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Wyoming sued after threatening Christian ministry for not hiring non-Christian

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing the Wyoming Rescue Mission (WRM) in its lawsuit against the Wyoming government after officials allegedly threatened the organization when it didn’t hire a non-Christian, WND reports. WRM not only provides food, shelter, and clothing to those in need, but its core message also includes having workers share the Gospel of Christ. The problem started when WRM did not hire a ‘self-proclaimed non-Christian’ to work in its Thrift store. WND explains: The dispute erupted when a “self-proclaimed non-Christian” was not hired for a position in the ministry’s thrift store, a position where workers are “expected to teach the mission’s Discipleship Recovery Program guests how to spread the gospel and model of Christ.” That failed candidate complained, and government officials now are claiming the ministry possibly violated the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act of 1965 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After the employee complained, the government ordered WRM to pay back pay and then stated it can not reject people because they are not Christians. …

79% of Christian schools reported an increase in attendance

According to a survey conducted by DickersonBakker, attendance is up in 79% of the Christian Schools in America with 43% reporting a ‘substantial’ increase since the pandemic started in 2020, ChristianHeadlines reports. DickersonBakker added that the growing interest in Christian schools was due to multiple issues including pandemic-related, and as well to concerns about moral and social issues. READ: Christian School Enrollment Booms: 79 Percent See Increase Post-Pandemic, Report Says New Christian schools opening The survey only looked at the growth of established Christian schools and does not include the interest reflected through the opening of new Christian schools this fall and in 2023. Pop star Kanye West recently announced opening of Donda Academy this fall in Simi Valley, California. MSN reports that the Christian school will include as part of its curriculum, “full school worship; core classes of language arts, math and science; lunch and recess; enrichment courses including world language, visual art, film, choir, and parkour”. READ: Kanye West opens private Christian school called Donda Academy Pastor John McArthur who pastors Grace Community …

Why did a Jewish university in NYC ban all student clubs?

  Yeshiva University, an orthodox Jewish school in New York City, has suspended all clubs on campus after New York County’s Supreme Court ordered it to recognize an LGBTQ club on campus. In addition to providing academic training in such fields as psychology, business and law, the university trains its students in Jewish culture, the Torah (Old Testament Law) and Hebrew. Though the majority of students are Jewish, many non-Jewish students attend Yeshiva’s business and law schools. Yeshiva University had appealed the lower court’s decision to the US Supreme Court. However, it refused to hear the case until Yeshiva had gone through the appeals process in the lower court. This left the New York Supreme Court ruling in place, which led to the university’s decision to ban all clubs on campus. CBN provides more details: Last year, three former students and a current student sued the school and demanded the state of New York force them to recognize an undergraduate LGBTQ advocacy club. New York County Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students saying …

Pope Francis says we shouldn’t call Communist China undemocratic

Pope Francis recently caught everyone’s attention when he said he would not call Communist China undemocratic. You know the country that is being run by a communist tyrant, Xi Jinping, who nominated himself as dictator for life, and who likes throwing Christians in jail and uses other ethnic groups as slaves. Yeah, that one. Breitbart explains: ROME — Pope Francis has rejected the label “undemocratic” to describe China’s communist regime, insisting that the issue is too complex to allow for such characterizations. “I cannot get on board with calling China undemocratic; I won’t do that because it’s such a complex country,” the pontiff told journalists during his return trip from Kazakhstan to Rome Thursday. “Sure, there are things that seem undemocratic to us, that is true.” “Labeling is difficult and I’m not ready to do that, since they are impressions, so instead I try to support the path of dialogue,” he declared. READ: Pope Francis: Not Fair to Call China ‘Undemocratic’ Of course, this shouldn’t really surprise because Pope Francis is an avowed communist at …

Is organized religion dead? Are Christians history?

