NASHVILLE – Focus on the Family President and CEO Jim Daly said religious leaders must stop playing defense when defending marriage, family values and pro-life issues in the public square.
"I think at times we express as the Christian community … a sense of lack of control or fear or just an idea that we don't know where this is going. That to me is defensive play as opposed to offense," Daly said in an interview with The Christian Post Sunday.
Those advocating marriage between a man and a woman only or for the end of abortion should play offense by exuding confidence and boldness, he explained. more >>
NASHVILLE – National Religious Broadcasters officials are watching in anticipation to see if the Internal Revenue Service will launch an investigation into whether or not watchdog group Media Matters violated its 501(c)(3) status when it accepted money from a special interest group to attack religious conservatives.
In light of recent revelations that Media Matters accepted a $50,000 grant to attack religious broadcasters such as the late Jerry Falwell and Focus on the Family's chairman emeritus James Dobson, NRB Executive Board Treasurer Janet Parshall told The Christian Post, "I'm going to be curious to see if someone is going to vet this organization that in fact they haven't violated their 501(c)(3)."
Once an investigation is conducted, Parshall anticipates that Media Matters will be exposed as a front organization for political progressive groups. more >>
NASHVILLE – Two popular Christian leaders opened the National Religious Broadcasters Convention & Exposition in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday morning with inspiring speeches on how Christians should manage their relationships, weather in business, family or church, and how spirituality can influence one's performance as a leader.
Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson – the largest Christian publishing company in the world and the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S. – and Sam Crabtree, pastor of Bethlehem Bible Baptist church in Minneapolis, Minn., who serves alongside pastor and author John Piper, emphasized that focusing on hearing and affirming others and focusing on one's own spiritual needs are things many leaders overlook. These are crucial to success as far as business relationships, and the relationship with God go, they argued in consecutive speeches.
We all need to correct others, whether at work or in personal life, Crabtree said, but corrections need to be "overwhelmed by affirmations," otherwise we risk turning people against us, which is not only un-Christian but not professionally beneficial. Corrections are "draining" energy from relationships, and "affirmation" is putting that energy back in, the popular pastor said. more >>
NASHVILLE – Some of the most well-known Christian authors and leaders are attending the National Religious Broadcasters Convention & Exposition in Nashville, Tenn – including Max Lucado, Will Graham, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Miles McPherson – that kicks off Saturday.
The annual NRB convention brings together thousands of the nation's most acclaimed Christian minds to brainstorm over the future of Christianity in the world dominated by media technologies.
"We believe this year begins an exciting new phase as we provide deeper and richer training, education and inspirational content during the four days of the convention," Dave Keith, NRB's vice president of conventions, told The Christian Post. more >>
As conservative Presbyterians discontent with the PC(USA) gather this week in Florida for a conference to create a “New Reformed Body,” one church that championed the idea will not be joining the new group.
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, which is hosting the “Orlando Covenanting Conference,” will not be joining the “New Reformed Body” but rather will remain with its present affiliation, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
David Swanson, senior pastor at First Presbyterian, told The Christian Post that his church had to decide on an affiliation when they left the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), before the NRB concept was initiated. more >>
Broadcast television will become the next HBO or Cinemax unless the U.S. Supreme Court does something about it, a media watchdog group declared.
Supreme Court justices on Tuesday began hearing the oral arguments for the television decency case involving major networks like Fox and ABC. A lower court had ruled that the Federal Communications Commission regulations on broadcast networks were unconstitutional.
The issue at hand was whether or not the FCC’s stricter indecency standards imposed on broadcast television networks during recent years were in violation of the Constitution, specifically the First and Fifth Amendments. more >>