Evangelical Movement at ‘Head-Snapping’ Moment, Says Scholar

LANDOVER, Md. – The evangelical movement is at a “head-snapping” generational change with younger evangelicals “revolting” against the tone of the Christian Right, says a prominent religious scholar. Across the nation, young evangelicals are naming Rick Warren or Bono as their role model for social engagement, rather than a Christian Right leader, says Michael Gerson,... Continue Reading

“Good faith” – an interview with David Wells

Professor David Wells’s career studying evangelical Protestantism has inspired a conference at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary this week on the role of evangelicals in the public square. Is it different being an evangelical in Massachusetts than somewhere in the Bible Belt? It undoubtedly is. Here you make a choice whether you want to be an evangelical... Continue Reading

Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner, but Don’t Give Him a Pulpit

David Clohessy and Barbara Blaine Imagine a school bus driver who says he’s “found God” and is rehired by a school district despite an accident in which his drunkenness injured his young passengers. Imagine a lifeguard at a municipal pool nearly strangling a child to death, being convicted for assault, then being rehired because he... Continue Reading

Father sues school over son’s ‘Abortion is not Healthcare’ T-shirt

HARRISBURG, Pa. — On the day President Obama addressed the nation’s schoolchildren, a middle school student donned an anti-abortion T-shirt to protest Obama’s proposed overhaul of the nation’s health care system. The student wore the “Abortion is not Healthcare” T-shirt without incident until his fifth-period teacher sent him to the principal’s office. He was ordered... Continue Reading

State of Maine Sued for Censoring Fundraising Letter Officials Claim is “Anti-Muslim”

Bangor, ME – The Christian Action Network (CAN) on September 30, 2009 filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Maine for censoring a fundraising letter state officials claimed contained “an inflammatory anti-Muslim message.” Maine officials fined and banned CAN from mailing any future letters under the threat of criminal prosecution. Liberty Counsel represents CAN.

Memphis Church advocates ‘ScreamFree’ philosophy for life

Father John Sewell wants people in Memphis to stop screaming. From St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he is rector, he is spreading a message that Central Avenue motorists can see. The “ScreamFree Zone” signs in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church on Central help promote a calmer way of living in Memphis. Screaming is not... Continue Reading

Baltimore overture would redefine marriage in PCUSA

By Edward Terry, The Layman At its Sept. 24 meeting, Baltimore Presbytery had the first reading of an overture that would strike any references to marriage being a civil contract between a man and woman from the Directory of Worship in the Book of Order. Instead, the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s constitution would say that marriage... Continue Reading

Obama: Homosexual Relationships ‘Just as Real and Admirable’ as Heterosexual Marriage

President Obama delivered an unprecedented message to the Human Rights Campaign Saturday night. Sounding more like a homosexual activist than a sitting president, Obama went well beyond his expected message of “I’m here with you” on the homosexual agenda. “My expectation is that when you look back on these years, you will see a time... Continue Reading

Are U.S. Churches Stingy?

WASHINGTON (RNS) Are U.S. churchgoers stingy? That’s one possible conclusion from a newly updated report that shows if parishioners tithed the biblically recommended 10 percent of their income—instead of their current 2.56 percent—an extra $161 billion would be flowing to charity. The report, published by Illinois-based research firm Empty Tomb, inc., also found that congregations... Continue Reading

NAE Head Opposes Federal Health Care Coverage for Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON – Though the National Association of Evangelicals recently voiced its strong support for immigration reform, it does not call for undocumented aliens to be covered in health care reform legislation, says the group’s president. NAE president Leith Anderson told The Christian Post at a press conference on immigration reform last week that his group... Continue Reading