Today's News and Notes for June 28-July 2
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Question of the day from Dr James Dobson: What is the first Bible story you remember being taught as a child?
Mark Schultz now has a daughter. The Christian artist posted from China this week: It's official. We have a daughter! After the swearing in, she took a nap on my shoulder in a hot bus. That's how we party. The Schultz' were in China this week for the adoption of Maia Mae Schultz today.
It’s been two years since we’ve heard new music from Sanctus Real. Now they are back with a new single and a new lead singer. According to GMA, "Safe In My Father’s Arms" was released late last week. Along with the debut of “Safe In My Father’s Arms,” Sanctus Real also announced their new lead singer, Dustin Lolli, who officially joins long-time band members Rohman and Mark Graalman.
Keep Casting Crowns Juan Devevo in your prayers. He posted from the front of a bus of High School aged kids: It begins. Thrive Summer Camp
Jamie Grace is looking for an intern. She posted this week: if you enjoy music, media and the likes, I wanna invite you to join Team Jamie Grace this Fall.
While The Afters Josh Havens is battling the heat, Jamie Grace this week was struggling to stay warm. Josh posted picture from Arizona as he dealt with 115 degree temperatures in Phoenix. At the same time, Jamie Grace was on stage in a jacket dealing with 47 degree temperatures, rain, and "crazy wind".
Tiffany Lee is secluding herself in an effort to wrap up her first book. The artist who goes by the stage name Plumb posted this week: I'm spending a few nights at a hotel close to home to be alone to finish my book.
Josh Wilson has figured out a good way to stay in shape while still being a good father. He posted a picture giving his young son a ride and added: Today's shoulder workout.
Announcing a new album from Third Day. The band posted this week: Revival, coming August 4th! Pre-orders of the deluxe version of REVIVAL are available now.
The Newsboys’ brand new single “The Cross Has The Final Word” features special guest and former Newsboys lead singer Peter Furler. In celebration, the web site Free CCM is giving away a special prize pack courtesy of the Newsboys which includes an autographed guitar, autographed Love Riot CD, a Cross USB Drive, and more.
New music from Matt Maher is now available. Check out the lyric video for "Your Love Defends Me" by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Josh Wilson has spent the past week driving around the country in an RV with the group Christian Music Broadcasters visiting radio stations. Now he's out with a short tribute to Christian broadcasters on Instagram. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
Hawk Nelson front man Jon Steingard was in Starbucks this week and posted: Dude in front of me at Starbucks just ordered a coffee with 6 Splendas and 3 packs of honey.
Comedian Bob Smiley posted this week: I'm going to eat super healthy on the road. Let's see what my options are. Attached was a picture of three possibilities: Baskin Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, and Little Ceasars.
Earlier this month Mandisa announced a fall tour with Danny Gokey. This week she posted: I discovered that the Rise Out Of The Dark Tour promoters are referring to Danny Gokey and me as Mango! Well...I suppose it's better than Mandokey!
Jamie Grace loves Taco Bell; and now she wants to get married there. She posted: apparently you can get married at Taco Bell. Taking applications for the groom. must love Jesus, be a grown up and have a pulse.
Hawk Nelson's Jon Steingard may want to re-evaluate his on-stage antics. He posted: My first stage dive in many years - and man it feels different in your 30s. Tomorrow expect "after" pictures of the bruises that are likely to develop. They didn't so much drop me as much as catch me with heads and elbows and teeth.
Jonny Diaz checked in as he headed for home this week. He posted: What a crazy (but awesome) weekend. 7 flights (3 delays). 4 time zones. 3 concerts. I'm going to nap when I get home
Mandisa and Danny Gokey this week announced the tour stops for this fall's Rise Out of the Dark Tour. The tour that will also include Love and the Outcome and Jasmine Murray will be in 32 locations from late September through mid November. Check out concert sites and begin ordering tickets by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Jon Steingard: Real faith is belief in the midst of doubt - not the absence of it. We aren't being more spiritual when we hide our doubts, just more religious.
Desiring God: Our discontentment doesn’t come from our singleness, marriage, job, church, or God. It comes from inside us.
Matt Hammitt: In all areas of your life, don't compromise what you know is right because you're worried about what everybody else is doing.
David Jeremiah: Wherever we find ourselves, we are to look for the reasons and opportunities to serve God in that place.