Have you heard that organized religion is in decline, at least in North America? Apparently, we are witnessing a huge increase in people who claim to have no religious membership, especially in the United States. This increase in “nones”, people with no religion, and a decline in religious memberships has been happening for at least twenty years. This is a cultural trend, and the decline may be happening in other parts of the world. In 2014, Rowan Williams the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury said that the United Kingdom was a post-Christian society. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, where organized religion also controls the government, a young woman, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, was arrested recently, by the religious Morality Police. She was not wearing a head covering. She was supposed to wear a correct head covering, as a Muslim woman, but many women in Iran want to drop that requirement from their lives. Mahsa was arrested and detained, and somehow, she died in custody. Possibly, the police were too aggressive. Apparently, the reaction against that expression …

God’s light shining in dark places

While the world seems to be getting darker, God’s light is breaking through in unusual places. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association announced an unusual move of God in Mongolia, a small nation wedged between Russia on its Northern border, and Communist China to the south. With a population of 3.3 million, it functioned as a satellite state of the old Soviet Union until its collapse in 1991. At that point, Mongolia embraced a market economy and democracy. Today, over 51% of the people are Buddhist and as a holdover from its atheistic days under Marx-Leninism, just over 40% have no religion. Christianity makes up over 2% of the population. The two days of meetings featured, Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham at meetings in Mongolia’s capital city Ulaanbaatar, which were sponsored by nearly 250 of the country’s churches. Christian Post reports that over 17,000 people attended the meetings held in the city’s main arena and on the last night, over 2,000 Mongolians came forward to receive Christ. Organizers were even surprised by the number …

Poll: Majority of American pastors do not believe Christians are required to tithe

A recent survey conducted by the research group, Barna, discovered that the majority of American pastors do not believe that the Bible requires Christians to tithe, Christian Today reports. The study, entitled, Revisiting the Tithe & Offering, found that only 33% of church leaders surveyed believed that Christians should give 10% of their income to the church. Of the 67%, who did not believe that Christians are required to tithe, 21% believed the amount given should be sacrificial and 20% believed that whatever believers donate, it should be an amount that they are willing to give As well, 70% believed that a tithe doesn’t have to be strictly financial. This was the same position that the ancient Jewish Rabbis took on the tithe that Jacob pledged to the House of God in Genesis 28:22. During the night, Jacob had a dream of angels ascending and descending on a ladder to heaven. He took the stone that he used as a pillow, declared it to be the House of God and pledged a tithe to it. …

Survey reveals a growing concern about the beliefs of Evangelical pastors

In Romans 12:2, the Apostle Paul encourages believers not to be conformed to this world. The Greek word, suschēmatizō, translated conformed means to fashion or according to Mounce’s Greek dictionary to assimilate oneself so that you comfortably fit in. And a recent survey conducted by Arizona Christian University’s Cultural Research Center is setting off alarm bells about what is happening among Evangelical pastors, as it seems a significant percentage are being assimilated by our modern culture. The survey, entitled American Worldview Inventory 2022, asked 1,000 senior pastors their opinions on over three dozen beliefs. This included pastors of Liberal denominations or churches who don’t believe the Bible. I would not call them either churches or pastors from a Biblical perspective, as most function as little more than social groups, and based on their declining numbers, not very good ones. However, what is concerning are the responses of those who claimed to be evangelical, Bible-believing pastors. The survey revealed that a significant percentage of them are starting to conform to the values of the world. The …

Disney-owned network releases disturbing satanic cartoon show

Parents and faith groups are expressing concerns about the release of a disturbing animated film, entitled “Little Demon”, by a network owned by Disney, FXX, CBN reports. Perhaps even more concerning than its name is the actual premise of this show. CBN provides more of the show’s details: “Little Demon,” a new animated show about a woman who mates with Satan and produces the Antichrist, is raising eyebrows and making cultural waves. But amid the cacophony of frustrated retorts to the show — which airs on the Disney-owned network FXX and stars Danny DeVito as Satan — faith leaders and media experts are sounding some consequential theological and practical alarms for parents and children alike. CBN adds this description of the show provided by the network: “Thirteen years after being impregnated by Satan, a reluctant mother, Laura, and her Antichrist daughter, Chrissy, attempt to live an ordinary life in Delaware but are constantly thwarted by monstrous forces, including Satan, who yearns for custody of his daughter’s soul,” reads the show’s description. Though FXX’s target audience is …

Do ‘big’ dreams make a difference?

