The U.S. pastor who took it upon himself to fly to Sudan to meet with and pray for imprisoned persecuted Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim was among those celebrating her freedom Thursday. He credited the 27-year-old married mother's release to the outcry of people from around the world who were captivated by her steadfast Christian witness in the face impending death.
President Barack Obama's LBGT workplace discrimination order has revealed a rift among Democrats over whether religious freedom trumps gay rights. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives could exploit that rift by bringing the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which has a religious exemption, to the floor for a vote.
These barriers can keep the power we need from being manifested in our lives and country. James 5:16 tells us, "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." But is unrighteousness the only barrier to powerful and effective prayer? I am certain there are other barriers as well. Let me identify six.
Often, when a sports team is losing and the game is almost over, fans will start to head for the exits. Sometimes they want to beat the traffic home, but often, they're just disgusted with the way the game is going and can't watch any more. It's interesting to note the human movement: when the team seems sure to lose, the people move away, literally leaving the arena. If a miracle happens, and the team looks like it might win, they come streaming back.
In the summer of 1970, the American Southeast baked when eleven states faced federal enforcement of school desegregation, but that social scorcher will be small compared to the border crisis sizzling now from Texas to California. Believe it or not, President Richard Nixon's handling of the challenge 44 years ago could point the way to the best solution.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of unaccompanied children trying to enter the United States illegally has nearly doubled in less than a year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports detaining about 50,000 children since last October, with thousands more crossing undetected.
In case you haven't noticed, it is not only the southern border of our nation that is being brazenly violated on a daily basis. Now even the borders between our states in America are being shamelessly breached. And amazingly, this unbelievable transgression is being paid for with your tax dollars as it gets facilitated by employees of our federal government.
In the 1960's, Liberals were among some of Israel's strongest supporters, but have since become some of Israel's staunchest opponents. In his new book, _Making David Into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel, Joshua Muravchik, a fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, explores the reasons behind this change.
This past Spring, when founding pastor Bob Coy stepped down from Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale because of a moral failure, the congregation was stunned. He had been loved and respected, so the announcement was a shock to say the least. But because of a strong leadership team, a committed congregation, and much prayer, the church is emerging stronger than ever.
If you are against abortion or tax-payer funded contraception, then you are waging a so-called "War on Women." No right to talk about it. Men should stay out of women's business, they say. This is a major falsehood that liberals constantly tell men. But as Christians and future husbands and fathers, women need men to engage in the "war on women" debate.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., condemned liberal intolerance toward those who support the traditional definition of marriage in a Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian mother from Sudan who became a global icon for Christians when she refused to renounce her faith even after she was placed on death row for it, was blessed by Pope Francis at the Vatican just hours after she finally fled Sudan after a protracted fight for her freedom.
Texas has experienced a 13 percent drop in abortions since last year, when Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that requires abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers. Since November, some abortions clinic owners have opted to close their facilities instead of raising their level of care.
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, praised Sen. Marco Rubio's, R-Fla., Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America as both courageous and civil.
The Obama administration is devising a plan that will allow religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives and abortifacients in their healthcare plans and also object to filling out a form that allows a third-party to cover these products and services, to opt out.
A former Iowa newspaper editor filed a federal complaint against his former employer Wednesday, accusing the newspaper's owners of religious discrimination and retaliation after he was terminated for expressing his views on a pro-gay Bible made popular by LGBT activists on his personal blog.
Jody Hice, a Baptist preacher with a firm stand against homosexuality and a strong supporter of the religious freedom clauses of the First Amendment won the Republican primary in Georgia's 10th District on Tuesday night and is likely to end up in Congress after the general election this November given the district's strong conservative tradition.
A city in Michigan has become the subject of a lawsuit after refusing to allow an atheist to display a "Reason Station" at its city hall atrium.
Evangelizing is not about methodology as much as it is about intentionality because there is always an opportunity to share the Gospel with people, says David Martin, Director of Student Initiatives for "I Am Second," a ministry that posts a series of web videos featuring notable personalities and their testimonies about God.
The normally outspoken and media-engaged Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, who has attempted to stay away from the spotlight for several months since being embroiled in controversy this past year, admits that it has been a tough season for the church and it is time for reconciliation.
The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States has recently released a statement demanding that President Barack Obama push Israel and Hamas towards negotiating a ceasefire.
We are what we say we despise, hypocrites, caught between the intention of our words and the reality of our actions, said Texas megachurch Pastor Ed Young in a hard-hitting sermon series to help his congregation discover what it takes to remove the mask of hypocrisy for good.
HBO's the Leftovers is four episodes in and one thing seems clear about the world these writers are trying to create, Christianity will not mean much to people anymore if a rapture takes place.
Country music star Reba McEntire has recruited people from around the world to create a music video to accompany her new song "Pray For Peace." This is the first song McEntire has released in four years.
Actress Candace Cameron Bure admits that being an outspoken woman of faith has made her the target of criticism. And while she has been criticized for various reasons in the past, she says her critics are after her fashion choices and modesty this time.
Former Denver Broncos quarterback and outspoken evangelical Christian Tim Tebow is training for a possible NFL comeback, but admits that his future in the NFL is uncertain and that he is putting his faith in God when it comes to his football career.
The tallest man in Canada, 7'8 tall Jerry Sokolosky, has been chosen to play Philistine warrior Goliath in the upcoming "David and Goliath" movie. Director Tim Chey explained that the filmmakers did not want to use a CGI imitation for the part.
Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim and her family have left Sudan and flew to Italy, where they were met by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, according to reports. Renzi declared a "day of celebration" for the woman, who had initially been sentenced to death for renouncing Islam and marrying a Christian Sudanese-American.
People around the world are uniting with persecuted Christians in Iraq through the Twitter hashtag "WeAreN," meant to reference the "N" painted on the doors of Christians in Iraq that make them a target for militant Islamists.
Following news that Iraq's dwindling Christians have been forced out of their centuries' old homeland over the weekend, a British academic and scholar of American history demanded to know why their plight had received such scant attention and called the status quo response "worthy of contempt."
Members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city "empty of Christians" as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako.
"The Giving Pledge," made public by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett four years ago, has already attracted 127 billionaires who have pledged to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropic causes.
Social media websites in general and Facebook in particular may be linked to an increased likelihood of divorce, claims a recently released study.