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5 Reasons Some Pastors Are Loners — And Why That's Not Good

It's easier to do ministry alone. It takes less time to make a visit if I go by myself. I don't have to worry about anybody's schedule. Lunch takes less time if it's not connected to hanging out with another believer. We even spiritualize our thinking: "we can get more done for God's glory this way."

7 Ways to Save Your Marriage If Your Spouse Wants Out

Joe Beam

However, in my experience working with couples, giving up usually occurs far too early. There is a definite consequence when you accept that it's over and emotionally, mentally, and physically disconnect from your spouse. That won't bring him or her back to you.

Why You Shouldn't Believe Everything You Think

dan delzell opinion page

Do you believe everything that comes across your television screen, or pops up on your computer? Of course not. Likewise, we should be careful that we don't believe everything we think. Some of the stuff which enters our mind has no business being there.

I'm Tired of Hearing Boring Sermons

paul tripp

What I'm about to write will probably get me into trouble: I'm deeply persuaded that there's entirely too much mediocrity in the church of Jesus Christ when it comes to pastors preparing and delivering their sermons.

Once You Realize You Deserve God's Wrath

dan delzell opinion page

As you might imagine, this analogy strikes a chord with inmates. It would be like a dream come true. Someone else already paid for the crimes you committed. And if this scenario was actually real, imagine how quickly the good news would spread among the inmates at the jail.

Planned Parenthood: The Gift That Keeps on Killing

Alveda King

Today, we could substitute the name Planned Parenthood for the Greeks, because like the Greeks, Planned Parenthood is waging a war on the lives of mothers and our children; and like the Greeks, Planned Parenthood wants to hide their secret agenda.

13 Signs of Leadership Fatigue

Worry, Worry, Worry

Leadership is sometimes wearisome – so wearisome that we come close to giving up. Over the years, I've watched leaders slide into defeat, and I've seen some of these common signs of trouble.

How to Trust God for the Extraordinary and Leave a Legacy of Faith

Joyce Meyer

Faith in God is an amazing gift. It starts the moment your heart says: I believe Jesus is God's Son and that He came to rescue me. That alone is an incredible truth. But I wonder how many Christians decide that's where their faith ends, when the truth is, there's so much more to believe for in this life!

An Open Letter to the National Rifle Association (NRA)

Mark Creech

I want to begin this correspondence by saying that I believe very much in what you've stood for over the years. Your organization has worked tirelessly to defend our nation's Second Amendment. Although I never took the time to join the NRA, I am a fan and believe the nation is indebted to your great work. What concerns me, however, is a recent NRA-ILA alert that was sent to your members in North Carolina that I believe smears people of faith, like me, who oppose Sunday hunting.

Why I Am Upset Over the SBC Uninviting Ben Carson

Perry Noble

I posted online about being disappointed by the SBC in regards to their decision and saw a flurry of comments this morning when I woke up. Some agreed they were disappointed as well, others endorsed the SBC as making the right decision and then there were some who questioned why I was disappointed.

How to Relish, Reread, Review, Retell and Relive Bible Stories

Paul de Vries portrait

The Bible is an awesome adventure, introducing precious eternal teachings within specific historical contexts. Through its pages readers find universal principles dramatically revealed in extraordinary human persons. God's eternal principles always matter, and so do specific timely moments of Divine action within people's lives.

What Should the Duggar Scandal Teach the Church?

Russell moore

I'm not interested in litigating the specifics of this case—the civil authorities and the relevant employers are now alerted to the situation. I'm more concerned that we see that this story is one more in what has been an endless cycle of stories of sexual abuse in "churched" contexts. We cannot assume that we can avoid this topic simply by making sure our doctrines are right, our values conservative, and our people sheltered from the world. If we are not addressing this issue, it is only because we are ignoring what is going on in our communities, and all too often in our pews. This requires that churches come with conviction to this question preemptively, before any specific situation arises, with a word from God.

Cultural Christianity vs. Convictional Christianity

Richard Land Portrait

As cultural Christianity wanes the more faithful, traditional Christianity practiced by Evangelicals will stand out in ever more vivid contrast with mere civic or "country club" Christianity in America. The shameful gap between the "orthodoxy" (sound doctrine) and "orthopraxy" (sound practice) of too many Christians has been, and is, a disgrace to the Gospel.

