There was once a stream of thinking in this country that the best way to defeat an idea you disagree with was to beat it with a better idea. Now, the paradigm has shifted and the new rule is, if you hear something you disagree with, silence it. Stories of atheistic animosity seem to be dominating the news lately. Take, for example, this story from South Carolina.
Each year, around the holidays, Samaritan's Purse invites people to show compassion to needy children throughout the world through a project know as Operation Christmas Child. The International Christian relief organization asks people to fill shoeboxes with basic items like tooth brushes, small toys, books, socks and a personal note.
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ – and therein lays the news story. more >>
Christians who evangelize in some of El Salvador's most dangerous areas pose a threat to gang members who ambush them as soon as they step foot in their neighborhoods to verify that they are a part of a church and not undercover police posing as evangelicals.
"For years, we have evangelized without any problems in the neighborhoods of Soyapango and we have even managed to lead some gangsters in the right path," said Antonio, a man who did not want to be fully identified for security reasons, according to Noticiacristiana.com. "But in recent months the situation has been complicated and gang members have guaranteed that if we do not have a badge with our name, photo and logos of our church, they will not allow us to enter the area or they can kill us."
In some cases, territorial gangsters in the city of Soyapango approach Christians who willingly enter the area and ask them to recite at least five Bible verses and sing gospel songs to ensure their true identity or else they run the risk of getting killed. more >>
John MacArthur during his anti-Charismatic Strange Fire conference last month said that he believes fellow Christian theologian John Piper's "openness to modern charismatic gifts is an anomaly" and may inadvertently lend support to an aspect of Christianity he finds unbiblical.
MacArthur, expanding on those comments with evangelical Christian blogger Tim Challies earlier this month, mentioned D.A. Carson, Wayne Grudem and Piper as men who he loves as "as co-workers in the ministry of the gospel" but expressed concern that their openness to the charismatic gives the movement weight.
"My major concern is that their openness to the issue unwittingly gives the whole movement an aura of theological credibility that it does not deserve," said MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. more >>
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, talked about the government shutdown, the future of the Republican Party, helping the poor and his Christian faith, in an interview with The Christian Post.
In his new book, Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge, with co-author Marc Thiessen, Walker writes about his battles with public sector unions and the recall effort. Using lessons he learned from those battles, Walker has many word of advice for his Republican Party.
"Things may look hopeless in Washington, D.C.," he wrote, "but from where I sit in Wisconsin, the view is decidedly more hopeful and optimistic." more >>
Sarah Palin, conservative Christian, former Alaska governor, and the nation's first female Republican vice presidential candidate, will be visiting Liberty University's Lynchburg, Va., campus on Wednesday, Dec. 4 as the evangelical school's final Convocation speaker for the Fall 2013 semester.
"While Governor Palin has visited Liberty's campus in the past, she has never appeared at a Liberty event. I am thrilled she will soon see why this university brings such hope to America," said Liberty University President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., according to a school news service report shared with The Christian Post.
President Falwell, who will be introducing Palin at Convocation, added that he spoke with the former governor at the Rev. Billy Graham's 95th birthday celebration and the pair "spoke of our mutual anticipation for her upcoming visit." more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham returned to his home in Montreat, N.C., Thursday, following a two-day stay at Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was admitted on Tuesday for pulmonary-related tests and observation, according to hospital officials.
Graham, 95, was in the hospital for similar tests last month because of a respiratory congestion. After his admission to the hospital Tuesday, family spokesman Mark DeMoss said Graham was expected to return home in a day or two.
"Mr. Graham was alert and in good spirits during his stay," said William R. Hathaway, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Mission Hospital. "We are pleased with the results of Mr. Graham's evaluation." more >>