Category evangelicals

Jay Riley Case: Both Missionary Opponents and Evangelicals Misunderstand Jim Elliot’s Waorani Mission

Image: Photos Courtesy of the Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. / From the collection of Lars GrenElisabeth Elliot sits with Waorani women, one of whom is examining her Dictaphone.
When news broke in November 2018 that missionary John Allen Chau had been killed while trying to contact the isolated Sentinelese tribe off the coast of India, debates about his methods and motivations erupted across the media landscape. Some critics argued that Chau behaved unethically in trying to contact an isolated people who clearly resisted interaction with the outside world. Some Christians wondered whether Chau had gone about his goals in the best way...

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Tish Warren Harrison: Willow Creek’s Crash Shows Us Why Denominations Still Matter

The main campus of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill. The megachurch has been in turmoil since sexual misconduct allegations came to light against its founder, Bill Hybels. Photo courtesy of Global Leadership Summit
It’s become common among some Protestants — and especially evangelicals — to call themselves “Jesus followers.”
Not Christians. Not Baptists or Pentecostals. Not members of the Presbyterian Church in America or the Anglican Communion. Not Wesleyans or Methodists or Lutherans.
Just people following Jesus.

I appreciate the spirit behind the moniker.
Christians want our first loyalty to be to Jesus, not a particular institution or tradition...

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Nancy Pelosi Praises Evangelicals for Their ‘Faith’, Urges Them to Rethink Position on Immigration in Speech During 2019 Council for Christian Colleges and Universities President’s Conference

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi offered kind words about evangelicals during her speech before an annual gathering of Christian college presidents Wednesday.
The Democrat from California spoke during the opening session of the 2019 Council for Christian Colleges and Universities President’s Conference on Capitol Hill less than an hour after Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos detailed for attendees the Trump administration’s vision for “rethinking” higher education.
The CCCU is an association of over 180 Protestant Christian colleges worldwide with a mission to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education through public advocacy, professional development and experiential education.
“Because people have faith, they believe. They believe in God and believe in themselves...

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The ‘X’ in Xmas Actually Signifies the Name Christ

Image: Illustration by Rick Szuecs
Though the demand for “more Christ in Christmas” seems to be losing momentum, most evangelicals still believe the holiday—and its seasonal greetings—should more explicitly reference the Savior.
Overall, the number of Americans who say Christmas should be more about Jesus has dropped from 79 percent in 2014 to 65 percent in 2018, according to LifeWay Research.
“Saying Christmas should be more about Jesus is a little like saying Thanksgiving should be more about giving thanks. It’s in the name of the holiday,” said Scott McConnell, LifeWay Research’s executive director. “Yet, it appears there is less cultural expectation for celebrations of the Christmas holiday to include the religious aspect.”
American nones and those of other faiths a...

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Poll Says Most Leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals Identify as Independents

Most leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals identified as independents in an NAE poll preceding the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, the group said Oct. 31.
Two-thirds of those surveyed, 66 percent, described themselves as independents rather than a member of a major political party in the NAE poll of its 106-member board of directors, the NAE said. While the sampling is narrow and not scientific, the NAE said the results “track with” those of a 2017 Gallup poll of the general U.S. population.
The independent category garnered the greatest portion of respondents in the Gallup poll, 42 percent, Gallup said in January. Smaller percentages told Gallup they were Democrats or Republicans, 29 and 27 percent, respectively...

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New Survey Shows Americans Theological Beliefs Are All Messed Up

New polling of religious Americans suggests a majority understand basic beliefs but they are otherwise all over the theological map.

At the same time you’re reading that atheism is on the rise and the U.S. is fleeing churches, a survey by Ligonier Ministries and Lifeway Research finds nearly seven in ten Americans still believe God is perfect and two thirds believe the resurrection of Jesus was an actual historical event.
But when it comes to some of the more difficult truths of the gospel, Americans in general and even evangelicals are slipping. Half of evangelicals, for example, believe God accepts the worship of all religions.
The “State of Theology” survey is done every two years, Ligonier explains on its website, to take the “theological temperature” of the U.S.
Scott McConnell of Lif...

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White House Hosts 100 Evangelical Leaders for Prayer-filled State Dinner

About 100 evangelical leaders were invited to dinner at the White House Monday night for what was a prayer-filled event that’s been compared to a church camp meeting and a campaign rally.

Dubbed a “state dinner” for evangelical leaders, the event was held specifically in the “honor of evangelical leadership.” The dinner was attended by dozens of evangelical pastors, evangelists and activists who’ve been involved in informally advising the administration including well-known figures like Franklin Graham, James Dobson, and Greg Laurie.
The dinner was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Homeland Security Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback...

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Franklin Graham and Vladimir Putin: Evangelicals’ Ties to Russia Face Scrutiny

In April 2017, Franklin Graham tweeted a photo of his 2015 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
When President Trump stood beside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month and said, “I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia who attempted to influence the 2016 election, the subsequent firestorm of criticism included liberals as well as prominent Republicans. 
“I am a tea party conservative, that will never change. But Trump was a traitor to this country today,” tweeted prominent conservative and former congressman Joe Walsh. 

But there was one group that kept uncharacteristically quiet: the president’s evangelical advisers.
“Let’s pray for @POTUS @realDonaldTrump in these key meetings,” Franklin Graham, who heads his late father’s Billy Graham E...

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The New York Times’ Major Story On Bill Hybels and Pat Baranowski, the Woman he ‘Groomed’ and ‘Groped’ for Years

Pat Baranowski (The New York Times)
After the pain of watching her marriage fall apart, Pat Baranowski felt that God was suddenly showering her with blessings.
She had a new job at her Chicago-area megachurch, led by a dynamic young pastor named the Rev. Bill Hybels, who in the 1980s was becoming one of the most influential evangelical leaders in the country.
The pay at Willow Creek Community Church was much lower than at her old job, but Ms. Baranowski, then 32, admired Mr. Hybels and the church’s mission so much that it seemed worth it. She felt even more blessed when in 1985 Mr. Hybels and his wife invited her to move into their home, where she shared family dinners and vacations.
Once, while Mr. Hybels’s wife, Lynne, and their children were away, the pastor took Ms...

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According to Pew Survey, Most Evangelical Americans Favor Gene Editing Before Birth, But Not After It

Scientists are finding it easier and easier to alter a baby’s genes, thanks to the groundbreaking CRISPR method. But Americans are divided on which uses of the new technology are appropriate or not.

And for the religious, the ethical lines are even more stringent, according to the Pew Research Center.
In a new report released this week, Pew found 72 percent of Americans support the use of gene editing to help cure a serious congenital disease (one present at birth), while only 57 percent of the highly religious agree. (Pew identifies highly religious Americans as those who attend services at least weekly, pray daily, and say that religion is very important in their lives.)
In the future, medical professionals may also be able to use gene editing to reduce the risk of a health condition t...

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