January 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Pro-life actress and Hollywood celebrity Patricia Heaton tweeted her support of the March for Life and the pro-life movement last week.
Heaton, of Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle, used her prominence to promote the national March for Life and the West Coast pro-life event One Life LA.
SEATTLE, Washington, January 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Amazon's Echo Dot is a small, voice-command device that answers questions, plays music and sounds, and basically functions as a talking/playing encyclopedia, but parents are finding a serious problem with the gadget.
Despite the company's family-friendly advertising depicting a dad with little daughter in his lap asking "What does a blue whale sound like?" to the delight of both parent and child, Echo Dot has no conscience or moral values. If anyone - no matter how young - asks for anything, an answer is provided without ethical consideration.
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA (ANS -- January 3, 2017) -- One of the few survivors of a crash involving a Brazilian soccer team's charter flight to Medellin was holding his Bible and reading Psalm 63 at the time of the crash.
Helio Neto, 31, was one of six survivors of the crash, which claimed the lives of 71 people, including many players and staff from the Chapecoense team from southern Brazil, one of Brazil's top teams.
QUEBEC, December 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - The Christian Legal Fellowship is warning that a bill before the Quebec legislature will ban religious instruction of any kind from private Christian, Muslim or Jewish day cares.
The CLF told the committee examining the proposed law for the provincial legislative assembly that the government's loss in the Supreme Court to Loyola High School in 2015 indicates this aspect of Bill 62 - the Religious Neutrality Act - is an unconstitutional infringement on the religious rights of parents.
"By ... favouring non-belief," the CLF explains, "this bill undermines religious freedom."
CAIRO, EGYPT (ANS - December 19, 2016) -- Amidst the tragic story of the suicide bomb attack that killed at least 25 people during Sunday mass inside a Cairo church near the main Coptic Christian cathedral on Sunday, December 11th, there is another story to be told. It is that of many Muslim's reaction to the terror on Christians and the forgiveness extended by the victim's families.
According to media reports, the explosion ripped through St Peter's Church just before 10:00am local time, wounding at least another 49 people.
St Peter's Church is beside St Mark's Cathedral, which is the seat of Egypt's Orthodox Christian church and is home to the office of its spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros II.
Are you at peace with God?
Many people aren't, which is one reason the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) launched an online evangelism ministry over five years ago. Through its evangelistic website, PeaceWithGod.net, millions have learned how to have a real, lasting relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
But online evangelism isn't just about a website; it's about giving people everywhere a chance to access, understand and apply the Gospel to their lives. Here are seven examples of that happening through BGEA's internet evangelism ministry, Search for Jesus.
DARTFORD, KENT, England, December 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Prime Minister Theresa May told Members of Parliament that Christians should be able to speak about their faith at work, but one senior intensive care nurse was fired for doing just that.
Sister Sarah Kuteh was switched from intensive care at Darent Valley Hospital, where she worked most of her 15 years on the job, to the hospital's pre-op in November 2015. Part of her job is to ask about the belief of those about to undergo the surgeon's knife.
I'm going to be honest. I'm a little burnt out right now.
Just yesterday, I flew back to my home in Canada after three days of intensive planning for the upcoming year at our U.S. office in Virginia. And that was just a few days after LifeSite co-founder Steve Jalsevac and I also returned from a two-day trip for a meeting in Las Vegas. Two weeks ago Steve and I were in Rome for 7 days to meet with numerous cardinals, bishops, curial officials and international pro-life activists.
December 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Garrett Jonsson ran 30 marathons in 30 days, handcuffed during each one of them, and then biked 3,800 miles across the United States dragging chains behind him--all to raise awareness about the harms of pornography addiction.
In a video producted by Fight the New Drug, 29-year-old Jonsson explained that his first exposure to pornography was at age nine. Pornography became a regular habit for him throughout adolesence.
Do you enjoy this busy, joyful, mysterious and worm atmosphere at Christmas? Lights, shining trees, warm coffees, decorations, gifts, and also, books, especially for bookish folks like us. Books are perfect gifts. Your friends would love when they open a new book with a beautiful book cover and elegant bookmark. However the question comes, which book is the right one to be a gift? Which one is the correct one what makes your friends be just amazed? There are so many good books. Hard to chose the best one. What would you chose for your Church members, fellowship friends and fellow Christians? They would love to receive a Christian book to lift their spirit up and to know the true meaning of Christmas. Here are our recommendations.
This year's Week of Prayer for International Missions in the Southern Baptist Convention is Dec. 4-11 with the theme of "The Gospel Resounds." The theme undergirds the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. The offering, in tandem with Cooperative Program gifts from Southern Baptist churches, supports international workers in seeking to fulfill the Great Commission. Gifts to the Lottie Moon offering are received through local Southern Baptist churches or online at IMB.org, where there are resources to promote the offering. This year's goal is $155 million, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
UNITED KINGDOM, December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - A public school teacher disciplined for revealing her Christian beliefs about homosexuality to an inquisitive student received an apology from her school after she threatened court action.
Vicky Allen, a 51-year-old teaching assistant at Brannel School in St Austell, Cornwall, and her employer announced a settlement hours before a hearing with the Employment Tribunal was to begin.
Fewer young men in the US want to get married than ever, while the desire for marriage is rising among young women, according to the Pew Research Center.
