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Headlines for Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
PRACTICAL SHEPHERDING: The Preacher’s Monday ‘Hangover’ 
You may call it something different, but every pastor knows about it.  It is the mental, emot- ional, and spiritual crash that takes place the next day (Monday) as a result of pouring your heart and soul out in the proclamation of God’s Word to God’s people the day before. Person- ally, it has affectionately become known as, “The Preaching Hangover.”  There is no easy remedy, or quick fix to prevent it.    MORE
SHARPER IRON: Disasters, Calamities and Evil in the World…Is God Asleep at the Switch? 
…The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan killed thousands and left multitudes in utter despair. Many of us are praying for the survivors and contributing toward relief to this once great nation now in shambles.  This tragedy resurrects a question we have all heard time and time again, “How can a good God allow such things?” Locally, nearby tragedies involving our families or people we know bring direct grief into our lives… Some sufferings result from human choices. Others are considered “acts of God.” But we return to that well-worn refrain: “If God is good, if God is all-powerful, and God knows all things, why do seemingly random disasters take place?” Do they take God by surprise, as some assert? Has God created the universe and then taken leave, as some of our nation’s founders… MORE
Future Apple iPods ‘Could Be Charged By the Human Heart’ 
The human heartbeat could be used to power an ipod after scientists developed a tiny chip which uses the body’s own movement to generate power. Scientists hope that as the nanotechnology used in the chip evolves, it could lead to electronics which don’t require batteries or mains power.  Hailed as a mile- stone, it can use tiny movements such as the pinch of a finger to generate power.  The team, presenting their findings at the Nation- al Meeting & Exposition of the…  MORE
J.E. DYER: Seeking Revival in the Face of Global Decline 
I sense something of a developing attitude, if not of doom and gloom, at least of resignation regarding the events expected in the near future. As much as I believe that there are end times coming and that they are in God’s hands, I cannot feel a sense of resignation about our present world. There are many left unsaved in it—indeed, many still unreached— and there are many expectant hearts, many who cry out to the Lord and call on His promises.  MORE
AP Fact Check Destroys Obama’s Libya Speech 
There may be less than meets the eye to Obama’s statements Monday night that NATO is taking over from the U.S. in Libya and that U.S. action is limited to defending people under attack there.
Anti-Abortion Billboards Featuring Obama to Go Up in Chicago 
The same pro-life group behind the controversial New York City billboard that was recently forcefully removed is putting up another attention-grabbing, anti-abortion ad in Chicago, this time featuring the likeness of President Barack Obama.
Two Indian Christians Languish in Saudi Prison 
Friends and family of two Indian Christians arrested after a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia in January have tried in vain to  release…
‘Facebook Depression’ Affecting Teens, Report Says 
Youths who spend a lot of time on social media sites are at risk of “Facebook depression,” a group of doctors say.
SHAWN GRAVES: Why There Are Still Atheists 
…Spiegel points to research suggesting that some prominent atheists had broken, defective relationships with their fathers. Others live in perpetual disobedience and rebellion—resisting lifestyle changes required upon adopting theism. 
France: Vegans Charged in Baby’s Death 
Two vegans who fed their 11-month-old daughter only mother’s milk went on trial in northern France on Tuesday charged with neglect after their baby died suffering from vitamin deficiency.
Beyonce’s Father to Focus on Christian Music 
Beyonce’s music manager and father, Matthew Knowles, annou- nced that he will no longer represent his daughter. Knowles said he will be focusing on gospel and inspirational music
Probe Reveals Abortion Clinics Bloody, Horrific 
Operation Rescue is seeking action against 12 abortionists in Texas, as well as their respective abortion clinics.
Christian NFL Player Tim Tebow to Model Underwear 
NFL player Tim Tebow, known for being upfront about his Christian faith by writing biblical verses on his eye black and his wristband, will have his first commercial debut as an underwear model.
American Charter Schools In Turkey Tied to Muslim Group? 
Federal agencies are reportedly investigating a large American charter school operation for possible financing of a Muslim movement in Turkey.
