Ron Sider, professor emeritus at Palmer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, charged Thursday that white Evangelicals should get behind the Black Lives Matter movement because it is a pro-life issue.
Sider, who Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, introduced at the Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington D.C. as "a model of Christian conviction and courage," criticized parts of the pro-life movement for what he sees as a "fundamental inconsistency" in how life-threating social causes beyond abortion, like racism and poverty, are treated.
"For many decades, I have believed and taught that Christians should act on the belief that from the moment of conception we're dealing with persons, human beings made in the image of God. Choosing to end the lives of innocent persons is simply wrong. For many decades therefore, I have been a part of the movement to reduce abortion by legislation and through supporting programs to assist unwed pregnant mothers. I'm happy my friends and honored to be a part of this gathering," Sider noted in his delicately balanced comments. more >>
A number of Christian church leaders, including Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, spoke out about the vital need for believers to follow Jesus' footsteps and help refugees at the GC2 Summit at Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois, on Wednesday.
The conference featured a number of sessions focused on the ongoing refugee crisis that is gripping the world, most notably with the millions of people in Syria and the surrounding region fleeing civil war and seeking refuge in Western nations. Evangelical pastors spoke alongside relief groups, such as World Vision and World Relief, about the urgent need for the Church in America to get involved and help in meaningful ways.
Rick Warren focused his message to the audience at Naperville, alongside all those watching via live stream, on the life and mission of Jesus Christ, and urged believers to care about the things that Jesus cared about. more >>
In a hypothetical letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., shared on the 30th anniversary of the day celebrating the life of the slain civil rights activist, Pastor John Piper says King's warning about the fate of the Church was right, and shares his answer for achieving racial harmony.
"You were right," begins the letter posted on Piper's website DesiringGod.org on Monday. "You prophesied, 'If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the 20th century.'"
In the letter, which was published in the 2014 book, Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Piper says that the modern Church has lost more than its "sacrificial spirit." He cites King devotee Carl Ellis who says that churches, black and white, "have lost the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated Gospel," and instead opted for "good agendas." more >>
DOVER, New York — The World Evangelical Alliance inaugurated its new eight-building WEA Evangelical Center located about an hour away from New York City in Dutchess County with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, worship service and inauguration dinner Friday evening.
The new Evangelical Center will serve as the center for WEA to serve its 600 million evangelical constituents, joining the Vatican in Rome and the Ecumenical Center in Geneva as one of three main centers for Christianity in the world.
The new Evangelical Center, which is located on the 70-plus-building campus of Olivet University about 70 miles north of New York City, replaces WEA's former Evangelical Center that opened in Binghamton, New York in 2010. The new facility will include a chapel, residential halls, office buildings, classrooms, auditoriums and a cafeteria. more >>
An estimated 4,200 people attended Franklin Graham's "Decision America Tour" in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Wednesday, where the well-known evangelist warned that America is "in trouble spiritually, racially, economically, and politically."
Graham, who is the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told the large crowd gathered at North Boulevard Town Square that America as a nation "is in trouble."
"We're here today because we see that our nation is in trouble — that's the state of the union," Graham said. "We are in trouble spiritually, racially, economically and we're in trouble politically. No political party is going to be able to turn this thing around — only God can fix it." more >>
Life's challenges can sometimes seem as though the deck is stacked against believers — but they can win. That's the message shared in a sermon Monday by Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick who reminds believers that, despite their circumstances, they can have victory in the face of adversity.
There is one thing without which believers cannot win, Furtick warns. That thing is the will of God.
While Christians sometimes feel alone in their walks with Christ, He is on their side and it's His will for them to win. "God wants you to win," Furtick proclaims. more >>