Foreword by Pastor Bobby Schuller, speaker, TV's "Hour of Power"| ix


Preface by the Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D. | xi


Chapter 1: The Rich, Famous and Just Plain Interesting | 1


Church leader speaks to personal Pentecost, issues in Christianity | 2

Ben Carson takes spotlight off Obama | 4

Conversion causes crisis for top TV actor | 6

The courageous shepherd: A profile in ministry | 8

Meet Dennis Jernigan: Ex-gay and proud | 10

Fred Phelps’ legacy: Hatred of Jesus | 12

Venomous ‘Christians’ criticize Crouch in his death | 14

I’m thankful for … Billy Graham | 16

Justin Bieber: Youth for Christ or in cultural Armageddon? | 18

St. Patrick: No beer but plenty of shamrocks | 20

‘Preachers of L.A.’ showcases bling, bless-me culture | 22

Carlton Pearson’s comeback: Enigmatic ex-charismatic preacher’s story goes Hollywood | 24

NFL QB Russell Wilson following Christ on gridiron, in church, with relationships | 26

‘Hour of Power’ preacher reaches out to fellow millennials, other faith traditions | 28

Remembering Chuck Smith, unconventional converter of the lost | 30


Chapter 2: Black Is Beautiful | 33​


Why I love the black church | 34

Emanuel killings attempt to sidetrack God’s plan for unity in diversity  | 36

Nation’s deep, wide racial divide – anger vs. arrogance | 38

Indiana town seeks ‘balm’ for racial troubles | 40

New Civil Rights Movement seeks to activate black charismatics, Pentecostals | 43

