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Beware of the Emptiness of 'Superhero Sermons'

mike brooks

Many of the current blockbusters being developed and produced by Hollywood involve or revolve around superheroes. The popularity of this genre and its films among the masses is undeniable. What is not so clear is what specifically produces this popularity.

The Many Lies of Abortion

Mark Creech

Every year during the month of January, churches along with many other pro-lifers across America reaffirm their commitment to the sanctity of human life. As Father Ted Bobosh has so eloquently stated, "We hold this truth to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal even from their mother's wombs. All are deserving of a chance for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We consider this a fundamental American vision for humanity."

What Yemen Chaos Means for Christians

David Curry Open Doors USA

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.

How Bible-Minded Are You?

Roy Peterson American Bible Society

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.

Calvinist Evangelicals In a United Methodist Church!

Mark D. Tooley

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.

How to Live Without Frustration

Joyce Meyer

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.

Are You a Hypocrite, or Someone Who Struggles with Sin?

Shane Idleman

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.

Popular Christian Rapper Talks Race, the Church, and Why It Could've Been Him

Trip Lee

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.

In Redeeming Racial Relationships, It Matters How We Look

Paul de Vries portrait

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.

Faith Crashers: Why Does God Kill People in the Old Testament?

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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.

A Tribute to the Woman Who 'Was Not'

Wallace Henley Portrait

As we celebrate the life and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, and remember the horror and glory of Selma, I wish to pay tribute to a person whose existence was unheralded in those dark times, but whose influence upon me was mighty.

10 Distractions Regarding Worship Music

Worship leaders appear on stage during the Hillsong Conference held Oct. 16-18, 2014, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

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.

Duke University Should Have Never Made the Muslim Prayer Decision

Pastor Rick McDaniel

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.

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Obama: Those Who Say I'm Not a Christian Don't Know Me, But a Non-Christian President Would Be OK

President Barack Obama said that those who believe he is not a Christian do not know him, but even if he were not a Christian, there would be nothing wrong with that. Obama made the remarks in a speech in New Delhi, where he called on India to do more to safeguard religious freedom.

If Supreme Court Redefines Marriage for All States, Amend the Constitution, Potential GOP Presidential Candidate Bobby Jindal Says

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has recently endorsed a plan to pass a federal amendment allowing states to ban gay marriage should the US Supreme Court strike rule against such laws.

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Abortion 'Care Packages' Containing Handcuffs Sent to Over 500 Clinics in the US With Warning: 'Could You Be Next?'

The Pro-Life Acton League has sent over 500 plastic handcuffs inside "care packages" that are being delivered to abortion clinics throughout the U.S. this week and include a picture postcard showing the recent arrest of an Oklahoma abortionist with a handwritten message asking: "Could you be next?"

Carman Licciardello shared in a Facebook post on Jan. 27, 2015, how he credits God's grace for helping him endure a painful year of chemotherapy.
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Christian Singer Carman Reflects on Surviving Painful Cancer Treatment, Winning Health Battle Through 'God's Grace'

Carman Licciardello, popular Christian recording artist and actor, has shared in an online post how he believes God's grace helped him endure the painful journey of cancer treatment, to eventually find himself "cancer-free."

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey at "The Bible Experience" opening night gala on March 19, 2013 in New York.
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Roma Downey, Mark Burnett to Produce New TV Series 'Unveiled' on NBC

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.

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'Blasphemous' Muhammad Cartoons Will Lead to World War III, Claims Pakistani Muslim Politician Who Says UN Must Stop Freedom of Speech in the West

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.

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Calif. Pastor: I Had an Abortion; I'm 'Haunted' Daily by Impossible Dream of Hearing Aborted Baby Say 'Daddy'

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.