U.N. Demands Release of Missing Chinese Lawyer 
A U.N. human rights agency has demanded that the Chinese government release Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has gone missing for nearly a year.
FIRST THINGS: Homeschooling Is About Freedom 
…Some suddenly furrow their brows and purse their lips and declare their concerns about homeschooling, less often about the quality of the education as about the children’s “socialization.”
Atheist Hitchens Credits Evangelical For Cancer Hope 
World famous atheist, Christopher Hitchens, made a surprising revelation recently that his former debate opponent, outspoken evangelical scientist Francis Collins, is behind a new experimental cancer treatment that he is using.
Church Elder Moves to Replace Jeffs 
Jailed polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs may no longer have control of his southern Utah-based church after a senior leader on Monday moved to replace him.

 

Headlines for Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Court To Decide If Teacher Can Sue Church School 
The Supreme Court will decide whether a teacher at a church-run school is a religious or secular worker when it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School of Redford, Mich.  Cheryl Perich, a teacher and commissioned minister, got sick in 2004 but tried to return to work from disability leave despite being diagnosed with narcolepsy. She taught third and fourth graders  The school said she couldn’t return because they had hired a substitute for that year. They fired her after she showed up anyway and threatened to sue to get her job back.  MORE
Iranian Video Says Muslim Messiah is ‘Near’ 
New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi–or Islamic messiah–is about to appear.  CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place — and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times.  While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand. The propaganda footage has been approved at the highest of the Iranian government. MORE
Obama’s Fiscal Policies Doom Retirement for Millions 
President Barack Obama’s misguided federal policies have stunted economic growth and endangered the American dream of a com- fortable retirement, financial commentator Robert Wiedemer says. “The government absolutely shares culpability in this… Gov- ernment policies are responsible for a great many of our financial problems — the state of Americans’ retirements included.”  MORE
INVESTORS.COM: Will an Islamic Caliphate Rise From Unrest In The Mideast? 
With the Muslim world reaching a boiling point, U.S. intelligence fears that the unrest could create a power vacuum exploited by al-Qaida and its parent, the radical Muslim Brotherhood.   Both share a goal of bringing the Mideast under a single Islamic ruler, who could control world oil supplies and possibly even nuclear weapons.  The Obama administration finds the idea of such a “caliphate” preposterous. It isn’t even concerned about the prospect of Islamist regimes emerging from the revolts. Many of the Mideast protesters are “secular,” the White House believes.    MORE
Trump: New Facts Emerging on Obama Birth Certificate 
Potential 2012 GOP presidential contender Donald Trump is doubling down on his call for President Barack Obama to produce a birth certificate, saying “facts are emerging” that have raised a “real question” as to whether Obama is constitutionally eligible to serve as president. Trump said the president has spent “millions of dollars” in legal fees to “trying to get away from this issue.”  MORE
CBN NEWS: Missionary Recounts Haitian Jail Ordeal 
The city of Bradenton, Fla., is located 800 miles from Haiti. But it is a world away from the confines of the Haitian prison in the city of Jacmel, where a judge had Christian missionary Danny Pye incarcerated in October of 2010.  There has been no legal explanation for his confinement.  Pye and his family have lived in Haiti for seven years. He and his wife, run an orphanage…  MORE
What Is Hell? Book Stirs Debate About Afterlife 
What does hell mean to you? Is it an endless nightmare for sinners and unsaved souls, as mainstream Christianity has taught for centuries? Or is hell here on Earth, in the distractions, addictions and emptiness of daily life?  Those ideas are receiving fresh scrutiny from some believers after a promin- ent evangelical pastor questioned the trad- itional idea of hell in his new book…  MORE
Facebook Blamed In Divorces 
Surveys that show Facebook being cited more and more in divorce cases should make spouses think twice before “friending” some- one of the opposite sex, experts say. A 2010 survey by the American Academy of Matri- monial Lawyers showed that 81 percent of “the nation’s top divorce attorneys” reported an increase in social networking websites being used as evidence in divorce cases. Facebook is the leader, cited in 66 percent of cases that involve online evidence.  MORE
Is There a Next Billy Graham? 