In Touch: Praying honestly and studying Scripture help Christians distinguish God’s will from their own motivations.
Chris Tomlin: Thankful for a Father with limitless wisdom. He has answers only He can provide in our lives.
A reminder from Ravi Zacharias: A world view basically offers answers to 4 necessary questions: origin, meaning, morality, destiny.
Focus on the Family president Jim Daly is speaking out on the Supreme Courts decision in the Trinity Lutheran Case, calling it a Win for All Americans. Daly posted “We are gratified to see the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of religious freedom in the Trinity Lutheran case. In essence, the Supreme Court found that government cannot deny a church or other faith-based organization participation in a secular government program simply because of its religious identity."
Greg Laurie's new book “Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon” is off to a good start. The book was first released just to weeks ago and Greg announced this week that it's already going into it’s second printing.
The members of Phillips, Craig and Dean have a suggestion on bringing Godly peace to our cities and it comes straight from God's word. The members of the band posted 3 ways to combat prejudice and hatred, taken from Leviticus 19:18: Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
Women's Day magazine is out with 18 Cost-Effective Ways to Stay Cool This Summer. Suggestions range from closing curtains on the sunny side of the house to planting trees. Check out the complete list by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Random Facts... A headache and inflammatory pain can be reduced by eating 20 tart cherries
Random Facts...1/3 of the land in the US owned by the government
After 28 years, Biblica’s team in Kurdistan is finished, and the Kurds have “an accurate, contemporary translation” of the entire Bible. Hans Combrink of Biblica said it wasn’t an easy road. “There have been starts and stops, there have been wars, there have been disruptions of all kinds, but the team persevered and they finally saw the work brought to completion.”
Government cannot “establish religion.” But can it discriminate against religion? The Supreme Court has decided no. According to Break Point, this week the Supreme Court gave religious freedom advocates a major victory. By a 7-2 vote, SCOTUS ruled that denying a church “an otherwise available public benefit on account of its religious status,” violates the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution. In the case, Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, which operates a licensed pre-school and day-care facility, applied for a grant, seemingly meeting the qualifications. But the state of Missouri informed them that such a grant would, in Trinity’s case, violate a provision in the state constitution that “no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, section or denomination of religion.”
If you want to get Bibles to local believers in China, don’t bother smuggling them in. Roger Weaver of Bibles for China says many Christians are still surprised at how open China is to ministry. “Most people have that impression that China’s still closed to Christianity, that anything to do with Bible distribution has been shut out years back,” he said. “In truth, that has changed to where the Chinese government now has allowed groups like Bibles for China to come in and legally and openly distribute Bibles to the Christians in the country.”
Recent analysis and study of ancient mummies in Egypt has revealed findings that coincide with the Bible’s account of Noah’s descendants. Researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, both of which are in Germany, found that the DNA of mummies entombed in Abusir-el Meleq, Middle Egypt, actually matches that of Neolithic and Bronze Age peoples from the Near East, Anatolia, and the Eastern Mediterranean instead of modern Egyptians.
Six Christians taking children to a Vacation Bible School camp in Madhya Pradesh state, India, remain in custody after police detained them last month on charges of kidnapping and forcible conversion, sources said. Also detained was a 15-year-old boy who was held in a juvenile detention center for nearly a month before he was released on Tuesday. The children were all Christians whose parents had granted permission for them to go to the program
A Christian preschool in Sweden has been prohibited from saying grace during mealtimes and teaching Bible lessons. Heatstreet reports that the preschool in Umea, Sweden was told that guiding children in prayer before meals and doing snack times accompanied by Bible lessons violated Sweden’s Education Act which prohibits schools from incorporating confessional elements into class time and also ensures that children are able to opt out of religious activities.
Support for same-sex marriage has been increasing among all religious denominations, although the majority of evangelicals still oppose it.
According to a recent Pew Research Center study, Americans in general support same-sex marriage nearly two-to-one. All religious denominations have also seen increased support for same-sex marriage. Catholic support has risen to 67 percent and mainstream Protestant support has risen to 68 percent. Evangelical support has also increased, but this group stands out because the majority still oppose gay marriage. Fifty-nine percent of white evangelicals oppose it.
