A bill stripping Planned Parenthood Federation of America of federal taxpayer dollars for a period of at least one year passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
Lawmakers in the House voted largely on party lines on Friday to pass HR 3134, 241 to 187, which would place a one-year moratorium on federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
"For the one-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, subject to subsection (b), no funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., unless such entities certify that Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period," reads HR 3134. more >>
The head of the 80 million-member Anglican Communion has announced that the global body's leadership will meet next year to consider a restructuring of the Communion to allow for sharp disagreements on issues such as homosexuality and gay marriage.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby announced Wednesday that the 37 primates from across the world will meet in January over the future of the Communion, including matters like sexual ethics and environmentalism.
"I have suggested that we need to consider recent developments but also look afresh at our ways of working as a Communion, paying proper attention to developments in the past," stated Archbishop Welby. more >>
Food and water insecurity are among the biggest crises facing the global community and next month Al Hollingsworth, the Christian founder of Aldelano Corporation, will unveil a solution called the Aldelano Solar ColdBox which promises to produce gallons of drinking water from the air daily, store perishable food and generate power.
The Solar ColdBox, which is being heralded as "breakthrough technology," is "an industrial-grade portable, solar-powered cold storage mini-warehouse that provides not only refrigeration and freezing capacity, but also water and ice production along with a completely renewable auxiliary power source," according to a release from the company.
It will be formally introduced to the public during the annaul leadership conference called Gathering of Eagles hosted by Hollingsworth and his wife, Hattie, at the Alhatti Christian Resort & Retreat Center in California next month. A number of local missions pastors and representatives from humanitarian and nonprofit agencies are expected to attend. more >>
A conference of human rights activists who focus on Christian persecution in the Middle East has called upon Congress to pass a resolution declaring recent actions committed by the Islamic State "genocide."
As part of the annual conference, members of the group In Defense of Christians lobbied elected officials on Capitol Hill to pass Concurrent Resolution 75, which was introduced last week.
Sponsored by Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, H. Con. Res. 75 calls upon Congress to label recent acts of intolerance against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East as "crimes against humanity" and "genocide." more >>
In days of seeking God deeply, I have been asking Him for insights about all that is happening in the world now. While my understanding grows, I want to share what is on my heart today in relation to three areas of crisis.
1. Global Crises
Across the globe, crises abound. The global spiritual crisis continues to grow as lostness escalates. Billions of people are in need of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As more than one-half of the global population is now living in the cities of the world, missional strategies must emerge that address reaching these cities. more >>
Dr. Ben Carson is winning among white Evangelicals, and celebrity billionaire Donald Trump is both the most loved and unloved candidate in Iowa, according to the most recent Iowa poll on the Republican presidential race.
In a survey of 1,038 likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants conducted by Quinnipiac University, 27 percent of respondents voiced support for the billionaire businessman and reality TV star, placing him at number one among the crowded GOP field.
However, in the same polling data Trump was also number one among the candidates respondents say they "would definitely not support" for the nomination, with 25 percent of those surveyed saying so. more >>