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Has the New Museum of the Bible Left Jesus Out?

Many Christians have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. next month, but have the museum-creators forgotten what the Bible is really all about?

According to TheBlaze.com, some critics have pointed out that Jesus seems to be oddly absent from the museum’s many displays on the “history, narrative, and impact of the Bible.”

Writing for The Washington Post, Michelle Boorstein, Julie Zauzmer, and Sarah Pulliam Bailey note, “Jesus is also curiously not central to the museum’s presentation of the biblical story. Visitors walk through a multi-room saga of the Old Testament, and they can visit a re-creation of a 1st-century village in Galilee where actors will tell them what the villagers think of this controversial preacher Jesus. They can watch a movie about John the Baptist. But the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection is almost absent.”

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U.S. to Fund Restoration of Israel’s Ancient Solomon Pools

Solomon’s Pools, three ancient reservoirs located in the West Bank near Bethlehem, which provided water to Jerusalem during Jesus’ earthly lifetime, are to be restored.

According to ChristianToday.com, the restoration project is being funded by the U.S. and will cost $750,000.

The pools were reportedly commissioned by Herod the Great and built around the time of Jesus’ birth. Some believe one of the Solomon Pools was where Jesus healed the blind man, as described in John 9:

"’Go,’ he told him, ‘wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (this word means ‘Sent’). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing” (John 9:7).

The pools used to be vibrant hubs of activity in the ancient world, but have since fallen into disrepair.


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Prayer-Not Social Media-is What More People Turn to in Crisis, Study Finds

A recent study found that more people are inclined to turn to prayer when making a difficult decision than they are to turn to social media.

ChristianToday.com reports that the study, conducted by ComRes, found that, when facing a difficult decision, the majority of people will consult friends and family (77 percent), over half will turn to the internet to search for answers (51 percent), six percent say they turn to prayer, and only four percent look to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Although only a small percentage say they turn to prayer when making a difficult decision, researchers say it is significant that more will turn to prayer than social media.

Professor Stephen Bullivant, director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St Mary's University, Twickenham, said: “More people are likely to pray about something than they are to consult social media. That is across the board. There is a lot of research already pointing to how religiou…

Want to See Nativity Scenes on Display in Your Town This Christmas? Here's How it Can Happen

This fall, the American Nativity Scene and the national not-for-profit law firm, the Thomas More Society, have teamed up to give away free large nativity scenes for display on public property. “Indeed, these are for Christmastime display,” assures Ed O’Malley, president, of the American Nativity Scene, “but October is the time of year to start finalizing plans for a privately-funded Christmas display as is legally allowed in traditional public forums such as state capitols, county complexes or city hall lawns. We are giving away free nativity scenes. It’s not really a Halloween treat, but it’s definitely not a trick. We are seriously committed to our goal of keeping Christ in Christmas.”

The stated mission of the American Nativity Scene is to place a nativity scene within or directly outside state capitol buildings across America. By Christmas 2016, there were 14 state capitol manger scenes on display. Pro-bono work by the attorneys at the Thomas More Society has ensured that citize…

6 Ways Following Jesus Helps Us Do Good in the World

There’s a tiny book of the Bible that packs a serious punch: Titus. Paul wrote this letter while he was doing work on the mission field, and he wanted to help the church navigate temptation and live as true followers of Christ.

There are only three chapters in this book, and in the final one, Paul starts with a strong statement: “Be ready to do whatever is good.” This command is nestled in between reminders to submit to authority and to not slander, placed right in the middle of instructions on how to live as a Christian in a society that tends to operate very differently. It’s a striking statement, yet one that might be easily glossed over.

David Mathis recently wrote an article for Desiring God called “Enjoying God Fuels Doing Good” and he said this short and simple verse made his heart swell.

He writes that “doing good to others isn’t icing on the cake of Christianity. It’s an essential ingredient.” He goes on to add that “genuinely doing others good doesn’t happen by human str…

House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban: Time to Make it Law

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 36, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on a vote of 237-189. If enacted, this bill would criminalize abortion after twenty weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape, incest, and the life of the mother. While it’s similar to laws already in place in a few states, it’s also similar to federal bills that failed in 2013 and 2015.

The crucial difference between then and now, of course, is the Republican president in the White House—one who campaigned on an explicitly pro-life platform and has pledged to sign this bill. That means the only thing now standing between the Pain-Capable act and the president’s desk is the Senate—which is no small hurdle.

Why is this legislation so important? Well, as the name suggests, babies at twenty weeks of gestation have nervous systems developed enough to feel pain. Now, in a consistent pro-life worldview, functional abilities have nothing to do with human dignity, and so all abort…

New Discoveries in Jerusalem Point to Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecies

Jonathan Feldstein, an Orthodox Jew living in Israel, says visitors must experience the City of David and see the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy.

In Isaiah, he said, "Therefore, thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, no build a siege ramp against it."

The prophecy was made true as archaeologists have not found any Assyrian arrows— only arrows from the Babylonian and Roman periods.

“It was awesome seeing actual spots at which biblical kings were anointed, where King David spotted Bathsheba bathing, and where pilgrims prepared to ascend to the temple, providing a vivid depiction and understanding that's unparalleled and transforming,” Feldstein said in a column for CharismaNews.com.

Feldstein, who lives just 15 minutes from Jerusalem, but rarely is able to appreciate the city, said he learned on his visit that “there is no more significant place in Jerusalem” tha…