The Rev. Franklin Graham is urging the millions of evangelical Christians who skipped out on voting in 2012 to participate in the 2016 presidential elections because of the "moral onslaught" on America following the legalization of gay marriage.
Graham, an evangelical preacher who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said in an interview with WSB Radio that the gay marriage and transgender movement is a "major failure" in the U.S., and said that it will be very important for evangelical Christians to vote in the presidential elections.
"We're trying to get the Christian, the evangelical community to vote in this upcoming election. Last election, there were close to 20 to 30 million evangelical Christians that stayed home. I want people to know that their vote counts," he said of his "Decision America Tour," which is set to visit all 50 states in 2016 with a message to get evangelicals out to vote. more >>
Just in times for Valentines Day, writer and novelist Nicholas Sparks released his latest love tale, "The Choice." The popular author believes that faith is a central theme in the choices made throughout the film and maintains that all of his stories often illustrate the pursuit of God's will and the power of one's free will.
"I wanted to do a novel that was somewhat similar in structure to "The Notebook" in that it's a story that describes what happens to a couple after the honeymoon ends," said Sparks to The Christian Post. "Stories like those seem to add an additional authenticity to the story and it was an area that I wanted to explore in while being entirely different than "The Notebook.""
Critics are slamming the film for it's similarities to his stories in the past. Sparks admits that although similar in some ways there are a couple of original ideas behind "The Choice." The Lionsgate movie follows Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) who is a ladies' man that thinks a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle. Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) is a feisty medical student who's preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend (Tom Welling). Fate brings the two together as Gabby moves next door to Travis, sparking an irresistible attraction that upends both of their lives. As their bond grows, the unlikely couple must decide how far they're willing to go to keep the hope of love alive. more >>
Rafael Cruz, the pastor father of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, detailed on a radio program last Friday how he spent hours arguing with a pastor on the plausibility of Christianity before he broke down and surrendered his life to Christ that night.
It is no secret that in December 1974, Cruz, who was a businessman in the oil industry in Canada at the time and was struggling with deep alcohol issues, left his wife and 3-year-old son, Ted, to go Houston, Texas, and continue his life there without his family.
In an appearance on Michael Brown's radio show "The Line of Fire" on Friday, Cruz, the author of the new book, A Time for Action: Empowering the Faithful to Reclaim America, detailed how he was led to Christ during his time in Houston. Cruz also described the monumental confrontation with Pastor Gaylen Wiley that forever changed his life and, ultimately, the lives of his wife and son. more >>
While everyone flooded social media with posts about which team they were rooting for during Super Bowl 50, evangelist Franklin Graham took the opportunity to share the strong Christian faith of some of the players from both the Broncos and Panthers.
Franklin, who is following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Billy Graham, often uses social media to address mainstream topics through the lens of Christianity. While a fan of football himself and admittedly rooting for his home team the North Carolina Panthers, the minister took a moment to reflect on the faith of some of the men that he respects from both teams competing in Super Bowl 50.
"Did you know that Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl running back Jonathan Stewart puts on more than his shoulder pads, helmet, and uniform before playing football?" Graham wrote on Facebook on Super Bowl Sunday. "Every day he said he puts on the armor of God after he wakes up. Now that's real protection, and we all need it! The Bible says, 'Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.'" more >>
It may look like a church, sing like a church, have stained-glass like a church, and call itself a church, but be careful: It might not be a church.
The big religion story of last year? Christianity is in decline in America. The sensational headlines were based on data from the Pew Research Center. But as Ed Stetzer of Lifeway Research observed in the USA Today, the folks writing the headlines must not have read the study.
It turns out that almost all of the reported decline took place not among evangelicals, but in mainline Protestant denominations, which have been in freefall spiritually and numerically for decades. And no wonder. The "Christianity" preached in many of them sounds more like the Huffington Post opinion pages than the Bible. more >>
Joni Eareckson Tada, an evangelical Christian author and international advocate for people with disabilities, on Friday endorsed Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, praising his commitment to "a compassionate social conservatism."
"American society, as with any nation, is judged on how it treats its weakest members, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and the unborn. It is why I personally support Senator Marco Rubio," Tada, founder of the global ministry Joni and Friends, said in a statement, World magazine reports.
"On all issues relating to sanctity of life, Senator Rubio is solidly committed to a compassionate social conservatism which lifts up the needy," added Tada, who has been a quadriplegic for close to 50 years. "I strongly urge you to join me in supporting his campaign for U.S. president." more >>