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  • Ross Shouldn’t Do That (Ref: Ross Douthat’s New York Times hit piece on Ted Cruz)

    09/14/2014 12:32:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | September 13, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    I had to read the penultimate paragraph of Ross Douthat’s New York Times piece on “friendless Middle East Christians” before the enormity of it sunk in. Douthat wrote: If Cruz felt that he couldn’t address an audience of persecuted Arab Christians without including a florid, “no greater ally” preamble about Israel, he could have withdrawn from the event. The fact that he preferred to do it this way says a lot–none of it good–about his priorities and instincts. In so many words: Jew-hatred among Middle Eastern Christians is so rampant that it should be ignored in the interests of saving...
  • 'Evangelicals for Marriage Equality' Launch Draws Harsh Criticism

    09/12/2014 10:15:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/12/2014 | Alex Murashko
    Reaction to the launch earlier this week of a group calling itself "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" heralded by an op-ed in TIME by its spokesman, was met with harsh criticism from some Christians, including the assertion that no "real arguments" were made to support same-sex marriages. "I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships," wrote Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention....
  • Tim Keller - Reason for God - The Veritas Forum

    08/21/2014 6:16:54 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
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  • Tim Keller - Open Forum: Sex and the Romantic Solution

    08/20/2014 4:53:01 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 40 replies
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  • Some evangelicals in Republican Party are feeling left out, see no standard-bearer

    08/16/2014 8:04:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Wasington Post ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Sebastian Payne
    Many social conservatives say they feel politically isolated as the country seems to be hurtling to the left, with marijuana now legal in Colorado and gay marriage gaining ground across the nation. They feel out of place in a GOP increasingly dominated by tea party activists and libertarians who prefer to focus on taxes and the role of government and often disagree with social conservatives on drugs or gay rights.
  • Pastor Mark Driscoll's books withdrawn from 180 Christian stores

    08/13/2014 8:34:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    la times ^ | Carolyn Kellogg
    ooks by megachurch Pastor Mark Driscoll have been pulled from 180 Christian stores. LifeWay stores have temporarily suspended sales of his books, including "A Call to Resurgence" and "Real Marriage." "LifeWay Stores and LifeWay.com are not selling Mark Driscoll's books while we assess the situation regarding his ministry," the company said in a statement. lRelated Lauren Bacall on writing: The most complete experience I've ever had Jacket Copy Lauren Bacall on writing: The most complete experience I've ever had See all related 8 Driscoll founded Seattle's Mars Hill Church in 1996; it has grown to a reported 13,000 attendees and...
  • Ted Cruz’s positioning in Iowa

    08/11/2014 10:30:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | August 11, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    With each trip to an early primary state, potential 2016 Republican candidates are defining the issues and their own experience in ways that will bolster their presidential prospects. Pundits call this sort of activity “creating a narrative,” but whatever you call it, it can provide insight into the candidates’ self-image and what they think the primary electorate will want in a nominee. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), in an Iowa visit, sought to define five conservative victories: “Stopping the gun legislation that followed the Newtown shooting;” “stopping a bill reforming the International Monetary Fund that would have put more taxpayer money...
  • Tips For Hospital Visiting (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/09/2014 10:24:08 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | August 9, 2014 | David Murray
    Full Title: Tips For Hospital Visiting, Here are some tips to help you when you're engaged in hospital visitation ______________________________________ Recently I was re-reading Brian Croft’s great little book, Visit the Sick: Ministering God’s Grace in Times of Illness, and thought I’d put together a few of his tips with some of my own gathered over 20 years of hospital visitation with the hope that it might encourage more of this ministry among Christians. Remember this is not something just for pastors and it also enters into our assessment at the final judgment: “I was sick and you visited me”...
  • Conservative Evangelicals Supporting EPA’s CO2 Rule? Nothing Here But Dog Bites Man

    08/09/2014 7:04:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Calvin Beisner
    Mystified by all the news lately that “conservative, evangelical Christians” have suddenly become very worried about climate change when none of your conservative, evangelical Christian friends have done so? Perplexed by reports that “conservative, evangelical Christians” spoke out in favor of the federal EPA’s new proposed rule requiring 30% cuts in CO2 emissions from power plants by 2030? There’s a pretty easy explanation, the old newspaper editor’s rule of thumb: “Dog bites man, no news. Man bites dog, news.” News, because it’s so unusual. America’s mainstream media always go gaga when they can find a few outspoken conservative, evangelical Christians...
  • What could he be thinking? Pope Apologizes to evangelicals for the Church not collapsing enough

