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Inside the Vatican Synod on Family: Pope Francis Delivers Bible Reading on Love (Day 2)

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.

Christians in America Murdered for Their Faith; Media Yawns

candlelight vigil for victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting

When a white supremacist murdered black parishioners in Charleston, SC, there was national outrage leading to the banning of the Confederate Flag and a fresh discussion of race relations in America. But when Christians are targeted and murdered on a campus in Oregon, much of the nation yawns.

The Facts About Pope's Meeting With Kim Davis

Kim Davis Stands Up For Her Faith

Big news this week as "progressives" worldwide learned, to their utter shock and mournful consternation, that the pope is Catholic. Rumors are they will next examine wild bears, the woods and certain mysteries therein.

Inside the Vatican Synod on Family: An Expert Evangelical's View as a Fraternal Delegate (Day 1)

vatican synod and thomas schirrmacher

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.

Gay Christians: Why I Can't Affirm or Condemn Them

matt moore

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.

Do You Have a Fast Friend?


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?

For True Conservatism, See Pope Francis and John Boehner, Not Ted Cruz and Ann Coulter

Erica Wanis

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."

7 Internal Barriers to Church Growth

Thom Rainer

There is rarely a simple explanation for the decline of a church. It is often a complex mix of cultural, theological, attitudinal, and internal issues. In this article, I address the latter issue.

An Encouraging Word for Those Who Have Strayed

Shane Idleman

It's no secret that our generation has wandered severely off course: schools resemble battle-grounds, the family is in chaos, sexual perversion is an epidemic, and truth is mocked. We should be mourning for our nation and the future of our children. Are we too numb or indifferent to comprehend?

No More Brides and Grooms in Florida

Michael Brown

N. T. Wright is one of the most world's foremost New Testament scholars, a sober-minded man not given to extreme rhetoric. Yet when it came to the question of redefining marriage, Wright did not hold back, explaining how dangerous it is to change the fundamental meaning of words:

Can Pastor Counselors Be Prosecuted for Malpractice?

Anthony Ashton

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.

America Isn't a Theocracy — Because of the Work of Christians

Bethany Blankley

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.

9 Reasons Churches Must Connect With Cities

Evangelist Luis Palau speaks on stage on the Great Lawn at Central Park on July 11, 2015, in New York City.

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.

The Pope's Water Glass and God's Holy Water

dan delzell opinion page

Are you someone who tends to see the glass half full, or half empty? And if you had the chance to get your hands on a glass of water used by the pope, would you take it? One Democratic congressman from Philadelphia simply couldn't resist.

Bill Nye the Science Guy Doesn't Understand the Science of Conception

Bill Nye recently defended comments he made regarding creationism, in which he urges adults to teach children about evolution.

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

Sex Trafficking Victims Branded by a New King

Hannah Wegman

Crowned. When you read the word, what descriptions come to mind? For most, it signifies one who is deemed royal, favored, respected, and dignified. But for women who have been the victim of sex trafficking, being "crowned" has a completely different meaning.

Is Pedophilia Next?

Michael Brown

A shocking article posted on the Salon.com website has many people asking, "Now that we have embraced homosexuality, is pedophilia next?"

20 More Really Weird Things Said to Pastors

Thom Rainer

If you get a group of pastors and church staff together, you will inevitably hear some pretty unusual comments they received from church members. So I did an informal Twitter poll to get some of these comments in writing.


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David Jeremiah Says He Met With Donald Trump Because He 'Cares Deeply About Standing Up for Christian Values'

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.



Franklin Graham: Oregon School Shooting Shows Rising Christian Persecution in America

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.

'Duck Dynasty' Star Sadie Robertson on Fame, Sexual Temptations and the No. 1 Man in Her Life (Interview)

Sadie Robertson

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. But 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.

Pope Backtracks on Support for Kim Davis? Vatican Responds

Pope Francis

The Vatican has clarified that despite the much-publicized private meeting between Pope Francis and Kentucky clerk Kim Davis last week in Washington, D.C., the meeting should not be equated to the pontiff giving his support for Davis' position on refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Kenny Luck

Male Culture Is Broken, Causes Fatherlessness, Domestic Violence, Prostitution; 'Renegade Revival' Needed, Kenny Luck Says (Video)

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.

Evangelical Rep. of 1.5 Million Christians Reflects on Worshipping With the Pope, Comments on Protestant Problem With Papacy

Pope Francis, second left, reads a passage during a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on September 25, 2015, in New York City.

The Rev. A. R. Bernard, pastor of New York City's largest church and president of the Churches of the City of New York that represents 1.5 million Christians, called the multi-religious worship experience with Pope Francis at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum an "amazing experience." He also addressed concerns some Christians might have about "the concept of the papacy."

John Piper Says Hollywood Makes Sex Sinful, but It Isn't

John Piper

The portrayal of sex by Hollywood might lead many to believe that sex is sinful and that it undermines the beauty of Christ's holiness, but Christians should not think this way, says theologian John Piper in his latest blog post, which states that sex in marriage belongs to Believers.

Linda Powell, Andrew Garman, Larry Powell, Philip Kerr, and the ensemble choir of The Christians by playwright Lucas Hnath
(Photo: Joan Marcus)

Megachurch Unravels After Pastor Declares Major Doctrinal Shift in Lucas Hnath's 'The Christians'

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.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
(Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

Pastor Saeed Abedini Won't Be Set Free Until the US First Releases 19 Iranian Criminals, Says President Rouhani

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.

David Gregory
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George W. Bush, Joel Osteen, Russell Moore Help Former 'Meet the Press' Host David Gregory Reconnect With His Jewish Faith

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."