DALLAS – Pastor Greg Laurie announced earlier this week the selection of the host city for Harvest America 2014. Pastor Laurie told The Christian Post on Wednesday that the idea for choosing Dallas as the location for this year's crusade came from pastor John Collins, director of Harvest Crusades.
Laurie, who's friends with many pastors who serve in the Dallas metroplex and has preached there several times over the years, told CP that as soon as Collins pitched the idea, "it just immediately resonated."
"I thought 'what a perfect place.' Because we've been on the West Coast and then the East Coast, and now to be in the Lone Star state – to me, nothing says America better than Dallas, Texas. What an appropriate place to hold an event called harvest America." more >>
An animal rights group has launched an online petition calling for the head of the Roman Catholic Church to stop releasing doves in light of a recent incident.
Posted by Chris Wolverton on Care2, the petition was created after a recent release of doves at the Vatican ended with birds of prey attacking them.
"Domesticated doves are easy targets for other birds due to their white color and inability to recognize predators and flee. The Pope's intentions in releasing the doves were innocent, but after witnessing the gruesome aftermath he needs to end the practice," reads the petition in part. more >>
A state representative has proposed a bill to liberalize the liquor laws in Utah, despite the position of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or "Mormon Church," that current policies should remain in place.
"The additional costs to businesses" caused by the liquor restrictions "put a damper on Utah's economic development and tourism, which is very large industry in Utah," Representative Greg Powell (R – Herber City) told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. Powell's bill would remove two restrictions – the requirement that servers ask if a patron ordering alcohol "intends to dine," and the "Zion Curtain," a 7-foot-2-inch barrier required by law between the areas where alcohol is poured and where it is served.
"A good Mormon doesn't see freedom as a good thing — they consider grace a license to sin," explained Lynn K. Wilder, associate professor of special education at Florida Gulf Coast University, former tenured professor at Brigham Young University, and author of Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of The Mormon Church. Wilder argued that Utah's liquor laws are restrictive because most representatives are Mormon (some lawmakers estimate 90 percent, The Salt Lake Tribune reported) and because Latter-day Saints believe in works-based salvation. more >>
Thieves who stole a reliquary containing blood from Pope John Paul II are being asked by an Italian Roman Catholic Church official to return the item.
Archbishop Giuseppe Petrocchi of L'Aquila stated in a letter sent out earlier this week asking whoever was responsible for stealing the gold container with blood to "give it back."
South Dakota's legislative body is mulling over two bills that seek to protect clergy and business owners from being forced to perform or host gay marriages.
Known as Senate Bill 66 and Senate Bill 67, the two bills were introduced last week and have been referred to the South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee.
Republican South Dakota State Senator Ernie Otten introduced both bills, with SB 66 focusing on exemptions for clergy and SB 67 focusing on exemptions for businesses. more >>
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