Former Arkansas Governor and Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election in a Tuesday morning speech given at the University of Arkansas Community College campus in Hope, Arkansas, the very town where he grew up.
"It was here where I became the first male in my entire family lineage to graduate from high school at the very same campus that stands today right down on main street. It was from here that I went on to college at Ouachita Baptist University. It was also from here that I first ran for elected office when I ran for student council at Hope Junior High School," Huckabee explained. "So it seems fitting that it would be here that I announce that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America."
The 59-year-old Republican also ran for president in 2008 as a relatively unknown candidate and surprisingly won the influential Iowa Caucus and seven other state primary elections before dropping out of the race in March 2008, conceding the nomination to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. more >>
This column was co-authored by Travis Weber.
Last Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage showcased the need for a new federal law to protect private organizations that hold a view on marriage different from our growing and increasingly powerful federal government.
If the Court decides the same-sex marriage question in the affirmative (its written opinion is expected in late June), its decision will have rippling effects throughout society—especially for those whose moral views and consciences compel them to disagree with the idea that marriage can be something other than a relationship between one man and one woman. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has defended Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, calling him a "great American and a strong Christian" after CBS's "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer suggested that he has taken his stance on marriage "too far" and pointed out that the Southern Poverty Center has branded his organization an "anti-gay hate group."
"I know Tony. He's a great American and a strong Christian. Just because Christians take a stand aligned with what the Word of God says is true, that doesn't mean we are anti-gay. It means that we love people enough to warn them. God tells us in His Word that lying is sin, stealing is sin, murder is sin, adultery is sin, homosexuality is sin ... and 'the wages of sin is death,'" Graham said in a Facebook message on Monday.
He added that those who stand up for traditional marriage are often targets of "the liberal media's anti-Christian bias," but said that does not mean that they should stop speaking out. more >>
The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has sent out pastoral letters insisting that opposing gay marriage is not homophobic, as the country prepares for a national referendum on whether to legalize the practice on May 22.
"We have got ourselves into the situation that many people won't even raise these issues in their families and workplaces for fear of being ridiculed or condemned as homophobic," said Archbishop Eamon Martin, who leads Ireland's Catholic Church.
Martin added, according to the Irish Independent, that it's a "fact of nature" that same-sex unions are "fundamentally and objectively different" from the sexual union of a woman and a man, which is "naturally open to life." more >>
Come now, Holy Spirit, and speak through Your humble servant. Let this prayer be Your prayer – truth in love, salt and light.
And war. more >>
When Walt was a little boy, he had a vision that God gave him and he would never forget. This vision showed him as a father, with a little girl named Chloe. But, not everything worked out the way he expected. God had a bigger plan, and when you hear about it, you will get the chills!
God may give us the most amazing visions and ideas in our lives, but we may not always get everything as soon as we want it. God has a plan and we must trust in His plans and vision for us. In this case, Walt and Annie had been a happily married couple, who had been struggling with infertility for quite a while. They were always imagining a baby girl, and hoping to one day call it Chloe, and nothing seemed to be going right for them. Walt eventually lost hope in his promise from God.
Until one day, they received a life-changing email. This is the moment they realized that God had been writing a beautiful story for them that was 20 years in the making. God's plan is always greater than our own, and this story is a beautiful proof of that. more >>