Thursday, July 19, 2018

18 July 2018

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” [Ezekiel 33:6]

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Ephesians 6:12]

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Why Hasn't NAACP Denounced Racist Comments by Planned Parenthood's Founder?

Contact: Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr., 201-704-9325

MONTCLAIR, N.J., July 15, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- The NAACP religiously monitors the world for racist comments made by dignitaries, especially elected officials and organizations opposing the Democrat Party. The bias demonstrated is consistent with the decline of relevancy on issues adversely affecting the very people they were created to protect. When informed and genuine advocates of the African American community see the devastating effects of eugenic policies perpetrated upon people-of-color, then learn the origins and racist comments as well as practices of the leading abortion provider Planned Parenthood, they are left baffled at the silence of America's most prestigious defenders of civil rights. Let me enumerate some undeniable and inconvenient truths:

1.       1,786 African American children are killed each day by abortion.
2.       Abortion is systemic and deliberate and the leading provider of
abortion in America is Planned Parenthood.
3.       Fifty-Two percent of All African American pregnancies end in

Margaret Sanger, the founder and chief facilitator of the eugenic and systemic plan of abortion. She was an avowed White Supremist and was quoted as saying, "…colored people are human weeds and need to be exterminated… reckless breeders… spawning… human beings who never should have been born…" Margaret Sanger, "Pivot of Civilization." Sanger was in her time the leading advocate of the eugenics movement, specifically of negative eugenics, which promoted the reduction of sexual reproduction and sterilization of people with undesired traits or economic conditions. She wrote, "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." -- Margaret Sanger, "Women and the New Race" (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

Margaret Sanger has nothing on pizza king "Papa John" The University of Louisville said it will remove the Papa John's name from its football stadium, and that it will rename the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at its business college. Why? He used the "n" word and thus his name will be removed. Yet, Margaret Sanger's name is still heralded and her bust is still in the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery next to Martin Luther King, What's up with that! After all this is far more important than pizza.

L.E.A.R.N. the Life Education And Resource Network will peacefully protest July 16 and 17 at the NAACP Convention in San Antonia, Texas demanding a resolution form the NAACP denouncing the racist comments of Margaret Sanger and request that all awards, plazas, streets along with icons and honorable mention be removed from government buildings and the public square.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4 July 2018

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” [Ezekiel 33:6]

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Ephesians 6:12]

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At a preassembly prayer meeting held 12 June 2018 at the Presbyterian Church in America 2018 General Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Sean Lucas, Senior Pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, led the following “liturgy:”

PRAYER                Dr. Sean Lucas

                              Lament for how we have not loved our neighbors.

[John 17.17] Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. [18] As you sent me into the World, so I have sent them into the world. [19] And for their sake I consecrate myself, That they also may be sanctified in truth.

Lamenting Our Sins: A Litany

Leader:                O Lord, have mercy.
People:                O Christ, have mercy.
Leader:                O Lord, have mercy and hear your people.
People:                Hear us, good Lord.

Leader:                We grieve the disunity of your church. We grieve that many women in our congregations feel unvalued and unwanted, unheard and uncared for. We grieve that we have acted as though being male was more valuable than being female, theta we have communicated that only men were wanted in service and care, that only male voices could be and should be heard, that only men were valued. We grieve not loving our mothers and sisters in Christ well.

People:                Hear us, good Lord.

Leader:                We grieve that the poor, the blue collar, the working class, and the middle class find our churches uninviting and unwelcoming. We grieve that we have played favorites, seeking to reach the wealthy and powerful with the Gospel while avoiding those who could not advance our influence. We grieve that our status symbolscars, clothes, vacations, schools—have kept people away from the very place where we declare that he who was rich became poor for our sakes so that we might be rich in him.
People:               Hear us, good Lord. 

Leader:               We grieve that black and brown people have found our churches to be overwhelming and unsympathetic places, more loyal to “whiteness” than to the red blood of Jesus shed on the Cross. We grieve that our loyalties to politicians who play on racial fears have been stronger than our loyalties to our black and brown brothers and sisters in Christ. We grieve that we have wittingly and unwittingly erected once again the very wall of hostility that Christ’s cross had torn down. We grieve that those who have spoken the Gospel truth on our racial unity-in-diversity have been shouted down as “cultural Marxists” or “social justice warriors” rather than celebrated as Servants of the Gospel.
People:               Hear us, good Lord.

