“NOW it starts to get real, people! When gay people have the same rights straight people do to get drunk and drive to Las Vegas to get married by an Elvis impersonator then marriage equality in the USA has crossed a Rubicon for sure.”
— The Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Calif., a longtime advocate for gay rights, after a federal appeals court struck down Nevada’s ban on gay marriage, in a Facebook post.
“We stand for life. We stand for marriage. We stand for Israel. We bring back jobs and opportunity and unleash small businesses to make it easier for people to achieve the American dream. We abolish the IRS.
Newly released from Wipf and Stock Publishers, “Getting From Here to Eternity: A Spirit-filled View of the News” (226 pages, softcover) is a compilation of newspaper columns on religion written by the Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D., winner of second place in the 2014 Cassels Religion Reporter of the Year competition of the Religion Newswriters Association as well as a pair of Indiana Society of Professional Journalists awards for opinion writing. Huckins’ columns address top issues regarding faith across the nation and world from 2012-2014, including gay rights, separation of church and state, the rise of non-Christian religions and more. There also are pieces about Christian living, theology and worldview. All items are written from the perspective of an evangelical Christian journalist with a quarter-century in the news business who’s one of the few Caucasians ordained by an African-American denomination. Major Christian figures are endorsing Huckins’ book.
“Jihad combats inner destructive emotions. Everybody carries jihad in their hearts, including me.”
— The Dalai Lama, rejecting claims by Islamic militants that the Muslim concept of jihad, or inner struggle, involves killing your enemies.
ATLANTA — Religion reporters from across the country won top honors Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Religion Newswriters Association’s 2014 awards banquet. Roy Larson was presented the William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award for his intrepid reporting and commitment to fostering a new generation of religion writers. Larson was a religion reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. He later began a joint journalism and religion program, which he directed as well as taught courses, at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.
“If you hate Jewish people then you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.” –Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off the stage when he gave a keynote address Wednesday (Sept. 10) at a Washington, D.C. conference intended to raise awareness of beleaguered Mideast Christians.
Greensboro, NC, USA – New Growth Press and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) have launched a strategic new partnership to help each organization better fulfill its mission. Founded by Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian in 2004, GRACE exists to empower the Christian community to recognize and respond to the sin of child abuse. GRACE accomplishes its mission through education and training by working hand-in-hand with other Christian organizations and churches and serving those who have been abused within the faith community. The new partnership enables GRACE to continue to focus on its mission while allowing New Growth Press to publish and distribute content that equips and builds the church. “GRACE is so excited to begin working with New Growth Press in developing and publishing resources that will transform our faith communities into the safest places for children and those who have suffered from abuse, “ explains Tchividjian.
“When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy.” — Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, quoted in a sermon criticized by many Christians for promoting a “me-centered” Christianity.
“What I would say to anyone who is engaged in violence is that approach will not ultimately yield the greatest benefit for the community. It may temporarily accomplish an objective. If the philosophy of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth was one we all embraced, most of us would be without eyes and teeth.”
— Martin Luther King III, son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., asked what he would say to violent protesters in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teen was shot and killed Aug. 9 by a police officer. He was quoted by the St.