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Baltimore awakens to devastation

Jamal Bryant, a local activist and pastor of Empowerment Temple, announced that he would open his church for teens with no place to go due to the school closures. He promised to conduct training on how to protest without destroying the city.

Bryant tweeted: "We're also gonna take HS students to go clean up OUR neighborhoods. We must rise from the ashes. Meet at @EmpowermentTem2 at 10"

More than a dozen arrests were made and more than a dozen police officers were injured in Monday night's violence, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said in a news conference late Monday. One officer was hit in the head and another suffered severe damage to his knee cap, Batts said.

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Christians in America Need To Stop Being Such Wussies

Given all the bad press Islam has gotten over the last few years, it might seem surprising at first glance that Islam is still such a vibrant, fast-growing religion. Even setting aside the fact that Muhammad was a bad guy and Allah doesn’t exist, the press about Islam over the last few years has been almost universally negative. If you're not hearing about terrorist attacks, suicide bombers or sanctioned wife beating, you're reading about ISIS taking slaves or Iranian morality police beating women with sticks for showing their ankles.

If all of that is so, then why was Muhammad the most popular name for newborn boys in Britain? How is it that the number of mosques in the United States hasrisen 74% since 2000? How can it possibly be that France is now 10% Muslim?

There's a very simple answer to that question that goes well beyond, "Muslims are immigrating to Western nations." Muslims are perceived as being very devout. In fact, most people have concluded that Muslims really BELIEVE IN SOMETHING.

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Why an atrocity in Paris is different from an atrocity in Nigeria

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria sympathizes with the French victims of Islamist extremism, but wishes some of the same international outrage could be channeled to his country.

"I see the very positive response of the French government tackling this issue of religious violence after the killing of their citizens," Kaigama, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jos in central Nigeria, said in an interview with the BBC.

"We need that spirit to be spread around, not just when it happens in Europe, (but) when it happens in Nigeria, in Niger, Cameroon and many poor countries, that we mobilize our international resources to confront the people who bring such sadness to many families."

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Benny Hinn Admitted to California ICU for Heart-Related Issues

Benny Hinn has was in the Intensive Care Unit this weekend. The healing evangelist suffered from shortness of breath and doctors admitted him to an Orange County, California hospital for treatment after returning exhausted from a weeklong crusade in Brazil, Charisma News has learned. However, Hinn says doctors say he'll make a full recovery.

"This is a challenge, but I'm getting good reports," Hinn, who turned 63 last December, told me from his hospital bed in Southern California. "We don't have all the answers... as we get older, our bodies need repair."

Jessica Hinn-Koulianos, Hinn's oldest daughter, told me he wasn't feeling himself after a week of ministry to crowds of over 100,000 people in Brazil. Her sister Tasha Gelyana who lives in Southern California had called her and said their father was feeling fatigued and had suffered shortness of breath after he returned from Brazil.

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Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the site of Jesus Christ's trial by King Herod before He was crucified in Jerusalem's Old City-the most famous trial in all of history. (Photo courtesy of Steven Lindall/via Gospel Herald)

According to the Washington Post, the discovery was made during an excavation that began 15 years ago beneath an abandoned building close to the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem.

Amit Re'em, the Jerusalem district archaeologist who led the excavation, said that while the uncovered building had in past centuries been used as a prison by the Ottoman Empire, Christ was likely trialed there by the brutal ruler, Herod the Great, as found in the New Testament book of John.

The shabby, shallow world of the militant atheist

Having spent a very enjoyable two hours in conversation with Dr. John Lennox, professor of mathematics at Oxford University and one of the most rational and persuasive advocates of a Christian theistic view of the world, it has come back to me what a shabby level of mockery and sophistical evasion many of the militant atheists are reduced to, in comparison even with the famous skeptics of earlier times. People like Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell and Sigmund Freud, wrote and spoke well, and were more able than is rigorously admissible now to cloak themselves in the inexorable march of science and reason. Their witty if gratuitous disparagements of Christianity were much more effective than the coarse blunderbuss of my late quasi-friendly and frequent adversary, Christopher Hitchens.

I met Dr. Lennox in the context of my televised conversations for the Vision Channel television program Zoomer, and I naturally looked at a number of the many debates Dr. Lennox has had around Britain and the United States with prominent militant atheists, including Richard Dawkins, Peter Singer and the inevitable Hitchens. Dr. Lennox is one of the world's most eminent mathematicians and he is on the side of those men of science and reason such as Sir Isaac Newton, whose reaction to discoveries of the intellectual and natural wonders of the universe is to be more convinced than they had been before of the existence of a divine intelligence that had created such an intricate and complex mechanism as the universe we are steadily coming to know better.

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Finding the synagogue of Sussita

It was Josephus Flavius, the famous Jewish-Roman historian, who told us the forthcoming of the Jewish minority in the pagan Roman city of Antiochia Hippos during the Great Revolt in the Galilee (66-67 CE). Hippos, one of the Decapolis, was the major polis east of the Sea of Galilee, set upon Sussita Mountain crest and overlooking the Jewish city of Tiberias on the western side of the lake.