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Axes that were used to threaten others from entering a church, along with chains used to bar the doors, were recrafted by Pillar Church of Holland, Mich., into a baptismal font that was placed center stage on Thursday evening, 7 June 2018, in the Calvin College chapel.

It was a great symbol for the worship service held to open both the Reformed Church in America general synod and the Christian Reformed Church in North America synod.

The ax handles and chains are artifacts from an era in which the Reformed Church in America and Christian Reformed Church in North America split from one another in a dramatic and hurtful way.

Meeting in joint sessions and separately over the next several days on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., the two denominations gave evidence of the evolving connection between the CRCNA and the RCA. After more than two years in planning by representatives from each denomination, the worship services, events, and other meetings reflected a rich heritage and a sense of harmony that have been growing between the two churches since the early 2000s and especially since they met concurrently in Pella, Iowa, in 2014 and signed a joint resolution.

Another joint session took place on Friday night, a few hours after the CRC formally opened for business and elected its officers -- some of whom had experience in the roles before, and others of whom were new in helping to guide synod through its upcoming days.

During the Friday joint session, Rev. Denise Posie, the CRC’s director of leadership development for women and ethnic ministry, led delegates through some of the history of this new era of cooperation, highlighting the “Pella Accord,” the joint resolution signed in 2014.

The resolution states, among other things, that “the principle that guides us, and the intention that motivates us, is to ‘act together in all matters except those in which deep differences of conviction compel [us] to act separately’” (Acts of Synod 2014, p. 504).

Delegates heard about the increasing work being done together by ministries of both denominations: Disability Concerns ministry, Reformed Benefits Association, Reformed Leadership Initiative, Clinical Pastoral Education at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Faith Alive Christian ResourcesWorld Renew, and social justice work.

Saturday morning, delegates from both denominations also met for three hours in joint sessions, marking the first time that delegates from the RCA and CRCNA were asked to be in advisory committees together. Their conversations were recorded and reported, not for action by either synod, but to give direction for the future.

Delegates divided into groups of members from each denomination to discuss proposed approaches on how the churches might move forward together in ministry in years to come.

They looked at four topics: interfaith engagement, congregational renewal, collaboration between the RCA and CRCNA, and the brainstorming of a “new creation” for the future of the two denominations.

In the afternoon on Saturday, the RCA General Synod approved Eddy Alemán by voice vote as the new general secretary of the RCA. The vote followed a presentation by Alemán and a time of questions from the floor.
The role of general secretary includes casting vision for the denomination and overseeing implementation of its mission. The general secretary also works closely with the executive director of the CRCNA.

“I am thrilled by this decision,” said Dr. Steven Timmermans, the CRC’s executive director. “Eddy is an excellent example of servant leadership who has a real heart for the church. I look forward to working alongside him in this new role.”

On Sunday, day four of the synods, delegates had the chance to worship at local churches and to spend some time in joint advisory discussions and relaxing.

Then on Sunday evening, delegates united for worship in the DeVos Center for Arts and Worship at the nearby Grand Rapids Christian High School. Participants from the RCA and the CRC helped to prepare and participate in the service that was at times exuberant, at times prayerful, and at all times driven by the conviction that the two denominations share a common mission.

On Monday morning, during their last time of joint worship, delegates from the RCA general synod and the CRCNA synod gave verbal and written reports about their joint advisory committee discussions that took place earlier.

The proposals discussed by the groups presented new ways for the two denominations to cooperate. They varied from probable, already-in-the-works ideas, to a less likely, what-if, idea for the future.

Proposals already being worked on or likely to be worked on soon are ways of further consolidating denominational services, especially in the area of congregational renewal, and a joint effort to promote and shape interfaith engagement.

Less likely at present is a proposal to join and radically reconfigure the denominations.

On Wednesday, the CRC synod agreed to form a joint committee with the RCA to help both denominations reach out to other religions.

