Major evangelical leaders recently announced their support for universal background checks for all firearms purchases in America.
The Rev. Franklin Graham, president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse and Dr. Richard Land, outgoing head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, stated this in interviews with Time Magazine.
"As ministers, we agreed together that we could stand on a united front for universal background checks … We think that's reasonable and responsible," said Graham. more >>
A seminary in Pennsylvania has filed a motion to intervene on behalf of two Texas universities suing the Department of Health and Human Services over their "Preventive Services" mandate.
Westminster Theological Seminary of Glenside filed the motion Friday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division.
"Westminster claims an interest in the transaction that is the subject of this action. Westminster is a graduate level theological seminary which adheres to the historic Reformed understanding of the Christian faith," reads the motion in part. "As such, it is resolutely opposed, on biblical and First Amendment grounds, to the federal agencies' mandate being challenged here that requires it to provide its employees health insurance coverage for, and thereby encourage its employees to use, abortifacient drugs." more >>
California Baptist University has been sued by a transgender student who was expelled by the academic institute for inaccurately stating that he was female.
Domaine Javier filed suit against the University on Monday in the Superior Court of California in Riverside County.
"CBU suspended her, excluded her from campus, and expelled her for one reason: she is transgender," reads the suit. "As a result of the suspension, exclusion, and expulsion, Ms. Javier has suffered economic damages, including loss of the honors scholarships CBU awarded and loss of wages." more >>
Of the six billion people who are living in the world today, fewer than 20 percent know Jesus Christ as their savior, according to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), which is motivating its member churches to take on the 1% Challenge to increase giving to the Cooperative Program.
Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, first initiated the SBC's 1% Challenge to its 45,000 member churches two years ago.
Since that time, 15 percent of Southern Baptist churches either have adopted the program, or are seriously considering adopting the 1 percent-of-budget increase in Cooperative Program giving. more >>
The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution urging the Boy Scouts of America's leadership to not change their policy banning openly gay members.
SBC leadership unanimously approved the resolution Tuesday as the BSA continues to mull over the possibility of changing its controversial national policy.
"… we call on and urge the representatives of the approximately 1,400 voting members of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America courageously to stand strong on their moral convictions and vote to reject the proposed resolution from the national Scouting leaders, retaining the current policy of moral rectitude that has marked the Boy Scouts of America for more than one hundred years," reads the resolution. more >>
Pastors and church leaders have to deal with ethical issues every day, but what is Christian ethics, and how can they sharpen their sense of ethics? Theologian Russell D. Moore offers answers to these frequently asked questions in an interview.
Most people have a limited understanding of ethics, as they think it either involves personal, moral choices alone or has to do with politics, said Moore, dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, during an interview with David Mathis of Desiring God ministry.
These two things are included in ethics in Christian understanding, but that's not the entirety of it, said Moore in the video interview posted on the ministry's website. more >>