A small, but elite group of Americans demonstrate signs of anti-Christian hostility, sociologists David Williamson and George Yancey claim in their new book, "So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States?"
As stated last week in part 3 on the Holy Spirit: some suggest that today's battle is not so much against liberals in the church, but against those who are "not open" to new prophecies and visions—those who "religiously hold to the written Word alone." This statement concerns me because it can be used to promote anything done in the name of the Lord such as prophecies, visions, and words from the Lord.
In preparation for my upcoming marriage, I have set out researching deeper into Fertility Awareness Methods or more commonly called Natural Family Planning, a birth control method based on the natural observation of signs and symptoms of a woman's ovulation cycle. No chemicals. No treatments. No devices.
Every year during the month of January, churches along with many other pro-lifers across America reaffirm their commitment to the sanctity of human life. As Father Ted Bobosh has so eloquently stated, "We hold this truth to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal even from their mother's wombs. All are deserving of a chance for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We consider this a fundamental American vision for humanity."
Events this past week in Yemen have raised new questions from policy makers and pundits on the reach of extremists in the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula. Complicating the situation is that, as in past situations in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia and Iraq, there is a muddled political response from the West that makes the situation hard to understand.
Across this country thousands of Americans read the Bible each day. They read it to connect with God and as a source of inspiration, hope, encouragement and entertainment. Each city and state is home to people who believe the Bible to be a source of truth and an essential guide to life. At the same time, people who adamantly oppose the Bible also make their homes in cities across the country.
Last evening in Washington, D.C. I was walking by an old United Methodist sanctuary and heard uncharacteristic music emanating from the windows. Curiosity drove me inside, where I was surprised to see a full congregation of almost all twenty-something's singing fulsomely as a band performed behind the altar.
We all go through times of frustration in our lives. Frustration happens when we're trying to do something in our own strength – something that only God can do through His grace in us. My personal definition of grace is "God's power made available to us free of charge, enabling us to do with ease what we could never do on our own with any amount of struggle or effort." The truth is, our human effort can never bring the changes that God's amazing grace can bring.
It is an "irresponsible argument" for critics of the claim that police officers are biased in their targeting of and interactions with black men to point to so-called black-on-black crime, according to Christian rapper, pastor, author, and thought leader Trip Lee. That only deflects from the real issue, he said in a recent interview in which he comments on race, the church, and how he identifies with Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Megan Boudreaux had visited Haiti before on short-term business and missions trips, but never did she imagine that God would call her to permanently abandon a comfortable life in the U.S. for a bare-bones one in a third-world country plagued by poverty and child slavery and that was just starting to climb its way out of a devastating earthquake.
Should you be responsible for the types of cars your friends and neighbors drive? Should you have to worry about losing your house if the guy down the street suffering through a mid-life crisis goes out and buys a Bugatti?
This is deeply encouraging, because Gospel-teaching churches must take bold Biblical leadership on the present American racial scene for there to be real progress. The very institutions that remain so embarrassingly segregated on Sunday mornings can become the brightest, exemplary beacons of light for racial justice and reconciliation going forward. This is also a personal passion; racial social justice has been a constant and costly major theme of my life and ministry.
The decline of marriage is not simply a problem of same-sex marriage, it is also caused by Christians who abandoned the importance of lifetime commitment in marriage, Mike Huckabee wrote in his new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy. He spoke more about that and answered some criticisms he has received over a passage about Beyoncé in a Monday interview with The Christian Post.
A survey examining Americans' views on Christian theology revealed that, among even self-identified Christians, there is confusion or disagreement about the Holy Spirit. Is the spirit a force or a personal being? Is the spirit present in only Pentecostal Christians, or in all believers? According to one theologian, the spirit is both a force and a being — and is present in everyone, not just Christians.
Terror group ISIS sent a message on Thursday through Japanese hostage Kenji Goto that unless a woman on death row in Jordan is exchanged for him, a Jordanian air force pilot captured by the group will be killed by sunset.
