WASHINGTON — The days of acceptable Christianity in America are over, so in order to be a faithful witness to the gospel, Christians must be willing to suffer the costs of discipleship, Dr. Robert P. George declared in a Tuesday speech.
George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, was delivering the "lay guest speaker" address at the 10th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. While his remarks were directed at his Catholic audience, Christians of other faith traditions may also find them encouraging.
"The days of acceptable Christianity are over. The days of comfortable Catholicism are past. It's no longer easy to be a faithful Christian, a good Catholic, a faithful witness to the truths of the Gospel," George began. more >>
Members of the pro-life community, including a number of U.S. Senators, came together at a press conference in Washington D.C., on Tuesday to push for a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks.
"This legislation, which according to five major national polls is supported by the majority of Americans, would protect babies and women from the horrific violence of abortion beyond 20 weeks," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life political organization, referring to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670).
Dannenfelser was joined by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Lindsey Graham, and other national pro-life leaders who called on Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring S.1670 to a vote in the Senate. The House version of the bill was passed in June 2013 by an overwhelming majority. more >>
Independent filmmakers have successfully raised the money necessary to fund a movie project about late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Producers of "America's Biggest Serial Killer" were able to raise over $2.2 million by midnight on Monday, exceeding the minimum amount mandated by Indiegogo, the crowdfunding website they used.
Ann and Phelim Media, the people behind the crowdfunding project, said it was "by far the most successful non-celebrity crowdfunded film on ANY crowdfunding platform." It even beat "projects from Hollywood celebrities such as James Franco." more >>
As the conservative evangelical reconsideration of contraception continues, several related issues are coming into clearer focus.
My January commentary on the subject suggested that evangelical leaders' preference for large families is driven in part by institutional maintenance concerns and a desire to enforce traditional gender roles. I also argued that widespread concern over the HHS Mandate offered elites an opportunity to encourage lay evangelicals to rethink their near-unanimous support of hormonal contraceptives.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler responded, saying, "Today's generation of evangelicals is indeed reconsidering birth control." Though moderates and most conservatives have been slow to question birth control, a lively conversation is beginning to happen in Southern Baptist life and elsewhere in the neo-Calvinist wing of evangelicalism. In The American Prospect, Amelia Thomson-Deveaux describes some evangelicals' agreement with Catholic concerns about "the murky hours between sex and conception." more >>
Embattled Christian twin brothers David and Jason Benham said they were "content" in Christ a day after the Home & Garden Television (HGTV) network announced Wednesday that they have "decided not to move forward" with their scheduled reality show called "Flip It Forward" after news broke about their conservative views on homosexuality, abortion and divorce.
"Jason and I are content. You know [why] we're content. We're content that number one, we're Christians, we're content that we're husbands, we're fathers; we're content with our community, we're content to serve the Lord whether we're pushing a broom or swinging a bat. We don't need a TV show although we would love one but it's ok. We're content," said David in a YouTube video posted on Thursday.
Flipping the negative reactions from the firestorm over their conservative Christian views, David explained that even without the cameras rolling from the aborted reality show, he and his younger twin still plan on helping the families that had been scheduled for the show. more >>
Speaking at the third annual "Washington: A Man of Prayer" event Wednesday, Pastor Robert Jeffress said that while members of Congress can debate immigration, healthcare and taxation policies, there are some issues that are beyond debate.
"Issues such as the value of life inside and outside the womb, the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, the right to religious freedom for every human being and the compassionate treatment of the poor. … For the Judge of the universe has already rendered His opinion," Jeffress said in Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol in Washington.
Jeffress, senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, was joined by Fox News host and former Republican governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at the event, which was held to commemorate "the events of April 30, 1789, when … President [George] Washington, accompanied by Congress, proceeded to St. Paul's Chapel where, as one of his first official acts, the president offered a prayer of dedication to God on America's behalf," according to the event website. more >>