It's easier to do ministry alone. It takes less time to make a visit if I go by myself. I don't have to worry about anybody's schedule. Lunch takes less time if it's not connected to hanging out with another believer. We even spiritualize our thinking: "we can get more done for God's glory this way."
There has been considerable discussion on the Pew Research Center's new report titled, "America's Changing Religious Landscape." The conclusions of the report certainly seem troubling: Christians are declining as a share of the U.S. population, while those unaffiliated with any faith tradition continue to grow.
Faith in God is an amazing gift. It starts the moment your heart says: I believe Jesus is God's Son and that He came to rescue me. That alone is an incredible truth. But I wonder how many Christians decide that's where their faith ends, when the truth is, there's so much more to believe for in this life!
I want to begin this correspondence by saying that I believe very much in what you've stood for over the years. Your organization has worked tirelessly to defend our nation's Second Amendment. Although I never took the time to join the NRA, I am a fan and believe the nation is indebted to your great work. What concerns me, however, is a recent NRA-ILA alert that was sent to your members in North Carolina that I believe smears people of faith, like me, who oppose Sunday hunting.
The Bible is an awesome adventure, introducing precious eternal teachings within specific historical contexts. Through its pages readers find universal principles dramatically revealed in extraordinary human persons. God's eternal principles always matter, and so do specific timely moments of Divine action within people's lives.
I'm not interested in litigating the specifics of this case—the civil authorities and the relevant employers are now alerted to the situation. I'm more concerned that we see that this story is one more in what has been an endless cycle of stories of sexual abuse in "churched" contexts. We cannot assume that we can avoid this topic simply by making sure our doctrines are right, our values conservative, and our people sheltered from the world. If we are not addressing this issue, it is only because we are ignoring what is going on in our communities, and all too often in our pews. This requires that churches come with conviction to this question preemptively, before any specific situation arises, with a word from God.
As cultural Christianity wanes the more faithful, traditional Christianity practiced by Evangelicals will stand out in ever more vivid contrast with mere civic or "country club" Christianity in America. The shameful gap between the "orthodoxy" (sound doctrine) and "orthopraxy" (sound practice) of too many Christians has been, and is, a disgrace to the Gospel.
And no amount of calm will dissuade critics, such as the Lynn, Massachusetts, school board member who compared Gordon College to the KKK and dismissed their work among the city's poorer children out of hand. In the end, no matter how "nice" we are, our faith in Jesus and our faithfulness to His teaching will be a scandal to the world. And we are and will be treated accordingly.
Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his presidential bid at Liberty University, a well-known conservative, Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell. It's a testament to his faith and Southern Baptist roots that have kept him grounded throughout his life. But here are five facts you may not know about Cruz's personal faith.
Human rights activist Pervez Rafique, who is also a former minority member of parliament representing the Pakistan People's Party in Punjab, said it will be hard to change Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which he said are upheld by an Islamic government that has "strong relations" with Muslim extremists.
For the first time in seven years, more Americans identify themselves as pro-choice than pro-life on abortion, according to a Gallup poll.
A San Diego State University study has found that millennials appear to be the least religious generation ever recorded. SDSU psychology professor Jean M. Twenge suggested that one main reason for millennials abandoning religion is rising individualism in American culture, which is less prone to showing commitment to institutions.
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he was "sickened" by the scandal involving Josh Duggar, star of "19 Kids and Counting," and a friend of the candidate.
Bernie Sanders' campaign for president said a 1972 column by the candidate claiming that women fantasize about being gang-raped was a "dumb attempt at dark satire."
Hunter Frederick, a Christian public relations expert once rumored to have been hired to help manage the fallout from the sexual abuse allegations surrounding Josh Duggar, star of "19 Kids and Counting," by the Duggar family, says the recent apology from the embattled Christian figure and his parents is not enough to sate the effects of the scandal that has engulfed the family.
The governor of North Carolina has vetoed a bill that would have allowed state magistrates to opt out of performing gay marriages if they held a religious objection to homosexuality.
The locations of the world's largest Christian-focused retailer, Family Christian Stores, will likely stay open if a bid at a private auction by a subsidiary group for the company's assets is approved in bankruptcy court in June.
In an impromptu conversation with a local pastor at Main Street Bakery in Columbia S.C. yesterday, Hillary Clinton calls the Bible "the living Word" and impressed a local pastor with her knowledge and command of scripture.
Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder of The Potter's House, one of the largest megachurches in the United States, recently called on the Church to become a source of unity and healing in the faith community, particularly in the wake of ongoing racial unrest.
International evangelist Andrew Palau will be preaching the Good News, while popular local artists and other top-selling Christian singers provide good vibes in NYC's historic Harlem neighborhood this weekend.
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is among the many mourning the sudden death of U2's tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, whom the pastor referred to as a "kind Christian man" before offering a prayer on Wednesday.
A conservative Presbyterian church that was founded in 2012 in response to the growing theological liberalism of Presbyterian Church (USA) has reached its 200th member congregation.
Not many Christians know what they're talking about when they discuss racial reconciliation and their reliance on the modern social construct of "race," as opposed to the Bible's approach to the term, which leads to an "incomplete Gospel" and underestimation of the pervasiveness of racism, according to a New Testament scholar.
A vicar in the Church of England has proposed a motion that would allow for a liturgical celebration of an individual's identity following gender transition, much like a baptism, and would include a renaming ceremony.
Debbie Lee, mother of the first Navy SEAL to give his life in Iraq, spoke at Ed Young Jr.'s Fellowship Church in Texas on Sunday, urging greater education on the meaning of Memorial Day and for congregants to reach out to Gold Star families.
Phil Thornton is doing more than just overseeing gospel artists as the vice president and general manager of Urban Inspirational at Entertainment One Music. The entertainment industry executive has found a way to bridge the gap between Christian culture and the secular world one music artist and television show at a time.
Soap operas are known for bringing dramatic storylines to television audiences for decades, but one small screen actress who got her big break on this type of programming believes God gave her the platform to use it as a form of ministry.
Hillsong UNITED's new album "Empires" released this week with a message for Christians to "be building, speaking and living for the unseen aspects of God's kingdom," according to frontman Joel Houston.
Former New England Patriots were riding high on the heels of winning the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title three months ago, but dreams of a seamless off season have been deflated by controversy. Don Davis, the Patriots' linebacker-turned-chaplain who now serves as a player advocate for the NFL Players Association, is looking at the situation from a spiritual perspective and has a message for any Christian player potentially involved in the allegations that has resulted in $1 million worth of consequences for the team.
Will "Risen," an upcoming movie about the events following the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, prove as successful as Mel Gibson's gritty and controversial "Passion of the Christ," the top-grossing Christian movie of all time?
Islamic State militants have allegedly burned a 20-year-old women alive because she refused to perform what a United Nations official deemed was an "extreme sex act." The same official also disclosed that ISIS is forcing some sex slaves to be prostitutes.
Pope Francis has said that it's the devil himself who keeps evangelicals, Catholics, and Christians from other denominations divided, and rejected the notion that it's heretical to believe that all Christians are one.
The Islamic State terror group recently released a propaganda article justifying the raping of girls, while boasting that they released some Yazidi women to their "ISIS husbands" after they converted to Islam.
An Ethiopian Christian man revealed that he was taken and ordered at gunpoint by masked assailants to murder two of his friends, Christian pastors, or else his three children will be killed.
The Islamic State terrorist organization proclaims it's now "infinitely" closer to buying a nuclear weapon and sneaking it inside the United States than it has ever been, a "far-fetched" claim that's designed only to spark fear of deadly chaos on American soil.
Hundreds of former Marine and military veterans have been spared from the growing suicide and divorce rates among combat veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because a professional MMA fighter's faith-based retreat taught them that their disorder is no match for God's "blueprint" for their life.
At age 12, the concerns of most American children usually revolve around schoolyard politics and the awkwardness of becoming a teenager, but for Rifqa Bary, a young girl in Ohio, a life-changing decision to secretly convert to Christianity completely consumed her world and left her living in constant fear.
In a new book for mothers titled Be the Best Mom You Can Be Marina Slayton, a Christian mother of four and wife of former U.S. diplomat Gregory Slayton, has shared tips on parenting in the 21st century. It's a time, she says, when parents and children alike are facing new challenges such as growing hostility against Christianity and a higher rate of suicide, both of which have touched her family personally.
Kay Warren, the wife of Pastor Rick Warren, and their daughter, Amy Hilliker, took the pulpit on Mother's Day at Saddleback Church, challenging the congregation to grow a deep soul as they live their lives on earth.
The author of the book When Divorce Is Right, Pastor J. Bruce Sofia, offered honest, practical remarks on divorce, including Scriptural reasons to end a marriage and what God thinks of the decision.