News Of The Day – March 22nd

Disney Restores Same Sex Kiss In Movie “Lightyear”

Disney’s Pixar has restored a same-sex kiss to its Buzz Lightyear origin story after employees protested the removal of gay storylines from Pixar films, a report Friday said. The kiss will appear in Lightyear when it hits screens June 17. Characters in the Toy Story spinoff, include two women who are in a relationship. The kiss was subsequently reinstated after employee protest amid the backlash against Disney leadership not immediately condemning Florida’s parental rights education bill. The legislation bans sexual orientation or gender identity being discussed in classrooms. Read more about their decision here.


NH Pastor Charged For Possessing Child Sex Abuse Images

The pastor at a New Hampshire church is charged with possession of child sex abuse images and could face additional charges as part of an ongoing, years-long investigation, police say. Stephen Bates, 46, was arrested Tuesday morning at the Bible Baptist Church on a felony charge of possession of child sexual abuse images. Nashua police said the investigation leading to Bates’ arrest began over five years ago, in August of 2016, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent Nashua police a tip indicating that child sexual abuse images had been accessed by an electronic device utilizing an IP address associated with the Bible Baptist Church. Read more about the charges here.


Franklin Graham Calling For Prayers For Justice Clarence Thomas 

Evangelist Franklin Graham is requesting prayer for Clarence Thomas after the 73-year-old Supreme Court justice was admitted into the hospital Friday with flu-like symptoms. Thomas, the second-oldest member of the court, was nominated by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 and is a stalwart member of the six-member conservative bloc. In a press release, the Supreme Court said Thomas is expected to be released soon. “Join me in praying for a quick recovery for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was hospitalized on Friday with an infection,” Graham tweeted. “He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics,” the press release said. “His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two. Read more about his illness here.


New Head-Tounge Controller Allows Paralyzed Patients to Operate Wheelchairs And Smartphones

Brooks Rehabilitation recently announced that the MagTrack study, a collaborative research endeavor with the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been successfully completed. the two have come up with a new controller that works using head and tongue movements is one of the only options for patients with paralysis to not only control their own power wheelchairs but to use smartphones and computers. In addition, the assistive device is designed to be wearable, wireless, and adaptable to the user’s specific condition. The team at Georgia Tech is already working on a new version of MagTrack that is not only more inconspicuous, but also includes detection of facial gestures that significantly augments its control capabilities. Read more about the controller here.


News Of The Day – March 17th

Christianity Today Former Editor Accused Of Sexual Harassment

For more than a dozen years, Christianity Today failed to hold two ministry leaders accountable for sexual harassment at its Carol Stream, Illinois, office. A number of women reported demeaning, inappropriate, and offensive behavior by former editor in chief Mark Galli and former advertising director Olatokunbo Olawoye. But the men were not disciplined, according to an external assessment of the ministry’s culture released Tuesday. Olawoye was arrested in 2017 after a sting operation by federal agents. He had been trying to pay for sex with a teenager and was later sentenced to three years in prison.  Read more about the harassment here.


California Town May Declare Chick-fil-A Public Nuisance

Chick-fil-A restaurants are known for their heavy foot traffic and busy drive-thrus, but a Chick-fil-A in Santa Barbara, California, is getting so much business that the city council is considering forcing the restaurant to move by declaring it a “public nuisance.” Residents have complained about backups that spill from the drive-thru and onto the road. Mayor Randy Rowse, “It is important to understand we’re trying to cure, not trying to punish.” Chick-fil-A representatives said they will fix the issue by adding another thru-lane, rearranging parking spaces and adding “a forced right turn exit out of the restaurant,” the News-Press reported. Read more the restaurant here. 


Minnesota Church Packs Thousands Of Meals For Ukrainians 

More than 200 people gathered at Bethel Lutheran Church to pack thousands of meals for Food for Kidz, a nonprofit organization based in Stewart, Minnesota. The volunteers are members of churches around Rochester including Bethel, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holy Spirit Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bruce Gudlin, a member of the four-person team at Bethel that organized the event, expects the volunteers today to pack between 100,000 and 120,000 meals. Half of the meals will be distributed locally, while the other half will be sent to Poland. From there, they will be distributed to those impacted by the war in Ukraine. Read more about the effort here.


