National pro-life organization Personhood USA established an affiliate in New York City this week, intentionally aiming to frustrate the goals of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, which, they say, follow the eugenics mindset of Margaret Sanger.
"This is where Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood and where Planned Parenthood targets women in minority neighborhoods," Josh Craddock, Personhood NY spokesperson and board member, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. "We know that the political climate in New York is hostile to life and hostile to personhood legislation, so we hold education as a goal."
The spokesman explained that personhood legislation "would protect human life from beginning to natural end," and announced the organization's plans to submit such laws in order to open dialogue about pro-life issues. Craddock praised the resurgence of Christianity in "the Big Apple" and said Personhood NY prioritizes church outreach to galvanize support for pro-life laws. He recalled a forum Tuesday night involving New York City clergy. more >>
The NINES, an annual online event featuring more than 100 speakers presenting on various topics for an allotted five minutes each, was briefly sidetracked Tuesday when author and popular blogger Rachel Held Evans pressed organizer Todd Rhoades about the lineup including only four women speakers this year.
Rhoades, who apologized to The NINES viewers for the "diversions" on the first day of the two-day online conference, told The Christian Post later that evening that there were a few reasons for the lack of gender diversity among the 112 listed speakers.
"First of all, the theme this year is 'what's working and what's not working' in churches. So... we asked primarily senior and lead pastors to be a part this year. That role in the church is still mostly male in 2013 whether we like it or not," Rhoades wrote via email. more >>
There are countless Christians of great influence, passion and creativity who serve as CEOs, ministry leaders, nonprofit founders, pastors, evangelists and in other capacities whose works and personal stories have touched and inspired the lives of many. This list is an effort to highlight but a few of these U.S.-based Christians and their work.
The introductory list below includes just five names while the full list, to be expanded on over the next several weeks, runs much longer. Readers are welcomed to submit names in the comment section below for those Christians, still living, who they believe are impacting the church, the greater culture and the world.
Sarah Young - Author, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence more >>
NEW YORK — A former New Yorker who says he grew up knowing how to "play church...really, really well," has uprooted himself and his family from Georgia and moved back to the once dreaded borough of Brooklyn to develop a church plant targeting New York City's disaffected and disillusioned young people who, according to recent Pew studies, consider themselves religious or spiritual, but want nothing to do with church.
"I'm a preacher's kid. I was raised in church, I've done the church thing. I know how to play church, and I know how to play it really, really well because I did it my whole life before college. I don't want to create anything near that. I want people to be who they are. I want them to accept the radical power of the Gospel and allow their lives to be transformed," said James T. Roberson, pastor of The Bridge Church, a fledgling faith community centered in Downtown Brooklyn's trendy Park Slope neighborhood.
Roberson's experience includes helping to found a campus ministry while in college and serving at four church plants in the South, his most recent stint being the missional communities pastor at Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Ga. In February, after "the Lord began to make His call on our lives a tangible reality," Roberson, his wife and their two children found themselves in the "borough of churches" — one of Brooklyn's nicknames due to the number of churches that call the NYC district home. more >>
Concerned that young children and teens might come across NBC's new "Dracula" TV series during its Friday 10 p.m. ET broadcast, conservative group One Million Moms has called on supporters to "take action" by pressuring the peacock network's sponsors to withdraw their ads.
"Dracula," which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Alexander Grayson/Vlad Tepes/Dracula, was lauded by television critics on its Oct. 25 premiere for its fresh take on the Gothic lore created by Bram Stoker. While reviewers like The Los Angeles Times calls the NBC series "sumptuous, sexy and, yes, bloody fun," One Million Moms insists "Dracula" is "extremely violent" and "entirely too graphic in too many ways" and needs to be taken off the air.
"Warning! NBC's new program 'Dracula' airs on Friday evenings at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT with a TV-14-SV rating. The gory series will air on weekends when children and teens usually stay up later. Not only is this show extremely violent, but it also includes a high level of sexual content that should be considered pornographic material," the organization proclaims on its website. more >>
The American Bible Society has pushed back at a group of Christian ministers that includes Redeemer Presbyterian Church Pastor Timothy Keller for suggesting in an open letter that the nearly-200-year-old organization had abruptly dismissed its new president and chief executive officer Doug Birdsall without a severance package.
Stating that the NYC-based nonprofit was "disappointed when Doug declined our offers of severance as well as other direct support," Pieter Dearolf, chairman of the ABS trustees board informed Birdsalls' friends that they not only value the the couple's "talents and commitment to kingdom service," but also "likewise underscore the importance of transition."
The ABS statement added, "We wanted to further support Doug and Jeanie in this way, however we respect their decision to decline. more >>