Admitting the problem is the first step towards recovery. So let's admit it: if we swop the lyrics of a Taylor Swift ballad with some of today's contemporary Christian worship songs, no one would know the difference.
Others have noted the "Jesus-is-your-boyfriend" style worship songs clogging the airwaves of contemporary Christian radio and Sunday morning worship sets lack depth and reverence to the Almighty. They're right. But there's an even bigger problem when contemporary Christian songs downplay, even scold Christian's public witness for the sake of couch-potato Christianity.
Last week a fellow pro-life, pro-family activist turned on his local "family-friendly" contemporary Christian radio station while driving his kids to camp. As his kids were belting the words to a new hit, my friend was shocked by the lyrics. more >>
WASHINGTON – Faith-based communities are a critical part of overseas aid and development, government officials declared at an event praising those efforts.
At the opening event for the multiday U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit, leaders in the government and faith-based organizations spoke about the efforts to aid development in the African continent.
The Friday morning opening breakfast event was hosted by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. more >>
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson has experienced loss and gain through the murder of three family members and her rise to fame, but it is her faith that has made it possible to overcome her tumultuous life experiences she said.
The award-winning star recently revealed that losing her 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, her 29-year-old brother Jason Hudson and her 7-year-old nephew Julian King in 2008 was "the lowest of lows," but it was also a test of her faith in God.
"It (faith) was the ultimate help to me. We always said: 'If He brings you to it, He will bring you through it,'" said Hudson in an interview with The Observer Magazine. "There would be no point in faith if it wasn't tested. My mother always told me no matter how negative your life seems to be, you must always look for a positive. That is what I believe a woman of faith should do." more >>
Good samaritans across the country have rallied to help a Pastor's family pay off nearly $200,000 in student loan debt accrued by their dead daughter who was studying to be a nurse.
Pastor Steve Mason and his wife Darnelle took in their three grandchildren when daughter Lisa, 27, died of liver failure last year. The family was hit hard when they learned that the $100,000 student loan that Lisa had taken out that her father co-signed for still needed to be paid off, despite the fact that Lisa had passed away. Unable to pay the loan on a pastor's salary while raising three children, the loan amount ballooned to $200,000.
CNN ran a story on the Mason's plight, which generated a great deal of interest and support for the family. A GoFundMe page, where anyone can donate to a person or organization, was set up, and so far has raised nearly $13,000 for the Mason family. more >>
A month after a law restricting abortion clinic protests was struck down by the U. S. Supreme Court, Massachusetts passed a new law meant to replace it.
Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill into law Wednesday that will allow police to disperse any pro-life protests seen as impeding access to an abortion clinic, with said person or persons being barred from being within 25 feet of a clinic for a period of eight hours.
This contrasts from the old law that the Supreme Court found unconstitutional, which had a constant 35-foot buffer zone for abortion clinics that included public areas like side walks. more >>
Hillsborough, New Jersey teen Jared Colon died after being punched by another teenager. However, his mother is determined that his death not be in vain and that something good come from her loss.
"He had such incredible empathy and concern for everyone and everything around him," Beth Colon told NJ.com. "He was really about helping others," she then told ABC Eyewitness News. "He had an incredible capacity. He was just so wise beyond his years. You just looked into his eyes and you knew what a great old soul he was."
The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said that the young man who punched Colon is in custody, charged with second-degree reckless manslaughter. Because he is a minor, his name has not been released by the press. more >>