Thousands of tourists, complete with fanny packs and crumpled city maps, walk in and out of New York City's monumental churches along their travel route. Their quick trips often miss the history behind the city's oldest church buildings. A new book tells the story of New York City's complicated history of religious transformation among Evangelicalism.
On Monday, Dr. Matthew Bowman, author and instructor of history at Bowling Green State University, joined Dr. Albert Mohler's Thinking in Public podcast. Looking at Bowman's new book The Urban Pulpit: New York City and the Fate of Liberal Evangelicalism, Bowman and Mohler discussed New York City's nineteenth century pulpit problems and transformations that took place in the city and broader culture through the twenty-first century.
"I think so much that has been written about Protestant Americanism in the twenty-first century falls into the trap of being really a political history told simply through a religious lens," said Bowman. "I wanted to get at what it meant to these people to be religious. What it meant to them to worship. What it meant for them to be Christians in the world, New York City, as they found themselves." more >>
Most Evangelicals want to learn more about what the Bible can teach us about immigration. Will pastors meet this challenge?
The past few months have been frustrating for those of us who support comprehensive immigration reform. But for Christians who believe that Scripture compels us to seek more just immigration policies, recent polling offers hope and inspires us to redouble our efforts.
It is understandable that we feel discouraged. Once again, Congress is at a stalemate. Republicans continue with the desire to neutralize President Obama's executive action of late November last year or to eliminate provisions one-by-one. Meanwhile, a U.S. district judge in Texas has placed a preliminary injunction on the implementation of part of that presidential order designed to temporarily remove the threat of deportation. more >>
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, thousands marched in Indianapolis in favor of same-sex marriage rights. On Saturday, April 25, 2015, thousands marched in Washington, D.C. in opposition to same-sex marriage.
Which story did the media cover? Let's put it this way---which rally did you not see covered by the news? The answer is obvious, and it underscores the great need for alternative sources of media.
Norway learned the importance of the alternative media 75 years ago when the Nazis took over that small country for five years. It's been fascinating to learn from my Norwegian wife's older relatives how virtually everyone participated in small or big ways to the resistance against the Nazis. more >>
Conservative culture warrior and possible 2016 Republican candidate for president, Rick Santorum surprisingly agreed with a controversial confession made by American sports-icon-turned-reality-star Bruce Jenner last month that he is "a woman."
"If he says he's a woman, then he's a woman," said Santorum, in response to a question from BuzzFeed News during a roundtable with reporters at the South Carolina Republican Party's convention.
"My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody. Not to criticize people for who they are. I can criticize, and I do, for what people do, for their behavior. But as far as for who they are, you have to respect everybody, and these are obviously complex issues for businesses, for society. And I think we have to look at it in a way that is compassionate and respectful of everybody." more >>
Former Arkansas Governor and Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election in a Tuesday morning speech given at the University of Arkansas Community College campus in Hope, Arkansas, the very town where he grew up.
"It was here where I became the first male in my entire family lineage to graduate from high school at the very same campus that stands today right down on main street. It was from here that I went on to college at Ouachita Baptist University. It was also from here that I first ran for elected office when I ran for student council at Hope Junior High School," Huckabee explained. "So it seems fitting that it would be here that I announce that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America."
The 59-year-old Republican also ran for president in 2008 as a relatively unknown candidate and surprisingly won the influential Iowa Caucus and seven other state primary elections before dropping out of the race in March 2008, conceding the nomination to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. more >>
Evangelist Luis Palau, whose ministry is based in Portland, Oregon, has revealed that he and his wife will be moving temporarily to New York City ahead of a massive, and likely historical, evangelistic and celebratory event taking place this summer at the Big Apple's iconic Central Park.
"Pat and I are moving to New York City! Please pray! We won't be there for good. Just through the summer ... until the evangelistic festival in Central Park on July 11. It's a big move with a lot of details to iron out," reads a statement from Palau's organization that was emailed to supporters this past weekend. "The opportunities for presenting the Gospel in NYC are many and seem to come in a flash. The team decided it would be best to respond to the invitations if Pat and I were living in the city, available at a moment's notice."
Palau has personally preached the Gospel to more than 30 million people all over the world since becoming a missionary with his wife in 1962, but the popular evangelist has never preached in New York City on such a grand stage. When he takes to the Great Lawn this summer, the 80-year-old Argentinian, known for his simple and accented Gospel presentation and precise wit, will have joined the ranks of other influential Christian leaders who have preached to the masses at Central Park. more >>