WASHINGTON — Many of the nation's most influential pastors and spiritual leaders gathered at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday for UnitedCry DC16 to offer much-needed prayer for America.
The day's proceedings were called to order by the bellowing of a shofar, a horn used in ancient Jewish tradition to bring people together, as a diverse gathering of thousands of participants across denominations, ethnicities and generations braved wintry elements to act as intercessors seeking God's forgiveness and favor on behalf of the nation.
UnitedCry's emphasis on repentance, spiritual revival and empowerment called for reflection on the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and included a ceremonial foot washing for members of the King family to atone for America's past wrongs against King and the struggle for racial equality. more >>
Pope Francis issued a subtle jab at the transgender movement in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, where he asserted that schools need to teach children to "accept" their natural bodies as they were "created," and to appreciate their bodies as "male and female."
As the fight to allow self-identifying transgender students into bathrooms and changing areas of the opposite sex spreads to school districts across the U.K. and the United States, the pontiff spoke out against encouraging students' who choose to identify with the opposite biological gender.
Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams is canceling an upcoming concert in Mississippi after the state passed a religious liberty law giving wedding-related business owners the right not to work same-sex weddings because of their religious convictions.
Adams, probably best known for his hit "Summer of '69," was scheduled to play a show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi Thursday. Adams, however, took issue with the state's recently passed HB 1523 and decided that he could not "in good conscience" perform "in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation."
The 56-year-old released a statement on his website and social media accounts Sunday telling fans that he is no longer going to perform in Mississippi until the law is changed, explaining that he finds it "incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against." more >>
Country crooner and "The Voice" judge Blake Shelton takes a departure from mainstream radio to release what he calls a very "important" gospel song as he gears up to release his upcoming album, If I'm Honest.
His new single, "Savior's Shadow," is a heartfelt country hymn.
"Though the devil tried to break me, my sweet Jesus won't forsake me, when I'm in my savior's shadow where I'm supposed to be," he passionately sings. more >>
A Christian student expelled from England's Sheffield University because he quoted the Bible's stance on homosexuality in a Facebook post supportive of controversial Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has lost his appeal.
Felix Ngole, a 38-year-old in his second year of study for a master's degree in social work at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire was told that he is no longer a student at the university after a committee ruled he "may have caused offense to some individuals" by issuing a Facebook post last September quoting Leviticus on the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality.
Ngole's post came in defense of Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, who became the center of a media firestorm last year when she refused to allow her office to issue same-sex marriage licenses with her name and title on them because of her religious objection to same-sex marriage. more >>
Los Angeles — With minimum promotion, a grassroots movement comprised of mostly Christian youth groups throughout the U.S. generated more than 115,000 online registrations for people to attend Azusa Now, a prayer and worship event at the L.A. Coliseum Saturday.
Drawing from the historic Azusa Street Revival held in 1906, organizers say what made the event special was that it "mirrored the reality of the formation of the church in Acts 2."
"Firstly, there was a multi-ethnic gathering of unity in Christ, (Acts 2:1-11). Secondly, the miraculous, attesting ministry of the Holy Spirit was enjoyed in a unique way, (Acts 2:2-4). Finally, there was a clear presentation of the Gospel leading many to salvation, (Acts 2:37-41)," they stated. "This outpouring of Heaven descended on the poor districts of Los Angeles during an incredibly dangerous, volatile and prejudiced period of American history. God used an African-American named William Seymour to launch this modern Acts 2 movement. Black, white, Asian and Hispanic came together in bonds of love, unity and prayer. It came to be said, 'the color line was washed away' at Azusa." more >>