Author Rachel Held Evans said she is leaving the "evangelical table" following World Vision's announcement last week that it is reversing its decision to allow people in same-sex marriages to be employed. Her desire now is to start a new "table" where everyone is welcome.
"Rather than wearing out my voice in calling for an end to evangelicalism's culture wars, I think it's time to focus on finding and creating church among its many refugees – women called to ministry, our LGBTQ brother and sisters, science-lovers, doubters, dreamers, misfits, abuse survivors, those who refuse to choose between their intellectual integrity and their faith or their compassion and their religion, those who have, for whatever reason, been 'farewelled,'" Held Evans wrote in a blog post on her website, which has generated much discussion.
"Instead of fighting for a seat at the evangelical table, I want to prepare tables in the wilderness, where everyone is welcome and where we can go on discussing (and debating!) the Bible, science, sexuality, gender, racial reconciliation, justice, church, and faith, but without labels, without wars." more >>
What happened last week with World Vision should make us all take notice. The billion dollar evangelical charity announced they would accept same-sex marriage when hiring employees.
The reaction to World Vision was swift and unambiguous. A number of high-profile evangelical leaders rebuked the organization, and thousands of laypersons added their voices via websites, emails, and phone calls. It seems likely that donations to the charity would have dropped like a stone. Many of those who give to them would have simply switched to support of some other Christian charity with a similar mission. Perhaps some have.
Within two days, thankfully, the organization relented, recanted, and repented. World Vision's own policy states, "We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God." So it's hard to understand why they would have made this decision in the first place. more >>
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) encouraged Christian college students at Liberty University's Convocation Wednesday to stand up for what they believe and defend their religious freedom against current assaults.
"I'm here today, more than anything, to encourage you," he told the approximately 10,000 students in attendance. "To encourage you in your faith, to encourage you in your freedom, to encourage you in standing up for the principles that define you."
According to Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Va., the school's convocation is the largest weekly gathering of young Christians. Cruz's father, Raphael Cruz, spoke at one of the convocations in November. more >>
These women were Methodist, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, and some of them founded their own denominations. They also gave America some of her oldest and most influential ministries, organizations and educational institutions. Yet, their names and contributions to U.S. Christianity are overshadowed by the names and legacies of their male counterparts.
For theologian Priscilla Pope-Levison, the 24 women evangelists featured in her new book, Building the Old Time Religion, are the "unsung heroines" of the Christian faith in America.
Pope-Levison, professor of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, has been fascinated with the history of Christian women for decades. The theologian, author and ordained United Methodist minister shares her discoveries unearthed over the last 20 years through painstaking research in Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era (NYU Press). more >>
Last Friday, the Democrat, formerly self-proclaimed pro-life Governor of West Virginia, Earl Ray Tomblin, vetoed a late-term abortion bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 4588). This commonsense bill bans abortions after 20 weeks when preborn children have been scientifically proven to feel excruciating pain during an abortion.
Despite passing with 80 percent support from both the Democrat-led West Virginia House and Senate, Governor Tomblin shamefully vetoed the late-term abortion ban, obliterated his pro-life record, and aligned himself with a small minority of Americans who believe abortion should be legal in all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason.
With one signature, he threw away the trust of West Virginia, an overwhelmingly pro-life state. more >>
Georgia based Chick-fil-A, whose owners have taken criticism for their biblical views and stance on traditional marriage, have once again secured the top stop as the nations leading chicken chain by beating out KFC. And to top it off, Chick-fil-A did it with half the stores (1,775 to 4,491).
Is this simply better business practices? I think we might be looking at a blessing from God.
From a financial perspective, Chick-fil-A registered sales of over $5 billion, compared to KFC's $4.2 billion. But the question remains, how can a privately held chain whose advertising budget is much smaller out perform a sixty-something year-old chain owned by a food conglomerate? more >>