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We're excited to announce that we're offering children 10 and under free admission to both the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter for all of 2021, too!
Untangling the evangelical QAnon connection. If the QAnon slogan “Where we go one, we go all” is to be believed, it appears that the “all” are fading into history.You see, in a stunning turn of events, Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States.Well, for most people this was not surprising but simply the natural result of the November election. However, for those who bought into the conspiracy theories surrounding QAnon, this was not supposed to happen.As a result, multiple news platforms are reporting that QAnon is beginning to fracture as many former influential figures are voicing their doubt or outright rejection of the movement. Typical of this broader dissatisfaction, one leader quoted in the BBC noted, "Today's inauguration makes no sense to the Christian patriots and we thought 'the plan' was the way we would take this country back."Indeed.While the potential demise of QAnon and other conspiracy theories should be relief to many, considerable work remains in addressing the destruction they’ve caused. Countless numbers were fooled, resulting in untold damage to relationships, institutions, and families. What now remains is significant amounts of anger, distrust, and shame.And, many of these were Christians—evangelical ones at that.As QAnon and other conspiracy theories begin to lose traction, pastors and church leaders face a decision. We can pretend that conspiracy theories were never really a threat to our congregation and simply move on unchanged. Or we can ridicule the foolishness of those in our congregations who were deceived by conspiracy, driving them out of the church and perhaps into the arms of whatever movement steps into the vacuum of QAnon.Or, we can engage our people refocusing ...Continue reading...
The struggles and joys experienced by believers in 11 nations on Open Doors' Christian persecution watchlist.More than 340 million Christians live in places with very high or extreme levels of persecution, according to Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List. Since these believers are our brothers and sisters in Christ, we thought it might be helpful to hear from the church and those close to them in 11 different countries on how God is working—and how you can pray for them. Countries that have been ranked in World Watch List’s top 20 in its 2020 and 2021 lists are represented here. They appear in order of how they are ranked on the current list. North KoreaWe praise God: for the descendants of believers in North Korea who have kept their faith despite the relentless persecution there since 1945. for building underground churches and allowing the gospel to be shared in North Korea even though all churches there were destroyed by Communist oppression. for helping North Koreans, who are thoroughly disconnected from the outside world, to nevertheless translate, print, and share the Bible.We pray: that the sin of idolatry that deifies the leader in North Korea will cease so that all North Koreans can serve the true God. that the sins of violating and repressing human rights will be stopped so that North Koreans can enjoy and worship the God who created all of us in his image. that vital foodstuffs and other basic necessities are provided to North Koreans who continue to suffer from hunger and frigid winter weather so they can at least maintain their minimal standard of living.Submitted by Peter Lee, executive director, Cornerstone Ministries International PakistanWe praise God: for the numbers of students training in the seminaries and Bible colleges. for the many agencies discipling people in the faith. for boldness in witness by many Christians.Continue reading...
Florida pilot program could become model for other states.In his four decades as a minister, R. B. Holmes Jr. has never dealt with so much death.More than 24,000 Floridians have died from COVID-19, including more than a few of the flock that Holmes shepherds at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee.“No one is immune from this,” Holmes told CT. “The thief is winning. The virus is a thief.”The black pastor is especially concerned that the coronavirus has disproportionately impacted his community and other communities of racial minorities around the state. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black people are 1.4 times more likely to become infected with COVID-19 and 2.8 times more likely to die from it than white people.There are a number of possible reasons for this. The National Urban League points out that many minorities are more exposed to the virus because they work in fields that don't accommodate working from home. African Americans also tend to have more preexisting conditions—often poverty related—that put them at risk of COVID-19. On top of that, they are less likely to have health insurance.Whatever the reason, Holmes said the crisis has created an emergency for black people, and African American community leaders, especially pastors, have to find a way to respond. After one too many funerals in 2020, he felt compelled to action.“Why sit here as leaders and watch our people die and our families die?”So Holmes organized the Statewide Coronavirus Vaccination Community Education and Engagement Task Force.The group is partnering with hospitals and the state to better distribute vaccines—as they become available—through local churches ...Continue reading...