A new poll found that about half of all Americans pray over their food at least a few times a week. The poll from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed rural and urban Americans, Northerners and Southerners, Democrats and Republicans, and Catholics and Protestants. The poll showed that people from all those groups prayed before meals to at least some degree. Even some Americans who do not believe in organized religion still say grace, the study found.
The Supreme Court agreed Monday (June 26) to reopen the national debate over same-sex marriage. The court will hear a challenge from a Colorado baker who had lost lower court battles over his refusal to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. Like a New Mexico photographer three years ago, the baker cited his religious beliefs. The justices — who upheld same-sex marriage nationwide in a landmark 2015 ruling — apparently decided that despite state laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation, the merchants’ obligation to same-sex couples was not necessarily baked in the cake.
Christian athlete Tim Tebow, who is trying to make a career as a baseball player, has been promoted to the Mets’ Advanced Class A affiliate team in Saint Lucie, Florida. Tebow has been with the Mets’ Class A affiliate the Columbia Fireflies since last year. According to CBN News, the Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson believes Tebow is ready for the next step in his baseball career.
A retiring Williamsville middle school principal said goodbye to students and staff and endorsed his successor while lip-synching Stevie Wonder in a video posted on YouTube. Fran McGreevy went out from Casey Middle School wearing sunglasses and sitting behind a piano in a music video with teachers and staff dancing to "Faith," a song from the soundtrack of the 2016 animated film "Sing." McGreevy is retiring after 18 years in the Williamsville Central School District.
This Kentucky town has gone to the dogs. Meet Brynneth Pawltrow, a rescue pit bull that is making strides in Rabbit Hash as their latest town mayor. The pup, nicknamed Brynn, was rescued by owner Jordie Bamfort when she was just a puppy, and beat out a cat, a chicken and a donkey during the election. The hamlet of about 300 people, located within Boone County, doesn’t really need a mayor, but Rabbit Hash started electing animals as a part of a local fundraiser since the 1990s.
An Irish family are "absolutely delighted" to have recovered a painting and family heirloom that was stolen from their home in mysterious circumstances close to a decade ago. The painting 'Bringing in the Turf' by William Conor, now valued at €35,000, was first purchased in 1949 by Dr Frank and Turid Malpress. To aid in its recovery officials teamed up with the FBI Art Crime Team. After four years of negotiations, the painting has now been returned to Northern Ireland.
The Henry Ford Cancer Institute is the first in Michigan – and first in the world – to offer patients an advanced radiation therapy that uses an FDA-approved real-time magnetic resonance imaging and linear accelerator delivery for more precise and accurate radiation treatment. The ViewRay MRIdian Linac® is the world's first and only FDA-approved commercially available linear accelerator-based MRI-guided radiation therapy system that can image and treat patients simultaneously.
You know just from using a laptop that computers give off a lot of excess heat. Now Dutch startup Nerdalize wants to harness that warmth, using it to heat people’s homes instead. The setup is simple enough: you pay Nerdalize to install a server in your home; it heats your house for free; and Nerdalize makes money by selling the server space to other companies. Back in 2015, the company unveiled its first product — a standalone wall heater powered by a single server that was used in a year-long pilot in five households. Nerdalize is now moving on to a second pilot that integrates its sever-heat more tightly with customer’s homes.
Two orphaned sisters separated decades ago in South Korea have been reunited after being hired at the same hospital in Florida. The women, now both in their 40s, were stunned to learn that they were related, having not seen each other since the early 1970s. Both women had suffered tragic losses and spent time at orphanages in South Korea before being adopted by American families.
A free meal and a friendly smile aren't easy to come by. But a pair of middle eastern immigrants changed that for some in Montreal with a sign in their restaurant window. Motivated by their own experiences with hunger in Iraq and Iran, they offer a free meal to anyone in their adopted community who needs it -- no questions asked. "We went through this," said Ali Amiry, 51, who left Iraq in 1992, fleeing the regime of Saddam Hussein and crippling sanctions. "We know what it means to be hungry."
A Genius Pool Invention Is Saving Animals From Drowning in Swimming pools this summer. Enter, the FrogLog. The invention is made up of an inflatable platform with a mesh skirt and ramp attached. You attach it to the edge of your pool using a weighted pouch that keeps the platform in place. Now, any little critters that make their way into your pool, have an easy way to escape just by swimming over to the life-raft and using the ramp to climb out.