“All things are possible to him who believes!” (Mark 9:23 ESV) Does believing for big things make a difference in our walk with God? Well, a recent survey conducted by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has concluded that thinking big makes a difference when it comes to church planting and church growth, Christian Post reports. The ECFA conducted a survey of new church plants in order to determine the best strategies for growth. Many of these involved plants by larger multi-site churches and other denominations. One aspect that the survey uncovered is that the group’s vision of success does seem to make a difference in how successful the church will ultimately be. The study came to this conclusion after comparing the end results of those groups who expected their church would multiply by ten times in five years, with those who did not believe their church would multiply in five years. The survey found that those who had big dreams grew ten times faster than those who didn’t While the big-vision churches reported …

New Jersey’s ‘holy’ war over a pier?

It’s a story on how bizarre society is getting. According to an article, in the New York Post, there has been a huge uproar over a new pier being built at Ocean Grove Beach in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The old pier was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the new 500,’ $1.3 million pier being built to replace it looks like a cross from the sky. The Methodist’s Camp Meeting Association (CMA) owns the land on which Ocean Grove Beach was built. Even though the new pier is located on CMA property, the public will be allowed to use the new pier. Despite the fact, the pier is being built with private money (it took ten years to raise the funds), the new pier’s design has outraged some of Ocean Grove Beach’s woke tenants. They are apparently offended by its cross shape, with some likening it to ‘Christian bullying.’ In response, CMA COO, Jamie Jackson told News12: “We make no apology for that — we love the fact that it looks like a …

Historic first: Jews enter the Temple Mount through the Gate of Tribes

From a Jewish perspective, it was a historic event. On August 28, 2022, Jews were allowed to enter the Temple Mount through the Gate of Tribes located on the Northeast corner. It was the first time that Jewish worshipers were allowed to enter through this gate since Israel became a nation in 1948. There are 12 gates surrounding the Temple Mount and as well six sealed gates. Over the years, the Muslims have entered the Temple Mount using the Gate of Tribes, named after the 12 Tribes of Israel. To this point, the Jews have only been allowed to enter via the Mughrabi Gate, (also called the Dung Gate, Hallel Gate or Gate of forgiveness). Technically, it wasn’t the first time that Jews entered through the Gate of Tribes. In 1967, Israeli paratroopers used gate when they liberated the Temple Mount during the seven-day war in 1967. Shortly after the group of approximately 50 people entered, six broke off and prostrated themselves on the ground and were quickly removed by Israeli police. According to Jewish …

The Atlantic in damage control after comparing the Rosary to an assault weapon

Some suggest, The Atlantic, a left-wing news site, has been going through convulsions by the number of changes it’s made to an outrageous article comparing the Roman Catholic Rosary to an ‘assault weapon.’ After a major backlash, it apparently changed its original headline, “How the Rosary Became an Extremist Symbol” a couple of times, before settling on “How Extremist Gun Culture is Trying to Co-Opt the Rosary.” It also replaced its original photo of a Rosary with bullet holes instead of beads, with a normal Rosary. Breitbart provides more details: Authored by Daniel Panneton, the article, originally titled, “How the Rosary Became an Extremist Symbol,” featured a rosary that had bullet holes in place of beads and argued that the Catholic sacramental had become a tool of violent militants. “Militia culture, a fetishism of Western civilization, and masculinist anxieties have become mainstays of the far right in the U.S.—and rad-trad Catholics have now taken up residence in this company,” he wrote. […] The article instantly went viral, prompting outrage from Catholics who have historically been portrayed in America as …

Salman Rushdie stabbed multiple times at New York speaking engagement

Author Salman Rushdie, who came to fame for his book, The Satanic Verses, has been reportedly stabbed as he was preparing to speak at a literary event at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y. The man walked onto the stage and attacked the author. Rushdie, who was still alive, was rushed to a nearby hospital. One report stated he was stabbed multiple times and others state he was stabbed in the neck. Rushdie wrote The Satanic Verses in 1988, which was in part inspired by the life of the Prophet Muhammad. The title refers to verses that Islamic tradition states Muhammad added to the Koran that talk about three pagan goddesses: Allāt, Al-Uzza, and Manāt. Tradition adds that Muhammad later removed these verses, stating he had been tempted by the devil. Because of its depiction of Muhammad, some Muslims believe the book to be blasphemous and in 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s execution. Though the Iranian government has since backed away from this, in 2012, a religious organization in that country offered a …

Human sacrifice and the spirit of fear?

