As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a new movie that hit theaters Wednesday – just in time for Independence Day – seeks to honor the men and women who served in the war that so deeply divided America that we often ignore it. The movie is called "Faith of Our Fathers," and it spotlights the Vietnam War in a way that other movies have not.
It is said that in the heat of a battle during World War II, Winston Churchill gave a speech that consisted of one sentence. He said, "Never, never, never, never give up!" I don't know if that's really the only thing he said, but I do believe the Holy Spirit is speaking that one thing to many of us today.
For many who still believe that marriage is defined by God as one man and one woman, Friday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to arrogantly redefine the institution came as no real surprise. Nevertheless, no matter how deliberately we may have prepared our hearts for this day, it is still just as heartbreaking and every bit as egregious.
In his latest book, "The Jesus Experience," Christian author and filmmaker Bill Myers attempts to reignite faith in older believers and help new ones avoid the traps of works-based Christianity through a narrative on how his walk with God was transformed when he finally realized he didn't need to impress God with deeds and good behavior.
The tragic events of recent days have once again focused the emotions of much of the nation on the Confederate flag and what it stands for and what it does not. I understand that for many people the Confederate flag stands for history, heritage, and the bravery and courage of their ancestors. However, the flag has been despoiled and sullied by the KKK and other white supremacists who have cloaked their evil deeds and beliefs with the "Stars and Bars."
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare" subsidies in states without their own heath insurance exchanges is a blessing in disguise for the Republican Party, but long-term the decision will cement the court's legacy as more concerned with the popularity of its decisions than the logic of its judicial reasoning.
As a leader and pastor of a church, you need to understand what type of culture exists in your church leadership. And though it may seem that all should agree on the essential natures of sin, repentance, and forgiveness, slight differences during the good times turn into massive chasms when crisis comes.
To witness the faith and forgiveness of the African-American members of Charleston's Emanuel AME Church is to expose the current generation to the life-changing impact and power of the non-violent, reconciling message of the 1960s civil rights revolution that transformed our nation in so many important and critical ways.
My dad had made it to the "top." He had achieved what most boys dream about achieving. When he was little, he told me that he used to sleep in his uniform the night before a game; he was that excited and that dedicated to America's pastime. If that tells you anything, making it to the Major Leagues was his dream and would have made his life complete. Or at least that's what he thought.
Below, in no particular order, are four myths surrounding Independence Day, the first of which being the actual day it is celebrated on.
A new survey, conducted after the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, reveals that young "practicing" Christians have more in common with their older counterparts on the issue of same-sex marriage than they do with their peers.
The Oregon Christian bakery owners who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding on the grounds that it would violate their religious convictions have been ordered to pay $135,000 in emotional damages, and have also been prohibited from speaking about standing up for their Christian beliefs.
Radio host and television personality Glenn Beck has come to the defense of megachurch pastor Ed Young amid criticism over the Texas minister inviting Beck, a Mormon, to speak to his evangelical congregation.
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last Friday that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to get married, Chief Justice John Roberts and many others have argued that the reasoning used by the court to justify the right to same-sex marriage gives "no reason" why plural unions should be banned.
A Florida senator drafting a bill for the state that will protect pastors from marrying gay couples recently addressed the shifting views of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton when it comes to same-sex marriage while defending the proposed legislation.
While composing the 30-page majority opinion in last Friday's Supreme Court 5-4 ruling that it's unconstitutional for states to ban same-sex marriages, Justice Anthony Kennedy ignored the rights of children to have both a mother and a father, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Ryan Anderson argued Tuesday.
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis group is continuing its lawsuit against the state of Kentucky, accusing it of violating First Amendment religious freedom rights by denying its Ark Encounter project participation in the state tax incentive program because of its insistence on religious preference in hiring workers. The state is arguing that the Noah's ark theme park would be an evangelism tool.
Following the Supreme Court's ruling last Friday that states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, at least two county court clerks in Mississippi and Arkansas have already resigned because they will not comply with the court's ruling, while other clerks across the nation have had differing responses to the ruling.
Glenn Beck, conservative radio host and television personality, is the featured guest at pastor Ed Young Jr.'s Texas megachurch over the July 4th weekend because Beck, long affiliated with the Mormon Church, "is a man who is undoubtedly an American patriot, loves this country, and has shown his love for God in many ways," according to a spokesman.
The U.S. Episcopal Church has voted to change the church's rules governing marriage and to authorize their clergy to perform same-sex weddings, days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage for all Americans.