Professor mixes God, religion, race in Trayvon Martin rant | 45

Paper’s slur comes amid rise in U.S., overseas racism | 47

Race in a small city: Tale of two colors in Hoosier burg | 49

Martin Luther King Jr., conscience of a nation | 51

Different spiritualities vital to black winners of U.S. Senate races | 53

Diversity at church: Not on your (eternal) life, poll says | 55

It’s Racial Reconciliation Sunday — and I’m taking it personally | 57

African-American Christians’ stories give insight into black history | 59

Samuel Morris: African faith touches America | 61


Chapter 3: Let the Church Say Amen | 64


Appreciate your pastor | 65

Resolving church disputes | 67

Discerning or just a critical spirit? | 69

Crystal Cathedral shines more brightly as Shepherd’s Grove | 71

Faith-based education in the crosshairs | 73

With God, all things are possible to Baylor, who believes | 75

Giving out: Americans put less in offering plate | 77

Hearing God — together, in community | 79

Anglicans move toward evangelicalism | 81

Pope’s resignation gives opportunity for new life in papacy | 83

New pope confronts, convicts, encourages | 85

Vatican interfaith ceremony: Synergy or syncretism? | 87

Pope rolls through USA with plaudits, polls, platitudes | 89

Statues grace homes of Protestant, Catholic faithful | 91

Christian rapper calls out ‘false teachers,’ gets response | 93

Westboro Baptist judges Graham | 95

The Father’s Day Outpouring – will God do it again? | 97

The unity of the faith | 99


Chapter 4: This Pilgrim Journey | 102


Resurrection, for Jesus and me | 103

Forgiveness — for politicians and each other | 104

Evangelism: A controversial but loving choice | 106

Evil and Aurora | 108

Halloween: Trick or treat for the religious? | 110

Joy unspeakable and full of glory: Living in the revelation of God | 112

Rules vs. relationship | 113

Business God’s way yields profits, satisfied customers | 115

Journalism — a great way to tell both the old, old story and new ones | 117

Setting your face like flint | 119

Lessons in ministry learned and taught | 121

Top ten tips — for the Trinity | 123


Chapter 5: Practical Theology | 126


Christ — crucified, dead, buried and resurrected | 127

The glory of God | 129

Faith, works and salvation | 131

Legalism: Spirituality as a job without benefits | 132

God is love | 134

Grace: God’s gift to you | 136

How to pray | 138

Jesus isn’t just for the manger anymore | 140

Personal relationship with God | 142

The sanctification of believers | 144

The Rapture … pre, mid, post or pan? | 146

The end — now or not yet? | 147


Chapter 6: Holy Spirit, Come | 150


Who is the Holy Spirit? | 151

The baptism of the Holy Spirit | 153

I believe in miracles | 155

No roadblocks but our own in keeping divine appointments | 157

Laboring in prayer | 159

Faith healing parents go to jail for prayer remedy | 161

Taking up serpents | 162

Fruit of the Spirit vs. spiritual gifts | 164

Tongues of fire burn brightly worldwide | 166

Catch on fire in Christ: Clarity, confidence & blessed breakthrough | 168

Spiritual warfare: Rules of engagement | 171

Revival: God’s people pray for stirring in their souls | 173

Chapter 7: Religiosity in the USA and World | 176


America may be losing moral, spiritual consensus | 177

Immigrants come with spirituality, stay in it with perseverance | 179

Globe cools toward Creator | 181

Boston Bombings show chaos of American spirituality, morality | 183

Foley’s moving death brings spotlight to Muslim atrocities | 185

White House guilty of double standard on religious persecution | 187

Murder of French satirists shows clash of free press, intolerant religion | 190

President Obama calls out ‘less than loving’ Christian rhetoric | 192

San Bernardino killings awaken West to Islamic threat | 194

9/11: Beginning of the endtimes? | 196

Information Age views both encourage, discourage religious | 198

Consumer culture meets Christmas | 200

Faculty behaving badly toward God, believing students | 202

Let the church arise | 204


Chapter 8: COGIC Coast to Coast | 207


Miracle man: Bishop with breakthrough anointing pastors two churches | 208

Carlis Moody Sr.: Deep calls to deep | 210

A church that learns, lives & loves together | 212

I’m thankful for … Marion’s (New) New Bethany | 215

Finding a home out on the lone prairie | 217

Working out God’s vision on the High Plains | 220

Big Sky, lots of challenges confront church | 222

Small church, big vision: Learning the Lord’s way | 224

Highway U-turn gets clergyman, church headed in right direction | 225


Chapter 9: The Slippery Slope of Social Issues | 229


Culture wars move inside church | 230

Gay marriage and the Golden Rule | 232

Gay’s now OK throughout the USA, come what may | 234

Pence squirms from political crosshairs amid Hoosier RFRA uproar | 236

Reconciling the transgendered to God – a complex calling | 238

Planned Parenthood aborts pro-choice ministerial effort | 240

Creationism vs. evolution: War of worldviews | 242

Religion inspires hate | 244

Nice guys finish last | 246

God working together Warren’s loss for good | 248

2015, Year of the LGBTQQ | 250


Chapter 10: Politics & Position | 253


2016 Republican presidential field racially diverse, spiritually strong | 253

’16 Dem hopefuls sharp spiritual contrast to GOP | 255

Undebatable irony in faceoffs as GOP goes to church, Dems hit Vegas | 257

Division – not unity – becomes hallmark of times | 259

Mainstream media railroad Carson, asleep at switch with Obama | 261

‘The Donald’ losing support among minorities after run-ins | 263

Falwell flubs in Trump nod, bending on character | 265

Cruz defeats Trump in Iowa, two spar sharply ahead of NH | 268

Evangelicals support spiritually challenged Trump, Clinton & Sanders in WH contest | 270

Cruz keeping his evangelical faith center stage in presidential run | 272

Surprises in poll on mixing religion and politics | 274

Graham drops out of GOP, drops into Christian voter drive |  276

Christ at the ballot box | 278

The taxman cometh | 279

Considering religion in hiring? What’s OK for DC isn’t for Indy | 281

Opposition to sermon subpoenas unites civil libertarians, born again | 283

Foreign and religious law in U.S. courts | 285

Are we still ‘one nation under God’? | 287

Prophetic or pragmatic? A time for choosing | 289

Separation of church and state | 291

Atheist is student body president — at Christian college | 293

Thanksgiving in uncertain times | 295

Elder Kyle Huckins (L) with Bishop Michael Paden Sr. (R) of COGIC's Georgia Metro Jurisdiction; see the story on Bishop Paden, the "Miracle Man," on page 208 of "Race, Faith and Politics Today."

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