If a gunman was demanding people to state their religion, and then killing those who professed faith in Christ, would you admit you are a Christian? That is how Chris Harper Mercer chose his victims during his shooting rampage in Oregon. Those who acknowledged Jesus as their Savior were shot in the head.
In the midst of the distressing stories of Planned Parenthood's heartless abortion industry and the gruesomeness inherent in destroying a child within the womb, compassionate and committed people in our country and in many other places in the world are putting their lives and incomes on the line in adopting children who desperately need families and homes.
Today the Pope opened the Vatican Synod with a service in St. Peter's Church. The more than 300 delegates came in order of rank – all covered in green robes. They were seated in a huge semi-circle around the altar. Only three fraternal delegates showed up, representing the Baptists, the Anglicans and the Evangelicals. The ordinary Bible reading happened to center on love and on family.
It is the Saturday before the official opening of the Vatican Synod on Family with a mass in St. Peter's Cathedral. So most delegates arrive today. The the so-called fraternal delegates stay in the Comunitá San Pietro Canisio, where Jesuits' stay during their time in Rome. It is only three minutes walking distance from the Vatican and two minutes from the office of the Pontifical Council for Propagating Christian Unity, that hosts the friendly delegates.
When I looked into the Bible, I saw no category for someone who could be authentically clinging to Christ while simultaneously saying they had no problem with their sexual sin. I'm not exactly on the same page I was a few years ago, but before I get into that, I want to be clear that there are solid biblical grounds for opposing the idea of a gay Christian.
What if one simple act, one singular dedicated effort or sacrifice could better your life, your soul forever? What if that sacrifice took just an hour or two or even an entire day? Would you do it? Consider it worth it? What if that very sacrifice could sharpen your focus, open your heart and move the hand of God in others and your own life?
Russell Kirk is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most influential conservative thinkers. His Ten Principles of Conservatism are an attempt to articulate the sentiments that characterize the conservative spirit. The tenth and final principle reads, "the thinking conservative understands that permanence and change must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society."
Pope Francis spoke about religious freedom, government officials and gay marriage in response to a reporter's question. He also met county clerk and gay marriage dissenter Kim Davis during his trip to Washington, D.C. The following is a transcript of those remarks followed by a Vatican statement regarding his meeting with Kim Davis.
It is not uncommon for congregants to seek counseling from their ministers. Whether described as marriage counseling, family counseling, or spiritual counseling, many congregants seek advice and guidance from clergy members to deal with problems they and their loved ones are experiencing. In providing these counseling services, clergy members enjoy certain legal protection, in part because of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but the protection in not absolute.
The beginning of American law, the concepts of independence and freedom, is rooted in the belief that moral absolutes exist within a universal standard of justice independent from political rulers. The Judeo-Christian faith is not separate from but foundational to just and fair public policies that encourage human flourishing.
Even if you have no interest in urban settings and ministries, I plead with you to continue to read this post. We are called to get the gospel to all peoples of the world (Matt. 28:18-20), and we will not do that if we shy away from the world's cities. Please read on, and pray about how your church might tackle a city – then encourage others to read this post as well.
Thousands of Christian conservatives gathered in Washington, DC over the past three days, as presidential candidates sought their grassroots support for the 2016 election. Late Saturday, Senator Ted Cruz won the straw poll of attendees at this tenth annual Values Voter Summit with three other candidates also in double digits.
Back in January, Bill Nye the Science Guy broke many a pro-life millennial's heart when he outed himself as a particularly unscientific pro-abort. Unfortunately, this week he came out with a new video at Big Think imploring, "Can we stop telling women what to do with their bodies"? And once again he's so scandalously wrong on basic human biology that it'll have you doubting everything you ever learned on his show
Pastor Perry Noble's NewSpring Church in South Carolina has put out a call to their multi-campus faith community to #FloodSCWithLove, after days of torrential rain has flooded entire towns and claimed many lives in their state.
A Yazidi woman who fled captivity at the hands of the Islamic State terror group has claimed that hundreds of others are taking their own lives rather than be subjected to sex slavery by the jihadists.
In new video clip released by David Daleiden of the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress, a Texas-based Planned Parenthood abortionist who ends pregnancies up to 24 weeks gestation, is shown joking about aborting unborn babies with both sides of the brain intact as a goal to "strive for."
Over a dozen people have been killed in the Carolinas and caskets are coming out of the ground as South Carolina's Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday received the disaster declaration she requested from President Obama which will enable affected counties in the state to receive some federal assistance as residents cope with the aftermath from the region's deadly floods.
The Blount County Commission in Tennessee is set to review a resolution on Tuesday night that asks God to spare the county from what some believe is America's incoming destructing for the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage this summer. Some Christian residents have pushed back against the suggestion, however.
Despite the massive cultural shift of recent years, those who value traditional marriage, gender differences and sexual purity have the opportunity to win debates in the coming years, while the gay revolution has sown the seeds of its own destruction, author Michael Brown argues in "Outlasting the Gay Revolution: 8 Principles for Long Term Cultural Change."
Jim Webb, a United States Naval Academy graduate and Marine Corps veteran, served in the Ronald Reagan administration in the 1980s. a recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star during Vietnam, he has served as the Secretary of the Navy and as a U.S. Senator from Virginia. He was a vocal opponent of the George W. Bush administration handling of the war in Iraq.
Can churches engage transhumanism, which may very well be the next big science vs. religion battle, positively or should they absolutely resist this movement, an academic institution in Alabama asked during a multi-day event focused on whether Christianity and Transhumanism could co-exist.st.
