursday.

For domestic violence and rape victim Jessica Yaffa, the adage that God uses pain for good is very much a reality. HEALING, the ministry support group that she leads, has touched the lives of more than 4,000 women, men and children in less than five years.

Southern Baptist Leaders Warn: Battle Over Scripture Will Never End

Conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention ...

A New Era in the SBC: Fred Luter Paves Way for Diversity

All eyes are on Fred Luter as he officially ...

Southern Baptists Agree Same-Sex Marriage Not a Civil Rights Issue

Messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention, ...

Entertainment

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder reads the Bible before his games.

Kevin Durant 'Blessed' Despite Thunder's Emotional Loss in NBA Finals

By Christine Thomasos

Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Christian forward, may have cried after an emotional NBA Finals loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday night, but the league's leading shooter has expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to compete.

Disney-Pixar's "Brave" hits theaters Friday, and The Christian Post spoke with Katherine Sarafian, the film's lead producer, about faith, the path of finding out who one really is, and her decision to do away with princes.

Tim Tebow is a good guy, and now he has the award to prove it. On Tuesday the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) named the New York Jets quarterback the winner of the 2012 Good Guy Award, which "is given to a NFL Player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs."

World

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Atheist Group Launches Efforts to Help Jailed Facebook User in Indonesia

By Michael Gryboski

An international non-theist organization has launched efforts to help an Indonesian atheist who was imprisoned for writing on Facebook that he did not believe in God.

A national census has revealed that while most Australians profess Christianity as a belief, the religion as a whole in the country has been on a steady decline, while the number adherents of Eastern faiths like Buddhism and Hinduism has grown.

The son of a founding leader of Hamas has announced that he will be making a movie about Islam with the intention of showing Muslims the "real nature" of Prophet Muhammad.

A Palestinian media watchdog has flagged a children's TV program it claims features a young girl reciting a poem in which she says that Jews and Christians are "cowardly and despised" and calls for Muslims to rise up against their enemies.

Afghan Taliban Attack Leaves 20 Dead

Members of the Afghan Taliban took an entire ...

Christ's Birthplace Suggested by Palestinians as World Heritage Site

A United Nations cultural group will vote next week to determine if Israel's Church of the Nativity, said to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, will become a World Heritage site, a title reserved for locations that have ...

Islamist or Mubarak's Man? Egypt to Declare Election Results Sunday

Egypt's election commission, which was scheduled ...

UK Doctor Claims State Hospitals 'Killing' Elderly Patients to Free Up Beds

A senior consultant of England's National Health ...

Belief in Hell Keeps Crime Rates Down, According to New Study

A University of Oregon psychologist has found ...

Gay Marriage Opponents Are Not 'Bigots,' Says Former Anglican Head

The former Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken ...

Tech & Biz

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Twitter Down Again Today: Social Network Crashes, Causing Hacker Concerns

By Stoyan Zaimov

The social networking website Twitter, which attracts millions of users around the world each day, suffered multiple outages on Thursday, leading some to speculate if the website may be under attack.

Why settle for an average vacation when you can reach for the stars- or beyond, if one Russian company can get their way.

While many fantasize about owning their own private island, one technology company billionaire has taken a step in that direction.

Ludwick Marishane, a student at the University of Cape Town, won the 2011 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award for an invention that he came up with out of laziness.

Microsoft plans to launch its Windows 8-powered Surface tablet in the near future as answer to Apple's extremely successful iPad.

Why We Must Celebrate Grace

By Paul Tripp

We must keep in view that we are not just instruments but also recipients of daily grace and will never outgrow our need of what grace alone is able to provide. We must remind ourselves that because of that grace, obedience is a privilege, worship is a privilege, sacrifice is a privilege, and ministry is a privilege.

CHURCH & MINISTRIES

John Piper Says Revival Comes When We See God Anew

By Anugrah Kumar

John Piper

You can be saved and yet have an inadequate understanding of God until you see glimpses of His vision, said Pastor John Piper. He used the late Chuck Colson as an example to make his point.

OPINION

Remedy for Restlessness, Part 2

By Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas

God's response to suffering and the doubt it produces did not consist of words and finely-crafted arguments but of a person, Jesus Christ. While Buddhism, for example, offers insight into the nature of suffering and its origins, Christianity offers a God who lived and died as one of us and then rose from the dead.

OPINION

Subsidizing Abortion in Connecticut

By Ken Connor

Spain Abortion Rally

One would think that "open-minded" Connecticut liberals would appreciate and respect the personal beliefs of their fellow citizens when it comes to the highly controversial issue of abortion, but this is clearly not the case.

INSIGHT

Inside Egypt: As World Awaits Presidential Election Results, Christians Urged 'Don't Leave!'

By Brian C Stiller

Egypt Elections

Over the last few days, I've been talking to Christian leaders here in Cairo, and asking them who would make the best president: Mohammed Morsi, the candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood, or Mubarak-era Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.

