NASHVILLE—Tony Merida, the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, spoke on the topic of human sexuality during the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's annual leadership summit that was held in Nashville last week.
Following his discussion on "the Gospel and human trafficking," Merida, an associate professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke with The Christian Post about the relationship between pornography and sex trafficking, explained why awareness is insufficient, and laid out how Christians can do more to fight "the darkest of sins."
The following is an edited transcript of the interview. more >>
The 15 children who vanished from a Mexico City children's shelter in 2008 run by a small evangelical sect had been given away to church members, according to Mexican authorities.
Earlier this month, prosecutors announced that they had located 12 of the children who had disappeared after three of them showed up at their offices in Puebla state. The shelters, known as Casitas del Sur (Little Houses of the South,) were founded by Iglesia Cristiana Restaurada (Restored Christian Church), a cult that reportedly runs shelters in at least seven other Mexican states and overseas. Children had been placed in the shelters "by child welfare authorities to house children from broken families or whose parents were temporarily unable to care for them," according to the AP.
But instead of providing a sanctuary for the children, the Mexican Attorney General's office said that RCC had allowed the children to be illegally adopted and reportedly "brainwashed" by the church. more >>
We often get asked why the church? What is the unique role of local churches in addressing the foster care and adoption crisis in Washington, DC? Why put so much energy in mobilizing churches? It's a good question, and as with anything, your strategy should be thought out, and well…strategic.
This is what we want to talk about today: Why is mobilizing local churches strategic in embracing and ensuring the success of every child in foster care? Here are a few reasons:
1) We are called more >>
Matthew and Grace Huang, an American couple from Los Angeles, were sentenced in Qatar Thursday to three years in prison for allegedly killing their 8-year-old adopted daughter, Gloria. Supporters say the Huangs have been wrongly accused.
"We have just been wrongfully convicted and we feel as if we are being kidnapped by the Qatar judicial system. This verdict is wrong and appears to be nothing more than an effort to save face," Matthew Huang said, according to FreeMattandGrace.com, a website that supports the Huangs.
"The prosecutor accused us of trafficking our legal adopted children with the intent of selling their organs. That is how ridiculous this is .... So we are calling on the United States President Obama to call the Head of State in Qatar and explain to him why American families adopt high-needs children. more >>
Many Evangelicals and conservative Christians are expressing support for World Vision's decision to reverse course on a policy change allowing for the hiring of gay married employees.
As the announcement of the reversal in policy change was released Wednesday, many figures commented on the new development.
Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, expressed his approval of the reversal on Twitter. more >>
"16 & Pregnant" star Ashley Salazar is pregnant with her second child, only this time around, she plans to keep the baby. In her episode of "16 & Pregnant," Salazar gave daughter Callie up for adoption to her aunt and uncle.
"I'm really excited about the baby," Salazar told Radar Online. "But I'm nervous about what Callie will think in the future. We really care about her. We don't want her to be mad at us about what we did when we were really young, just teenagers, and we didn't know."
Salazar, then 16, decided that her aunt and uncle could do a better job of raising her daughter and provide more than she could at the time. It was an emotional decision and struggle for Ashley, who really wanted to keep the baby girl but eventually realized she just couldn't. more >>