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Do We Really Need More Churches Planted in America?

Right now there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Think about it this way: there are just over 10,000 Starbucks and well over 300,000 churches! So Starbucks can saturate the United States with caffeinated drinks but almost 30x's more churches can't saturate the United States with the Living Water. Seriously?

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Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

We read the story (or hear the sermons) and sing the song and make this whole account about Joshua and how he bravely fought the battle of Jericho and how as a result of his great faith, the walls came tumbling down and he led his people into the Promised Land. And then we turn it into nothing more than a moral lesson. When we read the story of Joshua this way, we demonstrate that we've completely missed the hinge on which this story turns.

Nobody Expects the Rainbow Inquisition

Eric Metaxas

For the past several decades, the scope of what constitutes protected and permissible speech has been narrowing. Views that were commonplace in 2008 are regarded as beyond the pale now. Evidently, the only way to get back into good graces is to publicly recant your position.

When Your Pastor Fails: 5 Biblical Facts

Jim Denison

Bob Coy, the founding pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, continues to generate headlines. He resigned last week from his position at the 20,000-member congregation after an unspecified "moral failing." Many members of his congregation are understandably hurt. For them, and for all of us who have been wounded by a minister, I'd like to highlight five biblical facts. One: God calls pastors to a higher standard.

4 Steps to Defeating the Giants in Our Lives

Joyce Meyer

Have you ever started a project and not finished it? Or put a dream on hold because other things got in the way? I think we've all experienced these frustrations at some point in our life. The truth is sometimes starting is the easy part. However, with God's help we can finish whatever we start because the Bible says, "With God all things are possible"

Your Spirit Cannot Breathe Without 'Spiritual Oxygen'

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Without oxygen, your body will die. And without "spiritual oxygen," your spirit cannot come alive. Only the Lord can give life to your body. And only the Holy Spirit can give "spiritual oxygen" to your spirit. The Christian life is as miraculous as breath itself. Receiving life-giving oxygen into your spirit is as easy as taking your first breath after being born. It just happens.

Keeping Christian Schools Open: Scouting Outside (Part 3)

Robert F Davis

While "word of mouth" is the best advertisement, it should not be an excuse to sit back and wait for students to flow into your classrooms. Recruitment, aggressive recruitment, should always be the "modus operandi." Actually when enrollment is strong, marketing be even stronger. It helps to protect during the lean times. Recruitment, however, even aggressive recruitment won't assure fiscal strength unless tuition, spending, and salaries, essentially the entire budget is in balance.

Liberal, R.I.P.: A Grievous Obituary

Wallace Henley Portrait

The noble word "Liberal" has died at the hands of executioners, full of years, but far too soon. A pretender has risen in its place, lurking and laughing Gollum-like behind the tombstones even as the corpse of the esteemed term, "Liberal," is borne to its resting place.

Sexual Atheism: Christian Dating Data Reveals a Deeper Spiritual Malaise

Kenny Luck

The guy sitting across from me is a professing and practicing Christian. He drops by my office unannounced today to talk to me about his new online dating life. Specifically, he wants to talk about the over-willingness of Christian women he has encountered on several of his dates who want to jump right from a very public conversation and vanilla latte at Starbucks to very private whispers and physical exchanges between the sheets back at his place.

An Open Letter to Bob Coy

Brad Johnson

My heart breaks for your family, your congregation and for everyone reeling from the revelations of this past week. I physically ache, as I remember being in such a horribly shameful and painful place many years ago.

Keeping Christian Schools Open: A Peek Inside (Part 1)

Robert F Davis

Morale and ludicrous were front-and-center as I arrived at a Christian school seeking to raise capital, and large amounts, at that. The faculty and staff had gone without pay for 12 months, their pension investment had disappeared, they watched as a colleague was released for the sexual assault of over a dozen children at the school, and no one knew from week-to-week which classes would be consolidated or who would be without a job.

Lesson on Boundaries: From Pastor Bob Coy to Congressman McAllister

Wallace Henley Portrait

An ethical lesson from the Nixon White House: Set your boundaries early and sink them in granite. That's the best way to avoid being the star of headlines like those that recently appeared at just about the same time: Megachurch Pastor Bob Coy… Resigns Over 'Moral Failing' (Christian Post). And,'Report: Video shows (Congressman) McAllister kissing staffer' (Po

The Civil Rights Act: 50 Years On

Richard Land Portrait

I believe the vast majority of Americans are disappointed in the degree of racial division, mistrust, and misunderstanding that still plagues American society. And I further believe that disappointment and discontent stretches through all ethnic groups and generations in American society.

