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When your pastor fails: 5 biblical facts

Bob Coy, founder and pastor of Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, addresses the student body of Liberty University at Convocation, the largest weekly gathering of Christian students in North America, November 15, 2013 (Credit: Liberty University via YouTube) Bob Coy, the founding pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, continues to generate headlines.  He resigned last week from his position at the 20,000-member congregation after an unspecified "moral failing."  Many members of his congregation are understandably hurt.  For them, and for all of us who have been wounded by a minister, I'd like to highlight five biblical facts.

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3 crucial ways to pray for the sick

The BatKid, Miles Scott, a five year-old leukemia survivor, throws out the first pitch at the San Francisco Giants' opening day game (Credit: Kari Van Horn via Twitter) Miles Scott has been called "the tiniest superhero in the world."  The five-year-old has leukemia which is now in remission.  His dream of becoming Batman became a reality last year, when San Francisco and the Make-A-Wish Foundation staged a daylong celebration for him as "Batkid."  He dressed as the superhero and spent the day fighting crime.  Now he's appeared again, this time to throw out the first pitch for the Giants' home opener.

Leukemia is one of more than 200 different types of cancer, which is the second-leading cause of death in America.  You probably know someone who is dealing with cancer or another life-threatening disease right now.  How should you pray for them?

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Muslim Brotherhood launches political party in America

American Muslim girl with US flag painted on her face (Credit: Mangagirl3535 via DeviantArt)The Muslim Brotherhood is launching a political party in America for the purpose of electing Muslims and influencing legislation that is favorable to Islam.  This development should come as no surprise: the number of mosques in the United States has escalated 74 percent since 2000.  The government of Turkey is building a $100 million mega mosque in Maryland.  There are now 66 mosques in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

According to a recent survey, 98 percent of mosque leaders say Muslims should be involved in American institutions, and 91 percent agree that Muslims should be involved in politics.  We should expect to see a growing number of Muslim candidates for office, and a growing number of Muslims who will support them financially.

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Should Christians watch Mixed Martial Arts?

A Documentary exploring the world of MMA Fighting and Christianity. Directed by Oscar Winner Daniel Junge & Bryan Storkel. (Credit: Fight Church Documentary/Bryan Storkel) "Can you love your neighbor as yourself and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?"  This is one question raised by "Fight Church," a new documentary on Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).  As the name implies, the sport pits contestants who combine boxing, wrestling, and other martial skills.  It is the fastest-growing sport in America, with as many as 65 million fans globally.

It is also a sport with significant Christian connections.  Many of MMA's best-known figures are believers.  More and more churches are staging MMA events to attract non-Christians.  Some offer programs which combine MMA with biblical discipleship.  There's even a clothing line called "Jesus Didn't Tap" (to "tap" in the ring is to quit).

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Is lesbian-only cemetery wave of the future?

A stone statue of a woman leaning against a cross found in the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery in central district Mitte of Berlin (Credit: Astra Nilsson via Flickr)The Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery was established in 1814 in central Berlin, Germany.  I'm guessing its founders would not have predicted the day when a section would be reserved as a graveyard for up to 80 lesbians.  This unique section is intended to be a place "where the lesbian community can live together in the afterlife."  I need to point out that while we will all have an afterlife, it will not be in a cemetery.  And I wonder if/when we will see other such cemeteries around the world.

Is this announcement part of an even larger cultural trend?

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