While Christianity offers a wide range of churches and denominations to align with, one theology professor is urging believers to transcend those separations and go straight to the source – Scripture – in order to deepen their faith and trust in God.
William Sheppard, a professor and family counselor, is urging Christians to take their faith beyond a loyalty to a particular denomination or church and into a deeper understanding of the Bible and, by extension, God. more >>
Franklin Graham toured tornado affected areas in Alabama, including hard-hit Tuscaloosa, on Saturday as the head of the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.
“When people lose everything to a tornado, flood or hurricane, it is overwhelming. Even in a country like ours, we can’t just depend on the government to come in and fix everything,” said Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse. “As Christians, we are called to help our neighbors in distress.”
North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse already has disaster relief workers on the ground in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Ala., helping residents affected by the tornadoes that left at least 250 people dead in Alabama, according to the death toll report on Sunday morning. more >>
More than 100 reported tornadoes have devastated the South, killing as many as 248 people across six states – the worst outbreak since 1974.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. said it received 137 tornado reports into Wednesday night, including 66 in Alabama and 38 in Mississippi.
The majority of the fatalities occurred in hard-hit Alabama, with authorities recording 162 deaths from Wednesday night’s storm. more >>
Franklin Graham denied on Tuesday that he raised doubts about President Obama’s U.S. citizenship or his religious faith, saying that he personally believes Obama is qualified to be president and that he is a Christian.
Instead, Graham, who is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, laid the blame of raising the issues on ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The White House responded Monday to Franklin Graham’s adverse remarks about President Obama, calling the birther charges “preposterous.”
“I think it’s unfortunate that a religious leader would choose Easter Sunday to make preposterous charges,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney to reporters when asked about Graham’s seeming support for the birther claim.
Graham, the president/CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, boosted the credibility of the birther claim – alleging that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore is not eligible to be president of the United States – when he told ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour that he doesn’t know why Obama cannot simply produce his birth certificate and end the controversy. more >>
A new poll confirms that business mogul Donald Trump leads among moderate and liberal Republicans. However, evangelist Franklin Graham's recent remarks show that conservative supporters might not be far behind.
An April 15-20 Gallup poll, released Monday, shows that the GOP momentum for Trump is rising. Trump is tied with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for the top spot as the preferred Republican nominee for president. Trump holds the highest percentage of support – 21 percent – among moderate and liberal Republicans than any other ring-wing contender.
Huckabee, a former minister, has 21 percent of conservative voters' support, the highest percentage of all the contenders, Trump included. more >>