North Carolina Gas Station Owners Lower Price Of Gas To Help Struggling Customers

Imagine buying gas for about $2 a gallon. That’s hard to come by these days, but lucky drivers in North Carolina were able to get it for $2.25 a gallon. Gas station owners in Burnsville said they wanted to help people during this time, so they took a loss and dropped their prices. “I think that’s really great and kind of them to do that for people around here like us,” customer Caylie Vess said. “I think it’s really good of them.” The cheap gas was available from just before noon to about 5 p.m., when it ran out. The station is expecting another delivery Thursday night or Friday morning. The owners plan to drop the price again soon. Read more about these generous owners here.




News Of The Day – March 15th

Russian Evangelical Leader Apologizes To Ukrainian Christians

A Russian evangelical leader recently issued a statement apologizing to Ukrainian Christians over the recent Russian invasion. Vitaly Vlasenko, General Secretary of the Russian Evangelical Alliance, expressed his grievances about the war in an open letter published on Saturday. “As the General Secretary of the Russian Evangelical Alliance, I mourn what my country has done in its recent military invasion of another sovereign country, Ukraine,” Vlasenko lamented. “For me, as for many other Christians, the military invasion was a shock. In the worst-case scenario, I could not imagine what is now being observed in Ukraine,” he continued. Read more of his letter here.


Grace Community Church Excommunicates Woman For Refusing To Stay With Abusive Husband 

A newly uncovered video shows on August 18, 2002, prominent radio pastor and author, John MacArthur, took time during an evening service to address a woman at GCC who was living in sin, MacArthur alleged. According to MacArthur, Eileen Gray’s sin was that she had decided “to leave her husband, to grant no grace at all, to take the children, to go away, to forsake him.” This, MacArthur emphasized, meant rejecting “all the instruction and counsel of the elders, all instruction from the Word of God.” Her husband is now serving 21 years to life in a California prison for his 2005 convictions for aggravated child molestation, corporal injury to a child, and child abuse. Read more about the video here.


New $100 Million Dollar Ad Aims to Show That Jesus Gets Us

“He Gets Us,” an ad campaign that presents a fresh take on Jesus’ life and experiences, launched yesterday, and is believed to be the largest of its kind ever coordinated across TV, digital, radio, outdoor, and experiential platforms. After completing a 10-market, multimillion-dollar test over the last few months, which included placement amid top primetime shows and NFL games, the test effort far exceeded expectations. The nationwide effort, backed by a coalition of Christian donors, is seeking to present Jesus’ story that is not institutional, political, or self-serving. He Gets Us is disrupting misconceptions by pointing out how Jesus identified with the marginalized, how he didn’t favor the powerful, how he often offended the religious by associating with social outcasts. Read more about the campaign here.


Stage Production Musical “David” Opens In Pennsylvania

The stage production of David, a retelling of the biblical account of David, opened this past weekend in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The show tells the story of David, the young shepherd who killed the giant Goliath with a slingshot and later became the King of Israel. The production of ‘David’ will present the familiar Bible story from the book of Samuel in a fresh way when it premieres on Sight & Sound’s 300-foot panoramic stage with massive sets, special effects, and original music inspired by the Psalms. “This brand new production has been four years in the making and we couldn’t be more excited to finally bring it to the stage,” said Sight & Sound Chief Story Officer Joshua Enck. Read more about the musical here.




News of the Day – March 10th

Elementary School Punishes Two year Old For Sharing Her Faith

The American Center for Law and Justice, is representing a student and her family in their demand for retribution from North Hill Elementary. According to Christina Compagnone, an associate counsel with the ACLJ, the two year old girl was sent to the principal’s office ten times since January for sharing her faith with classmates on the playground. “Not only were they scolding her for talking about Jesus to her classmates outside of instruction time, but they were stopping her at the entrance to the school every morning to inspect her backpack and remove any Christian tracts!” Compagnone added. Read more about the lawsuit here.


Samaritan’s Purse To Set Up Emergency Field Hospital In Ukraine

North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse landed safely in Poland and materials for an emergency field hospital have been transported to Ukraine. According to a weekend update from the organization, the Samaritan’s Purse team is now in the process of setting up the facility. Based on recent assessments, the group will increase the capacity of its Ukraine field hospital, planning for two operating rooms with the capacity for 14 major surgeries or 30 minor surgeries per day, according to Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. There will be four wards with 50 inpatient beds and an emergency room that can handle 100 patients per day. Also included are four intensive care unit beds and four step-down beds. Read more about the field hospital here.


