Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, has said that while Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is doing a "great job" of attracting evangelical voters, he must hammer on the importance of appointing conservative justices to the Supreme Court.
"The good news for Trump is that according to the latest Pew poll, evangelicals prefer Trump by three-to-one over Hillary Clinton," Jeffress said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, referring to Pew statistics from July detailing evangelical support for Trump.
"So the danger is not that evangelicals are going to vote for Clinton, the danger is that they won't turn out and vote at all, like they did in 2012 by the millions," he said. more >>
John Piper believes it is essential that families worship together on Sunday in church instead of a separate children's service, while other pastors, including J.D. Greear, agree in part.
Reviving a long-held debate on how to do church, pastor and theologian John Piper argues in a desiringGod article that something powerful is transmitted when children behold their parents worshiping the Lord. So important is this, Piper says, that he and his wife wrote a lengthy letter to their church more than 20 years ago outlining why they should not have children's church or a mini-sermon for children at all, arguing that parents should start bringing their kids to service around the age of 4.
Just as children do not understand language when they are young, parents nevertheless immerse them in it hoping that they will grow up into joyful use of it, Piper contends. How much more important, then, is immersion in an atmosphere where kids see their parents encountering the glory of God in prayer and worship each Sunday, he poses. more >>
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is "grateful" that the California legislature recently dropped a proposal in a pro-LGBT bill that critics say would have curbed religious liberty for private schools.
California state Sen. Ricardo Lara announced earlier this week that he was dropping a measure in a bill that would have removed certain exemptions from religious colleges.
As president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Rodriguez said in a statement Wednesday that he and his organization "hope and pray that future legislative proposals will engage the faith community in a viable conversation that will protect the rights of all." more >>
California State Senator Ricardo Lara announced that he will be dropping a provision from a bill that critics warned would have curbed the religious exemption rights of private schools.
Senator Lara recently introduced Senate Bill 1146, which among other things would have made it easier for LGBT students of religious colleges to sue the schools for upholding traditional Christian teachings on gender and sexuality.
In a statement published in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Lara explained that while he supports protecting LGBT students of religious schools, he is aware that certain "unintended consequences" may come from his bill. more >>
A Southern Baptist pastor is critical of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's apparent interest in implementing a state lottery, arguing that such a move is "a regressive tax on the poor."
Bentley announced earlier this week that he was calling a special session of the state legislature to see about the creation of a state lottery to help fund certain government programs.
The historical meaning of the term "evangelical" has lost its context and has been watered down to represent non-church going conservative whites who self-identify as Christian but don't exactly fit the true definition of the word, Baylor University history professor and author Thomas Kidd says.
As recent polls suggest that a large majority of white evangelical Christians are now onboard the Donald Trump train, Kidd, who researches 18th century North America and the history of evangelism at Baylor – the world's largest Baptist university – wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post that there is "something more complicated going on" with the meaning of "evangelical" in today's America and polls are doing a terrible job identifying their subjects.
A CNN/ORC poll released earlier this week states that 76 percent of white evangelicals have their minds made up in support of the Republican presidential nominee. A pew survey from earlier this month similarly found that 78 percent of white evangelicals plan to vote for Trump. more >>