An hour or so before the Justice Conference was set to kick off its first main session, I stepped outside of the Orpheum Theatre to soak in one last bit of warm Los Angeles sun and "fresh" air. The red badge dangling from my neck caught the attention of a nearby elderly Hispanic man with smudges on his face, who inquired, "You a tourist?"
I've called the L.A.-area my home for the past 9 years, but I suddenly became acutely aware of how out-of-place I must have looked to this man. Inside the theatre, I was just one of the many hipster-looking young adults who gathered together because we knew that calling Jesus our Savior also meant some sort of tie with justice. Outside of the theatre, I was a tourist - a foreigner - disconnected with the downtown L.A. surroundings and its impoverished residents.
While the Orpheum Theatre was noted by the Justice Conference's website as "one of L.A.'s most venerable landmarks," the truth was that we were located less than two blocks away from Skid Row, an area synonymous with poverty and homelessness. While stories of international injustice boomed from 12-foot high speakers, we were sitting just steps away from factories in the Fashion District with "sweatshop-like" labor conditions. more >>
A mediation process between a breakaway Texas megachurch and the mainline denomination it once belonged to over disputed church property has failed to produce a result.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas announced Friday that its settlement talks with Presbyterian Church (USA) over their legal property dispute did not conclude in a resolution.
In a statement posted on their website last week, Highland Park Presbyterian acknowledged the failure regarding talks with the PC (USA) regional body, Grace Presbytery, which is the association the church belonged to before voting to disaffiliate. more >>
A recent poll commissioned by the Family Research Council found that 61 percent of Americans agree that pastors and churches should challenge the Obama administration when religious liberty issues are at stake. That being the case, then why are so many pastors afraid to speak up on these issues from the pulpit?
The poll, conducted February 20-23 by the polling company, inc./WomanTrend, surveyed 1,000 people over the age of 18 and called both landline and cell phones. Of the 61 percent in agreement, 41 percent strongly agreed, compared to the 28 percent who disagreed. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.
The findings were presented during a press conference I attended at the National Religious Broadcasters annual convention in Nashville earlier this week and I was able to speak with three pastors who are in the trenches of the religious liberty battle. more >>
In response to the controversy about the forthcoming blockbuster "Noah," Paramount Pictures has released a disclaimer that the film, while it accurately presents the biblical themes, has taken some license in storytelling.
"While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide," declares the statement, which will be presented in all future marketing materials. It closes by directing viewers to the biblical story found in Genesis.
This move follows an appeal from Jerry A. Johnson, president and CEO of The National Religious Broadcasters. "People may assume that this film is a straightforward retelling of the biblical Noah narrative – The movie trailer might lead them to believe that as well," Johnson wrote to The Christian Post in a Friday statement. "It is not. It is instead a dramatic story based upon Noah that contains a lot of extra-biblical material," the NRB president explained. more >>
Leadership of a Texas megachurch whose congregation narrowly defeated a measure to disaffiliate from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) expressed anger and confusion in an official letter regarding the matter.
Three Session clerks from First Presbyterian Church of Houston sent a message out Wednesday in response to a vote taken Sunday that resulted in the defeat of the disaffiliation measure.
Signed by Senior Clerk Jane Costello, Lesley Lilly, and David McCarty on behalf of the Session for First Presbyterian, the letter expressed surprise at the result of the vote. more >>
The forthcoming film "Noah" has been criticized by some for altering the biblical story, but other Christians who have seen the film praised it and urged the Christian community to support this Bible story on screen.
"The primary message that comes out of the film is the depravity of man and the judgment of God," Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Coalition and editor-in-chief of Movieguide, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. Baehr explained that the filmmakers added new characters, but "none of that takes away from the spine of the story."
Producer and filmmaker Phil Cooke, founder and chief executive officer of Cooke Pictures, argued that Christians should praise Hollywood for making a movie about the Bible. "There are hundreds of dedicated Christians working inside Hollywood," Cooke explained, "and every time we do a petition drive, a boycott, or a protest, it compromises what they're doing." He argued that Christians should "stop viewing Hollywood as an enemy and start viewing them as a mission field." more >>