A new video of the twelve Christian nuns kidnapped in Syria recently appeared. In it, the nuns are taped sitting in a room and being questioned by an unseen man, presumably a member of the kidnappers. He asks them how they are, if they've been mistreated, etc.
They respond that they are being treated fine, that they very much look forward to being returned to their convent, that they heartily thank the world for its concern, and that they continually pray that God grant peace to all nations.
Their words say one thing, their expressions and demeanor another. Put differently, as female captives of Islamic jihadis, what else could they say but what they were told to say? Even if one of them dared to say the "wrong thing," it naturally would have been edited out. Who knows how many takes it took to get the video-which includes a bizarre clip of the nuns having a snowball fight with their abductors-just right? more >>
Evangelicals are speaking out on the recent controversy surrounding climate change after former House speaker Newt Gingrich called Secretary of State John Kerry "delusional" and asked him to resign after the latter designated climate change as the "greatest challenge of our generation."
"We don't need partisanship when it comes to climate change. While climate change is a grave human health concern we miss the opportunities to innovate and create that next generation energy breakthrough when we make the conversation about gloom and doom," Evangelical Environmental Network President & CEO Rev. Mitch Hescox shared with The Christian Post in an email on Wednesday.
"We believe that God is asking all of us to be better stewards of His world and that means looking at the challenges to human life and working together to create opportunity and a clean environment for our children." more >>
I've often wondered why the studies show consistently that going to church lengthens your life and even the quality of your life.
One time I had the privilege of interviewing a sociology professor and author, Dr. Byron Johnson. When I spoke with him, he was teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on from there to Princeton and is now at Baylor. He has made a lifetime of studying the impact of religion on society, on health, mental and physical.
He told me something I've never forgotten. If you're white and you go to church regularly, you will live---on average---an extra seven years. If you're an African-American and you go to church on a regular basis---on average---you will gain an extra 14 years! more >>
A few years ago I spoke at Harvard University with 9 other speakers. We were surprised when the gay community opposed the very idea that a Christian group would be on campus.
They concluded that we would be like every Christian group that they had an experienced. They thought we would use our time to bash gays and their agenda. Our conference was on the theme of Community Transformation.
They met with the Dean of the school and did all they could to shut down the conference. They spread lies about the speakers and I was personally targeted by spreading lies about me. They tried to tie me to some Uganda anti-gay legislation just because I been there and knew someone who had been caught up with the controversy. It was guilt by association. more >>
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards recently tweeted out a short video featuring her suggestions of what women really need for Valentine's Day. Among a litany that included "well woman visits," "cancer screenings," and "birth control," was "safe & legal abortion." All of this, we're mockingly informed, is "really radical stuff" which, of course, is a sarcastic quip meant to stigmatize those who don't embrace the entirety of Planned Parenthood's ideology, including its disposable man ethic.
Richards' tweet comes on the heels of a sacrilegious satire from comedienne and abortion rights advocate Sarah Silverman. To commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Silverman produced a short skit in which she and Jesus discuss the question of when life begins. Lamenting that he is "bummed" that people misuse his teachings to advocate oppression and intolerance, Silverman's fictional Jesus tells her that life begin at 40 and that fertilized eggs are not people. The skit was produced as part of the run up to a women's pride event, "V to Shining V," hosted by a group called Lady Parts Justice. Meanwhile, across the sea, our Belgian cousins just voted in favor of a law that authorizes euthanasia for children with disabilities, so long as the child is deemed to be of sound mind and receives the permission of his parents.
Signs of social depravity? You bet. It's enough to make one wonder whether human society has fallen so far down the rabbit hole that it is past the point of redemption. more >>
A large Texas congregation will soon vote on whether or not they will leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences.
First Presbyterian Church of Houston, founded in the 1840s with an estimated 3,000 members, will vote on a measure to terminate its affiliation with the denomination next Sunday.
Jim Birchfield, senior pastor at First Presbyterian, told The Christian Post that if the congregation votes to disaffiliate, it intends to join the new, more conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. more >>