I've been saying that 2015 is the year of pushback, and this might be the most significant act of pushing back so far: A group of legal scholars, most of them university professors, have declared that the Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage this past June 26th is not "the law of the land," and they are calling on all office holders, together with all presidential candidates, to join them in rejecting the Court's decision. Make no mistake about it: This is really big news.more >>
PLANO, Texas — Six Republican presidential candidates vying for the Evangelical vote to become the party's nominee for the 2016 general election spoke about the challenges facing the nation and why they're the most qualified person to lead the country during the four-hour North Texas Presidential Forum on Sunday.
While candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties were invited to speak at the forum, which was hosted by the Faith & Freedom Coalition and Prestonwood Baptist Church, it was Carly Fiorina, Sen. Ted Cruz, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Govs. Mick Huckabee and Jeb Bush, and Dr. Ben Carson who accepted the challenge.
Religious freedom, Islamic State terrorism, abortion, education and the economy were among the top issues discussed by the candidates, who were given around 10 minutes for opening remarks followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with Prestonwood Baptist Church Pastor Jack Graham before an audience of 7,000 people. more >>
A Roman Catholic archbishop based in New Jersey has stated that those involved in marriages not recognized by the Church cannot receive the sacrament of Communion.
The Most Reverend John J. Myers, head of the Archdiocese of Newark, released a statement earlier this week saying that "Catholics must be in a marriage recognized as valid by the Church to receive Holy Communion or the other sacraments."
"Non-Catholics and any Catholic who publicly rejects Church teaching or discipline, either by public statements or by joining or supporting organizations which do so, are not to receive the Sacraments," stated Myers. more >>
A Tennessee church has barred the Boy Scouts of America from meeting on its property after the organization lifted its ban on openly gay scout leaders earlier this year.
An official with the BSA told USA Today that North Boulevard Church of Christ in Rutherford, which sponsored Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, has given the units time to find a new meeting location since the organization has changed it policies.
"We are trying to find new sponsors that would be willing to sponsor their units," said Larry Brown, a Boy Scout executive, to USA Today earlier this week. "We have right at 600 churches and other groups like civic clubs that are charter partners with us. We have three out of 600 that have decided to leave." more >>
A prominent Catholic leader, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, said in his remarks at the Vatican's ongoing synod meeting that Islamic extremism and Western liberal culture are "almost like two 'apocalyptic beasts,'" which the Church must respond to.
"To use a slogan, we find ourselves between 'gender ideology and ISIS,'" the cardinal said at the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican, according to Catholic News Agency. "Islamic massacres and libertarian demands regularly contend for the front page of the newspapers."
Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship, added: "Theological discernment allows to see in our times two unexpected threats — almost like the Beasts of the Apocalypse — from two opposite positions: on one side the idolatry of western freedom, on the other religious fanaticism," more >>
Since I was a boy, I have always loved the literary genre of fables — fictional stories featuring animals with human qualities meant to illustrate some moral maxim. Like parables, such stories are never intended to convey meaning in every detail. Yet, much of it may draw, even in unsuspecting ways, the reader to precepts or principles pertinent to circumstances behind the story. Such is the following submission of a new take on Little Red Riding Hood.
Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who loved her grandmother supremely. The grandmother had given to her a little cap of red velvet, which suited her so well she would never wear anything else. Thus, everyone called her Little Red Riding Hood. more >>