Thursday, May 7, marked the National Day of Prayer, recognized in federal law as a day "on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals."
President Barack Obama issued the annual proclamation late yesterday, while governors in every U.S. state followed suit today. Rep. Randy Forbes, founding co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, also worked with 56 Members of Congress to issue "An Open Letter to America on Prayer" today.
The presidential proclamation reads in part: "In the face of tremendous challenges, prayer is a powerful force for peace, justice, and a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow… When we pray, we are reminded that we are not alone – our hope is a common hope, our pain is shared, and we are all children of God." more >>
The Rev. Charles Hasty, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Georgia, has announced his resignation from the congregation he's served for 13 years after members narrowly defeated a motion to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Hasty announced his resignation Monday evening after congregants voted 266-146 last month to leave PCUSA over theological differences; the total was just eight votes shy of the necessary two-thirds majority needed to pass.
JoAnna Williams, administrative assistant for Hasty, directed The Christian Post to a local news article wherein quotes from a letter Hasty wrote explaining his reasoning was published. more >>
Thousands of tourists, complete with fanny packs and crumpled city maps, walk in and out of New York City's monumental churches along their travel route. Their quick trips often miss the history behind the city's oldest church buildings. A new book tells the story of New York City's complicated history of religious transformation among Evangelicalism.
On Monday, Dr. Matthew Bowman, author and instructor of history at Bowling Green State University, joined Dr. Albert Mohler's Thinking in Public podcast. Looking at Bowman's new book The Urban Pulpit: New York City and the Fate of Liberal Evangelicalism, Bowman and Mohler discussed New York City's nineteenth century pulpit problems and transformations that took place in the city and broader culture through the twenty-first century.
"I think so much that has been written about Protestant Americanism in the twenty-first century falls into the trap of being really a political history told simply through a religious lens," said Bowman. "I wanted to get at what it meant to these people to be religious. What it meant to them to worship. What it meant for them to be Christians in the world, New York City, as they found themselves." more >>
Most Evangelicals want to learn more about what the Bible can teach us about immigration. Will pastors meet this challenge?
The past few months have been frustrating for those of us who support comprehensive immigration reform. But for Christians who believe that Scripture compels us to seek more just immigration policies, recent polling offers hope and inspires us to redouble our efforts.
It is understandable that we feel discouraged. Once again, Congress is at a stalemate. Republicans continue with the desire to neutralize President Obama's executive action of late November last year or to eliminate provisions one-by-one. Meanwhile, a U.S. district judge in Texas has placed a preliminary injunction on the implementation of part of that presidential order designed to temporarily remove the threat of deportation. more >>
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, thousands marched in Indianapolis in favor of same-sex marriage rights. On Saturday, April 25, 2015, thousands marched in Washington, D.C. in opposition to same-sex marriage.
Which story did the media cover? Let's put it this way---which rally did you not see covered by the news? The answer is obvious, and it underscores the great need for alternative sources of media.
Norway learned the importance of the alternative media 75 years ago when the Nazis took over that small country for five years. It's been fascinating to learn from my Norwegian wife's older relatives how virtually everyone participated in small or big ways to the resistance against the Nazis. more >>
Conservative culture warrior and possible 2016 Republican candidate for president, Rick Santorum surprisingly agreed with a controversial confession made by American sports-icon-turned-reality-star Bruce Jenner last month that he is "a woman."
"If he says he's a woman, then he's a woman," said Santorum, in response to a question from BuzzFeed News during a roundtable with reporters at the South Carolina Republican Party's convention.
"My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody. Not to criticize people for who they are. I can criticize, and I do, for what people do, for their behavior. But as far as for who they are, you have to respect everybody, and these are obviously complex issues for businesses, for society. And I think we have to look at it in a way that is compassionate and respectful of everybody." more >>