Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Bible Study Leads NASCAR Driver to Take 'Social Media Fast'

By Jeff Schapiro , Christian Post Reporter
January 11, 2013|9:51 am

NASCAR driver Michael McDowell announced via his Facebook and Twitter accounts on Monday that he will refrain from using social networking sites for 30 days as part of a "social media fast."

The decision came Monday following the weekly Bible study that McDowell and his wife, Jami, host at their home and is attended by other NASCAR drivers and their wives, USA Today reports. This week the focus of the Bible study was on the topic of life's distractions.
"For me, it's like it's become almost an addiction," McDowell told USA Today Sports. "It's something you almost have to do; you want to see what people are saying and you want to keep your fans up to date and you want to be engaged – but you don't realize how much time it actually takes."

Teacher Forced to Remove Reagan Quote, Bible Verses

By Todd Starnes
A New York public school teacher who advised a school Bible Study club has filed a civil rights lawsuit against her school district after she was forced to remove all religious content from her classroom — including a quote from former President Ronald Reagan.
Joelle Silver, a veteran teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District in western New York, said she received a “counseling letter” signed by her superintendent that ordered her to remove all religious-themed items from her classroom or else she could be fired.
The eight-page letter informed the teacher that “your rights to free speech and expression are not as broad as if your were simply a private citizen.”
Among the items that had to be removed were a poster with an inspirational Bible verse superimposed over an American flag and inspirational messages she had written on sticky notes kept on her desk, according to court documents obtained by Fox News.
The school district also ordered her to remove a quote from former President Ronald Reagan which read in part — “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”
The teacher, who advises the school’s Bible Study club, was told she had to remove a “prayer request box” that was displayed by student members of the group.
Robert Muise is the co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center and Silver’s attorney. He told Fox News he’s never seen such an egregious example of religious hostility in a public school.
“It’s like they’re treating those posters and inspirational sticky notes like its some sort of pornography,” he told Fox News. “I find that offensive.”

Read more at FoxNews

Teacher Faces Possible Firing for Sharing Bible Verse

By Todd Starnes
A longtime substitute teacher in Phillipsburg, NJ, will learn his fate tonight after he was accused of sharing a Bible verse with a student – and then giving the child a Bible. The teacher could either be suspended or fired.
The Phillipsburg School Board said Walter Tutka broke two policies – distributing religious literature on school grounds and another policy that directs teachers to be neutral when discussing religious material.
The controversy has generated outrage among the region’s religious community – with many claiming that Tutka is being “persecuted” for simply being a Christian. The electrical company retiree is a well-respected member of the community.
“It was appalling,” said Joe Imhof, a close friend of Tutka. “They read him the riot act. They used words like separation of church and state and inclusion. And then they sent him home for violating school district policy.”
Imhof and Tutka serve together in Gideons International – a ministry known for providing Bibles to school children across the world. He was one of several people to speak at a recent school board meeting about Tutka’s fate.
In October, Tutka was standing by a door waiting on middle school students to enter the building. One student trailed behind the rest.
“Just remember, son,” Tutka told the tardy student, “The first shall be last but the last shall be first.”
A few days later the student asked about the origins of the quote. Tutka told him it was in the Bible.
“Over the next few weeks, the young student asked about a half dozen times where the quote was from in the Bible,” Imhof told Fox News. “Walt kept forgetting to look it up.”
On Oct. 12th, Tutka was eating lunch in the cafeteria when the student approached and brought up the Bible verse. So Tutka took out his Bible and showed the student the verse.

ReadMore at FoxNews

UK Londonderry: Churches will deliver bible to every home

THE four largest Christian churches are uniting for a special evangelical initiative that will see a copy of Luke’s Gospel delivered to every home in Londonderry during UK City of Culture 2013.
The leaders of the four main Churches will be launching the free gift for all in Foyleside Shopping Centre on Monday, January 21 2013.
Bishop Ken Good (Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe), Monsignor Eamonn Martin (Catholic Diocesan Administrator for Derry diocese), Rev Robert Buick (Moderator of the local Presbytery) and Rev Peter Murray (leader of the Methodist Church in the district) will join together with choirs and perfomers from local schools to launch A Free Gift for All.
A spokesperson for the initiative said: “The christian message is something that crosses divides and is good news for every person. Not only do we want to celebrate this special year in our city we also do so as a recognition of the common christian heritage of our city.”
The project involves the four churches joining together to distribute a special copy of Luke’s Gospel to every household in the city.

Read More at LondonderrySentinel

Nick Vujicic Tells Oprah Winfrey 'Faith in Action' Lifted Him Above Physical Disability

Evangelist Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker who has shared with hundreds of thousands of people around the world his story of hope, shared on Sunday with an "Oprah's Lifeclass" audience that the power of faith in action is what has helped him persevere despite his physical limitations.


By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter
January 15, 2013|9:20 am

By now, Vujicic's story is well-known to many who have watched his YouTube videos, listened to his motivational speeches or read his books. At 30 years of age, the Australian-born evangelist can play golf, soccer, jump off diving boards, swim, skateboard, even skydive – all without the use of arms or legs. Diagnosed with a rare birth disorder, Vujicic has had to adapt to the world without arms and legs since the day he was born – but despite the many obstacles in his way, he has found that through the power of hope and faith, nothing has managed to stop him.
On Sunday's "Oprah's Lifeclass," in which Winfrey also talked with Pastor Rick Warren from Saddleback Church in California, the talk show host introduced Vujicic, who was sitting in the audience, with a preview video showcasing the various sports and activities the evangelist engages in despite his physical limitations and the inspirational conferences he hosts around the world.

Approval of Same-Sex "Marriage" Leads to Censorship of Speech

Author: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley
For years we have been warning that same-sex “marriage” is not the end goal of the radical homosexual legal agenda. Instead, the end goal of that movement is the silencing of all dissent. Numerous examples abound in other countries where we see the inevitable consequence of approving same-sex “marriage.” In his latest column on Townhall.com, Alliance Defending Freedom President and General Counsel Alan Sears tells how France is now seeking to censor speech in opposition to efforts to redefine marriage or gender.
When a society’s laws recognizing marriage as the union of one man and one woman are changed to honor the unions of same-sex couples, it’s not just the law that changes—it’s also the society itself that changes. A top-down metamorphosis begins in which every aspect of public law changes to match the new definition of marriage.
Today, this is playing out in France with great clarity.
There, Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is pressing Twitter to help control the speech of the people by censoring messages that run counter to the position of the French government.
In particular, Belkacem wants Twitter to censor messages that run counter to the government’s decision to grant special rights and an elevated status to people who engage in homosexual behavior and persons who are of one gender but claim to be of another.
Belkacem praises the French government for making it illegal to discriminate based on these and other things and calls on Twitter to share the convictions of the government:
It is the honor of France to have gradually included in the penal code punishment of incitement to hatred or violence against a person or group of persons because of their origin, membership or non-membership in an ethnic group, nation, or of their sexual orientation or gender identity…Twitter [needs] to find solutions so that messages sent from our territory, our language, and destination of our citizens do not bear a clear violation of the principles we have set.


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