New York lawmakers have extended their legislative session through Friday and will be voting on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Women's Equality Act," which the governor has now divided into 10 separate bills and includes a provision to expand late-term abortions that would allow "any health care provider" to perform abortions, despite Republican and Independent Democrat Coalition members' previous attempt to block the abortion proposal.
Members of the House voted 228 to 196 Tuesday evening to pass Rep. Trent Franks' (R-Ariz.) "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" that would place a federal limit on late-term abortions after 20 weeks, six to nine months of pregnancy, except in circumstances of rape, incest or if the mother faces a medical emergency that would require the termination of her pregnancy.
Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, spoke with The Christian Post at the SBC's annual meeting about the impact suicide has had on his family, following the death of his eldest daughter, Melissa, in November 2009. Page exposes the process of grief, hope and healing survivors of suicide experience in his newly released book, Melissa: A Father's Lesson from a Daughter's Suicide.
Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, unveiled Ministry Grid, an Internet-based online ministry training tool for pastors, church staff and volunteers that he believes will better equip pastors in training new leaders to become disciples of Jesus Christ.
he Woman's Mission Union made a bold proclamation at this past week's Southern Baptist Convention in Houston, Texas, by announcing the partnership between the WMU, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and Pastor Jay Dennis of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., to eradicate the poison of pornography that is destroying marriages, hurting children, and fracturing the mission of the church.
Holly Tucker made it to the top-six slot on NBC's megahit vocal competition "The Voice" before being eliminated on the June 4 episode, and says she has plans to capitalize on her recent fame and vocal training from coach Blake Shelton, and is ready to get her music out to the masses.
New York lawmakers tussle over Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 10-point "Women's Equality Act" that includes a provision to expand late-term abortions and would allow "any health care provider" to perform abortions, thus increasing the number of high-risk late-term abortions in a state that already has the highest rate of abortions in the United States, according to Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life.
The Catholic Association quickly condemned House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.), opposition to a House bill that would place a federal ban on late-term abortions after 20 weeks gestation, following comments she made in support of abortion during her weekly news briefing with members of the press on Thursday.
Southern Baptist church leaders voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve a resolution on "Mental Health Concerns and the Heart of God" that affirms the denomination's support for people suffering from mental illness, as well as families that are impacted by the loss of loved ones to suicide.
The Southern Baptist Convention voted Wednesday to approve a resolution that expresses the denomination's "opposition to and disappointment in the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to change its membership policy" to allow openly-homosexual members. The resolution does not require churches and families to sever their ties with the BSA, though it does ask that they "prayerfully assess their continued relationship" with the organization, and to "work toward a reversal of this new membership policy."
So. Baptist Convention Speakers Challenge Christians to Share Gospel With Growing Muslim Populations
Pastors and church leaders attending the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Meeting are being challenged to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission by sharing the Gospel with the growing Muslim populations in the United States and abroad.
The Maryland Board of Physicians has suspended the medical licenses of three abortionists following the death of patient Maria Santiago, 38, who died following a Feb. 13 abortion performed at the Associates in OB/GYN Care clinic, located inside a residential condominium complex in Baltimore, Md. The board subsequently shut down the four clinics that operate under the same name.
To combat the bondage and destruction of pornography that has seeped into millions of American households Pastor Jay Dennis of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., created his own program, "One Million Men Porn Free." He is hopeful that more pastors will fearlessly address the issue after they learn more about it at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Houston next week.
National and statewide pro-life groups are uniting through their Stop the Gosnells coalition to further expose the practices conducted at late-term abortion facilities and to encourage lawmakers to respond through legislative action.
A controversial spin will mark Thursday's Boston Red Sox game against the Texas Rangers with the addition of Pride Night at Fenway Park that will include the celebration of Pride Week and the first pitch being thrown out by openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, who will also be marching in Boston's Gay Pride Parade.
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), appeared on Fox News' "America Live" with Megan Kelly Wednesday to clarify comments he made during the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. Kelly told McDermott he appeared to be blaming the victims of the IRS' strategic targeting.
African American Clergy Coalition Criticized for Not Praising White Legislators Who Defended Traditional Marriage
Following the defeat of the same-sex marriage bill in the Illinois House last Friday, critics claim the African-American Clergy Coalition should be thanking the 64 white legislators who stood up for traditional marriage.
Christa Dias was awarded $171,000 Monday by a federal jury in Cincinnati, Ohio, which found that the 34-year-old gay teacher was wrongly fired by the Catholic archdiocese for becoming pregnant by artificial insemination in 2010.
Kentucky aims to be a top tourist destination for all who want to experience biblical history through the eyes of Noah, Abraham and first-century Christians by way of the Ark Encounter, which is on schedule to open in 2014. The 160-acre complex will include a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, and a first-century village, along with a theme ride that will take visitors through the 10 plagues of Egypt.
Noah's Ark plays center stage in artist Paul Richmond's oil painting "Noah's Gay Wedding Cruise: MarriageEvolved Edition," which features Westboro Baptist Church members drowning in a deadly flood while the lives of gay animals and gay celebrities are spared on the ark.
A first of its kind sex education program is being taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District, in which students as young as 12 are encouraged to share their HIV and STD status with their sexual partners by way of a text message that reveals they were tested for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. The text message also includes a disclaimer, which reads: "This person MAY have had sex since being tested. Always be safe, use condoms."
Fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls are set to be auctioned off to the public, which will give private citizens and religious institutions the opportunity to own a part of biblical history – if they can afford the asking price.
Dolly Parton Embraces 'Book Lady' Title; Aims to Distribute 1 Million Free Books a Month to Children
Country music legend Dolly Parton is best known for her entertainment career that spans more than 50 years, but the role she's most proud of is that of the "book lady," a title bestowed on her by the hundreds of thousands of children who receive free books delivered to their homes, courtesy of Parton's Imagination Library.
Clark University in Worchester, Mass., received a $152,000 grant awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services to interview 50 lesbian couples before and after they became adoptive parents. The grant was awarded to the Trustees of Clark University to fund a research project, titled "Transition to Adoptive Parenthood," to study the potential strengths and challenges faced by lesbian parents three months after they adopted their children.
Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says he will sign the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act" into law if the House will vote on the bill before adjournment on Friday. Gay rights groups and even former President Bill Clinton are placing mounting pressure on House members to make the state the 13th in the nation to approve gay marriage.