Prominent Christian leaders quickly issued statements and used social media to voice their concerns shortly after a St. Louis grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury's findings during a Monday evening press conference at 9:22 p.m EST.
"The single antidote that will truly alleviate the tension and angst in Ferguson, Missouri, resides in the peace that only Christ can render," said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/Conela. "The prophetic and conciliatory concept of 'Shalom' — a peace where nothing stands missing or broken — presents the prescription for a community divided by race and fear." more >>
Rob Bell, former megachurch pastor and bestselling author, will finally have his new self-help show premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network next month, just a few days before Christmas.
A press release from OWN claims that on "The Rob Bell Show," the Christian author "shines a bright light on the topics we most want to talk about but don't know where to begin."
"The special focuses on the universal desire to create a life of meaning, hope, and joy –- making peace with your past, living and thriving in the present right here, right now," adds the press release. "Whether you're spiritual, cynical, religious, or not quite sure, Rob invites you into the questions, wrestling with what it all means and why we find spiritual topics so fascinating." more >>
I recently had the privilege to join 100 ministers and faith leaders on Gov. Mike Huckabee and David Lane's Journey Tour, traveling to Poland, Germany, the UK, and California.
During this time I had the opportunity to speak to ministers and faith leaders about a range of issues related to religion and politics in America. After visiting Arka Pana Church in Poland and hearing Gov. Huckabee's Q &A with Priest Wladyslaw Palmowski (the underground church's leader during Soviet occupation), I wondered if American ministers could identify with Palmowski's experiences.
Huckabee asked Palmowski, "Why did he become involved in resisting Communism? Why did he resist the pressure to be silent?" more >>
Joni Eareckson Tada, an international advocate for people with disabilities, had unsuccessfully pleaded with Brittany Maynard to reconsider ending her life under Oregon's Death With Dignity Act. Maynard's decision to end her suffering from terminal, inoperable brain cancer on her own terms prompted critics to lash out at her decision. But Tada, a quadriplegic and breast cancer survivor, says the focus should not be on Maynard or her family, but on the organization that used the 29-year-old as "a poster child" for its right-to-die cause.
In a CP Newsroom discussion this week, Tada, who has been a quadriplegic for 48 years, reminded those critical of Maynard's decision "that it was 'death with dignity' advocates, like Compassion & Choices, who drove the attention surrounding Brittany." more >>
The on-line retailer Amazon recently revealed the most popular verse in the Bible for Americans. No, it's not the ubiquitous John 3:16 displayed on posters at sporting events everywhere.
Instead, Americans are increasingly turning to Philippians 4:6-7 which the apostle Paul begins with these words: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
Be anxious for nothing? That's a lot easier said than done these days. Just read the headlines, and you'll quickly discover plenty of reasons to worry: "4 Jihad Attacks in 4 Days," "Ukraine Could Explode in 48 Hours," and "Ebola Crisis 'On Same Scale as AIDS Epidemic.'" more >>
Brian McLaren is right. The "emergent church" movement is growing. Not as a collective group, but as a savvy, scattered chain ever-present in the fiber of the Church.
The backstory of the emergent church started in the late 1990s and early 2000s when a group of postmodern Christians found popularity emphasizing leftist political agendas over traditional Christian teaching and absolute truths.