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Sending Target a loud, clear message: Don’t mess with our children
Target has crossed a line that made many parents wake up. They brazenly reached for our kids with trans ideology.
Interruption of children’s choir singing national anthem at U.S. Capitol stokes furor
A children’s choir singing the national anthem at the U.S. Capitol had its performance interrupted by Capitol police who said “demonstrations” are not allowed, according to the choir’s director.
Why a North Korean toddler’s Bible arrest offers a dire warning to America
“The entire family, including a 2-year-old child, were given life sentences in political prison camps.”
America 180: Can America be Saved?
How can we save America and how did we even get here in the first place? David Barton, founder of WallBuilders joins us to discuss. Plus, a look at the effort to forge biblical principles with public policy.
Top religious network TBN to broaden focus, add faith-friendly lifestyle programming
The nation’s top faith-based satellite/cable channel — TBN — is refocusing to meet the evolving needs of its audience and will offer viewers “more than just pulpit ministry,” says its director of content and development.
Nationals pitcher ‘deeply troubled’ by Dodgers honoring drag-queen ‘nuns’
Washington Nationals pitcher Trevor Williams said that as a devout Catholic, he is “deeply troubled” by the Dodgers’ plans to present a community service award to the bawdy troupe of drag queens known for dressing as nuns and mocking sacred Catholic rituals.
Miffed by drag-queen ‘nuns,’ Clayton Kershaw pushed Dodgers for Christian Faith Day
When pitcher Clayton Kershaw learned about his Los Angeles Dodgers’ honoring the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their mockery of Jesus and Christianity, he decided to do something about it.
Nun whose body shows little decay since 2019 death draws crowds to rural Missouri
Hundreds of people flocked to a small town in Missouri this week and last to see a nun whose body has barely decomposed since 2019. Some say it’s a sign of holiness in Catholicism, while others say the lack of decomposition may not be as rare as people think.
Gunman in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre harbored ‘malice and hate’ for Jews, prosecutor says
Prosecutors on Tuesday described how a heavily armed suspect barged into a Pittsburgh synagogue and shot every worshipper he could find in the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history.
Kayleigh McEnany talks about ‘Serenity in the Storm: Living Through Chaos by Leaning on Christ’
Former President Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany talks to Higher Ground’s Billy Hallowell about the intent of her new faith-based book ‘Serenity in the Storm: Living Through Chaos by Leaning on Christ.’ She says the lessons of the book are “applicable in a world full of chaos” — everything from the fentanyl epidemic to the bungled U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Above all, she notes, “God is at work even amid the chaos.”
Pride Month pushback: Conservatives target corporations over woke merch
It’s not even June, and yet corporate America is already reeling from an unprecedented backlash over the annual Pride Month celebration.
Jerusalem’s redesigned Tower of David museum opens after 3-year renovation
Jerusalem’s iconic citadel has opened its revamped museum after a three-year, $50 million makeover that included a restoration of its signature minaret.
Gen Z, millennials say shifting norms make marriage less appealing, survey shows
About 74% of American adults say changes in social norms have made marriage less appealing to younger generations, according to a survey conducted for a Muslim advocacy group.
Kirk Cameron’s book on dangers of ‘pride’: ‘It’s not anti-gay, it’s pro-humility’
Kirk Cameron’s children’s book on the dangers of pride is being released in concert with LGBTQ Pride Month, but the Christian actor and author wants to make it clear that the story isn’t political.
‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength.’ Bible verses for graduates
‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength.’ Bible verses for graduates
More businesses require teens to be chaperoned by adults, curbing their independence
Many praise chaperone policies as a way to reduce disruptions to business and create a safer shopping environment. But some critics say the new parental controls hurt teens’ independence and social development already curbed by pandemic-induced lockdowns.
Pope Francis resumes regular appointments after canceling schedule with a fever
Pope Francis resumed regular appointments on Saturday, one day after canceling his schedule due to a fever.
Dodgers relaunch Christian Faith Day amid Catholic backlash over drag-queen nuns
The Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to relaunch Christian Faith and Family Day as the team comes under fire from Catholic groups over plans to honor a bawdy troupe of drag queens that dress as nuns.
America, the faithless: Only half in nation now certain God exists
The latest General Social Survey, conducted by NORC, the research arm of the University of Chicago, found only half of Americans say they’re certain God exists. In a country where rights come from God, and government is only in place to protect those inherent birth rights and liberties, this finding spells doom.
Part of whose world? ‘Little Mermaid’ live-action remake irks the right with progressive fixes
Disney has made billions remaking its classic animated films into live-action versions sanitized so as not to offend modern cultural sensibilities, and by the initial accounts, “The Little Mermaid” is no different.
Gary Sinise credits ‘Lt. Dan’ for chance to honor Vietnam vets on Memorial Day
Gary Sinise never expected to become the face of the nation’s Memorial Day celebrations when he started performing for military audiences 20 years ago.
4 disturbing revelations from late-term abortion doctor’s interview
With the overturning of Roe v. Wade has come an increasing flow of disturbing pro-choice rhetoric, unsettling attacks on pregnancy centers — and some macabre revelations.
Boosters of Israel emigration find friends, support among evangelical Christians
Jewish emigration to Israel is being supported in part by evangelical Christians, an alliance some might not expect, two leading Israeli emigres say.
Indiana doctor faces discipline hearing over 10-year-old Ohio girl’s abortion
An Indiana board is set to hear allegations Thursday that an Indianapolis doctor should face disciplinary action after she spoke publicly about providing an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim from neighboring Ohio.