The decision came out of recommendations from the CRC’s Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee(EIRC). In the published agenda for synod, the EIRC had signaled that they were working out an arrangement with the RCA to cooperate in interreligious matters -- relationships with non-Christian faiths. By the time synod met, the EIRC had received a request from the RCA to merge the efforts of their two committees for this work.
Another important move that highlights the CRC’s desire to build bridges, not only with the RCA but with other churches, took place early in the week when CRC delegates decided to make reconciliation a key area of focus as the denomination crafts its upcoming ministry plan.

Lori Fieber of Classis B.C. North-West, said, “I’m excited about all this language towards reconciliation.” She talked about her home church striving to become a gospel-centered community that incorporates restorative practice and noted that an environment that is conducive to restoration must include willingness.

“Let’s continue to make overtures and offers of reconciliation towards those we are in conflict with, but be patient,” she said.

These events were by all means historic in the lives of two churches united in Reformed faith yet driven apart by issues and personalities that are in the past. Praying and singing and talking together were highlights of the joint gatherings. Over a few days in early June, the churches took a few more steps together toward the future.

Meanwhile, the CRC’s Synod 2018 addressed other business:

For more, visit Synod 2018.

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June 18, 2018

Concerned about the policy in which the United States is separating children from their parents at the U.S. border with Mexico, the Christian Reformed Church in North America is joining with the voices of other people of faith to call for an end to this policy, which causes families to suffer and runs counter to gospel values.

World Renew has also issued a statement on the policy, citing how it conflicts with the core humanitarian standards and child-safety commitments they hold.

(Update:  On June 20, 2018 President Trump signed an executive order to allow parents who have crossed the border into the United States illegally to remain with their children while they are detained. We are grateful for this positive step. We urge CRC members to continue speaking with their elected representatives for broader immigration reform.)  

The complete CRCNA statement reads:

CRCNA Statement on Forced Separation Policy

As leaders from the Christian Reformed Church in North America, we are deeply concerned about the new “zero tolerance” policy being enforced by the United States Department of Justice and the justifications that have been used to support it. We are troubled that this policy seems to remove the government’s responsibility to ensure that asylum seekers may legally make their claim. We are also alarmed by the active separation of vulnerable children from their parents that has resulted from this policy’s implementation.

As Christians, we believe that the family is a core component to God’s structuring of society. Throughout the Bible, God’s work is told, experienced, and carried out by people in families. There are instructions for how couples should parent their children, how siblings should love each other, and how children should honor their parents. Within the very gospel story, God chose to bring his Son into the world by placing him within a family.

Acknowledging that the family is such a core building block for faith formation and kingdom work, we believe that governments should separate families only in the rarest of instances.

We acknowledge that governments have the right to uphold laws and secure their borders. However, we also believe that governments must use discretion in how they enforce those laws, and that the well-being of children as well as the upholding of human rights conventions should be key factors in making such decisions. Forcibly removing immigrant children from their parents and families can cause long-term trauma and psychological harm to both the children and their parents.

As people of faith with a call to protect the vulnerable, welcome the stranger, and love our neighbors, we urge our leaders to act with compassion for people fleeing life-threatening persecution and to keep families together.
We call on the U.S. administration to immediately end these unjust practices, and to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the values of family unity, humane treatment, and refuge for persons being persecuted. We also call on Congress to immediately act to reform our immigration system so that there are more, not fewer, opportunities for legal status and permanent protection for vulnerable immigrants.

Finally, we encourage members of the CRCNA in the U.S. to keep this situation in their prayers, to educate themselves about issues facing immigrants, and to urge their lawmakers to enact laws that honor the blessings that immigrants bring to our country.

In Christ,

Steven Timmermans, Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church in North America

Colin P. Watson, Director of Ministries and Administration, Christian Reformed Church in North America

Carol Bremer-Bennett, Director, World Renew - United States, Christian Reformed Church in North America

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Zachary King, Director, Resonate Global Mission, Christian Reformed Church in North America

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By Stephen Walker
BBC News Northern Ireland Political Correspondent

The peer, who was a Presbyterian elder, said it is because he disagrees with a series of the Church's recent decisions.