Iraqi Christian Murdered After Sharing Her Faith On TikTok

An Iraqi woman who recently converted from Islam to Christianity was found murdered on March 7 after she posted a TikTok video about her new faith, according to a religious liberty watchdog. The 20-year-old woman, Iman Sami, also known as Maria, was the daughter of a Muslim cleric, according to International Christian Concern (ICC). The murder took place after she posted a TikTok video showing herself singing Christian songs. ICC believes the murder likely was retaliation by her family. Her body was found in northern Iraq. One of her friends said Maria was given a Bible last month by a member of a Bible study group. Read more about the murder here.


Couple Finds Pearl Worth Thousands In Restaurant Clam

Michael and Maria Spressler were treated to more than dinner after dining at a local seafood restaurant. After biting into his clam dinner, Michael discovered a pearl. “I thought one of my molars cracked,” he said. At 8.8 millimeters, it’s a whopper, and the first one in as long as anyone at The Lobster House can remember being found. In its 100th year on the peer above the Cape, the restaurant staff were giddy at the news that their loyal customers had perhaps found a small fortune in one of their clams. Despite potentially being worth thousands of dollars, the couple decided to keep it as a celebration. Read more about the pearl here. 



News Of The Day – March 8th

People Booking Rentals Through Airbnb To Help Ukrainians

People looking to help Ukrainians from afar have been booking empty Airbnb rentals in Ukraine’s hardest hit areas, as a way to quickly send cash to the country under siege from Russian forces. In response, Airbnb waived the guest and host fees on bookings so the rental fees go directly to the Ukrainian hosts. “We are so humbled by the inspiring generosity of our community during this moment of crisis. Airbnb is temporarily waiving guest and host fees on bookings in Ukraine at this time,” the vacation rental app said in a statement. The idea has picked up momentum. On March 2 and March 3, guests from around the world booked more than 61,000 nights in Ukraine, according to an Airbnb spokesperson. Read more about the effort here.


Nascar Team Donates $302,000 To Ukraine Relief

Hendrick Motorsports is set to make a sizable donation in an effort to help the country of Ukraine, which was invaded by neighboring Russia last week. In addition to a $200,000 pledge to Samaritan’s Purse, the race team also will donate $2,000 for each lap led by its four drivers in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas. Hendrick Motorsports consists of drivers Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron and Alex Bowman. Its four-car team led a total of 51 laps during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Team member Alex Bowman won the race and led 16 laps, while teammate Kyle Larson finished second after leading 27 laps. Another Hendrick member, William Byron, finished fifth and led eight laps. Read more about the donation here.


Russia Plants Land Mines On Evacuation Route

A top International Red Cross official said on Monday that a proposed humanitarian zone in Mariupol, Ukraine, was lined with land mines. The latest sign of the struggle to allow women and children to flee Russia’s war on the country. Some Red Cross staff had tried to take the proposed route out of Mariupol before realizing that it was mined. Russian and Ukrainian officials have tried for days to agree to limited cease-fires that would allow women and children to evacuate to safer areas and give international aid workers safe passage to those needing care. Ukraine officials also called the Russian safe-corridor proposal a “completely immoral’’ trick, because the Kremlin’s proposed escape routes would funnel refugees into Russia or its ally Belarus, trapping Ukrainians once again. Read more about the route here.


Danish Hobbit Hole Visitor Center Built In Side Of Hill

Lord of the rings fands rejoice. A visitor center that resembles a modern version of cozy Hobbit houses has been built into rolling green hills in Denmark. The visitor center is an architectural interpretation of the glacial landscape. It is not a destination itself, but part of an overall narrative. The building forms a natural starting point for hikes in the area, where a network of paths flows through both building and landscape. From here visitors are guided into the landscape or inside the center to the exhibition, the teaching facilities, or the café. Carsten Primdahl, partner and architect at CEBRA, says, “Skamlingsbanken connects the past with the present and the future, and one of the project’s main ambitions has been to actualize the place’s remarkable history and nature into a contemporary context. Read more the Hobbit hole here. 



News Of The Day – March 3rd

Pat Robertson Says Putin Was Compelled By God To Invade Ukraine

Televangelist Pat Robertson said Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “compelled by God” in his decision to invade Ukraine, suggesting that Russia’s attacks are a precursor to an end-times battle in Israel. Robertson returned to “The 700 Club” a few months after he retired from the show he hosted for 55 years on the Christian Broadcasting Network. In his return, Robertson claimed that Putin was simply following God’s wishes when Russia invaded Ukraine to fulfill a biblical prophecy. “I think you can say, well, Putin’s out of his mind. Yes, maybe so,” said Robertson, 91. “But at the same time, he’s being compelled by God. He went into the Ukraine, but that wasn’t his goal. His goal was to move against Israel, ultimately.” Read more of his of his views here.


