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Impastor: new show mocks pastors

Impastor on TV Land features Michael Rosenbaum as a gambling addict who poses as a pastor (Credit: TV Land)Buddy Dobbs is "a hard-core gambling addict who, in order to go on the run from a loan shark, ends up stealing the identity of a gay pastor in a local small-town community."  Such is the plot for Impastor, a new "comedy" that airs tomorrow night on TV Land.  This is the same network that brought us reruns of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, I Love Lucy, and The Andy Griffith Show.  I wonder what Andy would think of his network now.

According to OneMillionMoms, "This show not only depicts pastors in a negative light, but the entire program will also be based on lies about Christianity."  The website also notes that "TV Land is not ridiculing any other religion currently and wouldn't dream of mocking Mohammed or Muslims."

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Police chief convenes group to discuss racial tensions

Interim Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis, right, speaks alongside Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference after Rawlings-Blake announced her firing of Commissioner Anthony Batts, July 8, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland (Credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)"Too many continue to die on our streets, including three just last night and one lost earlier today.  Families are tired of feeling this pain, and so am I.  We need a change."

So stated Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in announcing that she has fired Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.  Homicides in her city reached a 25-year high in May when 42 people were killed.  In June, 31 were murdered.  The mayor's decision was applauded by many church and political leaders.  One pastor believes the decision will "start the process of healing between the community and the police department."

Has it ever been more difficult to serve in law enforcement than it is today?

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Father rejoices that daughter died for Christ

At a refugee camp, following her rescue by Nigerian soldiers from the Sambisa Forest, Binta Ibrahim describes how she trekked for two days from Nbitha to Boko Haram's hideout in the Sambisa Forest with 2-year-old Matthew and 4-year-old Elija Yohanna strapped to her back and 4-year-old Maryam Samaila clinging to her waist, Yola, Nigeria Monday, May 4, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)"To die for the sake of Christ, that's the happiest thing for me.  I'm grateful that she didn't change her religion.  She trust[ed] in God."

So states a Nigerian pastor upon learning that his daughter, kidnapped by Boko Haram, refused to convert to Islam.  He was told that the terrorists dug a hole, buried her up to her neck, and stoned her to death.  His wife added, "I believe she died with dignity.  Monica is now in heaven because she refused to convert."

The widow of one of the 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded by ISIS last February has made a similar statement, testifying that she "was very proud" her husband "stood firm in his faith and that he didn't deny Jesus."

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Russell Wilson's biblical commitment sparks furor

 Russell Wilson Q&A at The Rock Church, 7/05/2015  (Credit: The Rock Church via RussellWilsonVids on Youtube)Russell Wilson is one of America's best-known athletes.  A Super Bowl-winning quarterback, he is not shy about expressing his faith in Christ.  Or the practical consequences of that commitment.

Last Sunday, Wilson was interviewed at a San Diego church about football and faith.  The conversation made headlines because of the quarterback's statement that he and his girlfriend, pop star Ciara, are not having sex.  The reason: God told him not to have sex with her.  Critics were quick to pounce.

One commentator tweeted: "I think americans value chastity in a way i find silly, problematic, and ultimately, counterproductive."  His tweet provoked this response: "Regarding Russell/Ciara u implied people trying to do it Jesus' way by waiting till marriage r stupid.  U owe all Bible-believing Christians trying to live as Russell/Ciara are an apology."

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Bill Cosby and the enemy within

Entertainer Bill Cosby pauses during a news conference, November 6, 2014 (Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Bill Cosby was America's dad.  The comedian, actor, musician and author began his career in show business more than 50 years ago.  He earned a Doctor of Education degree in 1976.  From 1984 to 1992 he produced and starred in The Cosby Show; for five years, it was the number one show in America.  He was famous for homespun wisdom and his support for family values.  He and his wife have been married for 51 years.

In July 1997, Cosby testified that he made private payments to a woman with whom he had an affair in the early 1970s.  In recent years, he has dealt with ongoing allegations of sexual assault.  More than 40 women have made such accusations spanning from 1965 to 2008.  Cosby has consistently denied all wrongdoing and has never been charged with a crime.

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