A Muslim official with the American Civil Liberties Union has drawn criticism for "emphatically" refusing to condemn atrocious acts of terrorism committed jihadis who seek to murder all who don't believe in their radical brand of Islam.
In an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Monday, Rana Elmir, the deputy director of the ACLU of Michigan, argued that moderate American Muslims do not and should not have to condemn the heinous acts of terror committed by the Islamic State, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda and other radical extremist groups and individuals in the name of Allah because doing so would be an "admission of guilt."
She reasoned that beheadings and executions carried out in the name of Islam are just as "foreign" to her as the alleged "terror advanced by mostly white men at the alarming rate of one mass killing every two weeks in this country." more >>
The Urbana '15 triennial student missions conference, the largest of its kind in the world, held its second evening session Monday night at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, where keynote speaker Pastor Francis Chan urged a crowd of more than 16,000 attendees to live under the authority of Jesus Christ, and to go beyond just talking about winning souls for the Kingdom.
Chan, a best-selling author and founder of the church-planting organization Radius International, said people often resist authority, and used Adam and Eve as primary examples. He stressed, however, that "authority can be a great thing," saying that following Christ and being under His authority — the One who has power over the wind, waves, demons, sickness and death — is "good news."
The pastor went on to say that, when it comes to the Bible, believers sometimes "talk it to death" instead of taking action. more >>
Leading Evangelist Franklin Graham and Fox News host Greta Van Susteren teamed up this week to deliver gift-filled shoeboxes to underprivileged children in the impoverished Caribbean nations of Belize and Haiti.
On Monday, Graham, the president of the the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian organization Samaritan's Purse, along with Van Susteren and her husband, John Coale, distributed shoeboxes filled with gifts for Operation Christmas Child.
Graham and Van Susteren also traveled to Haiti on Tuesday to hand out gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need at the Haiti-based Greta Home and Academy. Although it is unclear as to how many children in Haiti and Belize received the gift boxes, Graham posted on his Facebook page Monday night that the gifts brought happiness and hope into the underprivileged children's lives. more >>
Despite the fact that the Christian fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is notorious for being closed on Sundays, several Texas Chick-fil-A locations operated on Sunday to prepare and distribute free food to victims impacted by the deadly tornadoes that created havoc and destruction throughout the state.
After tornadoes and severe storms swept through the Dallas area over the weekend and killed as many as 11 people and damaged hundreds of buildings, Chick-fil-A employees from a number of stores northeast of Dallas opened the kitchens and volunteered their time to provide free food for first responders and victims of the natural disaster. Volunteers also delivered sandwiches to rescue workers and victims.
The humanitarian work of the Chick-fil-A restaurants was first publicized by Facebook user Jared Guynes who posted on Sunday about how the restaurant chain was breaking its own rule for the "best reason possible." He posted a picture of a Chick-fil-A pickup truck delivering food to a disaster services ambulance. more >>
True Christians must look to God not only as a deliverer of justification and righteousness, but must also value God as a treasure in their lives above all other things, Pastor John Piper wrote in a recent DesiringGod.org post.
Piper, founder of DesiringGod.org, a website focused on discussing Christianity and glorifying God, suggests in a Dec. 28 post that it is not enough for Christians to look to God as their Savior so they may be absolved of their sins and achieve righteousness. Along with receiving glory from God, Christians must value God as the highest, most important treasure in their lives.
The title of Piper's post sheds light on his message: "Are we saved by belief in God or delight in God?" more >>
A war on Christmas always ensues when the holidays come around and while many take to social media to debate the reason for the season, Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell posted a video showing who he and his family celebrate during the festive holiday.
In a Facebook video of Littrell, his wife, Leighanne, and son, Baylee, singing the traditional version of "Happy Birthday," the family is heard dedicating the song to Jesus Christ. In Christian tradition the birth of Christ is celebrated on Christmas Day and the multi-platinum recording artist made sure he and his family helped others remember that.
"Happy birthday Jesus! Merry Christmas from our family to yours!" Littrell wrote on Facebook along with the video. more >>