WASHINGTON — Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, praised Sen. Marco Rubio's, R-Florida, Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America as both courageous and civil.
"I thought it was a combination of courage and of civility," he told The Christian Post after the event. "He not only took strong stands ... he did it, strikingly, in a tone indicating he did not simply want to score points, he wanted to speak to people who disagreed with him."
Moore was on a panel discussing the speech and the ERLC co-sponsored the event. more >>
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, 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.
Rubio began that portion of his speech, which dealt with the role of culture and values in alleviating poverty, by acknowledging the discrimination suffered by gays and lesbians. Federal law, he noted, used to ban the hiring of gays and some local ordinances banned the serving of gays at bars and restaurants.
He said he respects the arguments in favor of same-sex marriage and concedes "that they pose a legitimate question for lawmakers and for society." more >>
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.
Martin admits his excuse for not sharing the Gospel with individuals one-on-one used to be because he was an introvert and it was not his "wiring" to engage with strangers. However, he reached a point in his life where he realized he had a "gospel integrity gap" which prompted him to begin spreading God's message in an unconventional way.
"I started going to the sub-level 2 waiting room of Methodist Hospital, once a month, at 6:30 a.m., armed with a jug of Starbucks coffee in one hand and healthy dose of fear in the other," writes Martin, in a blog post for Emerging Evangelists. "I would nervously ask those waiting, as their loved ones underwent life-threatening surgeries, if they wanted coffee." more >>
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.
Hice, according to NBC News, is set to replace Republican Congressman Paul Broun, described as one of the most socially conservative members of Congress.
"Dee Dee and I can't thank everyone enough for an incredible victory in last night's runoff. I am deeply honored to be the Republican nominee and to be entrusted as your representative in Washington following the general election this November. We are one step closer to renewing America! Blessings, love and thanks to each of you!" Hice wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. more >>
A pastor's wife from Tulsa, Oklahoma and former competitive gymnast revealed her new look after losing over half of her body weight on Tuesday night's episode of ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss."
Georgeanna Johnson, whose husband is an assistant pastor at the multisite congregation Church on the Move, weighed 315 lbs at the beginning of her weight loss journey but managed to drop down to her original teenage weight over the course of a year.
"I lost like an entire me," said Johnson, reports Tulsa World news outlet. "I weighed 155 in high school, so that was my goal for the last year." more >>
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.
Three groups filed the lawsuit on behalf of Douglas Marshall against the city of Warren and its mayor Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division.
"When the government opens a forum for private speech, it must treat viewpoints equally, and it is strictly forbidden from favoring religious expression over non-religious speech," read the lawsuit's introductory statement. more >>