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.
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.
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?
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?"
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.
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.
We have formed 13 groups that will be the heart of the Synod. They are constituted according to the 5 official languages of the Synod. There are several groups of 20 discussing in English, French and Italian. There is one group in Spanish/Portugese and my group converses in German. The German is the only group that is a bit smaller with 15 members.
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.
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?
Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced a change in their fetal tissue donation policy, in a move that one pro-life critic calls "an admission of guilt."
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.
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.
An American missionary who became a mother to orphaned children in Haiti, and kept scores of others from going hungry through a nutrition program, was viciously gunned down on Saturday while one of the children she was traveling with was kidnapped.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson clarified that he believes that God created the world but does not believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old, as Young Earth creationists claim. Carson also criticized those who claim there is no way the Earth can be billions of years old, saying that such people put themselves "in the same category as God."
An online crowd-funding project that raised about $1.4 million meant to release a more elegantly formatted version of the Bible has once again been delayed in its release.
The end times could be near, and people with an apocalyptic worldview could cause the end times if they came into possession of nuclear weapons, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said.
Author and psychologist John Townsend met with the parents of a 25-year-old son who was still living at home without a job. He quickly deduced that the young man, who did not contribute to household chores and resented his parents' expectations and ambitions for him, was suffering the cultural disease of entitlement.
President Barack Obama believes America is safer since he became president, he could win a third term and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is a "great publicity-seeker" who will not win the White House.
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.
Did Jesus actually "descend to hell" before He rose from the dead, as the Apostles' Creed says? Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Texas tackled this question in a sermon, taking forward his 12-week series on the statement of faith.
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.
Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, who is teaching his congregation the meaning and relevance of the Apostles' Creed through a series of sermons, explained how the phrase, "He ascended to Heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father," in the faith statement affects Christians' lives on Earth.
A Florida congregation has successfully won the right to build a church in a Jacksonville Beach neighborhood despite objections from local residents and an attempt by the city to prevent construction.
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.
Lakewood Church pastor and New York Times best-selling author Joel Osteen advises Christians to be "respectful" when engaging people of other faiths.
"Duck Dynasty" star Missy Robertson says her daughter's devastating medical diagnosis left her questioning her faith.
CeCe Winans still finds it hard to believe that her goddaughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, died last July, three years after her mother, Whitney Houston.
"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Tamra Judge got emotional while recalling her baptism ceremony, which will air as part of the show's season finale next week.
Oprah Winfrey might never have become one of the world's most powerful women and renowned media empress inspiring countless lives if she hadn't grow up in the church.
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.
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.
A college in Toronto says it will no longer force all its students to use gender-neutral bathrooms and is, therefore, switching back to exclusively male or exclusively female facilities, after it learned that two women students were filmed by a man using his cellphone while showering.
A Yazidi community member has shared a gruesome story where one mother captured by the Islamic State terror group was told she ate the meat of her own toddler. The Yazidis have been speaking out about the atrocities they continue suffer at the hands ohttp://images.christianpost.com/full/83058/iraq.jpgf IS, and have criticized President Obama for not doing enough to help them.
More than a thousand Pakistani Christians and church leaders in Lahore gathered outside of Punjab's legislative assembly on Wednesday to demand that the province's legislature throw out a proposed amendment that they beleive is designed to strip voting rights from religious minorities, women and workers in local elections.
Christian refugees who have managed to flee the Islamic State terror group in Syria have revealed in a testimony video that the jihadists are trafficking captured men and children to a so-called "school of death" where they carry out beheadings and sell young girls at a slave market.
Three Muslim men who pretended to be interested in learning about Christianity attacked a Bangladeshi pastor in his home earlier this week after he agreed to share the Gospel with them.
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.
David Gregory, a renowned journalist and former host of the Sunday morning political news program "Meet the Press," was inspired to reconnect with his Jewish faith by former President George W. Bush, and he details that experience in his new book, "How's Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey."
Alan Chambers, the final president of the once prominent ex-gay organization Exodus International and former proponent of ex-gay therapy, documents his experiences both in his personal crisis of identity and the eventual shutting down of Exodus in his new book, "My Exodus: From Fear to Grace."
Growing up, Mwati Mwila often felt ugly and inadequate because she had dark skin. For years, the outwardly bubbly child of African migrants to the United States was teased about her dark complexion. Although bullying would eventually lead to depression and subsequent suicide attempts, God had bigger plans for her.
A Gospel rapper, who said Jesus "saved me from everything ... all types of evil" while he was an inmate at notorious Rikers Island prison, is on a mission to spread the Good News on the subways of New York City, because he believes that is what Jesus wants him to do.