He is particularly concerned with the Church's decision to loosen ties with the Church of Scotland due to its views on same-sex relationships.
He is also unhappy about its decision to leave the World Council of Churches.

In a statement, Reverend Trevor Gribben, clerk of the General Assembly and general secretary of the Irish Presbyterian Church, said that any resignation from the Church is to be regretted.

Now same-sex couples cannot take communion and their children cannot be baptised.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

27 June 2018

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” [Ezekiel 33:6]
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Ephesians 6:12]

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WASHINGTON, June 26, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed the pro-life movement a victory in the case of NIFLA v. Becerra, stating that the California law, called the Reproductive Fact Act, forcing pro-life help centers to promote abortion was unduly burdensome to free speech rights and was therefore unconstitutional.

The following quote is attributable to Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue:
We are grateful that the First Amendment Right to Free Speech has prevailed and that pro-life pregnancy centers will be protected from forced promotion of abortion. Those of us with deeply held beliefs that abortion is a moral injustice now cannot be forced to capitulate to an unjust government demand that we promote this human rights abuse.

We are grateful to Tom Glessner and the National Institute of Family and Life Associates (NIFLA) for bearing the burden of challenging this unconstitutional law.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala., June 26, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Foundation for Moral Law ("the Foundation"), an Alabama-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to religious liberty and the strict interpretation of the Constitution as intended by its Framers, applauded Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court decisions in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra and Trump v. Hawaii.

"Today is a great day for America and for the Foundation for Moral Law," said Foundation President Kayla Moore. "The Court upheld the Constitution today in two very important cases in which we had filed amicus briefs. We are pleased that the Court rebuked California for trying to force right to life advocates to speak a 'pro-abortion' message and that the Court defended the President's prerogative to keep this country safe, by certain restrictions on travel from other countries."

NIFLA v. Becerra

In NIFLA, the Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a California law requiring pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about how to obtain state-sponsored abortions violated the First Amendment's Free Speech Clause. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion, holding that the law was unconstitutional because it regulated the content of the pro-lifers' speech and made them speak a message with which they disagree. Justice Thomas noted that the Court sometimes allows the government to require medical providers to disclose certain information, but that is permissible only when the information is factual and noncontroversial, which was not the case here. Justice Thomas's decision aligns with the Foundation's amicus brief, which argued that the law was a content-based restriction on free speech and also a form of compelled speech.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote a concurrence, joined by Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Alito, and Justice Gorsuch, expressing alarm that the California law appeared to target only the pro-life viewpoint and was therefore an attempt by the government to suppress a particular message with which the government disagreed. Justice Kennedy emphasized that "Governments must not be allowed to force persons to express a message contrary to their deepest convictions." Justice Kennedy's arguments aligned with the Foundation's argument that the law was not only a content-based regulation of speech but also targeted the speakers because of their viewpoint.

John Eidsmoe, Foundation Senior Counsel who authored the brief, said, "Of all the forms of free speech violations, forcing someone to say something controversial with which they deeply disagree is perhaps the worst. Through the course of history, people have chosen to suffer and even die rather than betray their convictions. The Supreme Court's decision today reaffirms that freedom of speech is still alive and well in the United States."

Matthew Clark, the Foundation attorney who submitted the Foundation's amicus brief, added, "The Court's decision not only upheld the right to free speech, but it also indirectly upheld the religious rights of many of these pro-life advocates who do their work because they believe life is a gift from God. The Foundation believes that also, and we are pleased that the Court's decision today will help save innocent lives."

Trump v. Hawaii

In Trump, the Court upheld in a 5-4 decision a proclamation by President Trump restricting travel to and from countries that pose a national security risk to the United States. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, rejecting the argument that President Trump's proclamation was really a "Muslim ban" and reaffirming that the Court must grant great deference to the President's decisions on national security matters.

