Popular Calvinist Baptist preacher and author John Piper says one of the biggest reasons some preachers avoid preaching racial harmony from the pulpit is the fear of having to deal with black in-laws.
In a recent discussion about racial harmony with Jemar Tisby of RAA Network, Piper noted what he thinks are the four main reasons why preachers avoid preaching racial harmony from the pulpit and singled out the prospect of interracial relationships as one of the "biggest hindrances" to bring people together in not just the church community but communities in general.
"There are people who just don't have it worked out theologically yet," said Piper in discussing the issue of racial harmony in churches. more >>
The sons of Martin Luther King Jr., acting as representatives of his estate, are suing their sister so that she will hand over the civil rights leader's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal, which she says her brothers want to sell.
Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, said during a press conference Thursday that her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, want to sell the Bible and medal despite her belief that her father would not have wanted them to do so, according to video posted to the USA Today website.
"I take this strong position for my father, because daddy is not here to say himself, 'My Bible and my medals are never to be sold,'" she said. more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), is calling on congregations nationwide to host a Racial Reconciliation service this coming Sunday to spotlight racial issues within the church.
The initiative, led by Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, is part of the organization's effort to break down the barriers of race among Christians and raise awareness that racial injustice is not just a social issue.
"Racist thought and behavior denies the reality that each of us are created in the image of God," Moore stated on ERLC's Racial Reconciliation page on its website. "It empties scripture of its power in our lives when we accept some of its teachings and reject other biblical instruction because it conflicts with our idea of what is right and what is wrong." more >>
Antonio Saca, former president of El Salvador and current presidential candidate, met with members of the country's National Union of Evangelical Pastors this week to share his Christian-centered political agenda he hopes to implement if re-elected.
During the meeting, Saca reaffirmed his pro-life commitment and assured the pastors that if elected, he will promote marriage solely between a man and woman. He also said he would issue an executive order to mandate Bible reading in schools.
"This is not a mercantilist project. I'm convinced that with the blessing of God as well as with your blessing, next Sunday I will move into the second term," said Saca, reports El Salvador-based news outlet La Pagina. "We have faith and hope to change this country. While the FMLN (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front) and ARENA (National Republican Alliance) parties argue, gangs continue to grow and the economy falls as we lose more jobs." more >>
The Westboro Baptist Church has announced its intention to protest television star and comedian Bill Cosby next month and claims that God "rewarded" the entertainer through the murder of his son.
WBC claimed it was speaking out against Cosby, 76, who is scheduled to perform in Kansas City, Mo., on Feb. 1 as part of his "Far from Finished" tour, because he used "fame, fortune and influence" to promote "his own form of righteousness" and fit his "own humanistic notions."
"He has taken on the mantle of an 'activist' and instructed others to obtain an education, work hard, and practice some very basic morality – but he has not instructed them to obey God's commandments," it wrote in a statement. more >>
Republicans had begun a boycott of MSNBC Thursday night after the company posted a tweet accusing Republicans of racism in relation to a biracial couple. The boycott ended only hours later after MSNBC President Phil Griffin personally apologized. On Friday morning, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said MSNBC was on "probation" because it has been "hitting on all eight cylinders of intolerance."
The controversy began Wednesday when an MSNBC staffer tweeted, "Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family." The tweet contained a link to a new Cheerios ad featuring a biracial family that will air during the Super Bowl.