    08/01/2014 3:03:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 8/1/14 | tantumblogo
    Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, the return. I have avoided over the past week or more the incredibly damaging and scandalous actions and statements by Pope Francis with regard to his evangelical buddies in the hopes these scandals might go away. But eventually it became too much to avoid. Apparently, TFG has been meeting and cavorting with these hucksters all summer. Scandal has piled on scandal. This is not a matter of translations, or spin. The statements are too cohesive, too similar, and repetitious...
  • Christian support for Israel rooted in Genesis promises, not end-times prophecy, evangelicals say

    07/28/2014 7:05:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/28/2014 | Philip Klein
    Polling consistently shows overwhelmingly support for Israel among American evangelicals, one of the factors that explain why the modern Republican Party has become so supportive of Israel. Critics have attempted to dismiss this support, however, by insinuating that it’s actually rooted in end times prophecies. David Brog, director of the 1.75 million strong Christians United for Israel, said that this couldn’t be further from the truth. “Any one who says that evangelical support for Israel is all about somehow speeding the end times, bringing Jesus back, [and killing or converting Jews] ... any one who does that is showing their...
  • Are Evangelicals Bad for Marriage?

    07/25/2014 4:31:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/25/2014 | Maggie Gallagher
    An April 2014 Urban Institute study predicts that if current marriage rates do not rebound, just 69 percent of Millennial women (and 65 percent of men) will marry by the age of 40. By contrast, in 1990, 91 percent of U.S.-born women had married by the age of 40. Almost none of this retreat from marriage will be felt among college-educated white Americans. The majority of college-educated Millennials will marry and have their children in marriages that last until the death of one partner. Meanwhile, the average American lives in a world where sex is plentiful but stable families are...
  • Poll: Americans Rate Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals Warmly; Muslims, Atheists More Coldly

    07/20/2014 7:09:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/20/2014 | BY JESSICA MARTINEZ
    Americans feel warm toward Jews, Catholics and Evangelicals but they are colder toward Muslims and atheists, according to a new Pew Research Survey. Respondents were asked to rate each faith group according to a "feeling thermometer" ranging from 0 to 100, 0 reflecting the coldest and most negative rating and 100 being the warmest, most positive. The outcome concluded that U.S. adults are more fond of individuals who share their same or similar faith. "In a society like the United States, where religion is such an important part of life, of how people view the world, how people approach politics...
  • Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America?

    07/17/2014 7:09:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 07/17/2014 | Alan Noble
    People who disagree with same-sex marriage and birth-control use have been met with accusations of bigotry. Are some Christians being unfairly shamed out of the public sphere? Is evangelical Christian morality still viable in American public life? This is the question lurking in recent debates over religious-liberty issues, from the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision to the Christian bakers who object to baking cakes for gay weddings. In discussions of these cases, objections to same-sex marriage and contraception are described as a retreat from “secular society.” And in some cases, evangelicals actually have retreated: Since the Boy Scouts of America...
  • Evangelical Organization to Support Hundreds of Immigrant Children

    07/14/2014 10:07:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | Morgan Lee
    The National Latino Evangelical Coalition will be working with faith-based organizations across the country to open up 600 beds to Central American children who have crossed into the country without their parents. President of the NaLEC Gabe Salguero explained that over a period of 18 months, starting in August, churches and camps will likely receive thousands of children — the majority of whom are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — while they are waiting to be placed with their parents who are already in the United States or family members in the countries they are from. "We have 15...
  • Do Evangelical Churches Have to Accept Gay Marriage to Attract Millennials?

    07/12/2014 10:29:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/12/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    Must Evangelical churches change or downplay their position on homosexuality to attract millennials? Millennials, generally defined as those ages 18 to mid-30s, are the most supportive of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, many polls show. A recent Public Religion Research Institute poll had their support at 69 percent, the highest of any age group. Even among self-described Evangelicals, the millennials showed the highest level of support at 43 percent (though the poll only included white Evangelicals), compared to 33 percent for generation X, 22 percent for Baby Boomers and 19 percent for those 68 and older. The poll also...
  • A Sexual Revolution for Young Evangelicals? No.

