In fervent prayer at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday night, the organization's president, Ronnie Floyd, said the only thing that can reshape America is a "spiritual awakening" preceded by "extraordinary prayer."
"The only thing that can reshape America is the next spiritual awakening and the next move of God," said Floyd, who's also senior pastor at Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas. "When you look at it historically, there is no great movement of God that is not first preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God's people."
Floyd, whose prayer came after SBC music director and global worship pastor Julio Arriola led a session of worship, then explained what he meant by "extraordinary prayer." more >>
Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, warned those gathered at the Future Conference in La Mesa, California, that "forces of darkness" are trying to rip apart racial and church unity, but also offered hope for peace among believers.
Jackson predicted that this summer Americans will see many more shootings and instances of racial unrest.
"We are in a time where there is a desire by the forces of darkness to rip asunder our unity and dignity and cause there to be a challenge among us," Jackson, who's also the chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, pointed to many acts of community development and racial reconciliation in churches across the U.S. more >>
Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd told messengers gathered at the opening day of the denomination's annual gathering Tuesday that "now is the time to lead," on issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and racism.
"We are in spiritual warfare, and this is not a time for Southern Baptists to shrink back in timidity or shrink back with uncertainty," said Floyd during his opening address at the SBC annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. "Crises abound; the need is great hour is late, and now is the time to lead."
The SBC president also highlighted global calamities including the advance of ISIS, human trafficking, Boko Haram, the persecution of Christians as well as crippling problems in the U.S., such as poverty, debt, and race relations. more >>
Nearly one week after her saddened missionary parents outed her as being white, Rachel Dolezal, the Washington civil rights leader at the center of an ethics probe for pretending to be black, has broken her silence.
Despite garnering backlash for misrepresenting her race, Dolezal has unapologetically maintained that she still considers herself to be black and she also explained her controversial decision to previously sue Howard University for racial discrimination.
"I identify as black," Dolezal, 37, said in a candid interview with "Today" show host Matt Lauer on Tuesday. more >>
With the nation captivated by the discovery that the leader of a civil rights organization is a white person who has been pretending to be black, some conservative pundits have drawn a comparison with Bruce Jenner claiming to be a woman who now goes by Caitlyn Jenner. If one can be transgender, they argue, why not transracial? The comparison is problematic, however, and could undermine the conservative argument against gay marriage.
Dolezal's parents reported on Friday that the leader of the NAACP of Spokane, Washington, was white. In a KREM 2 News interview the same day, Dolezal seemed to suggest that one's race is whatever they identify with.
When asked if she's black, she answered, "I do consider myself to be black ... that's how I identify." (She also noted that she prefers "black" to "African-American.") more >>
Rachel Dolezal, the white Washington civil rights activist at the center of an ethics probe for pretending to be black, announced on Monday that she's stepping down as president of the NAACP's Spokane chapter. One local pastor, who once served on an all-black panel with Dolezal, also described the controversy as "puzzling."
In a heartfelt and lengthy post on the organization's Facebook page, Dolezal, 37, announced her resignation before naming Vice President Naima Quarles-Burnley as her successor.
"In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP," she wrote, while insisting "this is not me quitting; this is a continuum." more >>