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Aug. 29, 2019: Gen Z says spirituality unimportant, BPCA director resigns, Joshua Harris film dropped

Aug. 29, 2019: Gen Z says spirituality unimportant, BPCA director resigns, Joshua Harris film dropped

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— Spirituality of low importance to Generation Z, but they love Chick-fil-A

New research reveals that the youngest generation in America, Generation Z, ranks spirituality as their lowest value but ranks Chick-fil-A with the highest of marks.

When surveyed, 81 percent Generation Z respondents said the most important value as it relates to their identity is "honesty."

Only 39 percent said "spirituality" was important to them.

Yet despite the relative unimportance of spirituality in the lives of Generation Z, among their favorite brands is food chain Chick-fil-A, which is famous for its practice of being closed on Sunday to honor the Sabbath and its history of making financial contributions to Christian groups dedicated to helping the needy. The restaurant known for its signature chicken sandwich and waffle fries was ranked #11 out of the top 25 brands, the top rated restaurant, Gen Z adults are most likely to use on a daily basis.

— UK watchdog investigating concerns over Pakistani Christian charity; director resigns

The Charity Commission for England and Wales is looking into concerns over the British Pakistani Christian Association, a Christian nonprofit that provides aid to persecuted Pakistani Christians.

In July, the charity submitted a termination filing to the U.K. Companies House, explaining that its chairman, Wilson Chowdhry, resigned as "director" of the organization in late June. 

Chowdhry told The Christian Post that he resigned for “personal reasons." However, he did not address the Charity Commission investigation nor an accusation that his resignation came on the heels of an alleged moral failing. 

CP was contacted by a 31-year-old woman named Lara Hall, who formerly served in a volunteer capacity for BPCA in Australia.

Hall alleged that she was involved with Chowdhry in an extramarital affair that reached its peak during the course of about two weeks when Chowdhry traveled to Australia in early to mid-February 2019. 

— SBC entity hands out 2,100 backpacks, 35K supplies to prepare refugees for new school year

Send Relief, the mercy and compassion arm of the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board, held a “Back to School Party” earlier this month at its new ministry center in Clarkston, an Atlanta suburb of about 13,000 comprised of thousands of refugees. 

Thanks to donations from over 200 different churches and multiple ministries and organizations, over 2,100 backpacks and over 35,000 school supplies were given out to children on the morning of Aug. 3, two days before local public schools went back into session.

— Faith-based film distributor drops Joshua Harris’ documentary, cites ‘lack of transparency’ 

A film distributor that specializes in family and faith-based movies announced that they are dropping the Joshua Harris documentary “I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye” following the best-selling author’s public decision to leave Christianity.

Explorations Films, which had been distributing the Harris film, made the announcement on Monday, with spokesman Stephen Penn citing a “lack of transparency from Josh.”

“Unfortunately, Josh did not tip off his film team partners of these surprising changes before his public post—nor how this would change our company's distribution efforts of the film he had worked with us on to promote,” stated Penn.

“Personally, we still wish Josh the best. We know he is searching for answers … But due to the lack of transparency from Josh, we have no other choice but to halt promotion of the film. Hundreds of DVD's have already been returned as a result of his statements.”

— Judge temporarily blocks Missouri ban on heartbeat abortions

A federal judge has issued an order temporarily stopping Missouri from implementing a ban on abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is generally as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

U.S. District Court Judge Howards Sachs of the Western District of Missouri decided Tuesday to prevent the law from taking effect on Wednesday. The block will remain as a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri remains in the courts.

Students for Life denounced the temporary block as “sick” due to its delaying of increased legal protections for the unborn.

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