Michael Flynn’s ReAwaken roadshow recruits ‘Army of God'
By the time the red, white and blue-colored microphone had been switched off, the crowd of 3,000 had listened to hours of invective and grievance. Another said she would “take a bullet for my nation,” while a third insisted, “They hate you because they hate Jesus." Then retired three-star Army general Michael Flynn, the tour's biggest draw, invited people to be baptized.news.yahoo.com
Dr. Oz releases health records to spotlight opponent John Fetterman's stroke
Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, released his health records in order to spotlight Democratic rival John Fetterman’s recovery from a stroke. A doctor released a four-page letter saying Oz is in “excellent health.”news.yahoo.com
Christians strip down at a South Texas nudist community
The gate opens to reveal a seemingly ordinary community. RVs and small homes line the roads, péntaque and pickleball courts offer residents recreational spaces, and the front office acts as the community’s nucleus. RNS is solely responsible for this story.news.yahoo.com
President Biden promises action as mourning Uvalde residents urge him to "do something"
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday, where they met with families of the victims of last week's mass shooting that killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers. It was the president's second trip to the site of a mass shooting this month. He was met with demands for more than just his sympathy. Omar Villafranca reports.news.yahoo.com
Uncovering a dumpster full of art worth millions
In 2017 a barn cleanout in Connecticut revealed a treasure trove of artworks, by an obscure artist who'd died the year before. Now, experts say the dumpster art could be worth millions. Correspondent David Pogue delves into the intriguing tale of how a skateboarding mechanic became a detective in order to uncover the identity of Francis Hines, an expressionist who experimented with wrapping buildings, objects and paintings.news.yahoo.com
Christians find unity in restoring holiest Jerusalem church
The three Christian communities that have uneasily shared their holiest site for centuries are embarking on a large-scale project to restore the ancient stone floor of the Jerusalem basilica. The project includes an excavation that could shed light on the rich history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, died and rose again, the central event of the faith celebrated every spring on Easter. It marks a further improvement of ties among the Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic churches.news.yahoo.com
Israeli authority backs down from Mount of Olives park plan
Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority on Monday said it was backing down from a contentious plan to encompass Christian holy sites on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives in a national park following vociferous outcry from major churches. The Mount of Olives in east Jerusalem rises above Jerusalem’s Old City and its sites are holy to three monotheistic faiths. The Armenian, Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches petitioned Israel’s environmental protection minister, whose department is in charge of the Parks Authority, in a letter last week.news.yahoo.com
Christians point to genetics breakthroughs to show Adam and Eve are not incompatible with evolution
Many Christians have rejected the scientific theory of evolution in part because they think it rules out the existence of a historical Adam and Eve. Yet some scientists and theologians argue that recent breakthroughs in genetics make a historical Adam and Eve compatible with evolution, and that this development may help bridge what many see as a conflict between faith and science.news.yahoo.com
The long history of how Jesus came to resemble a white European
Painting depicting transfiguration of Jesus, a story in the New Testament when Jesus becomes radiant upon a mountain. Artist Raphael /Collections Hallwyl Museum, CC BY-SALeer en español The portrayal of Jesus as a white, European man has come under renewed scrutiny during this period of introspection over the legacy of racism in society. As protesters called for the removal of Confederate statues in the U.S., activist Shaun King went further, suggesting that murals and artwork depicting “white Jnews.yahoo.com
EU draft pulled after Vatican complains Christmas 'canceled'
The European Commission on Tuesday retracted internal communication guidelines that had proposed substituting the “Christmas period” with “holiday period” after an outcry by conservatives and the Vatican, which termed the document an attempt to “cancel” Europe’s Christian roots. The European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, said the draft document had been intended to highlight European diversity and showcase the “inclusive nature of the European Commission.”news.yahoo.com
His Reasons for Opposing Trump Were Biblical. Now a Top Christian Editor Is Out.
