Many pro-life advocates are renewing their call to legislators to remove all state funding to Planned Parenthood clinics after they discovered the organization's Indiana affiliate was selling holiday gift certificates that could be redeemed for health services, including abortion.
The Planned Parenthood of Indiana, which has 35 clinics across the state, began offering the gift certificates last month. The certificates, sold in increments of $25, can be used toward any of the clinics' health services, ranging from screenings, birth control to abortion.
Chrystal Struben-Hall with Planned Parenthood of Indiana said the certificates are in response to "economic woes" that cause women to place other priorities before their health. more >>
It's time to pop the church bubble many Christians are in. Some have been in the bubble so long that they have disengaged from the world, said Mark Beeson of Granger Community Church.
Meanwhile, the world is waiting for Christians to stop talking and start doing something to engage the world. People want something to happen now, but what the church presents must be done in context, Beeson said.
Beeson was speaking at Innovate 2008, an annual conference hosted at his church in Granger, Ind., over the weekend. This year's conference theme was "Stop Talking. Start Doing." more >>
At least one Christian club or group can be found on most public college and university campuses today.
One prominent Christian campus ministry, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, has staff working on 580 U.S. college campuses alone. InterVarsity President Alec Hill calls the college campus "the strategic point where you can impact the world by connecting with students, because of who the students will become."
It seems now that militant atheists are catching on. Atheists can now be found nearby Christians on college campuses "evangelizing" new adherents. more >>
Christian metalcore band Haste the Day has asked guitarist Jason Barnes to step down after months of spiritual searching by their close friend concluded with his loss of faith in God.
“This is going to come as a shock to many of you,” the group wrote to fans in their official MySpace page Friday. “After much prayer and thought given to the matter, we asked Jason Barnes to step down from his involvement with Haste the Day.”
In their statement, the seven-year-old band from Indianapolis explained that Barnes had been “searching and searching for real meaning in his existence.” more >>
INDIANAPOLIS Southern Baptists overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Wednesday that urges churches to maintain accurate membership rolls and repent of any failure to do so.
The resolution on regenerate church membership would count believers who have been baptized and are born again while cleaning the rolls of inactive attendants or those may have gotten wet in baptism but have not truly professed faith in Jesus Christ.
Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, praised the resolution, calling regenerate membership central to Southern Baptist identity and cautioning against what could happen if churches consider anyone in the pews as members or true born-again believers, pointing to the secularization of Europe. more >>
INDIANAPOLIS Many people say evangelicals are stuck on one issue whether its abortion or same-sex marriage when speaking out to defend moral values. But to those defending, its not just a single issue.
Marriage is a single issue? Dr. Richard Land, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, posed to thousands of Southern Baptists Tuesday. Its the building block of society.
Land believes there are four modern horsemen of the apocalypse that are riding forth to wreak havoc and destruction in our society the denial of the sanctity of human life, the rise of hardcore Internet pornography, the radical homosexual agenda and its attempt to undermine marriage and radical Islamic jihadism. more >>