For at least the last half decade, there’s been speculation as to who could replace the Rev. Billy Graham as the next greatly esteemed and world-renowned leading Christian evangelist. When his 2005 New York crusade was billed as most likely his last, we began wondering if anyone could rise to the task. Or should any individual do so? Since emerging on Christianity’s landscape in the mid-1940s, Graham has never let up in his simple belief that people need Jesus.   MORE
High Court Agrees to Hear Church Employment Case 
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal in the case of a narcoleptic teacher who sued a Christian school for discrimination based on disability.
Israel Deploys ‘Iron Dome’ Anti-Rocket System 
Israeli aircraft struck a Palestinian rocket squad in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, as a new defense system prepared to go online…
Powerful Burma Quake Prompts Call for Prayer, Support 
The head of a prominent outreach ministry is encouraging believers to pray for and support the people of Burma even as calls for aid to hard-hit Japan continue to make headlines.
Islamists Offer $2.2 Million For Head of Koran-Burning FL Pastor 
Well, Florida pastor Terry Jones has gone and done it. The evang- elical minister has made good on his incendiary promise. With 30 witnesses, he set fire to a copy of the embattled religious text.
Israel Deploys Anti-Missile System to South 
Israel on Sunday prepared to deploy the first units of its recently-developed Iron Dome anti-missile system to battered Israeli towns within range of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
PARKER: Why Liberals Hate Clarence Thomas & Sarah Palin 
A high-profile conservative, whose very life and personal history poses an open challenge and affront to the “haves” and “have nots” mythology, is a liberal’s worst nightmare.
50,000 Manufacturing Jobs Lost Every Month Since 2001 
Any economy that constantly consumes far more wealth than it produces is eventually going to be in for a very hard fall. 
Girls Banned From Selling Cookies On Their Own Front Lawn 
Once upon a time in America, if you were a couple of little girls and you wanted to sell lemonade or girl scout cookies at a little stand in front of your home nobody would give you any problems. 
Christian Imprisonment, Beatings Continue In Mideast 
More Christians are being persecuted in Saudi Arabia, according to the ministry International Christian Concern.
CHUCK COLSON OP-ED: China’s Christianity Conundrum 
China has all but caught up with the United States in terms of economic and geopolitical power. All but. For China to take full advantage of its enormous resources and labor force, China has to take a step that does not come naturally to Communist dictatorships. China must begin to embrace human rights… MORE
Newt Gingrich Woos Evangelicals at Texas Megachurch 
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke Sunday at a Texas megachurch where he railed against secularism and called for the defense of the nation’s Christian values.
3rd-Grader Denied Playground Witnessing 
A Penn. 3rd-grader is getting legal help after being told by school officials that she can’t hand out Christian tracts on the playground.
Man Uses Bible to Justify Murder 
A Virginia man was arrested and charged with murder after stoning another man he claims displayed unwanted sexual interest.
JACK KELLEY: Paul, Timothy, and the End Times 
Paul’s letters to Timothy are the instructions from a mentor to a young pastor, one of the first ever, and contain advice on what to do and how to do it, as well as what not to do. 
President Bush Runs the Gauntlet to Visit Christian University 
Last week I had the pleasure of hearing a speech by President George W. Bush.  The school where I teach, Arizona Christian University, had invited him to share his thoughts on faith-based education and political leadership.