    07/09/2014 9:49:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-9-14 | Russell D. Moore & Andrew Walker
    In any discussion about the future of religion in America, especially as it relates to stalled growth in churches and denominations, those outside our religious communities find one theory especially compelling. This is the idea: that young Evangelicals are frustrated with Christian orthodoxy’s strict standards of sexual morality. We’re told that these young Evangelicals will soon revolutionize our churches with liberalized views on same-sex marriage, premarital sex, gender identity, and so on. But a new study by a University of Texas sociologist finds that Evangelical Christians ages 18 to 39 are resisting liberalizing trends in the culture. The suggestion of...
  • Pope Francis Meets Evangelical Delegation

    06/27/2014 3:58:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 233 replies
    TruNews ^ | June 27, 2014 | Rick Wiles
    By Rick Wiles | June 27, 2014 Two prominent Fort Worth-based Christian ministers led a delegation of Evangelical Christian leaders to Rome to meet privately with Pope Francis.James and Betty Robison, co-hosts of the Life Today television program, and Kenneth Copeland, co-host of Believer’s Voice of Victory, met the Roman Pontiff at the Vatican on Tuesday. The meeting lasted almost three hours and included a private luncheon with Pope Francis.Mr. Robison told the Fort Worth Star Telegram, “This meeting was a miracle…. This is something God has done. God wants his arms around the world. And he wants Christians...
  • Where Do Millennials Attend Church?

    06/26/2014 5:40:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | June 26, 2014 | Chelsen Vicari
    The nation’s capital is filled with huge, sanctuaries waving rainbow-colored banners outside proclaiming the congregations’ affirmation of homosexual lifestyles. Yet they are, largely, empty on Sunday mornings. On the other hand, new conservative churches-some with liturgy and others with praise bands-are busting at the seams with Millennial attendants. Trying to uncover the reason for this disconnect between affirming liberal churches and welcoming conservative churches, IRD is interviewing pastors of these new conservative churches. Our biggest question raised to each pastor is, “How do you balance traditional Christian teaching with a youth culture?” In case you missed it, there is a...
  • Christie joins GOP courtship of evangelicals

    06/20/2014 6:41:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2014 5:40 AM EDT | Steve Peoples
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is joining the parade of ambitious Republicans courting religious conservatives as the early jockeying for the next presidential contest intensifies. Christie was to deliver his first major address to an evangelical conference on Friday, the second day of the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual meeting, which brings hundreds of social conservative leaders to Washington. He’ll be joined on a packed agenda that also includes the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, and tea party firebrand Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. […] This group of potential presidential contenders largely represents a wing of the...
  • The Coming Evangelical Divide

    06/18/2014 7:11:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 127 replies
    Keep Believing ^ | 17 June 2014 | Ray Pritchard
    The evangelical movement is about to divide. Nothing could be clearer. It’s true that we have often disagreed over things like church government, views of the Second Coming, baptism, lifestyle habits, worship style and musical preference. But those differences, though deeply felt, were intramural debates over secondary issues. This time we are going to divide over a primary issue. It is isn’t just about homosexuality or even about gay marriage, though that is the most obvious factor. When all the cards are out on the table, it will be clear that we have divided over biblical authority. Some of us...
  • It’s time for evangelicals to come out for evolution

    06/17/2014 6:17:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 198 replies
    ABP News ^ | 06/17/2014 | Chuck Queen
    Whenever I engage in conversation with people I meet for the first time I try to avoid being asked the question, “What do you do for a living?” But if I am asked I say, “I am a minister.” Generally, the one who asks then inquires, “What denomination?” or “What kind of church?” Here is where I always have to clarify, depending on the most recent news headline involving Christian leaders: “I am a Baptist minister, but I am not a science-denying Baptist minister who thinks that dinosaurs lived alongside humans a few thousand years ago.” What a strange irony...
  • Colleges and Evangelicals Collide on Bias Policy: Can Non-Christians Lead Christian Groups?

