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American Christian Connection
Week of February 13, 2017

News From Around the Country

 


What Really Makes Christianity Different From Other Faiths?

The answer to this question is forgiveness. No other belief system has the equivalent of forgiving your brother seventy times seven, i.e., every time — much less commands you to love your enemies, and bless those who persecute you.

The radical nature of Christian forgiveness is so startling, so overwhelming, that it made the CBS Evening News.

The story began in 2005 in the city of Benton Harbor, Michigan. On that day, Jameel McGee was, in his words, "minding his own business," when he was stopped by a policeman, Andrew Collins.


Professors Explain Belief in Both Christianity and Science

At the Professing Christ in the Sciences event Sunday, IU science professors, lecturers and leaders in their churches said the perceived conflict between science and Christianity is not 
present.

“There is no conflict,” said senior lecturer Ben Burlingham from the Department of Chemistry. ”I couldn’t be a scientist if there was.”

Much of the disbelief in Christianity comes from the lack of scientific proof and many Christians support life’s unexplainable phenomena, such as miracles, Burlingham said.

Faith Wins: Cross Returns to Veterans Memorial Park Amid Threats From Atheist Group

Religious liberty advocates are rejoicing after winning the fight to keep a cross at Veteran's Memorial Park in Minnesota after officials decided to create a "free speech zone" to allow the cross to stay.  

According to Fox News, the atheist organization Freedom From Religion Foundation - a group well known for its staunch opposition to Christianity - demanded the city of Belle Plaine remove the cross last month. FFRF reportedly sent a letter to the town's mayor, Walter Williams, alerting him that a "concerned community member" contacted them to report the city's new Veterans Memorial Garden included a Christian flag alongside the new American flag and a military flag.

This Week's Thought

By Brad Campbell

Just a thought to help start your week.
This sign is mounted in one of many displays deep inside the U.S.S. Alabama. It represents a generation gone by. So many things were different for our nation 50 and 60 years ago, but one thing remains. Bread is essential to life.  Physically, we must eat to survive. Of course, bread tastes much better with something spread on it, but the fact remains that we need bread to live.  One of the many names for Jesus Christ...

Whatever is Lovely...
by Randy Newman

Philippians 4:8 admonishes us to think about things which are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. If you’ve ever sought to apply that kind of mindfulness, you may have emphasized (as I have tended to) so-called spiritual things. And you’d have good reason to do so. Most of the terms employed by the Apostle point in the direction of our relationship with God through the saving work of our Messiah...

Connecting the Bible with Real Life
by Michael R. Emlet

Do you find it easy or difficult to connect the Bible to people’s lives in meaningful ways? To help you answer the question, let me give you a quiz of sorts for some self-evaluation.  I will give you two sets of questions: one on Bible Passages and the other on Life Struggles. For the Bible Passages category, you must think of a contemporary life situation to which you could apply the given passage. 

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