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Jefferson Bethke Aims to Re-Spark Christian Faith of Millennials by Revisiting Ancient Biblical Concepts

YouTube sensation and Christian author Jefferson Bethke hopes to re-spark the faith of millions of millennials who feel that Christianity has failed them with his new book, "It's Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die," ​which examines first century church practices and demonstrates how they can reinvigorate the Body of Christ in today's society.

8 Unexpected Blessings of Christianity

Chuck Lawless

My seventh-grade classmate who shared the story of Christ with me was a matter-of-fact kind of guy. Here's generally the way he told me the gospel: "You're going to hell, and you need to get saved."

Kirsten Powers and Protestants Becoming Catholics

Kirsten Powers

No, I'm not converting, although I enjoyed my 1983 visit to the Vatican. But yesterday, columnist Kirsten Powers announced on Fox News that she was joining the Catholic Church today. Not many years ago she moved from non belief to Evangelical Christianity, and she has been attending an Anglican church with friends of mine.

How Can I Minimize the Impact of Divorce on My Kids?

Marina Slayton

Parent's Question: My spouse and I are in the process of separating and the impact on our kids has been much worse than we had been told to expect. Our divorced friends have told us that kids are resilient and as long as we continue to love them (and don't show them how much my spouse and I don't get along) everything should turn out fine. Our kids are angry and bitter. I know this is a complicated question, but what can we do to minimize the impact of our divorce on our kids?

10 More Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Guests

Thom Rainer

On November 1, 2014, I wrote a blog post about ten ways churches drive away first-time guests. Those top ten ways came from an informal Twitter poll. I was surprised by the number of responses we received for both the poll and the blog post.

Dare to Believe in God's Power to Change You

Joyce Meyer

My father became a Christian when he was 83 years old. There were many times throughout the years when I thought, "He will never change!" But I kept praying for him. And thank God, eventually, he did change—he experienced the greatest transformation of all.

10 Great Quotes to Help You Preserve Your Moral Sanity

Michael Brown

More than once in the last few years I've asked myself the question, "Has the whole world gone mad? Has everyone in our society lost the ability to think clearly? Are people no longer able to process facts and information? Are they so dominated by their emotions and by sound bites that truth and logic don't seem to matter?"

4 Characteristics of Gospel Love

paul tripp

I've been uploading some sermons from 1st Peter to my website, and I wanted to use this Article as an opportunity to reflect upon one verse that I find incredibly challenging.

In New Book, John Maxwell Delivers Lessons in Faith and 'Intentional Living'

John Maxwell

In his new book, Intentional Living: Choosing a Life that Matters released on Tuesday, leadership expert John Maxwell describes a journey into a life of significance that will gut you, overwhelm you and inspire you all at the same time through truths that are so intentional, they could also possibly hurt you if have been stuck in a rut with your life for a while.

10 Signs Your Pastor Is Becoming a Chaplain

Thom Rainer

In the broadest sense, a chaplain refers to those who are assigned to care and provide ministry for a specific group of people. Military and hospital chaplains, for example, have clearly defined groups who come under their care and ministry.

Top 5 Planned Parenthood Myths

Cecile Richards

Planned Parenthood actually instructs its supporters to "treat tough questions as general issues and don't respond to specifics." There's a good reason for that. It's because Planned Parenthood's talking points bear little resemblance to the truth.

Liberals More Worried About Gay Weddings Than ISIS Killing Christians

Ken Connor

A new article over at CNS News paints a disturbing picture of the state of religious liberty across the globe. Citing religious persecution as "a leading social justice crisis of our time," the article outlines the horrific actions being perpetrated against Christians in the Middle East and Africa, and America's less than robust response to this humanitarian catastrophe.

10 Things Effective Churches Do Well

A Young Man\'s Ideal Church

I've written posts for this site and my own that describe some of the negatives our church consulting teams and "spies" have found in churches. The goal of this post is to show some of the positives we've seen in different churches. The topics vary, but perhaps something will help you in your church.

Gun Control and the Gospel

Umpqua Community College shooting

What happened at Umpqua Community College was at a level of malevolence beyond any earthly explanation or solution. Like a river of magma underneath the earth's crust, unimaginable evil burst forth yesterday. Tragically, it's eruption extinguished ten precious lives and devastated countless others.

5 Ways Churches Can Reach Millennials

Pastor Touré Roberts of One Church LA in Los Angeles.

Not too long ago a young man tweeted me, thanking and commending me for being a 21st century pastor. After a few moments of back-patting, and feeling good about myself, a sobering question came to mind. Should his comment be considered a compliment, or should I take it as a passive reference of the Church's overall state today?


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Syrian Priest Kidnapped by ISIS Free After 5-Month Abduction, Conducts First Mass

A Syrian priest who was kidnapped by the Islamic State terrorist organization in was finally released Saturday, allowing him to conduct his first mass since his abduction the following day in the Homs province.


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Soldier Who Beat Child Rapist Defended by Over 130,000 Petitions to Congress

Conservative activists delivered a petition to Capitol Hill with over 130,000 signatories in defense of a U.S. soldier recently discharged for beating an Afghan police commander who allegedly raped a child.

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Episcopal Church in Decline? Denomination Loses Nearly 50K Members, Closes 69 Parishes

The Episcopal Church continues to experience losses in both church attendance and membership, according to recently released numbers from the denomination's Office of the General Convention.

Saddleback Pastor Says Every Church Can Crawl, Walk, Run to Create Mental Illness Ministry

Mental Health

More than 2,200 church leaders assembled for Saddleback Church's Gathering on Mental Health and the Church were told Thursday that every church — regardless of size or geography — can be involved in ministry to the mentally ill. To demonstrate the opportunity for every church to get involved, attendees were given crawl, walk and run steps to help their congregations develop meaningful ministry to mentally ill individuals.

Rick Warren: Church Is First Place Families With Mental Illness Go To

Rick Warren

Rick and Kay Warren launched Saddleback Church's second Gathering on Mental Health and the Church on Thursday morning with a call for faith communities to take the lead in caring for those with mental illnesses. In the opening session of the conference, Rick Warren, Saddleback's founding pastor, argued the church had a biblical, historical and practical responsibility to make a priority of caring for those with mental illnesses.

Missy Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" introduces her fashion line on a promotional video for the brand.
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'Duck Dynasty' Star Missy Robertson on Daughter Mia's Devastating Diagnosis: 'I Did Question God'

"Duck Dynasty" star Missy Robertson says her daughter's devastating medical diagnosis left her questioning her faith.

'Duck Dynasty' Star Sadie Robertson on Fame, Sexual Temptations and the No.1 Man in Her Life (Interview)

Sadie Robertson

When her family first appeared on the A&E series "Duck Dynasty" three years ago, Sadie Robertson had no idea it would result in opportunities to write books, host award shows, star in movies, design clothes and gain millions of followers on social media. Still, the 18 year old says she's determined not to get caught up in the fame and has a plan to avoid the pitfalls that've plagued others who became celebrities after being on reality TV.

Assyrian Christians
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ISIS to Execute 180 Assyrian Christians After Negotiations Break Down

The Islamic State terror group claims it will be executing 180 Assyrian Christians who were kidnapped in mass raids in February, after negotiators failed to meet the jihadists' high asking price to free the hostages.

Intentional Living, John Maxwell
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Leadership Guru John Maxwell's Dream Presidential Candidate Would Owe 'No One Anything,' Stay One Term (Interview 1/2)

Leadership expert John Maxwell has a dream. He dreams America's next president would have no strings attached except to the American people and would only be in the White House for a single term. "Wouldn't it be refreshing," he says.