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9 Traits of Church Bullies

LifeWay

Church bullies are common in many churches. They wreak havoc and create dissension. They typically must have an "enemy" in the church, because they aren't happy unless they are fighting a battle. They tend to maneuver to get an official leadership position in the church, such as chairman of the elders or deacons or treasurer. But they may have bully power without any official position.

Blame Ignorance for Claims That Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Grants Right to 'Discriminate'

Russell moore

The public debate over Indiana's new religious freedom law is (almost) enough to drive this Baptist to drink. The conversation has been the most uninformed and ignorant I've seen in years. This culminated in a panel on one of the Sunday talk shows suggesting that the law would return us to the days when signs would hang in stores detailing who would not be welcome to do business there.

4 Things Leaders Do

Perry Noble

A leader who will not listen to the people he (or she) leads will eventually find himself without great people to lead--because their team members will leave and go to a place where their feedback is not only welcomed, it is valued.

Indiana's Religious Freedom Law: A Dead Conscience Is a Danger We Must Resist

Kevin Shrum

The uproar over Indiana's religious freedom law pits the individual conscience against the "public ethic," with the word bigotry thrown in for added intensity. But in leaving no room for religious convictions, as critics of the law would have it, are we heading toward demanding that people's conscience be restrained or killed if they step outside of their home?

Busy or Full? Letting God Be God

John stonestreet

"I wear busyness like a badge of honor. Most of the time, I manufacture urgency in hopes that it will create urgency in others. Instead, it only creates anxiety, resentment and spite." And he's not alone! The American Psychological Association's says that a majority of Americans acknowledge that their stress levels exceed what's necessary for good health. The number one reason they cite—you guessed it—they're too busy.

Black Pastor Explains Why He Decided to Become a Leader in a White Church

Kevin Smith

A black pastor who dared to be different by challenging racially stereotypical church models to become a leader in a white church in Louisville, Kentucky, explained at The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention's leadership summit Friday that he did it in pursuit of the unity of the faith.

Pastor Tony Evans: We Can't Use the Reality of Racial Divide to Condone Irresponsibility in the Black Community

Tony Evans

In his final remarks during a Thursday panel discussing racial reconciliation in America and the importance of urban ministry, African-American pastor, author and syndicated radio broadcaster Tony Evans boldly stated that many of the issues surrounding race in America stem from the social irresponsibility of those within the African-American community.

What the Bible Says About 'Heart-Mouth' Connection in Words

Joyce Meyer

Words are wonderful when they are used in a good way. They can encourage, edify and give confidence to the hearer. A right word spoken at the right time can actually be life-changing (Proverbs 15:23). However, they can also keep us from experiencing God's plans for our lives. Proverbs 18:21 (AMP) says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue…."

N.C.'s Marijuana Bill Fight: Please Don't Misuse Bible's Genesis Verse to Support Legalization

Mark Creech

Proponents were also angry – very angry at times. Much of that anger was directed at me because I've been at the center of the opposition to proposals for medicinal marijuana in the Tar Heel state since they were first introduced in 2009. When the Committee Chairman called on me to speak, one of the medical marijuana supporters jumped up from his seat and interrupted the proceedings with a bogus claim that I wasn't on the speakers list. The Sergeant-at-Arms had to intervene and insisted the man be seated and quiet.

What Makes a Man a Man?

paul tripp

These are ongoing debates whose conclusions will shape the lives of thousands of boys who are in the process of becoming men. The "manhood" conversation is something no serious Christian can avoid.

The Church Against Religious Liberty

Mark D. Tooley

Hardly anyone ever talks anymore about the Christian Church denomination, even though it is historically Mainline, because it doesn't have many members left and has become culturally marginal.

Review: Swashbuckling 'Beyond The Mask' Breaks New Ground for Faith Films

beyond the mask

The movie breaks new ground in the faith-based category not only in genre but in its large number of impressive CG effects, which rival anything out of Hollywood. The storyline is fast-paced, the acting solid, and the 1776-era characters will entertain anyone who enjoys colonial history. (Yes, George Washington and Ben Franklin make an appearance.) It's a fun and gripping family-friendly movie that children and teens will enjoy.

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Liberals Welcome Possible Clarification to Indiana Religious Freedom Law

Liberals are casting a cautiously optimistic eye toward Indiana after Governor Mike Pence stated that an effort will be made to clarify the implementation of the Hoosier state's religious freedom law.

Muhammadu Buhari Wins Nigerian Elections; CANAN Says Outgoing Christian President Goodluck Jonathan Acted 'Heroically' by Peacefully Conceding Defeat to Muslim Rival

The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has said that outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, has acted "heroically" by peacefully conceding the presidency to his rival, Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim. CANAN said that it had prayed for a peaceful outcome, and expressed hope that Buhari will be able to drive out terror group Boko Haram from Nigeria.

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bans Non-Essential Travel to Indiana Over Religious Freedom Law

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, issued a ban on all non-essential state-sponsored travel to Indiana Tuesday in what he says is a stand in solidarity with gay rights advocates opposing the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law by Republican Governor Mike Pence last week.

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Jack Graham, Megachurch Pastor and Former SBC President, Set to Lead Nation in Prayer on May 7

Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and former two-term president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is preparing to lead the nation in prayer on May 7 in Washington, D.C. as honorary chair of the 64th annual National Day of Prayer.

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett Appear at Shadow Mountain Community Church
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Mark Burnett Tells Pastor David Jeremiah: America Was Built on Two Things — The Bible and Free Enterprise; We Make 'The Bible' and We Make 'Shark Tank' (Video)

"A.D. The Bible Continues" creators Roma Downey and Mark Burnett recently made an appearance at David Jeremiah's Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, where they discussed their upcoming series as well as their successful shows "The Bible" and "Shark Tank."

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Lubitz Was Treated for 'Suicidal Tendencies' Before Receiving License, Sparks Discussion Over Doctor-Patient Confidentiality

Revelations that Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was treated for "suicidal tendencies" before receiving his pilot's license has sparked a discussion on doctor-patient confidentiality in Germany, with some lawmakers suggesting doctors should have a duty to speak out if a person's condition potentially puts other lives at risk.

Could Working Out Be Considered an Act of Worship?

Students practice antigravity yoga

Why should physical fitness be a mundane or dreaded activity if you can spend time exalting God while doing so? While some may raise their eyebrows at this notion, others are making this budding belief system their reality. Celebrities such as Kierra Sheard, the 27-year-old gospel singer who released her fifth studio album Graceland last summer, recognize the power of incorporating fitness and faith.