Duck Dynasty stars to join Huckabee, Starnes, Perkins & Floyd Nov. 2 at Houston rally for subpoenaed pastors

HOUSTON (Christian Examiner)—Christians across America will gather in Houston Nov. 2 with Mike Huckabee, Tony Perkins, Phil Robertson, Todd Starnes, and others, for "I Stand Sunday" in support of five area pastors issued subpoenas by the City of Houston to demand the pastors' private correspondence and "speeches." Family Research Council will host a rally at Grace Church in Houston, Texas, where founding Senior Pastor Steve Riggle, one of the "Houston Five," is scheduled to speak on living out faith "free of government intrusion or monitoring."


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God's grand design: U.S. & Aussie research labs -- earth is rapidly greening with more CO2

The earth has absorbed about 16 percent more atmospheric carbon dioxide from 1901 to 2010 than expected, scientists at the Climate Change Institute of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory published online, Oct. 13, ahead of the print edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The U.S. climate change study reinforces findings published in 2013 by climatologists at Australia's national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial research Organization, also explaining the phenomenon of global greening in terms of increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Court rulings last week make same-sex marriage legal this week in 3 more states, 32 total

Judges have ruled same-sex marriages would be permitted immediately in Arizona, and Oct. 23 in Alaska and Wyoming. The dominoes started falling in Arizona, when early Friday morning U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick canceled Arizona's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. By midday, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl in Wyoming canceled that state's ban. The U.S. Supreme Court then announced its rejection of the state's request to delay enforcement of a lower court's ruling that permitted gay marriage.

Catholic bishops reject gay marriage

Homosexuality is one of the "problems" Catholic families have to confront, but marriage is only to be between a man and a woman. So concluded the final document of the Synod of Bishops on the family and evangelization. A week prior, a mid-term document indicated far greater acceptance of gay marriage.

Revised subpoena to Houston pastors 'solves nothing' ADF says; FRC calls it a 'head-fake'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stood with Houston pastors, Oct. 16, in defiance of a subpoena by the City of Houston directing them to submit sermons and other forms of communication. The next day a revised subpoena was issued targeting pastor's "speeches" instead of sermons. ADF General Counsel Erik Stanley said the change "solves nothing," and Tony Perkins, president of Family Research council called it nothing more than a "head-fake."

At least 6 U.S. denominations, 5 global charities responding to Ebola crisis

Reports of tragic deaths of Christians who are trying to aid Ebola-stricken communities prompted to research what Christian organizations are doing in response to the Ebola crisis. Public sources produced information on six denominations and five global charities that have taken specific action in response to the Ebola emergency: Assemblies of God USA, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Church of the Nazarene, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, National Baptist Convention USA, United Methodist Church, Christian Aid, Convoy of Hope, DirectAid, Operation Blessing, SIM/Samaritan's Purse.

FBC Houston's Gregg Matte: 'When one pastor is subpoenaed, all pastors are subpoenaed'

In an exclusive interview with, First Baptist Church in Houston Pastor Gregg Matte said pastors were gathering to pray for each other and the community before a religious liberty issue erupted with the City of Houston. But he said when he and other ministers set to attend the gathering learned what had been done to five pastors, they agreed "when one pastor is subpoenaed, all pastors are subpoenaed."

UPDATE: Cruz decries 'assault against religious liberty'

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz held a quickly arranged press conference at 11:15 this morning at Houston's First Baptist Church to address his concerns about the city's recent subpoena requiring a number of local pastors to submit sermons and notes related to homosexuality and gender identity. The hot-button issue comes after Houston's city council approved a controversial Equal Rights Ordinance and then reportedly tossed a petition by the opposition.

DEVELOPING: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz pledges to defend religious liberty of Houston pastors

Earlier today, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz met to pray with a group of Houston pastors who had come together for their regular weekly time of prayer and fellowship at First Baptist Church in Houston. A press conference began shortly after noon, but Cruz released an advance statement that he stood with the five pastors "who have been wrongfully subpoenaed to release the text of their sermons."

Texas AG to Houston city attorney: Don't mess with Texans' religious liberty

Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott sent a strongly worded letter Oct. 15 to Houston City Attorney David Feldman telling him to withdraw subpoenas served to city pastors demanding they turn over sermons and notes which mention the mayor or a recently passed city ordinance referred to as the "bathroom bill" by opponents.

Houston-area pastor says 'never' to Mayor Annise Parker's demand for sermon & notes

As news made it around the nation Oct. 15 that the City of Houston subpoenaed pastor sermon notes, a pastor had one word for Houston's Mayor Annise Parker: "Never." Parker is Houston's first openly lesbian mayor and the subpoena directs the pastors to turn over sermons and notes related to her, homosexuality, or gender identity. Alliance Defending Freedom filed a quash order on behalf of 5 Houston pastors served with a subpoena and Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel and David Gibbs, of National Center for Life and Liberty weigh in on the issue.

Nebraska school district faces new political correctness charges just as it recovers from 'purple penguins' snafu

Last week, public criticism about Lincoln Public Schools erupted about materials distributed at a an elementary school suggesting teachers use "purple penguins" to describe young students instead of gender-based nouns like "boys" or "girls." Now LPS Superintendent Steve Joel is dealing with complaints from at least one teacher about staff development training which probed into participants' awareness of their sexual identity.

Evangelist-led innovation: Sturgis-style biker ministry at Texas-sized motorcycle event

Mission Lone Star hopes to evangelize hundreds of 400,000 bikers and others expected to ride in for the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, Texas, November 6-9. Using the chance of winning a daily drawing for $1,000, the ministry will try to attract attention of thousands to simply listen to a three-minute Gospel presentation as it competes with live music, bike shows, contests, rides, vendors, military tributes and much more during the jam-packed four-day weekend. Past efforts have seen 1 in 6 listeners surrender their lives to Christ -- each of whom receive follow up to begin discipleship.



Bringing Every Thought Captive

Bringing Every Thought Captive is a series of 2-minute recordings featuring Dr. Richard Land as he speaks about faith issues and how they relate to current events. It is also podcast daily on a free SES mobile app.


Heaven official trailer

In 2013, the My Hope America movie, The Cross, brought more than 100,000 people to a personal relationship with Jesus, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Next in its plan is the November 2014 release of a new 30-minute film featuring testimonies of Laurie Coombs and firefighter Cheyane Caldwell and a never-before-released message from Billy Graham about Heaven.