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Was the Apostle Paul a Misogynist?

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.

Drunk Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Is No Funny Matter

Mark Creech

The incongruity of this is policemen can't drink while on duty. Physicians are not allowed to drink while on duty. Numerous companies prohibit their employees from drinking during work or even showing up under the influence of alcohol. Drinking on the job or suffering from intoxication during work will get you fired in many places, if not most. Yet, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice nodding off from too much wine while attending one of the nation's most significant annual events precipitates a lighthearted and flippant response?

23 Things That Love Is

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With Valentine's Day upon us, here's a gospel-centered reminder about how to love. But, you don't have to be romantically in love to find this list practical. Every healthy relationship requires love and sacrifice, so if you're a parent, child, sibling, neighbor, pastor, or co-worker, this list is for you.

3 Reasons You Must Not See 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Jim Denison

Fifty Shades of Grey tells the story of Ana, a college student, and Christian, a successful entrepreneur. The two engage in a sexual relationship that becomes increasingly abusive. Tonight, the film version of the novel premieres in theaters, timed for the Valentine's Day weekend.

Fifty Shades of False Love

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It is ironic that the movie Fifty Shades of Grey is set to hit theaters this Valentine's Day—redefining a day that is specifically deemed as a celebration of love. Instead of lighthearted romance, Fifty Shades of Grey focuses on deviant sexual practices like bondage and control; it is a blatant attempt to normalize violent sexual behaviors.

5 Things a Church Leader Can Do to Avoid Burnout

Perry Noble

I can promise you that your spouse may not completely understand what you are going through (I wrote about that here in an article entitled, "The Pastors Pain"), but your honesty is what they are craving the most. One of the things I am most ashamed of in regards to my battle with depression and anxiety is I did not tell Lucretia for quite a while. If I would have told her earlier she could have understood me better and prayed for me as I battled through the issue.

Combating ISIS and Completing the US Mission in Iraq (Part 1)

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One day after the Obama administration confirmed that American aid worker Kayla Mueller was killed as an ISIS captive, the president asked Congress to authorize additional war powers in an attempt to defeat the terror group. To better understand the U.S.'s mission in Iraq and the plight of Christians in the floundering country, CP spoke to Joseph Ghougassian, a former ambassador to Qatar who was also a special envoy in Iraq and Afghanistan, about whether Iraq is a lost cause or if the U.S. still has a chance to help save the country from absolute destruction.

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Ted Cruz Bashes Obama for Calling 21 Coptic Christians Beheaded by ISIS 'Egyptian Citizens;' Accuses President of 'Orwellian Doublespeak'

Speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Texas Senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, bashed President Barack Obama for labeling the the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State in mid-February as "Egyptian citizens."

Assyrian Christians Cry Out 'The Whole World Is Watching History Repeat Itself' as ISIS' Relentless Horror Escalates in Syria (Interview)

More than 200 Assyrian Christians have been kidnapped by the terrorist organization ISIS, and prayers have gone out around the world for their safe return. Two members of the Assyrian Church of the East spoke with The Christian Post about the situation in Syria and the loss of several religious artifacts at the hands of ISIS.

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Carly Fiorina on Hillary: She Tweets About Women's Rights While Taking Money From Nations That Deny Human Rights

Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina addressed the record of Hillary Clinton, the Democrats most likely presidential nominee, Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, in National Harbor, Maryland.

Pastors Booted From Capitol Center Because Title of Racial Reconciliation Event Included 'An Appeal to Heaven'

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Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Maryland, is now crying religious and racial discrimination after a group of pastors were booted from the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and forced to find a different venue for a racial reconciliation event in Washington D.C. because their theme included the phrase "an appeal to heaven."

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SC Judge Rejects Episcopal Church's Attempt to Take Over Breakaway Church's Properties Worth $500 Million

A South Carolina judge has denied a motion to reconsider a ruling made in a $500 million property dispute case in favor of a diocese that voted to leave the Episcopal Church due to theological differences and purported mistreatment of its leader, Bishop Mark Lawrence.

Presbyterian Church (USA) Battles Over Gay Marriage as Denomination Votes on Whether to Redefine Marriage to Include Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couple plastic figurines are displayed during a gay wedding fair in Paris in this April 27, 2013, file photo.

An amendment to the rules of the United States' largest Presbyterian denomination to recognize gay marriage has gained considerable support in its regional bodies, with 51 of 172 presbyteries already voting in favor of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. The denomination's remaining presbyteries having until June to cast their votes to make the final decision.

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Plumb Exclusive: Acclaimed Singer Releases Cover Art for New Album 'Exhale'

Acclaimed Christian singer Plumb is set to drop her seventh studio album "Exhale" in May and The Christian Post obtained an exclusive photo of the cover art.

Acclaimed Singer Mat Kearney on Waiting 4 Years to Drop New Album: I'm Not Just Trying to Write Songs That Complete a Record

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Acclaimed singer Mat Kearney recently spoke about how faith and travel inspired his fifth studio album "Just Kids." On Feb. 24 Kearney dropped his latest album, four years after the release of "Young Love," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Album chart. He explained his decision to wait four years to release "Just Kids" and also shared how marriage inspired the album title.

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UK Votes Against Amendment Banning Sex-Selective Abortions; Pro-Life Group Says Parliament Has Failed to Protect Unborn Girls

The British Parliament has voted 292 to 201 against an amendment that would have explicitly banned abortions based on the gender of the unborn child. U.K. pro-life group LIFE has said that it's "dismayed" at the results, and argued that the Parliament has failed to protect unborn girls, who are most often the victims of gender-selective abortions.

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Dating Styles of Megachurch Pastor's Kids: Rock Church Pastor Teaches Children to Detect 'Counterfeit' Christians

The Rock Church's Marriage and Parenting Pastor Darren Carrington says parents need to teach their children from an early age about dating and marriage so they can spot "counterfeit" Christians who attend church but show no spiritual growth.

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.