Babi Yar Holocaust Site Bombed By Russia

Jewish groups and institutions around the world condemned a strike in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, in the area of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, where tens of thousands of Jews were killed by the Nazis in a two-day massacre during World War II. Natan Sharansky, the chair of the memorial’s advisory board and a former Soviet dissident, said in the statement that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had sought “to distort and manipulate the Holocaust to justify an illegal invasion of a sovereign democratic country” and called the move “utterly abhorrent.” Mr. Sharansky added: “It is symbolic that he starts attacking Kyiv by bombing the site of the Babyn Yar, the biggest of Nazi massacre.” Read more about the missile strike here.


250,000 People Receive Jesus As Their Savior After Watching Luis Palau Film

More than 200,000 people around the world indicated they made a decision for Christ after watching a new evangelistic film produced by the Luis Palau Association that debuted online on the final day of 2021, the ministry said Wednesday. The 80-minute film, Light Your World, premiered online on December 31 and featured testimonies, a gospel presentation and music from Christian artists TobyMac and Maverick City Music. Andrew and Wendy Palau hosted it. All total, 245,000 viewers indicated a decision for Jesus Christ, with 21,000 requesting discipleship resources from the Luis Palau Association. They received a new 50-day devotional series titled Made New, the ministry said. Watch the film for free here. LightYourWorld.Live. 


WD 40 Fixes Clock Tower After Church Receives Repair Quote For $50,000

Grimsby Minster’s clock has been stuck at 12:02 for 12 years. Experts, including the firm working on Big Ben’s restoration, said it would cost $40,000 to $50,000 dollars to get it running again. But cheesemaker Rick and student Jay decided to have a go themselves. The clock mechanism is housed in a box on the wall of the bell-ringing chamber. And the pair, due to perform maintenance on the bells, decided to look at the clock workings at the same time. “We found various dead pigeons gumming up the bearings; some of the bearings were very dry,” Haywood said. “We gave it grease and WD-40 and managed to get it running,” Church leaders are calling the easy repair divine intervention. Read more about the miraculous fix here.


News Of The Day – March 1st

Christian Aid Groups Sending Aid To Ukraine

Local churches in Ukraine and Russia are launching a large-scale humanitarian outreach across Ukraine as war erupts around them and many suffer. And Christian aid groups are joining the cause and sending much needing supplies to the war torn area. Supported by U.S.-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA), the church-driven emergency response will provide food, winter clothes, blankets and medicines for thousands of at-risk people, including orphans, abandoned children with special needs, the elderly, those uprooted by the conflict, and marginalized ethnic groups. Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international humanitarian aid group led by evangelist Franklin Graham, is also involved in providing emergency relief to Ukraine from the neighboring countries. Read more about the aid here. 


Pastor Survives After Being Stabbed Seven Times

Pastor Ivan Pitts at Second Baptist Church in Santa Ana is recovering after police say he was brutally attacked and stabbed outside his home in Long Beach. Pitts was in his driveway when a man came up to the pastor and asked him if he could ask a question and when Pitts acknowledged him, he stabbed Pitts seven times. Twice in the eye, four times in the back and once in the neck, shoulder area,” said Gardener. Pitts ran to a construction site nearby to get help from workers. They got a picture of the man’s license plate. Long Beach police say the suspect’s car was found by Huntington Beach police. Officers arrested the suspect. Pitts received surgery to repair three cuts to his left eyelid and a tendon. He’s recovering in “great spirits,” according to a update from the church in which he declared “I am so fortunate.” Read more about the stabbing here.


Florida Governor DeSantis Urges CPAC Crowd To Put On Full Armor Of God

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis delivered a rousing speech at the opening day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida. There the Republican governor told the conservative attendees that people across the nation must put on the “full armor of God to stand firm against the left.” “Their goal is not to make our country great,” DeSantis told the crowd. “It’s to marginalize the conservative half of the country. They want us to be powerless. They want us to be voiceless. They want us to be second-class citizens,” DeSantis continued. “I can tell you this: In Florida, we will be standing our ground,” he contended. “We will be holding that line. We are not going to back down. … We have only begun to fight.” Read more about his speech here.