Chief Justice Roberts's decision reflected the Foundation's argument that the President's travel ban was not an Establishment Clause violation. Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe said, "The original purpose of the Establishment Clause was to prevent the government from coercing people to violate their religious beliefs. That wasn't the purpose of the President's proclamation. As we established in our brief, the ban applied only to certain nations that were centers for terrorism and failed to 'vet' terrorists.  Most Muslim nations and 86% of the world's Muslim population are not affected by the ban, which also included two non-Muslim nations (Venezuela and North Korea). This really was a national security case, not an Establishment Clause case. We are pleased that the Court agreed."

In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas addressed the fact that the Hawaii district court issued a nation-wide injunction in this case, arguing that the constitutionality of nation-wide injunctions is "dubious." Justice Thomas argued that judicial power is the power to settle disputes between the parties to the case, which is different than giving orders that bind the entire nation. The Foundation raised the same point in its amicus brief.

Explaining that point, Foundation attorney Matthew Clark said, "If an unelected and unaccountable federal district judge can issue an order that binds not just the parties to the case but everyone in the country, including those who live outside the district court's jurisdiction and who have no opportunity to be heard in the case, then we no longer have a constitutional republic but a dictatorship. The Supreme Court needs to address whether nation-wide injunctions are unconstitutional, and we are glad that Justice Thomas is calling the Court's attention to the problem."

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By Emmanuel Ogebe, Special to ASSIST News Service

NIGERIA (ANS – June 25, 2018) -- In a 60-hour killing spree that began last weekend about 200 Christians were slaughtered in Plateau State even as the US Ambassador At Large for IRF was departing Nigeria.

Ambassador Sam Brownback’s one-week visit was pockmarked with 6 suicide bombings by Boko Haram in one day (the largest single day detonations), deadly Shiite clashes with the police, altercations between local Muslims and a community and continuing killings by Muslim Fulani Herdsmen.

The grand finale of this perfect storm of violence was the triple digit massacre in Plateau State.

Overnight, I have been inundated with photos too gruesome to share here of horribly mutilated bodies of children brutally macheted to death and macheted still after death for maximal horror effect, charred corpses and bodies stacked in mass graves.

Already the Fulani have justified this heinous crime against humanity

The sad thing is this is not the first time nor the last. In 2012 when Fulani’s massacred over 60 Christian villagers in Plateau State, an executive of the same cattle rearers group said the same thing. I wrote to the Attorney General and asked, “This man has admitted the crime. Why hasn’t he been picked up?” He is still free till today. After the New Year Massacre in Benue State, again they admitted it. No one has been arrested.

Worse still, some of the communities attacked this weekend were attacked previously. In fact one of them was part of the notorious 2010 Dogo Na Hawa Massacre in which 500 Christians were killed. That massacre 8 years ago spurred me to launch the Justice For Jos project and that has evolved to covering Boko Haram atrocities. Ironically the Herdsmen atrocities have continued unabated while Boko Haram hogged the spotlight.

Sadly all of this occurred while Nigeria’s President Buhari was busy holding a party convention in his bid for re-election. Early last week I got distress messages from of our local workers that he was trapped outside the orphanage because of an ongoing Herdsmen attack. However President Buhari deployed over 5000 policemen for his security at the party convention and the killings built up until the massacre despite the early warnings.

We hear reports that mass burials are being ordered by the authorities to hide the true casualties.

At this point the Plateau massacre this weekend looks likely to be the third worst in the 8 years in which I have tracked Herdsmen attacks.

1.     Dogo Nahawa 500 killed March 2010 Plateau State
2.     Agatu 300 killed February 2016 Benue State
3.     Barkin Ladi about 200 Plateau State June 2018

It is disconcerting that a small Muslim minority can so terrorize Christian majorities in Benue and Plateau state because of their monopoly of violence. The great danger is if Christians choose not to take it anymore. Friends and family have been appealing for evacuation since last night as Muslims are amassing. However, Plateau is where most Christians from the far north flee for safety so where does everyone one now go?

One of my learned colleagues informs me that Rocket Propelled Grenades were used in these attacks. I am waiting on the evidence but if true, this is not the first time either.

