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Duck Dynasty's Alan Robertson: God Has Designed the Best Way to Have a Sexual Relationship - It Doesn't Include Gay Marriage (Interview)

Alan Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame joins David and Jason Benham and Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, in a panel discussion moderated by Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, titled, "Defending Free Speech: Our First Amendment Freedoms," at the National Religious Broadcasters' international Christian media convention held in Nashville, Tennessee, on February 26, 2015.

God, by His design, has laid out the best way - mentally, physically and emotionally - to have a sexual relationship, and that doesn't include homosexuality and gay marriage, according to Alan Robertson, a former pastor and eldest son of reality TV star Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame.

"I've had the same conversation with folks who have same-sex attraction as I have with men and women who are living together. I tell them all the same thing: God has a design and a plan for your life, and this is what He's laid out as the best way to have a sexual relationship on Earth, biblically."

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Noah: Darren Aronofsky's fantastical film plays loose with its source material, but doesn't sacrifice the message.

Let's begin with an image from Noah that I can't get out of my head.Our titular hero-played with an imposing earthiness by Russell Crowe-is having a dream in which he is at the bottom of the ocean, surrounded by floating corpses. He screams and tries to swim to the surface, but to no avail. The hands of the dead pull him down. When Noah wakes, gasping (his silhouette framed beautifully against an pre-diluvian dawn) he tells his wife, simply, "He's going to destroy the world."

It's a chilling reminder of the stakes in this narrative. This is a story any child who's been to church can recite by heart, but we tend to wrap it up in pictures of a cutesy arky-arky with smiling giraffes, calm seas and a chipper Noah manning the ship. There are no flannel graphs of the dead, floating just beneath the surface, no indication that Noah might have felt anything but undiluted bliss at the prospect of facing the rest of his life with his family and new animal friends. It is the story many of us were raised on and, for the most part, have come to accept.

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Franklin Graham: Fundraising for Planned Parenthood 'is like raising money to fund a Nazi death camp'

Franklin Graham is calling out former President George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, for speaking at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser on Thursday, saying that raising funds for the abortion business is like raising money for Nazi death camps.

"Planned Parenthood is the #1 abortion provider in the United States," Graham wrote in a Facebook post yesterday. "Raising funds for this organization is like raising money to fund a Nazi death camp - like Auschwitz, except for innocent babies in their mother's wombs!"

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Christians frustrated as Toronto delays ruling over ban on Jesus' name in public square

A Christian organization banned from Yonge-Dundas Square because of alleged proselytizing has been left in limbo until February following its Thursday appeal to the square's management board.

Voices of the Nations asked the board to repeal events manager Natalie Belman's October decision to deny the Christian group a permit to use the square for its sixth consecutive summer music festival.

Belman had contended that Christian songs sung during the event violated the board's policy against proselytizing in the square. "If you're praising Jesus, 'praise the Lord,' and 'there's no God like Jehovah,' that type of thing, that's proselytizing," she said in a recorded conversation with VOTN's Leye Oyelami.

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Why liberal theology has led to shrinking congregations

Since the 1960s, Canada's mainline Protestant denominations - made up of the Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian and United churches - have lost anywhere between 40 to 60 per cent of their membership. Some research colleagues and I wanted to find out why.

We'd read the previous academic studies and there was no consensus. Many of the popular texts on the subject, written primarily by mainline theologians, suggested liberal theology was the key to growth. Liberal theology calls clergy and lay people to practice a metaphorical interpretation of the Bible and to temper their belief in supernatural phenomenon in order to make their religious message more palatable for modern audiences.

As a researcher it's not often you make a discovery that flies in the face of conventional wisdom but, when we finished assessing our data, that's what happened. We found it is conservative theology - with its emphasis on the factual truth of scripture and God's activity in the world - that fuels church growth. Liberal theology leads to decline.

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Atheist minister vows to fight removal from United Church due to her beliefs

An ordained United Church of Canada minister who believes in neither God nor Bible said Wednesday she is prepared to fight an unprecedented attempt to boot her from the pulpit for her beliefs.

In an interview at her West Hill church, Rev. Gretta Vosper said congregants support her view that how you live is more important than what you believe in.

"I don't believe in... the god called God," Vosper said. "Using the word gets in the way of sharing what I want to share."

Vosper, 57, who was ordained in 1993 and joined her east-end church in 1997, said the idea of an interventionist, supernatural being on which so much church doctrine is based belongs to an outdated world view.

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Divinity Schools: Stop Using 'He' or 'Him' to Refer to God

Guidelines at two top U.S. divinity schools have recommended professors use "inclusive" gender-neutral language-including for God, according to documents from both Duke and Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt's 2016-2017 catalog says the divinity school "commits continuously and explicitly to include gender as an analyzed category and to mitigate sexism" in its teachings. "This includes consistent attention to the use of inclusive language, especially in relation to the Divine," the divinity school catalog says.

