Megachurch pastor Tony Evans has issued a call to Christians across the nation to rise to the challenge of bringing solutions to some of the issues he believes are apparent in the violence that recently gripped parts of Baltimore city amid protests over the police killing of a young black man.
"It is with deep regret and sadness that I have joined the rest of America to see the carnage, the pain and the anguish taking place in my hometown, Baltimore, Maryland," said Evans in a video released the night after rioting and looting erupted in Baltimore.
"To see what can emanate from hopelessness is a reminder of two things. First of all, the damage that hopelessness can do, the wrong that can be expressed by people in their frustration so that they wind up doing the very thing that they're complaining against. At the very same time, I recognize this demonstrates the need for the Church of Jesus Christ to offer the hope that is missing in so many people's lives." more >>
Almost 60 percent of millennials "disapprove of the Obama administration's management of the rise of ISIS," and support sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq to fight the terror group, according to a recent poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics.
The Harvard Public Opinion Project's spring survey found that 57 percent of 18 to 29 year olds said they "support the U.S. sending ground troops to participate in a military campaign against ISIS;" while 40 percent of millennials polled said they oppose increasing military intervention.
The survey also reveals that in just one year, "support has grown by 10 percentage points for the U.S. to 'take the lead in solving international crises and conflicts,' (35 percent in March 2015; 25 percent in March 2014)." more >>
Amnesty International claims Paraguay's abortion laws are too restrictive and "tantamount to torture" after a woman was denied an abortion for her 10-year-old daughter who was reportedly raped by her stepfather.
The mother, whose daughter showed up at a hospital six months pregnant complaining of stomach pains, is being charged as an accomplice in her daughter's rape. more >>
More than 200 teenagers on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota have committed or attempted suicide between December and March this year, and now religious leaders are getting involved, claiming that there is a spiritual battle that needs to be fought and won in order to save the youth.
"This is beyond anything we've ever seen; it's almost like 'serial suicides.' This is not just a psychological issue: this is a spiritual battle with spiritual forces. The thief—speaking of the devil—'comes to steal, kill, and destroy,' and this is the result," Ron Hutchcraft of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries told Charisma News.
He is calling on Christians both in the South Dakota region and across the country to come together to help these teens and Christian leaders are gathering with leaders on the reservation in order to make an action plan to hopefully prevent further suicides. more >>
When Walt was a little boy, he had a vision that God gave him and he would never forget. This vision showed him as a father, with a little girl named Chloe. But, not everything worked out the way he expected. God had a bigger plan, and when you hear about it, you will get the chills!
God may give us the most amazing visions and ideas in our lives, but we may not always get everything as soon as we want it. God has a plan and we must trust in His plans and vision for us. In this case, Walt and Annie had been a happily married couple, who had been struggling with infertility for quite a while. They were always imagining a baby girl, and hoping to one day call it Chloe, and nothing seemed to be going right for them. Walt eventually lost hope in his promise from God.
Until one day, they received a life-changing email. This is the moment they realized that God had been writing a beautiful story for them that was 20 years in the making. God's plan is always greater than our own, and this story is a beautiful proof of that. more >>
Commenting on the devastating violence that took place on Monday in Baltimore, outspoken Christian professional football player Benjamin Watson explained that the pain, anger and tension that the city and its residents are experiencing can only be healed through the power of Christ.
The 34-year-old 11-season NFL tight end, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, is a frequent commentator on current events and has never been afraid to let his Christian convictions be heard. On Tuesday, Watson took to Facebook to voice his thoughts on the rioting, looting, injuring of cops, destroying of police cars, and homes and businesses that took place in Baltimore after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who suffered a spinal injury while in Baltimore police custody.
Watson noted that Baltimore is not the first city to go through a violent uprising over police negligence, and likely won't be the last. He further asserted that the problems Baltimore faces right now are shared by the nation as a whole. more >>