Believe it or not, there is something quite charming about the sitcom. It centers Christianity in a way that is never examined, but manages to do so in a way that feels rooted in a particular journey. It’s refreshing to…
His red Nissan is in the church parking lot. His picture is on the pew where he loves to sit. But Gilles Bikindou wasn’t at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina, last Sunday. Or the Sunday before that. Or the Sunday before that. Or any of the Sundays since immigration authorities arrested him last month. His advocates fear Bikindou, 58, could be deported as soon as Friday.
The preacher, dead at 99, advised presidents, mentored clergy, and influenced millions of people. Will his legacy of non-partisan outreach continue?
The evangelist’s son, Franklin, concedes some aspects of the organization have shifted, but maintains the mission is still to spread the word of forgiveness from God.
One daughter said there was no question her father loved them, but his ministry was all-consuming. “We have coped,” she said. “We have not rejected them or Christ. We’re all involved in some form of ministry. We have done well at living up to people’s expectations, but it is a burden. We were not a perfect family and I’m tired of people saying it. I don’t want to be indiscreet, but God inhabits honesty, and I’m not good at image-management.”
Robertson asked for a ban on “bump stocks,” which allow semiautomatic weapons to fire as rapidly as machine guns. He also called for more thorough background checks, including a medical check.
In a real world that has so maligned black peoples and the continent of Africa, and questioned if any good can ever come from this place, director Ryan Coogler reminds his viewers both of the beauty that already exists on the continent, and also what may yet be possible.
When Jerry Falwell Sr. founded Liberty University in 1971, he did so with a list of rules that included prohibitions on alcohol, tobacco and foul language in the student code of conduct, but now some members of LU’s Student Government…