A Bolivian man, Víctor Alvarez, recently told the incredible story of how he escaped after allegedly being buried alive as a human sacrifice to Pachamama, the goddess of fertility and earth, in early August, The Daily Mail reports. Some Bolivians believe that the goddess Pachamama opens her mouth for offerings at the Mother Earth Festival and those participating will make sacrifices including sweets, cocoa leaves, sheep fetuses and even live animals. Stories have even circulated of human sacrifices in the ancient past. Alvarez, 30, who was attending this year’s festival held on August 5, 2022 is convinced that he was buried alive as a sacrifice to Pachamama after he passed out from drinking. Because when he awoke, Alvarez found himself inside a coffin buried in the ground. Fortunately, he was able to break through the coffin and dig his way out. The Bible mentions several instances of human sacrifice. When the Egyptian Pharaoh ordered the killings of the Hebrew baby boys while in their Egyptian captivity, he did a very unusual thing. Instead of killing …

Survey: Nearly 80% of Americans believe there is a two-tiered justice system

Perception is everything and according to a National Issues Survey of eligible voters in 2022 by the Trafalgar Group, nearly 80% of Americans (79.3%) believe that America has a two-tiered justice system, The Daily Wire reports. In other words, the majority of Americans, believe the justice system is politically corrupted and has a different set of rules for those with political connections, compared to the average US citizen. The poll found that the majority of people in both the Democrat and Republican parties held this opinion. However, the percentage of Democrats who believed this (66.7%) was significantly lower than the percentage of Republicans (87.8%) who felt the same. This discrepancy suggests that some believe the justice system prefers one set of political views over the other. Meanwhile, 77.2% of independents also believed there was a two-tiered justice system. READ: Nearly 8 In 10 Americans Believe U.S. Has A Two-Tiered Justice System: Survey 15 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to …

Study: More people attend nondenominational churches in America than denominational

According to the 2020 US Religion Census, there has been a major shift in the type of churches people attend. For the past century, the religious landscape has been dominated by such denominations as Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Methodists. But no longer, the yet-to-be-released report reveals that the number of people attending non-denominational churches exceeded those attending denominational churches, Christianity Today reports. The report stated that since 2010, there are over 4,000 new nondenominational churches in America and along with that an additional 6.5 million Americans were now attending nondenominational churches. Meanwhile, the number of people attending denominational churches has been declining for several years. However, most of the decline is seen in liberal denominations, such as Methodist and Episcopalian, that no longer accept the Bible, as the word of God. READ: Nondenominational Churches Are Adding Millions of Members. Where Are They Coming From?

Concerns over looming Bible shortage in Hong Kong

As the atheistic Chinese Communist Party tightens its stranglehold on Hong Kong since the city lost its freedom in 1997, believers are concerned that there may soon be a Bible shortage. The Christian Post reports: The Catholic religious order of Franciscans, which runs the biblical research institute Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Hong Kong, has found that printing companies fear that printing the Bibles without government approval might lead to trouble with authorities, according to the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern. “Studium Biblicum Franciscanum has been unable to find a suitable printing house for the Catholic Chinese Bibles and therefore has not been able to print the new Catholic Chinese Bibles,” the U.S.-based watchdog group ChinaAid quoted Franciscan Friar Raymond Mary Yeung, a member of the SBF, as saying. Studium Biblicum Fanciscanum reported that it has released all of its supply of Bibles to bookstores and if its stock is not soon replenished, a Bible shortage is just weeks away. The Chinese Communist Party is officially atheistic. READ: Fears of Bible shortage in Hong Kong tied …

Britain paid off its slavery debt in 2015?

Because of a campaign led by an Evangelical Christian politician, William Wilberforce, who believed all men were created equal under God, the British Government finally banned slavery in most of its empire in 1834. Ironically, it was a year after Wilberforce died. But here is a little-known fact, as part of this banning, the British government freed all the slaves by buying them off their slave owners, paying the equivalent of 17 billion pounds in today’s dollars. To do this, it had to borrow money and the last of that debt, plus interest, was paid off in 2015. USA News provides more details: “In 1833, Britain used 40% of its national budget to buy freedom for all slaves in the Empire. Britain borrowed such a large sum of money for the Slavery Abolition Act that it wasn’t paid off until 2015,” a graphic posted by the political activist Raheem Kassam reads. “This means that living British citizens helped pay for the end of the slave trade with their taxes,” the graphic continues. The post has been …

Did the Pope get it wrong? … or right?

