This week, Pew Research Center released a poll of over 4,000 individuals who had attended a religious service within the past few months. It asked respondents how often clergy had spoken out about various social and political issues.
An impressive 64 percent of respondents reported that they had heard clergy speak about at least one of the six issues included in the survey. However, the survey indicates that when it comes to polarizing morality policy issues, majorities of churchgoers hear nothing.
Only 40 percent of respondents stated that clergy had spoken about religious liberty. Similarly, 39 percent stated that clergy had spoken about homosexuality. Finally, only 29 percent of respondents recalled hearing about abortion. more >>
Grammy-nominated Christian contemporary singer Jamie Grace attended Adele's concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday night and was called up on stage to sing. The "Hello" singer was so impressed she asked Grace to keep singing and now the clip has gone viral.
The footage of Grace on stage with the mainstream star was posted by the Georgia native who couldn't believe she was singing in front of Adele. Grace was sitting close to the front of the stage with a friend and happened to get picked to join the Grammy award winner center stage.
"Sing some more. Sing anything you want," Adele said as soon as she heard Grace's voice. Grace sang Adele's "Remedy" and then Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love." She fumbled the lyrics to "Remedy" in front of the sold-out crowd, but Adele fed her the words and encouraged her to sing "anything" else she wanted. more >>
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently told a group of evangelical Christians gathered in Florida that being a good president is "the only way I'm going to get to Heaven."
Speaking before hundreds of evangelicals Thursday at an Orlando event sponsored by the American Renewal Project, Trump told those gathered that they must do "whatever you can do."
"This will be an election that will go down in the history books and for evangelicals, for the Christians, for everybody, for everybody of religion, this will be maybe the most important election that our country has ever had," said Trump. more >>
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is "grateful" that the California legislature recently dropped a proposal in a pro-LGBT bill that critics say would have curbed religious liberty for private schools.
California state Sen. Ricardo Lara announced earlier this week that he was dropping a measure in a bill that would have removed certain exemptions from religious colleges.
As president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Rodriguez said in a statement Wednesday that he and his organization "hope and pray that future legislative proposals will engage the faith community in a viable conversation that will protect the rights of all." more >>
The 47th annual GMA Dove Awards announced this year's list of nominees Wednesday and among those recognized in multiple categories are some of Christian music's biggest names.
The prestigious category for Artist of the Year highlights Hillsong United, Lecrae, Tobymac, for KING & COUNTRY and Lauren Daigle. Other categories that will be awarded are New Artist of the Year, Worship Song of the Year, and Album of the Year (separated by genres).
Christian songwriter Jason Ingram has garnered the most nominations with seven; Daigle has six, and both Hillsong UNITED and Chris Tomlin follow with five nominations each. more >>
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott is climbing the charts with her new Christian album, Love Remains, but in a recent interview the singer revealed that she was first offered the smash hit "Jesus, Take the Wheel" made popular by fellow "American Idol" singer Carrie Underwood.
In an interview with Taste of Country, Scott said that before joining her platnuim selling recording trio, Lady Antbellium, she had a development deal with another record label and among the CDs stacked for her to go through was the Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson's co-written demo of "Jesus, Take the Wheel."
"It was one of my favorites, and then that was all right in the time she [Underwood] was on 'American Idol,'" Scott said. "She was a country artist on 'American Idol,' which was amazing, and that song really spoke to her. She goes on to take it and it's a huge hit and the message of the song is so beautiful." more >>