So, on this 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln, we should be loath to claim this greatest of all Americans for causes near and dear to our own hearts. Lincoln, the tax-cutter; Lincoln, the defense hawk; Lincoln, the champion of litigation reform – these and a hundred other tinny appellations clank against the edifice of historical integrity.
You have probably seen the State Farm commercials. People who find themselves in a precarious situation simply speak a magic mantra to summon their insurance genie: "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." And poof, an agent is instantly teleported to their exact location. The commercial concludes, "State Farm agents are there whenever you need them."
The main reason people abandon Christianity is unanswered intellectual questions, yet many churches treat faith as a mostly emotional experience, philosopher Nancy Pearcey argued in an interview with The Christian Post. Her new book, "Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes," provides five practical strategies to help Christians think about issues that challenge their faith.
For years I was an apologist for Islam, as regrettably, many still remain. I only read books and believed those who painted Islam in a peaceful, glowing light. Today I'm writing to say I'm sorry, I apologize, and I ask for your forgiveness. We who have blindly defended Islam and called you Islamophobes are tragically wrong.
Mercy is not fair, but it's godly. Not fair, but powerful. Not fair, but Christ-like. And when we do what God leads us to do, He always brings justice into our life. To honor God in this area, we need to learn to trust Him more fully. Every single one of us has opportunities to do that each day…with friends and family, coworkers and even the clerk at the grocery store.
In a recently released inspirational book designed to help people overcome personal tribulations and sorrows in life, former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp asserts that people need to rejoice in their trials, pains, sufferings and griefs because they serve as opportunities to "run to Jesus" and "experience more of his love."
As I have noted in other posts, the number one reason for declines and plateaus in churches is declining frequency of attendance of church members. Though there are many possible explanations for this reality, some of the reasons are in the category of organizational issues. Let me note five of them.
The Supreme Court will soon decide whether states can legally choose to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It is a watershed moment in our nation's history. As an organization, we have filed briefs with the court, argued in public and in private about why marriage, defined as the union of one man and one woman, matters as a social good, and more than I have space to list in one post. But beyond all this we as Christians and churches need to pray—because marriage is not just another culture war issue.
This Sunday we begin a brand new series entitled, "Sex…It Doesn't Have To Be Grey!" There are some people who are really excited about this series, others are curious in regards to what type of things will be talked about—and others are afraid of what is going to be said. Which is why I am writing this article—to answer some questions you may have about why we're doing the series and what can be expected.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that not everyone in the world enjoys all the privileges we do here in America. Perhaps that explains why, according to American Bible Society's State of the Bible Survey released this week, 72 percent of Americans mistakenly believe that the Bible has already been translated into all of the earth's languages.
So how can Starbucks saturate the physical cravings of decaffeinated Americans and the church cannot satisfy the spiritual thirst of Americans with the living water? After all, there are only 12,000 Starbucks coffee shops in the United States and there are over 300,000 Protestant churches! That's right! We outnumber Starbucks by 25 to 1!
Once again the senseless massacre of almost 150 students in Kenya has demonstrated the fallenness and depravity of humanity. It is impossible to comprehend the depth of brutality that human beings can perpetrate against others, particularly children and young people. Lives filled with so much hope and potential were snuffed out by the barbarity of those who seemingly will stop at nothing to promote their twisted ideology and beliefs.
Two masked gunmen on motorcycles, believed to be Muslim, open fired on the campus of a Pakistani Catholic school in Lahore Friday morning, injuring one Christian student and two security guards.
Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who served from 1997 to 2014, died on Friday at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer, sources confirmed.
Many Christians across the country are wearing orange ribbons and dress, representing the jumpsuits worn by victims of Islamic State, in church and otherwise in response to calls by churches and groups to help draw attention to the persecution of Christians by the terror group in the Middle East.
The Rev. Franklin Graham warned on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday that another holocaust might become a reality, pointing to the influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe and the United States, who he said are "bringing their hatred of Jews and Christians with them."
Former congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has accused President Barack Obama of being "pro the goals of Islamic jihad," which she explains includes welcoming the "hidden imam" to bring on the apocalypse.
As the United States continues to negotiate with major world powers and Iran aimed at limiting the Middle Eastern nation's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, the wife of American pastor Saeed Abedini says her husband, who has been imprisoned there for more than two and a half years for his faith, is being threatened by guards that he will never be freed unless he renounces Jesus Christ.
