From PJ Tatler: Alternet Freaks Out Over Church Planting


Since the inception of the Christian church, after Jesus had ascended into heaven and His apostles began spreading His message beyond Judea and Samaria, preachers and pastors have set up new congregations in neighborhoods and areas where people need to hear the message of Christianity. In our modern parlance we call it “church planting,” but the idea is as old as Christianity itself.

In recent years, church planting has also involved partnering with public schools to provide temporary space on Sundays for churches until they can afford to build a building.

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From PJ Lifestyle: Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde: A Contrarian Review


For years Zac Brown Band has walked an interesting line between country and rock. Those of us who had the privilege of seeing them before they became famous can remember shows that featured more rock than country moments, and every one of their albums has featured moments of Southern rock, Buffett-style island pop, reggae, and jam band stylings.

Two weeks ago, the band released Jekyll + Hyde, their most ambitious and eclectic album to date, and the critics just don’t know what to do with it.

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From PJ Tatler: Church Planters In Pakistan Facing Death Threats


Christians working to plant churches in Pakistan have faced recent death threats, while experts warn that conditions for Christians and other religious minorities may only get worse.

Recent reports on human rights in Pakistan have highlighted the problems that Christians and other religious minorities face, and other experts have noted that persecution against religious minorities is on the rise.

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From PJ Tatler: Christians in Yemen Face “Terrible” Conditions


Since tensions flared up in Yemen this spring, Christians in the city of Aden have faced what the Anglican Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf has referred to as “terrible” conditions, even as tensions appear to have died down.

A coalition of Middle East nations have bombed Houthi army units and other rebel strongholds, while Sunni-led Saudi Arabia believe that Shi’ite Iran is behind the rebels, who have taken control of much of the country since late March. The coalition seeks to restore Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

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From PJ Tatler: High School Soccer Player Punches Referee Over Call in Final Game


High school sports can be as competitive as professional sports – especially in the South. Just ask the soccer team at Chattahoochee High School north of Atlanta. At their April 29 game, the last of the season, senior Andrew Gray disagreed with a call from the referee, so Gray responded with a sucker punch.

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From PJ Tatler: Horrific Plane Crash on Atlanta Interstate Shuts Traffic Down for Hours


Drivers on Interstate 285, the perimeter running around Atlanta, didn’t expect to see what they saw on Friday afternoon. A small plane taking off from Peachtree-Dekalb Airport east of Atlanta crashed onto the highway shortly after 10:00 a.m., killing four and creating hours of traffic snarls.

Even though authorities reopened some lanes of Interstate 285, traffic backed up for miles in either direction, and traffic will likely be a mess in the area for at least the rest of the day.

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From PJ Tatler: More Questions Than Answers Remain in the Bizarre Case of Victor Hill

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One of metro Atlanta’s strangest incidents in a long time isn’t getting any clearer. After Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill allegedly shot a woman 43 miles away from his jurisdiction over the weekend, he has minimally cooperated with authorities while Gwinnett County authorities seek to speak with him about the case.

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