While evangelical leader and founder of the Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization Rev. Franklin Graham is claiming that America is waging a "war on Christmas," a Christian advocacy group has sent legal memos to over 13,000 U.S. school districts reminding administrators that freedom of Christmas expression is constitutional.
Graham, the 62-year-old son of world-famous evangelical Billy Graham, wrote in the December issue of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association's Decision Magazine that over "the last few decades" social culture in America has become increasingly intolerant toward Christianity, and the Christmas spirit, although millions of Americans celebrate the birth of Christ every year.
"Unfortunately, the United States in the last few decades has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred nature of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas," Graham wrote. "That's because at its root and core, the war on Christmas isn't really about Christmas — it's about the Son of God. The war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers. It's the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made." more >>
First Things, a conservative Christian website, published a pledge that pastors can sign saying they will disengage from civil marriage. At the time of this writing 332 pastors have signed the pledge.
There are some praiseworthy items within this pledge, the first being how pastors must bear a clear witness.
"This is a perilous time. Divorce and co-habitation have weakened marriage. We have been too complacent in our responses to these trends. Now marriage is being fundamentally redefined, and we are being tested yet again. If we fail to take clear action, we risk falsifying God's Word." more >>
The world's newest nation is in big trouble.
After more than 20 years of civil war between the southern and northern areas of Sudan, the southern part of that country on July 9, 2011, became the independent nation of the Republic of South Sudan.
But the situation on the ground soon looked like South Sudan had not been born, but instead was still suffering intense labor pains. more >>
Can science and faith peacefully coexist? One leading ethicist recently answered with a resounding "yes."
In his article Incorporating Religion and Spirituality Into Healthcare, the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care's Dr. Eric Kodish observed that religion and healthcare are often inextricably linked. Many in the medical community are beginning to recognize the positive role that faith can play in the midst of a health crisis.
A healthcare emergency is one of the scariest, most stressful, most personal and trying times of a person's life. It is no wonder that so many people turn to their faith to sustain them in times when they feel helpless, out of control and worried about what the future holds. Even for the most faith-filled, a health scare can provide a new perspective on life and increase one's capacity for trusting someone greater than oneself. more >>
Another Christmas season begins. Get ready to read the headlines of the new lawsuits by the "civil libertarians" ready to throw the baby-in-the-manger out with the bathwater. I remember years ago when somebody called the Christmas season, "The Advent of Controversy."
Why is Christmas such a big deal? Let's put it this way---why do groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State invest time, money, and energy to fight any vestige of religious meaning to the holiday?
I remember what Christian commentator Janice Crouse, formerly with Concerned Women for America, told our listeners when I interviewed her for a TV special hosted by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. The special was "What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?," based on our book. more >>
It turns out you can give thanks for a lot of different folks on the Disney Channel website – but you can't thank God.
I received a Facebook message on Sunday from Julie Anderson, of Angier, North Carolina; a town located about 30 miles from Raleigh. Julie was writing to tell me about her daughter, Lilly.
Lilly celebrated her 10th birthday on Sunday. After church and a delicious lunch at the Golden Corral, the Andersons headed home – and Lilly made a beeline for the computer. more >>