"If I could choose one more course for ministry training and preparation, it would be 'Courageous Leadership','' says Thom Rainer in a recent Christian Post article.
Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, says that many challenges pastors and churches face now "can only be understood in the context of spiritual warfare" for which many church leaders are "ill-prepared."
On the other hand, "many younger leaders within the church have grown tired of culture wars and a politicized Christianity," writes Ray Nothstine in a Christian Post review of Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel, by another Southern Baptist leader, Russell Moore. more >>
WASHINGTON — White Evangelical Protestants favor retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson more than any other Republican presidential candidate and find billionaire Donald Trump to be the most unfavorable, a newly released nonpartisan survey has found.
The Public Religion Research Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan, Washington-based research firm that focuses on religion and public life, released its 2015 American Values Survey on Tuesday at the Brookings Institution. The survey included a supplement survey that features data from 1,010 nationwide respondents who were interviewed from Nov. 6 until Nov. 10 on their opinions of the presidential candidates.
According to the survey, Carson has the most support among the likely Republican voters with 27 percent. Trump received the second-most support from likely GOP voters with 20 percent, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio received 9 and 8 percent of the support, respectively. more >>
President Barack Obama on Monday shot down the suggestion that only Christian refugees from Syria should be granted asylum in the United States.
As more than half of the nation's governors rallied in opposition to his plan to allow thousands of Syrian refugees into the country in light of the recent terror attacks in Paris, Obama slammed the suggestion that only Christian Syrians should be welcomed.
"When I hear folks say that, well, maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who's fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that's shameful," said Obama at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, on Monday. "That's not American. That's not who we are. We don't have religious tests to our compassion." more >>
Terrorism. It is a word that invokes tragic imagery throughout the world, be it in North America, Africa or Europe.
It is a word associated with horrid acts performed in New York, Kenya, Paris, Syria, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland.
In the face of such horrible actions, in the face of dreadful situations, the Bible offers up verses of hope. more >>
GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has said he is opposed to the U.S. welcoming 45,000 Syrian refugees, due to security concerns, but indicated that he's open to the idea of sending ground troops to combat the Islamic State terror group.
"There is currently no ability to vet these people. By letting refugees into our country without vetting we are putting America at risk. If our president cannot see the risk, then we must rise to the challenge and protect our country," Carson said in a statement on Monday.
"This morning President [Barack] Obama announced at his press conference that it was our responsibility to accept these refugees. He is wrong. He took an oath to protect and defend this country. There is simply not a way to vet these refugees," he added. more >>
Republican 2016 presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has released what he said Monday is a satellite image of a Chinese radar station in Syria just days after the White House dismissed his claim that China is involved militarily in the Syrian conflict.
"The image below is a satellite picture of a Chinese Radar Station in Syria. It has been there since at least 2011. The Chinese provide a variety of weapons and advisors in Syria. When I mentioned this at the last debate the White House seemed to say they had no idea. I find that hard to believe," Carson noted in a post to his nearly 5 million followers on Facebook Monday along with the satellite image.
Carson first aired his claim that China is involved militarily in the nearly five-year-long Syrian conflict at the Republican debate Tuesday after he was asked about Syria and President Barack Obama's decision to send Special Forces to that country. more >>