A new social movement is needed in the Church in America that reconciles Billy Graham's message with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez argues in his new book, The Lamb's Agenda: Why Jesus is Calling You to a Life of Righteousness and Justice.
Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference and a senior editorial advisor for The Christian Post, uses Graham and King to symbolize two dimensions of the Christian mission. Like the cross, there is the vertical dimension that looks to God and is concerned with personal righteousness and the horizontal dimension that looks to others and is concerned with justice.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Rodriguez talked about how this movement became his life's mission and the proper role of Christians in the political sphere. more >>
A Catholic Archdiocese located in Illinois has launched a charity aimed at raising $350 million to fund its education programs, reportedly the largest charity drive any American diocese has attempted.
Francis Cardinal George, head of The Archdiocese of Chicago, announced the effort at St. Stanislaus Kostka School on at a press conference Wednesday.
"The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago and our faith formation programs make their case in the lives of those transformed by them," said Cardinal George in a message posted online. more >>
World Vision is looking to do more for the tornado victims of Moore, Oklahoma and parts of Missouri.
The organization is increasing its staff size and sending out more responders, but because of the extra labor force, World Vision needs extra supplies and more help.
"While we don't yet know the extent of the damage and need, we're heading into the affected area with tarps, buckets of clean-up supplies, water, and personal hygiene kits. And we'll shuttle more supplies from the two response centers we have set up in Moore," Phyllis Freeman, World Vision's director of domestic disaster response, said in a release. more >>
NASA is thinking about using 3D printers for food replication to sustain astronauts for long periods of time in space.
The Guardian reports that NASA is funding research for the printer in order to successfully send a manned team to Mars– a year long mission.
NASA has given a $125,000 grant to Texas-based Systems and Materials Research (SMRC) in hopes they would be able to create a "nutritious and flavorful" combination of foods suitable for astronauts to consume over their duration in space. more >>
"We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others." - Elisabeth Elliot
The recent tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma may have broken the spirits of a community and town, but it's in those heartbreaking moments that sometimes God places people in our lives to uplift and help carry the burden of despair with us. This is exactly the mission of worship duo All Sons & Daughters.
Hailing from Franklin, Tenn., Leslie Jordan and David Leonard are going above and beyond their music calling from God, not only are they giving praise to the Father but they are also serving his people that need it the most. more >>
Evangelical left leader Jim Wallis and Republican Congressman Frank Wolf (Va.) discussed how politics can serve the common good at a Thursday panel at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. While the panel was called, "Competing Visions of the Common Good: Rethinking Help for the Poor," Wallis and Wolf talked more about where they found common ground than where their visions were in competition.
"Politics is destroying the common good," Wallis said.
Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, wrote a recent book about the common good, called On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good. more >>