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Was the Apostle Paul a Misogynist?

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In the modern world many people rather casually assume, or assert, that the Apostle Paul was a misogynist based upon his teachings concerning the differing roles of men and women in the church and in marriage in the early church.

ISIS Captures Christians: Piece By Piece, Middle Eastern Christianity Is Being Shattered

Nina Shea

Still reeling from last week's news of the Islamist beheading of 21 Coptic Christian migrant workers in Libya, Middle Eastern Christians were again targeted by a large scale Islamist terror attack with thousands of victims Monday, in Syria. Islamic State jihadists laid siege to a string of Christian Assyrian villages, along the Khabour River, in northeastern Syria, kidnapping or killing scores of residents.

When Jesus Says 'I Never Knew You'

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Unfortunately, this passage is often presented to genuine believers in an attempt to get them to "do more." Such badgering is not helpful, and can actually rob those weak in faith of the assurance of salvation. I suspect you have heard this passage used in such a way. But have you stopped to really think about not only what Jesus said, but what the hearers said to Christ? Or better yet, what they didn't say.

The Top 10 Most Fiercely Defended Traditions in Churches

Thom Rainer

I recently embarked on a major research project for a new resource I will soon be offering. Part of my research included a long review of thousands of comments made on this site over the past few years. Though my research had another purpose, I became intrigued by the comments related to church traditions.

15 Concerns in Children's Ministries

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Recently, I spent time with a church that is upgrading their children's wing. In the midst of those discussions, we talked about some of the common problems our Lawless Group consulting team sees in a children's ministry. Here are 15 of those problems:

Is Sexual Violence a 'Shade of Grey' or a Black and White Issue?

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After a series of bestselling books, the subsequent release and record-setting box office of the motion picture "Fifty Shades of Grey" seems to indicate that Americans are embracing what previous generations would have considered sexual deviancy. But after spending two years producing a hard hitting documentary film about the connections between pornography and human sex trafficking, Producer Guy Noland and Executive Producer Jim Knaggs have seen the damage up close.

FBI Director James Comey Sees the Path to Racial Understanding

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On February 12, 2015 – exactly 150 years after Abraham Lincoln's final birthday – Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James B. Comey gave one of the most wise and relevant perspectives on the racial issues of 2015 in a 23 minute speech at the Jesuit Georgetown University. Even through the media sound-bites, the timeliness and truth of Director's comments were cogent, clear, and widely praised. I

Nation of the Cross

Johnnie Moore

Muslims consider Jesus a prophet, so this was a coy bit of advice given to help them stay alive. But there would be no way around ISIS identifying them as members of that country's ancient Christian minority.

Why Focus Is Reviewing 'Fifty Shades'

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After much soul searching, Focus on the Family's media discernment arm, Plugged In, decided to review this film. Paul Asay explains why in a post on the Plugged In Blog. Here's some of what he had to say:

5 Thoughts About Church Memorials

Thom Rainer

Many churches have them. They can be found in varying degrees of emphasis from one church to another. They are church memorials, areas of a church designated in memory of someone who was a member of the congregation.

When God Meets Man on Mount Moriah

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God has never owed man a meeting. Yet throughout history, God has chosen various times and places for such encounters. And the places God chooses to meet man reveal a lot about God's nature and His purposes.

How to Enjoy Complete Acceptance and Right Standing with God

Joyce Meyer

We all have a deep need to feel all right. And we can spend a lot of time and energy trying to do things that make us feel like we're okay – okay with ourselves, with others and even God. But we don't need to wear ourselves out trying to be right with God through our own effort. The truth is we can't make our lives right on our own, but we can receive the righteousness of God by putting our faith in Christ.

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SBC President Ronnie Floyd Calls on Obama to Take Action and Lead 'Historical Movement' Against ISIS, Like Esther in the Bible

Southern Baptist Convention President, Ronnie Floyd, sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, asking him to "lead forward" in the fight against the Islamic State and "take necessary actions now" to bring an end to the suffering of millions who've been displaced, abused and killed as a result of ISIS' uprising.

Vatican Confirms ISIS' Threat on Pope Francis' Life; Pontiff Condemns 'Intolerable Brutality' of Jihadists

The inspector general of the Vatican's police force has confirmed that terror group ISIS has threatened Pope Francis, but said he's not aware of any specific plans to carry out an attack. Francis has, meanwhile, condemned the "intolerable brutality" of the militants.

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Naghmeh Abedini: My American Pastor Husband Imprisoned in Iran, Religious Freedom Ignored as Obama Admin Negotiates With Iran

Religious freedom is not being addressed in the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran over its nuclear capability, complained Naghmeh Abedini, an Iranian-American whose husband, Saeed Abedini, is imprisoned in Iran because of his Christian faith.

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Francis Chan: Church Wastes Too Much Time Waiting on God's Voice; Christians Getting Too Fat on the Word

The Church wastes too much time waiting for a word from God, says New York Times bestselling author and popular pastor Francis Chan. Christians should instead be more active in translating the knowledge they have into action rather than languishing in fear and indecision.

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'There Probably Wouldn't Be a Lecrae Without DC Talk,' Says Hip-Hop Legend Bun B

Bun B, one half of the legendary rap group U.G.K. made an appearance on the Hot 97 Morning Show late last month where he discussed a new course on religion and hip-hop that he's teaching.

Russell Brand Scorns Porn, 'Fifty Shades of Grey;' Says He Would Never View Porn Again 'If I had Total Dominion Over Myself'

Singer Katy Perry arrives with husband actor Russell Brand for the annual David Lynch Foundation benefit celebration in New York on Dec. 13, 2010.

In a new video for Fight The New Drug, a campaign "dedicated to educating and raising awareness on the harmful effects of pornography using only science, facts, and personal accounts," Russell Brand discusses the pitfalls of pornography and why he would never watch it if he had full control over his body. He also dismisses the popular "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie as "cultural smog."

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ISIS Releases 19 Assyrian Christians but Hundreds Remain Captive; Refuses to Free 6-Year-Old Girl

Terrorists from Islamic State, or ISIS, in northern Syria Sunday released 19 Assyrian Christians, out of the hundreds they had captured last week, but refused to set free a 6-year-old girl, whom they are likely using as a "bargaining chip," an activist group said.

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(Interview) Francis and Lisa Chan: We're Not Perfect Christians; Every Day We Fight for an Ounce of Holiness

You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity co-authors Francis Chan and his wife, Lisa, insist that they wrestle with fear and selfishness just like everyone else despite the public putting them on a pedestal after they left the stability, comfort and spotlight of leading a California megachurch in 2010 to surrender to God and let Him call them anywhere in the world and do anything He wants.

Q&A With Matt Chandler: The First 7 Years of My Marriage Were Tough; Loving Relationships Take Discipline

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Texas megachurch pastor Matt Chandler says the way the world defines marriage is "unbiblical" and "unhealthy", yet far too many young Christians are following after the cultural standards of love. This reality prompted the Village Church leader to offer biblical insights on dating, courtship and marriage from the Song of Solomon in his recently released book Mingling of Souls.

Faith Crashers: Was the Apostle Paul a Misogynist?

The True Definition of Marriage

By today's standards it may appear that the Apostle Paul was prejudiced against women when he wrote in Ephesians for wives to submit themselves to their husbands. However Southern Evangelical Seminary President Richard Land said Paul was actually ahead of his time, establishing equality between the sexes in marriage.

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.