Former Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll told the audience at the 2014 Gateway Conference Monday that his family is going through "a very trying season" of death threats, physical attacks, and night terrors.
Driscoll, who was previously slated to speak at the October 20-23 conference, chose instead to come as an attendee.
After Gateway Pastor Robert Morris invited him on stage to greet the crowd, Driscoll asked everyone to pray for his family. "We've had a very trying season and (I'm) just trying to figure out how to be a good pastor to my family first. We all know that's the most important thing." more >>
While Houston's lesbian Mayor Annise Parker and her City Council pals subpoena and obsess over Christian ministers' sermons, she ignores incomparable and immanent threats to Americans posed by Islamists in Houston.
Houston's First Amendment squabble is, as Texans say, "peanuts," compared to actual ongoing violations of Article III Section 3.
To put the enormity of Houston's crisis into context, the nation's fourth largest city is a primary arrival and distribution center for illicit drug smuggling. The billion dollar trade of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, oxycodone and methamphetamine has profoundly increased Houston's violent crime rate, which for years has more than doubled the national average. more >>
Conservative groups are organizing an event on the first Sunday in November to support the five Houston pastors whose sermons were subpoenaed by city officials. Known as "I Stand Sunday," the event will feature former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, Alan and Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame, and local clergy.
In a conference call held Wednesday afternoon, FRC President Tony Perkins stressed the importance of spreading awareness of what he describes as "political intimidation" tactics coming from Houston city officials.
"This is not about speeches, not about sermons, not about teachings even on biblical morality as to homosexuality, it is about intimidation," said Perkins. "This is about political intimidation and it is about the mayor using the bully pulpit to try and silence the pulpits of Houston." more >>
After spending a decade on the phones counseling depressed, down, and suicidal people I have come to the conclusion that suicide (in some form) is a thought all men have pondered.
From "I wish I wasn't here" to "everybody would be better off without me" to "I want the pain to end", all men have wanted dramatic relief at some time in their lives. Unfortunately, while more women attempt suicide, it's men who are more successful taking their own lives. It's the final step in the plan for destruction, set in motion by our enemy. All too often, the thoughts, circumstances, sadness or brain trauma that lead up to suicide, get suppressed momentarily, only to be resurfaced more effectively.
Hope gets lost. The decision of self-demolition ensues. Yet…There is hope, and there is life. It's just one call away. And, it comes with a promise. The key word to remember is "yet." more >>
An Arkansas church gathered Tuesday night to pray for their pastor's safety as he travels to West Africa despite concerns about the spread of Ebola in the continent.
Cloverdale Assembly of God Church pastor, John Martin, and his wife, Tammie, left the comforts of Crossett, Arkansas, Sunday to embark on a mission trip to Senegal and then Gambia. The couple will be volunteering in a local church there.
Church members are rallying together in support of the Martins despite local concerns that their return may bring the fatal virus that has killed 4,500 people across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to their town. more >>
Tavis Smiley raised a lot of eyebrows this weekend when he spoke on ABC-TV's "This Week" news show, hosted by George Stephanopoulos. Smiley pointed to double-digit unemployment in the Black community under President Obama and said: "If you're Black or Brown, other than saving the Democrats' hide, what inspires you to go out and vote?"
Economic empowerment for minority families is surely a vital issue, a hardy perennial in off-year elections. But it's not the only issue. Minority voters have always been concerned with Civil Rights. And this year is no exception.
In Houston, Texas, we have seen a bizarre twist on traditional Civil Rights play out. The Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, has been waging an uncivil war on people who oppose the far-reaching homosexual rights ordinance she powered through the City Council. That ordinance was widely criticized by Houston lay people and pastors, It would endanger protected Civil Rights already covered by the First Amendment, i.e., freedom of religion, critics of Mayor Parker's ordinance said. more >>