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Proverbs 28:16 - A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding, But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
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I have often thought, when I was abroad, that if there were no other argument against original sin, the rising of wolves and tigers against man, nay, the barking of a dog against us, is a proof of original sin. Tigers and lions durst not rise against us, if it were not for Adam's first sin; for when the creatures rise up against us; it is as much as to say, You have sinned against God, and we take up our Master's quarrel. - George Whitefield (1714-70)
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Tamera Mowry-Housley slams legalistic Christians who are 'so busy judging'

Tamera Mowry-Housley, actress and co-host of "The Real," denounced "religious Christians" after hearing that actress Meagan Good is keeping her distance from the church due to the criticism she's received for her acting roles and outfit choices.

Vision Church of Atlanta adds psychic medium to ministerial staff

The Vision Church of Atlanta, a progressive congregation, has added a psychic medium who claims to commune with the dead to their staff.

'I've always loved you,' Pastor James MacDonald tells ex son-in-law he allegedly tried to kill

Harvest Bible Chapel founder James MacDonald shot back at recent allegations he tried to hire a hitman to kill his former son-in-law, Tony Groves Jr., with an excerpt from Psalm 37 and a video in which he declares to Groves, 'I've always loved you."

Retired pastor sues senior living facility that threatened to evict him for holding Bible study

A Virginia senior living facility is facing a federal lawsuit after threatening to evict a retired Lutheran pastor and his wife for leading a Bible study in their own apartment.

Kirsten Powers misinforms on abortion issue

A couple of weeks ago, pro-lifers were elated when Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed Georgia's heartbeat legislation ...

Understanding the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation can change your life

It's very clear in scripture that we are commanded to forgive. However, what about reconciliation?

7 considerations for church leaders who get an anonymous letter

On occasion a church leader at Church Answers will share with the community that he or she received an anonymous letter. The leaders are inevitably hurt, and they are frustrated because they have no way to respond.

Love your AI? Artificial intelligence and moral agency

What are our ethical obligations, if any, to the intelligent machines we build?

Abortion: A response to the 'who will take care of the kids after they're born' argument

We hear a familiar conversation played again and again in a loop. "I believe life begins in the womb, therefore I believe abortion is murder." "Well, how many children have you adopted?"

When to take Social Security

Is it better to begin drawing full Social Security at age 66 or wait until 70 and get the higher amount?

Pro-life movie 'Unplanned' is 'effectively blocked' in Canada, producer says

Major film distributors in Canada are refusing to distribute "Unplanned," banning the pro-life movie from the country, according to the film's producers.

Christians at the forefront of safe pregnancies

In many low- and middle-income countries, girls may marry as young as ten years of age, before their bodies can handle the stress of childbearing.

NPR style guide tells journalists: 'Babies are not babies until they are born'

A supervising editor at National Public Radio has advised NPR staff that it is incorrect to use the word "baby" to refer to a child in the womb and warned against using terms like "partial-birth abortion" and "the unborn."

United Nations urges US to 'ensure' abortion rights, slams passage of statewide bans

In response to recent laws passed in conservative states that could provoke a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to abortion rights, the United Nations is calling on the United States government to ensure that women in the country can get an abortion.

Good neighbors

The next door neighbors were here before we moved in. I didn't know anything about them, or their odd habits, and it took Nick, the UPS driver to introduce me to them.

Comedian John Crist's new song 'Check Your Heart' climbs the charts

Christian comedian John Crist took a slight departure from his regular comedic skits to release a new song and video that is currently No. 2 on the iTunes Christian charts.

James MacDonald threatened worker with gun, practiced shooting at HBC's camp: police report

Embattled Harvest Bible Chapel founder James MacDonald, who allegedly sought to hire a hitman to commit murder, is also alleged to be a gun-toting bully who practiced his shooting at the church's camp.

Liberal UMC leaders promise 'wide variety of resistance tactics' against Church position on LGBT issues

Theologically progressive United Methodist Church clergy and activists have promised a "wide variety of resistance tactics" against the denomination's official opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage.

Kirsten Powers, why become Catholic then disregard teaching on abortion?

Commentator Kirsten Powers wrote a USA Today column lamenting recent state initiatives to limit abortion, describing herself as both "pro-choice and pro-life." She recalled her own conversion to Evangelicalism a decade ago and more recent induction into Roman Catholicism.

Water: Are we approaching a global 'day-zero'?

People often assume that population growth is bad for natural resources. But a simple analysis of resource use in the past 2000 years shows otherwise.

Lectionary Calendar
Friday, May 24th, 2019
the Fifth Week after Easter
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Today in Christian History
1892
Birth of Earl B. Marlatt, American religious educator and hymnologist. In 1926 Marlatt penned the hymn, "`Are Ye Able?' Said the Master," to be sung in a consecration service at Boston University's School of Religion.
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
1 Samuel 6-7; Psalm 53; Acts 28:17-31:
When the ark of the had been in Philistine territory seven months,the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the ? Tell us how we should send it back to its place.”They answered, “If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it back to him without a gift; by all means send a guilt offering to him. Then you will be healed, and you…
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