Most of the world knows, now, that the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church has just finished a visit to Canada. He is eighty-four years old, and sometimes he was transported in a wheelchair. I live close to some of the sites that he visited, and I know, the weather was hot. Apparently, he is now talking about retirement. So, what would motivate a man in his eighties, to travel to the other side of the world, and speak to huge crowds? The stadium, where he held a mass, holds about sixty thousand, and about fifty thousand attended the mass. The local authorities warned about traffic disruptions on major highways. The motivation was clear; there is a history of church-run boarding schools for native people, and the Pope now describes that as “genocide.” He traveled to Canada to apologize for something that his church did. He believes his church was wrong. Can we judge the Pope? Was he wrong? Or was he correct? Was it important for an old man to travel so far, and …

Canadian pastor wins big in court

Artur Pawlowski is the pastor from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who refused to let police and a health inspector from the Alberta government into his church on Easter Sunday 2021, to ensure everyone was abiding by the government’s COVID regulations. He was subsequently charged with several COVID violations and as well for his his support of truck convoy protestors calling for an end of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate. Well, Pawlowski had a big day in court, and it did not go well for the government, according to True North. Though the pastor lost in lower court cases, on appeal, the Alberta Court of Appeals basically found Pawlowski innocent on all charges. TNC explains: Now, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled that the injunction against him, his arrest, his jail time, the censorship order and fines against him were illegal. Justice Barbara Lea Veldhuis, Justice Michelle Crighton and Justice Jo’ Anne Strekaf ordered Alberta Health Services (AHS) to reimburse Pawlowski and his brother, Dawid, for the costs of their appeal and the return of any fines and penalties …

Over 32 million Bibles distributed in 2021

The United Bible Societies (UBS) distributed 32.6 million Bibles to people around the world in 2021, Premier Christian News reports. This is an increase of 5.5% over 2020, when UBS reported there had been a drop in Bible distributions over the previous year. According to UBS, it saw an increase in Bible distribution in nearly every region of the world last year. The only region reporting a decline was Europe. According to UBS, 20% of Bibles distributed in 2021 were digital copies, as downloads increasingly become an important part of Bible distribution, particularly in regions where there is conflict. READ: Over 32 million Bibles distributed worldwide in 2021, new report shows

Former pro-life flight attendant successfully wins lawsuit over firing

A jury has awarded, former Southwest Airlines flight attendant, Charlene Carter, $4.5 million from the airline, which Carter alleges had fired her because of pro-life beliefs. She also won $950,000 in punitive damages from Local 556 of the Transport Workers Union. When Carter started working for Southwest Airlines in 1996, she had to join the union. In 2013, she quit her union membership because it was supporting activities, such as abortion, that violated her beliefs as a Christian. It was also using Carter’s union dues to support political causes that Carter did not support. Though no longer a member, as part of her employment with Southwest, Carter was still required to pay union dues. The problem started in 2017 when Carter found out that several members of the union, including its president, Audrey Stone, were attending a woman’s march in Washington, DC, that was sponsored by several pro-abortion groups. Seeing her union dues being used in such a manner, Carter posted comments on social media indicating her pro-life position and as well criticizing Stone and …

“He trains my hands for war:” the Christian who started ‘Top Gun’

In a fallen world, war is inevitable, and according to Jesus, ‘wars and rumors of wars’ will be one of the signs that we have entered the end times. But in the Book of Psalms, King David made a couple of intriguing statements about war. He stated that God actually trained his hands and fingers for battle and even helped subdue his enemies. Blessed be the LORD my Rock,Who trains my hands for war,And my fingers for battle—My lovingkindness and my fortress,My high tower and my deliverer,My shield and the One in whom I take refuge,Who subdues my people under me. (Psalm 144:1-2 ESV) The Hebrew word for train, ‘lâmad’, speaks of repeated exercises to attain skill. It speaks of a goad, a sharp stick, being repeatedly used to guide and train an ox. The finger training undoubtedly referred to learning how to use the bow, being able to quickly grab the next arrow, and redraw the string. A properly trained bowman could unleash six arrows in a minute. And in Psalms 18:2 and 34, King …

