Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who led a prayer at Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, has admitted in an interview that Latino Christians face challenging questions surrounding America's new political reality.
With the inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th president upon us, all the usual suspects from the militant atheist crowd have been trying to block the Bible from being used - a tradition that began with President Washington.
Every president mentioned God in their inaugural address, even if speaking of the Lord in their own way, fitting with the times. With thanks to Bill Federer in America's God and Country, consider this sample:
HOUSTON TX (ANS -- January 20, 2017) -- Apollo 17 Astronaut Eugene Cernan -- the last man to walk on the surface of the moon -- left the earth's gravitational pull once more as his soul jettisoned into eternity. He was 82.
Cernan died Monday in a Houston hospital surrounded by family members as a result of "ongoing health issues," according to a statement by his family posted on NASA's website.
LONDON, UK (ANS - January 14, 2017) -- Here in the United States, on Monday, January 16, 2017, we are celebrating "Martin Luther King Jr. Day" and this annual event has brought memories flooding back to me.
For, you see, back in 1969, one of my earliest interviews as a journalist with Billy Graham's then London-based newspaper, The Christian, which at the time was the oldest Evangelical newspaper in the world, was with Coretta Scott King.
Religious freedom continues to enjoy strong backing from most Americans, Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News Agency.
"Majorities of Americans - regardless of party - have embraced religious freedom and have rightly rejected the false notion that it is something negative," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus said Jan. 9. "They overwhelming support the protection of our first freedom, the free exercise of religion."
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS January 4, 2017) - The Rev. Earl Burton of the Bible Fellowship here is urging an Inauguration Day Prayer Watch be held in University communities across the country January 20. United prayer would be held at the traditional hours of public prayer, 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. as well as private prayers at 12 midnight and during the 3 a.m. dawn watch.
His plan is being adopted by the Operation Esther Prayer Circle at the University of Virginia and planning meetings are being held January 12 and 19 to invite other campus communities to join across the country.
NAPA, California, October 2, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Joseph Sciambra, 44, will be the first to tell you of his large-hearted and abiding love for gays. He will also be the first to tell you that despite its feel-good name, genuine happiness cannot be found in the "gay" lifestyle.
The former gay porn actor has described his own journey into the darkest core of the gay underworld in the Castro District of San Francisco in the early 90's as like being "Swallowed by Satan" - the title of his new book, in which he recounts his experiences.
Bill Barker, the NAMB national director of Appalachian regional ministry/Mississippi River ministry, spearheaded the effort through Send Relief, an organization that distributed the items to recipients.
In an interview with The Christian Post earlier this week, Barker said NAMB provided "Christmas backpacks" filled with goodies to local ministries, churches, and schools. Those organizations then distributed the backpacks to children in need in their communities.
"I've always wanted to adopt. I just knew that's how I wanted to build my family," says Christine Mullican in a video posted to YouTube by the foundation.
Mullican goes on to share that she got an email with the child's picture saying the boy, Alex, was deaf and had been abandoned at a train station in China. "His story kind of grabbed me," she says. "So I knew right then who our son was and that's when we started all our paperwork."
KNIGHTSTOWN, Indiana, December 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - When residents of Knightstown, Indiana, learned to their dismay that council members had caved into removing a large illuminated cross from the town's enormous Christmas tree after the threat of a lawsuit, they decided there was only one way to fight back. They banded together to put crosses in their windows and in their yards, letting the world know that they would not let "Christ" be taken out of Christmas.
PAXTON, Illinois, December 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - The Illinois Human Rights Commission has ordered a Christian businessman to pay two homosexuals $30,000 because he declined to host their gay "wedding."
A panel of three commission members refused to hear an appeal from TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast owner Jim Walder, who in 2011 turned down a gay couple's request to celebrate their "union" at the Christian-owned business on religious grounds.
In addition to the $30,000 that Walder was ordered to pay for causing emotional distress, he is responsible for more than $50,000 in attorney fees.
AUSTIN, Texas, December 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - The Satanic Temple is publicly defying a new Texas law set to take effect December 19 that requires respectful treatment of aborted babies.
The Satanic group posted an Instagram on Saturday opposed to the Texas law, which requires aborted babies to be buried or cremated. Previously, aborted babies were incinerated and discarded in landfills.
