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Judge Rules Iowa Cannot Deny Medicaid Coverage for Gender Dysphoria-Related Surgeries

By Heather Clark DES MOINES, Iowa — A state judge has ruled that the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) cannot exclude gender dysphoria-related operations from Medicaid coverage, asserting that “medical thinking and Iowa law have changed,” and that the state regulation that prohibited coverage for such operations “has not kept pace with law and medicine.” “The outdated… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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California’s Deadly STD Epidemic Sets Record

By Editor Photo Credit: George Hodan/Public Domain Pictures (Washington Post) — Diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases hit a record high in California last year—with sometimes deadly consequences, according to preliminary state data. More than 300,000 cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis—the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infections—were… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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UK Syphilis Cases Up 20 Percent in One Year

By Editor (The Christian Institute) — Cases of syphilis—the sexually transmitted disease which left untreated can lead to meningitis and heart problems—have risen by a fifth in just one year. Public Health England (PHE) said there were over 7,000 cases of the STI in 2017, with the vast majority among men who have sex with men. Public Health England said overall STI… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases Remain on the Rise in Washington State

By Editor (The Daily Chronicle) — The Washington State Department of Health recently released their statewide report on sexually transmitted diseases for 2017 and the results are not pretty. Chlamydia was the most commonly reported STD, with rates highest in women 20-24 years old. However, statistics indicate that overall STD rates are highest among gay, bisexual, and… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Library System Hosting ‘Over-the-Top’ Story Hour With Men, Women ‘Strutting Their Stuff’ in Drag

By Heather Clark SAINT PAUL, Minn. — A library system in Minnesota is raising concern as it recently announced that it will be hosting three “over-the-top” drag story hours in June and July, billing the event as being geared toward families and suitable for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and teens. “Come meet some fabulous drag queens and kings at the library! They will read… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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CrossFit Researcher Fired for Tweeting ‘Celebrating Pride Is a Sin’

By Heather Clark YouTube Screenshot HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A CrossFit legal researcher who supported an Indianapolis CrossFit owner’s decision to cancel a homosexual pride workout has been fired for expressing on his personal Twitter page that celebrating pride is a sin against God. According to reports, trainers for CrossFit Infiltrate had planned a workout to coincide with… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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North Korean Ex-Detainee Was Told His ‘Hostile Act Against Regime’ Was Prayer

By Editor (World Watch Monitor) — One of the American citizens who was released by North Korea and returned to the United States last month was told by his captors he was detained because of the “hostile act” of prayer. Kim Hak Song was arrested on a train from North Korea’s capital Pyongyang to China in May last year for allegedly having committed hostile acts… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Teacher Fighting for Job After Refusing District’s Demands to Call Students by ‘Transgender’ Names

By Editor INDIANAPOLIS (USA Today) — A teacher is fighting for his job after he says the district forced him to resign over its so-called transgender student policy. John Kluge, the former orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School in Indiana, said the school district’s requirement that teachers call transgender students by their preferred names, rather than those given… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Convicted Felon and Admitted Pedophile Running for Congress Wants to Legalize Incest

By Editor CATLETT, Va. (WUSA9) — A Northern Virginia candidate running for Congress has some shocking, and dangerous views about children and women. Nathan Larson, an accountant who lives in Fauquier County, thinks it’s okay for adults to have sex with children. He is running as an Independent for Virginia’s 10 Congressional District. And he wants to make it… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Supreme Court Throws Out Immigrant Teen Abortion Ruling as Moot as Baby No Longer Alive

By Editor WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that let a pregnant illegal immigrant minor held in federal immigration custody to obtain an abortion last year at age 17 over the objections of President Donald Trump’s administration. The action by the justices provided a legal victory to Trump’s administration even… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Supreme Court Narrowly Rules for Colorado Baker Who Refused to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cake

By Editor (Reuters) — The Supreme Court on Monday handed a narrow victory to a Christian baker from Colorado who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for homosexuals. The justices, in a 7-2 decision, faulted the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s handling of the claims brought against Jack Phillips, saying it had showed a hostility to religion. In doing… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Appeals Court Rejects Atheist’s Attempt to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From American Currency

By Heather Clark CINCINNATI, Ohio — A federal appeals court has rejected an atheist’s continued attempts to have the motto “In God We Trust” removed from American currency, concluding that the printed phrase is not compelled speech and agreeing with a lower court ruling that the complainants in the case have ample alternatives to cash if the motto bothers them that… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Ministry Sends Shipping Container of Bibles, Books to Zambia, Belize

By Editor Photo Credit: Mission Cry (Mission News Network) — Mission Cry just sent one shipping container to Belize and another to Zambia. But what makes these massive crates so special? “Those are filled with about a half million dollars worth of used Bibles and Christian books ranging anywhere from Bibles to seminary books by Christian authors for Christian… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Pew Research Shows Most Nominal ‘Christians’ in Western Europe Do Not Practice Their Profession

By Editor (Evangelical Focus) — Most self-identified Christians in Western Europe do not practice their profession. This is one of the main conclusions of the newest Pew Research report on religion entitled “Being Christian in Western Europe.” According to the research conducted in 15 European countries, about 18% of the population are church-attending Christians. 46%… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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New World Vision US President Calls Job ‘An Improbable Miracle of God’

