An evangelical Christian who said he was forced to retire from his job as a general laborer at Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal Co.'s mining operations in Mannington, West Virginia, for his religious beliefs was awarded $150,000 in compensatory damages last Thursday by a federal jury.
Senior Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. is also expected to determine other compensation owed to the ex-employee, Beverly R. Butcher, at a later hearing, according to a report in The Exponent Telegram.
The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on behalf of Butcher against Consol Energy in September 2013 after the company refused to accommodate him when he told them that submitting to a newly installed biometric hand-scanner that tracks employees' time and attendance conflicted with his religious belief, according to Law 360. more >>
"Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus" by filmmaker Timothy Mahoney is getting an encore presentation in select U.S. theaters on Thursday due to an overwhelming demand for the eye-opening documentary.
The film unveils brand-new discoveries that call decades of archeological studies into question in an effort to answer one question: is there any evidence that the Exodus story actually happened? "Patterns" first premiered in nearly 600 sold-out theaters around the country on Jan. 19, but the film will reopen once more this Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. local time at participating theaters.
Mahoney chronicles an in-depth archeological investigation in Egypt while corroborating the biblical text in "Patterns." Twelve years in the making, the film reveals never-before-seen or rarely seen evidence regarding the Israelites' descent into slavery, their Exodus out of Egypt, and the conquest of the Promised Land. more >>
If you have watched "Family Feud" before, than you must have cracked a few laughs with Steve Harvey as the host. But, before making everyone laugh, this star was homeless and miserable. Until one day when he made a promise with God, that he still talks about to this day.
Steve Harvey had many jobs, flunked out of school, and even has been fired several times. Through his failures, it helped him to become a better man. Eventually leading him to God. After leaving his last job, he found a love for comedy and was not going to quit, no matter what the circumstances were. There had been many times where Steve was not getting the fans attention, and it didn't make him much money. He lived out of his car for three years and was homeless.
One day after a show, he was in the bathroom and had a moment that changed his life forever. He made a promise to God, that he kept to this day. Steve told God "if you let me make it, I will tell everyone it was you that did it." Since that day, his life was changed forever! more >>
Jeremy Lin recently decided to participate in a funny question-and-answer session with Facebook fans but still managed to answer some faith-based questions.
Lin, the 26-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard, took to his Facebook page to ask fans to pose funny questions to him.
"Soooo ... I'm chillin' in the hotel room in New Orleans," Lin began his Facebook post to introduce his question-and-answer session. "Q&A Time ... today's emphasis is on the funny questions #currentmood." more >>
There is a growing refrain among non-theists: reading the Bible made me an atheist. Commonly, they point to difficult to understand Old Testament passages, including ones where God allows the death and destruction of humanity as He did with the flood in Genesis and bloody wars against the Canaanites detailed in Deuteronomy.
"Contemporary Christians have had a difficult time trying to come to grips with what they find in the Old Testament, especially those narratives that recount the destruction of whole groups of people by the acts of God," said Thomas Howe, a professor of Bible and Biblical Languages at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, North Carolina. "Non-Christians capitalize on this and attempt to undermine our faith by calling into question either the goodness of God or even His existence."
A challenge that some non-theists use to undermine the Christian faith is if God is so loving, why does He kill people or why does He encourage His people to commit genocide. more >>
Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal sent a letter to the governors of the 49 other U.S. states inviting them to participate in the national prayer gathering that he has organized in Baton Rouge this Saturday.
A copy of Jindal's letter was released to the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody. In the letter, Jindal states that "America, our great nation, is in need" and has called on the governors to come participate in an "apolitical" gathering for a "solemn assembly of worship." At the event, Jindal writes that worshippers will call on "our great Creator to intervene on behalf of our people and nation."
The prayer rally, which has been named, "The Response: A Call To Prayer For a Nation In Crisis," will take place at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, the home of the Louisiana State University basketball team. The worship event is scheduled to last about six hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jindal had previously issued an invite to everyone in America to join in the six hours of prayer, although the assembly center only seats a little over 14,000. more >>