Josephus tells us that during the Great Revolt the Hippos Region was severely ravaged by the Jewish rebels though they could not have overtaken the highly fortified city itself. In return, Hippos citizens jailed the small Jewish community living among them. Nevertheless, if we put aside the tragic events of the Great Revolt and keeping in mind the cultural differences and fishing disputes over the lake, most of the time Hippos and Tiberias lived peacefully among themselves, having a short marine route between the two.

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Franklin Graham Rebukes Obama

After U.S. President Barack Obama's controversial remarks comparing radical Islam to the Christian crusades, Franklin Graham took to social media to call out America's leader: 

"Today at the National Prayer Breakfast, the President implied that what ISIS is doing is equivalent to what happened over 1,000 years ago during the Crusades and the Inquisition. Mr. President, many people in history have used the name of Jesus Christ to accomplish evil things for their own desires. But Jesus taught peace, love and forgiveness. He came to give His life for the sins of mankind, not to take life. Muhammad, on the contrary, was a warrior and killed many innocent people. True followers of Christ emulate Christ-true followers of Muhammed emulate Muhammed."

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Archbishop Justin Welby: 'There is a possibility that we will not hold together'

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) In a lengthy interview in The Times of London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby predicted that the Anglican Communion might not hold together because of strong disagreements on the ordination of women as bishops and full rights for LGBT people.

The candid interview came at the end of Welby's visits to the 38 provinces (or country-states) that make up the Anglican Communion.

Welby said that although individual churches remain "strong, resilient and thriving," the differences among them remain profound.

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ISIS drives displaced refugees to Christ

An ethnoreligious community in Iraq was once inaccessible to native Iraqi missionaries, as members lived reclusively in distant mountains near the border with Turkey. Since Islamic State (ISIS) atrocities drove them from their mountain strongholds last year, however, Yazidis now account for most of the people who have turned to Christ through a local ministry.

They had beliefs and rituals rooted in Zoroastrianism, mixed with elements of Christianity and Islam. And then came ISIS.

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Franklin Graham Takes Hard Stand Against This Muslim Prayer

Franklin Graham, who is widely respected as the heir-apparent to his father, iconic evangelist Billy Graham, isn't shy about speaking out for God's truth. So when he saw Christians compromise their principles to reach out to false religions in the name of ecumenism, it was no surprise that it drew a harsh response.

Graham this week slammed the National Cathedral in Washington for allowing Muslims to hold their first prayer service there last Friday.

"It's sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins," said Graham, head of the Samaritan's Purse humanitarian aid ministry.

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The Persecution of Gordon College

In the new climate of liberal intolerance, conservative Christians can't even find refuge by agreeing with Elizabeth Warren. Just ask Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon College.

On July 1, 2014, he signed a letter to President Obama - writing as an individual rather than in his institutional capacity - exercising his most basic First Amendment right to "petition the government for a redress of grievances." The letter, signed by a number of Christian leaders and scholars - including the CEO of Catholic Charities and Rick Warren, famous pastor of Saddleback Church - dealt with the president's then-imminent executive order banning sexual-orientation discrimination by federal contractors.

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Dr. Myles Munroe Passes Away

Dr. Myles Munroe was called home tonight in a plane crash along with his lovely wife Ruth, his daughter, Dr. Pinder, his Vice-President and 6 others. Dr. Munroe Myles was my personal friend and I last saw him in February at the NRB where he threw his arms around me with a big hug. He is one of the greatest ministers of this era. 

He earned a Masters Degree from Oral Roberts University and was granted a Doctor of Divinity by Canada Christian College. He authored over 100 books, established a mega-church in the Bahamas, founded the International Third World Leaders Association and preached to millions over his years of ministry.

...Dr. Myles Munroe Passes Away

Brampton petition calls for return of Lord's Prayer

Concerned citizens are insisting Brampton city council bring back the Lord's Prayer.

About 30 people presented a 5,000-strong petition to Brampton's municipal politicians Wednesday which reinforced their call to start city council meetings with the Lord's Prayer.

Since the latest term of council began, council meetings have started with the same non-denominational prayer as the one used in Ontario's legislature.

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Gay activists launch all-out campaign to stop Australian Christian conference

Gay activists in Australia have launched a furious campaign to convince Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten to pull out of speaking at the Australian Christian Lobby's national conference this weekend, and to pressure the hotel hosting the event to cancel.

While gay activists had previously achieved notable success in convincing politicians to withdraw from the World Congress of Families event in Melbourne in August, this case has a twist, in that Shorten himself personally supports gay "marriage," and is so far refusing to back down. 

A spokesman for the Australian Christian Lobby, which is a leading force in the country against redefining marriage, told LifeSiteNews that organizers of the conference are aware of Shorten's position, but that rather than go the path of shutting down public discussion on an issue, the ACL's position is to have open debate in the public space.

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