It's for you pastors who are frustrated that the church members are not evangelistic. It's for you church members who wonder why the pastor does not reach more people. After all, some may surmise, that is why we pay our pastor.
Contrary to a time when urban areas were abandoned in a rush of white flight to the more racially-homogenous suburbs, eager and excited church planters are now flocking to cities like L.A. and NYC, holding up the banner of God's call in Jeremiah 29:7 to "seek the good of the city." But, according to urban apologist and former church planter D.A. Horton, his peers mostly seem intent on seeking the welfare of the safe and gentrified urban areas.
God has always existed, and He was perfectly fine without man. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were already having a good time together. Everything they do is good and fulfilling, and so they didn't need man in order to be complete. Nevertheless, God chose to create man and, through worship, allow him to get in on the joy.
But there's another factor as well, and that deals with the personal motivation of the hijackers. 9/11 happened because of bad theology. Nineteen men believed the promise that if they died in a state of Jihad, they would go to Paradise and receive their 72 virgins. Nineteen men sought assurance of salvation in the wrong place and killed thousands of innocent people on the way.
On a beautiful New England morning I was driving from Boston to Rhode Island to visit a client. The morning air was crisp and fresh. The sun had just enough warmth to keep the chill at bay. The sky was a stunning hue of blue. It was one of those days that made you wish you worked outside. That is how the morning of September 11, 2001, began. It ended in ugliness and rubble - and 3,000 of our fellow citizens dead.
So much of what we do every single day is the result of habits that we have formed over time. And when it comes to establishing healthy, new patterns in our lives, I've found that spending time with God and acknowledging Him in all of our ways is one of the most important and rewarding habits we can ever develop (see Proverbs 3:6).
When a nation's chief executive presumes to be the sole judge of what's "right" for his nation he has crossed the fine line between a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" and a regime that cavalierly sets aside what might be the will of the people for the chief's own idea of what is "right." Such a person has gone from being a leader to a controller.
Each day I take time to pray specifically for three Christian school administrators. I pray for them because administrating a Christian school is a formidable task, because their institutions are in a particular battle for their very existence, and because providing a Christian education is more difficult now than ever before!
"I have never before seen it this way," said a close friend of mine in a recent hour-long conversation discussing current global turmoil. "Do you realize what you just said?" I replied. "We are both in our 70s, and have lived through a lot of history, and yet we agree that there are things happening now more intense and wide-sweeping than anything we have seen before."
Indeed, I will confess that I am convinced there was a conspiracy in the authorship of the Bible, but that it was a divine conspiracy, and that God Himself was the force behind the singular, remarkable integration that I witness each time I read it. I am certain that this alone could be as convincing a proof as many will ever need that this book was given to us by God.
Iraqi born pastor Jalil Dawood of the Arabic Church of Dallas, who, along with other Christian leaders will be holding a rally on Sept. 14 in support of Iraqis who are being persecuted by the Islamic State, says there are five things Americans can do today to help their brothers and sisters in Christ.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is vowing to attack Israel over its most-recent conflict with Hamas, and to fight against U.S. troops and the anti-Christ as it conquers Rome, Persia and the Arabian Peninsula.
Francis Chan, pastor and author of the bestseller Crazy Love, addressed two lies that many non-believers hold to be true about God and good deeds.
Mufid A. Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old man who owns a food store in upstate New York, has been arrested and charged with funding Islamic terrorist group ISIS, attempting to send jihadists to fight with them in Syria and even plotted to gun down U.S. troops, according to Federal authorities.
A panel of media and filmmaking experts asked pastors and the Christian community to engage more with those in the movie business, including in the early stages of the creative process, to help facilitate quality films shown in theaters.
A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office showed that the Affordable Care Act, also called "Obamacare," is providing coverage for abortions.
A former State Department official claims that he witnessed high-ranking officials in Sec. Hillary Clinton's staff scrubbing documents tied to the Sept. 11, 2012 deadly terrorist attacks at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi before giving them over to an accountability review board.
After almost being martyred in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith a few months ago, global Christian icon Meriam Ibrahim, 27, is breathing easier now and smiling.
Ed Young, pastor of the Texas-based, multi-campus Fellowship Church, explained in his Sunday sermon the difference between Christianity and other world religions to make the point that following Christ is not a religion but is rather based on a relationship.
Pastor James MacDonald of the Chicago-based seven multicampus Harvest Bible Church, issued an apology statement on Sunday saying that the board of the megachurch unanimously agreed to lift a discipline ban from three excommunicated elders.
Popular recording artist Carman Licciardello recently spoke out in defense of Joel Osteen, whom he called "a God ordained bridge between the mainstream world and the church," and called for Christian critics to stop "terrorizing" the successful megachurch pastor.
"Submission never means abuse," Pastor Tony Evans told his Dallas, Texas, congregation on Sunday, making it clear what he believes the Christian position is on domestic violence.
Perry Noble admits that he loves taking the offering in church as much as he enjoys giving money because he does not see it as an obligation but rather as an opportunity. Moreover, he believes "there is not a better investment on the planet than the local church!"
Following a successful first album with a well-received sophomore effort is one of the most difficult things to do in music. Brothers Luke and Joel Smallbone of the group for King & Country are looking to do just that with the release of "Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong." on Sept. 16.
Christian film producer Laura Waters Hinson has a problem with Christian films: they don't cover the really tough issues accurately.
Kirk Cameron announced this week that his highly anticipated "Saving Christmas" film is headed to select theaters for two weeks only on Nov. 14.
A new app tailored for the Yom Kippur Jewish holiday uses the biblical story of the scapegoat found in Leviticus to teach about the Day of Atonement.
The iPhone 6 is now the best selling iPhone of all time without a single customer laying a finger on it yet.
The Church of Scotland has said it's aiming for reconciliation and to bring the country together regardless of the results of the all-important referendum on Thursday that will decide whether Scotland will separate from the United Kingdom or not.
A lack of concern for Christians and a lack freedom of expression for religious minorities in the Middle East is one of the reasons behind the rise of terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria, said David Curry, the CEO and president of Christian persecution watchdog group, Open Doors USA.
British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted that ISIS militants "are monsters" and "not Muslims" following the release of a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.
While diplomats from 26 countries pledged to unite to fight ISIS "by any means necessary" at a conference in Paris Monday, the pathway to defeating the militant Islamic terror group appeared far from certain as Syria and Iran, the two countries sharing most of Iraq's borders, showed no support for the global coalition led by the U.S.
German authorities imposed a ban on all Islamic State propaganda, symbols and activities that support the terror group, which is also knows as ISIS and ISIL.
There might be as many as 31,000 fighters in terror group ISIS' army, the CIA has said, which is three times more than it previously feared. Ten Arab countries have meanwhile said that they will be helping the U.S. in the war against ISIS.
Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd is urging U.S. pastors to commit more time to prayer so the American church can experience a spiritual awakening.