OPINIONS

America Was Birthed in Prayer

By Karen Gushta

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But William H. Jeynes, professor of education at California State University, Long Beach, says the root of the problems these young people now face is not primarily economic. Instead, Dr. Jeynes says today's problems began 50 years ago this month when the Supreme Court banned prayer in public schools.

LIVING

Putting God First in Your Priorities

By Joyce Meyer

Together for the Gospel

There are so many things that clamor for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our spouses, our hobbies—the demands and distractions of life. And we have to be careful not to let them become more important or more of a priority than our relationship with God.

COLUMN

You Cannot Be Spiritual Without Being Religious

By Kevin DeYoung

Sudan Independence

No matter how much you like angels, or how much you pray, or how often you mediate, or how much you are into yoga, or how much you believe in miracles, if you do not understand, cherish, and embrace the cross you are not a spiritual person.

OPINION

How to Conquer Your Fears

By June Hunt

June Hunt

The history of predicted and expected "last day" dates is nearly as lengthy as modern history itself. Mostly recently, the world was predicted to end on May 2011. Why are so many gripped with dread over apocalyptic predictions? This is most likely because of our basic, human tendency to fear the unknown.

CP BLOG

Spending Time With 'Sinners'

By George W. Sarris

When was the last time you had lunch with a real “sinner?” I don’t mean someone who disagrees with you on a theological issue, or is a member of a different church or denomination, or smokes and drinks beer or wine. I mean someone whose lifestyle and value system are clearly in conflict with the standards of Scripture.

COLUMN

Welcome to the Resistance

By Dan Delzell

Dan Delzell

So you are now a born again believer in Jesus….and you wonder what is coming down the pike for you in this new and exciting relationship with God.

SERIES

Evangelicals and Climate Change: Global Warming Activists (Pt. 2)

By Napp Nazworth

Evangelical Leaders Declare 'New War Against Globa

For evangelicals who are global warming activists, convincing the Christian community to get engaged has been a process. For example, Richard Cizik, though he was cited in 2008 by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world for his work as a 'green evangelical,' had a very tough time convincing his organization to back him at the time.

CP BLOG

The Fall of Dictators and the Antichrist

By Michael Youssef

The Bible indicates that a world-dominating character will rise at some point. That person is often referred to as the Antichrist. The Antichrist will show up at a time when there's true global, political, social, and economic upheaval. And people will believe that he is the only one capable of solving those seemingly insurmountable problems.

OPINIONS

News Alert: We Know Who Wins the 2012 Election

By Ken Hutcherson and James Hansen

obama romney

As pollsters are gearing up for what looks to be an unforgettable political battle come this November, we have a hunch as to who is going to come out on top in this Presidential election. No, it's not Obama. And, no, it isn't Romney either. It's not even a write-in candidate.

OPINIONS

50 Years Without Official School Prayer

By Jerry Newcombe

See You at the Pole: Students to Hold National Day

Fifty years ago this month, the Supreme Court declared an official school prayer unconstitutional. How have the schools fared since then? The facts speak for themselves.

WORLD

A Radical Message to G20 Leaders: A Biblical Idea for a Bad Situation

By Joel Edwards

poverty

It may be a radical solution, but it's the truth just the same. The financial fallout surrounding the G20 is an open invitation for a return to some simple wisdom.

THE IRON ROOM

Is it Christian to Support President Obama's Terrorism Hit List? (Pt. 2)

By David French

Soldiers of the Army National Guard 162 Engineer Company attached with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion of U.S. Marine Corps stay next to a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicle in Afghanistan, March 6, 2010.

It's perhaps a symbol of our growing civil/military divide that the New York Times coverage of President Obama's "kill list" of known and active terrorists created such breathless commentary. As a veteran of the Iraq War, my first thought was, "This is news?" and my second was, "People are actually offended?"

CHURCH

The Changing Ethnic and Racial Landscape of Denominations in America

By Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer

This week, I am in New Orleans for the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. This year's gathering will be a historic one as Southern Baptists are poised to elect our first African-American convention president – Dr. Fred Luter. A denomination birthed with a racially-tinged history is now electing a descendant of slaves as its leader.

COLUMN

The Searchers – (Part 1)

By Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas

Is it possible that you, as a believer, and your friend, who is a non-believer, could be searching for exactly the same thing?

WORLD

How the Muslim Brotherhood's Victory Affects the US

By Jim Denison

Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate competing against Ahmed Shafiq in a runoff election to become Egypt's first elected president in 60 years, has allegedly said that the Coptic Christian population should

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood claimed Monday that its candidate has won the Egyptian presidency. Mohamed Morsi Isa al-Ayyat is now a critical figure on the world stage. Who is he? What does he believe? Why would his election matter to us?

MISSIONS

Reverse Missions: Clash of Civilizations (Part 2)

By Wallace Henley

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"There's such an obsession here with nudity," said the African Christian leader as my wife and I had strolled with him through the center of his adopted Scandinavian city.

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