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Headlines for Monday, March 28th, 2011
Facebook Doesn’t Kill Churches, Churches Kill Churches 
…experimental psychologist Richard Beck recently set the religion blogosphere atwitter with a post entitled, “How Facebook Killed the Church.” Beck  argues that, rather than replacing face-to-face relationships with so many digital doppelgangers,  “Facebook tends to reflect our social world,” extending and enriching established friendships rather than, by and large, inviting the development of new ones that take us away from longsta- nding networks of friends & family…  MORE
COMPUTER WORLD: The Coming ‘Surveillance Society’ Will Change Our Notions of Privacy 
As real-time and batch analytics evolve using big data processing engines such as Hadoop, corporations will be able to track our activities, habits and locations with greater precision than we ever thought possible.  “It will change our existing notions of privacy. A surveillance society is not only inevitable, it’s worse. It’s irresistible,” said Jeff Jonas, a distinguished engineer with IBM. Jonas spoke to a packed house of several hundred people Wednesday at the Structure Big Data 2011 conference here.  For businesses, the ability to determine where people are by using geo-locational data will help them personalize advertising and marketing materials disseminated via the Web. For example, if a company knows a customer is in Aruba, it won’t bother showing him ads for restaurants in New York; it might market sunblock or scuba-diving excursions instead.  Knowing where people are will also enable companies to accurately determine which potential customer is which.    MORE
WSJ: Prepare for a European Union Divided in Two 
Sooner or later, the euro-zone financial crisis will be over. But Europe will not be the same. It will be changed in two very important ways. First, the 27-nation European Union will have fractured into separate groups of 17 and 10. Second, the economies of the Gang of 17 will be centrally managed by a Franco- German coalition, while the nations among the 10 “leftovers”  will fight a battle…    MORE
DAILY CALLER: Donald Trump’s Birth Certificate Strategy 
Donald Trump has been thinking a lot about birth certificates lately. Indeed, he has made questions about Barack Obama’s birth certificate a pivotal part of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. And it appears to be working. One recent poll has Trump running fifth in the GOP field, just two points behind former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. “Of course I’d release it…”    MORE
 
What Marriage Has Become 
…The case for traditional marriage is ground- ed in a conviction that marriage is not simply a socially devised and revisable institution… Marriage is fundamentally a pre-political institution—not simply a creature of law— rooted in a natural union of a man and a woman that is ordered to family life and childbearing and childrearing. The political community has very important interests affected by this institution—  MORE
AM THINKER: After Gaddafi, Democracy or Jihadists? 
We all agree that Colonel Gaddafi is a dictator, that he supported terrorism against the U.S. and France, was responsible for the tragedy of PanAm 103, that he funded, armed and trained radicals in many African countries… Removing Gaddafi is not the question. That should have been done years ago on the grounds of abuse of human rights. The quest- ion is who will come next?   The agenda of the Benghazi leadership is not clear.    MORE
RESURGENCE: Five Ways to Make Your Kids Hate Church 
1. Make sure your faith is only something you live out in public.  Go to church… at least most of the time. Make sure you agree with what you hear the preacher say, and affirm on the way home what was said especially when it has to do with your kids obeying, but let it stop there. Don’t read your Bible at home. The pastor will say everything you need to hear on Sundays. Don’t engage your children in questions about Jesus…. MORE
Mid-East Christian Aid Workers Move Forward Amid Tumult 
Being ready at a moment’s notice to board a plane and evacuate a country is a reality for many Christian aid workers in North Africa and the Middle East.
Tolorance? Apple Pulls Gay Ministry App After Pressure 
For the second time in four months, Apple has pulled a leading Christian app from its iPhone app store based on pressure from homosexual activists — a decision critics are calling intolerant…
Iranian Fingerprints On Jerusalem Bombing? 
The Israeli government has information indicating that instruct- ions for today’s bomb explosion at a crowded bus stop at the entrance to Jerusalem came from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip
Jerusalem Bomb Victim Was Bible Translator Studying Hebrew 
Mary Gardner, the British woman killed in the Jerusalem bus bombing, was an evangelical Christian who had been living in Togo, west Africa, translating the New Testament into the local Ifé language. She was on a six-month course  studying ancient and modern Hebrew at the Hebrew University prior to returning… MORE
GET RELIGION: Geraldine Ferraro’s Catholic Side 
Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice presidential candidate on a major party presidential ticket, died Saturday, and we’re scanning the obituaries for evidence of her faith.
CBN OP-ED: Toward the Rise of an Islamic Caliphate? 
…But a Caliphate is the historical norm, a Caliph having ruled over Muslims for most of the time since Muhammad’s disciples started..
Chinese Christian Dissident Receives 10 Years in Prison 
Christian political dissident Liu Xianbin received a ten year prison sentence Friday after being tried for treason in The People’s Court of Suining in China’s south-central province of Sichuan.
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