    06/10/2014 12:26:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06/10/2014 | MICHAEL PAULSON
    BRUNSWICK, Me. — For 40 years, evangelicals at Bowdoin College have gathered periodically to study the Bible together, to pray and to worship. They are a tiny minority on the liberal arts college campus, but they have been a part of the school’s community, gathering in the chapel, the dining center, the dorms. After this summer, the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship will no longer be recognized by the college. Already, the college has disabled the electronic key cards of the group’s longtime volunteer advisers. In a collision between religious freedom and antidiscrimination policies, the student group, and its advisers, have refused...
  • Study finds youth groups destroy Christian faith in young people

    06/02/2014 6:03:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 42 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | June 2, 2014 | Tantumblogo
    A study commissioned by a protestant organization has found that Christian youth groups, with an infantile approach to the faith and a focus heavily on being “hip” to this fallen culture, are a predominate factor in driving many young people from Christianity. Mind, this study looked at Christians in general and not Catholics, but the Church has mimicked disastrous protestant programs in recent decades and has reaped the same whirlwind of devastation: A new study might reveal why a majority of Christian teens abandon their faith upon high school graduation. Some time ago, Christian pollster George Barna documented that 61...
  • Evangelical Leader Returns To Catholicism

    05/30/2014 10:23:23 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 356 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | May 12, 2007 | Alan Cooperman
    The president of the Evangelical Theological Society, an association of 4,300 Protestant theologians, resigned this month because he has joined the Roman Catholic Church. The May 5 announcement by Francis J. Beckwith, a tenured associate professor at Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco, Tex., has left colleagues gasping for breath and commentators grasping for analogies. One blogger likened it to Hulk Hogan's defection from the World Wrestling Federation to the rival World Championship Wrestling league.
  • CNN Anchor Shamelessly Rages Against ‘Climate Change Deniers’ During Straight News Hour

    05/21/2014 12:18:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 21, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Fresh off promises from CNN boss Jeff Zucker that the channel will pursue more stories on global warming — whether their audience likes it or not — CNN anchor Carol Costello presided over a segment with two religious figures agreeing that to deny climate change is to sin against God. But Costello did much more than just moderate the “debate,” railing against “deniers” and questioning whether they’re “reading the Bible.” In the eye-popping intro to the segment — which aired during CNN’s “Newsroom”, not an opinion program — Costello pulls no punches while savaging those who dare to question the...
  • Issue Analysis: Is Evangelical Opposition to Homosexual Behavior and Same-Sex Marriage Collapsing?

    05/20/2014 8:51:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/20/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    Evangelicals will, inevitably, "change with times," "adapt," "get with the program," "finesse their position" on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, some say. Historically, however, the churches that changed with the times have not fared well. Opposition to same-sex marriage and the belief that homosexual behavior is sinful is "collapsing" among religious adherents, William Saletan wrote May 1 for Slate. "Theology is adapting. Resistance to same-sex marriage is dwindling, and there's no end in sight." Saletan finds support for this contention from the recent "Faith Angle Forum Conference on Religion, Politics & Public Life" hosted by the Ethics and Public Policy Center....
  • Blacks, Evangelicals Will Continue Fight for Traditional Marriage

    05/19/2014 4:55:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2014 | Star Parker
    In 1831, a French aristocrat named Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in America and spent several years travelling and studying life in the communities of the new nation. He produced a book called Democracy in America which Harvard professor of government Harvey Mansfield calls “at once the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America.” Tocqueville looked at America with open eyes and saw its strengths and its flaws. He reported with honesty about the human damage caused by slavery. But he also saw the beginnings of a great country in which human potential could...
  • Republicans Have Made America a Dangerous Place To Be an Expectant Mother (Unintentionally funny)

    05/15/2014 5:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | May 15, 2014 | Rmuse
    Republicans and conservatives love touting American exceptionalism that in recent years has taken some devastating and eye-opening direct hits disproving claims that this country is anything but exceptional. Oh it is true America is number one in gun ownership and gun-related deaths, defense spending, greatest income inequality, and most citizens incarcerated, but in every other category America lags behind most other developed nation on Earth and even some still-developing countries. To assert America is barely mediocre is even is a stretch and something to aspire to, but at best it is wishful thinking. The latest news that America reached parity...
  • Millions Of Latinos Have Abandoned Catholic Church Since 2010, Pew Says

