Ministry Urges Churches to Celebrate Creation Sunday, Not Evolution Sunday

Contact: Rev Tony Breeden, CreationLetter.com, 304-993-4792, creationletter@yahoo.com 

CHARLESTON, WV, Jan. 26 /Christian Newswire/ — CreationLetter.com is urging churches to celebrate Creation Sunday this February 14th to counter the Clergy Letter Project’s Evolution Sunday, scheduled on the same date.

As the Year of Darwin comes to a close and we enter the Post-Darwin Century, CreationLetter.com is renewing its efforts to answer the challenge the Clergy Letter Project represents to the plain, traditional interpretation of Genesis.

Since 2004, the Clergy Letter Project has been recruiting ministers as evolution advocates, promoting the idea that “religious truth is of a different order than scientific truth,” echoing an unBiblical notion popularized by the late Stephen J Gould: non-overlapping magisteria, or NOMA.

“Jesus refuted the concept of NOMA in John 3:12,” notes CreationLetter.com founder Rev. Tony Breeden, “when He pointedly asked Nicodemus, ‘If I’ve told you of earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell ye of spiritual things?’ How can you trust the Bible for spiritual things like the Gospel for salvation when you can’t trust what Genesis says about earthly things like biology, geology and so on? The Bible isn’t a science textbook, but if we can’t trust it when it speaks on science, when can we trust it?”

Nevertheless, the Clergy Letter has a list of over 12,000 ministers who affirm that evolution is true while the Genesis record is a teaching myth like Aesop’s Fables.

“We don’t follow cleverly devised fables. The plain meaning of Genesis is clear: supernatural creation in six calendar days. It’s sad when ministers compromise the authority of God’s revealed Word in favor of man’s fallible opinions. So-called science advocacy [read: evolution enforcement] groups use those 12,000 clergy signatures to allege that Christians need have no problem with evolution. Yet statistics demonstrate that most children who are taught evolution as scientific fact go on to reject religious truth wholesale,” states Rev. Breeden. “That’s a real concern. Nobody thinks of eternity when they preach Darwin from our pulpits on an Evolution Sunday.”

CreationLetter.com provides an opportunity for Christians to answer this challenge to Biblical authority and the foundational basis of the Gospel. Visitors can sign a Creation Letter affirming the historical veracity of a literal Genesis. They’ll also find information on how to celebrate Creation Sunday this February 14th in place of the Clergy Letter’s Evolution Sunday.

CreationLetter.com is a ministry of DefendingGenesis.org.

CBS Stands Behind Acceptance of Focus on Family Spot : says it will consider all “responsibly produced ads” for remaining slots in Super Bowl

By John Eggerton — Broadcasting & Cable, 1/26/2010 2:13:13 PM

CBS Tuesday (Jan. 26) stood behind its decision to take a Super Bowl ad from Focus on the Family that has drawn fire from reproductive choice organizations. The network said it does not reject advocacy ads out of hand, and added that it would consider “responsibly produced ads from all groups” for the “few” remaining spots in the broadcast.

“We have for some time moderated our approach to advocacy submissions after it became apparent that our stance did not reflect public sentiment or industry norms on the issue,” CBS said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. “In fact, most media outlets have accepted advocacy ads for some time. At CBS, our standards and practices process continues to adhere to a process that ensures all ads — on all sides of an issue — are appropriate for air.

“We will continue to consider responsibly produced ads from all groups for the few remaining spots in Super Bowl XLIV,” the network said.

That came in response to the announcement that the Women’s Media Center, National Organization For Women and more than two dozen other groups have launched a campaign to pressure CBS into pulling a Super Bowl “pro-life” ad bought by Focus on the Family.

That campaign includes a letter it delivered to CBS today, according to a spokeswoman, and e-mails its members are sending today to CBS, the NFL, and advertisers in the game.

The letter calls on CBS to reject what the groups call an anti-choice ad that advances Focus on the Family’s Agenda.

They argue that CBS has rejected advocacy ads in the past, including from PETA, MoveOn.org and the United Church of Christ.

The spot in question is expected to feature Florida Gators quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mother talking about how she refused to have an abortion after she was advised to do so by doctors.

The NFL backed the CBS decision. “CBS standards and practices department approved the content of the ad as appropriate for the audience. We take no issue with CBS’ decision,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

A CBS spokesperson had told B&C’s Claire Atkinson last week that the network had vetted the spot’s script and did not expect to have any trouble with the video.

“It is not inflammatory or divisive,” a CBS exec told Atkinson last week.

Courtesy of Broadcastingcable.com at http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/445978-CBS_Stands_Behind_Acceptance_Of_Focus_On_Family_Spot.php?rssid=20065

GOD IS AD CAMPAIGN TO HIT 1000 NYC SUBWAYS

By Jennifer Riley|Christian Post Reporter

Pro-God ads will hit some 1,000 subway cars throughout New York City beginning Friday, announced the New York church sponsoring the campaign.

Times Square Church, located in the heart of Times Square in New York City, will launch its ad campaign in hundreds of subway cars and on 50 platform posters in Manhattan stations at the end of this week.

Ads will boldly feature the words “God is” in the center,surrounded by words describing God’s qualities in colorful fonts. Among the “God is” attributes are: with you, willing to help, able to protect, a father, a husband to the widow, your friend, aware of your struggle, a good listener, the one who loves you, power to change, incredible, ready to forgive, there when no one else is, looking at you, Jesus.

