Washington Council to Consider Same-Sex Marriage

WASHINGTON, DC – City Council members introduced legislation Tuesday to allow same-sex marriage here. If it passes, as expected, Washington would be the first city below the Mason-Dixon line to allow such unions. The city’s bill is expected to become law by December. But the measure is likely to draw harsh criticism from Congressional Republicans... Continue Reading

Mapping the Global Muslim Population

A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Muslim Population from the Pew Foundation Released October 8, 2009 A comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 1.57 billion Muslims of all ages living in the world today, representing 23% of an estimated 2009 world population of 6.8 billion.... Continue Reading

PCUSA New Wineskins Presbytery continues discussion on ‘Becoming One’

New Wineskins Transitional Presbytery, during the sixth convocation of the New Wineskins Association of Churches Oct. 4-6, 2009, in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, continued efforts toward fulfilling its missional calling and further clarifying its relationship with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Following up on a similar June action by the EPC at its General Assembly in Michigan,... Continue Reading

Pence Statement on ‘In God We Trust’ in Capitol Visitor’s Center

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /Standard Newswire/ — U.S. Congressman Mike Pence released the following statement after the unveiling of our national motto “In God We Trust” engraved in stone in the Capitol Visitor Center: “Our nation’s rich spiritual heritage was further declared with the unveiling of our national motto ‘In God We Trust,’ carved in stone... Continue Reading

Lutherans Attempt to Ease Discord Over Worship Styles

By Lillian Kwon, Christian Post Reporter The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod recently adopted the “Theses on Worship” to address the diversity of worship practices as well as resulting conflicts in Lutheran congregations. In an effort to assist the nearly 6,200 congregations in the second largest Lutheran denomination in the country, the LCMS Council of Presidents –... Continue Reading

Judge Finds Texas Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

Mary Alice Robbins, The Texas Lawyer A judge in Dallas has held that Texas’ constitutional ban on gay marriage violates the 14th Amendment. In an order signed Thursday in In the Matter of the Marriage of J.B. and H.B., 302nd District Judge Tena Callahan held that Texas Constitution Article 1, §32(a), which provides that “marriage... Continue Reading

NAE Approves Resolution Supporting Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), representing 40 denominations, scores of evangelical organizations and millions of American evangelicals, today approved a resolution calling for action on immigration reform. “Our current immigration system is broken,” said Leith Anderson, NAE President. “Efforts to maintain secure and efficient borders have... Continue Reading

AFA Calls For Resignation of “Safe and Drug Free Schools” Head

The American Family Association today called for the resignation of Kevin Jennings, the head of the Office of Safe and Drug FreeSchools in the Department of Education. “This man is not a good role model for the nation’s children, nor will he fairly represent all Americans due to his spiteful attitude toward evangelical Christians,” said... Continue Reading

Lutherans Will Work Together Despite Differences

By: Adelle M. Banks Leaders of two Lutheran denominations have pledged to continue working together on ministry projects despite deep disagreements over the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s recent decision to permit non-celibate gay clergy. The more conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the larger Chicago-based ELCA have worked together on a number of social... Continue Reading

Texas televangelist Benny Hinn refused entry to Britain

Joe Skipper/Reuters An American preacher has been turned away from Britain, leaving thousands of people stranded at an evangelical rally in London this weekend. Benny Hinn, from Texas, who draws large crowds to his Pentecostal revival rallies, was turned back at Stansted airport under new rules on visiting ministers of religion. Many thousands of Pentecostal... Continue Reading