The Imago Dei campaign is the latest among a handful of emerging faith-friendly initiatives attempting to defuse heated conversations among Christians on certain polarizing issues, specifically homosexuality. Although this latest evangelical-led movement holds the view that homosexuality is a sin, its supporters affirm that both "straight and gay" people bear the "image of God" — not exactly a newsflash for some Christians, but definitely a necessary acknowledgment as far as those who lead similar organizations are concerned.
Imago Dei, a Latin term translated "image of God," is the name of a new campaign launched last week by the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference that represents 40,000 churches. Joining Rodriguez in affirming the Imago Dei in all people, including "victim and perpetrator; citizen and undocumented; believer and unbeliever," are listed leaders Jim Daly, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, James Robison, and Mat Staver.
"We want to do away with the polarizing, negative rhetoric that seems to captivate and hold hostage conversations within groups. Even in the public sphere, there's so much venom and polarizing rhetoric, and we want, as Christ-followers, to shine the light of Christ with love. It begins with the Imago Dei," explained Rodriguez. more >>
The administration of President Barack Obama is the most secretive she has ever had to deal with, Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, complained in an interview with Al Jazeera.
The Obama White House, Abramson said, "is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering," noting that she has covered every White House since President Ronald Reagan.
"I dealt directly with the Bush White House," she added, "when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. more >>
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) might disagree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on a tax hike on wealthy residents of the city to pay for universal pre-kindergarten, but says Cuomo is 'absolutely right' about at least one thing — 'extreme' conservatives are not welcome in New York State.
Cuomo recently came under fire for recent comments declaring 'extreme' pro-life, anti-gay, pro-assault weapons conservatives are unwelcome in the state but Mayor de Blasio defended the comments as 'absolutely right' after delivering a speech before the U.S. Conference of Mayors Thursday.
Are you Christian, single and want to mingle, but have found very few prospects at the church you call home? If you feel like the clock is ticking and you're tempted to embark on a church quest to find your mate for life, Pastor John Piper has seven questions he thinks you should consider before changing pews.
1. HAVE I ASKED OTHERS FOR ADVICE?
Piper: "Do my elders approve of my move? Have they given their counsel? Don't be a lone ranger Christian, seek wisdom from those who know you and your situation best." more >>
Amazon Publishing has announced the launch of a new Christian imprint called Waterfall Press that will focus on getting faith-based romance and mystery titles, along with inspirational works, into the hands of Christian consumers. Leading the pack of new titles on the way are works from popular inspirational authors Cherie Hill and Mark Buchanan.
The partnership, announced Thursday, includes Brilliance Publishing, an Amazon.com company known for its audiobooks production that also will now publish this new faith-based content.
The debut titles tailored for Christian readers include (per a press release): more >>
Tyler Doohan, the 8-year-old hero who died trying to save his disabled grandfather from a house fire after saving six other family members in Rochester, N.Y., will get a hero's funeral after supporters donated more than $50,000 toward the expenses.
After young Doohan's death Monday, Theresa Fiorica decided to organize an account on crowd funding website youcaring.com to raise money for his funeral.
"Hero Tyler Doohan, 8, died trying to save two family members. He was brave to run back into the burning home. Please support the family and raise money to give this baby the service he deserves," wrote Fiorica in an introduction. more >>