WASHINGTON — A panel of experts on economics and theology who have recently come together to author a book on poverty believe that anti-poverty efforts need a biblical answer, but the Bible does not teach socialism.
Various experts brought together by the American Enterprise Institute presented their views on combatting poverty Tuesday afternoon at an event titled "For the least of these: A biblical answer to poverty."
The panel, which was cosponsored by the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, was comprised of some of the authors involved in a book of the same name released by WestBow Press last February. more >>
The execution of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett went seriously wrong this week, and left the man in seeming agonizing pain, according to reports. Officials called a halt to the injection after they realized something was wrong, but Lockett died of a heart attack a short time later. His attorney has called for a full investigation into the proceedings and is railing against the judicial system that allowed the use of new drugs for the execution.
"It was a horrible thing to witness. This was totally botched," Lockett's attorney David Autry told the Associated Press.
Lockett was given the three-drug lethal injection and appeared to go unconscious. However, a few moments later, he began writhing, clenching his teeth, breathing heavily, and trying to lift his head off his pillow. One report states that Lockett actually told guards, "something's wrong" during the procedure. Prison officials, concerned about what was happening, lowered the blinds to prevent those in the gallery from seeing what Lockett was going through. The top official called a halt to the proceedings, but Lockett died of a heart attack a little later. more >>
How should society treat those who only support traditional marriage? Same-sex marriage supporters are debating this question. Some want to punish those who disagree with them while others say traditonal marriage supporters should have the freedom to disagree without being legally and socially ostracized. The Christian Post interviewed three people from different sides of this debate.
Little more than a month after Mozilla Firefox CEO Brendan Eich resigned, following a revelation that he had donated $1,000 to a 2008 campaign seeking to ban same-sex marriage in California, same-sex marriage supporters are actively debating whether supporters of traditional marriage should always be equated with hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.
Last week, over 50 academics and intellectuals published an op-ed entitled Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both, where they pledged support for gay marriage and but also for keeping the public square respectful towards those who disagree with their perspective. more >>
Former Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole joined pastor and author Joel Osteen to honor military caregivers during a worship service at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, Sunday.
Dole addressed the megachurch congregation to talk about her foundation's efforts to honor the estimated 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers.
"I am deeply grateful and touched that pastor Osteen has joined our national coalition. He was the first to respond when we put out a call to the faith communities for help in supporting our military and veteran caregivers," stated Dole. more >>
Editor's Note: Pastor Derwin L. Gray of Transformation Church, "a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina," recently tweeted: People are mad at #DonaldSterling, yet the Church is America's most segregated institution. Gray's response to the recent controversy over racist remarks by Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner, also included a link to his article that can be read below.
What was the first major church dispute?
Was it over Calvinism, Arminianism, or Molinism? more >>
In a provocative new video meant to draw awareness to the growing plight of homelessness in New York City, the nation's first-ever rescue mission documents how it carried out an elaborate undercover scheme to see if people would recognize their own family members if they were homeless and living on the streets.
The video documents what happened when unwitting participants in the New York City Rescue Mission's project were secretly filmed and eventually saw footage of themselves walking by their own spouses, parents, siblings, cousins and other relatives.
Watch the New York City Rescue Mission's powerful video, that just might bring you to tears: more >>