Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri, was fatally shot by a police officer after what local authorities have described as a physical confrontation. Witnesses at the apartment complex where Ferguson was killed claim the man was shot several times while holding his hands in the air.
Since Brown's Saturday, Aug. 9 killing, Ferguson has been rocked by protests and at least one night of looting, with police officers turning out in force with assault rifles, dogs, and tear gas and dressed in riot gear. Christians have been expressing shock, hurt and words of prayer and encouragement amid the days and nights of tumult that have been unfolding in startling images and videos before the nation.
Here are some examples of what Christians have been expressing on Twitter: more >>
For many reasons, religious beliefs have greatly influenced American public policy and political elections. Because of its demographics and history, the United States has numerically more Christians (and more Protestants) than any other country in the world. There are nearly 313 million people in America, making the United States the third most populous country in the world.
According to the 2012 U.S. Census, three quarters of Americans claimed adherence to the Christian faith. (Whether or not they understand Christianity is another matter.) These Christians have various affiliations: 140 million are nondenominational, 62 million are Catholic, 40 million are Evangelical Protestants, and 26 million are Mainline Protestants. The states with the greatest number of religious congregations are Texas, California, and Pennsylvania.
The next largest group categorized by the Census is comprised of those who identify as having no religion. Following this group are those who identify as Jewish, Agnostic, Atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu. more >>
There have been numerous and sometimes contradictory stories and images of anti-Christian slaughter coming out of Iraq and Syria right now. They cannot all be confirmed. But there is a pattern emerging: Even children are not immune from the barbaric acts of radical Muslims.
I saw a photograph that makes me sick. It is the corpse of a little girl, about ten years old, wearing a dress and leotards. She lies sprawled on the floor with her arms outstretched. For a presumably poor girl, she looks like she's dressed in her Sunday best.
Everything about her looks normal, except that her head is gone. This photo makes you sick. It's right out of a horror movie. Something within you dies when you look at it. more >>
The American Humanist Association (AHA) is about to learn a very important lesson -- folks around Gainesville, Georgia don't take kindly to out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children.
More than 200 people turned out in defiance of the self-described atheist group early Thursday morning for an impromptu prayer rally in the middle of the Chestatee High School football field.
The previous day, the atheists (acting on behalf of a single, unnamed citizen) sent a letter to school officials demanding that the football coaching staff stop participating in team prayers and that they remove all biblical references and religious messages from team documents. more >>
A diverse group of evangelical leaders, led by the National Religious Broadcasters President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, is set to travel this Sunday to Israel to show their support and friendship to the Jewish state and counter anti-semantic views.
"Countering rising anti-Semitism in the international press and on the streets, this friendship visit will communicate to Israel and to the Palestinians who stand in opposition to Hamas that we, leaders who represent the Christian community, stand with them. It will also show the world that Christians in general support the Jewish people and their right to security," Johnson said in a statement earlier this week.
"In addition, this visit should serve as an example to all followers of Jesus Christ, specifically encouraging them to pray for the peace of Jerusalem so that the lives of all those living in this region can be secure," he added. "We are thankful to the Israel Ministry of Tourism for coordinating this trip." more >>
Young Guns, a segment that featured three pastors on stage at the same time preaching one sermon was one of the standout parts of this year's "Misfit the Conference," a youth and young adults event which took place in New York City last week.
Pastor Chris Durso of Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York, was joined by Pastor Rick Wilkerson Jr. of Trinity Church in Miami, Florida and Pastor Chad Veach of City Church in Seattle, Washington for a collaborative sermon where they discussed the dreams of Joseph described in the book of Genesis.
The three pastors sat around a table and took turns addressing the crowd. more >>