The United States House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday evening to protect religious health care providers and medical professionals from being penalized by government agencies for refusing to be involved in or provide coverage for abortions.
With a 245 to 182 vote, the lower house passed the Conscience Protection Act introduced by Rep. John Fleming, R-La., which seeks to protect not only health care providers but social services providers, health care training professionals and health insurers from the coercion of the federal government and state and local government agencies that receive federal funds for health-related activities.
Specifically, the bill states that government agencies that receive federal funds may not "penalize, retaliate against, or otherwise discriminate against a health care provider" who doesn't "perform, refer for, pay for, or otherwise participate in abortion." Also, the agencies can't retaliate if those institutions or professionals don't "provide or sponsor abortion coverage" or "facilitate or make arrangements" for one to receive an abortion or abortion coverage. more >>
One of the largest religious groups in Canada voted to approve a resolution that allows ministers to officiate same-sex marriages.
The Anglican Church of Canada, member of the global Anglican Communion, approved the measure Monday at their General Synod meeting in Toronto.
The Ven. Michael Thompson, general secretary of ACC, explained in a statement Tuesday that while the initial result had the resolution failing, it was later discovered that this was because of problems counting votes. more >>
NEW YORK — Influential evangelical leaders throughout the U.S. will fly to Washington, D.C. this weekend to join a crowd of as many as 1 million Christians to pray and worship together for the nation.
Inspired by Nick Hall, founder of PULSE, "Together 2016" is a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the church and awaken the culture to Jesus. Americans are being urged to unite on the National Mall, July 16, to offer prayer that God will change the hearts of individuals and thus change the nation.
"It's a gathering for all people to come together under the banner of Jesus. The only agenda is Jesus," Hall told The Christian Post. "It's the church from all backgrounds — Lutherans, Catholics, Pentecostals. It's going to be worship, it's going to be prayer, and it's going to be lifting up Jesus and praying that He changes our hearts individually. We're talking about a reset in our lives and ultimately a reset in this generation. We really believe that there's a heart issue and that God wants our heart." more >>
While appearing on Fox News this week to discuss racial tensions in America, NFL player Benjamin Watson asserted that young black men grow up knowing their "leash is a little bit shorter" with police, but stressed that is no excuse to disobey police officers' commands.
Watson, a 12-season veteran tight end who signed with the Baltimore Ravens this past offseason and author of the 2015 book Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race. Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us, was interviewed by Megyn Kelly Tuesday night about the ongoing tension between the black community and police officers nationwide.
Watson, an outspoken Christian who recently took to Facebook to write a lengthy post about what Black Lives Matter means to him, told Kelly that there have been a number of experiences from his life, even some recent experiences, where he was treated unfairly because of the color of his skin. more >>
While God is all-powerful, it is Satan who is the author of evil, declared famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham in a recent advice column.
Graham was asked in a Q&A column published in The Kansas City Star about the originator of evil and how an all-powerful God was not responsible for evil.
"Who is to blame for all the evil in the world, God or the devil? I'd like to think it's the devil, but if God is all-powerful, doesn't that make Him responsible for everything that happens, even evil?" asked the person. more >>
Even though he is still embroiled in a scandal for his alleged wrongdoings as senior pastor of the now defunct Mars Hill Church, Pastor Mark Driscoll plans to host a conference on how to build a healthy church this fall.
Driscoll's conference, to be held from Nov. 15–17, will be headlined by Texas-based Trinity Fellowship Church Pastor Jimmy Evans, according to SeattlePi. Also included will be Robert Morris, founder of Dallas/Fort Worth-based Gateway megachurch, and Brady Boyd, senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
The event will cover issues such as "building a healthy church government," "developing healthy leadership from within," "raising and managing church finances," and "creating a healthy philosophy of ministry." more >>