Keeping up with current events and important faith and culture news can be a difficult task, which is why we’re partnering with TheBlaze to offer you a recap of this week's top stories.
Make sure you're in-the-know before you step into the pulpit this Sunday.
The death and destruction in Nigeria isn’t slowing down. Witnesses say that extremists torched four churches Sunday—just miles from where over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in April.
And Nigeria isn’t the only place where violence is raging. A string of assaults against Jews in France is causing many to leave the country and move to Israel.
“Anti-Semitic incidents are an almost daily occurrence in France,” one expert said. “They are becoming more frequent and whereas the targets used to be synagogues, now there are more physical assaults on people, young religious Jews.”
In Sudan, Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, the Christian woman who was arrested for her faith last year, spoke out in an interview with CNN this week, describing the horrific prison conditions in which she gave birth to her baby daughter.
“When I was in prison I was only thinking about my children and how I was going to give birth. I was most scared of giving birth in prison,” Ibrahim said.
On the home front, did you see the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby case this week? Well, TV host Bill O’Reilly had some strong words to say about the liberal justices on the Supreme Court.
If one more liberal justice is appointed, “freedom in America will be compromised forever,” O’Reilly proclaimed. And some critics are saying that the Supreme Court’s decision on contraceptive coverage goes against women’s rights and health care, but the situation might be more complicated than that.
Plus, don’t miss the story we did on Dr. Candida Moss, a historian and professor at the University of Notre Dame, who told TheBlaze last week that she’s never encountered anything in her work that would lead her to become a nonbeliever.
“I personally haven’t found anything that makes me want to be an atheist,” Moss, a Catholic, said on TheBlaze’s Freefall podcast. “And I don’t think there’s anything to be afraid of in the study of history.”
And there have been a plethora of stories surrounding the debate over homosexuality in Christian circles. Consider that some critics are wondering whether the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a dying denomination, as its recent embrace of gay marriage made waves.
Then, the United Methodist Church also landed in the headlines, making a controversial decision to reinstate a pastor who had previously been defrocked for presiding over his gay son’s wedding.
Some are wondering if Methodists will eventually follow the Presbyterians in embracing same-sex unions, though the jury is still out.
On the evangelical front, World Vision, a Christian humanitarian group that reversed course just a few months after announcing that they would allow Christians in homosexual marriages to work for their U.S. branch, is now reportedly asking board members to affirm a traditional stance on marriage.
And here are some of our more general news headlines:
As the debate over health care continues, some are wondering whether the White House in for another headache? Read about how another problem is simmering just under the surface of Obamacare.
And on the international front, the U.S. is sending 300 more troops to Iraq to improve security at the U.S. embassy and other places in Baghdad.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and others testified on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis on Thursday at a House hearing held in Texas.
According to Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, “Since October, more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed into the United States from Mexico—nearly two-thirds of those crossed through the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.”
And read about how Obama told gun control advocates that they need to get as organized and well financed as the NRA if gun control measures are going to pass Congress.
Did you see that the U.S. national soccer team managed to qualify for the knock-out rounds of the World Cup? Unfortunately, they lost to Belgium in overtime in the first of those rounds, ending their World Cup run.
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