The Presbyterian Church (USA) has elected a co-moderator for its 222nd General Assembly who believes members of the denomination are just as evil as Orlando shooter Omar Mateen who pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group.
In a blog written within hours of the Orlando nightclub shooting in which Mateen killed 49 people, the Rev. Denise Anderson — a pastor from National Capital Presbytery who is serving alongside the Rev. Jan Edmiston, a presbytery executive from Chicago as a co-moderator for the PCUSA's annual assembly — argues that "many in our own ranks aren't too idealistically different from this gunman."
"Much of this [homelessness, human trafficking, crime, drug use and suicide among LGBT youth] can be attributed to religious teaching," Anderson claims. "A pastor who counseled parents to turn their backs on their gay son, or submit their lesbian daughter to conversion therapy. Flippant comments about 'sissies' thrown carelessly about from the pulpit. more >>
Pope Francis has warned that a global emptiness and insecurity is gripping the world, saying people need Jesus Christ more than ever before.
"The world needs Christ more than ever, needs His salvation and His merciful love," Francis said on Sunday.
Public discourse in America is like "a really bad marriage," says Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas.
In an hour-long interview with MSNBC host Chris Matthews in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jakes described the cultural climate as "a really bad marriage where everybody is trying to be polite but nobody gets down to the communication that's necessary to heal it again."
"And the man thinks he knows what the woman ought to do and the woman knows what the man ought to do because you make assumptions about other people without ever talking to the people you make assumptions about." more >>
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission received criticism from some members of the Southern Baptist Convention at the denomination's annual meeting on Wednesday for filing an amicus brief on behalf of a Muslim group seeking to build a mosque.
In May, the ERLC joined a diverse coalition of groups in an amicus brief to support the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge in its lawsuit against a New Jersey township that rejected its application to build a mosque.
At the SBC's annual meeting held earlier this week in St. Louis, Missouri, some of the messengers called for action to be taken against the ERLC for joining the amicus brief. more >>
In their zeal to win souls for Christ, some Christians slip into Beast Mode — that aggressive, sometimes negative manner of dealing with non-believers that, instead of drawing people closer to Christ, usually drives them farther away. If they're honest, many will admit that they've been on the receiving end of an awkward Beast Mode moment or two, or know at least a couple of Christians who fit the Beast Mode bill.
In his recent book Unanswered, a volume six years in the making that intends to shed light on such hot-button topics within today's Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston warns believers against being overzealous witnesses, instead reminding them to maintain a balance when evangelizing, using Jesus as the perfect example.
"I think that we always walk a fine line with people that are not following Jesus … what we say to them about their condition," Pastor Johnston told The Christian Post, reminding believers that Jesus was the ultimate evangelist. "Jesus was effective. He never went into Beast Mode, and he didn't bulldoze anyone with the Gospel." more >>
For a good while now I have had the privilege of helping to shape the global discussion about the future of Christianity as it pertains to technological futurism. I have met and spoken with numerous tech-savvy Christians from various parts of the world, all of which have articulated that they believe that the quickly emerging technological future has radical implications for their faith. In the midst of those discussions, I have heard many perspectives and through them I have come to understand one very valuable fact: Christianity is desperately in need of an updated technological hermeneutic.
Proof of this assertion arises in the fact that a lot of the anti-religion tech crowd believes that emerging technology will be the end of Christianity. I actually believe just the opposite. I think that the technological revolution that is quickly taking shape will breath new life into stagnant theological waters — helping to spring forth a more holy understanding of our humanity.
But in order for that to happen Christians need to begin to take seriously our responsibility to learn from our rich theological traditions so that we might try and use that wisdom to help one another interpret the quickly changing technological world around us. Put simply, humanity needs better ways of understanding what is happening to us now (i.e. how technology is effecting us), and how we are participating in that transformative process. And in order to foster such understanding, we need better ways of talking about the ideas that are already on the table. more >>