Christian record Label Signs TikTok Singer After Her Song Goes Viral

Katy Nichole, a Christian singer and songwriter, signed a record deal with Christian label Centricity Music after her debut single, “In Jesus Name (God of Possible),” went viral, garnering over 80 million views on TikTok. Before signing onto the label, Nichole’s song was played on the K-Love radio station, marking the first time in its 40-year history that the major Christian radio station debuted a song that went viral on social media. The song has reached well over 150 million people and has also reached the second highest position on the iTunes’ overall Top Songs chart while remaining No. 1 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart since the song’s release. the lyrics came from Katy’s prayer journal that were written during the pandemic, and in response to her own story of suffering, hope and healing. Read more about the song here.


February 24th – News Of The Day

Israel Strongly Condemns Russia Attacks Against Ukraine

Knowing firsthand how it feels to have their exitance as a people and country threatened to be annihilated, Israel has strongly condemned the action of Russia and president Putin against Ukraine. “The Russian attack on Ukraine is a serious violation of the international order,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said. “Israel condemns the attack, and is ready and prepared to provide humanitarian assistance to the citizens of Ukraine.” Lapid added that “Israel is a country that has experienced wars, and war is not the way to resolve conflicts. The first hours and days of any war are also the last time you can still stop and return to the negotiating table, mediated by world powers, to settle disputes peacefully.” Read more about Israel’s stand here. 


New California Law Forces Doctors To Participate In Assisted Suicide

A new California law known as SB380, has doctors worried that they will be forced to go against their religious beliefs and participate in assisted suicide. now some concerned are suing the state for violating their religious liberty rights. Although the text of the law says physicians who object to assisted suicide “shall not be required to participate,” the law actually requires all doctors to participate at the beginning of the process, according to the suit. That’s because a doctor who opposes the law must still write the date of an individual’s request for end-of-life drugs “in the medical record” and then transfer the record “with documentation” to a “new health care provider or health care entity,” according to the law’s text. Read more about the lawsuit here.


New Poll Shows Less Than Half Of Americans Trust Pastors

According to new data from Barna Research Group, less than half of American adults, including non-Christians, find pastors to be “very reliable” sources of wisdom when it comes to spiritual matters. The research, which asked whether pastors are seen as trustworthy sources of wisdom, found that 57 percent of Americans generally agreed that pastors were “somewhat” reliable and 23 percent of American adults agreed that pastors are “definitely” a “trustworthy source of wisdom.” Thirty-one percent of Christians said pastors are “definitely” trustworthy, while just four percent of non-Christians said the same thing. Less than half of Christians (44 percent) considered pastors to be “very reliable” when addressing spiritual matters, while another 39 percent found them “somewhat reliable.” Read more about the research here.


Research Shows Mental Speed Of Brain Slows Down Much Later Than Thought

Mental speed of our brain as we age slows down much later than previously thought. Psychologists at Heidelberg University have come to this conclusion. Under the leadership of Dr Mischa von Krause and Dr Stefan Radev, they evaluated data from a large-scale online experiment with over a million participants. The findings of the new study suggest that the speed of cognitive information processing remains largely stable between the ages of 20 and 60, and only deteriorates at higher ages. The Heidelberg researchers have hereby called into question the assumption to date that mental speed starts to decline already in early adulthood. Another finding of the study was that average information processing speed only progressively declined with participants over the age of 60. Read more about the findings here. 


February 22nd – News Of The Day

Franklin Graham Under Fire For Asking People To Prayer For Vladimir Putin 

Evangelist Franklin Graham has been criticized after he urged Christians to pray for Russian president Vladimir Putin amid rising tensions in the Ukrainian-Russian border. “Pray for President Putin today. This may sound like a strange request, but we need to pray that God would work in his heart so that war – and the loss of thousands of lives – could be avoided at all cost,” Graham wrote on his social media. But request sparked criticism from some. The pastor’s critics immediately went to work expressing outrage at the idea that he would pray for Russian President Vladimir Putin rather than President Biden or Ukraine even if it was to call for peace. Read more about the complaints here.


Texas Attorney general Sues Christian Influencer For Scamming Clients

Brittany Dawn Davis, a fitness and Christianity influencer from Fort Worth, is being sued by the state of Texas for promising her followers personalized exercise and nutrition plans that never materialized. Davis’s website promised clients that her Brittany Dawn Fitness (BDF) crew would be with them “every step of the way”, but instead her followers received a generic diet and workout plan not unique to them. The state believes this amounts to “deceptive trade practices” and is seeking damages from $250,000 up to $1m. Davis has since pivoted to lifestyle and religious content. She now hosts Christian retreats in different cities across Texas and charges $125 for admission. Read more about the lawsuit here.


