What is this "heart" of church revitalization, and how can it be healed and strengthened? That's the question we will examine in this three-part series.
When you are working or volunteering in the pro-life movement day in and day out, you can easily get consumed by the big picture and lose sight of what is happening every day in the nation's abortion mills. Working in the pro-life movement can sometimes make us too immune to the killing. We worry about money, politics, and metrics and we get bummed by our lack of sleep and time away from family.
Liberal Christians often champion themselves as facilitators of deep, authentic dialogue about the cultural issues facing America's faithful. But when the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission gathered yesterday for their first-ever leadership summit to genuinely discuss a myriad of sexual morality topics — including same-sex marriage and sexuality, the premier cultural conundrum facing the Church — unexpected kickback erupted on social media.
As believers, we need to get past the mentality that the only way to serve God completely is to go into ministry. Serving God isn't a race where those in full-time ministry get a head start. It's about being faithful to shine our light wherever it is God's called us to be. It's about knowing that, whether God has planted us in a ministry or a "secular" environment, we can be faithful witnesses to Him.
I've heard it countless times from pastors: "I quit my job almost every Monday." Of course, it's typically a tongue-in-cheek statement regarding the letdown many pastors feel after Sunday. But most pastors say these words with a little bit of truth. They really do feel the struggles and challenges of being pastor more on Monday than most other days.
No matter what our age, we need to have a dream for our life. We need to have something to look forward to and work toward. And if we will trust God and do our part, we can see our dreams come to pass – even if they've been shattered and we need to begin again. That doesn't mean things will always go the way we think they will, and it won't always be easy. But when we're determined to be faithful and diligent to do what God is calling us to do, He'll always give us the grace and strength to keep going.
As we walked through ancient Jerusalem I was enamored by much of what I saw but I was waiting for the ultimate site. Finally our trip leader brought us to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre built on the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again. It was the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday and the place was packed with people. For those who question the impact or future of Christianity you could never doubt it on that day. The numbers of people, of Christian pilgrims simply added to the experience for me.
This coming Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Easter – perhaps better understood as "Resurrection Sunday." Some believers will celebrate with meals and family get-togethers. Some will gather with the largest church crowds they've seen all year; others will join small groups to rejoice quietly in places where gathering is life threatening.
Sometimes things come across your desk that stop you dead in your tracks, and you say, "That just can't be." And then you find out, "Yes, it can." This happened to me the other day when I read a news release that said that at least 40% of Americans (and 90% of under 30 millennials) are afflicted with "nomophobia"—the fear of not having, or losing, their smartphones.
A recent article in The Christian Post interviewed the new Chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Alexis McGill Johnson, where she regurgitated a statistics-free litany of talking points. No seeming amount of beneficence, such as breast cancer screenings, STD treatments and (alleged) general health care, makes up for the nearly 1,000 killings that happen in Planned Parenthood centers every day.
If you are a recent college graduate, or you are looking for a graduation gift, Charles Murray's new book may be for you. "The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life," compiles many pieces of advice for young adults entering the workforce.
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?
As a follow-up to Rick Warren's ground-breaking conference on mental health and the Church, CP asked Executive Editor Richard Land to interview Dr. Rebekah Land, his wife and a Christian psychologist with over 40 years' experience as a therapist, on the conference and to ask her what a new focus on psychological illness might mean for the Church universal.
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.
An Ohio law that was used to stifle the political speech of a pro-life group appears in jeopardy Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Susan B. Anthony List vs. Driehaus.
With the recent release of the Bible App 5 that has already been installed, beginning with the original application, on 136 million devices, it's clear that its maker, YouVersion, remains on track to engage more people with the Bible than ever before. The updated app lets people share Scripture with friends in an online community.
A researcher with the Family Research Council considers euthanasia an "up-and-coming" issue for the pro-life movement in the United States. Arina O. Grossu, director for the FRC's Center for Human Dignity, discussed euthanasia and the societal impact of laws that legalize physician-assisted suicide in the U.S. and Europe during a presentation titled, "The State of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide in the U.S."