By Kate Shellnutt COO Edgar Sandoval will replace longtime leader Richard Stearns in October. One of World Vision US’s senior leaders, Edgar Sandoval, has been named its next president and CEO. Sandoval, who was born in Los Angeles but grew up surrounded by poverty in Guatemala and Venezuela, called his appointment “an improbable miracle of God,” having moved back to the US alone at 18 with $50, learned English, and built a career as a top executive. The Ivy League graduate and former Procter & Gamble vice president has served as World Vision US’s chief operating officer since 2015. Sandoval replaces outgoing president Richard Stearns, who led the organization—one of America’s largest charities—since 1998. Stearns announced in January that he planned to retire at the end of the year. As CT reported: During Stearns’s time as CEO, World Vision’s annual revenue grew to more than $1 billion, and the ministry reports that it is on track to serve more than 30 million children by 2022. During his tenure, World Vision has responded to global poverty, human trafficking, the refugee crisis, water sanitation, famine, and dozens of natural disasters. Sandoval will step into his new role in October. “This is exactly where I need to be,” Sandoval <a target="_blank" …read more Source:: Christianity Today       ...
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American Bible Society Requires Employees to Follow Its Evangelical Shift

By Kate Shellnutt Brand-new covenant mandates biblical beliefs and behaviors. Plenty of Christian organizations require employees to sign a statement of faith. For over 200 years, the American Bible Society (ABS) wasn’t one of them. But now the Philadelphia-based ministry plans to implement an “affirmation of biblical community” next year, requiring all employees to uphold basic Christian beliefs and the authority of Scripture, as well as committing to activities such as church involvement and refraining from sex outside of traditional marriage. “This is a newsworthy story because the society, since its founding in 1816, has never had a doctrinal statement for employees. In fact, the American Bible Society was built on the idea that the Bible should be distributed ‘without note or comment,’” wrote historian John Fea. The new affirmation doesn’t signal a brand-new direction for ABS, but reflects a decades-long shift from ecumenical to evangelical, which dates back to changes in the ’90s, chronicled in Fea’s bookThe Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society. “The organization now feels comfortable enough in its evangelical identity to make such a formal statement of its beliefs,” which includes some evangelical parlance but would easily be embraced by orthodox Christians across traditions, Fea told CT. “The gay …read more Source:: Christianity Today       ...
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College Board CEO: How Christian Values Could Solve the College Admissions Craze

By David Coleman The “soulcraft” found in religious education is just what higher ed needs right now. High school graduation is a season of joy as we witness a sea of smiling young graduates, ready for anything. However, those smiles far too often mask the years of anxiety over getting into the right college that led up to that point. The stress doesn’t go away once they have entered college; too many of these young people struggle to cope with challenges they encounter on campus. Our culture pushes young people to excel in the college admissions process so much that many families and their children end up trading away happiness for a terrible bargain. We need to chart a different course. Religious education can provide valuable wisdom for how to help students not just set their sights on applying to college but thriving in life. Parents often tell me their kids are too busy. Their schedules are filled ferrying their children from one activity to another. As college applications loom, the hustle turns into a frenzy. Students juggle mounting commitments. The all-important college application has begun to haunt too many childhoods, whispering premature anxiety into questions of what to learn and how to spend time, even where …read more Source:: Christianity Today       ...
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Fleming Rutledge: Why Being ‘Spiritual’ Is Never Enough

By Fleming Rutledge Americans increasingly identify as “spiritual but not religious.” Radical faith goes beyond both. We hear a good deal today about “the triumph of the human spirit.” Books and movies about disasters are frequently marketed as triumphs of the human spirit, even though they often portray examples of human depravity. This emphasis on the human spirit first impressed itself upon me when, 32 years ago, our family was undergoing a crisis. I received a long, compassionate letter from a friend on the West Coast. Although the letter was wonderful, one line bothered me. My friend wrote, “Your spirituality will get you through this.” When I read it, I recoiled. Whatever “spirituality” meant, I was keenly aware that I didn’t have any of it. In and of myself, I had nothing adequate for what was facing us at the time. I had only the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. As Barna and other research institutions have reported, there is a fast-growing category of so-called “Nones”—those who, like my friend, identify as “spiritual but not religious.” Generally speaking, people use this self-definition to mean that they want no part of the “institutional church” but seek a connection to some sort of transcendent dimension. Many millennials define themselves …read more Source:: Christianity Today       ...
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Mother Gives Birth to Baby Girl at Mississippi’s Last Abortion Facility

By Editor JACKSON, Miss. — A woman went into labor and delivered a healthy baby girl at the state’s last abortion facility while waiting ultrasound results. The pregnant woman, whose name was not released, was at the facility for a “consultation,” according to Shannon Brewer, director of the so-called Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The mother went into labor as she… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Paige Patterson Fired from Southwestern Following Early Retirement

By Kate Shellnutt Allegations lead to former seminary president losing his benefits. A week after trustees voted to immediately shift Paige Patterson to “president emeritus” at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), the board’s executive committee has voted to strip the denominational leader of all “benefits, rights and privileges.” The executive committee stated today that it had confirmed information regarding reports that Patterson mishandled a rape allegation in 2003 while he served as president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS). The full statement reads: During the May 30, 2018, Executive Committee meeting of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) Board of Trustees, new information confirmed this morning was presented regarding the handling of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student during Dr. Paige Patterson’s presidency at another institution and resulting issues connected with statements to the Board of Trustees that are inconsistent with SWBTS’s biblically informed core values.Deeming the information demanded immediate action and could not be deferred to a regular meeting of the Board, based on the details presented, the Executive Committee unanimously resolved to terminate Dr. Paige Patterson, effective immediately, removing all the benefits, rights and privileges provided by the May 22-23 board meeting, including the title of President Emeritus, the invitation …read more Source:: Christianity Today       ...
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