When Marvin Olasky gets angry emails from readers — more often than not about an expose of wrongdoing at an evangelical church, or about a story that reflects poorly on Donald Trump — he has a stock reply. “We think this is useful to the Church,” he tells disgruntled readers, “because we are also sinners.” Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times As the longtime editor of World, a Christian news organization that has a website, a biweekly magazine and a set of podcasts, Olaskynews.yahoo.com
Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer visit scene where MP Amess was killed
In a rare show of unity, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Keir Starmer visit the scene where lawmaker David Amess was killed in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London, along with the Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle and Home Secretary Priti Patel. Amess, 69, was talking with voters at a church when he was stabbed to death, in what the police have said was a terrorist attack.news.yahoo.com
Founder of South Korea's biggest church, Cho Yong-gi, dies
Rev. Cho Yong-gi, whose founding of the biggest South Korean church once stood as a symbol of the post-war growth of Christianity in the country before that achievement was tainted by corruption and scandals, died Tuesday. Cho, an emeritus pastor at Seoul’s Yoido Full Gospel Church, died at a Seoul hospital, where he had been treated since he collapsed due to cerebral hemorrhage in July 2020, the church said in a statement. “He conveyed the gospel of hope to the Korean people who fell into despair after the Korean War,” the church statement said.news.yahoo.com
As Texas ban on abortion goes into effect, a religion scholar explains that pre-modern Christian attitudes on marriage and reproductive rights were quite different
The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed Texas' abortion restrictions to take effect. Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesThe U.S. Supreme Court has failed to rule on an emergency application to block SB8, a controversial Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. As such, the legislation went into effect on Sept. 1, 2021. While signing the new law on May 19, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stated: “Our creator endowed us with the right to life, and yet millions of children lose their right to life everynews.yahoo.com
LGBTQ youth of faith pray, bond at 'Beloved Arise' group
Jessika Sessoms grew up in a conservative Black evangelical family, attended Christian schools, and often heard that being gay was an abomination, until she understood that she was queer when she was studying to become a missionary at Liberty University.
Vatican bars gay union blessing, says God 'can't bless sin'
(Tiziana Fabi/Pool photo via AP)ROME – The Vatican declared Monday that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.”The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response to a question about whether Catholic clergy have the authority to bless gay unions. Since gay unions aren't intended to be part of that plan, they can't be blessed by the church, the document said. Francis has endorsed providing gay couples with legal protections in same-sex unions, but that was in reference to the civil sphere, not within the church. At the time, Argentine lawmakers were considering approving gay marriage, which the Catholic Church opposes. AdSpeaking of families with gay children, he said: “You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this.
International evangelical pastor Luis Palau dies at 86
(AP Photo/Marianne Armshaw, File)PORTLAND, Ore. – Luis Palau, an evangelical pastor who was born in Argentina and went on to work with Billy Graham before establishing his own powerhouse international ministry, died Thursday. The Luis Palau Association said he died at his home in Portland, Oregon. “This is hard news, but Luis is experiencing the beauty of the Lord face to face.”Born to an affluent family in Buenos Aires, Palau rose from obscurity to become one of the most well-known international Christian evangelists. How many people we’ve reached with the Gospel.”His radio programs, including the international Spanish-language “Luis Palau Responde,” are broadcast on 3,500 stations in 48 countries, and his Portland-based Luis Palau Association organizes dozens of events each year on five continents. “Luis Palau was the Apostle Paul to the Spanish-speaking world.
The Latest: Pope honors massacre victims at Baghdad church
Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with bishops and priests, at the Sayidat al-Nejat (Our Lady of Salvation) Cathedral, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 5, 2021. The pontiff’s landmark visit has been months in the making and is the first papal visit to Iraq, one that eluded his predecessors. The Alitalia flight, with both Vatican and Iraqi flags, carrying the pope and his delegation landed just before 2 p.m. (1100GMT). Dozens of Christians are gathering at the Church of the Virgin Mary in Baghdad hours before Pope Francis was due to land in Iraq for a first papal visit to the war-weary country. The papal visit has raised alarm among public health experts, who fear large crowds will inevitably gather to see the pope.
Iraq's struggling Christians hope for boost from pope visit
Iraqi Christians place a cross on a church in Qaraqosh, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Iraq's Christians are hoping that a historic visit by Pope Francis in March will help boost their community's struggle to survive. Iraq’s Christian communities in the area were dealt a severe blow when they were scattered by the IS onslaught in 2014, further shrinking the country's already dwindling Christian population. Many hope their struggle to endure will get a boost from a historic visit by Pope Francis planned in March. The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, estimated that 1 million Christians have left Iraq since 2003 and about 500,000 remained.
