As Republican Party leaders met this week in Cleveland to draft and approve amendments to the party's platform, many headlines have surfaced about the proposed additions.
The New York Times is saying that the draft of the Republican Party Platform "goes far to the right," by taking conservative and traditionalist stances on issues such as abortion, sexual orientation change effort (SOCE) therapy, military combat and even the teaching of the Bible in public schools.
Below are seven takeaways from the reported draft of the Republican Party platform that are of particular interest to conservative Christians. The official 2016 Republican Party Platform will not be adopted until next week at the Republican National Convention. more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest atheist groups in the country, has been warning thousands of school districts in America against visiting Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, the newly opened life-size replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky.
In response, Ham announced that public school students coming to the Ark on a school field trip will only have to pay $1 per ticket during 2016.
The Lexington Herald Leader reported earlier this week that the FFRF has been sending letters to hundreds of public schools in Kentucky telling them that sending students to the Ark would be akin to religious proselytizing, and would violate the separation of church and state. more >>
Religious freedom remains non-existent in the oppressive regime of North Korea's Kim Jong Un, with evidence showing that over 100,000 people, some spanning three generations back, are forced to work in back-breaking camps, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee reports.
"We know that for ordinary North Koreans there is no right to freedom of religion, [to] assemble, to petition their government. But what is so horrendous, is what happens to the 120,000 who have been arrested and put in these work camps, sometimes for three generations. The back-breaking work, the way they are beaten if they so much as smile," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., illustrated in his remarks at the annual rally with the Korean Church Coalition for North Korean freedom.
Royce suggested that heavy sanctions against Kim have had some effect, as now there are successful broadcasting efforts into North Korea aimed at giving citizens the truth about what is happening in their own country. more >>
Christian leaders around the world have been condemning the terror attack in Nice, where at least 84 were killed and scores more injured, with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby bemoaning that "human evil kills the innocent cruelly," and Patriarch Kirill wondering what is happening to the human race.
The massacre in the southern French city was carried out by a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, Reuters reported, who drove a heavy truck into large crowds watching the fireworks on Bastille Day. The driver opened fire on civilians before he was shot dead by police officers, at the end killing 84 people and injuring many others.
As world leaders have sent their condolences to French President Francois Hollande, who called the attack a terrorist act, Church leaders have also been quick to condemn the latest massacre to strike France, following the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015. more >>
Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has recalled the horrible shock she suffered almost one year ago with the death of her husband of 49 years, Danny Lotz, noting that she had to begin looking for God's blessing even in the midst of pain and grief.
"One year ago this August, my husband of 49 years moved to our Father's House. He left suddenly … without saying goodbye. The shock was horrific. But even during the days that followed, I knew that God had not been caught by surprise," Lotz wrote in a blog post.
"Danny's move was not an accident — at least from Heaven's perspective. So I began to look for God's blessings. They were easy to find because He showered them down in abundance, and is still doing so today. But I have had to choose to open my eyes and focus on the blessings instead of on the pain and grief," she added. more >>
Australian Rugby star Jarryd Hayne believes God called him away from his NFL dreams that brought him to the United States last year.
Although he announced his NFL retirement last May so that he could try out for the Fiji Rugby Sevens team that would allow him to participate in the upcoming Olympic games, the 28-year-old did not make the cut. In a Facebook post announcing that he would not be joining the Fiji Olympic team, Hayne revealed that he would be returning home to Australia and take some time off.
"It was hard to comprehend and understand at first why I came here? Why God put me here, but deep down I knew there was a reason and a purpose," he wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday. "God takes you places not so you can achieve what you set out for, but to play a part and help something greater than yourself." more >>