The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday June 20th became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, voting for a resolution to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the Israeli Embassy in Washington denounced the resolution as "shameful."
"Voting for symbolic measures marginalizes and removes its ability to be a constructive partner to promote peace in the Middle East," the statement said. more >>
Perusing celebrity gossip magazines is one of my guilty pleasures. While I'm working to triumph over these seductive temptresses, an unusual story caught my attention. Not for backbiting or sleazy behavior. No, this story was about church and a tangled young man with a lot of friends and even more followers.
News of pop singer Justin Bieber and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, attending Bible study hasn't garnered as much attention from the Evangelical community as it should. Not because we care about celebrity status or bad-boy behavior, but because we are deeply concerned about souls and spheres of influence.
You might roll your eyes at this topic choice, dismissing Bieber altogether. Or you might be questioning Bieber's faithful sincerity because of his horrifying decision making that includes prostitutes, DUIs, drag-racing, and racial slurs. Despite all his past blunders, don't react to Bieber's church-going too harshly. For if Evangelicals disregard Bieber wholly, then we miss an incredible opportunity for youth ministry. more >>
Zach Dasher, who's running for Congress to represent Louisiana's 5th District in the House, said his famous "Duck Dynasty" family members are going to be a big part of his campaign as he runs on a "platform that begins with God."
"The support of the family means a lot to me. We share a very similar background and philosophy, and our spiritual beliefs are the same as well. They're going to be a big part of the campaign. I'm going to have Phil as my PR director, since he's so good with the media, and Si as my strategic consultant. I'm still working out the details," said Dasher, who's first cousin to Willie Robertson and nephew of Duck Commander family patriarch Phil Robertson.
Dasher's fellow Republican political opponents include Harris Brown, a businessman from Monroe, and Ed Tarpley, former district attorney for Grant Parish. Each candidate is vying for the seat vacated by Rep. Vance McAllister, who announced earlier this year that he would be stepping down from his political position after he was caught on camera kissing one of his staff members. more >>
A private academic institution based in Colorado was granted an injunction from the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate.
Colorado Christian University will not have to pay a fee for refusing to provide certain types of birth control effective July 1, ruled a Denver federal judge.
Filed last Friday, District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn concluded that Colorado Christian University could be unnecessarily burdened by the HHS mandate of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," and that CCU will likely win its suit against the Obama administration. more >>
WASHINGTON — When Christians are willing to lose what they have, they can speak boldly about their faith, David and Jason Benham, brothers whose HGTV reality show was cancelled because they spoke about their Christian views, told The Christian Post.
"Freedom isn't the ability to do get what you want, it's the willingness to let go of what you have," Jason Benham said. "When you are willing to release that back to God, what God has so graciously given to you, and you give it back to Him, then you have been set free. And on the foundation of freedom, you can be as bold as a lion."
The brothers, who own a real estate company, were already filming episodes for the reality show in May when HGTV announced they were cancelling the show. The pressure from liberals to cancel the show began after Right Wing Watch posted information on its website showing that the Benhams held traditional Christian views of marriage, sexuality and abortion. more >>
Washington D.C. Mayor Vince Gray rallied the support of churches to launch a faith-based approach initiative to end homelessness and housing instability in the District of Columbia.
The program, "One Congregation. One Family.," which kicked off Wednesday, asks worship houses throughout the city to take on one family and provide emotional, social, and spiritual support to help them become self-sufficient.
"While government can provide supports like job training, housing assistance and other resources, congregations can provide further help and can surround families with positive role models, practical advice and many other resources to help these families once again become self-sufficient and move into secure, permanent housing," Mayor Gray said in a statement. more >>