America 180: God, Abraham and Mike Pence
A conversation with Mike Pence where we talk about the road forward for the GOP. Also, a conversation with the director of the hit Christian movie, “His Only Son.”
Muslim, Christian parents sue MoCo schools to opt out of mandatory ‘pride’ storybooks
Muslim and Christian parents have sued the Montgomery County Board of Education to allow them to opt their children out of mandatory LGBTQ storybooks and lessons, saying they promote an “extreme ideology” on gender and sexuality.
For two actors, genuine miracle was ‘The Chosen’ becoming a streaming success
The Roman magistrate has been recognized in a coffee shop behind a face mask and eyeglasses, but Mother Mary can still pass through crowds unnoticed.
Ask Dr. E: How one reader struggles to reconcile love vs. legislation in LGBTQIA+ debate
Higher Ground is there for you if you’re seeking guidance in today’s changing world. Everett Piper, a Ph.D. and a former university president and radio host, is writing an advice column for The Times, and he wants to hear from you. If you have any moral or ethical questions for which you’d like an answer, please email email@example.com, and he may include it in the column.
South Carolina ready to renew abortion ban around 6 weeks of pregnancy after Senate vote
Abortion will soon be severely restricted in one of the last bastions for legal access in the U.S. South.
Nashville pastor gives first sermon since losing daughter in shooting
Carrying his pain to the pulpit, the Rev. Chad Scruggs choked back emotion as he thanked his congregation for their support in his family’s season of grief, as he delivered his first sermon since a mass shooting claimed the life of his 9-year-old daughter Hallie two months ago.
Catholic clergy sexually abused Illinois kids far more often than church acknowledged, state finds
An Illinois attorney general’s office investigation released Tuesday found that 451 Catholic clergy sexually abused nearly 2,000 children in the state over a nearly 70-year period, which was more than four times the 103 individuals the church named when the state began its review in 2018.
Willie and Korie Robertson discuss new project: A Bible-inspired Broadway-style musical
“Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Korie Roberston speak with Higher Ground’s Billy Hallowell about how faith has remained central in their lives amidst their rise to fame. They also chat about their new project, a Bible-inspired Broadway-style musical entitled “His Story: The Musical.”
Franklin Graham warns of data, bank cancellations of Christian ministries
Evangelist Franklin Graham warned Christian broadcasters of a “coming storm” of demonic criticism that could cancel their cloud data storage and bank accounts, key elements of business and ministry in the digital age.
Surgeon general warns rampant social media use imperils mental health of teens, adolescents
There is “reason to be concerned” about the potential harm social media inflicts on children and adolescents, the U.S. surgeon general said Tuesday in an advisory that calls for deeper research into the consequences of near-universal use of the platforms among young people.
Stirring DeSantis speech moves Christian broadcasters to cheers, standing ovations
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis conducted a massive focus-group test of a potential presidential-stump speech Monday evening at the National Religious Broadcasters convention.
Intel tops list of faith-friendly Fortune 500 companies
A public policy advocacy group has named semiconductor chipmaker Intel Corp. as the “most faith-friendly” Fortune 500 company.
Higher Ground: How a digital microscope found ‘hidden’ notes in 1,100-year-old Hebrew Bible
A $700 digital microscope helped unlock “hidden” editorial notes in a 1,100-year-old Hebrew Bible known as the “Codex Sassoon,” a noted scholar said.
Christian broadcasters to hear DeSantis, celebrate Israel, laud colleagues at Orlando event
Members of the National Religious Broadcasters will gather in Orlando Monday to trade industry experiences, celebrate Israel’s 75th anniversary and hear from one potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate.
Biden’s open-border policy is unbiblical, historically stupid
Ronald Reagan once said, “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” Over three decades later, Donald Trump added: “A nation without borders is no nation at all.”
‘Reason for God’ author Timothy Keller dies after years of cancer battle
The Rev. Timothy Keller, an evangelical pastor and bestselling Christian apologist noted for bringing the Gospel message to urbanites — died Friday morning at his home in New York City, the Redeemer Churches and Ministries network said in an announcement circulated online.
America 180: Pastors to the Rescue
A closer look at how pastors are beginning to mobilize politically to save America. David Lane with the American Renewal Project explains. Plus, in search of the truth: the fascinating story of Jim Mosley, “the Bible History Guy!”
FTC accuses fertility tracking app with sharing data with China, Google
A complaint by the Federal Trade Commission accuses popular fertility tracking app Premom of illegally sharing private data.
Did Facebook just censor Jesus? Bizarre ‘hate speech’ message sparks concern
Though some might disagree with the proclamation “Jesus died so you could live,” there’s certainly nothing about the wording that any rational person would call “hate speech.”
What is a woman? Tennessee has the answer, with Gov. Bill Lee signing bill defining sex in state law
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed legislation defining the word sex in state law, becoming the second state this year to provide an answer to the increasingly polarizing question, “What is a woman?”
Supreme Court sides with Big Tech in families’ lawsuits over promotion of terrorist videos, content
The Supreme Court gave some breathing room to tech companies in a ruling Thursday, shooting down two lawsuits by relatives of victims of terrorism who wanted to hold social media platforms liable for hosting terrorist content.
Secrets of $38 million Hebrew Bible revealed by $700 digital microscope, scholar says
A $700 digital microscope — in the hands of an ancient manuscripts scholar — may have added to the significance of an ancient Hebrew Bible manuscript sold for $38 million Wednesday.