WASHINGTON — Contemporary Christian singer-songwriters Michael W. Smith and Mark Hall, of the band Casting Crowns, say Americans need to turn back to God and let Him into their hearts to help the country weather the "storm" that it's facing.
As the United States continues to struggle with racial tensions, thousands of Christians of all colors and races gathered on the National Mall for Together 2016 on Saturday to take part in fellowship, prayer and worship.
The event, which was five years in the making and organized by Pulse and its founder Nick Hall, featured messages and performances from 40 prominent Christian singers and speakers including Grammy Award-winning Smith, the Contemporary Christian Rock band Casting Crowns and hip-hop artist Lecrae. more >>
NEW YORK — Influential evangelical leaders from every region of America are gathered together today in Washington, D.C. along with as many as 1 million Christians to worship God and pray for the nation at Together 2016.
Inspired by evangelist and college Pastor Nick Hall, founder of PULSE, Together 2016 is a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the Church and awaken the culture to Jesus. Christians from all over the nation will unite in prayer at the National Mall all day on Saturday solely under the banner of Jesus.
Hall said his ultimate goal for the weekend event is that Jesus be lifted up in the nation's capital. more >>
As Republican Party leaders met this week in Cleveland to draft and approve amendments to the party's platform, many headlines have surfaced about the proposed additions.
The New York Times is saying that the draft of the Republican Party Platform "goes far to the right," by taking conservative and traditionalist stances on issues such as abortion, sexual orientation change effort (SOCE) therapy, military combat and even the teaching of the Bible in public schools.
Below are seven takeaways from the reported draft of the Republican Party platform that are of particular interest to conservative Christians. The official 2016 Republican Party Platform will not be adopted until next week at the Republican National Convention. more >>
The social conservative advocacy group Family Research Council has withdrawn its support for a religious freedom bill introduced in Congress last year that aims to protect individuals and institutions from being punished by the federal government over opposition to same-sex marriage.
In the wake of last June's Supreme Court decision redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) in their respective houses.
The crux of the legislation is to prohibit the federal government from discriminating against or taking action against religious institutions or individuals that act in accordance with their religious beliefs on marriage. more >>
Pastor Miles McPherson of San Diego's The Rock Church believes the best way to battle racism is to do so on "a spiritual level."
During a sermon he preached on Sunday, McPherson centered his message on racial tensions in the United States following the shooting deaths of black men Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile Minnesota, at the hands of police officers last week.
This was followed by racially-motivated shootings in Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri in which civilians and police officers were shot at, leaving one woman dead after being killed by Lakeem Keon Scott in Bristol, Tennessee, while she was driving her car on a highway last Thursday. Later that same day, 12 people were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas. Eleven of the injured were police officers, five later died from their wounds. The man who shot them, Micah Johnson, said he "wanted to kill while people," specifically white police officers. more >>
The United States House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday evening to protect religious health care providers and medical professionals from being penalized by government agencies for refusing to be involved in or provide coverage for abortions.
With a 245 to 182 vote, the lower house passed the Conscience Protection Act introduced by Rep. John Fleming, R-La., which seeks to protect not only health care providers but social services providers, health care training professionals and health insurers from the coercion of the federal government and state and local government agencies that receive federal funds for health-related activities.
Specifically, the bill states that government agencies that receive federal funds may not "penalize, retaliate against, or otherwise discriminate against a health care provider" who doesn't "perform, refer for, pay for, or otherwise participate in abortion." Also, the agencies can't retaliate if those institutions or professionals don't "provide or sponsor abortion coverage" or "facilitate or make arrangements" for one to receive an abortion or abortion coverage. more >>