For the third consecutive year, a children's book about a gay penguin couple trying to hatch an egg tops a list of the most "challenged" library books.
And Tango Makes Three, released in 2005 and written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, remained at the top of the latest report by American Library Association (ALA) that identifies which books have received the most complaints challenging its content.
The award-winning tale draws on the real-life story of Roy and Silo, two chinstrap penguins at the Central Park Zoo in New York. The book, published for children ages 4-8, says the two penguins sleep together and attempt to make a nest like other boy and girl penguin couples. more >>
"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret." (NIV)
Halloween is here again. What a fun night! Pumpkins and black cats and haunted houses. Children run from door to door, their Halloween bags held out in anticipation of the goodies they'll receive. Adults plan for weeks what they will wear, some paying more for a costume than they would for a good set of clothing for work. It's just a fun evening, isn't it? Let's take a closer look. more >>
Friday is October 31. All Hallows Eve. Halloween. This year, Halloween falls on Friday, so it's pretty much a certainty that people will celebrate Halloween Friday night. What are you going to do Friday evening? Will you be out having fun, enjoying the traditional holiday? After all, it's an annual thing, a regular celebration, something everyone does. In fact, in the United States, next to Christmas, more money is spent on Halloween than any other holiday. Costumes, trick or treating, candy, goblins, ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses... fun, huh?
But wait a minute. What are we really celebrating? Let's take just a moment, and take an objective look at Halloween from the viewpoint of a Christian and from God's Word.
Okay, let's see. more >>
Halloween is just around the corner and households across America will be stocking up on sweets to hand out to trick-or-treaters.
For Christians who are torn between partaking in a holiday some affiliate with the occult and locking their doors to mostly innocent children, one ministry is encouraging believers to not skip out on the festivities but to stock up on treats that will feed souls rather than stomachs.
“Children show up at your doorstep every year in October, dressed like ghosts and goblins roaming your neighborhood in search of treats. This year when they come knocking, consider giving them something ‘extra’ that will go beyond their ‘physical’ cravings for chocolate and processed sugar,” says evangelist Tim Todd, president of Revival Fires Ministry. more >>
WASHINGTON – Nearly half of Americans report having at least two supernatural encounters, with conservative Protestants more likely than religious liberals to say they had such experiences, according to a survey recently published in a new book.
Among the most common religious and mystical experiences reported by Americans include protection from harm by a guardian angel (55 percent); calling by God to do something (44 percent); witnessing a miraculous, physical healing (23 percent); and hearing the voice of God (20 percent), according to the second part of the Baylor Religion Survey.
Researchers say they did not expect to find such high numbers of Americans reporting supernatural experiences, in particular, the guardian angel result. more >>
According to a study conducted by the Barna Group called Teens and the Supernatural, three out of every 10 teenagers have played the Ouija board, had their palms read, and eight out of 10 have read horoscopes.
Maybe these numbers do not shock you. But while these activities may seem innocuous, below the surface there lurks an extremely dangerous and powerful worldsomething Scripture refers to as the powers of darkness.
Take, for example, the Ouija board, a game young people have played for decades. Manufactured by Parker Brothers, the game combines numbers and letters around a pointer that mysteriously indicates answers to questions players ask. Even Parker Brothers cannot explain how the pointer moves. Thats because the game taps into spiritual forces outside the realm of human control. more >>