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Daily Headlines on contemporary issues that impact a Biblical Christian worldview.

The Religious Right’s Hidden Sway as Japan Trails Allies on Gay Rights

“To millions of Japanese, the Shinto faith is not so much a spiritual practice as a cultural one. Every January, crowds gather at shrines to pray for good fortune for the new year. Families take their children to celebrate rites of passage, and many seek blessings for luck in romance, school …“

Protestant churches seeing drop in foster care, adoption among churchgoers: Lifeway

“Protestant churchgoers are less likely to report seeing people in the pews engaged in adoption and foster care compared to a few years ago, according to a recent report by Lifeway Researich.”

Religious Freedom Under Threat: Recent US Report Identifies China, Iran, India as Major Violators

“Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted deteriorating circumstances in some of the most oppressive countries in the world in the State Department’s most recent evaluation of religious freedom globally. In his speech on Monday, he again emphasized recent alarming developments.

Blinken made a comment about how governments all across the world continue to persecute religious minorities. He brought up a number of oppressive practices, such as unauthorized monitoring, torture, violent crimes, and so-called re-education camps.”

Parents opt for religious schools as student enrolments soar

“Enrolments in private schools across Australia have grown by 35 per cent over the past decade, fuelled by a surge in student numbers in Islamic and Christian schools.

Independent enrolments increased to 688,638 last year, according to official data released in a report by private school lobby group Independent Schools Australia.

Principals say parents are attracted to private schools due to the perception they offer more disciplined learning environments or are seeking out religious schools because they like the values.”

Obama roasted for answer to what keeps him up at night: ‘Starving for attention’

“Jesse Watters argued on “Jesse Watters Primetime” that Obama was being starved for attention following his comments on “CBS Mornings.” Obama was asked what keeps him up at night.

“The thing that I’m most worried about is the degree to which we’ve now had a divided conversation, in part because we have a divided media,” he said. “When I was coming up, you had three TV stations. And people were getting a similar sense of what is true and what isn’t, what was real and what was not. Today, what I’m most concerned about is the fact that because of the splintering of the media, we almost occupy different realities. Now, people will say, ‘Well, that didn’t happen, or I don’t believe that.'””

Ancient Hebrew Bible Sold at Auction for $38.1 Million

“Sotheby’s sold a roughly 1,100-year-old Hebrew manuscript for $38.1 million on Wednesday. The 26-pound book is the second-most expensive historical document ever auctioned.”

Saddleback Church appeals Southern Baptist Convention ouster over woman pastor

“Saddleback Church, the California megachurch long known for its former pastor, bestselling author Rick Warren, has appealed the decision by the Southern Baptist Convention to oust it for naming a woman to its pastoral team.

Stacie Wood, wife of Andy Wood, who replaced Warren as lead pastor last summer, has the title of “teaching pastor.”

Of the eight congregations removed from official affiliation by the denomination’s Executive Committee since last year’s annual meeting, three are appealing the decision.”

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