Melissa Snarr, the associate dean for academic affairs at Vanderbilt's divinity school, said in an emailed statement that the 2016-2017 guidelines actually stem from a policy that dates back to 1999.

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Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

Nabeel Qureshi grew up in a devout Muslim family. But in college, he started exploring the claims of Christianity and eventually decided to convert.

Since then, Qureshi has devoted himself to studying Christian apologetics and writing and speaking about Islam and Christianity. In his latest book, Answering Jihad, Qureshi addresses many of the big questions he's heard American Christians asking after attacks like those in Paris, San Bernardino and Brussels. He says he wanted to help give people a context to understand what Islam is, who Muslims are, what is driving radical militant groups like ISIS and Boko Haram.

"Unless we figure out what's going on on this basic level, I don't think we'll be able to respond appropriately as a nation on policy issues," he says.

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Dark week redeemed by Christmas concert

They say this is the best place in the world to live - as long as you can afford it. But who can?

Tough week. But just when things were starting to pile up, I did have an experience that made up for the rest and put things in perspective.

With my family, I attended the Christmas concert at Canada Christian College and have to say it was the highlight of the week. The stage looked like a Springsteen concert with drums, amps, lights and smoke. But it wasn't until the band and choir and singing trio hit that stage that people realized just what they were seeing and hearing.

It was an off-the-charts extravaganza of Christmas music, gospel and Christian that was one for the ages.

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After ISIS Beheads Kenji Goto, His Faith-Filled Tweet Going Viral

The Islamic State reportedly beheaded the remaining Japanese hostage late last month, but a tweet of Kenji Goto's from four years ago is going viral.

"Closing my eyes and holding still. It's the end if I get mad or scream. It's close to a prayer. Hate is not for humans. Judgment lies with God. That's what I learned from my Arabic brothers and sisters," reads a translation of a tweet from Sept. 7, 2010.

It's now been retweeted more than 22,000 times in a tribute to the slain journalist.

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Christian Rapper Christon Gray Believes Lecrae Is Raising Next Generation of Leaders

Lecrae has the ability to do something powerful in developing the next generation of leaders, according to Christian rapper Christon Gray.

Lecrae, the 37-year-old rapper who was born Lecrae Devaughn Moore, has a testimony that includes overcoming a broken home and a life of crime to being nominated and winning Grammy Awards for his music and performances.

"There's going to be a generation of leaders that were brought up by Lecrae," Gray, the 30-year-old "Stop Me" rapper tweeted on Nov. 15.

Earlier this year, Lecrae received an honorary doctorate from Canada Christian College where the president of the institution highlighted the rapper's work with troubled youth.

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Ban on Christian values

Until the 1940s, Jews were banned from the professions in Canada. Not completely banned - that would be unseemly. But universities like McGill had quotas.

And once those few Jewish students graduated, they were blacklisted by many law firms and hospitals. It's the reason why so many cities have Mount Sinai hospitals today. Those are the hospitals the Jewish doctors themselves set up, when the establishment wouldn't hire them.

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Feds urged to relocate ISIS sex slaves to Canada

The Canadian government is being urged to resettle hundreds of Yazidis who have escaped sex slavery and torture under ISIS rule.

One Free World International (OFWI) and the Office of Refugees at the Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) recently returned from a fact-finding mission in northern Iraq, where they say they identified around 400 Yazidi girls and women who escaped sex slavery under ISIS rule and are in dire need of a safe country to call home.

"I'm talking about government sponsorship," OFWI founder Rev. Majed El Shafie told a press conference Wednesday. "Move your behind and bring (these) girls home."

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Wisconsin Police Station Removes 'Officer's Prayer' Amid Pressure From Atheist Group

image from Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for a strict enforcement of separation of church and state, has announced that the Onalaska Police Department has complied with its demands that it remove the prayer display from the wall of a public room in a local police station.

The display read:

"Lord, I ask you to be with me in a very special way as I face the challenges that I must face each day. Please give to me compassion for the innocent I see. Help me protect and serve those who depend on me. And when duty calls to danger walk closely by my side, instill in me great courage and be my strength and guide. And whenever I am called to do always thankful I will be that You have been the unseen guest walking next to me."

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Christian group wants to celebrate 'Jesus' victory over Toronto with big downtown celebration

Voices of the Nations hopes to celebrate its David-and-Goliath victory over city hall by filling Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square with so many Christians singing praise to Jesus on August 6 that the downtown comes to a standstill.

"Everyone who believes in Christ should be out on that day to show the City of Toronto that we as Christians are united," VOTN director Peter Ruparelia told LifeSiteNews. "We want to close off Yonge Street."

The Christian organization is ready to launch its sixth annual one-day international Gospel music festival in Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) on Saturday - despite having to adhere to a 13-point agreement with the YDS management board that stipulates, among other things, that it pre-approve all advertising and promotional material, and vet all literature to be handed out the day.

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