Christians are being urged to come together on the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church on Sunday, with persecution watchdog group Open Doors noting that hostilities against believers this year have reached unprecedented levels in modern times.
Open Doors CEO and president David Curry told The Christian Post on Wednesday that his organization is hosting live webcasts on both Saturday and Sunday, where people can interact and pray with persecuted believers, and listen to expert commentary on the crisis.
He said that the rising tide of violence against Christians has reached unprecedented levels for modern times, particularly with the rise of terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but also in the continued persecution and denial of freedom for followers of Christ in oppressive regimes like Saudi Arabia. more >>
Subpoenas issued to five Houston pastors demanding all sermons and correspondence dealing with homosexuality, gender identity and the city's Equal Rights ordinance have been withdrawn, the city's first openly lesbian mayor announced at a Wednesday press conference.
"After much contemplation and discussion, I am directing the city legal department to withdraw the subpoenas issued to the five Houston pastors who delivered the petitions, the anti-HERO petitions, to the city of Houston and who indicated that they were responsible for the overall petition effort," said Mayor Annise Parker in remarks covered by television station KPRC.
My column on the issue sparked a bit of national outrage – well – a lot of national outrage. To be honest it was a full-scale hullabaloo. City Hall was deluged with telephone calls, letters, emails – along with hundreds of Bibles and sermons. More than 50,000 supporters signed a petition. more >>
Reparative therapy is a hot button, cultural topic that stirs deep rooted emotions for those on both sides. So we must be cautious not to reduce what Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty (ERLC) Commission, says about it into a sound bite.
Taken out of context, Moore's remarks to press at the ERLC's 2014 conference this week could very easily be used to totally denounce reparative therapy. But if you read all of Moore's statements, nowhere do you find him downright rejecting reparative therapy. Instead, he's putting it in its place on the hierarchy of healing.
According to Religion News Service, Moore told journalists, "The utopian idea if you come to Christ and if you go through our program, you're going to be immediately set free from attraction or anything you're struggling with, I don't think that's a Christian idea." Moore continued, "Faithfulness to Christ means obedience to Christ. It does not necessarily mean that someone's attractions are going to change." more >>
Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she will withdraw the subpoenas against five pastors who have spoken out against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, an LGBT city ordinance that some opponents claim would allow men to use women's public restrooms.
"After much contemplation and discussion, I am directing the city legal department to withdraw the subpoenas issued to the five Houston pastors who delivered the petitions, the anti-HERO petitions, to the city of Houston and who indicated that they were responsible for the overall petition effort," Parker said during Wednesday's press conference.
"It is extremely important to me to protect our equal rights ordinance from repeal, and it is extremely important to me to make sure that every Houstonian knows that their lives are valid and protected and acknowledged," added Parker, who's the city's first openly-gay mayor. more >>
A federal court in Florida granted a Catholic academic institution injunctive relief from having to pay fines for refusing to comply with the federal government's birth control mandate.
The U.S. District Court Fort Myers Division ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University will be granted a motion to be temporarily exempted from the Health and Human Services Department's mandate.
"Upon consideration of the record, the submissions of the parties, and the relevant law, it is the Court's conclusion that Ave Maria's motion for preliminary injunction should be granted," read the Court's ruling. more >>
The mother of an eight-year-old wants to know why a Tennessee school teacher gave her child a handout from the Nation of Islam that portrayed the presidents on Mount Rushmore as being racists.
Sommer Bauer tells me her son was given The Nation of Islam handout at Harold McCormick Elementary School in Elizabethton. The handout asked, "What does it take to be on Mount Rushmore?"
The handout then explains that George Washington hailed from Virginia, a "prime breeder of black people." Of Theodore Roosevelt, it was alleged he called Africans "ape-like." There were also disparaging remarks made of Thomas Jefferson (he enslaved 200 Africans) and Abraham Lincoln. more >>