Archive for: 2014

Sudanese Christian Woman Detained at Airport after Release from Prison

Sudanese Christian Woman Detained at Airport after Release from Prison

Fox News is reporting that 24 hours after she was released from prison, Miriam Ibrahim, the 27-year-old Christian woman who had been arrested and sentenced to death for refusing to convert to Islam, has now been re-arrested. An Islamic court of apostasy had convicted her for refusing to embrace Islam and for committing adultery by marrying her Christian husband, Daniel […]

 
 

Is Your Window Open? – Dr. Eric Walsh Speaks About His Recent Experience

Is Your Window Open? – Dr. Eric Walsh Speaks About His Recent Experience

  Dr. Eric Walsh speaks on his recent experience at the Advent Hope Sabbath School in Loma Linda, California on May 31, 2014. Click to listen: https://www.audioverse.org/english/sermons/recordings/6163/is-your-window-open.html

 
 

Prince Charles Writes on Plight of Christians in the Middle East

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By Prince Charles – For more than twenty years, I have tried to build bridges between Islam and Christianity and to dispel ignorance and misunderstanding between them. Islam is the second largest faith community in the world and the second largest in Britain, and so bridges between Islam and Christianity are something that must concern every responsible person.

 
 

Opinion on Court Decision: Prayer at public meetings may be lawful but not expedient

Opinion on Court Decision: Prayer at public meetings may be lawful but not expedient

By Bryan Fulwider – On May 5 the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to Christianity with its 5-4 prayer ruling in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway.

However, that's definitely not how any headlines I read described the decision. Nor is it how the five-justice majority would have viewed it. And it's certainly not what most Christians would say. But that's what happened, I believe. Now for some background.

 
 

Rediscovering Agape: Why the Reformation is Not Over

Rediscovering Agape: Why the Reformation is Not Over

Agape love is the central premise of Protestant Christian theology. According to The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics, “Luther's rediscovery of the primacy of agape was the linchpin of the Reformation and the rediscovery of genuine Christian ethics.” (See G. Meilaender and W. Werpehowski, The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics, 2007, p. 456.)

Many confuse the concept of agape love with the concept of caritas, or charity, but these are two separate ideas. The concept of agape love is the love of God reaching down to save humanity through grace, while caritas is about humans reaching upward toward God through works.

 
 

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Public Prayers Before Town Council Meetings Are Permissible

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Public Prayers Before Town Council Meetings Are Permissible

On May 5, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion in Galloway v. Greece (click for text) that since opening prayers are permissible as a tradition of Congress and state legislatures, Marsh v. Chambers(1983), they are also permissible at town council meetings so long as they don't condemn or try to convert people who are not members of a particular religion.

 
 

7th Cir. to Decide Whether Ministerial Housing Exemption is Constitutional

7th Cir. to Decide Whether Ministerial Housing Exemption is Constitutional

By Michael Peabody – Last November, a federal judge stuck a stick in a beehive when she found that a long-standing tax-exemption for clergy housing was unconstitutional. The case, Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) vs. Lew, is currently on appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and religious organizations are out in force defending the exemption.

 
 

Why Did the U.S. Supreme Court Decide Not to Hear the New Mexico Photographer's Appeal?

Why Did the U.S. Supreme Court Decide Not to Hear the New Mexico Photographer's Appeal?

By Michael Peabody – Although the U.S. Supreme Court did not provide a reason for declining Huguenin's writ, it is probably not because the Court intends to lock in the New Mexico decision or that the Supreme Court is not interested in addressing this issue at a later date. It is most likely because the Court is looking for a better case, perhaps a combination of several cases which represent different results in different jurisdictions.

 
 

After 6-Year Fight, California County Drops Bid to Turn Church Into Bar

Pastor Stan Peterson

Guatay, CA – A church is in high spirits after six years of litigation with the County of San Diego for abruptly shutting them down. The County agreed to confer a Minor Deviation Permit to the church, allowing them to continue operations despite having been zoned many years ago—and unknown to the church—as a country-western bar.

 
 

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear New Mexico Photographer Case

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear New Mexico Photographer Case

Today, without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of a New Mexico photography studio and its owners. The highly-publicized case of Elane Photography v. Willock involved a photographer who refused on religious grounds to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony.