CP World Report: Egypt Election, Syria, Evangelical Code of Ethics, Washington Gay Marriage

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By World Report , The Christian Post in partnership with Crossroads, WEA
June 15, 2012|2:24 pm

Egypt's supreme court has deemed last year's election unconstitutional and has ordered that parliament's lower house be dissolved, with new parliamentary elections to follow. Many of the seats ruled unconstitutional were won by the Muslim Brotherhood. In a separate ruling, the court also decided that former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq can continue to run for president in elections this weekend. The court rejected a law that would have barred him from standing. Shafiq is standing against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi.

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi (Salay-hee) and his Russian counterpart (Sir-gay) Sergei Lavrov have asserted their advocacy for the Kofi Annan's peace plan for Syria. But, commenting on the ongoing crisis there, Salehi said that….Tehran-Moscow viewpoints concerning Syria are very close, and there is agreement on many issues. He reiterated Iran's policy of supporting a domestic solution to the Syrian crisis, without foreign interference, which includes a supplying of arms to the Syrian opposition. The two officials stressed the need for ongoing constructive talks.

The National Association of Evangelicals has developed and released a "Code of Ethics for Pastors" document. And it's asking church leaders of all denominations to sign it, and uphold its principles in their lives . Many Pastors have already signed the document which includes five primary admonitions: integrity, purity, accountability , facilitating fairness and truthfulness. Church strategy consultant Ron Edmondson, who is a co-founding pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee told our Partner The Christian Post that he sees nothing wrong with the document, but he is not sure of its impact on pastors and churches as it's only as good as the character and the heart of the ones who sign it.

A new survey finds more young people are harboring some doubts about the existence of God.
According to the Pew Research Center, 68 percent of Americans 30 years of age and under say they never doubt God's existence. But 5 years ago, 83 percent said they never doubted.

A spokesman for the Secular Student Alliance says : it's the Internet that has opened a way for more young people to discuss their religious doubts -- and inspire others to do the same -- without fear of a backlash from their parents or community

A new website has been launched by theologians to address the lack of Bible knowledge on our continent and in the the UK. Contributors to Biblemesh.com include pastor and author Tim Keller, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler, and the former Archbishop of Nigeria, Peter Akinola. An international team of over 60 scholars has contributed more than 300 articles and 200 videos for the website. Research is pointing to a substantial lack of Bible knowledge despite many people owning or having access to a Bible. The site is intended for both believers and non-believers.

A referendum to ban same sex marriage goes before voters in Washington in November. A state law passed to legalize it earlier this year and it was signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire . But "Preserve Marriage Washington" turned in a petition of over 247-thousand signatures, more than double of what was required, to qualify for the ballot.

IN HEALTH……

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. While age does play a role, stroke can occur at any age. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about a quarter of strokes occur in people younger than 65.

 

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