Top Weekly Stories from for 03/02/2019

Senator Pushes Back After Oklahoma Baptist Convention Opposes Bill to Abolish Abortion   Feb 23, 2019 06:41 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A Southern Baptist senator in Oklahoma is pushing back after the General Baptist Convention of Oklahoma issued an open letter this week expressing “concerns” over a bill that he proposed that would outlaw abortion in the state, remarking that while the entity is opposed to abortion, it “cannot in good conscience get behind as it is…

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‘Nobody Wants to Listen to That’: Street Preacher Arrested in London for ‘Breach of the Peace’   Feb 24, 2019 06:37 pm

LONDON — A video posted to social media on Sunday captures police in London arresting a man who had been preaching on the sidewalk outside of Southgate Station, telling him that “you’re disturbing people’s day” and “nobody wants to listen to that.” The man was taken into custody after refusing to “go away.” The name of the street preacher is not yet known, but…

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South African Funeral Directors to Sue False Prophet Over Faked Resurrection Stunt   Feb 27, 2019 03:29 pm

(BBC) — A group of funeral directors in South Africa say they will sue a self-styled prophet who claims to have resurrected a dead man. A viral video of Pastor Alph Lukau shows him shouting “rise up” to a man lying down in a coffin who then jerks upright to cheers from worshippers. The funeral companies say they were manipulated into being involved. The…

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‘Uncommon Collaboration’? Photo Circulating of Francis Chan Embracing Heretical Teacher Todd White Stirring Concern   Mar 01, 2019 03:17 pm

Photo Credit: Todd White/Facebook During an event that was described by its organizers as desiring to see “uncommon collaboration” and a “willingness to work together” to reach the nations for Christ, speaker and author Francis Chan was photographed embracing controversial teacher Todd White in prayer. In addition to Chan and White, the gathering featured…

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Indian Christian Convert Killed and Left on the Road Beheaded   Feb 23, 2019 10:28 am

(World Watch Monitor) — An Indian man who had become a Christian last year was killed and beheaded in eastern India earlier this month, reports Persecution Relief. On Feb. 11, Anant Ram Gand, 40, was taken from his home in the village of Raigarh Tehsil, in the district of Nabarangapur, Odisha, by three men who killed him and left his decapitated body in the…

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Idaho Couple Sues Planned Parenthood Over Birth of Their Son After Drug-Induced Abortion Fails   Feb 23, 2019 03:37 pm

Photo Credit: BOISE, Idaho — A couple from Idaho has filed suit against two Planned Parenthood locations after their son, who is now two years old, was born after a drug-induced abortion failed. The two are now seeking $765,000 in compensation, as well as damages due to alleged breach of contract, unfair trade practices, and emotional…

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United Methodists Vote to Retain Ban on Same-Sex ‘Weddings,’ Ordaining Practicing Homosexual Clergy   Feb 28, 2019 03:41 pm

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Delegates at the United Methodist Conference voted on Tuesday to retain the denomination’s ban on officiating or hosting same-sex “weddings” and ordaining practicing homosexuals. According to reports, three plans had been presented for selection: The “Traditional Plan,” which retains the current prohibitions; the “One Church Plan,” which would…

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Police Issue Warning to Parents After Suicide ‘Momo Challenge’ Resurfaces   Feb 28, 2019 04:22 pm

(CBS News) — Police and schools are issuing warnings to parents on social media after a popular WhatsApp challenge has resurfaced in the United Kingdom. The “Momo game” or “Momo challenge” gained international recognition last summer and was initially considered a hoax, quickly becoming a widespread meme. In August 2018, law enforcement investigated the influence of…

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Senate Democrats Kill Bill That Sought to Protect Babies Born Alive During Abortions   Feb 27, 2019 11:55 am

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Monday killed a bill that would have protected babies who are born alive during abortions as the legislative body was unable to obtain enough votes to overcome a filibuster. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-NE, had filed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which required abortionists to obtain medical care for infants who are born…

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Academic Stopped From Researching ‘Sex-Change Regret’ Says Fear, Sensitivity of Subject Is Stifling Debate   Feb 24, 2019 10:21 am

Bath Spa UniversityPhoto Credit: Rodhullandemu/Wikipedia (The Christian Institute) — An academic has challenged a decision by Bath Spa University to refuse him permission to research trans regret. Psychotherapist James Caspian wanted to study people who had undergone “sex-change” operations only to later regret their decision and seek to reverse their transition. His…

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