A major crafts retail chain run by a devout Christian family has released a video online putting forth their argument against being compelled to adhere to the Department of Health and Human Services' "preventive services" mandate.
Hobby Lobby Inc., a crafts chain run by the Green family of Oklahoma, posted the video on YouTube on their "Hobby Lobby Case" account last Thursday.
Titled "Hobby Lobby: A Family Business," the four and a half minute video presents an overview of the company as well as interviews from Green family members about their lawsuit against the HHS. more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), is calling on congregations nationwide to host a Racial Reconciliation service this coming Sunday to spotlight racial issues within the church.
The initiative, led by Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, is part of the organization's effort to break down the barriers of race among Christians and raise awareness that racial injustice is not just a social issue.
"Racist thought and behavior denies the reality that each of us are created in the image of God," Moore stated on ERLC's Racial Reconciliation page on its website. "It empties scripture of its power in our lives when we accept some of its teachings and reject other biblical instruction because it conflicts with our idea of what is right and what is wrong." more >>
In a move meant to improve the textbook review process, the Texas Board of Education is looking to clarify the procedure in light of perennial controversies over their decisions.
Announced last Friday, the rules will take effect 20 days after they are filed on the Texas Register and involve what some observers are describing as stricter regulation.
Debbie Ratcliffe, director of media relations for the Texas Education Agency, told The Christian Post that the move "merely clarifies existing practices." more >>
A United States Congressman has introduced a resolution before the House of Representatives to express their support for a celebration of the birth of nineteenth century naturalist Charles Darwin.
Democratic New Jersey Rep. Rush Holt introduced H.R. 467 last week, which calls on Congress to recognize Feb. 12 as "Darwin Day" as well as recognize the value of science as a field.
"Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection, together with the monumental amount of scientific evidence he compiled to support it, provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth," reads H.R. 467 in part. more >>
Mark Batterson, lead pastor of D.C.-based National Community Church spoke recently about the importance for Christians to live out their faith beyond simply church attendance.
"A church that stays within its four walls is not a church at all…you can't go to church because you are the church…we believe that your job is your pulpit, that your colleagues are your congregation. This isn't about a religious duty each weekend, it's about living out our faith Monday through Friday," said Batterson during last Sunday's sermon.
In talking about the church, the pastor said it should position itself to thrive "in the middle of the marketplace." He also emphasized that the church needs to be the most creative place on earth. more >>
Lawmakers in South Dakota have voted down a bill meant to exempt clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages if the state ever legalizes gay marriage.
The South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee voted down Senate Bill 66 in a vote of four to three on Friday, killing one of two similar bills introduced by State Senator Ernie Otten.
A majority of the Committee concluded that S.B. 66 was unnecessary given preexisting law regarding marriage definition and religious liberty in the state, reported the Associated Press. more >>