News Of the Day – January 25th

Josh Duggar Asks For Dismissal Or Acquittal In Child Phonography Trial

Josh Duggar’s defense team has filed a motion for acquittal following last month’s guilty verdict. The former “19 Kids and Counting” star was convicted in December of downloading and possessing child sex abuse images. The motion, which was filed on Wednesday argued in part that  “The evidence elicited at trial does not support a conviction on either count.” Josh Duggar could face as much as 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. It is likely to take some weeks for the motion to be decided by a court of appeals. Read more about the appeal here.


Pastor David Jeremiah Warns Truth Is Disappearing From Our Culture

Saying Christians are living in a “post-truth world,” David Jeremiah on Sunday urged believers to be bold stewards of God’s Word even as the culture continually rejects it. Jeremiah, the pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, Calif., is quoted as saying, “We’re living in a post-truth world. If you watch television, if you read magazines, if you read the newspaper, [then] you realize truth is little by little just disappearing from our culture.” Adding, “Many U.S. churches today have “forgotten” their purpose, becoming entertainment-driven social organizations eager to blend in with secular culture instead of focusing on biblical discipleship.” Read more of his warning here.


Grammy Nominated Christian Rapper Renounces His Faith

Brady ‘Phanatik’ Goodwin, founding member of Grammy-nominated Christian hip-hop group, The Cross Movement, and in recent years an apologetics teacher, stated Monday in a video posted online that he has renounced his Christian faith. Stating, “I sent a letter to my church withdrawing my membership and saying that I am denouncing the Christian faith that I have believed, professed, proclaimed, and defended for the last 30 years of my life.” Comparing Christian theology to a Rubik’s cube he said, “I began to look at the faith and say, ‘Man you could turn this Rubik’s cube any particular way and end up with a different understanding.’ And who can say that understanding is right or that understanding is wrong?’ Read more about his statement here.


Study Shows dogs Can Differentiate Between Languages 

MRI scans revealed that dogs‘ brains can distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar languages, making them the first-known, and so far only, non-human animals to be able to tell the difference between human languages.  The new study, which was published online Dec. 12, 2021, in the journal NeuroImage, was conceived by lead author Laura Cuaya, a neurobiologist at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, who recently moved from Mexico to Budapest alongside her dog Kun-kun. She wondered if her dog noticed that people in Budapest speak a different language. The brain scans suggested that not only were the dogs able to clearly distinguish between speech and non-speech, but they also reacted differently to familiar and unfamiliar languages. Read more about the study here.




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