Christianity: a Renewal of Hope, Life and Freedom for African-Americans

With Easter finally having arrived, a renewal of life and good weather has finally arrived. Just as Jesus Christ rose from the dead, the flowers are now in bloom, the barren trees have sprouted new leaves and the warmth of the sun pounds the ground below from the sky. During Spring, we all give thanks […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Eid

First time celebrating Eid? At a loss as to what you’re supposed to do? Wondering if Eid is a lot like Christmas? Well, then this is the guide for you! Also, no, Eid is pretty much nothing like Christmas. Sure, there may be presents involved, and there are Eid parties and things, but no. Eid […]

What to Know about the Hobby Lobby Case and Its Effects

A craft store would seem the last setting for such an extensive debate involving religious convictions, workers rights, and body rights, yet the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision has propelled an outburst from America’s citizens as the perpetual debate over religious rights continues. The onset to this debate began with the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision […]

Mississippi’s Anti-Gay Bill is Our Worst History Repeating Itself

On Thursday Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill many argue could facilitate discrimination against the LGBT community. “I am proud to sign the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act today, which will protect the individual religious freedom of Mississippians of all faiths from government interference,” is the quote Gov. Phil […]

Words to Ponder Amid Scandal, Strife, and Storm

The world has gone crazy. I’m sure that every generation has uttered that phrase at one time or another about the respective times they’ve lived through, but the chaotic times we are experiencing today have begun to reach Biblical proportions…and they don’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. Almost every day now, newspaper headlines […]

Pope Announces Resignation

For the first time in nearly 600 years, the Pope has stated that he plans to resign from his position as head of the Catholic Church. In a declaration announcing his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI stated that due to his “advanced age,” he will be stepping down at the end of February. Pope Benedict XVI, […]

The Passion of The Christ Influence on Religion

Here is a personal reflection question: did The Passion of the Christ movie make you rethink your faith? Barnagroup.com conducted a survey several years ago asking individuals if they had seen a movie in the past two years that made them not only rethink their faith, but actually make a change in their life as well. Of those individuals […]

Latest Chick-fil-a Move Hatches New Controversy

Over the summer, the Atlanta-based company Chick-fil-a found itself in the center of the media’s attention after President Dan Cathy mentioned in an interview that he supported what he called the “biblical definition of marriage”, and came under fire after the company was found to have donated millions of dollars to anti-gay organizations. This news […]

The Salem Witch trials in Africa

“There is a murdering witch among us, bound to keep himself in the dark”. When reading Aurthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, an eerie image is painted of greed, jealousy and deceitfulness, but the painting is not set in the quiet village of Salem, it is more likely to be set in the dry and deprived lands of […]

Chick-fil-A “war” creates animosity between opposing sides of gay marriage debate

In my hometown state of California, the gay marriage debate is a big deal. Otherwise known as Prop 8, the right to same sex marriage has a flurry of loud, proud supporters—though the opposing silent majority has won the debate every time elections come around. When this whole Chick-fil-A situation arose, I knew it would […]

Chick-Fil-A Speaks Out….No Big Deal

Chick-fil-A chief executive officer and president, Dan Cathy, has recently come under fire for his comments printed in the Baptist Press.  A public and devout Christian, Cathy shared his thoughts about his definition of family and marriage. He also discussed how his religion has influenced his leadership at the fast food restaurant chain. Cathy is […]

End the Gay Debate!

There was once a time when the word “gay” meant “happy”. Now a days, depending on who you ask, the term “gay” has a negative connotation. Recently, if you were to turn on the television to the news, or pickup a newspaper or even a magazine, I can assure you without a shred of a […]

Talmud Mania

South Korea, primarily Christian with a strong Buddhist history, has recently been affiliated with mandatory Talmud readings in the classroom. There had been speculation before over the relationship between Koreans and the Jewish faith, but now the studies that had formerly been a hidden practice is now an open study in the Korean curriculum. More […]

The Truth About Sexuality

A few weeks ago President Obama publicly stated that he supports gay marriage. This led to many controversies between politicians and the public, which then led to people questioning whether Obama really did support gay marriage or if it was just a strategy to help him gain more votes in the next election. Very few […]

The West Bank wall and hope in Israel

Prior to my trip to Israel, I’ll admit I had stereotypes. I feared for my safety at first, but those fears quickly disappeared as I began to learn about the culture and encountered the friendliness of the locals. Then, before our group drove into Bethlehem, I had more stereotypes. As a Christian, I imagined the […]

The Dream Lives On

In 2010, the Obama Administration worked to pass the Dream Act, a legislative proposal that was geared to establish a path toward citizenship for certain young illegal immigrants. Congress originally blocked this measure, but today the Obama Administration has come up with a compromise. A new policy has been announced that stops deportation of these […]