    05/08/2014 5:10:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | May 7, 2014
    More than 4 million Latinos in the United States have left the Catholic Church since 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that spotlighted the church’s ongoing exodus of Latinos, a group seen as pivotal to the future of Catholicism. In 2010, two-thirds of Hispanics (67 percent) in the U.S. were Catholic. Today, that number has dwindled to 55 percent of the nation's 35 million Latino adults. While close to 20 million Latinos still identify as Catholic, the church has lost 12 percent, or 4 million Latinos in the U.S. over the past four years alone, according to...
  • Bryan Fischer: Sarah Palin’s joke about waterboarding people was “clever and funny”

    04/30/2014 2:56:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | April 30, 2014 | Elias Isquith, assistant editor
    The influential Christian fundamentalist says Palin's joke worked so well because "waterboarding is not torture" Speaking on his radio show on Tuesday, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer came to the defense of Sarah Palin, arguing that her recent controversial joke about waterboarding-as-terrorist-baptism was not barbaric and offensive but rather “clever and funny” and good. “I just love her spunk and lover her spirit,” Fischer said in Palin’s defense. Besides, Fischer said, “waterboarding is not torture.” “I mean, it may not be pleasant, it may not be fun, but it’s not torture,” Fischer continued. “The guy’s not going to die,...
  • Palin to speak at Williston fundraiser (North Dakota)

    04/29/2014 6:49:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser in Williston in October. Palin will speak at the Trinity Christian School's annual fundraiser on October 13 at Williston State College. Trinity Christian School assistant administrator Cyrena Weeks says Palin will be speaking about Christian education and oil....
  • Huckabee: No Social Issues, No Evangelical Votes

    04/22/2014 5:26:46 AM PDT · by xzins · 167 replies
    CBN ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | David Brody
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee warned if the Republican Party ignores social issues in the upcoming national elections, then evangelical voters will simply stay home. The evangelical vote in America has been a key ingredient in deciding who becomes the Republican nominee for president. Polling bears that out. Yet the social issues near and dear to the hearts of evangelicals are under attack within Republican circles. A few years ago, former Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind., wanted to declare a truce on the hot button social issues. "All I was saying was we are going to need to unify all kinds...
  • Jeb Bush to meet with Southern Baptist leader

    04/08/2014 10:04:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 8, 2014 | Robert Costa
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is reaching out to evangelical leaders as he considers a 2016 presidential run, and in early May, he will meet privately with Russell Moore, one of the country’s most prominent Southern Baptists. Moore, a frequent presence on television and at theological conferences, heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has more than 16 million members. Moore and an aide to Bush have confirmed the session, which will take place at Bush’s office in Miami. Bush, who has played down the idea that he is exploring...
  • Latino Evangelical Leaders Disappointed With NYC Ban on Worship Services in Public Schools

    04/06/2014 6:50:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/04/2014 | BY JESSICA MARTINEZ
    Hispanic evangelical leaders are speaking out after a federal appeals court ruled that New York City has a constitutional right to bar religious groups from using public schools for worship services after hours. The National Latino Evangelical Coalition, a group of over 3,000 Hispanic evangelical churches, immediately expressed its disagreement with the ruling Thursday. "This decision is absolutely unnecessary and whimsical. How is allowing for certain worship practices but not worship services consistent with the First Amendment?," Gabriel Salguero, president of NaLEC, said in a statement. "Worship in empty school buildings in no way undermines the non-establishment clause." The ruling...
  • Poll: Hillary Clinton winning Catholics, Protestants, and 36% of evangelicals

    04/03/2014 3:59:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 3, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    With a crushing dominance shown in repeated polls, Democrat Hillary Clinton is on a path to do something her husband and two-term president never achieved: win a majority of more than 50 percent of the presidential vote in 2016. In the latest poll, Zogby Analytics confirmed the trend showing the former secretary of state, one-term New York senator and former first lady beating Sen. Rand Paul, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by more than 50 percent. Seizing a majority would give her substantial bragging rights over her husband, who won in 1992 with just...
  • Twenty of the Most Influential Evangelicals in America

    04/03/2014 1:48:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/03/2014 | Thom S. Rainer
    I conducted an informal survey of over 30 persons, simply asking them to name the most influential evangelicals in America today. Though my choice of the respondents was subjective, I do have confidence that the men and women who gave me these names are very knowledgeable about the evangelical scene in the United States.The respondents represent a cross section of denominational and non-denominational churches and entities. From my perspective, those I surveyed are clearly evangelicals themselves. Among the criteria I gave them, I included the following: Limit the responses to Americans.The names must represent living persons.Name at least eight persons.Only...
  • Why churches should brace for a mass exodus of the faithful: The more conservative churches, anyway

