Entries by US Pastor Council Staff

Competing Worldviews Influence Today’s Christians

Research Releases, Barna We live in a world of competing ideas and worldviews. In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, Christians are more aware of (and influenced by) disparate views than ever. But just how much have other worldviews crept into Christians’ perspectives? Barna’s research shows that only 17 percent of Christians who consider their […]

House bathroom bill stalled, but effort to restrict restroom access is far from over

Lauren McGaughy, Dallas Morning News AUSTIN — The House’s “bathroom bill” appears stalled for good, but Republican backers of restricting restroom access have lots of time and plenty of ways to keep the issue alive in the final weeks of the legislative session. “I still think the concept has some legs,” said Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, […]

Researchers Identify 6,500 Genes That Are Expressed Differently in Men and Women

(TXPC Editor’s Note: We clearly believe in the Biblical account of creation and patently reject the concept of human evolution, however this article gives fascinating research data that even from more of an evolutionary viewpoint there are clear biological distinctives between the sexes.) Weizman Institute Men and women differ in obvious and less obvious ways […]

Preach Scripture, Fill the Pews

John Stonestreet, Breakpoint What’s the number one thing we can do to fill our churches? It’s probably not what you think. According to a new Gallup survey, the quality of the worship band isn’t the main reason people go to church. Neither is it thriving kids’ programs. Or even a dynamic personality behind the pulpit. […]

How Much Longer Can We Pray in Public?

JESSILYN JUSTICE, Charisma News In an increasingly antagonistic environment, President Donald Trump’s overturning the Johnson Amendment was welcome news to Christianity, but not to others. The executive order removed political restraints from the pulpit, allowing clergy to openly discuss politicians while preaching. Proponents believe the action opens the door for ultimate free speech. Opponents focused […]

The Conservative Base Wants Criminal-Justice Reform

VIKRANT P. REDDY, National Review President Trump’s supporters demand fresh thinking on crime and punishment. Last week, the Charles Koch Institute (CKI) polled several hundred conservative voters to assess whether they recognize criminal justice as an important issue currently facing the nation. While specific reasons for their interest are debatable, 81 percent of Trump voters […]

Trump: ‘No One Should Be Censoring Sermons or Targeting Pastors’

Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal President Donald Trump asked two nuns with the Little Sisters of the Poor to join him in front of a Rose Garden audience Thursday before he signed an executive order easing enforcement of Obamacare regulations forcing religious organizations to pay for employee health plans covering contraception and abortion-inducing drugs. Trump’s […]

Harvard Wants to Remove Christian Roots From School Traditions

CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE Prestigious American university Harvard is considering removing a line from its ceremonial song that references its Christian heritage. A Harvard professor claims the lyric could be racist, but a U.K. academic has described the proposal as “morally disoriented.” Harvard takes its name from John Harvard, who emigrated with the Puritans to the United […]

Texas needs more school choice: Ladner

Matt Ladner, El Paso Times Matt Ladner is a senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute. His research and writing center on the need to reform K-12 education. When Texans look west, they can see what a brighter future could look like for their schools. Arizona, Nevada and Texas all face crushing enrollment growth […]