In his final remarks during a Thursday panel discussing racial reconciliation in America and the importance of urban ministry, African-American pastor, author and syndicated radio broadcaster Tony Evans boldly stated that many of the issues surrounding race in America stem from the social irresponsibility of those within the African-American community.
Speaking at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, Evans asserted that although the responsibility to alleviate the racial divide also lies with the church and other racial classes who must hold government accountable to change an unjust justice system, black Americans cannot use the existence of racial tensions to justify careless or irresponsible actions.
"There is another side here that needs to be brought to bear and that is black accountability. Because while we want to have the sensibility that we are talking about, and we must have it, we cannot use the reality of race to condone irresponsibility," Evans explained. "Much that goes under the name of race has to do with black irresponsibility." more >>
The McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour returns in May for its ninth annual event and a list of performers were announced on Wednesday.
Gospel music powerhouse Yolanda Adams is set to take part in the 14-city tour, hosted by national radio personality, Lonnie Hunter. Adams is joined by acclaimed singer/songwriter, Donald Lawrence, evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, Ricky Dillard, DeWayne Woods, BET's Sunday Best winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and comedienne Small Fire.
"I couldn't pass up an opportunity to join this unique tour with so many of my phenomenal peers," said Clark-Cole of The Clark Sisters. "The tour will certainly be filled with exciting, soul-stirring music." more >>
Hillsong UNITED is revealing the story behind "Touch the Sky," the lead single off their highly-anticipated new album "EMPIRES."
The new album, which releases on May 26, is Hillsong's follow-up to "Zion," their fastest-selling album to date. "EMPIRES" is available for pre-sale now, but Hillsong fans can already enjoy both the lyrics video to "Touch the Sky" as well as the story behind the song straight from band members Joel Houston and Taya Smith.
"Before we knew what the album was going to be called, before we knew really what is was gonna be about, all I knew was that I felt like we had to, as a foundation, start with attitudes," Houston explains in a new video. "I love the idea that Jesus and his disciples climbed up a mountain and Jesus decided to start talking about the Kingdom of Heaven. We live in a culture now, much like back then, where status was based on who you were and what you looked like and who you knew or what labels were attached to you, much in the same way as back then." more >>
Natalie Grant is back on the Game Show Network with season two of "It Takes A Church" today, and this time, the singer is offering sage advice to singles both on and off the television series.
The "Held" singer made her debut as the host of "It Takes A Church" last year, and the Christian dating show has encouraged dozens of congregants to find love. Undoubtedly playing a key role in the success of the show, Grant revealed her practice of giving advice to "singles" on "It Takes A Church" while speaking to The Christian Post.
First, Grant explained the utmost importance of finding an identity in Christ as opposed to looking to a spouse to meet that need. Taking time for yourself is "being selfish in the right sense of the word," according to the six-time Dove Award-winner. more >>
Barna Group has released its 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, and has revealed that one in four unchurched adults in the country now identify as atheists or agnostics. The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith.
The study was focused on those who have not attended church within the past six months, and found that the majority of such people identify as non-practicing Christians. One in four, or 25 percent, however, were classed as skeptics, which Barna defines as people who "either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics)."
Of that number, nearly one-third said that they have never attended a Christian church service in their lives. more >>
After America's first ever Islamic tribunal was established in Irving, Texas earlier this year, the town's city council dealt the local Muslims a blow by passing a resolution in support of new state legislation that would forbid the implementation of any "foreign laws," including sharia.
Irving Mayor, Beth Van Duyne, has been thrust into the national spotlight after taking a hard stance against the imposition of sharia by a Sunni mosque that formed the Irving Islamic Tribunal in January in order to provide koranic counseling and mediation for social disputes in the Muslim community.
After the Irving city council passed the resolution last Thursday to support Texas House Bill 562, which would forbid the use of "foreign law" and would also codify the supremacy of U.S. and state law, Muslims in the town were disgusted with the city's resolution, saying that it deliberately targets Muslims and spreads "Islamophobia." more >>