Dallas County District Court Judge Tammy Kemp defends her decision to hug former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger and give her a Bible [#DallasCounty #TammyKemp #AmberGuyper]

[October 8, 2019]

Dallas County District Court Judge Tammy Kemp is defending her decision to hug former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger and give her a Bible after she was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean Wednesday 2, 2019. Atheist groups and many in the black community have expressed outrage over it.

Tammy Kemp said she does not regret showing compassion to Guyger. Kemp said she obliged the former officer out of Christian compassion.

Tammy Kemp currently serves as a deaconess at a church in Dallas where she has been a member for more than 25 years.

The 57-year-old is also a firm believer in redemption and generally keeps a Bible in her chambers as a reminder to start her day with prayer.

Christian judge in Botham Jean case doesn’t regret hugging Amber Guyger as accusations of partiality grow
Christian Post

Christian communities in northeast Syria fear Turkey offensive threatening their very existence [#ChristianCommunities #SyriaPersecution #ChristianPersecution]

[October 13, 2019]

As the Turkish military and its allied Syrian rebels continue their operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, Christian communities in the region fear that the Turkish-led offensive is threatening their very existence in the war-torn country.

On the first day of the Turkish offensive, which began on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, a Turkish artillery attack reportedly targeted a predominately-Christian neighborhood in Qamishli, the largest city in northeast Syria.

Ayeda Habsono and her husband, Fadi, were severely wounded in the attack that hit their house.

Several other residents were also wounded.

Syrian Christians Fear Persecution During Turkey Offensive | Voice of America – English:
Voice of America

Pew Research Center: 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians down 12% points over past decade [#PewResearchCenter #DeclineOfChristianity #ReligiousLandscape]

[OCTOBER 17, 2019]

The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip.

In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12% points over the past decade.

Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.

In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
An update on America’s changing religious landscape
Pew Research Centre

Barna Group: Christians in United States more likely consider lead pastor of church to be a “friend” [#BarnaGroup #BarnaGroupReport #ChristianInUnitedStates #LeadPastor]

[October 8, 2019]

Christians in the United States are more likely to consider the lead pastor of their church to be a “friend” rather than a “mentor” or “counselor,”.

In a report released Oct. 8 titled, “Do Christians Consider Their Pastors to Be Friends?,” Barna analyzed how self-identified Christians felt about their pastor.

Barna found that 20% of respondents said they spoke to or regularly met with their lead pastor outside of weekly church worship services and events.

Among those who did so, when asked what they considered the best description of their relationship to their lead pastor, 50% of respondents answered “friend.”

This response was by far the most popular, with second place being “mentor” at 19%. Further, 13% responded with “counselor” and 11% responded with “teacher.”

Do Christians Consider Their Pastors to Be Friends?:
Barna Group