After causing a stir among some in the Evangelical community for his earnest prayers to God to send help for 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump last Monday, conservative California pastor, David Jeremiah asked critics not to take his prayers for the real estate mogul as an endorsement.
The Rev. Franklin Graham has said the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, last week reveals that violent persecution of Christians is on the rise in the United States.
John Hagee, megachurch pastor and best-selling author, recently recounted a near-death experience that he believes was satanically inspired and thwarted by "the angel of God."
Christians need to question if they are growing or going backwards, as there's no other alternative, said Pastor Greg Laurie of megachurch Harvest Christian Center in his explanation of why believers and the Church need each other.
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has likened the influx of Syrian migrants into the U.S. to a coup, claiming that migrants "could be ISIS." However, in a recent open letter to Trump — who considers himself a Presbyterian — Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of the General Assembly, declared the church's compassion and support for displaced migrants.
At a time when many in the U.S. are pointing to the government as either the problem or the solution to societal ills, or both, a national men's ministry leader gave a prophetic message recently that holds the Christian church accountable for the state of current affairs and critical to any real change for the better.
Prominent English social critic and author Os Guinness preached at Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback church in California on Sunday, explaining to the congregation the real meaning of the word "calling" and how it applies in the life of each Christian.
A Christian apologist with Mexican and Native American roots, who was raised in predominantly black neighborhoods, has advice for believers who take issue with the phrase "black lives matter" — three words representative of a years-long movement drawing attention to biased policing and systemic issues affecting African-Americans.
In 1908, the year the late Rev. Noah Smith was born, America was getting ready to elect William Howard Taft as its 27th president. Lyndon B. Johnson, the man who would become the 36th President of the United States, was also born.
A defamation lawsuit filed by a former employee of a Presbyterian Church (USA) agency who was fired earlier this year was dismissed by a Tennessee judge last week.
In a biting message aimed at Christian gossip lovers on Sunday, Robert Morris, founding senior pastor of the 36,000-member Gateway Church in Texas and chairman of the board of The King's University, cited gossip as a factor in how some Christians get lost, and chided those who won't listen to gossip but have no problem reading it on the Internet.
When her family first appeared on the A&E series "Duck Dynasty" three years ago, Sadie Robertson had no idea it would result in opportunities to write books, host award shows, star in movies, design clothes and gain millions of followers on social media. Still, the 18 year old says she's determined not to get caught up in the fame and has a plan to avoid the pitfalls that've plagued others who became celebrities after being on reality TV.
A pastor chooses to declare to his congregation during a Sunday service, and just as the megachurch is finally debt-free, Earth-shattering news that threatens to level their decade-old ministry and rend their relationships — so goes the synopsis of Lucas Hnath's "The Christians," enjoying its debut in New York City.
While pop sensation Justin Bieber has developed a close relationship with Pastors Carl Lentz and Judah Smith, the 21-year-old admits that he's often rejected his faith and communion with other Christians by going to church, where "weird" people go.
Five-time Grammy award-winning singer Sandi Patty announced her final tour Monday on NBC's "Today Show" while speaking with her friend, and co-host of the show, Kathie Lee Gifford.
National Geographic's forthcoming scripted miniseries, "Saints & Strangers," is expected to spark discussions about America's history and revitalize interest in the country's founding by its first European settlers ahead of Thanksgiving Day.
As Tamar Braxton promotes her upcoming fourth album, "Calling All Lovers," the singer is warning people to get ready for the End Times following Sunday's total lunar eclipse, also known as the blood moon.
Metropolitan Jean-Clément Jeanbart, of the Melkite Archdiocese of Aleppo, Syria, has warned that the ongoing exodus of Christians from the Middle East — fleeing war and persecution — is an "apocalyptic and fatal" development.
British Pastor James McConnell will face a three-day trial in December for broadcasting a sermon on the Internet using a public electronics communications network where he called Islam "satanic" and "heathen."
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini, has slammed the apparent offer by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to free her husband in exchange for releasing Iranian prisoners being held in the United States. Naghmeh argued that her husband is not "collateral" to be treated as such.
Muslim extremists burned down three Christian churches in Tanzania last week and issued threats to the area's Christians, a leading Christian persecution monitor has reported.
Thousands of Evangelical Christians from over 80 countries reportedly flocked to Jerusalem this week for the Feast of Tabernacles to show support for Israel, and anticipate biblical prophecy centered on the eventual return of Jesus Christ.
An official of the Russian Orthodox Church believes Russia is fighting a "holy battle" in Syria.
David Gregory, a renowned journalist and former host of the Sunday morning political news program "Meet the Press," was inspired to reconnect with his Jewish faith by former President George W. Bush, and he details that experience in his new book, "How's Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey."
Alan Chambers, the final president of the once prominent ex-gay organization Exodus International and former proponent of ex-gay therapy, documents his experiences both in his personal crisis of identity and the eventual shutting down of Exodus in his new book, "My Exodus: From Fear to Grace."
Growing up, Mwati Mwila often felt ugly and inadequate because she had dark skin. For years, the outwardly bubbly child of African migrants to the United States was teased about her dark complexion. Although bullying would eventually lead to depression and subsequent suicide attempts, God had bigger plans for her.
A Gospel rapper, who said Jesus "saved me from everything ... all types of evil" while he was an inmate at notorious Rikers Island prison, is on a mission to spread the Good News on the subways of New York City, because he believes that is what Jesus wants him to do.