A Christian ministry center will open later this week at Yale University where students will be able to host faith-focused activities including leadership training and prayer groups.
A proposed piece of legislation that would have made a historic copy of the Holy Bible the state book for Louisiana has been withdrawn by its sponsor.
Pastors in New York City are optimistic that a policy banning churches from using public schools for worship services will be reversed despite a recent court ruling upholding that policy.
A California couple claims that they own and operate a medical marijuana dispensary in order to help the sick and spread the Gospel at the same time.
Charles Murray, a political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute, posted "An open letter to the students of Azusa Pacific University" Tuesday after he received word from the Christian school's president that his Wednesday speech at the school was postponed until the fall semester.
In a heart-stirring testimony, Pastor Donnie McClurkin credited his God-given musical talents and the prayer of an influential gospel singer in helping him to get free from the shame and sense of inferiority he had been experiencing at just 11 years old.
Pastor Craig Gross of XXXchurch advises Christians to look beyond the "black and white rhetoric" about homosexuality and focus on the people most affected by the church's stance on surrounding issues instead.
Evangelist Nick Vujicic recently was in New York City to mark the release of his new book, "Stand Strong" with a hugging campaign in Times Square. Admirers from as far away as Chile and Australia lined up last week to hug and take photos with Vujicic, who has inspired millions around the globe with his story of overcoming physical limitations (without limbs) and bullying.
A group of New Jersey churches held a Stations of the Cross procession with each stop being put at a scene of a violent crime.
From the orthodox to the charismatic, from small chapels to megachurches, from brick and mortar to digital, pastors nationwide are leading believers and seekers in Easter worship services with the central Christian message – Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son, died on the cross and rose on the third day for the salvation of those who believe in Him.
Texas megachurch pastor Joel Osteen recently made a visit to Yankee Stadium in New York City to take in a game and give a brief preview of what attendees can expect when he returns in June for "America's Night of Hope."
"Heaven Is for Real," the movie based on the near-death experience of a young boy who believes he visited heaven and met Jesus, is generating divided opinions among Christians on whether it presents a biblical message on heaven as it hits theaters Easter weekend.
Todd Burpo, the Kansas-based pastor and author of Heaven Is for Real, which spawned a film released in theaters on Wednesday, told The Christian Post recently that while he believes the majority of Americans believe in the afterlife, they likely have given it little thought.
The Hallmark Channel has been receiving criticism from Christian viewers since it recently censored the word "God" during a re-run airing of the movie "It Could Happen to You." The network has responded by saying it muted the word "God" so as to not use the Lord's name in vain.
Clemson University officials are countering an atheist group's accusations that it's imposing Christian beliefs on student athletes who participate in the football program. The university says the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is "mistaken" in its claim that football coach Dabo Swinney is pushing his beliefs on members of the Tigers team.
Bubba Watson claimed his second Masters title in three years with a three stroke victory on Sunday.
The 69-year-old captain and two crew members of a South Korean ferry that capsized earlier this week were arrested Saturday even as 273 people – mostly high school children aged 16 and 17 – remained missing and at least 30 others had been confirmed dead. The school's vice principal committed suicide out of guilt.
Flyers alleged to be distributed by pro-Russian separatist forces in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk calling on its Jews to register with the government are reportedly fraudulent.
In a rare and powerful act of forgiveness, an Iranian mother and her husband forgave the man who killed their 18-year-old son during a street brawl seven years ago, then spared his life just moments before he was to be publicly executed for his crime.
Palestinian Christians are complaining that Israeli authorities have intentionally excluded them from Holy Week celebrations in East Jerusalem by limiting entry permits to the week's festivities.
Just two years ago, conservative Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy infuriated LGBT activists when he publicly voiced his support for traditional marriage. As his company gets ready to expand into the more liberal northeast, however, Cathy is on a campaign to show the public that he has found a wiser way.
A New York man is suing the credit rating agency Equifax, accusing the company of giving him a false rating score due to his first name, "God."