The Narcissistic Christian Leader

Thom Rainer

Narcissism should not be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and often does creep into the lives of many Christian leaders.

5 Root Causes for a Crisis of Faith

Pastor Rick McDaniel

I do not know of many Christians who have not at some time had a crisis point in their walk with God. How we respond to such a crisis in many ways determines our future maturity as a Christian. Certainly the fact that there are today some who once knew the Lord Jesus and walked away from that relationship with Him, can be directly related to their failure of properly responding to a crisis of their faith in God. If all those who have walked away were to come back to the Lord there may not be an empty seat in our churches.

Seeing the Grace of God

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What we see with our eyes matters. Each of our "perceptual worlds" depends upon what is in front of us to see, to look at. But what we see also depends upon other factors, too, such as our knowledge, our interests, our experiences, our attitudes.

The Gay Thought Police and Freedom of Speech

Richard Land Portrait

The virulent spirit of the lynch mob has been unleashed in American society. Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla, was forced to resign last week from the company he helped found. What was his crime? In 2008, he gave a $1,000 donation in support of California's ban on same-sex marriage. Homosexual activists apparently never intended to abide by the "live-and-let-live" toleration they pretended to support while campaigning for same-sex marriage.

Do Multiple Worship Services Hinder Congregational Unity?

dan delzell opinion page

Try this experiment. Ask some of your friends how they handle Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. See if you can find even one family who "breaks up" their family gathering into an "early shift" and a "late shift." My guess is that you don't know anyone who approaches it in that divided fashion.

Five Things Every Single Should Consider

Perry Noble

Being single can be completely overwhelming. One minute you can feel ridiculously stressed about big decisions you have to make when you're not sure where you might be in five years (or who you might be with in five years) and the next minute you can feel utterly alone because there's no one to help make that big decision with you.

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Southern Baptist Pastors Hope to Revitalize Hundreds of Churches in Decline

About 800 to 1,000 Southern Baptist congregations cease to exist annually, largely due to a stagnant vision among the leadership and lack of impact within their communities, says a church planting director. However, church leaders say the closures are often the symptom of a greater problem.

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Bill Nye Says He Wanted to Expose Why Ken Ham and Creationists Are 'Bad for Humankind' During Debate

Bill Nye "The Science Guy" opened up about his February debate with Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham, noting that he agreed to do it because he felt it was an opportunity to express why he finds the views of Ham and his supporters to be "bad for humankind."

Is the Obama Admin Backing Off Support for Common Core?

Arne Duncan

In testimony before a U.S. House subcommittee last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared to suggest the administration may be backing off its support for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. In a statement to The Christian Post, however, an Education Department spokesperson reiterated Duncan's support for the Common Core.

Gay Marriage Ban Opposed by Va. Attorney General

Virginia residents cast their vote for who will be the state\'s next attorney general,

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a brief in support of two same-sex couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, Herring refused to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban when it was legally challenged.

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Hillsong's Heartbeat Is to Pour Into and Serve NYC, Says Pastor Carl Lentz; 'That's Never Gonna Change'

Pastor Carl Lentz, who has been leading Hillsong NYC for more than three years, recently said that serving New York City will always be central to the vision and mission of the megachurch.

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'Noah,' 'God's Not Dead,' Drop Out of Top 5 in Weekend Box Office Haul

Noah and God's Not Dead dropped out of the top five for the first time since the films were released in a weekend that saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier take first place for the second consecutive week.

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71 Killed in Nigeria Bus Bombing; Catholic Priest Suspects Islamic Terrorists

Seventy-one people were killed and 124 were injured in a bus bombing attack in Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday. A Roman Catholic priest stated that Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram is likely the culprit.

Sam Yagan, co-founder of OKCupid, a dating website that recently boycotted Mozilla's Firefox web
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OKCupid Co-Founder Called 'Hypocrite' for Donation to Congressman Opposing Gay Marriage Following Mozilla Controversy

Sam Yagan, co-founder of OKCupid, responded to hypocrisy claims after it was revealed that he donated money to a Republican congressman with a consistent history of opposing same-sex marriage. His company was behind the boycott of the Mozilla software company and its Firefox web browser over a donation made by its newly-appointed CEO, Brendan Eich, to California's Proposition 8 campaign. Eich has since resigned from his post.