The Episcopal Church, a theologically liberal denomination that has strong historic ties to the former Confederacy, voted at their General Convention in favor of a resolution calling for the removal of Confederate battle flags from public display.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has reportedly expressed his "deep concern" over a resolution inside the U.S. Episcopal Church's House of Bishops that is seeking to remove references to marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman, among several other changes.
Joel Osteen, the popular 52-year-old leader of America's largest protestant church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, bluntly revealed that the reason why he avoids speaking out on hot button social and political issues, such as same-sex marriage, is because he believes that's not what he's called to do as a pastor.
A Georgia-based radio program centered on promoting the perspectives of mainline Protestant denominations has turned 70 this year.
Bishop T.D. Jakes downplayed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to end state bans on same-sex marriage during a worship service at his Texas megachurch on Sunday, saying that the issue was not his primary concern.
California megachurch pastor Greg Laurie gave a special sermon Sunday to help his congregation and Christians elsewhere in the country deal with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. There are at least six things that Christians can do, he said, including showing the power of a biblical marriage to the world.
'Duck Dynasty' star Si Robertson, who's known for being an outspoken Christian, told CP Voice earlier this week that as a Vietnam veteran he knows there's no such thing as an atheist because when people find themselves in a life-threatening situation they cry out to God, saying, "please help me."
Donnie McClurkin, the pastor and gospel music singer who said God delivered him from "the curse" of homosexuality, is now under fire from critics after speaking out against last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling which made same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
"Duck Dynasty" star John Luke Robertson married his fiancée, Mary Kate McEacharn, in a country style wedding on Saturday.
Outspoken Christian Lecrae made history on Sunday when he became the first rapper to win the Best Gospel Artist Award category at the 2015 BET Awards show.
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes announced on Monday that she is leaving the show after seven seasons, telling fans that she made the shocking decision with "lots of thoughts and prayer."
One year after spiraling into a state of depression, R&B singer and actress Brandy Norwood, says she now has a renewed sense of faith in God.
In the first year of its self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate, ISIS jihadists executed over 3,027 people, among them being at least 86 women and 76 children, as reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Some analysts have suggested such executions are part of an "apocalypse ideology."
Following a mid-June attack on a Christian church in the Indian town of Attingal in Kerala state, Hindu radicals have threatened to wipe out a Christian congregation and burn the church's pastor if they continue to worship and pray in there.
The al-Shabaab terror group, which back in April murdered 152 people, mostly Christian students, in a major attack in Kenya, have vowed to attack "non-believers" throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a pledge echoing ISIS' threats.
Pope Francis compared the recent killing of Christians by terrorist groups such as ISIS to the persecution of the Christian church in the first century during a celebration of the feast of the apostles Peter and Paul on Monday.
Islamic militants claiming to be representatives of terror group ISIS in Jerusalem have threatened to "cleanse" Israel of all Christians and "non-believers" unless they leave the country. The extremists are accusing Christians of encouraging Muslims to abandon their religion.
The Jerusalem Municipality will now have to consult with the city's Rabbis before allowing Christians to host events in the city after the haredi, a group of ultra-orthodox Jews, accused Christians of forcing conversions at a conference held there last month.
Terror group ISIS has reportedly crucified and killed two children in Syria for failing to fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
A Christian mother of 11 was poisoned to death last week by her Muslim sister-in-law in an eastern Ugandan village, neighborhood sources told a leading Christian persecution watchdog organization.
The wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini sent a letter to her husband on the day of their 11th wedding anniversary, describing the "excruciating pain" she's in without him while he's being held inside an Iranian prison because of his Christian faith.
Cosmetic surgery procedures are on the rise across the United States, with an estimated 15.6 million procedures in 2014, a 3 percent increase from the previous year. While it remains unknown what percentage of Christians make up the millions undergoing these vanity procedures each year, believers who've suffered from botched surgeries are now declaring the practice sinful, but not everyone agrees.
Nick Vujicic, popular Christian motivational speaker born without limbs, has recently added a new accomplishment to the list of activities he might have otherwise thought impossible — getting behind the wheel of a car for the very first time.
Unclaimed Baggage Center, a Christian company and store founded 45 years ago that buys and sells unclaimed baggage from airline carriers, has been instrumental in providing specific goods for Christian ministries, including Samaritan's Purse and a prison ministry run by author and quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada.
Christian surfer and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton announced Monday that she and her husband, Adam Dirks, were "blessed" with their first child, Tobias, named after "the goodness of God."