A church in Mississippi that recently won a case regarding a zoning ordinance that had stopped it from using a building at a town square is awaiting a court allowing it to move in.
Opulent Life Church, which won a case against Holly Springs before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last week, still requires an additional court order to move into a building at the town square.
The small congregation was represented in part by the Texas-based legal group the Liberty Institute when its case was brought before the Seventh Circuit in August. more >>
One of the largest privately held Christian publishers of books, Bibles, and digital media filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration's abortion pill or "preventative services" mandate. Tyndale House Publishers is subject to the mandate because it classifies for-profit corporations as categorically non-religious, even though the company publishes strictly Bibles and other Christian materials and is owned by the nonprofit Tyndale House Foundation.
The foundation provides grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world, according to Alliance Defending Freedom, the law group defending Tyndale House.
"Bible publishers should be free to do business according to the book that they publish," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. more >>
In response to a nearby city deciding to drop invocation prayers from its council meeting agenda, a Colorado city has doubled down on its support for invocation prayers at its city council meetings.
The City Council of Colorado Springs has stated that they intend to keep their invocation prayers, even as Pueblo City Council agreed to discontinue the practice in response to criticism from an atheist organization.
"The inclusiveness of our invocations is designed specifically to be respectful of the religious freedoms of our community," said Council President Pro-tem Jan Martin, in a statement. "We welcome the diversity of invocations at our meetings and we find the few minutes taken before our meetings sets a very thoughtful and respectful tone." more >>
A petition with 80,000 signatures brought forward by a social activist group demanding that Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. drop its lawsuit opposing the Health and Human Services "preventive services" mandate is misleading and wrong, says a lawyer for the Christian family-owned nationwide business.
According to a press release from "Faithful America" and subsequent news reports, a Christian evangelical pastor identified as the Rev. Lance Schmitz of Capitol Hill Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City, attempted to deliver the petition to the Hobby Lobby headquarters in Oklahoma City on Thursday and was kicked off the premises and unable to deliver the petition.
Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund, who is defending Hobby Lobby in the HHS lawsuit, told The Christian Post on Thursday that although he does not know exactly what transpired at the company's headquarters, he has read the petition. more >>
The Christian Post released Part 1 of an exclusive interview with Hank Hanegraaff yesterday. He's the president of the apologetics ministry the Christian Research Institute and the creator of daily broadcast the Bible Answer Man. Hanegraaff spoke about his new book The Last Temple that deals with prophecies found in the book of Revelation. He also discussed many other important topics pertaining to Christianity with CP, including biblical illiteracy amongst believers and the theology of many prominent pastors such as Creflo Dollar and Joel Osteen. Here is part 2 of CP's exclusive interview with Mr. Hanegraaff.
CP: Do you think that Christians sometimes sacrifice making quality art in order to convey a message in their work?
Hanegraaff: ... [Christians] should ultimately do everything that we do with excellence. There's a story about repairs in the Sistine Chapel ... when some repair work was being done the craftsmen saw that the work on the other side of the plaster, [the part] not visible to the human eye was done with the same kind of craftsmanship that was [done on what was visible and observable]. And the explanation for that is that the work that Christians do is not just for human consumption, but it is [also] for the eyes of God. And therefore in my writing, in the work that I do in the Bible Answer Man broadcast, [and] the work of the Christian Research Institute, we are concerned that what we do is excellent in every way and I think we should set the example for the world in these categories and not the other way around. more >>
An appeals court has ruled in favor of a New York State Pentecostal congregation regarding a 14-year-old case surrounding the church's intention to build on a piece of property.
The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Fortress Bible Church could build a structure on property in the Town of Greenburgh, despite opposition by town officials.
Second Circuit Judge John Walker affirmed a 2010 lower court decision, saying that Greenburgh officials had "disingenuously used [the environmental review process] to obstruct and ultimately deny the church's project." more >>