The anti-racism campaign is a model for the anti-abortion movement.The past four years of American public life have been marked by partisan tension between the pro-life movement and the racial justice cause. Politically, at least, the two have been cleft apart and set at odds. The pro-life campaign is viewed by some as a conservative “white men’s culture war,” while the anti-racism project is seen often as a solely progressive movement.The last election hinged in part on these real and perceived tensions. Future elections will do the same. As philosopher Scott Coley notes, “We are forced to choose between the rights of the most vulnerable,” namely the unborn, “and the rights of all but the most vulnerable,” namely immigrants and people of color.Although our politics pit these movements against each other, the two in fact share the same moral nucleus. The anti-abortion cause and the anti-racism cause are sibling abolition movements that protest two different cultures of exploitation and devaluation. What, then, can the pro-life campaign learn from the racial justice project?Since the advent of Roe v. Wade 48 years ago, the “reproductive justice” movement has embraced a conditional view of human life. The worth of an unborn baby is contingent upon a mother’s preparedness, her consent, even her personal interest or desire. The child has value insofar as the mother says it does. Case in point: A recent Time essay by Stephanie Land suggests that you can name and love your “blastocyst,” even if you terminate the pregnancy.By contrast, the largely Christian abolition project of the 19th century was built on the view that all human life has intrinsic value. Today’s antiracism movement reflects that same ethic by saying: ...Continue reading...
Advocates offer strategies to uphold the sanctity of the unborn even without the support of Congress and the White House.Though reversing restrictions on abortion access was not among more than a dozen executive actions signed by President Joe Biden on his first day in office, it’s only a matter of time before the new administration follows through on its pro-choice platform.While pro-life groups cheered efforts by the Trump administration to stand against abortion, the incoming president pledged to uphold abortion rights, and Biden is due to overturn the Mexico City policy—which bars the government from funding organizations outside the US that perform abortions—“in the coming days and weeks,” according to the White House press secretary.What can Christians do to continue promoting the sanctity of the unborn while Biden is in office?As groups opposed to abortion come together to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and National Sanctity of Human Life Day this weekend, under the new administration, “the bottom line is everything is different,” said Mallory Quigley, vice president of communications for Susan B. Anthony List.While measures like the Mexico City policy get reversed and reinstated every time a different party assumes the White House, advocates like Quigley consider Trump “the most pro-life president in history” for his efforts to expand typical anti-abortion policies. His administration went beyond the Mexico City policy to offer an additional $8.8 million for international health programs that do not promote abortion. It further restricted Title X funding, barring it not just from covering abortion itself but from going to any clinic that makes abortion referrals.Similarly, Biden represents a particularly ardent stance in favor of abortion access, going beyond what we’ve ...Continue reading...
Seven months after hiring Loritts as executive pastor, the Summit Church has commissioned an independent review of how he handled voyeurism incidents at his former church.The Summit Church has retained the services of an outside firm to perform an independent review of specific actions taken by Pastor Bryan Loritts in his handling of 2010 sexual misconduct allegations against his then-brother-in-law at a Memphis church Loritts pastored.A statement released by the church acknowledged that an investigation conducted by the church prior to Loritts being hired as Summit’s executive pastor of teaching and development “should have followed better-advised protocols.”The statement also said The Summit Church committed “to work with the (Southern Baptist Convention) Church Cares team to establish a protocol that will be helpful to other churches in similar circumstances.”SBC President J. D. Greear is senior pastor at The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, which hired Loritts in June 2020 after completing an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations at Fellowship Memphis Church.At that time, Summit elders cleared Loritts of any wrongdoing in the case against his then-brother-in-law Rick Trotter. But in a statement on its website Wednesday, the church announced that it has hired Guidepost Solutions LLC to conduct a new investigation.“The Summit Church did their own investigation into this matter before Bryan was hired in June, 2020, and the Elders were convinced that Bryan had not attempted in any way to cover up the incidents of abuse, to protect the abusers, or discourage victims from seeking justice for their abuses,” the statement reads.“After talking with the Caring Well team and desiring to do everything possible to foster a culture in churches that are safe from abuse and safe for survivors, the Summit decided it would be helpful to ...Continue reading...