I will keep you updated while I ask your prayers for this unraveling situation.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

30 May 2018

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” [Ezekiel 33:6]
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Ephesians 6:12]

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The Moderator-designate for the 2018 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) is the Rev. David Blunt, minister of the Free Church Continuing congregation of North Uist & Grimsay.
Born in Essex in 1958 and brought up in Hampshire, Mr. Blunt studied Environmental Science at the University College of Wales, which was followed by research at Dundee University.
Finding the naturalistic explanation for the universe implausible and the evolutionary account of man’s origin inadequate, he then read the Bible for the first time. The result was an awareness of the holiness of God, a sense of personal sin and a longing for forgiveness. Helped by the witness of
Christians he met through the providence of God, by divine grace he came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in 1983.
His conversion led to opportunities to serve the Lord, including assisting at a city mission and teaching part-time at a Christian primary school. Sensing a call to the gospel ministry, Mr. Blunt attended the Free Church College for three years as a private student. In 2000 he was inducted by the Free Church Continuing as an Evangelist / Church Planter based in Aberdeen and in 2007 accepted a call to the North Uist & Grimsay congregation in the Western Isles. He has served both as a Presbytery Clerk and Clerk to Assembly Committees.
Editor of the denominational magazine Free Church Witness since 2017, Mr. Blunt is also the author of Presbyterianism, published by the Free Church (Continuing), and of Which Bible Version: Does it Really Matter?, published by the Trinitarian Bible Society.
Married to Sybil, who comes from Point in Lewis, he enjoys reading, walking, and gardening.
“Yet another example of the Government overreaching its locus and interfering in family life”
…says Free Church Continuing Committee In a report to the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) meeting in Edinburgh 21 – 24 May 2018 the denomination’s Committee on Public Questions, Religion, & Morals assert that the Scottish Government, in promising to “ensure” that a Member’s Bill to implement a ban on smacking  [spanking children] becomes law (despite earlier assurances to bring forward no legislation on this subject), is overreaching its locus and interfering in family life. The Committee report that sadly, on the basis of responses from MSPs, the legislation appears to have widespread support amongst politicians, despite more than seventy percent of Scots believing an outright ban is not necessary. A copy of all the Reports coming before the General Assembly can be found at:
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CPCH is seeking a collaborative and courageous leader who has demonstrated experience in strategic management; able to develop and communicate a vision of the future, set priorities and produce measurable long-term results; have demonstrated ability to head successful fundraising efforts and cultivate relationships with donors, community leaders, and foundations; be an exceptional communicator, motivator and leader of staff and volunteers; be able to build strategic alliances with other nonprofits and community organizations; have experience in business planning, developing and operating budgets and managing nonprofit finances.
The President/CEO shall serve as a corporate officer and is charged with the overall responsibility of fundraising as well as managing, directing, and supervising the program, personnel, resources and properties of CPCH.  The President/CEO implements and administers policies established by the Board of Trustees.  The President/CEO is authorized by the Board of Trustees to conduct business for the corporation which includes the receiving and disbursing of funds, entering into contractual agreements, and representing CPCH at denominational, professional, and community meetings. Reports to the Board of Trustees.
Build a fund development strategy to strengthen and diversify funding sources. Create marketing and outreach strategies using technology and social networks to increase visibility of the organization. Cultivate strong relationships with key donors including individuals, foundations, churches and corporations. Seek and secure financial resources through gifts, wills, bequests, trusts, grants, campaigns and other approved methods of fund raising.
Direct supervision of the Vice President and others, including recruitment, employment, training, promotion, evaluation, and termination.
Prepare the annual budget for Board consideration and approval.  Promulgate regular Board reports concerning financial, program, and personnel activities.  Manage all CPCH resources with accountability in mind. (Exception would be those resources handled by other entities such as Board of Stewardship, Foundation, and Benefits of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.)
Produce annual audits by a reputable auditing firm for Board review and approval.  Submit audit to any other authority as required and approved by the Board of Trustees.
Ensure that the Agency operates within all legal requirements.
Provide assistance to the Board of Trustees in carrying out their responsibilities.  Keep the Board informed about changes in policy and program, legal and economic impacts, and future directions.
Work with Board committees and officers in the planning and preparation for meetings, minutes of actions taken, and information for all of the Board.
