Want to offend a Millennial? You could just open your Bible and read it in front of him. But if you live out the teachings of Scripture, you just might win him over.
Christianity hinges on the resurrection of Christ. If it didn't happen, there is no forgiveness or eternal salvation for anyone. But if it didn't happen, surely the critics of Christ would have easily been able to produce His dead body. After all, they had plenty of time to do it, and all the clout to get the job done. And yet they came up empty.
During the last election, two more states, Alaska and Oregon, approved by referendums the legalization of recreational marijuana. The District of Columbia also approved a voter initiative that is subject to the review of Congress. Colorado and Washington had previously passed similar ballot measures legalizing cannabis in 2012. It may take a while, time enough for the full import of their decision to be felt, nevertheless, it's inevitable these states will discover the legalization of pot didn't turn out as they expected.
Have you ever hired a professional to prune a tree in your yard? Well, Dave and I hire someone to do that for us and there are times when he cuts the branches back so far that I've said to him, "There is nothing left. You have totally destroyed our tree!" But he says, "You just watch and see." And sure enough, before long the tree is much better looking than it was before.
Southeastern Seminary, where I work, challenged all students, staff, and faculty to share the gospel at least once a day during the month of September. Based on my experiences that month, in addition to years of sharing Christ with family members, here are my thoughts about why my family and friends struggle with believing the gospel.
Several years ago, when I was involved in active church consultations, I assembled data on what I called GFCs, genuinely friendly churches. I set certain parameters for GFCs; then I attempted to measure those churches guest return rates. A guest return rate is simply the percentage of guests who will return to the church for at least a second visit.
This week, Gov. Mike Huckabee, along with David Lane of the American Renewal Project, hosted a tour with roughly 100 ministers and faith leaders to follow the steps of three world leaders who greatly influenced world history for the better, with the hopes that these leaders would return to America empowered to do likewise.
In a brief, nationally televised announcement on August 7th regarding the Islamic State, which invaded the multicultural, northern Nineveh Province of Iraq this summer, President Obama observed "these terrorists have been especially barbaric towards religious minorities, including Christian and Yazidis."
I have heard that statement thousands of times. I promise. In over 500 church consultations and thousands of church member interviews, I heard it. Most church members really do think their church is very friendly. But, more times than not, they are wrong. Guests who visit the churches usually have a much different perspective. Here are six things to consider if you really think your church is friendly.
Anton Cobb decided to help the local food bank in Portland, Oregon. So he put a checkered cloth on a table in a busy area near his office. He sat there during his lunch break next to a sign which read, "I am skipping lunch. So that 30 children won't. Will you join me? Donate your lunch money to the Oregon Food Bank."
Of the hundreds of thousands of published Christian writers over the centuries since the Scripture books were complete, none have had a level of influence to compare to Augustine. Even now in 2014, he remains a #1 favorite for huge numbers of both Evangelical leaders and Roman Catholic leaders. He was a scholar and an evangelist; he was a faithful senior leader of the church universal and a charismatic healer who made house calls. Now he is 1660 years old. Happy Birthday, Augustine!
It seems that so many people are constantly busy and overwhelmed with the activities of daily life. But it's not God's will for you to be frustrated. He doesn't want you to be stressed-out about everything that you're expected to do. So if you find yourself feeling pressured to get things done, I want to help you fix that.
As a "traveling evangelist" I've had the privilege of preaching in churches from coast to coast. And, until I have the microphone on over my ear, most people have no clue that I'll be the preacher that day, so most treat me like a first time visitor. Over the course of many years of visiting churches I have had great experiences as a guest along with some not-so-great ones.
Yesterday I wrote about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from the perspective of military marriages – what might couples expect after a war veteran returns home. Today I'm continuing this two-part series by sharing how couples can work through PTSD in a way that will make the marriage stronger than it ever was before.
The Vatican announced today that they will host, in a matter of weeks, a colloquium on marriage and the family, bringing together leaders from virtually every religious tradition in the world, to talk about the complementarity of man and woman in marriage. Here's why I, a Baptist, accepted the invitation from the Pope to talk about this.
President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order on Friday, authorizing work permits to 5 million illegal immigrants and top Republicans have slammed the decision as unconstitutional.
A "tsunami of confusion" exists regarding religious liberty in the United States Armed Forces, according to panelists testifying to Congress.
Institute on Religion and Democracy President Mark Tooley has argued that Christian leaders should be affirming the rule of law in the immigration debate, as President Barack Obama gets ready to enact executive action on Thursday that will bypass congress.
About 120 international Christian students attending a Bible college in Ohio could possibly face deportation after their school was recently denied recertification with the U.S. immigration exchange student program.
