Southern Baptists will vote today in Saint Louis, Missouri, for a new convention president in an election experts say might determine the future of evangelism in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
The election is also a test of whether Southern Baptist pastors are leaning toward the more Reformed theology tendencies of some of their younger millennial leaders or are staying with leaders who tend to be more critical of Reformed theology.
According to sources who could not be named for this article but who are very familiar with the inner workings of the denomination's structure and affiliated institutions, at issue is both the theological orientation of the Baptist faith and Message and its overall approach to ministry. What is arguably most at stake is the fervor for evangelism for which Southern Baptists have been known historically. more >>
Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina has responded to the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history at the Orlando gay nightclub on Sunday, warning that without a heart connection to Jesus Christ, the "possibilities for evil are endless."
Noble said in a video posted on Facebook on Monday that when he first heard news of the Orlando massacre, where gunman Omar Mir Seddique Mateen killed 49 people and reportedly pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State, his first response, like many other Americans, was to think that just another shooting has occurred in a list of many.
"How callous have we started becoming?" Noble asked, warning against becoming desensitized to such tragedies. more >>
Despite China's ongoing crackdown on Christians, believers' faith is growing stronger in the world's most populous nation, one church member reveals in an interview with China Aid.
He also called on the United States to take an active role to help Christians in China.
China Aid reported that the interview was conducted back in May with a member of Huoshi Church in China's central Guizhou province, which has been serially targeted by the Communist Party. Government officials have been persecuting minority religious people on an increasing basis, with a separate China Aid report noting that 20,000 people suffered religious persecution throughout 2015. more >>
Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, believes she will see the late Muhammad Ali in Heaven, despite his conversion to the Islamic faith.
"While Cassius Clay was raised in a Christian home, he later converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali; in part, because he objected to the western characterization of Jesus Christ. Yet, I believe in my heart that the Christian message that he learned from my uncle, Martin Luther King, and Daddy A. D. was impacting him, too," King wrote in a statement, reflecting on the passing of Ali a week after his death.
"Ali was not only a great boxer, but also a great man; a man of character, integrity and faith. He loved his God, his family and the world. Yet, he was a very complex personality; and like everyone, was subject to human failings," she continued. more >>
As Christians, Jason and David Benham say they would have laid down their lives to save those who were killed in the Orlando gay nightclub massacre on Sunday morning.
"Here's the interesting thing — we as Christians believe that homosexuality is wrong, and the [Islamic extremists,] they believe it is wrong. But our response is different. We've been going to gay pride marches for the past decade, and we're planning on going this year to the Charlotte gay pride march. But we're going to bring the love of Jesus, to people who need Jesus," the brothers said in a Facebook video posted on Sunday.
"Look, these are our gay brothers and sisters, and we need to stand up for them now. That's our Christian response. We're here to tell you that if we were in that nightclub there — maybe they are pulling people out, hopefully, we would have placed our lives in front of those," they added. more >>
WASHINGTON — Christian apologist Jason Jimenez argued Saturday that the church in America is "biblically illiterate" and Christians only have themselves to blame for being silenced in the political arena.
Jimenez, a pastor, author and apologist for Stand Strong Ministries and who tours the country teaching Christians how to stand up for their biblical views on marriage, abortion and other political issues, told attendees of a panel discussion at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's 2016 "Road to Majority" conference that there is a troubling trend of Christians who don't read the Bible and don't stand up for Christian principles in the public square.
"The church in America, we are biblically illiterate. We revere the Bible. The average home in America owns four bibles, if you are not including the devices that we have. Yet, we don't read the Bible," Jimenez explained. "We can talk about all these issues and I am sure we will talk about some of them but the biggest issue is that we have a whole nation of Christians that are biblically illiterate." more >>