NEW YORK — MC Jin recently shared his perspective on his journey as a Christian making his way in a faith-based market, after initially finding success nearly a decade ago in the secular industry as a freestyle battle rapper and the first Asian solo rapper to sign with a major record label.
Jin, 32, took on the subject of "What happens when a secular rapper gets saved?" during a CP Newsroom discussion with The Christian Post. He commented on a variety of issues, including the content of his music nowadays compared to earlier in his career when he rapped about the usual fare of "sex, money, and cars."
The MC, born Jin Au-Yeung, also talked about putting his priorities in order and how his faith plays a huge part in that. more >>
Spain has come a long way in embracing the Gospel and continues to thrive despite being known as a dead end for Protestant churches, said Juan Carlos Escobar, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Spain.
Escobar's message on church planting was part of the denomination's 100th anniversary celebration taking place in Springfield, Missouri, this week. He noted that the country's religious landscape has shifted over several decades and will do so as the Assemblies of God intends to plant a total of 1,000 churches by 2020.
"It's true, Spain and other countries are cemeteries for preachers, evangelists and missionaries. However, they are not cemeteries of death but they are breeding grounds for the Gospel," said Escobar. more >>
A recent sociological study undermines the common conception that with advanced education comes a general loss of religious affiliation.
To the contrary, those with the least amount of higher education were more inclined toward religious non-affiliation than those with more years of higher education.
"Among Americans born in the 1970s, college education has a negative effect on non-affiliation … for those born between 1965 and 1979, the non-college-educated are disproportionately likely to report both no affiliation and no service attendance," the study notes. more >>
America prides itself on being the land of the free, but over the past four decades our prison population has risen tenfold. We have by far the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and as a consequence, at least 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison. Some fathers have abandoned their children, but others have been locked away from them.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the federal prison population is 37 percent black, 32 percent Latino, and 28 percent white. Professor Michelle Alexander of Ohio State University went so far as to compare this trend to the legal discrimination in the American South in her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness. Even if one rejects the slightly conspiratorial tone of the book, the racial composition of the prison population is very alarming. Further, there is no question that most prisoners remain marginalized by society even after they are freed.
No sane person would question that some criminals absolutely belong behind bars; we do not want rapists and murderers out on the street. But according to a study by the Center for Economics and Policy Research, 60 percent of America's 2.3 million prisoners are non-violent offenders. Many prisoners may be guilty of crimes as minor as shoplifting or marijuana use. There is no doubt that our society must protect property rights and discourage the use of illegal substances, but are extended prison sentences the answer for these kinds of crimes? more >>
I know that most of my regular readers notice that I use the term "gay" a lot in the titles of my columns. I'm aware that this probably suggests to some that I'm still in some way holding onto my former homosexual identity or that I'm unwilling to embrace the "such were some of you" gospel mentality that Christians should walk in. So I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the G-word.
I hope ya'll will believe me when I say that I hate the word "gay."
I hate all the presuppositions attached to it. Like the presupposition that a fixed gay (or straight or bi, for that matter) sexual orientation is a legitimate reality. I don't believe that sexual orientation, as culture at large defines it, is real — and I know that I am in the teeniest of the tiniest minorities in holding that position. People who don't follow Jesus or embrace a biblical worldview laugh in my face — pretty hysterically, actually — when I tell them that I don't view sexuality through the lens of "gay" or "straight" or "bi." But there are some Christians, even among my own little same-sex-attracted-but-celibate camp, that also reject my position and hold fast to the idea of people possessing a fixed sexual orientation. more >>
Sir Elton John is world famous and deservedly so. This billionaire singer is one of the most creative talents we have. But when he attacks Christian missionaries in Africa and other Third World regions, his message is off-key. Instead of "Crocodile Rock," he's peddling a Crocodile Crock.
As a mega-star, Sir Elton is free to say whatever he likes. His native Britain and the U.S. are still free countries. But his belief that the worst thing about AIDS is the "stigma" attached to it is bizarre. We thought the worst thing about AIDS was the disease itself. Even here, however, Sir Elton is free to disagree with us.
What is wholly offensive, however, is Sir Elton John's attack on Christian missionaries is being funded by U.S. taxpayers—Us!—and distributed to the very nations that are in dire need of help. This Voice of America video is titled "AIDS 2014—Living in the Shadows." It's a series of stories of truly terrible treatment of people suffering from AIDS, or survivors whose family members died of AIDS. There's nothing wrong with showing compassion for these desperate people. more >>