Note: Jason Collins recently became the first major sport professional athlete to publically proclaim he is a homosexual. Chris Broussard is an ESPN analyst who called homosexuality a sin and was later criticized by some colleagues and faith leaders for his remarks. Read the initial story here. This is a response to Dave Thompson's column.
Dear Mr. Thompson:
I am responding to your recent op-ed, "Why I Believe Pastors Should Support Jason Collins," that was published in The Christian Post on May 4. more >>
According to a recently announced study, praying for close friends or romantic partners can lead to more forgiving and overall cooperative behavior.
Florida State University released the results of a report of five studies Wednesday, which concluded that individuals who prayed for a close friend or romantic partner were "less vengeful" and "more cooperative."
"Study 3 showed that, compared to partners of targets in the positive partner thought condition, the romantic partners of targets assigned to pray reported a positive change in their partner's forgiveness," reads the study's abstract. more >>
Television show producer and media consultant Phil Cooke recently shared that he once partnered with evangelist Joel Osteen as producers of Christian TV programming, including helping with Osteen's own broadcasts that now reach 10 million U.S. households each week.
Cooke and Osteen became close friends as well as colleagues when they worked on Pastor John Osteen's (Joel's father) prime-time TV specials. Osteen was recently interviewed by Cooke about the practical lessons he learned behind the camera that have contributed to his enormous influence in front of the camera. The interview can be read at MinistryToday.
The Christian Post interviewed Cooke, who is the CEO of Cooke Pictures in Hollywood, via email about Osteen and today's TV production for evangelists. more >>
Highly controversial Broadway play The Testament of Mary is closing after only two weeks despite earning three Tony Award nominations.
Colm Tóibín's stage adaptation of his novella opened on April 22 and was scheduled to run until June 16. But rather than its scheduled 12-week run, it closed after only two weeks, ending on May 5, with only 43 performances. The play earned three Tony Award nominations for best play, lighting, and sound.
On opening night and thereafter, protesters peacefully picketed outside of the Walter Kerr Theatre. "This play defames the blessed Virgin Mary. It attacks Christians. It attacks the veracity of the gospel. It attacks the miracles that our Lord worked, and it's extremely offensive," John Ritchie, the protest's organizer, told CBS News. more >>
When it comes to good parenting, Americans rank "loving" as a top characteristic. Being a "committed Christian," meanwhile, is a much less desired trait, according to a new poll by LifeWay Research.
The online poll, which surveyed 1,054 adult Americans on March 25, 2013 and provides 95 percent confidence that the sampling error does not exceed +3.1 percent, separated the results on the qualities needed for fathers and the qualities needed for mothers, as determined by the voters.
For mothers, 85 percent of respondents said that it was mandatory that they be "loving." "Supporting, " "protecting," "encouraging" and "understanding" made up the other top five choices, in that order. Fewer people chose "committed Christian" (26 percent) as a mandatory trait for good parenting than "religious" (35 percent). more >>
Twenty-one years ago Michael Rowe killed Wilfredo Colón. Today, Wilfredo's younger brother, Anthony, who was 15 at the time of the murder, is friends with Wilfredo's killer after forgiving him for the murder.
In 2006, Anthony Colón was visiting a friend who was serving time at the Eastern Correctional Facility in Ulster County, New York, when he recognized Rowe across the room. Colón got up, walked towards Rowe with an outstretched hand and a smile on his face, and said, "brother, I've been praying for you. I forgave you. I've been praying I would see you."
On June 13, 1992, 17-year-old Wilfredo Colón was shot thirteen times by three young men who were fighting over drug dealing turf. The corner on which he was shot was outside his family's apartment located at the East River Projects in Manhattan. Michael Rowe was one of those three men. Wilfredo was Anthony's older brother. more >>