Pew recently found that the number of women 18-34 saying that having a successful marriage is one of the most important things rose from 28 percent to 37 percent since 1997. The number of young adult men saying the same thing dropped from 35 percent to 29 percent in the same time.
Pew's findings have caught the attention of one US writer who maintains that feminism, deeply entrenched in every segment of the culture, has created an environment in which young men find it more beneficial to simply opt out of couple-dom entirely.
This Thanksgiving immigrants and refugees are thankful for all of the freedoms they enjoy in their adopted country, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
Dung Duong remembers the long walk from South Vietnam to Cambodia as he, his father and brother fled life at the hands of the communists who had overrun their nation 15 years earlier.
The year was 1989 but thoughts of that suffering -- including losing friends who took to the open sea in small boats and were never rescued -- remains with him to this day.
HAMILTON, Ontario, November 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - An Ontario judge has ruled against a Hamilton father of two in a decision critics say strikes a major blow to parental rights.
Steve Tourloukis took the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) to court after it refused to give him advance notice when his children would be exposed in the classroom to sensitive subjects, such as homosexuality and abortion.
He wanted advance notice so he could decide whether or not to pull his kids from lessons he found objectionable according to his Greek Orthodox faith.
ALBUQUERUQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - November 23, 2016) -- One of the delights of the Christian life is the willingness to give to others. Jesus, himself, said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). Giving and the Christian life are two peas in a pod; they should go together like love and marriage.
Today, I had the privilege of serving alongside other volunteers, at a special Thanksgiving dinner outreach at the Albuquerque Convention Center, working on behalf of Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest homeless shelter, where we were able to serve some 1,400 meals.
Is there life out there? Dr. Hugh Ross looks at the scientific evidence for another Earth, a planet capable of sustaining sentient life, in his new book, Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity's Home.
More than that, Improbable Planet places the debate over alien life within the context of life's larger question: Why are we here? Ultimately for Ross, the question of the uniqueness of Earth in the universe derives from the biblical story of creation, fall and redemption.
Empowering other people on the team to be leaders - it's called delegation - is critical to a successful church or organization. Every leader talks about delegation, but few truly empower others to be leaders. It's a frustration I hear frequently from staff members of churches.
Frankly, as one with a strength (StrengthFinders) of command, I can easily take over if no one else takes the lead. It takes discipline as a leader, but I want to create an environment of healthy empowerment. I want to lead a church which produces leaders - disciples who actually make disciples.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (ANS - November 19, 2016) - In Hollywood, where marriages are not known for their longevity, and the norm is divorce rather than durability, the union of Grammy Award winners, Billy Davis Jr., and his wife, Marilyn McCoo, is a remarkable accomplishment.
The couple, who have been married for 47 years, first met as members of the 5th Dimension in 1965, this showbiz couple says there's no magic bullet to having a successful marriage, in or out of the entertainment business.
November 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - The online "hookup" and "dating" app Tinder announced Tuesday that it is expanding its "gender identity" choices for users from "male" and "female" to a total of almost 40 genders in a move heralded by the widely-distrusted "mainstream" media who regularly promote transgenderism.
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - November 11, 2016) -- Esteemed singer, songwriter, Leonard Cohen -- best known for his much-covered song, Hallelujah, has passed away at age 82.
Cohen's Facebook page stated, "It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief."
BLACK FOREST, CO (ANS - November 6, 2016) - Jerry B. Jenkins is, without doubt, the world's most prolific Christian author. Based in Black Forest, Colorado, he has written more than 186 books, including many biographies and novels, with sales of over 70 million copies, the most famous of which were the phenomenal best-selling "Life Behind" series, co-authored with the late Tim LaHaye.
VISTA, CA (ANS - November 3, 2016) - Who Killed JonBenét?, a new Lifetime original movie, jolts us to Christmas 1996 in Boulder, Colorado. Christmas lights and snow set the backdrop, but instead of feeling the traditional warm and fuzzies you might expect from a holiday season story, this movie recounts the mysterious details of the true-life murder of a little girl, JonBenét.
Two blasphemy cases lodged against Pakistani Christians accused of desecrating Islamic scriptures have been dropped in the past week.
The cases related to alleged offences under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws and were registered in separate incidents, hundreds of miles apart. In both cases Christians were initially suspected of the crime of desecrating Muslim religious scriptures. However, the timely intervention of influential people, and sensible handling by the police, resulted in no arrests being made.
UNITED KINGDOM, November 2, 2016 (LifesiteNews) - The BBC is under fire from Conservative MPs, child development professionals, parents, and Christians over its Just a Girl video series aimed at pre-teens about an 11-year-old boy happily pursuing a sex change by taking hormone blockers.
The series of videos - each only a few minutes long - features a boy named Ben who believes he is really a girl named Amy dealing with the day-to-day concerns of the average male-to-female trans child: what to wear, whether to push for hormone blockers to forestall the advent of male puberty, and when to tell the boyfriend about what kind of genitilia he - Ben/Amy - really has.
October 31, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Starting Tuesday, Airbnb users must sign a non-discrimination commitment affirming that they will treat guests and hosts "without judgment or bias" regardless of "sex, gender identity," and "sexual orientation." The peer-to-peer residence rental site released this new policy after facing accusations of racist users.
Airbnb, which allows customers to rent out their homes short-term, told users, "If you decline the commitment, you won't be able to host or book using Airbnb, and you have the option to cancel your account."