Religion Today Summaries - May 22, 2007

Compiled & Edited by Crosswalk Editorial Staff

Religion Today Summaries - May 22, 2007

Daily briefs of the top news stories impacting Christians around the world.
In today's edition:

  • Men to Gather at Washington Monument for Once-Every-Decade Event on October 6
  • Coffee Allows Christian Groups to Bring Jobs, Gospel to Uganda
  • Saddleback Defends Warren against 'Inappropriate' Charges
  • Creation Museum Causes Stir in Scientific Circles

Men to Gather at Washington Monument for Once-Every-Decade Event on October 6

The men of America are being invited to return to the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC on October 6, 2007 for a sacred gathering called Stand in the Gap 2007, it was announced on Thursday, May 17, at the National Press Club in the American capital. “We are urging men to return, remember, renew and rebuild their commitment to God, their families, churches, neighborhoods, communities and the nation,” said the event’s principal organizer, Marty Granger, founder and president of Faith in the Family International. A news release about the event cited on ASSIST News Service says, “The emphasis of this event is to call generations of men together, with respect for all ages, races, ethnic groups, and denominations. The purpose of the day’s program is to honor God, hear from God, and to embolden each man to leave a legacy of spiritual strength and faithfulness from one generation to the next.”

Coffee Allows Christian Groups to Bring Jobs, Gospel to Uganda

Thirty workers at a Ugandan coffee farm thousands of miles from here plant the seeds of a venture that allows a group of western Pennsylvania Christians to bring jobs and the Gospel to one of Africa's poorest countries, an Associated Press story says. The nonprofit Christian East African and Equatorial Development Trust has created more than two dozen jobs in an area where about 60 percent of people are unemployed. Profits are returned to Uganda to help meet basic needs. This year, the money went to dig 11 water wells.
Saddleback Defends Warren against 'Inappropriate' Charges

The Christian Post reports that Saddleback Church (CA) has responded to a number of charges against its founding pastor, Rick Warren, for not disciplining global media executive Rupert Murdoch over his alleged ownership and expansion of pornographic channels in Europe. Chris Rosebrough of the Christian Accountability Network said earlier this month said that Warren should “call Murdoch to repentance and/or put him out of the church” lest "the credibility of the Christian message... be compromised." In response, David Chrzan, chief of staff at Saddleback Church, pointed out that Murdoch, who resides in Manhattan, was not a member of the Southern California megachurch and that he had never even attended a service there. Therefore, any attempt on the part of Warren “to exercise biblical authority he doesn’t have would be presumptuous and inappropriate.”

Creation Museum Causes Stir in Scientific Circles

According to an AP story, the brand new $27 million Creation Museum has already created enough pushback from the secular scientific community that two petitions are circulating. The Creation Museum, built by the nonprofit ministry Answers in Genesis with private donations, tells a biblical version of the Earth's history. The educators say its exhibits lack scientific evidence. "When they try to confuse [kids] about what is science and what isn't science, scientists have an obligation to speak out," said Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University. "There's no doubt these are documented lies." The other petition cites "scientifically inaccurate" exhibits in the museum. In response, AiG founder Ken Ham urged critics to visit before judging, while adding that most natural-history museums and textbooks are devoted to teaching evolution. The Creation Museum is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend.