Best-selling author and megachurch pastor Max Lucado believes that the 18 month long political process is draining Americans of the joy in their lives.
In an interview on the NPR program "All Things Considered" that aired Sunday, the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas preacher talked about his concerns regarding the 2016 election.
"I think these days, my main concern is not really with either candidate. But my main concern is with the anxiety that has settled upon the country. I'm concerned about the consequences of this 18-month conversation that seems to have just really sucked the joy out of our people," said Lucado. more >>
Election 2016 is just weeks away, and, with both major candidates for the presidency descending to historic lows in approval ratings, Christians and other pro-lifers are among those reconsidering their long-held default options for the nation's top executive.
Most recently, Eric Sapp of the American Values Network, argued in The Christian Post that Hillary Clinton and her party's policies make her the best fit for Christians and pro-lifers who prefer life-affirming action to mere talk. A similar position was advanced by blogger Rachel Held Evans in an early August post, "So you're thinking of voting for a pro-choice candidate ..."
While I have responded to Held Evans, and prominent pro-life advocate Ryan Bomberger responded directly to Sapp elsewhere — Bomberger's piece in particular bears reading — it's clear many Christians are wrestling with the question. more >>
Whether you live in Colorado or not, you need to know what's at stake with doctor-assisted death and how to make the case for life.
Yesterday on BreakPoint, I told you about the dangers of physician-assisted suicide laws: How they inevitably turn the "right to die" into the "duty to die," how these laws lead to the deaths of non-terminally ill patients, and how they threaten the lives of the disabled and the most vulnerable among us.
We must be prepared to talk about these deadly laws with friends and neighbors and persuade them to oppose physician-assisted suicide. more >>
Mormon political commentator Glenn Beck has said that he agrees with Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore in his assertion that the divide among evangelicals caused by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will take longer to recover from than the televangelist scandals of the 1980s.
"It saddens me that our fellow Christian leaders don't see the long lasting effect here," Beck, who has been highly critical of Trump, said in a Facebook post on Monday.
"I agree with the evangelical leader in the interview when he says this will be harder to overcome than the televangelist scandals in the 80s. I pray he is wrong but fear he is correct. We are going to need all hands on deck - ALL PEOPLE of real faith," he added. more >>
Last week, Russian hackers released private emails between John Halpin and Jennifer Palmieri (both of whom are Catholic) from when they worked at the Center for American Progress. In the emails, Halpin and Palmieri criticize conservatives like Rupert Murdoch for promoting views Halpin said represented a bastardization of his Catholic faith.
The righteous outrage from religious leaders was immediate. They called Halpin's email chain "un-American," "shameful," and demanded that Hillary Clinton immediately apologize for the "Christophobic" statements made by staff before they worked for her.
Have you ever wondered what a hypocrite smells like? All you need to do is sniff a homeless person to know what hypocrites don't smell like.
Most of the homeless people I've helped, straight-up stink. They don't smell as nice as all the self-righteous folks out there arrogantly condemning Christians who support Trump.
That's why I prefer spending my spare time helping homeless people who pass through my little town on their way to nowhere in particular. They carry no pretenses, walking around in smelly clothes and worn out, oversized shoes. They are not hypocrites. Nor are they too proud to accept food … cash … a blanket … a warm coat. And every once in a while, they allow me the privilege of telling them about the time the "Friend of Sinners" befriended me, inspiring me to "go and sin no more." more >>