The state of Pennsylvania will be observing a "National Fast Day" in accordance with a resolution passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year.
Meant to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of a proclamation made by President Abraham Lincoln, the fast day approved via the passage of House Resolution 17 will occur on Tuesday.
Passed with a vote of 160 yeas to 35 nays, HR 17 extensively quotes from the Lincoln proclamation, which was issued during the American Civil War. more >>
Homosexual activists are labeling evangelist Greg Laurie as the "anti-gay California pastor" and are asking government officials to rescind Laurie's invitation to lead National Day of Prayer-related events in Washington, D.C. as the event's honorary chairman.
The Human Rights Campaign, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) advocacy group in America, contends that Laurie has a history of speaking out against LGBT Americans. And OutServe-SLDN, an association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, is calling on the Pentagon to remove the pastor from the agenda, citing "his blatantly anti-LGBT message."
"Pastor Laurie's message is out of step with what the majority of people of faith across this country believe," said Dr. Sharon Groves, director of HRC's Religion & Faith Program. "In greater numbers than ever before, people of faith are feeling compelled to speak up and organize for equality – because of their faith." more >>
A prominent American cardinal will soon be honored by an evangelical Christian organization for his leadership on efforts pertaining to social issues and the HHS "preventive services" mandate.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York will be given the William Wilberforce Award at a conference in Arlington, Va. The honor will be bestowed by the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview as part of a weekend of events that will be part of an annual event known as the "Wilberforce Weekend Conference."
Dr. Timothy George, chairman of the Chuck Colson Center, provided in a statement an explanation as to why Cardinal Dolan was receiving the honor. more >>
Dr. Russell Moore will play both a prophetic and representational role as the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, he told The Christian Post Friday. Moore, currently dean of the School of Theology, senior vice president for academic administration and professor of Christian theology and ethics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., will replace Dr. Richard Land in June.
The ERLC has a dual role, Moore explained: to speak to Southern Baptists about the ethical mandates of the Church, and to speak to the larger culture on ethical issues of the day. The larger culture includes governmental leaders, as well as those in the media and arts, such as film.
Southern Baptists do not always agree on every political or cultural issue. Moore does not believe that is a problem. One of the difficulties Christians have had in the past has been assuming there is always a precise biblical answer to every political question, he explained, but that is not the case. There are some issues for which Christians will disagree and the ERLC will not take a position on. more >>
The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of The Episcopal Church against a congregation that voted to leave the denomination over its liberal theological views.
In a decision issued Thursday, the Court decided that The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia owned the property of the Falls Church, rather than the approximately 3,000-strong departing Falls Church Anglican congregation.
In the majority opinion written by Justice Cleo E. Powell, the Court stated that while the property belongs to The Episcopal Church and its Diocese, ownership of the funds tied to the property is still undecided. more >>
Pope Francis continues implementing changes in the Vatican and his latest decision was to redirect money from traditional bonuses to 4,500 city state employees and use it for charity purposes.
"I don't think there will be any bonus," said Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, as reported by The Telegraph.
"Extra expenses are something that might be normal in a situation of abundance, but that is not the world we find ourselves in now. It didn't seem possible or appropriate to burden the Vatican's budget with a considerable, unforeseen extra expense." more >>