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Michael Harrington

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The head of the World Evangelical Alliance issues a warning

Fri, Dec 4, 2020 at 9:09 am

The head of the World Evangelical Alliance issues a warning

VERBATIM: Thomas Schirrmacher says the greatest obstacle to the spread of the gospel is Biblical illiteracy amongst believers. He tells the Christian Post “Our biggest problem is that Bible knowledge is fading away. It’s bigger than all theological differences, financial problems, and political questions.” Schirrmacher says most young Christians are not properly discipled after their conversion, don’t read the Bible and become in capable of spreading the gospel. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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Christians have mixed feelings about on-line services

Fri, Dec 4, 2020 at 9:08 am

Christians have mixed feelings about on-line services

VERBATIM: A new poll from the Barna Group finds that nearly two-thirds of believers hope that even when the corona virus subsides, their congregation will still offer on-line worship. However, the survey also indicates that people are a lot more comfortable inviting family or friends to attend church with them in person. 64% say they would extend an invite to an in-person service versus just 40% who say they would feel comfortable asking someone to watch on-line with them. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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Atheists have some requests

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 9:33 am

Atheists have some requests

VERBATIM: Expecting Joe Biden to become president, the Secular Coalition For America has made up a list of things it wants his potential administration and the 117th Congress to do. Amongst them: Cut back on religious exemptions granted under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Protect abortion against any action by the Supreme Court. Punish Christian adoption agencies and add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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A Baptist statement on race

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 9:32 am

A Baptist statement on race

VERBATIM: It comes from the Council of Seminary Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention and it condemns BOTH racism and Critical Race Theory. CRT is defined by the Encyclopedia Brittanica as “The view that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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The corona virus will affect Christmas celebrations

Wed, Dec 2, 2020 at 9:31 am

The corona virus will affect Christmas celebrations

VERBATIM: A new poll from LifeWay Research finds that 35% of Americans who typically attend a church service to mark the holiday are LESS likely to do so this year because of the pandemic. HALF of respondents say their plans will NOT be affected by the virus and 15% say they’re actually MORE likely to go to church for Christmas because of what’s going on. Overall, 93% of Americans say they will celebrate Christmas in some fashion. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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The number of abortions is on the rise again

Wed, Dec 2, 2020 at 9:30 am

The number of abortions is on the rise again

VERBATIM: The Centers for Disease Control is out with its report on 2018 — the last year for which all the data is in — and it indicates that there was a slight increase in the total number of abortions in this country over 2017. That marks and end to nearly a decade of declining numbers. In all, the CDC says there were a little under 615,000 abortions in 2018. Sadly, the actual total is probably higher as California, Maryland and New Hampshire do not report. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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Joe Biden is making big promises to the LGBT community

Tue, Dec 1, 2020 at 8:38 am

Joe Biden is making big promises to the LGBT community

VERBATIM: He says, if he eventually makes it to the White House, that he will lift the Trump administration’s near-total ban on military service for transgender people and will establish high-level LGBT positions at the State Department, the National Security Council and other federal agencies. Biden says he would also support a bill passed by the House last year that would add sexual orientation and so-called gender identity to federal civil rights law. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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An attack on Christians in Egypt

Tue, Dec 1, 2020 at 8:37 am

An attack on Christians in Egypt

VERBATIM: Reports of an alleged Facebook post critical of Islam was enough to prompt a mob of Muslims to torch the homes and businesses of Coptic Christians in Minya. Christian Solidarity Worldwide says the mob also tried to attack a local church, burning a minibus that belonged to the congregation. Christians make up just 10% of the Egyptian population and are often subject to persecution by the Muslim neighbors and outside terrorist groups. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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A prominent Christian ministry needs some help

Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 12:36 pm

A prominent Christian ministry needs some help

VERBATIM: Samaritan’s Purse is urging believer to come help them pack boxes of gifts for poor children around the world. It’s time for the annual Operation Christmas Child outreach to move into the packing stage and volunteers are needed at warehouses in seven states. The ministry is observing strict corona virus protocols to keep volunteers safe as they process millions of boxes for delivery. Interested parties can sign up at samaritanspurse.org. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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Most Americans want the church to talk about race

Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 12:35 pm

Most Americans want the church to talk about race

VERBATIM: According to Becket’s 2020 Religious Freedom Index, 84% of those who were polled say religious organizations should have a role in advocating for racial justice and equality. However, less than half of Americans feel that the church is doing a good job on those issues and about 10% say religious groups are actually doing a BAD job in advocating for equality between the races and justice for all. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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A prominent Christian ministry needs some help

Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 9:15 am

A prominent Christian ministry needs some help

VERBATIM: Samaritan’s Purse is urging believer to come help them pack boxes of gifts for poor children around the world. It’s time for the annual Operation Christmas Child outreach to move into the packing stage and volunteers are needed at warehouses in seven states. The ministry is observing strict corona virus protocols to keep volunteers safe as they process millions of boxes for delivery. Interested parties can sign up at samaritanspurse.org. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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One of America’s leading pastors thinks the country is in trouble

Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 9:13 am

One of America’s leading pastors thinks the country is in trouble

VERBATIM: John MacArthur put it bluntly on Fox News, saying “America’s in a moral free fall. This is a nation so far down in the sewer of immorality and wickedness that nothing surprises me.” The pastor of California’s Grace Community Church and a long-time staple of Christian radio points to hundreds of thousands of annual abortions, the advance of the LGBT agena and the rampant spread of pornography on the internet. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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A ministry sounds the alarm about Ethiopia

Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 9:21 am

A ministry sounds the alarm about Ethiopia

VERBATIM: Christian Solidarity Worldwide believes the government may be committing war crimes in its latest military offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. CSW spokesman Mervin Thomas says there are “persistent reports of violations which may amount to atrocity crimes that may necessitate an immediate international response.” The ministry is calling on the government to de-escalate the situation and protect civilians. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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A call for religious liberty in Eastern Europe

Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 8:40 am

A call for religious liberty in Eastern Europe

VERBATIM: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is urging the Senate to approve the Ukraine Religious Freedom Support Act. The legislation is aimed at holding Russia accountable for religious freedom violations inside its former territory. A USCIRF statement says “Russia continues to persecute Crimean Tatar Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Ukrainian Orthodox, and other religious minorities through its illegal occupation of Ukraine.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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An atheist group goes after a sheriff’s badge

Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 8:39 am

An atheist group goes after a sheriff’s badge

VERBATIM: The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a problem with the emblem worn by sheriff’s in Ventura County, California because it bears the image of a church with a tiny cross on its steeple. The Foundation claims the badge constitutes a violation of the so-called separation of church and state. No word on whether or not the county will change the emblem, but the local board of supervisors is already considering a re-design of the county seal to remove the image of a priest. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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A Pittsburgh synagogue will be re-purposed

Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 9:56 am

A Pittsburgh synagogue will be re-purposed

VERBATIM: Several celebrities have joined a fund-raising team that will seek donations for new construction on the site of Tree of Life Synagogue, where a gunman murdered 11 Jews two years ago. Hollywood star Tom Hanks has signed on, as has Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and Joanne Rogers, the widow of public TV legend Mr. Rogers, who lived in Pittsburgh. The congregation is still deciding whether to refurbish the building or tear it down. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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Democracy is good for religious freedom

Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 9:55 am

Democracy is good for religious freedom

VERBATIM: You might have guessed it, but the Pew Research Center proves it in a new global study. The data reveals that authoritarian governments are the ones most likely to persecute people for their faith, while such repression is LEAST likely to be found in nations that have a democratic form of government. Democracies are also likely to have lower levels of social hostility toward religion, although that kind of hostility is also declining in authoritarian countries. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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Mike Pompeo made a special stop on his latest trip to Israel

Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 10:24 am

Mike Pompeo made a special stop on his latest trip to Israel

VERBATIM: The secretary of state visited a museum in Jerusalem on Friday that honors Christian Zionists and was founded by a prominent Evangelical advisor to the Trump administration. The Friends of Zion Museum was founded by Dr. Mike Evans of the Jerusalem Prayer Team. While in Israel, Pompe also announced a new initiative to combat the Palestinian-led international boycott movement against the Jewish state. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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A study identifies a danger zone for Christians

Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 10:23 am

A study identifies a danger zone for Christians

VERBATIM: According the latest from the Pew Research Center, the Middle East and North Africa is the most dangerous region on earth to be a Christian. Out of 20 countries in that area, 19 of them persecuted believers in 2018 — the last year for which all the data is in. A growing number of Christians have been fleeing the Middle East, threatening the extinction of the faith in the place where it all began. The second most dangerous region is the Asia-Pacific. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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Diversity is on the rise in America’s churches

Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 8:43 am

Diversity is on the rise in America’s churches

VERBATIM: A new study from Baylor University indicates that the number of congregations where LESS than 80% of parishioners belong to one race has gone from six percent in 1998 to 16% now. Catholic churches are the most diverse in the nation, but Evangelical and Mainline Protestant congregations are not far behind. Experts at Baylor say the primary reason for the diversity trend is that members of predominantly white churches are actively recruiting minorities. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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A Georgia school district cracks down on prayer

Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 8:42 am

A Georgia school district cracks down on prayer

VERBATIM: Officials in Fannin County are warning their staff members not to lead prayer with students after a high school football coach was seen doing so with the team. The county received a threatening letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which sends such missives to school boards and city councils all across the nation in an effort to enforce the so-called separation of church and state. The letters come with the implied threat of a lawsuit if the recipient does not comply. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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Thousands of Bibles have been delivered to Albania

Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 7:59 am

Thousands of Bibles have been delivered to Albania

VERBATIM: They come courtesy of the ministry Mission Cry and will go to Christians in the predominantly Muslim nation. There were 27,000 Bibles in all and ministry president Jason Woolford tells the Christian Post “We had to go through a lot of hoops for documentation, paperwork and clearing agents so everything was done above and beyond reproach.” Under the Soviet Union Albania was officially atheist, but now religion is flourishing in the country. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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The corona virus is turning young people toward God

Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 7:58 am

The corona virus is turning young people toward God

VERBATIM: Beckett has released its second annual Religious Freedom Index report and it reveals that 74% of America’s teens and 20-somethings say faith has been helping get them through the pandemic. What’s interesting about that is the fact that by most other measures, Generation Z — as its called — is NOT very religious. But on this particular topic, Gen Z is MORE concerned with faith than any other generation including the oldest Americans. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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One Oregon city is going gender-neutral

Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 7:58 am

One Oregon city is going gender-neutral

VERBATIM: Officials in Portland are removing words such as he, she, him, her, himself, herself, etc. from the city charter. May Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, says “This important step will help make our documents more inclusive of all gender identities. The language of the documents that guide the City should reflect our community. ” A growing number of municipalities across the country are taking similar action under pressure from LGBT activists. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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