Develop a strong relationship with the Board Chair and Board members.
Work collaboratively with the Board in the development and implementation of strategic goals and the organization’s vision for the future. Provide timely and accurate data for effective Board deliberation and decision making.
Prepare and complete reports as required for Cumberland Presbyterian Church, agencies with whom CPCH contracts, and others as necessary.
Represent CPCH at the meeting of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly, Red River Presbytery meetings and other Presbyterial meetings as needed.
Responsible for implementing the Strategic Plan adopted by the Board of Trustees.
Represent CPCH in local, state, and national activities through membership and involvement in professional, civic, denominational or other associations.
Any other responsibilities as assigned by the Board of Trustees.
Educational: Master’s degree required; Doctoral level degree preferred.  (Degree in Non-Profit Administration, Human Services, or Business Management field is a plus).
Skills: Proven track record in raising money for agency/organization.  Demonstrated ability to provide effective administrative leadership in personnel, financial, public relations, trustee, denominational, and governmental relationships.  Ability to speak and write persuasively.  Ability to manage in crisis situations, think clearly, and keep the CPCH focused on its goals.
Experience:  Minimum of five (5) years of executive experience preferred, related to childcare programs, personnel, and/or financial resource development.
Other:  Eligible to become licensed under Texas Law as a Licensed Child Care Administrator preferred.
Christ-Centered Leadership.
Must relocate to Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Travel required.
Proven record of successful fundraising.
Must be a positive Christian role model.
Able to visually and auditorialy supervise staff.
Must be able to be insured through CPCH vehicle insurance company.
Able to provide transportation for clients, staff, donors, etc.
Able to maintain a flexible work schedule.
Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Must have high tolerance for stress.
Must be self-motivated with good organization and time management skills.
Qualified candidates should email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: Subject: Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home Executive Search.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8207 Traditional Place, CordovaTennessee 38016, 901-276-4572, Fax: 901-272-3913
Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-683-6790 ext. 111; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President, 316-516-3034; both with Operation   
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ —  The U.S. Department of Justice has informed Operation Rescue in a letter dated May 11, 2018, that abortionist Douglas Karpen has finally been forwarded to the FBI Houston Field Office for “any action deemed necessary” related to crimes that include the murder of living babies after failed abortions.
The case actually began in 2012, when four women who worked at Karpen’s Houston area abortion facilities contacted Operation Rescue with information that he was violating the law. Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue, received photos of large babies that one Karpen employee had taken at his abortion facility with her cell phone that workers said had been born alive then killed by slashing or twisting their necks.
On May 15, 2013, Operation Rescue released a report along with the photos that supported allegations that Karpen was murdering babies that survived the abortion process. Other alleged crimes included sexual harassment and/or abuse of employees and patients.
That report and ensuing complaints prompted a grand jury “investigation” that declined to indict Karpen. Operation Rescue later learned that grand jury was tainted by improper communications between then District Attorney Devon Anderson and Karpen’s criminal defense attorney Chip Lewis, who were close family friends. Lewis later donated $25,000 to Anderson’s political campaigns.
Operation Rescue then forwarded the information about Karpen’s alleged crimes to the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives that was tasked in 2015 with investigating evidence that Planned Parenthood was engaging in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains for profit.
On December 7, 2016, the House Select Panel referred Karpen to the Department of Justice under former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for investigation and prosecution. In 2017, the House Select Panel renewed its criminal referral of Karpen to the DOJ under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Sullenger wrote to Sessions in August 2017, asking for him to open an investigation into Karpen’s alleged crimes, especially the allegations that he murdered babies born alive during abortions.
“The letter I received from the Department of Justice is encouraging. The photos depict wounds inflicted on those babies that could not have been done inside the womb. After having personally attended the Pennsylvania trial of Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of murdering living babies after failed abortions, I knew we could never give up seeking prosecutions for Karpen’s similar crimes,” said Sullenger. “We are grateful for this new FBI investigation that has renewed our hope that Karpen may finally be brought to justice.”
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America.
Operation Rescue, Post Office Box 782888, WichitaKansas 67278, 800-705-1175, Fax: 916-244-2636,