The massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that has captured the world's attention, was a "symptom" of the country's spiritual condition, asserts the Rev. Franklin Graham.
During a prayer rally held Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin, a stop on the evangelist's "Decision America" tour, Graham said that America brought the mass shooting upon itself because it has become a "godless nation," reports The Cap Times.
Graham began the rally, which drew nearly 6,000 to Madison's Capitol Square, with prayer for the Orlando massacre's 49 dead, 53 injured, affected families and those in attendance. more >>
Public discourse in America is like "a really bad marriage," says Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas.
In an hour-long interview with MSNBC host Chris Matthews in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jakes described the cultural climate as "a really bad marriage where everybody is trying to be polite but nobody gets down to the communication that's necessary to heal it again."
"And the man thinks he knows what the woman ought to do and the woman knows what the man ought to do because you make assumptions about other people without ever talking to the people you make assumptions about." more >>
Marguerite Barankitse, a Christian humanitarian worker who rescued tens of thousands of children in her orphanages in the wake of the Burundian civil war, has said that forgiveness must be offered to everyone, even to those that killed 60 people in her own extended family.
Barankitse, who in April received the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, a prestigious award commemorating the 1915 Armenian genocide, told The Christian Post in an interview that amidst all the suffering and the atrocities she has witnessed, she has never given up hope in believing in humanity, and insisted that forgiveness is always possible.
Barankitse founded the orphanage Maison Shalom in eastern Burundi in 1993 as the country's devastating civil war was unfolding, sheltering and saving children from both the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups, despite great risks and pressures. more >>
There is something not quite right about today's society. It seems that you can't open your mouth without offending anyone. For instance, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is running the risk over coddling their students. The university recently announced that they will require about 1,000 incoming students to participate in a "cultural competency training" in the fall, costing the university about $150,000 to $200,000 in expenses.
This announcement was made following a semester of student protests over racist slurs from two UW-Madison officials. This is one of the few new initiatives from the UW Administrators after they faced criticisms, protests and social media outbursts from minority students, who said that they had negative experiences on the campus.
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Racism is a sin problem permiating America and churches must combat this darkness and decay with the full force of the Gospel, a prominent African-American leader told members of the Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday.
Jerry Young, president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, told those gathered at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, that racism "is, without question, a sin problem. And since the church is the only salt and light in town, if there is darkness and decay in America, it appears to me that the church must be guilty."
"Here is the problem with America: It is because in the church we have contaminated salt and concealed light. That's the problem." more >>
Over 90 percent of messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention repudiated the Confederate flag in a vote Tuesday that calls on all Christians and member churches to remove the divisive symbol from public display.
Stephen Rummage, senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida, and chairman of the SBC Committee on Resolutions, spoke in favor of the resolution, saying, "We ask you to join us in calling Southern Baptists to take a further step in the right direction concerning racial unity for the sake of our witness to Jesus Christ."
Resolution 7 states: "With full respect of the autonomy of the local church, we call brothers and sisters in Christ who display the Confederate battle flag as a memorial … to consider prayerfully whether to limit, or even more so, discontinue its display. We urge fellow Christians to exercise sensitivity so that nothing brings division or hinders the unity of the Body of Christ to be a bold witness to the transforming power of Jesus." more >>