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What Would You Say to Someone on the Ledge?

June 23rd, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 22, 2018

Suicide has certainly been in the headlines lately. First was the death of American fashion designer and businesswoman, Kate Spade. Quickly on the heels of her death came that of Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef, author and travel documentarian, who took his own life.

Last Sunday, I pulled into the parking lot of a church where I was scheduled to speak. As I got out of the car, I noticed two men relaxing on the tailgate of a pick-up truck. I went over to greet them and realized when I got closer that one of them had tears in his eyes. The other fellow was trying to comfort him. The man crying had just learned in his Sunday School class that a good friend had committed suicide. The heartbreak was especially intense for him because his brother had also committed suicide two years earlier. Read the rest of this entry »

State House Committee Passes Legislation for a Constitutional Amendment Requiring a Voter ID with Photo

June 22nd, 2018

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
June 22, 2108

RALEIGH – Thursday, the House Rules Committee, approved a bill calling for a state constitutional amendment that would require a person to show a photo ID before voting.

The measure, HB 1092 – Constitutional Amendment – Require Photo ID to Vote, would make North Carolina the 35th state mandating some form of voter ID be shown at the polls. The Committee passed the bill largely along Party lines and by a margin of 21-9.

HB 1092 is being championed by House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland), along with other primary sponsors Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Rep. Michelle Presnell (R-Yancey), and Rep. John Sauls (R-Lee). There are also more than 40 cosponsors from the House on the proposal. Read the rest of this entry »

Havelock and Craven County Said ‘No’ to Brunch Proposal. Christian Group Says, ‘That’s All I Can Stand’s and I Can’t Stands No More’

June 22nd, 2018

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
June 22, 2018

Gerald Schill: ‘That’s all I can stands and I can’t stands no more.’

CRAVEN CO. – “It just goes to show that not everyone believes that if their neighbor jumps into the fire, they should too,” said. Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “The Havelock Board of Commissioners, as well as Craven County Commissioners, has made a courageous and informed decision on their rejection of proposals to allow for early alcohol sales on Sunday morning.”

According to reports from the New Bern Sun Journal, the city of Havelock’s governing body voted 3-2 against a proposed brunch ordinance on Monday, April 23rd. Craven County Commissioners voted down a proposal, 5-2, on Monday, June 3rd.

Last year, Gov. Roy Cooper signed legislation, commonly referred to as the “Brunch Bill.” Read the rest of this entry »

Need Better Sleep? Go to Church Study Finds

June 21st, 2018

By Anugrah Kumar
Christian Post
June 21, 2018

A new study by the University of Texas at San Antonio has found that people who attend religious services and pray frequently tend to sleep better than their less religious counterparts.

Data from a large, recent nationwide survey of U.S. adults shows that religious attendance and frequency of prayer are positively associated with overall sleep quality, according to the study published in Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation.

The study acknowledges that religion could “decrease psychological distress, substance abuse and stress exposure, which are all associated with sleep outcomes.” Read the rest of this entry

The Heart of God, the Father

June 15th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 15, 2018

Before Jesus, God was commonly referred to in impersonal ways. He was largely understood by expressions such as the Creator, the Almighty, the King, the Judge, the Lord, and the Most High. Except for a few times in the Old Testament, where there are vague and halting references for God as Father, it is to Jesus whom we owe so much for bringing out this aspect of God’s person.

Jesus showed us that God is personal, like a wise, loving, tender, and watchful father. Jesus always used this form of address when praying. Furthermore, he taught us to pray the same way in the model prayer, saying, “Our Father, who art in heaven,…” (Matthew 6:9). Read the rest of this entry »

Tar Heel Representatives Unanimously Approve Resolution Urging Turkey to Release NC Pastor

June 15th, 2018

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 15, 2018

It isn’t every day that the North Carolina House records a unanimous vote. It’s even more rare that the legislative body requests action from a foreign government. On Wednesday evening, Tar Heel representatives did both via Resolution 1094, urging the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from a Turkish prison.

