A majority of people in the United States believe the Bible contains the best advice for a meaningful life, but they also don't want to take it, and are too busy to read the scriptures.
According to the American Bible Society's "State of the Bible 2013" study, 66 percent of Americans agreed that "the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life," while 58 percent say they don't want wisdom and advice from the Bible, and 57 percent say they read it fewer than five times per year.
"There is a difference between believing something is beneficial and opening up your heart, mind and life to let that beneficial thing in," Geof Morin, chief communications officer for the American Bible Society (ABS), wrote in a Thursday statement to The Christian Post. He explained that some people "view reading the Bible as taking your medicine," rather than a life-changing encounter with God. more >>
Roma Downey, the Irish-born actress and co-producer of the hit History Channel miniseries "The Bible," along with the Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), called for religious tolerance and respect between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East at an event hosted by Jordan King Abdullah II in Anman, which ended Wednesday, to discuss the escalating violence against Christians in the region.
Downey, who attended the event with her producer husband Mark Burnett, spoke Tuesday as a representative of the WEA, which represents more than 600 million evangelical Christians worldwide, before an influential group of guests, which included the Jordan King's Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs, Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and Vatican representatives.
"I personally experienced firsthand the impact of sectarian violence and religious discrimination," said Downey, who drew a parallel between the religious violence engulfing the Middle East today to the Catholic-Protestant violence that took place in her native Northern Ireland, according to a copy of her speech obtained by The Christian Post. The former "Touched by an Angel" actress noted some of the crackdown efforts done to fellow Catholics in her hometown of Derry, which she described as "a city divided by a river with Catholics living on one side and Protestants on the other." more >>
A black megachurch pastor said he'd rather use the "multiracial, multicultural" body of Christ to solve racism than commemorate Trayvon Martin by displaying his hooded sweatshirt in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, as suggested by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
"I'm just leaving Sanford, Florida now," Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., told The Christian Post in a Thursday interview.
"I've just signed on to something called the Sanford Declaration," he announced, introducing the document as "just an idea that we can end racism in America, and that a multiracial and multicultural team of people from the church – Christians – can start to transform the nation from our racist/insensitive roots in the next decade." more >>
A small yet growing evangelical Christian academic institution based in New York has received an honor for being an excellent place to work.
Nyack College, which has about 300 faculty and staff, was given the 2013 Great College to Work For honor earlier this week from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Part of the Chronicle's sixth annual survey project on the "Academic Workplace," Nyack was one of 97 American colleges to get such an honor. more >>
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was recently nominated for Sainthood in the Christian church by the Holy Christian Orthodox Church. The Holy Christian Orthodox Church (HCOC) is a movement of Orthodox Catholic Communion of Churches consisting of four million members worldwide.
The members of the Communion have origins in the Catholic, Evangelical and Pentecostal branches of Christianity. The HCOC, is submitting their nomination for canonization to the World Bishops Council in hopes of beginning the process.
"Dr. King was Catholic because he inspired the universal Church, he was Evangelical because of his Baptist roots, and he was Charismatic. The Roman Catholic Church cannot make him a saint because he was not a Roman Catholic, but our Church body, which has full apostolic succession can present him to the entire Christian faith to be venerated on April 4th, the date of his assassination," stated Patriarch of the Holy Christian Orthodox Church and current President of the World Bishops Council Archbishop Timothy Paul to Christian Newswire. more >>
My alma mater, The University of Chicago, was recently in the news for an overtly politically correct act for replacing its historic Bond Chapel's pews for Muslims to worship. This act is raising hackles reminiscent of the university's other, recent, tone-deaf decision to demolish the childhood home of former President Ronald Reagan, on its campus, and replace it with a parking lot and a commemorative plaque.
The school, founded by the Rockefeller family in the late 19th century as a Baptist-affiliated institution of higher learning, with an English-style undergraduate college, and German-style graduate research school, today positions itself as completely non-denominational research university.
However, being a non-denominational organization means that the organization is Christian, in terms of values, but does not express its Christianity in a particular form, welcoming all baptized Christians, regardless of denomination. more >>