Weekly Briefing: Kavanaugh Accusation, Refugee Cap, Hillsong Denomination

Weekly Briefing: Kavanaugh Accusation, Refugee Cap, Hillsong Denomination


By , | Sep 21, 2018 1:37 PM (Photo: Courtesy of GraceHillMedia)”Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” 

We‘ve compiled the top stories of the week. Here‘s what you need to know:

Brett Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault

President Trump‘s Supreme Court nominee was  while drunk at a high school party in the ‘80s. The woman behind the allegation revealed herself as California professor Christine Blasey Ford. 

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

Kavanaugh and Ford have been invited to testify on Monday at a public hearing. Ford‘s  she may testify next week, but Monday “is not possible.” 

 how evangelical leaders reacted.


Hurricane Florence aftermath

(Screenshot: YouTube/NBC News)Hurricane Florence flood waters in North Carolina on September 15, 2018.

The  from Hurricane Florence continued to rise this week and currently stands at 41 deaths. 

Though it  near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a Category 1 storm last Friday, it has led to catastrophic damage due to ongoing flooding and displaced thousands of residents. 

President  the Carolinas on Wednesday to assess the federal response. He helped pass out meals at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern. 

“America grieves with you and our hearts break for you. God bless you. We will never forget your loss,” he said.

U.S. refugee resettlement ceiling reduced to a new low

The U.S. will resettle no more than  in fiscal year 2019, the Trump administration announced this week. That ceiling marks a historic low.

Many  to raise the ceiling when it previously capped it at 45,000. 

Shocked by the news, Southern Baptist ethicist , “One day we will be ashamed that we as a nation turned inward, and away from our great tradition of serving as a beacon of liberty to those fleeing for their lives.” 

Hillsong Church now its own denomination

With 123 campuses and locations around the world, Hillsong Church has  — Australia‘s largest Pentecostal denomination — to become its own church body. 

Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston clarified that there was no dispute with ACC but the decision was made because of their continuous global growth.

‘Unplanned‘ filmed in secret

This  follows the true story of Abby Johnson, who was a director at a Planned Parenthood clinic for many years before becoming a pro-life advocate. 

It was filmed in secret to avoid protests, considering how divisive and emotionally charged the abortion debate is.

 is scheduled for release in spring 2019. 

New medical guidelines support transition of transgender children

The American Academy of Pediatrics  a new policy statement that affirms gender identity variations as “normal” and supports puberty blockers to reduce distress. 

The AAP also suggested saying “gender affirmation” rather than “transitioning” when referring to the process of aligning with a gender different from one‘s biological sex.

 against puberty blockers.

Pray for

Residents affected by Hurricane Florence

Evangelist Anne Graham Lots who  this week for breast cancer 

Families of the three victims of a  

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