Property dispute between Orthodox church and government that sparked mass protests in the Balkans ends—for now—with a strengthening of religious rights for evangelicals and other faiths.Europe’s second-newest nation made a second effort this week at greater religious freedom.And evangelicals in Montenegro, the Balkan nation independent from Serbia since 2006, couldn’t be more pleased.“This is a great blessing, we are out of the gray zone and drawn into legal existence,” said Sinisa Nadazdin, pastor of Gospel of Jesus Christ Church located in the capital city of Podgorica.“We were permitted before, but now we know our rights and duties.”Montenegrin evangelicals were pleased with the new law’s first iteration a year ago as well. But in between, the controversial text split Montenegro’s 75-percent Orthodox community, and nearly tore the nation apart.Controversially passed last February by lawmakers aligned with the 30-year ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (which ran the regional government when the nation was part of Serbia), ethnic Serbian politicians stormed out of the session in protest.At issue were not the general provisions of the law, which guaranteed the right to change religion, to establish religious schools above the elementary level, and to conscientiously object from military service.Replacing a 1977 communist-era law, it also eased licensing procedures and permitted foreign-born leadership and international headquarters.Rather, a clause in the religious freedom law required all religious communities to provide evidence of ownership for properties built prior to the 1918 integration of Montenegro into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.Critics interpreted it as a challenge to the Serbian Orthodox Church.Failure to do so would transfer ownership of hundreds of ancient churches and monasteries to the state, to be regarded as part of Montenegro’s ...Continue reading...
by B. B. WarfieldSame Christology in Synoptics and John
by Aaron ShafovaloffSince Biden was inaugurated as President we should:1) Pray for2) Submit to3) Call to repentance
Today is the somber 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a day that stripped the American unborn of the most fundamental of rights: the right to life.On this anniversary of judicial activism, the Kansas House of Representatives voted to return the right to regulate abortion back to the people in an effort to protect both mothers and their unborn children. The House voted in favor of the Value Them Both Amendment in an effort to correct the overreach of the Kansas Supreme Court. Although the Kansas Constitution does not mention abortion, in 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court reinterpreted the state Constitution to include a right to abortion. Since then, pro-life activists have been working to correct this blatant judicial activism.The Value Them Both Amendment rejects the false idea that abortion is a mother’s “right.” This Amendment would protect mothers from an unregulated abortion industry, rather than allowing the state Supreme Court to dictate the terms of abortion to Kansas voters. It empowers the citizens of Kansas to enact common-sense regulations for the dangerous abortion industry, and to preserve several pro-life laws that are already on the books but are now threatened by the Supreme Court’s activism.The next stop for the Value Them Both Amendment is the Kansas Senate. If you (or your friends and family) live in Kansas and believe Kansans, not unelected justices, should determine abortion policy, contact your Kansas Senator today.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today announced the determination that the "People's Republic of China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, China, targeting Uyghur Muslims and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups."...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council issued a statement warning one of President Biden's first executive orders would target people of faith and religious organizations. The executive order demands that all federal agencies redefine "sex" to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" in their policies against sex discrimination. The order expands upon the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, which redefined "sex" in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964....
Our Explore and Explore Jr. programs offer hands-on science from a truly biblical worldview. Between now and May, we're offering a wide variety of programs!
Whole Bible. Whole Truth. That's the motto of Answers Bible Curriculum for Homeschool, a brand-new curriculum from Answers in Genesis.
Secular and periodic changes of the rotating earth affects the length of a day and usually adds time to our year, but the trend appears to be reversing.
In the latest issue of Answers magazine, go behind the scenes and discover the incredible design work that went into our Fearfully and Wonderfully Made exhibit.
The world's largest Christian music festival—120 concerts featuring over 80 different artists—is coming to the Ark Encounter August 2– September 10, 2021.
How do we equip our young people to stand on the truth of God's Word? That important question is the focus of our Answers for Pastors & Leaders Conference.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and even though it's been decades since his work, racism, discrimination, and prejudice are alive in the US. Why?
Many parents wonder, “What kind of world will I be raising my kids in?” Well, we don't know exactly what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.
Today is National Sanctity of Human Life Day, set aside to affirm and celebrate the sanctity of human life from the moment of fertilization to natural death.
'We Have to Stop Pretending Public Schools Aren't Bad' --->'We Have to Stop Pretending Public Schools Aren't Bad' January 21, 2021 By Tony PerkinsThere've been plenty of issues over the last year and a half where Democrats have had to "bring Joe Biden along." Whether it ...
GOP to Biden: Come to Your Census ---> GOP to Biden: Come to Your Census January 22, 2021 By Tony PerkinsJoe Biden hasn't said where he stands on packing the courts, but we know one thing he's willing to pack: Congress. While most people were focused on Biden's ...
As we wrote in “Five Takeaways from President Biden's Inaugural Address,” In his call for “unity,” President Trump contrasted what he said he will do with behaviors virtually no one would defend. But if you listened carefully and read the transcript, you might wonder how long his enemies will be. Certainly commentators urged him to […]

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