Movie-theater church loses Union Station spot

It began with an unusual proposition — holding church at Union Station’s movie theater — but after 13 years of meeting, praising and preaching every Sunday at the multiplex, National Community Church has lost its home. The train station’s Phoenix Theatres were closed Oct. 12, and with them went the church’s innovative sanctuary, which over... Continue Reading

Pro-Life Student Forced into Isolation on Day of Silent Witness by School Principal

Principal says the right to free speech does not apply to school property WIARTON, Ontario – 16-year-old high school student Jennifer Rankin fully intended to unite her voicelessness with that of the unborn as part of the annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity when she arrived at school yesterday, reports Bill Henry of Sun Media.... Continue Reading

Southern Baptist Leader Apologizes for Holocaust Reference

By: Adelle M. Banks “It was never my intention to equate the Obama administration’s health care reform proposals with anything related to the Holocaust,” Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission wrote in a letter on Wednesday (Oct. 14) to the Anti-Defamation League. “My concern, which is clear when the... Continue Reading

Evangelicals and Immigration

By Mark Tooley, American Spectator The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has adopted a new pro–liberalized immigration stance that is creating ripples among its conservative membership. Although NAE had touted its board’s supposedly unanimous backing, at least one prominent NAE member, the Salvation Army, has apparently already disavowed it. Professing to represent 30 million U.S.... Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Teaches Sex Ed Classes in Cleveland Public Schools

By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer A sex ed administrator with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District says that half of the “Responsible Sexual Behavior” classes for 9th and 10th grade students are taught by Planned Parenthood personnel. “Planned Parenthood is one of our partners that teaches about 50 percent of our 9th and 10th graders,”... Continue Reading

1 Million People Rally Against Abortion in Spain

By Ethan Cole An estimated one million people participated in a rally in Madrid Saturday to protest a proposed new law that would expand permission for abortion. The overwhelmingly Catholic country currently allows only abortion in the cases of rape, fetal abnormality, or when the mother’s physical or mental health is at risk. But the... Continue Reading

An evangelist extravaganza

By Julia Duin The first one was in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1974. The second was in Manila in 1989. The third will be in Cape Town in 2010. I’m talking about the massive worldwide conferences on evangelism that began as the brainchild of evangelist Billy Graham, along with British Anglican theologian John Stott and Australian... Continue Reading

Soul-searching evangelicals look to nonpolitical future

By G. Jeffrey Macdonald, Religion News Service Repentant for having spent a generation bowing at the altars of church growth and political power, concerned evangelicals gathered last week (Oct. 13-15, 2009) to search the soul of their movement and find a new way forward. That evangelicals, who compose a quarter of the American population, must... Continue Reading

Ohio Judge: State to Take Custody of Christian Convert Runaway

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio can take custody of a girl who ran away to Florida, saying she feared she’d be killed for converting to Christianity from Islam, a judge ruled Thursday in a decision clarifying the girl’s legal status once she returns. The Franklin County Children’s Services agency will take custody of Rifqa Bary pending... Continue Reading

ACORN received PCUSA grants

By Parker T. Williamson, The Layman ACORN, identified by the Associated Press as “a scandal-tainted” community organizing group that has been denied federal funding by the U.S. Congress, has received multiple grants from agencies of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The ACORN acronym stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. A 2008 grants... Continue Reading