The Scandal of Christianity

John stonestreet

And no amount of calm will dissuade critics, such as the Lynn, Massachusetts, school board member who compared Gordon College to the KKK and dismissed their work among the city's poorer children out of hand. In the end, no matter how "nice" we are, our faith in Jesus and our faithfulness to His teaching will be a scandal to the world. And we are and will be treated accordingly.

How Sexual Disorientation Can Lead to Self-Deception

Dan Delzell Portrait Seagreen Background

The idea of "sexual orientation" is the world's way of trying to explain why people experience various sexual desires. In reality, all of us experience some measure of sexual "disorientation." The presence of sin within human nature causes confusion regarding our sexuality.

5 Interesting Facts About Ted Cruz's Christian Faith

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his presidential bid at Liberty University, a well-known conservative, Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell. It's a testament to his faith and Southern Baptist roots that have kept him grounded throughout his life. But here are five facts you may not know about Cruz's personal faith.

9 Stupid Things I Did as a Pastor

Thom Rainer

1. I neglected my prayer life and time in the Word too often. It sounds absolutely insane as I write it, but I got too busy for God. As a consequence, I operated out of my own insufficient power too many times.

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Pakistan's Islamic Government Has 'Strong Relations With Muslim Extremists,' Activist and Former Parliament Member Says, as New Violence Targets Christians

Human rights activist Pervez Rafique, who is also a former minority member of parliament representing the Pakistan People's Party in Punjab, said it will be hard to change Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which he said are upheld by an Islamic government that has "strong relations" with Muslim extremists.

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Millennials Are Most Selfish, 'Least Religious Generation' in the Nation's History, Study Finds

A San Diego State University study has found that millennials appear to be the least religious generation ever recorded. SDSU psychology professor Jean M. Twenge suggested that one main reason for millennials abandoning religion is rising individualism in American culture, which is less prone to showing commitment to institutions.

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Bishop T.D. Jakes Calls on the Church to End Racial Divide and 'Fulfill the Prayer of Jesus Christ That We May Be One' (VIDEO)

Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder of The Potter's House, one of the largest megachurches in the United States, recently called on the Church to become a source of unity and healing in the faith community, particularly in the wake of ongoing racial unrest.

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Phil Thornton Exclusive: eOne VP Talks Faith, Pushing the Envelope in Gospel Music, 'R&B Divas' Challenges

Phil Thornton is doing more than just overseeing gospel artists as the vice president and general manager of Urban Inspirational at Entertainment One Music. The entertainment industry executive has found a way to bridge the gap between Christian culture and the secular world one music artist and television show at a time.

Former New England Patriots Chaplain Don Davis Talks 'Deflategate,' Shares Message for Christian Players Potentially Involved, Fans (Exclusive)

Tom Brady

Former New England Patriots were riding high on the heels of winning the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title three months ago, but dreams of a seamless off season have been deflated by controversy. Don Davis, the Patriots' linebacker-turned-chaplain who now serves as a player advocate for the NFL Players Association, is looking at the situation from a spiritual perspective and has a message for any Christian player potentially involved in the allegations that has resulted in $1 million worth of consequences for the team.

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ISIS 'Burned Alive' 20-Y-O Girl After She Refused 'Extreme Sex Act,' Forces Sex Slaves to Become Prostitutes, UN Rep Says

Islamic State militants have allegedly burned a 20-year-old women alive because she refused to perform what a United Nations official deemed was an "extreme sex act." The same official also disclosed that ISIS is forcing some sex slaves to be prostitutes.

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Pro MMA Fighter's Ministry Helped 710 Combat Vets With PTSD Live by God's 'Biblical Blueprint,' Escape High Suicide, Divorce Rates

Hundreds of former Marine and military veterans have been spared from the growing suicide and divorce rates among combat veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because a professional MMA fighter's faith-based retreat taught them that their disorder is no match for God's "blueprint" for their life.

In New Book to Moms Ex-Ambassador's Wife Marina Slayton Says 'We've Been Empowered By the Holy Spirit'

Be the Best Mom

In a new book for mothers titled Be the Best Mom You Can Be Marina Slayton, a Christian mother of four and wife of former U.S. diplomat Gregory Slayton, has shared tips on parenting in the 21st century. It's a time, she says, when parents and children alike are facing new challenges such as growing hostility against Christianity and a higher rate of suicide, both of which have touched her family personally.

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