DALLAS, Texas – David Barton, the founder and president of WallBuilders and author of the book, The Founder's Bible, was a featured guest speaker at Friday's National Right to Life prayer breakfast, where he praised American exceptionalism and spoke about the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, the role of government, and how a politician's stance on abortion shapes their voting record on all other issues.
Barton told the pro-life audience that abortion isn't a new issue, and said he doesn't know why people think abortion was not an issue 200 years ago.
"The Founding Fathers wrote and talked about abortion. … James Wilson said that human life is protected by common law, and John Witherspoon explained that in America, people know that God creates life, not parents. Therefore, you can't take a life that doesn't belong to you." more >>
In a recent speech to the Junipero Serra International Convention in Mallorca, Spain, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput attacked lukewarm Christians as "pagan." While insulting on its face, the statement received support and clarification from both the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Dean of Theology at Catholic University.
"The meaning of the archbishop's comments is quite clear in the context of the talk (especially in light of his references to Smith and Lasch) and not at all controversial," wrote Francis X. Maier, special assistant to the Archbishop, in an email to The Christian Post.
Bishops representing the largest Province of The Episcopal Church have written an open letter in which they showed support for those who refused to depart the denomination when the leadership of the South Carolina Diocese decided to leave.
"We commend you for your faith and courage during this trying season. We observed that you are meeting your present difficulties with good fellowship, good creativity and good cheer," stated the Province IV House of Bishops. "We pledge to you our prayers and the prayers of those we serve as we all go forward in faith. And we pledge our support and cooperation to our brother, your Bishop, Charlie von Rosenberg."
Last year, the Diocese of South Carolina decided to leave The Episcopal Church over a mixture of theological differences and the treatment of their bishop, Rev. Mark Lawrence. more >>
Pope Francis has established a new Pontifical Commission that will examine the Vatican's financial institution, amid concerns of new problems surrounding the Roman Catholic Church's bank.
The Vatican leader explained that the Commission will consist of at least five members, who will be charged with gathering accurate information on the legal position and various activities of the Institute for Religious Works, also known as IOR.
"The Commission is to collect the documents, data, and information necessary to the performance of its official institutional duties," the pontiff announced on Wednesday, according to the Vatican Radio. more >>
When I was a young pastor I had a scattergun approach to preaching. Like many I tended to take a text, depart therefrom and go everywhere preaching the gospel.
Regrettably this approach also led to preaching in which I would "confront" a member of the congregation at the expense of the many. Rather than meeting with people individually about a certain issue, I would use the preaching time to address it. I would scattershot. In my ignorance it never dawned on me that the majority of the congregation had no idea what I was talking about and the intended target probably thought I was talking about someone else.
When I wanted to do it, I could really put the "bully" in bully pulpit. This was a terrible pattern of preaching and leadership. Over the course of many years God got me mostly beyond preaching and leading that way, and I am grateful. more >>
Reaction to the shutdown this week of Exodus International, the largest Christian ministry devoted to addressing struggles with homosexuality, once primarily by way of reparative therapy and more recently with a shift towards a focus on church responsibility, has been a complicated mix of opinions from leaders from within both the church and gay communities.
"I'm not in agreement with shutting Exodus down," Joe Dallas, the founder and director of Genesis Counseling who served as president of Exodus International from 1991-1993, told Christian radio show host Janet Mefferd. "I would have rather seen the leadership of Exodus handed over to other leadership, but I did disagree with the direction Exodus has been going the past year or so, and for that reason, I guess, I would rather see it close than continue in that direction."
Dallas added, "It's been an organization that's been a help to the church, especially for the last 30-plus years. I was sad to see it close. It's certainly a loss to what I think was a very valuable ministry tool." more >>