A lively conversation continues to occur surrounding the topic of women's ordination and their roles in the life of the Church, with signs pointing to notable shifts and some saying a "crack-up" is underway within evangelicalism.
The ongoing debate is over what the Bible really says about complementarianism and egalitarianism, and the implications that has for the Church, the home, and society.
At Mere Orthodoxy last month, writer Jake Meador said in a column titled "The Evangelical Gender Crack-Up" that the general agreement among evangelical Christians about how to approach gender issues is no longer holding. That is to say, the "consensus that has existed amongst most conservative evangelicals for some time is beginning to fracture — and in more than one direction." more >>
When Jesus said people shouldn't judge, he wasn't telling them not to denounce wrong behavior, says world renowned evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham.
Recently, Graham was asked why Jesus told people not to judge, such as in Luke 6:37, where He said: "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned."
"I don't think it's up to us to judge who is religious and who isn't. I have my own beliefs, and I get upset when someone tries to question me about them or make me believe the same way they do. Didn't Jesus say somewhere that we shouldn't judge others?" the person asked in a Q&A submitted to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. more >>
Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson revealed her desire to spread the light of God to others in person instead of on social media at a recent promotional stop for her "Live Original Tour."
In a video posted to Instagram, Robertson is heard talking about her passion to have a deeper connection with people.
"The other night in Tulsa was amazing! 17 souls saved!! Praise God!" she captioned the clip. "It got me pumped for the tour coming up next month, because this is the purpose of the tour... Whatever you see that night could change your life forever. It will mean a whole lot more than just a follow on Instagram or a retweet on Twitter. It's a moment that we get to spend together, and dig a little deeper than we ever could through the Internet." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham says Target doesn't need to spend $20 million to add unisex bathrooms to 300 of its stores nationwide to get its customers back, instead it needs to drop its transgender bathroom policy altogether.
Target recently announced that to end the American Family Association's boycott of the retail giant, it would install a single-use bathrooom in each of its stores that don't already have one. However, men who identify as female would still be allowed to go into women's bathrooms and changing rooms.
In a Facebook post from Wednesday, Graham said Target's "refusal to drop its transgender bathroom policy is going to cost the company — and the shareholders — big bucks!" more >>
Conservative author and radio personality Glenn Beck will speak at the multi-day American Gospel Celebration headed by Pastor John Hagee in Louisville, Kentucky, next month.
Beck's involvement in the three-day event was announced on Monday, with Hagee commending Beck for his widely syndicated social commentary.
"Beck stands on the front lines of key issues facing America today and speaks boldly about the value of faith and freedom," said Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. "I can think of no one more fitting to join us as we celebrate these two foundational pillars of our nation at the American Gospel Celebration and as we honor those who have sacrificed for us." more >>
Update: Aug. 26, 8 p.m. ET: Tony Perkins announced Friday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's $100,000 donation for relief efforts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was received by the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, which is serving as a hub for distributing supplies and hot meals.
Perkins said: "All funds that are marked for disaster relief are being placed in an account separate from GSBC's general fund and will be used only for expenses related to GSBC's disaster related efforts and restoration. For example, these funds may be used to purchase relief-related supplies, material and services. The funds will not be used for normal church expenses, nor will the funds be used for cash grants to individuals. Any funds not used in this initial relief phase will be used for subsequent efforts to support and/or directly restore and rebuild homes and church facilities impacted by the flood."
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has donated $100,000 to a Southern Baptist church in Louisiana that is being pastored by social conservative activist Tony Perkins, and has been instrumental in providing relief for those affected by the torrential flooding. more >>