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4 students at Wheaton College in Illinois accuse city of Chicago of infringing on free speech rights claiming that newly implemented rules prohibit them from congregating and handing out religious pamphlets in Millennium Park [#WheatonCollege #CityOfChicago #MillenniumPark]

4 students at Wheaton College in Illinois are accusing the city of Chicago of infringing on their free speech rights, claiming that newly implemented rules prohibit them from congregating and handing out religious pamphlets in Millennium Park.

According to the students, who are all members of the Christian college’s Chicago Evangelism Team, their mission is to “proclaim the gospel in the city of Chicago to whomever we find there.”

The lawsuit alleges that the students were approached by park supervisors on several occasions beginning in December 2018 and told them to stop handing out pamphlets and free religious literature or preaching their evangelical message.

The supervisors informed the group members that they were “‘soliciting’ the public to subscribe to their beliefs and therefore in violation of a Chicago ordinance.”

Christian students sue Chicago after city blocked them from handing out religious pamphlets:
New York Post

Iconic Christian musician Michael W. Smith cast as lead actor in Ben Graham’s upcoming Christian film “Pardoned By Grace” alongside ‘90s heartthrob Joey Lawrence [#PardonedByGrace #MichaelWSmith #JoeyLawrence]

Iconic Christian musician Michael W. Smith has been cast as a lead actor in Ben Graham’s upcoming Christian film “Pardoned By Grace” alongside popular ‘90s heartthrob Joey Lawrence.

“Pardoned By Grace” tells the true story of the transformation of a man named Scott Highberger who went from being a notorious criminal to becoming a pastor.

The feature film reveals how Highberger, a “former prisoner … received an unlikely pardon so that he could go back into prisons and continue his prison ministry,” according to the film’s gofundme page.

Joey Lawrence, Michael W Smith team up to star in Christian film ‘Pardoned By Grace’:
Christian Post

Polish archaeologists have discovered a 4th Century church in Egypt, which they say could be one of the oldest known Christian temples in Egypt.

What is left of the church was discovered in the ancient port of Marea, near the city of Alexandria.

A team from the University of Warsaw’s Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology has been conducting research since 2000, including digging and conservation work.

The team’s most interesting findings in Marea so far include a basilica, a burial chapel and the largest collections of ceramic fragments (“ostraca” to archaeologists) discovered in Egypt.

In the basilica, which operated from the 5th to the 8th Century, the archaeologists discovered remnants from ever further back in time.

“At the end of the last research season, under the floor of the basilica, we encountered a wall’s remains, which turned out to be the outer walls of an even older church. This is one of the oldest Christian temples discovered in Egypt so far.”
– Dr Krzysztof Babraj of the Museum of Archaeology in Kraków, who led research on the basilica.

The older church is underneath the basilica, which was destroyed by an earthquake.

The form of its limestone walls, along with ceramic and glass fragments found inside the ruins, indicate that the church dates back to the mid-4th Century.

Measuring 24 by 15 metres, the church was decorated with polychromes, little of which has survived.

The archaeologists are collecting what is left of them, scattered in thousands of fragments.

“Our discovery is also important because we basically don’t know any remnants of churches from the neighbouring metropolis, Alexandria. Now we know how they could look, which is why it is so important to continue our research that we have just begun in the old church.”
– Dr Krzysztof Babraj explaining the discovery’s significance.

One of Egypt’s oldest churches dating back to the 4th century found hidden behind ancient basilica wall:
The First News

Phil Heller announced as new lead pastor of Crossroads Christian Church, one of Tri-State’s largest congregations with campuses in Newburgh and on Evansville’s West Side in Indiana [#PhilHeller #Crossroads #Indiana]

Phil Heller has been announced as the new lead pastor of Crossroads Christian Church, one of the Tri-State’s largest congregations with campuses in Newburgh and on Evansville’s West Side in Indiana.

Heller’s hire was recommended by the search team to Crossroads Christian Church elders. Elders unanimously accepted the recommendation.

Heller was on the staff of Crossroads from 1996 to 2002 as student ministries pastor and high school pastor.

He was executive pastor for 13 years at White River Christian Church in Noblesville, Indiana, where he was responsible for providing direction for executing the church’s vision, mission and strategy and developing leadership among the staff and congregation, according to a release from Crossroads.

Heller has a bachelor’s in specialized ministries from Kentucky Christian University and is near to completing his masters in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.

“I am excited about rejoining the tri-state community. And I look forward to pursuing the collective vision among Evansville area church leaders to see the Tri-State be a place where everyone flourishes.”
– Phil Heller

Crossroads Christian Church announces new lead pastor
Evansville Courier & Press

Star Australian rugby player Israel Folau will not retract statements about homosexuality and sin and it may cost him a multimillion dollar contract with Rugby Australia.

On April 10, 2019, Folau posted to more than 340,000 followers on Instagram, “Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.”

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Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:30 KJV _______________

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Quoting St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, Folau posted, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians KJV 5:19-21).

On April 11, 2019, Rugby Australia declared that it was aware of social media posts by Folau.

“The content within the post is unacceptable. It does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to members of the Rugby community.”

– Rugby Australia

Christian athlete sacked from Australia Rugby team for quoting Bible on homosexuality
Lifesite