The Evangelical Christian community erupted in collective grief Wednesday as word spread online that the beloved 15-year-old son of Ergun Caner, renowned Christian author, Baptist minister and president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, reportedly committed suicide Tuesday.
A statement released by Brewton-Parker College on the school's website confirmed earlier reports on social media that Braxton Caner had passed, but did not say the conditions under which he died.
"Our hearts are filled with great sorrow as the entire Brewton-Parker College family grieves with its beloved President Ergun Caner, his wife, Jill, and Drake, their youngest son, over the tragic death of their oldest son and big brother, Braxton Paige Caner," began the statement. more >>
A 57-year-old Texas man cleared this week of raping a teen girl in 1990 told reporters that he was only able to cope with being branded a guilty man because of his "father God," and expressed the conviction that God had been working behind the scenes all along to bring him justice.
After prosecutors found evidence showing that Michael Phillips, currently wheelchair-bound, was not the one who raped a 16-year-old girl more than two decades ago, a judge ruled on Friday that the Dallas man should be exonerated. The new evidence was based on DNA testing, which Phillips did not request, but which Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins pursued through his Conviction Integrity Unit.
"My father God that got me through this. That's all I got to say," Phillips told reporters during the court appearance. "That speaks for itself. Pick up His book, it's truthful … see you through anything." more >>
Texas has experienced a 13 percent decline in its abortion rate since lawmakers pased a bill that requires abortion providers to meet basic health and safety standards at their facilities. The new law has led some clinic owners to close instead of paying for the mandatory upgrades.
According to a recently published study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, which tracked the rate of abortions in the Lone Star State from November 2012 to April 2014, the drop in abortions might be linked to HB2, which increases regulations on abortionists and abortion clinics.
Dr. Daniel Grossman, an abortion advocate, is the lead author of the study and vice president for Research at Ibis Reproductive Health. more >>
Evangelizing is not about methodology as much as it is about intentionality because there is always an opportunity to share the Gospel with people, says David Martin, Director of Student Initiatives for "I Am Second," a ministry that posts a series of web videos featuring notable personalities and their testimonies about God.
Martin admits his excuse for not sharing the Gospel with individuals one-on-one used to be because he was an introvert and it was not his "wiring" to engage with strangers. However, he reached a point in his life where he realized he had a "gospel integrity gap" which prompted him to begin spreading God's message in an unconventional way.
"I started going to the sub-level 2 waiting room of Methodist Hospital, once a month, at 6:30 a.m., armed with a jug of Starbucks coffee in one hand and healthy dose of fear in the other," writes Martin, in a blog post for Emerging Evangelists. "I would nervously ask those waiting, as their loved ones underwent life-threatening surgeries, if they wanted coffee." more >>
A pastor in Lubbock, Texas is currently raising money for an app that he believes can change the way people participate in prayer.
Logan Fields, the 25-year-old youth pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, is currently in the fundraising stages of his new smartphone application, "Prayer Button," that enables people to pray together remotely. The user can join as many "prayer meetings" as they wish, and the app calculates how many minutes each user participates in a prayer. The amount of minutes each user prays is then added to reveal a total for each prayer group.
Fields told the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal that showing the number of minutes spent in prayer gives the user confidence to pray more, in a similar way that the amount of "likes" on a Facebook status gives the user confidence to express themselves more. more >>
Members of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention toured two Texas facilities Tuesday that are providing temporary shelter to illegal immigrant children from Central America.
During their tour, members met with U.S. Border Patrol agents, spoke to children with the help of translators, and learned more about the work of pastors who are facilitating humanitarian efforts to meet the needs of immigrants who are flocking to the U.S.
"For me, touring the facility puts a human face on the crisis," Russell Moore, president of the ERLC told The Christian Post Tuesday after he toured the Customs and Border Protection facility in McAllen. more >>