December 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has filed a lawsuit against the City of New York for what they call "systematic mistreatment" of homeschooling families in New York City. HSLDA says that New York City's homeschool infrastructure is archaic and creates unnecessary burdens for homeschooling families, school officials, and social workers. The lawsuit seeks to fix these issues by requiring the city's bureaucracy to follow the state's homeschool regulations.
NEW YORK, December 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - In a speech that criticized President-elect Donald Trump on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to make sure the city would pay for women to abortions in the event that Planned Parenthood is defunded.
In one of several defiant responses to Trump's developing domestic policy, de Blasio said, "If there are threats to federal funding for Planned Parenthood in New York City, we will ensure women receive health care they need."
Later, the mayor tweeted, "I want to be clear: If GOP threatens federal funding for Planned Parenthood of NYC, we will ensure women receive the healthcare they need."
LANSDALE, PA (ANS - December 2, 2016) -- A new three part documentary series, The Reformation: This Changed Everything, will be broadcast on select public television stations beginning December 2016.
American Public Television, a leading syndicator of public television programming is offering the series to the approximately 360 PBS affiliate stations nationwide. Individuals are encouraged to contact their local PBS station to inquire about broadcast in their area.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS - November 29, 2016) - Debra Yarde, who has worked with international students locally at UVA for the past two years, says she thinks future violence can be averted or curbed by "more and better" hospitality programs for international students.
Yarde is a local community activist and church leader who has worked with the outgoing president of the Charlottesville International Hospitality Programs. She is also national coordinator of Operation Esther Circles, a group which pray for international students and works with leaders in campus communities to reach out to visitors.
LOS ANGELES, November 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Rapper Nick Cannon doubled down on his recent criticism of Planned Parenthood for its perpetuation of "real genocide" by blasting the abortion giant for its promotion of "modern day eugenics" and "population control."
The celebrity gossip site TMZ reported that Cannon re-affirmed his opposition to Planned Parenthood after criticizing it during a radio interview with The Breakfast Club earlier this month.
Public discourse in the United States has fallen on hard times. From social media to political debate to the college classroom, we are losing the ability to have meaningful dialogue in public settings. As an educator and evangelical Christian, I am particularly concerned about this trend. It affects not only on the credibility of Christian witness, but whether we will even have a voice in important conversations that will shape the world around us.
Take, for example, the rough-and-tumble world of social media. Occasionally someone reposts a meme that says, "We are drowning in information and starving for wisdom." We are not drowning in information, however, but self-expression.
NEW YORK, November 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - In what may be a signal about how he plans to make America "great again," President-elect Donald Trump concluded his Thanksgiving address by stating: "God Bless you and God Bless America!"
Obama made history in his first year in the White House in 2009 as the first president to omit a direct mention of God in his Thanksgiving Proclamation, and he continued the trend this year.
When Americans think about the first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621, they tend to reflect back to images of smiling Pilgrims and Native Americans huddled around a large table filled with copious amounts of food. In addition, there is the image of a Pilgrim elder offering an extended season of prayer over the feast. Yet the two surviving accounts of the first Thanksgiving challenge some of our images, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
Over 170,000 people gathered in Yangon, Myanmar, last weekend to hear leading evangelist Franklin Graham, the son of legendary evangelist the Rev. Franklin Graham, preach the Gospel at the three-night Yangon Love Joy Peace Festival where over 7,000 people made the decision to follow Christ.
The Billy Graham Evangelist Association reports that people turned out by the masses for each of the three nights of the event in the Buddhist-majority nation.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois, November 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Vandals defaced a pro-life banner at a student group's abortion-victim memorial over the weekend - the second time it has been vandalized since being erected November 3.
In what looks like a repeat case of pro-abortion criminality, a person or people defaced a banner reading, "Abortion Takes Human Life," which accompanies rows of white crosses representing victims of abortion on the lawn of the Christian Liberty Academy.
ROME, Italy, November 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - A new president, new chancellor, and now permanent surveillance? The John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family apparently is the target of a witch hunt against all who do not comply with what is considered "pastorality" and "mercy" in Amoris Laetitia.
Information has surfaced indicating that a letter was received by the faculty of the Institute containing threats against them if they do not comply with the "new" teaching on family contained in Amoris Laetitia. The email (here) was written by the "Observatory for the Implementation of the Church Reform of Pope Francis" (OARCPF), a self-proclaimed "initiative of a group of Catholic lay people in support of the pontificate of Pope Francis."