A majority of Americans support having businesses be compelled to provide contraceptive services as part of a healthcare plan, argues the findings of a recently released poll.
Conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, the poll found that of about 1,100 respondents, 61 percent, felt that "publicly-held corporations" should provide contraception as part of their free healthcare plans.
57 percent of respondents felt that "privately-owned corporations" should be compelled to do the same, while only a slight majority, 51 percent, believed small businesses should be required to do so. more >>
A report by Pew Research Center has found that as of 2012, about one in ten nations in the world have legal punishments for apostasy, or the leaving of one's faith.
Released Wednesday and authored by Angelina Theodorou, the report found that 11 percent of countries and territories had apostasy laws and 22 percent had blasphemy laws.
An ex-Southern Baptist church in rural Kentucky will host same-sex wedding ceremonies despite gay marriage being illegal in the state.
Deacons at Louisville's Highland Baptist Church recently voted to marry same-sex couples who are members of the church. However, senior Pastor Joe Phelps says the decision was made without the vote of the congregation.
"Part of the mission of Deacons at Highland Baptist Church is discernment, where an elected body of members serves as a voice for the congregation and sounding board for the staﬀ on issues important to the life of the church. It was in this role that the Deacons voted to approve the request instead of taking the issue to the church for a vote. This is within their rights and responsibilities as elected leaders within the life of the church," Phelps told The Christian Post in a written statement. more >>
The membership of the Southern Baptist Convention has declined among their churches for the seventh straight year, according to a LifeWay Christian Resources annual report.
The total membership of the SBC stood at 15.7 million at the end of last year, down from nearly 15.9 million in 2012, the report released on Wednesday showed.
"I am grieved we are clearly losing our evangelistic effectiveness," said Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, in a statement. "I continue to pray for revival and a renewed passion for the Great Commission in our churches. May God renew all of us, including me, with a greater heart for the lost." more >>
If churches want to stay relevant, they need to analyze the demographic makeup of their youth ministry to see if it resembles the diversity of their communities, says a Florida-based youth pastor.
Tom Bolling of Belvedere Baptist Church in West Palm Beach has over 30 years of experience working with youths in church and advises church leaders that they should reevaluate their vision in order to develop a multicultural young adult ministry.
"With the dramatic increase of immigration and the globalization of our society, ministering to a multicultural society is no longer an option. Many of our churches are sounding an alarm and seeking answers as to how to minister to communities of ethnic and economic diversity," Bolling said in a recent article in The Florida Baptist Witness. more >>
WASHINGTON - If Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in November, they will do a better job securing religious freedom in the U.S. military, Dr. John Fleming (R), U.S. Representative for the Fourth Congressional District of Louisiana, said at a Wednesday event sponsored by the Family Research Council.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Dr. Fleming explained that his efforts to get an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act allowing for better protection of religious liberty have failed in the Senate. If passed, his amendment would expand religious freedom protections to include religious actions and speech, rather than just religious beliefs, "except in cases of military necessity."
Fleming believed that the November elections could positively influence the direction of the effort to secure religious expression in the military through passage of his amendment. more >>