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Fourteen Symptoms of Toxic Church Leaders

A toxic church leader, one that is figuratively poisonous to the organization, is rare. But it is that church leader who brings great harm to churches and other Christian organizations. And it is that leader that hurts the entire cause of Christ when word travels about such toxicity.

The Unseen Pain Behind Gay Marriage

John stonestreet

To judge by media coverage, the legalization of same-sex marriage is an unalloyed good. Pictures of happy couples kissing and otherwise celebrating leave the impression that the only people who are unhappy about all of this are bigots and grumps. Well, Janna Darnelle would beg to differ.

Millennials Still Want to Marry

Rachel Burger

The Pew Research Center recently released a study claiming that a quarter of Millennials will never get married, and those that will won't get married until they're older. While it's true that Millennials are waiting longer to get married, the data ignores generational traits driving young people to tie the knot.

What About Ex-Gays?

Michael Brown

While speaking in Singapore at a seminar sponsored by Focus on the Family, I was asked the question: What about ex-ex-gays? Does their existence prove that it is really impossible for people to change their sexual orientation?

Three Messages From God in the Terror-Filled Headlines

Ron Hutchcraft

People are worried. The news is pretty unnerving. Our family's seeing more anxiety through social media recently. People who seldom watch the news are watching it now. Each day seems to bring more sobering terrorism warnings. Porous borders killers could cross.

A Different Kind of 'Coming Out'

matt moore

I came busting out of the closet in 2009 in a desperate attempt to finally find some peace in my life. Some happiness. Some joy. Some freedom. But as most of you already know, the "freedom" that my coming out and adopting a gay identity bought me was a freedom that only brought me into more bondage.

Author and Abuse Survivor Disciplined by Church for Wanting Divorce Says Biblical Illiteracy Can Perpetuate Domestic Violence

Autumn Miles, author of \

The issue of domestic violence took center stage earlier this month when video emerged of Ray Rice punching wife Janay Rice inside of an Atlantic City elevator. The ugly event prompted numerous discussions, including introspective ones among Christians about how church leadership handles, or mishandles cases of domestic abuse. According to one survivor, biblical illiteracy among church leaders actually enabled her abuser.

Deadly Standard Options

Eric Metaxas

The seven deadly sins are also called capital sins. What makes these sins deadly is that they're spiritually corrupting. Whereas Christian charity inclines our hearts toward the love of God and neighbor, the seven deadly sins imprison us through a kind of self-worship.

The Four Best Places to Raise Your Kids

Focus on the Family president Jim Daly recently spoke on same-sex marriage on NPR\'s

MONEY magazine recently released its list of "Best Places to Live in America" for 2014, and Castle Rock, Colo., a town just north of Colorado Springs, was number four on the list. We can't all live in Castle Rock – but we can take steps to make our home a great place to live.

Entrepreneur Wants to Find 'Cure' for Death

Jerry Newcombe

The man who co-created PayPal helped solve a big problem, how to make trustworthy payments on the Internet. This successful solution has enriched the lives of everyone---himself included. Now, he wants to think outside the box to solve another problem: Death.

Radical Islam, Not Peace, On Display In Moore Oklahoma

Jeff Crouere

Sadly, these radicals are not confined to the Middle East. They have found a home in the United States of America, even in Moore, Oklahoma. On Thursday, Alton Nolen, who recently converted to Islam, started attacking innocent people at the Vaughan Foods processing plant. Nolen, who had tried to convert others to Islam, had recently been fired from the company.

Is Divorce Equivalent to Homosexuality?

russell d. moore

This week my denomination, through its executive committee, voted to "disfellowship" a congregation in California that has acted to affirm same-sex sexual relationships. One of the arguments made by some, though, is that this is hypocritical since so many ministers in our tradition marry people who have been previously divorced.

The Phone That Rang With No Connection

Mark Creech

Like a phone call bypassing its connecting lines, there are many voices that ring out today in seemingly amazing and astonishing ways. We may find their words and the circumstances surrounding them quite alluring, remarkable, and unparalleled. Still, no matter the voices' agencies or channels, there is only one voice that can be trusted implicitly.

Be Selfish or Happy – It's a Choice You Can Make

Joyce Meyer

One of the greatest lessons I've learned is that you can't be both selfish and happy. I know this is true through my own personal experience, but more importantly, the Bible has some things to say about the attitude we should have about "self."

Can You Say You Are Without Sin?

Dan Delzell Portrait Seagreen Background

Have you been able to pull off what no other human being, except One, has ever accomplished? Have you crossed every "t" and dotted every "i" in the realm of your soul? No sinful thoughts or words, ever. Absolute obedience to God's commands. And perfect faith in every situation.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Stanley: Why I'm Thankful For My Pastor

Ruth Malhotra with Dr. Charles Stanley

In that moment I was reminded of how First Baptist Atlanta has been more than just my church for the past 30 years. It is indeed my family. And Dr. Stanley has been more than just the pastor. He has been my pastor. Today, as he turns 82 years old, Dr. Stanley remains like a grandfather in the faith to me and countless others who have been personally shaped by his ministry over the years.

What If Jesus Came to Your Home?

Dan Delzell Portrait Seagreen Background

You hear a knock on your door. You go to see who it is only to discover the Lord Jesus Christ standing there. Would you open the door? Would you let Him in? Or would you pretend you're not home? (as if the Lord didn't know better)


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ISIS Beheads 7 Men and 3 Women in Syria; US-Led Airstrikes Hit Stronghold

Terror group ISIS has beheaded seven men and three women in Syria as part of a campaign to scare locals to drop their resistance against the Islamic militants' advances. U.S.-led airstrikes have meanwhile hit an ISIS stronghold near the Syria-Iraq border.

'This Is Just Who We Are,' Says Hipster Pastor Who Believes Churches Need to Lean Into Next Generation

Chad Veach, formerly on staff at Judah Smith's The City Church in Seattle, Washington, has a suggestion or two for ministry leaders who might be more committed to their methods than they are to exploring new ways of sharing the Gospel's relevancy with today's youth.


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California Bishops File Complaint Against State Abortion Coverage Mandate, Gender Selection

The California Catholic Conference filed a complaint Wednesday against the state's mandate that Catholic institutions cover all forms of voluntary direct abortion, including late-term and gender selection, stating that defending the sanctity of life is essential to Catholic beliefs.

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Andy Stanley's North Point Ministries Named the Largest Church in America; He's Ready to Invest in 30-Somethings

A new list published in Outreach Magazine names Andy Stanley's North Point Ministries as the largest church in America. As exciting as this designation may be, Stanley is already focused on the next best thing, fostering the next generation of church leaders.

Hong Kong
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Massive Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests Continue on China's National Day

Hong Kong pro-democracy protests continued Wednesday on China's National Day, as massive crowds swarmed the streets of the Asian financial hub.

Syrian Boy Dies as Devastated Family Is Unable to Pay Lebanese Hospital Fee

Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees are sharing stories of deep pain and loss, with over 3 million of them having fled to neighboring countries seeking protection from the devastating civil war that has torn their nation apart. One family that fled to Lebanon revealed how they lost their 5-year-old son to leukemia after they were unable to pay the fees charged by a local hospital.

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Bestselling Author Max Lucado's Newest Book Is a Prayer Guide for Spiritual 'Wimps'

Max Lucado says his new book Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer is meant to be a prayer 101 guide to those who struggle to connect with God.