Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 states and holding prayer rallies at each state capital. Graham is well known for his work with Samaritan’s Purse; he joined the organization in 1974 and became president in 1979. He is now also the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).
The Decision America Tour 2016 is not a campaign for any political party or candidate. Graham is quite clear that has zero hope in the Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party members or anyone else to change the direction of our country. He urges all Christians to consider each candidate carefully and vote according to conscience. When possible, vote for candidates that support Christian morality. At each rally he encourages those present to carefully and prayerfully consider running for office at local levels of government, such as mayor, city council, county commission and school board. Many times voters would support a Christian candidate if there was one.
Click here to visit decisionamericatour.com for more information including upcoming locations. The current wallpaper is an image captured on Wednesday in front of the Georgia State Capitol Building in Atlanta. I was in that crowd, the size of which varies depending on who you believe. Numbers ranging from 3,400 to 6,800 have been offered. We heard two songs from Atlanta resident Tasha Cobbs (Break Every Chain) and Graham spoke for about 35 or 40 minutes. During that time we joined hands and prayed aloud.
Some have given up hope in the political process. Even Graham admits that in November we may have to vote for the lesser of two heathens. But that’s why a commitment to local governments and to the communities our churches are part of is more important than ever. In his words, this tour is nothing other than a campaign for God. Politics aside, let us pray together for this nation and its people.
Baptist Press reports that the Supreme Court will hear an argument in March or April that may set precedents for future church/state decisions. From the article:
Missouri nonprofits can apply to the state for scrap tires to use for rubber playground surfaces. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mo., which has a daycare called the Learning Center, applied to receive the ground-up tires for its playground. The state ranked the church’s application highly, but refused the grant based on a state constitutional provision that forbids state money going to support churches. About 35 states have similar provisions in their state constitutions.
I posted Pastafarianism 101 on My Other Blog back in September of 2014. I didn’t know there had been an ongoing court case over the issue ever since. Pastafarianism (a play on the words pasta and Rastafarianism) is based on the idea that a flying spaghetti is just as likely to exist as God. Neither can be proven to not exist. Here’s an except from Wikipedia: Continue reading →
Josh Duggar has confessed to being “the biggest hypocrite ever.” Is he really the biggest hypocrite ever, or is this just his first honest assessment in a long time and admission that he, like all of us, will always fall short?
David was a man after God’s own heart that committed lust, adultery, murder and conspiracy. The Apostle Paul lamented that he did the thing he wanted not to do but left undone those things he should. When they brought Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery in John 8, he suggested the one without sin should cast the first stone. One at a time they each walked away. A hypocrite in the Greek language of the New Testament was an actor. Is that not what we all do every day? From drinking coffee before work so we can act like we are not tired to smiling at others when we are not truly happy, we put on a public show every day. As Christians we should be the first to admit; confess; proclaim that we are not better than anybody else. We need to be honest with ourselves, before God and before others.
Perhaps admitting that we fall short – and we all all short compared to the righteousness of Jesus Christ, the perfection which God requires – perhaps admitting that we are not perfect and do not have to be will allow us to deal with issues instead of covering them up and keep us from getting to the point that Duggar and others sometimes come to. None is righteous, no not one. Acting like we are or can be leads lies, secrets and cover ups.
This is Josephine King. She is a 92 year old shut-in that has been removed from the membership roll at her local Baptist church, where she has been a member for over 50 years. According to a letter she received, signed by the pastor, she has been non-supportive in the areas of “constant and consistent financial and physical participation.” Did I mention she was 92 years old? You can read the full story here.Continue reading →
The Supreme Court announced their decision regarding state issued bans on same-sex marriage on Friday morning. Social media came alive with reaction; supporters changed their profile image to the rainbow flag and used the hashtag #lovewins, some angry Christians expressed despair in the collapse of America and quoted verses from Leviticus. But what caught my attention were the Christians that calmly reminded us we live in and also apart from the culture we are immersed in.
I pastor a small SBC church in the deep South. Below is my Sunday morning sermon, directed to my own congregation with all Christians everywhere in mind. Whatever your initial reaction was to Friday’s news, please prayerfully consider this position:Continue reading →
Legal opinions vary widely on what the U.S. Supreme Court’s mandate of nationwide same-sex marriage will mean for pastors and government officials authorized to perform weddings.
Some legal experts say government officials charged with performing weddings could lose their jobs for refusing to marry gay couples. But others believe both ministers and government officials likely will have freedom not to perform same-sex marriages that violate their religious convictions.