Religion

FEATURED VIDEO: Atrocities in Myanmar

By Sally Morrow “Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, continues to experience the violent persecution of its minority population of Rohingya Muslims. Muslims are being attacked by mobs of extremist Buddhist factions, despite Buddhist principles of nonviolence.” The post FEATURED VIDEO: Atrocities in Myanmar appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Christian

The Thirty-Seventh Chapter: Pure and Entire Resignation of Self to Obtain Freedom of Heart

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK THREE: INTERNAL CONSOLATIONThe Thirty-Seventh Chapter: Pure and Entire Resignation of Self to Obtain Freedom of Heart The Voice of Christ MY CHILD, renounce self and you shall find Me. Give up your own self-will, your possessions, and you shall always gain. For once you resign yourself irrevocably, greater grace will be given you. The Disciple How often, Lord, shall I resign myself? And in what shall I forsake myself? The Voice of Christ Always, at every hour, in small matters as well as great–I except nothing. In all things I wish you to be stripped of self. How otherwise can you be mine or I yours unless you be despoiled of your own will both inwardly and outwardly? The sooner you do this the better it will be for you, and the more fully and sincerely you do it the more you will please Me and the greater gain you will merit. Some there are who resign themselves, but with certain reservation; they do not trust fully in God and therefore they try to provide for themselves. Others, again, at first offer all, but afterward are assailed by temptation …read more Source: Imitate Christ     ...
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Christian

UK Worship Artist Whose Songs Are Sung in American Churches Comes Out as Lesbian

By Heather Clark LONDON – Less than a year after announcing her support for same-sex ‘marriage,’ a UK-based worship artist whose songs are sung in American churches on any given Sunday has come out as a lesbian. Vicky Beeching first was introduced in the Christian music industry in 2002, but became more prominent with the release of her worship album Yesterday, Today and Forever in 2005. The release featured songs such as Above All Else, Great is Your Glory, Search Me, and a new take on the hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. She released two additional albums in 2007 and 2010, co-writing the song Glory to God Forever with fellow worship artist Steve Fee and touring with the band Delirious and singer/songwriter Rebecca St. James. In 2012, Beeching outlined her feminist beliefs in an article entitled Jesus Was a Feminist and So Am I and appeared on BBC News to explain why she believed women should be permitted to serve as bishops in the Angelican church. “My Christian friends chide me for my overtly feminist views, while the atheist-feminist circles I move in despair at my commitment to what they see as a patriarchal religion,” she wrote. “It would be much easier to choose one …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Christian

American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran Facing Death Threats from ISIS Militants

By Heather Clark An American pastor imprisoned in Iran is facing death threats from ISIS militants that are incarcerated in his ward, reports state. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is reporting that Pastor Saeed Abedini is in serious danger after receiving threats from fellow prisoners that are Muslim militants. “ISIS militants imprisoned in the same ward of Rajai Shahr prison as Pastor Saeed have communicated through other prisoners that they will kill him because of his Christian faith,” Executive Director Jordan Sekulow reported Wednesday. “Pastor Saeed told family members this week that he fears for his life after these terrorists said they would murder him.” As previously reported, Abedini, a former Muslim turned Christian, left Iran in 2005 and moved to the United States with his wife and children to find religious freedom after facing conflict with authorities for planting house churches in the county. Last fall, he traveled back to Iran to build an orphanage and visit his parents—and was about to return to the states—when he was taken into custody. Abedini was later charged with threatening the national security of Iran, and for attempting to turn youth in the nation away from Islam and toward Christianity. He was then sentenced …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Christian

Humanists Threaten Lawsuit if Georgia Football Coaches Keep Promoting Christianity

By Heather Clark GAINESVILLE, Ga. – A nationally-recognized humanist organization has threatened to file a lawsuit against a Georgia school district if it does not forbid football coaches at a local high school from “promot Christianity.” The American Humanist Association (AHA) sent a letter on Tuesday to the superintendent of Hall County Schools, the principal of Chestatee High School and the chairman of the Board of Education after it received any complaint from a local resident about practices at the school. According to the letter, written by AHA attorney Monica Miller, coaches at Chestatee High School have allegedly been citing Bible verses on team documents and either leading or joining with the team in prayer. “We have received reports that CHS coaches have joined players in prayer while standing in a circle, hands interlocked. At times, the head coach has led the prayers, which is an egregious violation of the Establishment Clause,” the correspondence reads. “Further violating the Constitution, a citation to Galatians 6:9 was placed at the bottom of workout log sheets given to players, and the citation and text of Proverbs 27:17 was written in giant letters on a banner used for a football team pregame entrance.” “This type of religious activity, by …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Education

Forty-Four NSU Law Center Alumni Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

By mc2740 Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Fla. – Florida Trend Magazine recently announced its 2014 Florida Legal Elite list featuring 44 alumni from NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center, placing the Law Center among the top five law schools in the state based on the number of graduates included. Florida Legal Elite Now in its 11th edition, Florida Legal Elite showcases attorneys chosen by their peers who exemplify a high standard of excellence in their profession. All in-state members of the Florida Bar are asked to vote. The resulting list of Florida’s Legal Elite represents fewer than 2 percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in the state. “To be held in high regard and recognized by your peers is a great honor,” said Jon Garon, J.D., dean of NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center. “It’s an indication that all of us at the Law Center are committed to producing highly adept lawyers respected for serving their clients, their communities, and the justice system.” Also included in the 2014 Legal Elite edition are ‘Up and Coming’ attorneys and outstanding attorneys in government and non-profit sectors. Below is a listing of the NSU Law Center’s alumni named as Florida Legal Elite members and the section …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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