America’s annual call to prayer celebrates 70th year
The National Day of Prayer May 6 will feature a broadcast from the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s prayer day is “Lord Pour Out Your Love, Life, and Liberty,” based on 2 Corinthians 3:17.
The annual prayer day, currently in its 70th year, began in 1952 when evangelist Billy Graham urged U.S. leaders to pray for the country. Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, and Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, are among the prayer leaders scheduled to participate in this year’s broadcast.
Black Christians share experiences of multiracial church
Nearly 3-in-10 Black practicing Christians have experienced racial prejudice in a multiracial church, Barna reports, and 27% feel pressured to give up part of their racial or ethnic identity. One-third (33%) of Black practicing Christians feels it is hard to move into a leadership position at a multiracial church.
According to the researchers, “There is potentially greater cost for the Black worshipper who moves into a more diverse congregation and begins to have more cross-racial interactions in that faith community.”
Proposed sex ed bills raise concern in Illinois
Lawmakers in Illinois could soon consider a new measure that would mandate the teaching of sex education to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Molly Malone of the Illinois Pro-Family Alliance said the legislation will also “promote abortion, the LGBT lifestyle, and will sexualize students.”
Wheaton College town hall addresses division over vaccines
The Humanitarian Disaster Institute of Wheaton College hosted a virtual conversation April 27 addressing skepticism by some evangelicals over the COVID-19 vaccines. Leaders including Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission encouraged pastors facing division in their churches over the vaccines, advising them to focus on worship. “We have a vaccine right now because we have a God who is Creator of the universe,” Moore said.
New album, book highlight women of the Bible
“The Faithful Project” received national exposure when musicians Amy Grant and Ellie Holcomb sang Mary Magdalene’s story on the TODAY show in March. The full album and accompanying book released last week as a collection of stories about women in the Bible, as told by a group of modern Christian women.
Sources: National Day of Prayer, Baptist Press, Barna Research, Pew Research, Illinois Baptist, Christianity Today