His music is wildly popular among black and white evangelicals, but his messages on race have not been so well received. Nonetheless, Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae isn't changing a thing.
The Texas native who's earned a Grammy, GMA Dove Award, and two BET Awards regularly speaks out about racial issues, but it's starting to create a fault line between him and some of his fans. In an interview with The Washington Post earlier this month, Lecrae said despite the criticism, he isn't backing down.
"I don't see this as a black-white issue. In India, the Filipinos are being treated like they are less than human," he said. "I'm not focused on race [blacks and whites], exactly. If blacks in America are treated equally, I'll move on to the next group." more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA)'s eighth largest member congregation voted this month to leave the Mainline denomination over theological differences and join the Evangelical Covenant of Presbyterians, a conservative denomination that has more than 280 member congregations.
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, a Houston, Texas-based congregation with approximately 3,700 members, was granted dismissal by the PCUSA Presbytery of New Covenant on Saturday.
Outspoken Christian rapper Lecrae is making waves once again by voicing his thoughts on race relations in America. This time the music artist is taking on other Christians who believe he shouldn't use his platform to talk about race, and instead focus solely on spreading the Gospel.
In an Instagram message posted last Thursday, Lecrae included a photo that read: "I Won't Keep Calm I Have a Black Son," and spoke directly to Christians who try to steer clear of addressing the nation's growing racial tensions.
"Christians saying that 'preaching the gospel is all we need' ignore how sin affects infrastructures and societal systems," Lecrae wrote. more >>
Some are accusing mainstream media outlets of liberal bias for ignoring President Barack Obama's recent erroneous citation of a Bible verse.
Speaking at the funeral service for the police officers killed in Dallas last week, President Obama quoted 1st John 3:18, but in the speech mistakenly cited it as being from the Gospel of John.
"And so I'm reminded of a passage in John's Gospel: Let us love not with words or speech, but with actions and in truth," said Obama, with the White House Press office sending out a version of the speech with an added correction in brackets. more >>
When doctors told Jeremiah and Audrey Johnston they couldn't conceive, the couple held on to their faith and trusted that God would have the final say.
After several years of prayer and one cycle of in vitro fertilization, the Johnstons are now the parents of five children. Earlier this month, Audrey gave birth to triplet boys, and this year they also celebrated the 7th birthday of their daughter, Audrey, and 4th birthday of son, Justin.
DALLAS — President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Dallas police officers including the five slain at a protest against police violence last week for saving lives during the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement in almost 15 years.
"We know that the overwhelming majority of police officers do an incredibly hard and dangerous job fairly and professionally," Obama told a memorial service for the slain police officers. "They are deserving of our respect and not our scorn."
"And when anyone, no matter how good their intentions may be, paints all police as biased or bigoted, we undermine those officers we depend on for our safety," Obama added. more >>