An early 2016 presidential poll in Iowa found former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan the most favorable, followed by former Iowa Caucus winners Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Among born-again Christians, Ryan came in closely behind Huckabee. Christian and conservative leaders explained why, but minimized the importance of the poll for long-term results.
"As an Iowan pastor, I can assure you that both [Paul Ryan and Mike Huckabee] will have an uphill battle," Cary Gordon, executive pastor at Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, told The Christian Post on Tuesday. Gordon minimized Ryan's 73 percent overall favorability rating among Republicans as premature, arguing that Ryan "will under no circumstances be the next president of the United States and will probably compete with Chris Christie for a dead last finish in the Iowa Caucuses."
Among Republicans, Ryan came in first with a 73 percent favorability rating. Huckabee, Santorum, and Texas Governor Rich Perry followed, with 66 percent, 58 percent, and 55 percent, respectively. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tied with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for fifth, with 51 percent. Florida Senator Marco Rubio tied with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at 46 percent. more >>
Joel Osteen does not believe that churches should shy away from politics, states a source close to the best-selling author and pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
Donald Iloff Jr., senior executive for Joel Osteen Ministries and brother-in-law of pastor Osteen, told The Christian Post that Osteen "doesn't really believe" all churches should shun political matters.
"He'd never said that before and doesn't really believe it," said Iloff, adding that Osteen is friends with pastors like Rick Warren of Saddleback Church whose "gift [is] to be involved politically." more >>
For the second year in a row, feminists within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, have staged an event wherein women wear pants to worship service.
At the "Second Annual Wear Pants to Church Day" the Mormon women wore dress pants instead of the usual dresses.
Meant as a message to encourage gender equality within the Mormon sect, hundreds and maybe thousands made such statements during services across the United States on Sunday. more >>
A church in Wisconsin has filed a motion against an atheist group suing the Internal Revenue Service over its alleged refusal to enforce a ban on church politicking.
Holy Cross Anglican Church of Wauwatosa, headed by Benedictine Abbot Father Patrick Malone, filed the motion to intervene last week in U.S. District Court.
Holy Cross Anglican's motion was done in response to the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation's lawsuit against the IRS. more >>
A United Methodist Church bishop in Texas has ruled that a lesbian's clergy candidacy in the denomination can proceed, reversing a preemptive rejection from officials.
Bishop James Dorff of the Southwest Texas Conference stated Thursday that Mary Ann Kaiser's candidacy could not be removed by the Board of Ordained Ministry without going through the proper process.
"Since the action of the Clergy Session was to uphold the action of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and the action of the Board of Ordained Ministry was not in keeping with the Discipline, I rule that Ms. Kaiser remains a Candidate for Ministry and is due full examination, including an interview, by the Board of Ordained Ministry," stated Dorff. more >>
A wider circle of accusations surrounding author and Seattle-based megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll that originally included plagiarism allegations by a radio talk show host, now includes claims from others tracking the saga about how ghostwriters or researchers were used and not given proper attribution. At the same time, the Mars Hill Church pastor's silence on the matter has raised intrigue and the question: How powerful is the "evangelical celebrity machine?"
"What started in late November with Janet Mefferd's accusations of plagiarism against Mark Driscoll has morphed into broader concerns over authorship and use of research materials," writes Warren Throckmorton on the Patheos blog. "This finding raises interesting questions about ghostwriting and the use of research in writing for publication. I am not aware of how wide spread this practice is but perhaps this story allows us a view behind a door not often opened."
Throckmorton, who has been reporting daily on developments in the Driscoll alleged-plagiarism story that began three weeks ago, says that it appears that Docent Research Group consultant Justin Holcomb "quoted the material from the New Bible Commentary and then Driscoll changed a few words and included it under his authorship. There are multiple instances of this practice throughout the memo." more >>