As I read the story of Michael Brown who was shot and killed August 9th, 2014 by Darren Wilson, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, my heart immediately went out to the family. The pain of losing a child, I'm told, is one of the most difficult to endure.
The St. Louis County grand jury decision will no doubt fuel the flames of racism and hatred, but what if we look through a different lens...
What if more people knew that many of America's founders did not support slavery? The truth is that many of the Founding Fathers were responsible for planting the first seeds of equality and for the eventual end of slavery. John Quincy Adams was often referred to as the "hell-hound of abolition movement" for his efforts against slavery. As historian David Barton rightly noted, "This was a fact made clear by Richard Allen. Allen had been a slave in Pennsylvania but was freed after he converted his master to Christianity. Allen, a close friend of Benjamin Rush and several other Founding Fathers, went on to become the founder of the A.M.E. Church in America. In an early address 'To the People of Color,' he explained: 'Many of the white people have been instruments in the hands of God for our good, even such as have held us in captivity, [and] are now pleading our cause with earnestness and zeal'." more >>
Billy Graham is not dead.
After word spread on social media proclaiming the death of the celebrated evangelical Christian icon this week, the 96-year-old's representatives at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association categorically denied those claims as false on Friday.
"He is still very much alive," a representative from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who asked to remain unidentified, told The Christian Post. more >>
In Agents of the Apocalypse, Dr. David Jeremiah, noted author and Bible teacher, takes a new approach to unpacking what is possibly one of the Bible's most popular yet confusing books — and he recently shared his thoughts on why America seems absent from the Book of Revelation and other prophetic writings regarding the eschaton.
Revelation, the final book of the Christian Bible, has long served as a source of inspiration and speculation for pulpits, printing presses, and movie studios. The colorful apocalyptic work is credited in the text to Jesus Christ's "servant John," also described as a prophet. John, not to be mistaken with Jesus' apostle, some scholars argue, tells of experiencing several visions, some of them related to future happenings, such as Jesus Christ's Second Coming and God's final judgment of the world.
Apocalyptic work by its nature reveals hidden or secret things, but, perhaps unlike John's original audience in the first century, modern Christians have long wrestled over possible meanings of Revelation's pervasive and perplexing symbolic imagery. more >>
Deitrick Haddon believes preachers such as Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Creflo Dollar and Bishop Paul S. Morton should open up their doors to the world of reality television.
Haddon, the 41-year-old gospel singer and minister who stars in and executive produces the hit Oxygen docu-series "Preachers of LA" recently finished the second season of the show. While it has received its fair share of critics, Haddon believes there should be more spinoffs where the public could get more personal access to the lives of mega-church pastors.
"The reason why 'Preachers of LA' is successful is because people want to see and people want to know about preachers. Open up your doors, Bishop Jakes, open up your doors, Creflo Dollar, open up your doors, Bishop Morton," Haddon said on HipHollywood.com. "Y'all real people, you want people to hear you preaching and talking every Sunday. They have the right to know the real you … bottom line." more >>
A former New York pastor was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to charges of possessing child pornography. Members of his congregation said he claimed to be the victim of a "conspiracy between the FBI and gay community," according to prosecutors.
Zackary Dressner, 38, who pastored at Southeast Bible Baptist Church in Penfield, pleaded guilty in June to obscenity related charges. WHEC reports that he was arrested in November 2011 "after FBI agents found two videos and some images of child porn on his computer."
Members of his congregation have written emails and letters to prosecutors in the case where they revealed that Dressner "has been telling the Southeast Bible Baptist Church and the parish leaders that he was the victim of a conspiracy between the FBI and the gay community," Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley Tyler wrote in court documents, according to the Democrat & Chronicle. more >>
WASHINGTON – A "tsunami of confusion" exists regarding religious liberty in the United States Armed Forces, according to panelists testifying before Congress.
Experts told the panel that the military is caught between a strong desire not to condone or coerce religious doctrine on soldiers and an equally strong desire to protect speech, especially religious speech, in the military. more >>