Updated at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
Flanked by political figure Sarah Palin and real estate billionaire Donald Trump, global Christian icon Rev. Billy Graham revealed why he "wept for America" in what was billed as his final sermon to the nation at his 95th birthday celebration in North Carolina Thursday night.
"Our country's in great need of a spiritual awakening," Graham said in the pre-recorded half hour sermon billed My Hope America aired nationally on Fox News Channel and at his birthday celebration Thursday night. "There have been times that I've wept as I've gone from city to city and I've seen how far people have wandered from God." more >>
Shared Hope International, an organization dedicated to the fight against sex trafficking, released its third annual "Report Card" for the 50 states regarding legislation on minor sex trafficking – part of the Protected Innocence Challenge – and while a few states are still failing, each has shown marked improvement.
"This year, we only have six states that have an F, while last year 26 states were failing," Taryn Offenbacher, communications director for Shared Hope, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. For the first time, three states have actually scored an "A" on their list. "Tennessee, Louisiana, and Washington all have legislators who have been working very actively in 2013," Offenbacher explained.
The communications director shed light on the six major criteria Shared Hope uses to judge states on sex trafficking. First of all, states must have laws specifically against it, criminalizing the selling of minors for sex and having specific punishments for those who enslave and sell people, those who buy them, and those who facilitate the industry. Offenbacher specifically insisted that traffickers should be required to file as sex offenders and that their "financial penalty should match their property ownership." more >>
SEATTLE, Wash. – On the eve of renowned evangelist Billy Graham's 95th birthday and his ambitious outreach event, "My Hope America," a 30-minute taped Gospel message by Graham to be broadcast nationally Thursday, several Christian leaders, including Pastors Rick Warren, Mark Driscoll, and James MacDonald, and "The Bible" TV series producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, gave their thoughts on the legendary preacher to The Christian Post.
"Every time I read an article or hear a report when somebody says, 'So-and-so is the next Billy Graham,' I just chuckle. There is no next Billy Graham," Driscoll, who is the lead pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, told CP Tuesday during a break while hosting the Resurgence conference for Christian leaders.
When Graham was a younger man he took a lot of criticism about what he was trying to do evangelistically, said Driscoll, who is no stranger to controversy. However, Graham persevered and became a preacher with lasting, perhaps unparalleled influence. more >>
The New York Times in an editorial denounced the religious exemption clause found in the U.S. Senate bill that bars employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
In the editorial, the newspaper denounced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act's exemption for religious employers as "terribly broad."
SEATTLE – Pastor Mark Driscoll set the tone early during a meeting of Christian leaders strategizing for a faith-driven resurgence on the first day of a two-day conference at Mars Hill Downtown Church by walking out on the stage and screaming, "I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed."
The host of the annual Resurgence conference then shouted, "I am not ashamed of what?" To which the more than 800 people in attendance replied back, "Of the Gospel." Driscoll continued, "Of the Gospel of the Good News of the person and the work of Jesus Christ. This is a day for courage, not for cowards."
Driscoll was followed by other megachurch pastors later on Tuesday, there to discuss how leaders can continue to pastor and evangelize in a culture that appears to be embracing biblical values less and less. The conference theme, Call to Resurgence, is based on Driscoll's newly released book of the same name. more >>
A Kentucky-based charity that specializes in homes for at-risk children may reverse a longstanding policy against having openly gay employees.
Sunrise Children's Services, formerly known as Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, recently released a statement noting their serious consideration of such a move.