Election turmoil splits West Virginia city's evangelicals
Travis Lowe, second from right, pastor of Crossroads Church in Bluefield, W.Va., raises his arm during services Sunday Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – If you’re Christian in Bluefield — and most everyone is, in this small city tucked into the Appalachian Mountains — you have your choice. Or you can venture up East River Mountain to Crossroads Church, where Pastor Travis Lowe eschews Bradford’s fiery political rhetoric, seeking paths to Christian unity. AdJoe Biden carried parts of Bluefield itself, small splotches of blue in the sea of red that is West Virginia. But Mercer County gave more than three-quarters of its votes to Trump, and Bradford and his pronouncements are very much in line with that.
Christianity on display at Capitol riot sparks new debate
The Christian imagery and rhetoric on view during this months Capitol insurrection are sparking renewed debate about the societal effects of melding Christian faith with an exclusionary breed of nationalism. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON – The Christian imagery and rhetoric on view during this month’s Capitol insurrection are sparking renewed debate about the societal effects of melding Christian faith with an exclusionary breed of nationalism. The rise of what’s often called Christian nationalism has long prompted pushback from leaders in multiple denominations, with the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty forming the Christians Against Christian Nationalism coalition in 2019. “But as a Christian, my highest allegiance is to Christ.”Yet some supporters of former President Donald Trump say that denunciations of Christian nationalism are a way of attacking them politically. Ad“The fact that we saw QAnon, white supremacy and white Christianity all carried together in a violent attack on the Capitol means that particularly white Christians have got some real soul-searching to do,” said Jones, author of two books on white Christianity in America.
Bipartisan Christian group forms super PAC to oppose Trump
Dubbed Not Our Faith, the new super PAC plans to roll out six-figure TV and digital ads focused on Christian voters — particularly the evangelical and Catholic voters who helped power Trump to victory in 2016. Urging Christians to break from Trump, the ad states that they “don’t need Trump to save them. “Trump eked out 2016 with unprecedented support from white evangelicals and, important to note, a really strong showing among Catholics. Whether Biden backers’ bid to peel away evangelical support from Trump is making headway remains to be seen. But the new PAC sees room for a wide-ranging connection with Christian voters beyond Trump’s white evangelical base.
Evangelist Franklin Graham visits Jacksonville Beach
We live in a very dangerous period of history right now," said Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, one of the most famous voices in modern Christianity. Franklin Graham came to the First Coast with a message of peace and salvation. The late Billy Graham was one of those men for the Christian faith, and his children are continuing with their mission. And that's through faith in Christ," Franklin Graham said. Praying during a time of conflict in the world and domestically, Franklin Graham believes the world needs spiritual healing through faith.
Pope Francis loves nouns but is 'allergic' to adjectives
CNN, Vatican TVVATICAN CITY - The Pope wants us to stop using so many adjectives. In a speech on Monday to the Dicastery for Communications, the Vatican's communications authority, Pope Francis urged people not to describe Christianity with qualifiers and adjectives. "We have fallen into the culture of adjectives and adverbs, and we have forgotten the strength of nouns," he said. The term "Christian" is strong and authentic enough as it is, without the need for adjectives, he said. He's also active on Twitter, and even tweeted out a reminder on Wednesday to "call people by their name, as the Lord does with us, and to give up using adjectives."
Why Ben Higgins Is 'Jealous' of Hannah Brown's 'Bachelorette' Season
Ben Higgins wishes his faith would have been featured more on his season of The Bachelor. ET's Lauren Zima spoke with the Generous Coffee co-founder on Tuesday's episode of Roses and Rose Live, where he revealed he's "jealous" of the amount of airtime religion is receiving on Hannah Brown's season of The Bachelorette. That being said, Higgins isn't too pleased with how Parker is portraying Christianity on Brown's season. I'm really pissed off that I didn't get to talk about it as much as this season is, and I'm just jealous," Higgins confessed. RELATED CONTENT:'The Bachelorette': Jed Wyatt Blows Up Over Hannah Brown's Fantasy Suite Decision'The Bachelorette': Jed Wyatt's Family Questions His Love for Hannah Brown'Bachelorette' Hannah Brown's Final 4: Everything We Know About Jed, Tyler, Peter and Luke