International evangelist Andrew Palau will be preaching the Good News, while popular local artists and other top-selling Christian singers provide good vibes in NYC's historic Harlem neighborhood this weekend.
Palau, who works with his father Luis Palau's ministry and is more frequently seen on the global stage, expressed excitement about the opportunity to deliver a Christian message twice in one day in the city known as the world's melting pot.
"We are so excited to share the Good News in the city in every neighborhood, in every borough, in every community," said Andrew Palau in a press release shared with The Christian Post. "This Saturday, we'll be in front of an incredibly diverse group of New Yorkers in Harlem and again in Manhattan, with all roads leading up to the July festival on the Great Lawn of Central Park." more >>
Pastor Robert Jeffress and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez argued with American Atheists President David Silverman about whether bigotry in America is being directed at conservative Christians or gay people when it comes to opposing same-sex marriage in a fiery debate on Fox News' "Hannity" on Wednesday.
While Silverman argued that those opposed to gay marriage are displaying "bigotry," Rodriguez asserted that the bigotry being displayed is "against Christians."
"It's bigotry and intolerance against those of us who believe in the Bible and our Judeo-Christian values," the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference founder said. more >>
"And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time" (Luke 4:13).
One simple story illustrates an example of an opportune time, "Alexander was trying to save all the pennies that he could in order to buy a baseball bat. But he had a hard struggle. One night when he was saying his prayers, his mother heard him say fervently, 'O Lord, please help me save my money for a baseball bat. And, God, don't let the ice cream man come down this street anymore'!"
Isn't that true of temptation? It takes from us, while at the same time, it looks so appealing. Commentator Klyne Snodgrass states it well, "Mention of the 'schemes' of the devil reminds us of the trickery by which evil and temptation present themselves in our lives. Evil rarely looks evil until it accomplishes its goal; it gains entrance by appearing attractive, desirable, and perfectly legitimate. It is a baited and camouflaged trap." That's important to note: we can miss evil for what it really is until after it has accomplished its purpose. Only by comparing thoughts and actions to God's word can we have the insight to see beyond the circumstances. more >>
Phil Thornton is doing more than just overseeing gospel artists as the vice president and general manager of Urban Inspirational at Entertainment One Music. The entertainment industry executive has found a way to bridge the gap between Christian culture and the secular world one music artist and television show at a time.
Thornton has helped redefine the figurative box that gospel music once occupied, helping to usher in new sounds with songs like Erica Campbell's "I Luh God" and the reunion of Destiny's Child members Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams on "Say Yes." The eOne executive remembers when "Say Yes," premiered on "Good Morning America" and even atheists were tweeting about wanting to buy the song on iTunes.
"If (people) bought nothing else gospel this whole year, the fact that they have a song on their iTunes or library celebrating Jesus, that's what it's all about. I want to make it feel cool, because it can," Thornton told The Christian Post. "It doesn't have to be downtrodden and stale. That's my goal is to keep providing great music and to give artists a platform to keep pushing their message and ministry." more >>
While a common view is that social conservatives have "lost" the culture war, little other result was possible due to the power of the U.S. Supreme Court. This point was made clear at a presentation at the Family Research Council on May 8, which reviewed the judicial decisions issued, political moves made, and ideological positions taken in the mid-twentieth century that led to the current collapse of marriage, morality, and the family.
William Duncan, Director of the Marriage Law Foundation (with a mission of re-affirming traditional definition of marriage as union of one man and one woman), offered one of three presentations, his focusing on the Supreme Court's decisions which preceded its decisions on homosexuality in the 1990s and 2000s.
Duncan began by noting common judicial opinion about marriage and the family before the sexual revolution, citing a 1952 decision from the California Supreme Court in which marriage was held to be "a great deal more than a contract, 'the family is the basic unit of our society, the center of personal affections … it channels biological drives that might otherwise become destructive, it insures the care and education of children in a stable environment, it established continuity from one generation to another.'" Although it would be the 1970s before there was a radical departure from this understanding, the 1960s saw the decisive shift that made everything that came after it possible. more >>
This column was originally published in National Review.
I'll never forget the first time I learned that I couldn't put faith in Christians. I was in middle school, and our church had hired a new "pulpit minister" (that's what my church called pastors) — a man widely known for his ability to deliver a sermon. During one of his first weeks at our church, he proudly declared that when he preached, he didn't want to hit "bunt singles." He wanted to "belt home runs." But he didn't just boast. He delivered. Week after week his messages moved, taught, and inspired. The church started growing, and even bored young teens (like me) looked forward to Sunday.
Then, one day he was gone. He ran off with another man's wife, and we never heard from him again. I was crushed. I was angry. I couldn't comprehend how a man could say one thing with such conviction yet live another way entirely — even to the point of forsaking his wife, his kids, and his church. When I was at my angriest, my dad pulled me aside and said, "David, our faith is in Christ, not any man." more >>