A coalition of 100 Christian faith leaders, looking to raise hunger and poverty as a prominent issue in the 2016 election cycle, is urging all potential 2016 presidential candidates to post videos stating how they plan to alleviate poverty and hunger in the United States and abroad.
The group of faith leaders, which represents a wide array of Christian denominations, churches, universities, seminaries and agencies, was convened by Circle of Protection, a group committed to advocating for programs that help ease the hunger and poverty of the indigent. The coalition asks potential candidates to make three minute videos explaining how each of them will provide "help" and "opportunity" to needy people throughout the world.
Along with the many Christian schools, churches and other localized Christian groups who've had representatives sign onto this movement are national groups such as the National Association for Evangelicals, Sojourners, American Bible Society, Bread for the World, Catholic Theological Union, Jesuit Conference, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, and Catholic Charities USA. more >>
Living solely for yourself can bring absolute misery according to two Christian writers who used Scripture to prove their point in a blog posted on The Gospel Coalition website Thursday.
"One of the barriers that holds many people back from knowing, being filled with, and being controlled by the love of Christ is the idea that true happiness can only be found if I am free to live for myself," writes Colin Smith, senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and a council member with The Gospel Coalition, and Kristen Wetherell, writer, speaker and the content manager of Unlocking the Bible.
Smith and Wetherell make that argument that living for yourself is the "default option for every person" and "unless something happens to bring about a change, we end up living for ourselves." They point out that the Bible says this quite clearly: "All seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ" (Phil. 2:21). more >>
Tyndale publishing will pull a book from its lineup that recently came under fire with one of the authors claiming the story found in it is false.
The book, titled The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, tells the story of Alex Malarkey who claims to have visited heaven while slipping into a coma after a horrific car crash in 2004 when he was 6 years old. The boy recently came out and said the story was a hoax and now the publisher appears to be taking action.
A Tyndale House representative confirmed to NPR on Thursday that it will be taking "the book and all ancillary products out of print." more >>
"Why didn't someone do something?"
Those five words still haunt my thoughts today. Sometime ago, I sat speechless as I listened to a man recount his trip to a holocaust museum with his young daughter. As they walked by photos of the death camps and gas chambers, his daughter silently contemplated the horrors that were unfolding before her eyes.
When the tour ended, they drove home without saying a word. The father wondered if she truly understood the significance of the event. Was she too young to view such depravity? Was she too fragile to cope with the truth of the holocaust? Would it make a negative impact on her life? Would it leave her fearful and wounded? Would she begin to doubt God? more >>
Americans United for Separation of Church and State argued that an Oklahoma bill that would protect school districts with Bible courses from legal action attempts to place a "loophole" in the law that would let public schools teach that the Bible is true.
Americans United expressed its opposition to Senate Bill 48 due to their concern that it would allow for Bible courses that advocate Christianity. Writing for the Americans United blog "Wall of Separation" on Wednesday, Sarah Jones argued that SB 48 was also unnecessary given current law.
A new bill being proposed by an Oklahoma senator will shield public schools in the state from being hit with lawsuits for teaching non-sectarian classes on the Bible.
More specifically, this bill will sustain a Bible course instituted in public schools by the Christian family that owns the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores and is being proposed by Senator Kyle Loveless.
It's labeled Senate Bill 48, the "religious elective" and intends to render schools and school boards impervious to any lawsuits regarding the teaching of religion in school. more >>