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 >>
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, discusses the types of political issues that pastors should address in their congregations and which ones to avoid.
In a video posted on the website For The Church, last week, Moore addresses the question: "How political should a local pastor get with his flock?"
Christians are sometimes reluctant to engage political questions, says Moore, because they "put this artificial barrier between personal morality and social ethics in a way that the prophets, in a way that Jesus, in a way that James don't." more >>
Together 2016 organizers will not know if they reached their 1 million attendee goal until a few days more, but one thing they know for sure is they have got the nation talking – the hashtag #JesusChangesEverything was at one point the No.3 most popular trend on Twitter in the United States.
The event described as a once-in-a-generation, millennial-focused prayer and worship gathering was attended by at least tens of thousands of young Americans (if not hundreds of thousands) from all races and walks of life from across the county at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. The theme was unity with one shared purpose: to reset our lives as the singular body of Jesus Christ.
At the time of this article's publication, there were over 30,000 tweets with the hashtag #JesusChangesEverything, which Together 2016 visionary Nick Hall repeatedly urged attendees and viewers of the livestream to tweet in order to make it the top trend in the nation. more >>
As you near your respective conventions where you will make final decisions regarding your nominees for the Office of President, I — as an evangelical leader and fellow American — feel deeply compelled to make this humble request of you:
Tell the American public what you truly believe about the things that matter to us.
As leaders in our nation, in your formulation of your respective platforms, please leave your conventions with a clear message about your stance on the subjects we care about. more >>
Miracles don't happen when a situation is comfortable, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In his "Daily Hope" devotional published Tuesday, Warren explained "the path to a miracle often goes through uncomfortable territory."
"Miracles never happen in your comfort zone, when everything's great and convenient. You don't need a miracle when everything is settled in your life," said Warren. "You only need a miracle when you're on the edge, when you're scared to death, when you're insecure, when you can get hit at any angle." more >>
J.D. Greear, who was a strong contender for president at the recent Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, says it's unfair to blame declining baptism numbers in the SBC on a resurgence of 5-point Calvinism in Southern Baptist life. Greear graciously stepped aside in a razor close race with Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis and a more moderate Calvinist — a contest that many say rested on how 5-point Calvinism affects church growth.
In an interview with The Christian Post last Thursday, Greear, pastor of Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, said it doesn't matter how many "points" of Calvinism one holds because "Jesus gave every one of us the Great Commission, and if we're not carrying it out, that's just plain unfaithful."
CP also reached out to several other prominent strict Calvinists within the SBC, such as Albert Mohler Jr., Russell Moore, Mark Dever, and David Platt for their comments for this article but all were either traveling or otherwise unable to respond by press time. more >>