Religion Briefs January 24, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Churches to host marriage conference
TUPELO – Calvary Baptist Church will host the conference “What did you expect: redeeming the realities of marriage,” on Feb. 15 from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., and Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
A collaborative effort between Calvary Baptist Church, Lawndale Presbyterian Church, and the Church at Trace Crossing, the conference will feature the Rev. Paul David Tripp. A meal will be provided before the conference begins on Feb. 15, and child care will be available through the sixth grade.
To reserve your space, call (662) 844-6795 or email office@lawndalepc .com.

Church fined 10k for fake terrorist raid
A Pennsylvania church will pay a $10,000 fine, after staging a fake “terrorist raid” in which four men rushed into a youth group meeting and “kidnapped” the unknowing kids. Church officials said it was staged to show the children the perils missionaries face overseas.
Dauphin County authorities charged Glad Tidings Assembly of God of Lower Swatara Township and youth pastor Andrew Jordan with simple assault and false imprisonment.
First Assistant District Attorney Fran Chardo said Jordan will be allowed into the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program to avoid a criminal record. He will pay a $500 penalty, serve up to a year of probation and do 50 hours of community service.

Survey: Religious liberty finds double standard
A January poll by the Barna Group, a California think tank that studies American religion and culture, revealed a “double standard” among evangelicals on the question of religious liberty.
The poll showed Evangelicals were the religious group most likely to be concerned that religious liberties are under threat, at 71 percent, 97 percent of them agreed the threat comes from groups actively moving society away from traditional Christian values. The group’s president, David Kinnamon, said evangelicals’ concern over religious freedom is conflicted because “they also want Judeo-Christians to dominate the culture.”
“They cannot have it both ways,” he said. “This does not mean putting Judeo-Christian values aside, but it will require a renegotiation of those values in the public square as America increasingly becomes a multi-faith nation.”

This week’s answer
Q. OVER WHAT does God suspend the Earth?
A. OVER NOTHING (Job 26:7)

This week’s question
Q. What book of the Old Testament was the Ethiopian reading in his chariot as he passed across Gaza?