The auditorium was filled to capacity, the stage was set with brightly colored lights and creative props, and the music was loud and animated – all typical aspects of a contemporary worship service, yet features that still catch my attention on occasion as someone raised in a more traditional church environment.
It was the Sunday before Christmas and I was sitting in Buckhead Church, a campus of North Point Ministries located in the heart of Atlanta's business district. Although Buckhead is not my home church, I visit there from time to time and that morning my mother and I were attending with some friends.
"Your mom is really into it," my friend whispered during one of the songs. "Yeah, she loves it here," I instantly replied. And then as I looked over at her, it suddenly hit me… here was a 60-year-old Hindu convert from a rural village in eastern India called Jhalda worshipping at an ultramodern megachurch gathering in the middle of Atlanta along with over 30,000 people who would attend one of the church campuses that day. more >>
"A big part of why I wrote the piece was because at the time this stuff was going on, I hadn't seen anybody from the Evangelical Christian perspective talk about his comments regarding African-Americans," Tisby, president of the Reformed African-American Network, told The Christian Post.
Tisby, who lives in Jackson, Ala., said that he personally found Robertson's comments frustrating, because of the disparity between his remarks and his wife's grandmother's experience growing up in the same time and place where the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch lived. Robertson told GQ magazine that while growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights Movement, he never saw the mistreatment of a black person. more >>
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United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has joined the list of people calling for the Washington Redskins to change their team name.
Reid told The Hill Thursday that he felt Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder was "so shortsighted on this."
"We live in a society where you can't denigrate a race of people. And that's what that is. I mean, you can't have the Washington Blackskins. I think it's so shortsighted," said Reid. more >>
CNN hosts Brooke Baldwin, Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper were stoking the fires on their respective shows Thursday night, amid accusations by the NAACP that "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson isn't only anti-gay, but that he must also be a racist.
Amid the media spin cycle surrounding A&E's decision to indefinitely suspend the senior duck commander from its highest-rated reality TV show because gay activist groups, such as GLAAD, have deemed his views on homosexuality to be far too controversial, the NAACP and Human Rights Campaign (HRC) also sent a joint letter to A&E on Wednesday, accusing Robertson of making "racist, homophobic and ill-informed remarks."
In his now controversial interview with GQ magazine for an article in its January edition, Robertson not only shared his thoughts about various sinful acts, including homosexuality, but he also spoke about his upbringing in Dixie, La., where his family was the racial minority in the community. more >>
The Robertson family has defended its patriarch and Christian faith in a first official media statement since A&E's announcement on Dec. 18 to suspend Phil Robertson, following comments he made about homosexuality in an interview in the January edition of GQ magazine.
On their website the family thanked fans – thousands of whom on Thursday took to social media and online petitions to decry the suspension – for their "prayer and support" and reiterated a strong commitment to their Christian faith.
"We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word," read the statement. more >>