    03/24/2014 7:38:15 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 77 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/24/14 | Damon Linker
    A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the sweeping acceptance of gay marriage in recent years is owed in large part to Christianity. Rejecting the rigidly hierarchical and stratified societies of the ancient world, Jesus Christ taught the equal dignity of all persons, proclaimed that the meek shall inherit the earth, and declared that the last shall be first and the first shall be last. The Western world has been working out the logic of these subversive teachings ever since, with the institutional transformation of marriage being the latest, though surely not the last, example of its social, moral,...
  • How a Megachurch Worked Through the Situation When a Church Leader Came Out as Gay

    03/11/2014 2:42:46 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 9, 2014 | Morgan Lee
    In the past decade, many Evangelical churches across the country have increasingly had to wrestle with how to engage members of their congregation who identify as LGBT. But this dilemma has not remained only at the lay level. In 2012, the leadership staff at the southern California megachurch, Calvary Community Church (CCC), had to grapple with their church's convictions on homosexuality, when Kevin McCloskey, one of the members of the executive team revealed that he was gay and that he would be also be divorcing his wife of 17 years. Executive Pastor Curtis Johnson declined to speak specifically with The...
  • Evangelicals: Alone and Exiled in Hollywood

    02/02/2014 7:32:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2014 | Fay Voshell
    Her story is the stuff Hollywood films are made of. She is a severely disabled woman with an inspiring story and the singer of a sweet song entitled "Alone and Yet Not Alone," a piece about the person who stood by her side and helped with her struggles.  The song was recently nominated for an Academy Award. The singer is Joni Earekson Tada, who was left a quadriplegic at age 17 after a diving accident crippled her for life.  She can't even use her hands.  But despite her disability, she became an artist, an author, and a speaker.  A strong and powerful advocate...
  • Tony Campolo to Shutter Ministry He Started 40 Years Ago [Heretic Death Watch]

    01/27/2014 8:19:56 AM PST · by fwdude · 29 replies
    Religion Today ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    (RNS) Tony Campolo, a progressive evangelical leader who counseled President Bill Clinton through the Monica Lewinsky scandal, announced Tuesday (Jan. 14) that the organization he founded nearly 40 years ago will close on June 30. Campolo, 78, plans to retire with the closure of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, but he will continue to write and speak, with nearly 200 engagements scheduled for 2014. He said his health is fine and he wants to write one more book on how Christianity fits with the social sciences.
  • On Evangelical “Unease” Over Contraception

    01/16/2014 2:11:33 PM PST · by NYer · 159 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 16, 2014 | Chelsen Vicari
    Birth control is a touchy subject that Evangelicals find extremely difficult to discuss. But as the President’s health care mandate officially launches and its oppressive contraception enforcements are questioned, some Evangelicals are reconsidering their embrace of oral contraception, or what is commonly referred to as the Pill.Evangelical leaders like Dr. Albert Mohler who question the morality of contraception are garnering criticism from the Religious Left. Hurling accusations of sexism and selfishness, Georgetown student and Jim Wallis’ teacher’s assistant, Jacob Lupfer, penned The Washington Post op-ed “The Evangelical Unease Over Contraception.” His article claims that Evangelical leaders are denouncing contraception...
  • Why Faith-Based Audiences Are More Important Than Hollywood Admits

    01/10/2014 12:04:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Variety ^ | January 9, 2014 | Larry Poland
    It happened again. This time it was Phil Robertson, the patriarch of “Duck Dynasty,” who pulled back the shades on an immense body of TV viewers who had apparently escaped the notice of top execs at A+E Networks. But they should have known. It was this “mystery audience” that made History’s miniseries “The Bible” a smash hit not long ago. Yet A+E leaders Nancy Dubuc and Abbe Raven can be forgiven for failing to anticipate the nuclear backlash that benching the fuzzy-faced man from West Monroe, La., would stir after his condemnation of homosexual behavior in an interview with GQ...
  • Evangelicals and Hollywood Muck