This is so boring; until they come for us

Are you familiar with the term “World View”? I usually click on something else, when I hear that in the news. This is one of those sleeper topics, that we ignore, and we pay a price later. The commentator with Fox News, Tucker Carlson, has been speaking about this, recently. He believes that Christians will be attacked because of different world views. He is correct, and we should know what he is saying. Let’s analyze: When you saw the words “Tucker Carlson” and “Fox News” you had an opinion, probably. You were either happy or unhappy. U.S. politics are very polarized, these days. If you didn’t feel anything, you might be Canadian. That is a picture of a worldview. We make small decisions and they grow into an orientation. The small things that we decide make us into the people that we are, they give us a world view. So, with a world view, you admire one person from one news source, or you have strong feelings the other way and you don’t like him. …

Ten stories from this week

Here are a ten news stories, that caught my attention, this past week. Prophetic word about draft, fulfilled in the very last pick in 2021 NFL draft Grant Stuard was an all-conference linebacker while playing for the University of Houston. His dad was in prison several times and his drug-addict mother worked strip clubs to feed her habit, leaving Grant to raise his four siblings. There had been hints he would be drafted in the 2021 NFL draft, and a friend even gave a prophetic word, that this would happen. But Grant was losing hope by the time the seventh and final round of the draft started. But Grant was picked by the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the very last pick of the draft. READ: NFL’s Last Draft Pick Sees His Blessing Movie director encourages Chris Pratt to ‘keep standing for Jesus’ Andrew Erwin, who has directed films such as American Underdog and Moms’ Night Out, took to Instagram to support Hollywood actor, Chris Pratt, after he was criticized for sharing that his faith …

Poll reveals growing intolerance to Christianity in America

Jesus warned His disciples that they would face times of trouble (John 16:33), and the Lord purposefully did this, so they could prepare their hearts beforehand on how they would deal with it. And then the Lord added in the midst of it, they could still find peace in Christ because He had conquered the world. It is advice that we need to heed today, as we are witnessing an increasing intolerance to Christianity in America, confirmed in a recent poll conducted by Lifeway in the first two weeks of September 2021. The poll found that 59% of Americans believe that there is an increasing intolerance to Christianity, and of those, 24% strongly agreed. For the remainder, only 32% said there wasn’t, while 18% said they weren’t sure. Of course, it was most noticed by those who are on the receiving end of this intolerance, as those with a Christian affiliation, 69% of Protestants and 59% of Catholics, believed this intolerance was growing. It was particularly noticed by those who have greater respect for the …

Televangelist Creflo Dollar retracts his teaching on tithing

It was a surprising admission from one of the church’s more popular televangelists, Creflo Dollar, when he publically stated that he was wrong about tithing earlier this month. Creflo pastors Christian World Changers Church International, based in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. He has become known as a prosperity preacher, basically, the more people give, the more God will bless them. Of course, tithing was the main part of his message. Over the years, Creflo has come under criticism for what people describe as a lavish lifestyle, that included several homes and a private jet. But in a recent sermon, entitled The Great Misunderstanding, Creflo basically stated that his teaching on tithing was wrong. He told his congregation: “… I will say that I have no shame at all at saying to you throw away every book, every tape, and every video, I ever did on the subject of tithing, unless it lines up with this (held up his Bible).” “So why is this important? Because religion is sustained by two factors, fear and guilt. …

Christian News: Chris Pratt, the Christian Taliban, Jane’s Revenge, Ex Mafia boss, exorcisms on the upswing, NHLer Josh Manson, Canadian military chaplains, and a mother’s prayer

Here is a brief round-up of some Christian news this past week: Christ Pratt talks about religion Hollywood actor Chris Pratt found himself in a bit of controversy this past week, when in an interview with Men’s Health, Pratt said that he was not religious, but added that he had a relationship with God. “I think there’s a distinction between being religious — adhering to the customs created by man, oftentimes appropriating the awe reserved for who I believe is a very real God — and using it to control people, to take money from people, to abuse children, to steal land, to justify hatred. Whatever it is,” Pratt explained. When asked if he attended Hillsong, which has found itself in a pile of controversy recently, Pratt said he attended Zoe Church in Los Angeles. READ: ‘I’m Not a Religious Person’: Chris Pratt Addresses Online Backlash Concerning His Faith Facebook labels Jane’s Revenge a terrorist group? According to Life Site News, Facebook has labeled Jane’s Revenge a terrorist group and given it, Facebook’s strictest Tier …