Although Speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-Ohio, has been criticized by many staunch conservatives for his willingness to compromise with President Barack Obama, the speaker claimed Wednesday that he "was the Tea Party" before the Tea Party even existed.
A civil rights group that lists many conservative organizations as hate groups for opposing gay advocacy has filed an ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, announced Tuesday it would back legal efforts to protect LGBT people from discrimination along with religious freedom protections. This middle ground approach is consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ, church leaders said.
An attorney involved in a civil lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America over the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy by an adult volunteer says documents kept by the organization for nearly a century known as the "perversion files" reveal a "sordid history of child sexual abuse."
The progressive, New York-based Union Theological Seminary hosted the first-ever Congressional Faith Orientation on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, which was attended by five Democratic Congress members who addressed the role religion and faith play in determining how they vote on public policies.
Just a week after a federal judge struck down Alabama's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the fight over the issue got deeply personal when the state's first openly gay legislator, Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, threatened last weekend to expose the adultery of her peers who would dare to fight the ruling in the name of Christian family values.
Carman Licciardello, popular Christian recording artist and actor, has shared in an online post how he believes God's grace helped him endure the painful journey of cancer treatment, to eventually find himself "cancer-free."
As various companies develop goggles that can project holographic text and images, some believe that the next version of the Good Book might be a hologram.
After the North Miami Beach police department was discovered to have been using mug shots of African-Americans for practice at a firing range, several members of clergy from around the world decided to take action and started a movement with their images and the phrase #UseMeInstead.
Marcus Borg, a scholar popular for participating in the Jesus Seminar, died at the age of 72 last Wednesday. His publisher HarperOne said the cause of death was related to his long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He died at his home in Powell Butte, Oregon.
A former Contemporary Christian country singer, who disappeared for years from the Nashville music scene since 2005, has resurfaced as a gay and HIV-positive folk singer.
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are extending their collaboration with NBC from "A.D." this spring to another television series, "Unveiled," the network announced on Friday.
Former television star and director Corbin Bernsen recently spoke to CP Voice about his new film "Christian Mingle the Movie" and the message he hopes to convey through the film.
The co-founder and former guitarist of the popular world-famous Christian rock band The Newsboys has officially renounced his Christian faith and is calling members of the current version of the band hypocrites.
Almost 300 survivors from the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland where over a million people were killed during the Holocaust marked the 70th year since the camp's liberation on Tuesday. Notable Jewish figures such as director Steven Spielberg attended the event and delivered a speech, with survivors warning that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe again.
As thousands of women and girls are being raped, abused and victimized as part of the Islamic State's sex slave operation in Iraq and Syria, one Iraqi man is buying ISIS sex slaves in order to free and reunite them with their families.
Terror group ISIS has reportedly been defeated and driven out from the Syrian border town of Kobane following a near four-months-long battle, a monitoring group has said. Kurdish forces backed by other rebel groups have not allowed the city to the fall, with the offenses causing the deaths of at least 1,313 fighters, mostly from ISIS.
The leader of Pakistani politico-religious party Jamaat-e Islami is claiming that the Western "extremist standpoint" on the freedom of news organizations to publish "blasphemous caricatures" of Islam's prophet Muhammad will ultimately lead to World War III.
A Church of England priest briefly disrupted the consecration ceremony for the first ever female bishop in the church after he shouted "not in the Bible." The ceremony went on as planned, however, and the Reverend Libby Lane was ordained as the Bishop of Stockport in front of over 1,000 people.
In his interview with CP, Gross explains why some Christians feel uncomfortable talking about sex and how couples can make sure their sex life progresses at the same pace as the rest of their marriage.
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.
A California pastor and two Christian men reveal ahead of March for Life week that one or more of their babies were aborted in a recent video, with the pastor saying the dream of seeing his aborted baby's first step and hear it call him "daddy" "haunts" him every day.
Pastor and Crazy Love author Francis Chan answered the question of what makes a boyfriend ready for marriage on John Piper's Ask Pastor John podcast by recalling a time when his older daughter brought a guy home.