To Reach Your Community, Get Off Your Church Property

By Lizzie Ng
If you want to reach your city, you’ll need to step off your church property.
Not all church leaders, however, have caught this “city gene.” A phrase coined by Pastor Roger Valci who believes leaders with the city gene have an expanded vision of church. They can no longer view church as a building where sermons are preached, songs are sung, and cash foe tithing is tossed in plates (thanks, Pushpay). Church is, instead, a community of Jesus followers impacting the culture of their town and region by doing justice and proclaiming the good news in the wild, messy, lively space off church property.
Roger caught the city gene in 2005 when he accompanied a group of pastors from his town of Fremont, California to meet with government leaders...

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7 Lies Christians Believe About Sex

By Frank Powell
There are seven lies Christians believe about sex. Things aren’t always as they seem. Take Prince Hans in the movie Frozen, for example. That fool pretends to be a charming, stand-up guy. And when Anna needs him most, Prince Hans pulls an Okie-Doke on her, leaving her for dead. What a jerk.
I seriously think I threw my couch pillow at the TV the first time I saw it. My wife then stared at me with a look like, “Did you really just throw a pillow at the TV over a cartoon movie?”
I was slightly embarrassed. But I don’t regret my actions.
Hollywood has built an industry on the “Prince Hans Principle” (yeah, I just made that up). Movies will paint a character one way, then drop the bombshell. But let’s be honest. Hollywood doesn’t hold the rights to this principle...

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Joe Biden Speaks to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Defends Past Work On Civil Rights After Kamala Harris’ Attack During Debate

Joe Biden defended his civil rights record on Friday, pledging to be a “president who stands against racism, the forces of intolerance.”
The former vice president and Democratic White House hopeful was in Chicago a day after his 2020 rival California Sen. Kamala Harris delivered a blistering attack at their first presidential debate in Miami. She blasted him for recently highlighting his work with segregationist senators and his past opposition to busing.
“I heard, and I listened to, and I respect Sen. Harris,” Biden said in an address to the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a multicultural organization promoting social justice. “But we all know that 30 seconds to 60 seconds on a campaign debate exchange can’t do justice to a lifetime commitment to civil rights...

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U.S. Sends Additional Fighter Planes to Gulf Amid Iran Tensions

The U.S. military says nearly a dozen Air Force F-22 stealth fighters have deployed to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar.
They are part of a force buildup requested by U.S. Central Command in May in response to what it called an increase in Iranian threats against American forces in the region.
The F-22 Raptors began arriving this week at al-Udeid air base, a hub for U.S. air operations in the Middle East. The base also has the four B-52 bombers that were deployed in May, along with the accelerated deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, in response to concerns about Iran.
At the request of Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of Central Command, additional Patriot air-and-missile defense systems also were sent to the Gulf region in recent weeks.
SOURCE: ROBERT BURNS, AP
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Evangelical Immigration Table Calls on Congress, Trump Administration to Help Provide Basic Needs to Migrant Children

Evangelical leaders and organizations are calling on Congress and the Trump administration to immediately address the needs of migrant children who are being deprived of basic needs in detention centers.
The Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical groups and leaders seeking comprehensive immigration reform, sent an open letter to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Congress on Thursday.
The open letter demanded that the political leaders come together to aid the migrant children of adults seeking asylum and those who entered the country illegally, declaring that “Jesus reserves some of his strongest words of judgment for those who subject children to harm.”
“Overcrowded and unsanitary conditions are inappropriate for anyone in detention, but parti...

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‘If We Can Make Meat From Plants, Why Can’t We Make Plants From Meat?’ Arby’s Responds to Impossible Burger with the World’s First ‘Megetable’ – a Carrot Made Out of Turkey Breast

Arby’s debuted the world’s first ‘Megetable’ – or meat vegetable – a carrot that the brand’s executive chef crafted from turkey breast rolled in carrot marinade.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail
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Former NFL Player Cierre Wood, Girlfriend Indicted on Murder, 20 Felony Child Abuse Charges in Death of Her 5-Year-Old Daughter

Ex-NFL player Cierre Wood, 28, and his 25-year-old girlfriend Amy Taylor
A former pro football player and his girlfriend have been indicted on murder and 20 felony child abuse charges in the death of the woman’s 5-year-old daughter, court officials said Tuesday.

Former NFL and Canadian Football League running back Cierre Marcelle Wood, 28, and Amy Taylor, 26, are accused of killing Taylor’s daughter, La’Rayah Davis, who was found lifeless on April 9 in Wood’s apartment.
Taylor and her daughter had moved in with Wood and his young daughter less than two weeks earlier.
A judge who heard evidence last month against Wood said it was clear that La’Rayah suffered before she died and that Wood and Taylor were responsible for her death.
The judge cited photos of numerous external bruise...

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Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika Narrowly Wins Re-election With 38.57% of the Vote

FILE PHOTO: Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika speaks at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
President Peter Mutharika won Malawi’s presidential election with 38.57% of votes, the electoral commission said on Monday, narrowly securing another five-year term after delays over suspected tampering.
Voters in the southern African nation cast ballots for a president and parliament last Tuesday in a bruising race between Mutharika and two former allies, Lazarus Chakwera and Deputy President Saulos Chilima, with results due at the weekend.
But on Saturday a court granted the opposition an injunction after the electoral commission (MEC) received 147 cases of irregularities, includi...

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British Environment Secretary Michael Gove Enters Race to Succeed Theresa May

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 file photo Britain’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove arrives at Downing Street. London. Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement that she will leave 10 Downing Street has set off a fierce competition to succeed her as Conservative Party leader _ and as the next prime minister. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
British Environment Secretary Michael Gove on Sunday became the eighth lawmaker to enter the race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, as other contenders staked out uncompromising positions on Brexit.
Gove said Sunday that “I can confirm that I will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country” when May steps down as Conservative leader on June 7.
Other candidates for the top job include former Brexit Secretary Dominic...

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Yellow Vest Protest in Brussels Turns Violent; 350 Detained

Police detain a woman during a yellow vest protest with other groups in Brussels, Sunday, May 26, 2019. The demonstration took place as Belgium took to the polls to elect regional, national and European candidates. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A yellow vest protest march was taken over by black-hooded demonstrators and turned violent in Brussels, forcing authorities to detain a few hundred people.
The yellow vest demonstration was intended to be against social injustice on the day of European Parliament elections. But it degenerated into disorder, with some protesters pelting buildings and smashing barricades. Police intervened to disperse the violent demonstrators.
Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said around 350 people were briefly detained but were released later Sunday.
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