Evangelical author Larry Alex Taunton cleared up rumors that he claimed notorious atheist Christopher Hitchens "accepted God" before he died, in an interview with The Christian Post.
Taunton, the founder of the Fixed Point Foundation and a public debater and columnist, declared in his recently released book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, that Hitchens was privately "not certain" about his atheism despite what he led the public to believe. But he never claimed that Hitchens turned to God before he died, as some media outlets misreported.
In the book, Taunton explained how he got to know Hitchens well during two lengthy road trips they took together following Hitchens' diagnosis of esophageal cancer in 2010. Taunton wrote how he and Hitchens had in-depth, heart-to-heart conversations about religion and death. He added that they even studied from the Bible's book of John. more >>
MIAMI BEACH — In our new secular age, there are two possible trajectories for evangelical churches, Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith argued at Faith Angle Forum.
Smith's March 14 talk, "Re-Imagining Religion in a Secular Age," to 20 journalists plus other attendees in Miami Beach, sought to explain different ways of thinking about secularism and how those distinctions can aid our understanding of religion in the public square.
"Secular" can be understood in different ways, Smith explained. It can refer to things that are worldly, as opposed to sacred, spiritual or not religious. This view has led, in some circles, to a view that secular is neutral, or objective, while religious views are unobjective, or value laden. more >>
New research shows that most pastors who serve small evangelical churches face financial hardships and many are reluctant to open up about their struggles.
The National Association of Evangelicals released a survey on Tuesday, conducted by Grey Matter Research last July, which interviewed 4,249 pastors and found that most face severe financial troubles as they struggle with expenses and debt and don't earn enough to secure long-term financial stability.
"The vast majority of pastors do not have their own radio or TV show, robust church staff, or megachurch attendance," NAE President Leith Anderson said in a statement. "Rather, they faithfully serve in small churches and face financial challenges stemming from student debt, low salaries and medical expenses. And sadly, they often feel they have no one to turn to for help." more >>
Franklin Graham says he's standing with the nearly 1 million people who have signed a petition to boycott Target over its new bathroom policy that allows men to go into women's bathrooms if they identify as female.
"Target is putting its shareholders — and its customers — at risk! Just since last Wednesday over [854,000] people have signed a pledge to boycott Target over its new bathroom policy that welcomes employees and guests to use the restrooms or fitting rooms that 'corresponds with their gender identity.' Target certainly has the prerogative to make this decision, but it's proving to be bad for business," Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday about the American Family Association's petition.
"I'm glad people are standing up and letting them know this is wrong. I agree with the American Family Association — this policy encourages sexual predators and puts women and children in danger. A man shouldn't be able to enter the women's restroom or dressing room because he says he 'feels like a woman today.' That's ridiculous," Graham continued. more >>
Charles Mackesy, an artist whose work has been collected by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Bear Grylls and Sting, says God used art to draw him away from his atheist beliefs.
It began a quarter of a century ago when Makesy was at a Glasteonbury music festival where he first heard the gospel song "O Happy Day." He was so overcome by the song that he, then an atheist, wept and wept.
He then concluded "there must be more to this than meets the eye." more >>
Christian author and speaker Joyce Meyer has revealed further details about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father growing up, sharing that she was raped at least 200 times.
In an interview posted on her website Monday, Meyer admitted that some of the things her father did were too crude to publicly talk about, but said she is sharing her testimony in order to inspire others and give them hope that recovery and healing through God is possible.
Although Meyer has talked about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child numerous times in the past, in the latest interview she said using the term "sexual abuse" is not enough anymore, and the real truth is that her father raped her. more >>