“We want to encourage people to seek God and prove that indeed He is,” explains Carter Conlon, senior pastor of Times Square Church. “The ads describe God in just a few of the infinite ways He proves His presence to us every day.”

Bringing God into the public square is nothing new to Times Square Church. In September, the church hosted “Prayer in the Square” that attracted as many as 60,000 people representing over 300 churches and 65 youth organizations for an hour of prayer in Times Square.

In its latest attempt to get people talking about God and religion, the church hopes to not just draw unbelievers, but also former believers.

“We are praying that people who don’t know God and would like to know Him, would be moved by these ads to visit Times Square Church or any Bible believing church in New York City and find God through the forgiveness freely offered through His Son, Jesus Christ,” Conlon said. “And to those who once knew God and need to get back to God, we want to say simply this: His arms are open wide always ready to welcome you home.”

Times Square Church is an inter-denominational,multinational congregation founded by best-selling author, the Rev. David Wilkerson, who wrote The Cross and the Switchblade. More than 8,000 people, representing more than 100 different nationalities, gather to worship each week at Times Square Church.

Courtesy of Christianpost.com

Ten Commandments monument in place at Oklahoma bank

POTEAU, OK – A Ten Commandments monument that supporters want to put on the lawn of an Oklahoma county courthouse has been installed outside a bank for the time being.

More than 200 people turned out for last week’s unveiling of the monument at Community State Bank in Poteau, Oklahoma. The 7-foot by 5-foot granite monument is surrounded by lights.
Le Flore County commissioners initially agreed to put the monument on the courthouse lawn. But they later decided to wait for a Supreme Court decision on a similar monument in neighboring Haskell County.
Haskell County commissioners are appealing a ruling that a monument on their courthouse lawn is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

The New Hampshire House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a bill that would tightly regulate homsechooling.

The state House voted 324-34 against changes to the current law.

“Winning by such a significant margin is welcome relief for New Hampshire homeschool families,” said Mike Donnelly, staff attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Judith Day who felt the current homeschooling law required too little accountability. Under the proposed legislation, parents or legal guardians would be required to submit in writing their intention to educate their child; keep a portfolio of the homeschooled child’s work and log of reading materials; and have an annual evaluation demonstrating educational progress commensurate with the child’s age and ability. Evaluations would also be more strictly regulated.

Current law requires that parents provide yearly results of either the test or an evaluation of the child’s portfolio, not both. And parents who are certified or private school teachers can write their own evaluations.

Day argued that under current law, administrators do not have sufficient information to determine whether a home education program needs remediation or should continue. She noted that greater accountability would not be excessively burdensome to parents.

But parents opposed amending the current law, and interpreted the changes as government interference with family affairs. They expressed their opposition through rallies and calls and letters to legislators.

Rep. Barbara Shaw, who has 45 years of teaching experience, and a majority of a bi-partisan legislative study committee recommended that the bill is “Inexpedient to Legislate.”

“After studying this issue for several years I’ve gotten to know homeschoolers, the law, and how the system works and I’m convinced that it is working fine,” Shaw said, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association. “There are no changes needed.

“Some people have accused me of doing a 180 on homeschooling – and I would have to admit that’s true. But that’s because I’ve seen that homeschooling is working for children in our state and the current law is adequate.”

A recent comprehensive study, conducted by the National Home Education Research Institute, found that homeschoolers scored 34-39 percentile points higher than the norm on standardized achievement tests. Also, homeschooled boys and girls scored equally well.

Courtesy of Christianpost.com

Preacher’s toe touches school lawn, he gets arrested

Case brought after principal calls cops to silence Gospel

A New Jersey judge has dismissed a criminal case against a volunteer who was preaching the Gospel on public property in front of the Edison, N.J., High School when his toe inadvertently brushed the grass and he was arrested.

The case has been detailed by the Alliance Defense Fund, which takes on civil rights and religious rights cases nationwide.

The order dismissing the case against Robert Parker was signed by Judge Travis Francis.

“Christians shouldn’t be arrested and charged as criminals for expressing their beliefs on public property. They have the same First Amendment rights as anyone else in America,” said ADF-allied attorney Demetrios Stratis of Fair Lawn.

“A person cannot be charged with a crime just because a school official has a complete misunderstanding of the First Amendment or doesn’t like what that person has to say. We are pleased that we prevailed in court in getting these unwarranted criminal charges dropped,” he said.

According to the report issued yesterday by the ADF, Parker “was taken into custody after his toe touched the grass on the school’s side of the sidewalk. He was charged with trespass and disorderly conduct.”

It was last May when Parker was sharing the Gospel from a public sidewalk outside the high school after students were dismissed for the day.

The school principal came out and told him to leave, whereupon Parker explained his First Amendment free speech and free exercise of religion protections. Dissatisfied, the principal called police.

According to the ADF, when officers arrived they took control of the situation and instructed students “not to go near Parker.”

The principal then insisted that Parker be arrested.

“While speaking with officers, Parker’s toe brushed against the grass along the school side of the sidewalk. The officers arrested him and issued him a summons for ‘defiant trespassing,'” the ADF reported.

The events leading to the arrest were recorded on video.

Evangelicals shift to gentler tone but not in politics