David Platt, the International Mission Board president for the Southern Baptist Convention, has penned an open letter to address cuts in funding to missions worldwide due to financial shortfalls.
Platt said that the IMB plans to cut between 600-800 missionaries around the world over the next six months.
"This is certainly not an announcement that I, in any way, wanted to make," Platt wrote. "At the most recent meeting of the SBC in Columbus, I shared with messengers how IMB spent tens of millions more dollars than we received last year. In our budgeting process over the last couple of months, other leaders and I have recognized that we will have a similar shortfall this year, and we are projecting another shortfall of like magnitude next year." more >>
A self-described "Catholic Warrior" who recently vandalized a Florida government building's Satanic holiday display has launched an online fundraising effort to continue her crusade.
Susan Hemeryck, who last December attacked a Satanic display in the Tallahassee capitol building, created a page on the website gofundme.com.
Titled "Stand Against Satan," the page calls for help in stopping the Satanic Temple from committing "retaliation" for Hemeryck's actions last Christmas season. more >>
The New York City mayor's office recently announced their plan to allow private pre-kindergarten schools that receive taxpayer funding to have prayer breaks and a flexible calendar schedule.
By the start of next school year, pre-K schools, including religious ones, will be allowed to have time for prayer and religious instruction during the day.
Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood are beloved by country music fans both individually and for their previous collaborations, and now the couple may be releasing a Christmas duets album.
In the past, Brooks and Yearwood have joined forces on songs such as "The Call," "In Another's Eyes," and "After the Fire is Gone," and yet the power couple have never released an album together. However, Brooks recently acknowledged the long-delayed project and revealed a possible Christmas duets album while speaking at a press conference at TD Garden.
"We are trying to get it out this year," the 52-year-old Grammy Award-winner revealed, according to Country Standard Time. "We'll test the waters. It'll be a duets album, but it will not be like what you've seen before. She's got a lot of strong ideas." more >>
The British Razzie nominees have been announced, and Kirk Cameron, along with his film "Saving Christmas" has been nominated for six awards.
"Saving Christmas" and Cameron received nominations in the following categories: Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay, Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actress (Brigitte Ridenour), Worst Director (Darren Doane) and Worst Screen Combo (Kirk Cameron and his ego). The film tied with "The Legend of Hercules" and came in second for most nominations; "Transformers: Age of Extinction" took the lead with seven nominations.
The documentary about the history of Christmas, as told by Cameron, received a great deal of criticism from the public. It was voted the worst-ever film on IMDB in Dec, but Cameron championed the movie and encouraged viewers and his followers to see the film and "save Christmas." He used social media to try and improve the film's low rating at Rotten Tomatoes. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO Ken Ham revealed in a blog post earlier this week that he received a copy of "The Science Guy" Bill Nye's book, Undeniable as a Christmas present, in which Nye invites Ham to join "the world of reason." The creationist responded by sending his own book gift to Nye, and invited him to join "the world of salvation."
Ham, who's also the CEO of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, revealed that due to his extended stay in Australia over the holidays, he has only recently been able to catch up to his Christmas mail in America, where he found Nye's gift.
Nye, who's the CEO of science-advocacy group The Planetary Society, wrote in his message: "For Ken, Here's hoping you find your way someday. You would be welcomed in the world of reason — We could celebrate the science together!" more >>