A U.S. citizen from Black Mountain, N.C., who has served as a missionary and pastor in Izmir, Turkey since 1993, Brunson was detained and then arrested following that nation’s imposition of a state of emergency after a coup attempt in July 2016. By the time of his next hearing, set for July 18, he will have spent 649 days away from his wife and children in what Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus) described as a “horrendous situation.” Read the rest of this entry »

Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol!!!!

June 15th, 2018

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
June 15, 2018

RALEIGH – “It has high stakes for public health and safety and morality in general,” said Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “But it’s low on lawmaker’s radar in comparison to other social issues, and much of the church, except for some confessional statement, offers little or no resistance to it anymore.”

Dr. Creech was describing the challenge of addressing alcohol policy, which was a momentous one for him this week. North Carolina legislators considered four alcohol measures of significance.

HB 500 – ABC Omnibus Legislation was a gargantuan piece of alcohol legislation with seven provisions to change North Carolina’s alcohol statutes. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Reclaiming Jesus,’ Deceitful and Disparaging of Patriotism

June 8th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 8, 2018

Reclaiming Jesus is a document signed by some leading progressive evangelicals which, as Jim Wallis, founder and President of Sojourners, claims is meant “to change the narrative about both politics and faith.”

Bishop Michael Curry, who delivered a sermon for the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is one of its most popular backers.

Curry told the Miami Herald. “Maybe, the Spirit is helping us to reclaim Christianity, not as ideology, not as anybody’s political party – Jesus can’t be bought – but to re-center Christianity and to have it named and heard as grounded in the teachings of Jesus who said, ‘Blessed are the poor, blessed are the poor in spirit,’ the Jesus who taught us, ‘Love God and love your neighbor.’”

However, Curry, as well as his other liberal cohorts, speak, as a former chaplain to the Queen said, of “amorphous love without judgment.”

After carefully reading the Reclaiming Jesus statement, I am struck with how seemingly sweet it sounds, but it’s only saccharine sweet. It’s appealing to the undiscerning, but it’s really just a white-washed tomb full of dead men’s bones. Read the rest of this entry »

Legislation Passed Requiring National Motto ‘In God We Trust’ Be Posted in NC Public Schools

June 8th, 2018

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
June 8, 2018

RALEIGH – Thursday, the North Carolina House overwhelmingly approved legislation that would require the display of the National and State Mottos in a prominent location in North Carolina public schools.

The National Motto, which was approved by Congress in 1956 reads, “In God We Trust.” North Carolina’s motto, “Esse Quam Videri”, was approved by the state legislature in 1893 and means, “To Be Rather than to Seem.”

The bill calls for the State Motto to be posted in both Latin and English.

The legislation, HB 965 – National and State Mottos in Schools Act, precipitated a spirited debate on the House floor. Read the rest of this entry »

Bill Would Allow Liquor-By-The-Drink in Movie Theaters, Alcohol Sales at Raffles and on State Operated Ferries

June 8th, 2018

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
June 8, 2018

RALEIGH – Except for its listing on the Senate Calendar, which did not appear until Wednesday evening, there was essentially no warning about an Omnibus ABC bill that was taken up Thursday morning in the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee. The measure, HB 500 – ABC Omnibus Legislation, championed in the Senate by Sen. Rick Gunn (R-Alamance), has eight provisions meant to change the state’s alcohol policy.

An old bill that had previously passed the House was high-jacked as a vehicle for its language, and, if passed by the Senate will only require that the House concur.

Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, complained, “This is the worst way in the world to do alcohol policy. It’s not meant to be deliberative. It is a veritable gift to business interests without judicious consideration of public health and safety. It’s the kind of measure that’s great for campaign coffers in an election year but careless and irresponsible with a commodity that is inherently problematic.”  Read the rest of this entry »