The storyline of a character becoming a Christian in FX's "The Americans" will continue to play a prominent role in season three, which premieres Wednesday, the show's producers told The Christian Post.
Events this past week in Yemen have raised new questions from policy makers and pundits on the reach of extremists in the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula. Complicating the situation is that, as in past situations in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia and Iraq, there is a muddled political response from the West that makes the situation hard to understand.
Across this country thousands of Americans read the Bible each day. They read it to connect with God and as a source of inspiration, hope, encouragement and entertainment. Each city and state is home to people who believe the Bible to be a source of truth and an essential guide to life. At the same time, people who adamantly oppose the Bible also make their homes in cities across the country.
Last evening in Washington, D.C. I was walking by an old United Methodist sanctuary and heard uncharacteristic music emanating from the windows. Curiosity drove me inside, where I was surprised to see a full congregation of almost all twenty-something's singing fulsomely as a band performed behind the altar.
We all go through times of frustration in our lives. Frustration happens when we're trying to do something in our own strength – something that only God can do through His grace in us. My personal definition of grace is "God's power made available to us free of charge, enabling us to do with ease what we could never do on our own with any amount of struggle or effort." The truth is, our human effort can never bring the changes that God's amazing grace can bring.
In Matthew 12:31, Jesus said, "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men." If a person continues to ignore and reject the call to repent and believe in God, that is blasphemy against the Spirit. One who dies in this state has committed the unpardonable sin. If you are reading this, you may be in the process of committing it, but there is hope.
It is an "irresponsible argument" for critics of the claim that police officers are biased in their targeting of and interactions with black men to point to so-called black-on-black crime, according to Christian rapper, pastor, author, and thought leader Trip Lee. That only deflects from the real issue, he said in a recent interview in which he comments on race, the church, and how he identifies with Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Megan Boudreaux had visited Haiti before on short-term business and missions trips, but never did she imagine that God would call her to permanently abandon a comfortable life in the U.S. for a bare-bones one in a third-world country plagued by poverty and child slavery and that was just starting to climb its way out of a devastating earthquake.
Should you be responsible for the types of cars your friends and neighbors drive? Should you have to worry about losing your house if the guy down the street suffering through a mid-life crisis goes out and buys a Bugatti?
This is deeply encouraging, because Gospel-teaching churches must take bold Biblical leadership on the present American racial scene for there to be real progress. The very institutions that remain so embarrassingly segregated on Sunday mornings can become the brightest, exemplary beacons of light for racial justice and reconciliation going forward. This is also a personal passion; racial social justice has been a constant and costly major theme of my life and ministry.
There is a growing refrain among non-theists: reading the Bible made me an atheist. The saying commonly refers to Old Testament passages that puzzle non-believers and Christians alike. Most puzzling are the accounts in which God allows the death and destruction of humanity as He did with the flood in Genesis and bloody wars against the Canaanites detailed in Deuteronomy.
The recent national crisis and racial tension have underscored that America seems more divided than ever. On the one hand, President Obama believes that our differences are just being exposed. On the other hand a few of us feel that the President and Attorney General Holder exacerbated the race problem.
The decline of marriage is not simply a problem of same-sex marriage, it is also caused by Christians who abandoned the importance of lifetime commitment in marriage, Mike Huckabee wrote in his new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy. He spoke more about that and answered some criticisms he has received over a passage about Beyoncé in a Monday interview with The Christian Post.
Let me be honest about my qualifications up front, though: I am not a musician or singer; I am a church consultant only reporting what our teams have found in more than 15 years of consulting. It is not my intent to be judgmental or offensive. I have utmost respect for those who lead us in worship. With those caveats in mind, here are ten distractions we've encountered in the music element of worship.
The uproar over the decision by Duke University to begin a weekly Muslim call to prayer from the campus chapel should have never happened. Never. How such a decision was ever made to begin with is mystifying to say the least. That no one spoke up to say it was a bad idea is just plain irresponsible. I feel strongly about this issue because this is my school we're talking about. I am a proud alumnus of Duke and I hate to see the University hurt by such poor leadership.
As opposed to the massive, worldwide show of solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo journalists who were murdered by Islamic terrorists in Paris this month, there was no such show of solidarity when four religious Jews were slaughtered by Islamic terrorists as they prayed in their synagogue in Jerusalem last November. Why?
The leader of Pakistani politico-religious party Jamaat-e Islami is claiming that the Western "extremist standpoint" on the freedom of news organizations to publish "blasphemous caricatures" of Islam's prophet Muhammad will ultimately lead to World War III.
Singapore megachurch pastor Kong Hee has been accused by City Harvest Church's former investment manager of lying about his control over music management firm Xtron, as the high-profile cases concerning the misuse of millions of church funds resumed on Monday.
Millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for a potentially historic storm, which threatens to trigger massive power outages and has already led to cancellation of 1,422 flights. It has the potential for blizzard conditions and 2 to 3 feet of snow.
Former television star and director Corbin Bernsen recently spoke to CP Voice about his new film "Christian Mingle the Movie" and the message he hopes to convey through the film.
A federal court in Illinois has ordered a community college to allow two activists to distribute anti-homosexuality leaflets on its campus, after the school maintained that the individuals could not distribute such materials that were deemed "inconsistent with the philosophy, goals and mission of the college."
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took on President Obama's plans to fight climate change, saying that beheadings by the terror group ISIS is a "greater threat to an American than a sunburn."
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will reportedly decide on a 2016 presidential bid in coming weeks and a close ally says the idea of a third run is being driven by his Mormon faith.
Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal shared with thousands of people at his national prayer rally Sunday how he converted from Hinduism to Catholicism, and urged prayers for America's spiritual revival as well as President Obama and his family.
Even though pro-lifers were criticized for saying that "Obamacare" funds abortion, some liberals, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, are now complaining about Obamacare abortion funding that the U.S. House voted to remove Thursday.
At least nine potential Republican presidential contenders gathered – and five did not – at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines Saturday, the unofficial kickoff of the race to win the Iowa caucuses, but no clear frontrunner for the GOP nomination emerged.
Perry Noble, pastor of a South Carolina megachurch, was rebuked by a Southern Baptist leader in South Carolina for calling the 10 Commandments "10 promises" and for other "problematic positions and statements."
Seasoned evangelist Luis Palau will be joined by popular preacher Francis Chan and worship leader Kristian Stanfill and the Passion Band for a series of free events next month across the New York City metro area.
Church and ministry leaders join forces with conservative political groups the morning of the 42nd annual March for Life to publicly rebuke House Republicans for its last-minute decision to delay the vote on a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks. Church leaders, unlike policy groups, are seemly not appeased by GOP's decision to switch support to another pro-life bill that would ensure taxpayer dollars aren't going to abortion providers under health insurance plans offered on the federal exchange.
World Vision, a leading Christian humanitarian aid organization, has partnered with what's described as a new "opportunity platform" that allows participants to compete for a chance to nab the job of their dreams, if only for a week or two.
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are extending their collaboration with NBC from "A.D." this spring to another television series, "Unveiled," the network announced on Friday.
Jeremy Lin recently decided to participate in a funny question-and-answer session with Facebook fans but still managed to answer some faith-based questions.
"Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus" by filmmaker Timothy Mahoney is getting an encore presentation in select U.S. theaters on Thursday due to an overwhelming demand for the eye-opening documentary.
The co-founder and former guitarist of the popular world-famous Christian rock band The Newsboys has officially renounced his Christian faith and is calling members of the current version of the band hypocrites.
The daughters of church leaders will do more than just find ways to rebel against their parents in the third season of Lifetime's hit docu-series "Preachers' Daughters." Now, the show is taking viewers on a missions trip to Cabo, Mexico where preachers' daughters and granddaughters will help change the lives of the less fortunate while overcoming their own issues with anger, substance abuse, rebelling and dating while strengthening their relationships with God.
A video purports to show the killing of one of the two Japanese hostages by ISIS in Syria after Tokyo failed to pay a ransom, even as the terror group now demands the release of an Iraqi woman jailed in Jordan for her role in a 2005 bombing in exchange for the other Japanese captive.
The World Evangelical Alliance, which represents more than 600 million evangelicals around the globe, has announced the appointment of Bishop Efraim Tendero, currently the National Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, as its next Secretary General.
Saudi Arabia and the Islamic State terrorist group have a nearly identical justice system in their interpretation of Shariah law and the use of capital punishment, according to a Middle Eastern news site.
A team of scientists and scholars claim to have discovered the world's earliest-known version of the gospel, dating back to the first century A.D., which was found on a sheet of papyrus used to make an ancient mummy's mask in Egypt.
A California pastor and two Christian men reveal ahead of March for Life week that one or more of their babies were aborted in a recent video, with the pastor saying the dream of seeing his aborted baby's first step and hear it call him "daddy" "haunts" him every day.
Jeanette Gross admits sex on her wedding night wasn't great, though her husband may differ. The couple had remained abstinent until marriage as Christians. So to go from being told "no sex" to suddenly being able to have sex, it made for an awkward experience and less than great sex.
Pastor and Crazy Love author Francis Chan answered the question of what makes a boyfriend ready for marriage on John Piper's Ask Pastor John podcast by recalling a time when his older daughter brought a guy home.