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Weekly briefing: SBC sex abuse, James MacDonald, 'Dirty Dozen'

We've compiled the top stories of the week. Here's what you need to know:

Liberal Lutheran pastor melts purity rings into vagina sculpture, presents it to Gloria Steinem

Liberal Lutheran pastor and author Nadia Bolz-Weber has unveiled a sculpture of a vulva that was made entirely with old purity rings in protest of evangelical purity culture.

Mississippi passes 'heartbeat' abortion ban, gov. says he'll sign into law

Mississippi's legislature passed a pair of bills Wednesday aimed at banning abortion at the time a baby's heartbeat is detected, which occurs as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

Beloved pastor, father of five, suffers fatal heart attack after communion service

The Rev. Charles M. Franklin Jr., a beloved father of five and pastor of Ray of Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack shortly after a communion service.

Pastor Brian Houston praises Chris Pratt for 'bold faith in Jesus' amid attacks on church

Pastor Brian Houston says mainstream media reports that Hillsong Church is anti-LGBT people are "completely false," and praised actor Chris Pratt for his "bold faith in Jesus" as he endured public attacks from actress Ellen Page for going to church.

California must pay pro-life pregnancy centers $399K , judge rules

California must pay three pro-life pregnancy centers and a conservative law firm $399,000 in legal fees and other costs after a state law meant to force pregnancy centers to promote abortion was struck down.

Trump meets with abortion survivor, rallies pro-lifers to push for laws protecting babies

President Donald Trump met with an abortion survivor and a child who was born after just 20 weeks of gestation before urging thousands of pro-life supporters Thursday to pressure for the passage of a federal law to protect babies who survive abortions.

Perfect politicians and faulty Christians

There's a lot of digging lately by both political parties to expose indecent, immoral behavior, and/or corruption by the other. People searching as far back as high school, and college. Is this okay with you? Do you want someone looking in your backyard? Most of us, aren't the people we were years ago.

I admit it: I am a hater

I admit it. I am a hater. Numerous people have tried to saddle me and other conservative evangelicals with that label over the years. They are right. I am a hater, but not as they think me to be.

Meet Claire, a Hillary Clinton supporter

I have a lefty friend who sees Republicans as all the same, in a neat little box full of hateful stereotypes. He likes to dig up the most obscure article about some Trump supporter who made a couple of racist comments against blacks or illegal immigrants, and send it to me to bolster his skewed view of us on the right.

Youth ministry must die before it can be resurrected

Without death and burial, there can be no resurrection. It's true of seeds planted in the ground. It's true of our bodies. And it's true of youth ministry. Youth Ministry must "die" in its current form for it to experience a glorious resurrection.

What does the Bible say about the Green New Deal?

Doesn't the Bible say we should protect the environment? Are we going to have to give in to centralized government controls to preserve our natural resources? This "Green New Deal" has me nervous.

Want to save America? Have kids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported late last year that Americans aren't having enough babies to replace themselves. In fact, a record one in five American women will never have children, and those who do will, on average, never exceed two.

The 'Trump Effect' on birth control is another pro-abortion #fakenews narrative

Trump drives women to birth control. Well, at least that's what all of mainstream media is trying to report. Reinforcing the myth that Republicans are trying to take away birth control, the MSM is shouting their contraception lies as loudly and as often as possible.

Trump admin. plans to detain migrant kids at toxic site, report says

A planned detention facility for migrant children is being built on a toxic site, a new report says.

Tim Tebow, Miss Universe Demi Nel-Peters saving sex for wedding night

Longtime bachelor and beloved Christian athlete Tim Tebow proposed to his girlfriend, former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at the top of the year and during a recent interview for his upcoming film "Run The Race" the professing 31-year-old virgin says he is still waiting until his wedding night.

Where do most Christian singles live?

Which U.S. cities do the majority of Christian singles call home?

NeverTrump evangelicals are 'spineless morons' who can't admit they're wrong: Robert Jeffress

Dallas megachurch pastor and prominent Donald Trump supporter Robert Jeffress issued harsh words about evangelicals who oppose the president while appearing on a conservative radio show Wednesday.

Missouri woman who claims state's abortion laws 'violate' her satanic beliefs loses fight

The Missouri Supreme Court has dismissed a Satanic Temple member's religious challenge to the state's informed consent law, which required her to wait 72 hours and gave her the opportunity to view an ultrasound before having an abortion.

Conservatives greatly outnumber liberals in the United Methodist Church: poll

Self-identified theological conservatives outnumber self-identified theological liberals in the United Methodist Church, according to a recently released survey.

Lectionary Calendar
Friday, February 15th, 2019
the Fifth Week after Epiphany
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Today in Christian History
1762
Anglican hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'We serve a gracious Master who knows how to overrule even our mistakes to His glory and our own advantage.'
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Exodus 13,14; Proverbs 5; Hebrews 11:1-22:
The said to Moses,“Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast.Today, in the month of Aviv, you are leaving.When the brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites,…
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