Teen convert from Islam to Christianity case may test Islamic religious law application in U.S.

A Muslim girl who converted to Christianity in Ohio fled her family because she said she felt her life was in danger. A judge ruled in December that the family must discuss their religious views, though they are not required to meet in person. The Muslim teenager who converted to Christianity and ran away from... Continue Reading

Joel Osteen blesses Houston’s new (gay) mayor Annise Parker

Annise Parker, the newly-elected happens-to-be-lesbian mayor of Houston was sworn in Monday and the opening prayer was given by … Rev. Joel Osteen. Is your head spinning? Osteen heads the nation’s most mega of evangelical non-denominational megachurches, Lakewood Church in Houston where about 45,000 people cycle through a revamped sports stadium for services every weekend.... Continue Reading

S. Herbert Rhea, Elder Emeritus at Second Presbyterian, Memphis (EPC) Called Home To Glory

Editor’s Note: We have include both a news story and an obituary notice from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal S. Herbert Rhea was an accountant and financial consultant with clients ranging from his own son to Holiday Inns founder Kemmons Wilson, but his clients would argue he wasn’t all business. One said Mr. Rhea’s advice and insight... Continue Reading

Nicholas Barker Called Home to Glory, Long-Time Dean/VP at Covenant College

Dr. Nicholas Barker, 72, a member of the faculty of CovenantCollege from 1966 until 2006, died on Christmas Eve 2009. He is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. During his tenure at Covenant, Dr. Barker served as a professor of English, dean of the faculty, and vice president for academic... Continue Reading

WORLD Magazine Names Warren Cole Smith Associate Publisher

NEW YORK, N.Y.–WORLD magazine has named veteran journalist and businessman Warren Cole Smith to be the publication’s associate publisher. In this newly created role, Smith will be responsible for public relations and development for the magazine. “WORLD has a first-rate team of writers and editors who have been telling other people’s stories for the past... Continue Reading

N.C. judge strikes down law banning sex offenders from church

The Associated Baptist Press is reporting that a North Carolina judge has ruled in favor of two registered sex offenders arrested in May for attending a Baptist church near Raleigh. The men were indicted May 11 for violating a state law requiring sex offenders to stay at least 300 feet away from places used primarily... Continue Reading

Sarah Hunter Pressly, ARP Missionary in Pakistan for 50 years

Sarah Hunter Pressly, 88, of Due West, widow of Dr. Francis Young Pressly, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. She was born on Nov. 6, 1921 in Little Rock, Ark., to the late John L. and Sarah Douglass Hunter. Mrs. Pressly was a graduate of ErskineCollege and the University of... Continue Reading

Franklin Graham: “True Islam Cannot Be Practiced In This Country”

A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization requested a meeting with Christian evangelist Franklin Graham to discuss his latest remarks attacking Islam, saying on CNN……”true Islam cannot be practiced in this country. You can’t beat your wife. You cannot murder your children if you think they’ve committed adultery or something like that, which... Continue Reading

29th Annual New Year’s Renaissance Weekend Held in Charleston, SC

Renaissance Weekend, the non-partisan retreat founded in 1981 to build bridges among innovative leaders from diverse fields, brought 1,000 participants to Charleston, South Carolina, for 500 lectures, seminars, discussions, and performances concluding with their singing of “Auld Lang Syne” and “God Bless America” at the stroke of the New Year. The tradition was founded and... Continue Reading

Church important in life of fellowship service to the poor

An interview with The Rev. Robert White, interfaith chaplain of Bethesda House in Schenectady since 2006 when he retired as senior minister at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady. What are some tenets of the Reformed Church movement? It’s the religion of the original Dutch settlers, identical in theology and worship to the Presbyterian Church.... Continue Reading