Day: July 13, 2021

News Of the Day – July 13th

Capital Hill Baptist Church and D.C. Settle Religious Liberty Lawsuit

In another win for houses of worship shut down over covid restrictions, the District of Columbia has agreed to pay $220,000 in legal fees in a settlement with Capitol Hill Baptist Church. The settlement comes nine months after a federal court ruled the government could not prohibit the Southern Baptist congregation from meeting outdoors with proper safety measures in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The settlement agreement followed an October 2020 decision by federal judge Trevor McFadden to block enforcement of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s restrictions on religious gatherings. Read more about the lawsuit here.


A New Tower Of Babel Attraction Planned In Kentucky

Answers In Genesis, is the ministry behind The Ark Encounter, a Bible-themed attraction in Kentucky that features a 510-foot-long wooden Noah’s ark. And now there is planning to begin fundraising for an expansion. The Ark Encounter said that it would take about three years to research, plan and build a “Tower of Babel” attraction on the park’s grounds in northern Kentucky. The hopes are that new attraction will “tackle the racism issue” by helping visitors “understand how genetics research and the Bible confirm the origin of all people groups around the world.” Read more about the project here.


Activists drape “God Bless Abortions” Banner On Christ Of The Ozark’s Statue

In a disgusting act of protest, a group draped a 65-foot-tall message on the Christ of the Ozarks statue in Eureka Springs to protest anti-abortion legislation in Arkansas. An activist art group called “In Decline” hung the banner reading, “God Bless Abortions.” In Decline says a team disguised as a construction crew slipped onto the property and put the sign up just before sunrise. The group also created “God Bless abortion shirts,” with all proceeds going to Arkansas Abortion Support, a non-profit organization that provides clinic escorting and funding for abortions in the state. Read more about the protest here.


First African American Wins Spelling Bee

For the first time in the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s 96-year history, an African American has taken home the top prize. Zaila Avant-garde, 14, an eighth-grader from Harvey, La., won the prestigious competition and $50,000. She is the competition’s second Black champion. “It made me feel really proud,” she said after clinching the victory. “I’m really hoping lots of little brown girls all over the world and stuff are really motivated to try out spelling and stuff because it’s really a fun thing to do and it’s a great way to kind of connect yourself with education, which is super important.” Read more about her win here.

July 13th – Galatians 4:31

Galatians 4:31

When it comes to describing the freedom we enjoy through Christ, and the difference between the old covenant and the new, the apostle Paul uses the example of Hagar and Sarah. Hagar bore Ishmael in the ordinary manner in which babies are born. Yet Sarah bore Isaac in a supernatural way, after receiving a message from God. Hagar, a bondswoman, had children born as slaves to the Law. These children represent Jerusalem before Jesus came, and all those who try to earn salvation through works. But Sarah, a free woman, had children born into that freedom. These children represent both Jews and Gentiles who are born under grace, and all who receive salvation through faith in Jesus and His promises. Paul goes on to tell us that just like Ishmael ridiculed and demeaned Isaac, Christians will face persecution from those who don’t know Jesus as their Savior. But we needn’t fear but rather celebrate. For Paul tells us that only those who choose faith or works are “heirs according to promise”, and will receive the gift of eternal life. (Gal. 3:29)