The religious and faith backgrounds of the 113th Congress are more diverse now than at any time in the nation's history, with the addition of America's first Buddhist senator and the first Hindu in the House of Representatives.
Since the birth of the nation in 1776, Congress has typically reflected the religious beliefs of the districts from which they were elected. But gone are days where the overwhelming majority of Congress was Protestant.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, with the assistance of Congressional Quarterly's Roll Call, compiled data comparing the faith breakdown of Congress to the American population and released their report on Wednesday. Here is what they found. more >>
The campus director of Cru's University of Louisville chapter was recently demoted after he refused to allow female staff to teach Bible studies in a mixed-gender setting.
As first reported by World Magazine, Daniel Harman was stripped of his title as Missional Team Leader of the Louisville chapter of Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ) when he disagreed to fully carry out the ministry's policy that male and female staff share in leadership duties, including teaching the Bible.
Since assuming the position as a campus leader of Louisville in 2009, Harman has allowed women to speak on ministry-related topics to mixed-gender audiences but has stopped short of letting women on the staff teach the Bible to men. Harman, who is currently studying for his Master of Divinity degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, believes Scripture doesn't permit women to teach men. more >>
As families across the nation prepare their Thanksgiving Day dinners, victims of Hurricane Sandy can be thankful for the more than 1.2 million meals that have been served to them by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers since the storm hit.
In all, over 1,200 SBDR volunteers from 34 states and Canada have responded to provide disaster relief following the superstorm that ravaged the East Coast, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) reports in a disaster relief update on its website. These volunteers have also reported that 56 people have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ as a result of the organization's work.
But victims of the storm aren't the only ones who are glad the SBDR team is lending a helping hand. more >>
One of the most frequently asked questions in the church is whether babies and small children who die go to heaven. Some leading Southern Baptist theologians confidently believe they do.
Drs. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., and Daniel Akin wrote an article over a decade ago addressing the question of an infant's salvation. That article has been reposted several times since, including Tuesday, due to its popularity and the continuing debate.
The dominant view of the Church today, they say, is that babies and small children who die will be with God in heaven. more >>
On Monday, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention began accepting candidate nominations for its new commission president as it prepares for the retirement of long-time president Richard Land next fall.
Land has served as the president of the organization for several decades, but in July he announced his plans to retire on Oct. 23, 2013 – his 25th anniversary with the ERLC. Within a month of the announcement the organization had assembled a committee, led by chairman Barry Creamer, to find Land's replacement.
"He has been widely recognized as one of the leading public voices among evangelicals during his presidency. While there is no other Dr. Richard Land, there will be a next president of the ERLC, and needless to say, the expectations for that person are extremely high," said Creamer, who serves as the vice president of academic affairs at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, on the ERLC website. more >>
Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk, was honored with the Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award from the Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College.
Dobson was given the College's highest award, as well as an honorary doctorate of letters, in a ceremony held on Thursday as part of the College's Founder's Day.
Dr. Joe W. Aguillard, president of Louisiana College, told The Christian Post that Dobson received such honors because he is a "true national treasure." more >>