Many religious institutions get serious about security

Protesters to picket several sites in S.D. By Eleanor Yang Su October 16, 2009 Once deemed sacred sanctuaries off-limits to criminals, religious institutions are becoming vulnerable targets to shootings, thefts and protests because of their low-tech security and open environment. San Diego religious leaders’ reactions have ranged from hiring armed guards to taking extra precaution... Continue Reading

Churches Reminded to Pray for the Persecuted

November 8, 2009 From Voice of the Martyrs Persecution Blog Churches across the United States and around the world are preparing to “remember those in bonds” (Hebrews 13:3) on Nov. 8, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Begun in 1996, IDOP is a day for intercessory prayer and citizen action on... Continue Reading

Archbishop of Canterbury:’Dig for victory over climate change and grow your own food’

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for “unsustainable” air-freighted food to be replaced gradually by homegrown produce from thousands of new allotments. He said that families needed to respond to the threat of climate change by changing their shopping habits and adjusting their diets to the seasons, eating fruit and vegetables that could be grown... Continue Reading

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

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

“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

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

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.

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