Donald Trump attended the Sunday church service of a liberal Mainline denomination in an apparent attempt at outreach to Iowa Evangelicals. The pastor gave a sermon on taking care of Syrian and Mexican migrants — a lecture which Trump admitted may have been aimed at him.
"Jesus is teaching us today that he has come for those who are outside of the church," the Rev Dr Pamela Saturnia of Muscataine's First Presbyterian Church said on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
Saturnia called for healing and acceptance for "those who are the most unloved, the most discriminated against, the most forgotten in our community and in our world," citing both "the Syrian refugees" and "the Mexican migrants." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham says he's "deeply concerned" about reports that the Faculty Council at Wheaton College has made a recommendation against the move to terminate a tenured professor who suggested that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
"Both my father Billy Graham and my mother attended Wheaton College in Illinois — in fact that's where they met. I'm surprised and disappointed that the faculty council there is now recommending the college drop their plans to terminate a professor who published that she believed Islam and Christianity worship the same God in December," Graham wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.
"This is no minor issue that should be debated. Islam denies that God has a Son. They deny that Jesus is God," he added. more >>
Proclaim 16, a four-day convention for professionals in Christian media and the ministry, promises to be a networking opportunity for thousands of Christian communicators.
The National Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention will be held Feb. 23-26 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and will feature over 70 speakers, including Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, Anne Graham Lotz and Kay Arthur. Inspirational speaker Jefferson Bethke will also be on hand, as well as thought leaders Albert Mohler and Phil Cooke.
Celebrities Roma Downey, Jennifer Garner and Kevin Sorbo will also be present, along with faith-based filmmaking brothers Steven and Alex Kendrick of "War Room" and "Fireproof" fame. more >>
Wheaton College should withdraw its suspension and possible firing of a professor who stated publicly that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, concluded the Evangelical school's Faculty Council.
In a unanimous decision made earlier this week, the Faculty Council concluded that Dr. Larycia Hawkins, known as the "Hijab Professor" for her decision to wear a hijab in solidarity with Muslims during Advent, should be allowed to return to work.
New Testament Professor Lynn Cohick, chair of the Faculty Council, sent an email to the entire faculty of Wheaton with this recommendation expressed. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has praised a recent Google doodle of a pro-life feminist leader, and argued that human life should not be considered precious because of its ability to contribute to society, but because every human being is made in the image of God.
"As Christians we need to tell others why human life — every human life — is valuable, starting with God's Word. A life isn't intrinsically valuable because he or she can contribute to society; a life has intrinsic value because every human being is made in God's image (Genesis 1:27), and is a being who will live forever," Ham wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.
"The Psalms remind us that 'I am fearfully and wonderfully made' (Psalm 139:14) and Jeremiah says that 'before I formed you in the womb I knew you' (Jeremiah 1:5). When we start our thinking with God's Word, it's readily apparent that every life has value, worth, and dignity," he added, and pointed to an AiG article from Sunday, which further elaborates on the topic. more >>
A number of Christian church leaders, including Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, spoke out about the vital need for believers to follow Jesus' footsteps and help refugees at the GC2 Summit at Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois, on Wednesday.
The conference featured a number of sessions focused on the ongoing refugee crisis that is gripping the world, most notably with the millions of people in Syria and the surrounding region fleeing civil war and seeking refuge in Western nations. Evangelical pastors spoke alongside relief groups, such as World Vision and World Relief, about the urgent need for the Church in America to get involved and help in meaningful ways.
Rick Warren focused his message to the audience at Naperville, alongside all those watching via live stream, on the life and mission of Jesus Christ, and urged believers to care about the things that Jesus cared about. more >>