Officials at a West Tennessee Christian University sparked a fiery debate over Christian values Wednesday for standing by their decision to invite embattled comedian Bill Cosby to serve as keynote speaker for the school's benefit dinner scheduled for next month, despite outcry from an advocacy group for victims of sexual assault.
A California photography company has announced that it will no longer shoot wedding photography after gay activists protested against the business claiming it "denied" service to a same-sex couple for their wedding.
A massive snowstorm has killed at least seven people and left many more stranded in their vehicles in Buffalo, New York, and affected several other Great Lake states, including northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Further snow is expected to hit Buffalo on Thursday, which was buried under six feet of snow and declared a state of emergency.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, will focus on the IRS scandal as the House's new head executive watchdog. He was appointed as the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday.
Church leaders are upset after a recent article in The New York Times revealed that the Internal Revenue Service can use undercover agents disguised as members of the clergy as a means to gather privileged information.
Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and megachurch pastor Rick Warren, both speaking at a Vatican conference Tuesday, warned that Christians should not succumb to the current sexual revolution or waver on the Biblical truth about sexuality and marriage.
The Internet evangelism ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, marked a milestone this past weekend as the 5 millionth person indicated a decision to accept Jesus as his Savior through their evangelistic online presence at PeaceWithGod.net.
Pope Francis plans to hold a raffle for all the gifts he has received since becoming the Bishop of Rome over the past year with proceeds going to charity.
David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Ministries and pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in California, is returning to New York City for another celebration, following a 2013 event that drew thousands to the city.
After battling an aggressive cancer for more than a year, David Landrith, senior pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Henderson, Tennessee, died Tuesday. He was 51.
A New York church is gearing up for it's fifth annual Thanksgiving dinner, which is expected to feed 1,000 people.
"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" encourages Christians to get into the spirit of Christmastime with even more passion this year, but the new film incorporated far-fetched ideas on what the Bible says about the holiday.
The Holy Hip Hop for Hunger Concert & Awards Show, held at South Houston's Legacy Church, collected between 2,000 and 3,000 cans for the Houston Food Bank, while giving out awards to local male and female rap artists, spoken word poets, producers and DJs who praise the name of Jesus.
Justin Bieber is said to be on a mission for self improvement and a new report claims the pop star has enlisted the help of his pastor.
Singer and songwriter Chris Tomlin discussed his latest album "Love Ran Red" with CP Voice last week, and explained why he incorporates the Scriptures in his lyrics.
Three Americans are among four people killed during an attack Tuesday at a Jerusalem synagogue carried out by two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and gun. The Israeli police, who shot down the attackers, said they view the incident as a terror attack.
A 40-year-old Christian man was arrested for blasphemy in Lahore, Pakistan, and has been charged with insulting the Prophet Mohammad, the same offense that Christian mother-of-five Asia Bibi is facing the death penalty for.
Twenty-three Christian families who were unable to flee the city of Raqqa in northern Syria, which terror group ISIS has made its stronghold, are reportedly facing Islamic fanaticism and a "protection tax" they will be forced to pay in order to keep their homes.
Catholic doctors in Kenya are claiming that a tetanus vaccine being administered by two United Nations humanitarian aid organizations on Kenyan women is acting as a cover-up for a mass sterilization effort, which could have already affected over a million women and could affect over a million more.
ISIS released a video Sunday of the beheading of who it claims is 26-year-old American aid worker Peter Kassig. While still authenticating the video, the White House and British Prime Minister David Cameron have quickly responded with statements condemning the gruesome murder.
Euthanasia does not reflect dignity but is, in fact, a sin against God and creation and a "false sense of compassion," Pope Francis said Saturday, denouncing the right-to-die movement. The pontiff also rejected abortion, in vitro fertilization and embryonic stem cell research.
In a new Tuesday video series promoting Matt Chandler's upcoming book Mingling of the Soul: God's Design for Love, Marriage, Sex and Redemption, the Texas pastor and his wife Lauren told husbands and wives that God's big plan for them is to have children.
The Southern Baptist Convention's lead ethicist, Russell Moore, has said he doesn't allow the couples he marries to write their own vows because he believes the marriage oath should be more than a proclamation of a couple's love, but also a type of pact by which friends and family will hold them accountable.
The most popular portion of the Bible is a verse urging readers not to be anxious, according to data released from online book seller Amazon. The online retailer recently released a list of the most popular passages from its most popular books. Amazon's most popular books include The Hunger Games, The Harry Potter Series, Pride and Prejudice, and the Bible. It found that the commonly highlighted portion of the Bible is Philippians 4:6-7.
Abandoned at a young age, Rob Mitchell said growing up in an orphanage made him feel lonely and inferior, but as a Christian he knows that God sees and hears him.
Young Christians continue to grapple with how to reconcile traditional and restrictive church teachings on sexual ethics with the intimate relationships they experience and witness in their social circles, according to a religious studies professor and recent surveys.