The conservative watchdog website Judicial Watch is claiming that Islamic State terrorists have established a training camp located eight miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and plan on infiltrating the United States with the help of a drug cartel smugglers.
Various conservative groups are offering diverse responses to the LGBT-themed public schools event on Friday known as the "Day of Silence," by either urging parents to keep their children home from school or by participating in the "Day of Dialogue" that encourages Christian students to share biblical views on sexual ethics.
The Democratic Party supports legal abortion until the baby is born, according to Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Following the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to the White House on Tuesday, the Obama administration revealed that U.S. Armed Forces have launched over 1,900 airstrikes against terror group ISIS in the country, and have spent billions through various avenues to help Iraq.
A group of conservative Anglican leaders are reportedly meeting in London to discuss forming a "parallel" church that they feel would be more true to Anglican principles on positions like women bishops and gay marriage.
A celebration in honor of a best-selling Christian author and pastor whose various spiritual messages have sold in the millions will take place at a church in Georgia.
The American Bible Society's recently released State of the Bible survey found that a strong majority of Americans think the Bible is available in all of the world's languages, despite the fact that 57 percent of world languages are still in need of completed Bible translations.
Just 18 months ago, in an announcement that they had hired Mark Smith to be their new senior pastor, top officials at the First Baptist Jackson Church in Mississippi said they had fallen "in love" and described him as God's man and "God's will" for the job. In a surprising turn of events this week, however, Smith abruptly quit, declaring in his rejection of the job that he is not the man for their church.
South Carolina's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal filed by The Episcopal Church against a breakaway diocese regarding several church properties in the state.
Rev. Emerson Boyce, the general secretary of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean, discussed living conditions in the region and how he's working to prepare Christians in the island nations for future persecution that believers are witnessing throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and other faith groups have spoken out against California Senate Bill 128, which if passed, would give terminally ill people in the state the right to end their lives. Warren said that he opposes the bill both as a theologian and as the father of a son who died by suicide due to mental illness.
The Christian pop rock band,Newsboys, are grateful that they can still sell out shows after forming close to three decades ago, but the foursome decided to up the ante by working to end world hunger on their current tour.
Dove award-nominated singer Jonathan McReynolds recently opened up about the pressure of fame and how it differs for gospel artists compared with that of secular artists.
Comedian and actor Kevin James could be one of the most lovable guys in Hollywood, according to some of his co-stars in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," who didn't have a bad word to say about him during the film's world premiere in New York City on Saturday, April 11.
Annabel Beam's incredible story of faith and overcoming adversity is retold in her mother Christy's newly released memoir "Miracles From Heaven" and in an exclusive interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday, the 12-year-old schoolgirl recalled meeting Jesus Christ, which set the premise for the book.
"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson and wife Korie are bringing a "positive option" for Las Vegas tourists with a Broadway musical based on their best-selling book, "The Duck Commander Family," this week.
The 15-year-old Pakistani Christian boy who was beaten and set on fire by two Muslim men last Friday after answering truthfully if he was a Christian, died Wednesday morning due to burns inflicted during the attack.
A Hindu extremist leader in India has called on Christians and Muslims in the country to be forcefully sterilized in order to control their growing populations, and called for Hindu gods and goddesses to be placed in churches and mosques.
A report released Tuesday by Amnesty International highlighting the brutality displayed by Boko Haram estimates that over 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by the Nigerian militant group since the start of 2014, and some have been trained to "kill and slaughter" infidels.
A nine-year-old Yazidi girl, who had been raped by at least 10 frontline militants and suicide bombers of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq, is pregnant, and an aid worker says she is so young that she could die if she delivers a baby. She is among more than 200 Yazidi women and children released last week after eight months in captivity.
Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the Vatican in protest over Pope Francis using the word "genocide" to describe the mass killing of 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago.
Islamic State militants in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul abducted 120 schoolchildren from their classrooms on Sunday, as the group raided multiple schools in the town's various neighborhoods looking for children to ship to its "Cubs of the Caliphate" training camps.
A Christian mother from Houston, Texas made history last Wednesday when she became the first woman to give birth to a set of all-girl quintuplets in the United States since 1969 and she did it all in four minutes.
The In-N-Out Burger chain is America's favorite "limited-service" restaurant, according the annual Consumer Picks survey in Nation's Restaurant News.