    01/06/2014 5:20:33 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 48 replies
    Gospel Coalition ^ | January 6, 2013 | Trevin Wax
    I grew up in a fundamentalist environment. The church I was baptized in believed it was inappropriate for Christians to go to a movie theater. To this day, my grandparents maintain this standard as a bulwark against worldliness. The library at my Christian school had a variety of books for children, sanitized for Christian consumption. Encyclopedia Brown made the cut, but all the “goshes” and “gee whizzes” were marked out with a heavy black pen. No second-hand cursing allowed. Films without anything objectionable were allowed at school, but looking back, I see how this analysis was applied simplistically. I still...
  • The hidden exodus: Catholics becoming Protestants

    12/30/2013 9:35:20 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 319 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Apr. 18, 2011 | Thomas Reese
    ......"The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has put hard numbers on the anecdotal evidence: One out of every 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic. If they were a separate denomination, they would be the third-largest denomination in the United States, after Catholics and Baptists. One of three people who were raised Catholic no longer identifies as Catholic........."Thankfully, although the U.S. bishops have not supported research on people who have left the church, the Pew Center has. Pew’s data shows that those leaving the church are not homogenous. They can be divided...
  • Evangelicals & Catholics Together: In Defense of Religious Freedom (vs. Islam, Secularism)

    02/17/2012 12:49:27 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    First Things ^ | March 2012 | Evangelicals and Catholics Together
    Eighteen years ago, this fellowship of Evangelical and Catholic pastors, theologians, and educators was formed to deepen the dialogue among our communities on issues of common concern, to explore theological common ground, and to offer in public life a common witness born of Christian faith. Since our founding in 1994, we have addressed, together, such important public policy questions as the defense of life, even as we have proposed to our communities patterns of theological understanding on such long-disputed questions as the gift of salvation, the authority of Scripture, and the call to holiness in the communion of saints. We...
  • Will A&E's suspension of Phil Robertson mobilize evangelical Christians?

    12/21/2013 6:08:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 20, 2013
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In suspending “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, A&E may have given evangelical Christians an opportunity to mobilize and stand up for their beliefs, David Brody said Friday on “The Kelly File.”“(Evangelicals) are very upset at A&E for pulling the plug,” said Brody, who’s the chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network. “You don’t mess with Duck Dynasty and evangelical Christians.” Brody told Megyn Kelly that of the 85 million evangelicals currently in the United States, only a quarter of them vote, leaving the door open for liberal groups to take advantage at the polls. “This is a gay rights...
  • Evangelicals: Pray for Boehner on immigration reform

    12/06/2013 6:55:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/5/13 | Dan Merica
    A group of evangelicals in favor of passing immigration reform have a message for House Speaker John Boehner: "We're praying for you." In new ads, Evangelical Immigration Table–group that has been behind immigration reform on Capitol Hill–asks people to pray for Boehner and House Republican leadership on immigration reform and urge those leaders to listen to their prayers. The group says the ad will air on WTOP, a radio station in Washington, D.C., as well as 30 Christian radio stations in Texas and North Carolina. A Spanish-speaking iteration of the spot will also air in Southern California. "Our immigration system...
  • The Triumph of Liberty University

    12/07/2013 9:25:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2013 | Larry Provost
    The Supreme Court recently shot down a suit from Liberty University in regards to forced government intrusion containing radical health care mandates. However tyranny inevitably fails. The character of Liberty University and its people show that the freedom and its principles will have the final victory. Liberty University, www.liberty.edu, founded by Rev. Jerry Falwell in 1971 as an extension of the Thomas Road Baptist Church, was birthed upon faith in God and not in government. Liberty was built to be for evangelical Conservative Christians what Brigham Young is to Mormons and Notre Dame is for Catholics. The University condemns radical...
  • Chile's Right Wing Presidential Candidate Accepts Jesus Christ After First Round of Elections

    11/29/2013 1:01:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/29/2013 | Jessica Martinez
    Chilean presidential candidate, Evelyn Matthei, recently met with evangelicals to discuss her biblically conservative agenda, which she vows to maintain if elected president during the nation's Dec. 15 election. "I pledge to continue with the future of our government and God willing if I get there, nothing will be done that goes against what the Bible says," said Matthei, during her speech, according to her campaign website. "Marriage is between a man and a woman, and life is cared for from the moment of conception until natural death. No to abortion, no to euthanasia. That is a commitment I make...