Discovery Plus Releasing Documentary About Hillsong Church Abuses

The interim global senior pastor of the embattled Hillsong group of churches is accusing producers of an upcoming docuseries of aiming “simply to hurt the church.” Speaking in a global simulcast this past Sunday, Pastor Phil Dooley claimed the docuseries, premiering March 24 on Discovery Plus, paints a picture “far removed from . . . the truth of who we are.” He added, “There are also producers behind this documentary and their purpose is not the healing of people, but simply to hurt the church.” Discovery Plus on Thursday released the trailer for its upcoming original three-part documentary series about Hillsong church, saying it will “explore the high-profile, star-studded church’s alleged exploitation, abuse and cover-ups” of the global movement. Read more about the documentary here.


Huge Black Diamond With Unknown Origin Sells For $4.3 Million

With a final closing bid of $4.28 million, an anonymous buyer just became the new owner of the 555.55-carat black diamond known as the Enigma. The sale of this bizarre stone has reignited a long-simmering debate about where it came from, stoked by the controversial theory that it may have arrived from outer space. “The Enigma” is a carbonado diamond, which is found in deposits close to, or on, the Earth’s surface, indicating that it could have come from space. “It is thought that this specific type of black diamond was created either from meteoric impacts producing natural chemical vapor deposition or an extraterrestrial origin — from supernovae explosions that formed diamond-bearing asteroids which ultimately collided with the Earth,” Sotheby’s explained. Read more about the diamond here.

News Of the Day – February 17th

Pastor Greg Locke Says Satan Gave Him The Names Of Six Witches In His Congregation

Controversial pastor, Greg Locke is in the news again. This time he’s making claims of conversations with demons. Those demons, he said, had revealed the names of a group of “full-blown, spell-casting” witches who’d been sent to infiltrate Global Vision, a nondenominational church east of Nashville, Tennessee, where Locke is pastor. “To God be the glory, I lie not,” he told the congregation at Global Vision on Sunday (Feb. 13), which was meeting in a packed tent on the church’s property. “We got first and last names of six witches that are in our church. And you know what’s strange, three of you are in this room right now.” Read more about his outrageous claims here.


Professor Of Religion Labels Masks Opposers As Having The Spirit Of The Antichrist

Obery M. Hendricks Jr., a religion professor at Columbia University, said last week that Christians who refuse to wear masks are possessed by “the spirit of antichrist.” “These folk are not fulfilling their gospel responsibility. They’re violating it. They’re spitting in the face of it,” Hendricks said. “It’s anti-biblical. It’s anti-Christian. And I’ll go farther … what we see reflected in their attitudes and their actions and their pronouncements is what 1 John calls the spirit of antichrist.” He went on to claim that Franklin Graham, Paula White, and Robert Jeffress, all prominent evangelical supporters of former President Donald Trump, also have the spirit of Antichrist. Read more about his comments here.


Christian Crowdfunding Site Hacked, Donors Names Released

GiveSendGo, the “number one Christian crowdfunding site”, was being used by the protestors to raise funds with over $8.7 million donated so far. But the site was hacked, and users were redirected to a different domain, which featured a video condemning the website and the Freedom Convoy. A file revealing the identities of 92,845 donors was made available as part of the hack. The video the hackers redirected GiveSendGo to referred to the website as “grifters and hatriots”. “You helped fund the January 6th insurrection in the US. You helped fund an insurrection in Ottawa. In fact you are committed to fund anything that keeps the raging fire of misinformation going until it burns the world’s collective democracies down,” it said. Read more about the hack here.


Jonathan The Tortoise Named Oldest Land Animal

Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise, will celebrate his 190th birthday this year at his home on the South Atlantic Island of St. Helena, a volcanic British Overseas Territory. According to the Guinness World Records, the event will make the reptile the oldest-ever living chelonian, the reptile order that includes turtles, terrapins and tortoises. Previously, the record was held by Tu’i Malila, a Madagascar radiated tortoise gifted to Tonga’s royal family in 1777 and died in 1965 at 188 years old. Jonathan arrived in St. Helena as a gift to Sir William Grey-Wilson in 1882, who later became governor of the island. To put Jonathan’s age into perspective, when Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandmother Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, the tortoise was already five years old. Read more about Jonathan here.