Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, discusses the types of political issues that pastors should address in their congregations and which ones to avoid.
In a video posted on the website For The Church, last week, Moore addresses the question: "How political should a local pastor get with his flock?"
Christians are sometimes reluctant to engage political questions, says Moore, because they "put this artificial barrier between personal morality and social ethics in a way that the prophets, in a way that Jesus, in a way that James don't." more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest atheist groups in the country, has been warning thousands of school districts in America against visiting Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, the newly opened life-size replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky.
In response, Ham announced that public school students coming to the Ark on a school field trip will only have to pay $1 per ticket during 2016.
The Lexington Herald Leader reported earlier this week that the FFRF has been sending letters to hundreds of public schools in Kentucky telling them that sending students to the Ark would be akin to religious proselytizing, and would violate the separation of church and state. more >>
Indiana Governor and former member of Congress Mike Pence was reportedly selected by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to his vice presidential running mate.
According to Roll Call, Trump selected Governor Pence after considering a number of rumored vice presidential running mates including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Below, in no particular order, are five things to know about Pence, touching his religious background as well as his positions on issues like abortion and religious liberty. more >>
A billboard company in Cleveland, where the Republican Party will hold its convention next week, has rejected a giant ad promoting the release of "God's Not Dead 2" for being "too incendiary," but a quote by former President Ronald Reagan used on a pro-atheist billboard has been approved.
The Hollywood Reporter said on Wednesday that the "God's Not Dead 2" ad was rejected by Orange Barrel Media for its text, which reads: "I'd rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God."
Orange Barrel reportedly told Pure Flix, the distributor, that it did not like the phrase "judged by God," claiming that it was "too political" and "way too incendiary." more >>
NEW YORK — Influential evangelical leaders throughout the U.S. will fly to Washington, D.C. this weekend to join a crowd of as many as 1 million Christians to pray and worship together for the nation.
Inspired by Nick Hall, founder of PULSE, "Together 2016" is a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the church and awaken the culture to Jesus. Americans are being urged to unite on the National Mall, July 16, to offer prayer that God will change the hearts of individuals and thus change the nation.
"It's a gathering for all people to come together under the banner of Jesus. The only agenda is Jesus," Hall told The Christian Post. "It's the church from all backgrounds — Lutherans, Catholics, Pentecostals. It's going to be worship, it's going to be prayer, and it's going to be lifting up Jesus and praying that He changes our hearts individually. We're talking about a reset in our lives and ultimately a reset in this generation. We really believe that there's a heart issue and that God wants our heart." more >>
Can a church service become an all-out indoor rodeo complete with dirt floors and bucking bulls? Just ask the Rev. Maury Davis of the Cornerstone Nashville megachurch who did just that this past Independence Day weekend.
"It [the rodeo] came from the idea of how do we compel people to come into the house [of God]? Jesus said, 'Compel them to come in, that my house may be full,'" Davis told The Tennessean. "We're hoping that every person that comes into this room is ready to meet the Lord."
Davis also felt that celebrating the Fourth of July with a rodeo at his church made sense since the holiday tends to focus on God and country. more >>