What were the most talked about topics discussed within the evangelical community in 2014? The Christian Post had a chance to chat with Ed Stetzer, author, speaker, and executive director of LifeWay Research Division and go over what issues seemed to gain the most attention among both pastors and congregations.
The following issues and topics are in no particular order.
1. LGBT inside church and ministries. When World Vision U.S. decided in March of 2014 to first, hire Christians in same-sex marriages and then, only two days later reverse its ground-breaking decision as the result of intense criticism from evangelical leaders, the conversation about gays within the Christian community increased in intensity. more >>
For someone who wants to rail on those who supposedly don't do their research and who claims to set forth a message of no judgment, the author of Newsweek's current cover story might want to preach to himself first.
All throughout the article is a clear message of judgment towards Christians – who, apparently "scream," "wave their Bibles," and "worship at the base of granite monuments to the Ten Commandments." We, according to the author who would like to teach us a thing or two about the Bible (which he apparently understands despite his lack of cited sources or quoted experts), are "frauds," "hypocrites," and "cafeteria Christians."
And while the point is well taken that each Christian would do well to study the Bible for themselves - indeed, the Bereans are praised in Scripture for searching out God's Word for themselves and not relying only on one teacher – the mockery and misrepresentation that occurs in the article is simply not acceptable as a mainstream news story. more >>
Rising country star Aaron Watson opened up about his latest single, "That's Why God Loves Cowboys," on Tuesday.
The Texas native asserted "That's Why God Loves Cowboys" harkens back to the era of country music legends George Strait and Chris LeDoux while also integrating his faith.
"On every record I always put one or two rodeo songs," Watson told Country Weekly. "I wrote this song with Troy Olsen and Sarah Buxton, putting a twist on it, incorporating my faith, because if you know cowboys and the wide open spaces they work, you know God truly loves cowboys (and cowgirls)." more >>
A prominent Southern Baptist Convention leader has denounced a front page Newsweek piece calling evangelical and fundamentalist Christians "God's frauds."
Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, posted an entry on his website Monday taking issue with Kurt Eichenwald's lengthy essay on the Bible.
Titled "The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin," the Eichenwald piece set to be in print later this week argued that the Bible of today is not the original Bible and that groups like fundamentalists and evangelicals are "God's frauds." more >>
Dr. Alveda C. King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., took time to share her reaction to the film "Selma" on Wednesday.
The Gospel evangelist, who follows in her uncle's footsteps as a civil rights leader, shared her response to "Selma" after several inquiries via social media this week. Having been at the iconic leader's side during his movement to end discrimination, King was stirred by the new film.
"An invitation to a pre-release screening of the movie 'Selma' brought mixed emotions to my heart and tears to my eyes," the Gospel evangelist explained in a statement on New Year's Eve. "As I sat in the theater, I was transported back to the time when my Uncle MLK, my daddy AD [Alfred Daniel] King and so many civil rights icons were embroiled in the historical crosshairs that brought equality to the voting rights of blacks in America." more >>
The headline alone is painful to read: "Transgender teenager, 17, leaves heartbreaking suicide note blaming her Christian parents before walking in front of tractor trailer on highway." The story itself is even more painful to read, while the loss of life is absolutely tragic.
Is there blood on the hands of these Christian parents?
What makes this story all the more heartrending is that the teenager, born Joshua Alcorn but who used the name Leelah to identify as a female, left a suicide note that was scheduled to be posted in the event of his death. (If you are a transgender advocate and are already furious with me for using the male pronoun for Joshua-Leelah, please hold your fury long enough to finish reading the article.) more >>