As Ted Cruz and other presidential candidates vie for the evangelical vote, religious bloggers have given their opinion on Cruz's faith and whether he should focus more on sharing his personal testimony rather than his father's conversion story.
Mark Silk, a professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College, wrote in a January 26 blog post that while Cruz, a Texas Senator, often tells the story of his father's conversion to Christianity that led him to become a Southern Baptist preacher, Cruz does not spend enough time talking about his own Christian faith.
Megachurch Pastor Perry Noble says that while he's not endorsing Trump, he does feel the businessman successfully turned the tables on the Fox News network that hosted the Republican debate Thursday night in Iowa.
"This is NOT an endorsement. ... However, is Trump 'Trumping' FOX or what?!?!" the NewSpring Church pastor tweeted Thursday evening.
Instead of attending the debate with seven other Republican presidential candidates, Trump held a rally at Drake University in Des Moines that raised some $6 million that will be donated to local veterans' organizations. more >>
Like many Americans, I have been attending closely to the positions and debates of the candidates in the current Republican primaries. I have formed strong opinions of many of them but I have concluded that the most able, qualified, principled, theologically astute, and electable candidate today is Senator Marco Rubio.
I support him for many reasons but here are a few: his clear commitment to restoring America's reputation and standing in the world, his plans to revitalize our national defense, his "Jack Kemp style" commitment to elevating the lives of everyone via robust economic growth that promotes broad-based economic opportunity, to his firm but compassionate reset of our flawed immigration policies, and because of his inspirational and optimistic embodiment of the American spirit and story (especially embodied in his own family history).
But above all else, I support him for his firm and stalwart commitment to the protection of religious liberty, and his ability to publicly express, in a persuasive and thoughtful way, the basic elements of his own Christian faith. more >>
The president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University is drawing a hard line when it comes to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. In a letter posted on the college's website in late January, university president Everett Piper said in no uncertain terms that the billionaire businessman will not be invited to speak at his institution.
"Will I be inviting Mr. Trump to Oklahoma Wesleyan University to speak in our chapel service?" writes Piper. "My answer has been simple and brief. No, I will not."
While the university president asserts that "party affiliation and political positions do not matter," personal conduct, public statements, theological integrity and moral consistency do. more >>
Donald Trump is now at the top spot in the Republican presidential race with more than 40 percent of GOP voters rooting for the billionaire, based on a new CNN/ORC poll.
This marks the first time that the real estate mogul has soared past the 40 percent mark in the CNN/ORC polling by achieving a score of 41 percent. Four out of 10 Republican voters all over the United States say they will support GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 elections, according to CNN.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, got 19 percent in the same poll. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in third with 8 percent, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson got 6 percent, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush got 5 percent, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got 4 percent. The rest of the Republican candidates scored 3 percent or less, the report details. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has shown signs throughout the campaign that his once pro-choice attitude and close connections with abortion proponents could play a damaging role in the success of the pro-life movement if he is elected president.
A coalition of 10 prominent female pro-life leaders have signed onto a letter encouraging Iowa Caucus goers to vote for "anyone but Donald Trump," citing concerns that if he wins the Republican nomination he would consider picking a pro-choice vice presidential running mate and if elected president, would consider nominating pro-choice justices to the Supreme Court.
Although Trump now claims to be pro-life and is touting the support he is receiving among rank-and-file evangelical churchgoers, he might not realize that some of the things he says during campaign events show social conservative voters that he is not all that serious about protecting the dignity of the unborn, an issue that many conservative evangelicals take seriously. more >>