These women were Methodist, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, and some of them founded their own denominations. They also gave America some of her oldest and most influential ministries, organizations and educational institutions. Yet, their names and contributions to U.S. Christianity are overshadowed by the names and legacies of their male counterparts.
For theologian Priscilla Pope-Levison, the 24 women evangelists featured in her new book, Building the Old Time Religion, are the "unsung heroines" of the Christian faith in America.
Pope-Levison, professor of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, has been fascinated with the history of Christian women for decades. The theologian, author and ordained United Methodist minister shares her discoveries unearthed over the last 20 years through painstaking research in Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era (NYU Press). more >>
Last Friday, the Democrat, formerly self-proclaimed pro-life Governor of West Virginia, Earl Ray Tomblin, vetoed a late-term abortion bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 4588). This commonsense bill bans abortions after 20 weeks when preborn children have been scientifically proven to feel excruciating pain during an abortion.
Despite passing with 80 percent support from both the Democrat-led West Virginia House and Senate, Governor Tomblin shamefully vetoed the late-term abortion ban, obliterated his pro-life record, and aligned himself with a small minority of Americans who believe abortion should be legal in all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason.
With one signature, he threw away the trust of West Virginia, an overwhelmingly pro-life state. more >>
Georgia based Chick-fil-A, whose owners have taken criticism for their biblical views and stance on traditional marriage, have once again secured the top stop as the nations leading chicken chain by beating out KFC. And to top it off, Chick-fil-A did it with half the stores (1,775 to 4,491).
Is this simply better business practices? I think we might be looking at a blessing from God.
From a financial perspective, Chick-fil-A registered sales of over $5 billion, compared to KFC's $4.2 billion. But the question remains, how can a privately held chain whose advertising budget is much smaller out perform a sixty-something year-old chain owned by a food conglomerate? more >>
"It feels like a betrayal from every side," might be how blogger Rachel Held Evans' sums up last week's World Vision fiasco over same-sex marriage, but it doesn't exactly convey the mixed feelings of most evangelicals.
In her recent entry on CNN Belief Blog, "How Evangelicals Won a Culture War and Lost a Generation," Evans paints conservative evangelical men and women as uncompassionate by lamenting over "misaligned evangelical priorities" and our "leaving thousands of needy children without financial support." The major flaw in her argument is that conservative evangelicals' reactions were not due to a "disdain" for the LGBTQ people or an abandonment of the needy. It was the result of heavy-hearted commitments to God's Word.
The chaos all started when World Vision embraced same-sex marriage within their employment policy, subsequently recognizing their "mistake" and recommitted to uphold biblical sexual morality. It was the organizations reversal that promoted Evans' blog, in which she launched several inflated accusations against her conservative brothers and sisters in Christ. more >>
Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc case. As virtually everyone is aware, the CEO of Hobby Lobby is contesting the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.
The company's refusal to comply with the mandate stems from a religious objection to birth control and abortifacient drugs, and they insist that the First Amendment protects their right to exclude these prescriptions from their health insurance plans. One of the interesting questions at issue in this case is whether or not corporations are entitled to the same legal protections as individual persons. Supporters of Hobby Lobby are quick to point to the legal precedent set in the recent Citizens United ruling, which concluded that corporations, like persons, are protected by the First Amendment in the area of free speech. Thus, if corporations have the same speech rights as individuals persons, so too should they have the same rights of religious conscience. If Hobby Lobby is owned by a Christian family and governed according to explicitly Biblical principles, then it follows that the company's health care coverage may reflect those principles, and the government may not infringe upon this area of Free Exercise.
There is no question that the law has treated corporations as "people" for various reasons, particularly in the last century. Women- and minority-owned businesses, for example, are often entitled to the same kind of affirmative action and quota policies as individuals in these demographics. This debate has prompted journalists and commentators to engage in a review of the judicial history of corporate personhood, in an attempt to navigate the assertions being made in the Hobby Lobby case. Turns out, despite the popular impact of the Citizens United decision, that the habit of according individual rights to corporations is a relatively new phenomenon. From Slate: more >>
Oh, how the tide has turned against abortion. Just last week, there were three stunning setbacks to the pro-abortion movement.
The first came Tuesday during oral argument in the Hobby Lobby case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The left wing of the Court was having a field day by predicting a parade of horribles if Hobby Lobby were to obtain a religious exemption from contraceptive regulations that violate its owners' consciences.
But then, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote in the Court, startled liberals with a comment he made to the Obama administration's attorney: "Under your view, a for-profit corporation ... could be forced in principle to pay for abortions." more >>