NEW YORK — Theologian and founder of Evangelicals for Social Action Ron Sider recently spoke at the Micah Summit Event in New York City where he discussed the impact of Catholics and Evangelicals working together for social reform.
The renowned author spoke during the event's Shaping Up for the Public Square segment on Monday afternoon where he highlighted the similar views of both Christian groups when it comes to social political issues and discussed some negative aspects between both parties' relations in the past.
"For most of the time [relations between Catholics and Evangelicals] have been awful," said Sider to the crowd. "If you think back 50 years ago we were calling each other dreadful names. We've made enormous progress on that, especially now in the U.S. because of finding each other on issues of abortion and marriage. I think it's important that we continue the dialogue discovering each other on common ground on social political issues where there's enormous overlap." more >>
Does Christianity oppress women? What is feminism? Those are just some of the questions a female apologist tackled during a recent discussion examining the need for women to actively engage with the discipline of defending their faith.
Online video ministry One Minute Apologist posted a series of short takes with Dianna Newman, director of admissions at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, North Carolina, and a member of the school's apologetics team. Newman also is listed among the speaking team for the International Society of Women in Apologetics.
In her discussion with One Minute Apologist founder and host Bobby Conway, pastor of Life Fellowship, Newman is presented with a series of questions that include: What Is Feminism?, Does Christianity Oppress Women?, What Is The Greatest Issue Women Apologists Face?, among others. more >>
The two largest Pentecostal denominations in the U.S. have called with one voice for Christians worldwide to affirm on Sunday, Dec. 14 that indeed "Black Lives Matter," and, as admonished in Scripture, to "mourn with those who mourn" — in this case, with black Americans who feel the justice system has failed in two recent cases involving the death of black males at the hands of white police officers.
"The lives of all people are precious to God, of course, but at the present moment, many of our black brothers and sisters in COGIC and the AG feel that their lives are not highly valued by many in white America," says Assemblies of God General Superintendent Dr. George O. Wood in a statement made public Thursday. "As examples, they point to the recent controversial decisions of grand juries in St. Louis County, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, not to return bills of indictment against white police officers in the deaths of two black males, Michael Brown and Eric Garner."
"Whatever your opinion of those controversial decisions, can we stand with our brothers and sisters and affirm the value of black lives generally and of their lives specifically?" Wood adds. "Scripture teaches that God does not take pleasure in the death of people, not even the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11). If so, then whatever the circumstances, we can be certain that God did not take pleasure in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Therefore, neither should we." more >>
A second video showing the immediate aftermath of the choking of Staten Island, New York father of six, Eric Garner, by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, shortly before he was pronounced dead over the summer, has been drawing renewed interest in the wake of last week's grand jury decision to not criminally indict the officer for Garner's death.
The video, first posted to Facebook on July 18 by Taisha Allen and later added to YouTube, has been viewed more than 2 million times and shared nearly 57,000 times on Facebook.
In hindsight, some critics, like New York Daily News writer Harry Siegel, believe this second video is more disturbing than the first in which Garner is heard begging for his life saying repeatedly, "I can't breathe. I can't breathe." more >>
Singer John Legend and wife, model Chrissy Teigen offered support to protesters in New York City by providing food for them on Sunday.
The couple did not take credit for hiring two food trucks to feed those who marched in protest of the Eric Garner decision but tweeted out the necessary information to over 500,000 followers. The initial tweet came from @ophelporhush, who used the hashtags #FergusontoNYC #NYC2Ferguson; Teigen retweeted it, encouraging followers to take advantage of a free meal while protesting.
Legend and Teigen have not been vocal about the non-indictments of officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown or Eric Garner but have seemingly shown support for protests in other ways. Legend worked with rapper Common on a hit song, "Glory," which is prominently featured in the upcoming film, "Selma," which tells the story of the civil rights campaign in 1965. more >>
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed in an interview on Sunday that he has taught his biracial son to not "move suddenly" or "reach for [his] cell phone" when near police officers, adding that the reality is different for white children. A police union chief responded by slamming the comments as "moronic," and said that they do not help ease the racial tensions in the city.
When asked by ABC News on Sunday whether he believes his son, Dante, is at risk from the police department, de Blasio, who is married to an African-American woman, said:
"It's different for a white child. That's just the reality in this country." more >>