November's midterm election results are being called "The Red Wedding," a hat tip to the title of an episode from HBO's hit show Game of Thrones in which an entire dynasty is trounced in one episode. But the excitement over the red tide sweeping the nation isn't felt by all.
For some Christian citizens, we are facing newly elected officials and policies of which we are not particularly fond. Leaving us to raise the question, "Is government really a gift from God?"
With the hope of answering this question Galen Carey, Vice President of Government Relations at the National Association of Evangelicals (which represents 45,000 congregations from over 40 denominations), recently and offered a simple, but helpful summary of God's ordination of government. Speaking at Baltimore's New Hope Community Church, Carey laid out government's purpose, and how citizens should react to government even when we do not endorse our representatives nor their policies. more >>
A U.K. priest has said he will stop engaging with groups from the gay community following the filing of a civil action against a Christian-owned bakery firm that refused to make a pro-gay marriage cake featuring the "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie in July.
"I will be writing today to those groups from the gay community — with whom I have had a very constructive and ongoing engagement in recent years — to say that I'm withdrawing my engagement until the rights of all people, in this case Christians, and freedom of conscience is vindicated and respected by the Equality Commission and the gay community," Fr. Tim Bartlett told BBC.
Bartlett, a member of the Catholic Council for Social Affairs, participated on the panel of this year's Belfast Pride event. He insisted, however, that civil action by the Equality Commission against Ashers Baking Company is a violation of people's right to freedom of conscience. more >>
NEW YORK — Young Christians continue to grapple with how to reconcile traditional and restrictive church teachings on sexual ethics with the intimate relationships they experience and witness in their social circles, according to a religious studies professor and recent surveys.
The traditional Christian view that sex is only to be experienced in heterosexual marriage has been shared by less and less Americans over the years. A 2013 Gallup poll indicates that Millennials (those 18 to mid-30s) are least likely to hold the same view. Americans who claim to be Christians can also be counted among those with liberal views on premarital sex. One could ask if this means that Christian doctrines on sex and sexuality need to be loosened or revised to meet the needs and concerns of the present culture.
Dr. Teresa Delgado, associate professor in the Religious Studies department at Iona College since 2005, appeared on "CP Newsroom" to comment on the changing attitudes of some Christians on matters related to human sexuality. The Theology and Ethics professor noted some of the particular concerns her undergraduate students have shared with her over the years, in terms of conflicted feelings when it comes to their faith and sexuality. more >>
NEW YORK — Trip Lee – rapper, author and preacher – is calling on young people to "carpe diem," or seize the day, instead of waiting until they're older to start taking life seriously. It's a message encapsulated in the 26-year-old MC's new album, Rise, and in an upcoming book by the same name.
Lee, a pastor-in-training in Washington, D.C., and an artist signed to Reach Records, also looks to position himself as a thought leader. His social networks boast at least half a million followers, most of whom likely helped his fifth studio album, Rise, peak at No. 1 on iTunes after its Oct. 27 midnight release.
Listen to Lee's title track from "Rise" in the player below: more >>
A Florida man is celebrating after his pregnant wife woke up from her two-week coma to give birth to their baby girl.
"From day one, none of this was expected," Angel Quiles told local TV news station KTVU. "I thought I was I was going to lose my wife. I thought I was going lose my baby. And here we are celebrating the fact that the baby is born and Jenny is doing a lot better today."
Quiles' wife, Jenny, was struck by a tow truck October 15 as she crossed the street to attend a doctor's appointment. Though Jenny successfully shielded her stomach from the impact, she suffered a traumatic brain injury. She was 7 months pregnant at the time. more >>
Argentinean actor Juan Pablo di Pace has been cast in the role of Jesus Christ in the upcoming 12-part miniseries "A.D.," the sequel to the record-breaking series "The Bible," produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. The NBC original series is set to premiere Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.
"Christianity is among the most diverse movements in history, so when Mark and I looked to bring this epic story of A.D. to life on NBC, it was important to us to find a cast as diverse and beautiful as the church is around the world," Downey said about the cast, according to Deadline.com on Wednesday.
Di Pace, the 35-year-old Argentinean actor set to play the role of Christ, has also starred in the TNT show "Dallas" and NBC series "Camp." more >>