In early December, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) stopped feeding 1.7 million Syrian refugees.
If we learn anything from the current debacles over Jonathan Gruber's unfortunate comments regarding the importance of not being transparent to the "stupid" electorate regarding some facets of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the repugnant values expressed in hacked emails of Sony executive Amy Pascal it is this: There is a nihilist lurking in most — if not all — of us.
Saddleback Church Los Angeles worship leader John Coggins came to Hollywood via Tulsa, Oklahoma, just four months ago to simply grow his songwriting career and music production business, however, it appears God has more in store for him as doors are blowing wide open toward a career performing on stage as well, he said.
Robin's contractions had started yet she was standing with me in the pouring rain at the University of New Mexico in front of a Students for Life's display about the consequences of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the infamous Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy.
While no responsible professional works with youth coerced into such psychotherapy, these laws apply even when adolescent clients and their parents freely seek out such care.
Harper Lee, now age eighty-eight and long out of the public eye, is the legendarily mysterious author of the iconic 1961 novel of southern racial injustice, To Kill a Mockingbird. It inspired an equally beloved film with Gregory Peck as heroic small town lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman.
For more than six years now, I have used my daily talk radio show to facilitate dialogue on difficult and divisive issues, asking my listeners to shoot straight with me just as I do with them, even saying at times, "Let's commit to speaking the truth to each other even if it means offending one another. Otherwise, how can we make progress in our understanding?"
The older we get, the faster time seems to pass. Before we know it, the ambitions, hopes and dreams of our youth become absorbed and forgotten in the background of life, until one day we reflect back and wonder, Should I have done things differently? Did I choose the right path? Is it too late to be what I wanted to be?
An estimated 300 to 330 million "spiritual tourists" visit significant religious sites every year, such as the Jesus Trail or the Wailing Wall in Israel. Why do they do it, and what are they searching for? Bruce Feiler, author of the bestsellers "Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses" and "Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths," embarked on several spiritual journeys with seekers of various faiths to find out.
"Call it the stupidity of the American voter," MIT economist Jonathan Gruber said in explaining how "Obamacare" got passed. Rather than being a "glib" and "thoughtless" remark, as Gruber testified to Congress Tuesday, his supposed "gaffes" are actually a clearly articulated explanation of the philosophy upon which the new healthcare law is based.
Think "outreach" in youth ministry and we automatically think "event." The words go together like "dodge" and "ball". The challenge is that our teenagers themselves are our biggest outreach "event". Because the average teenager has around 400 online and face-to-face friends they must be inspired, equipped and unleashed to engage them in Gospel conversations.
No matter how one might feel personally about the precise nature of these two individual incidents in Missouri and New York City, the undeniable reality is that when black Americans and white Americans view them through such contrasting lenses, we still have a serious rift in the nation's social fabric.
Will those liberals who value diversity and tolerance of differing viewpoints lose their fight with the liberals who have worked to drive those who do not share their opinions from the public square? Professor Robert P. George believes they will. Tolerant liberals, however, have two advantages in that fight.
I received a lengthy e-mail recently from a Christian in Wales. Having experienced much personal loss in his life, he wrote, "I rarely have peace." At the same time, he described times of worship when God's peace has filled his soul. So is this normal, and perhaps even to be expected in the life of a believer?
Gov. Mike Huckabee recently retraced the steps of Pope John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher, and Ronald Reagan with a group of ministers and faith leaders. After touring Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Churchill War Rooms, he remarked that both Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill were heavily criticized and often dismissed yet they remained steadfast to name and fight evil.
A gunman ambushed and shot to death two New York City police officers before killing himself Saturday, in what the man claimed was a revenge killing for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The chief of the city's police union blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio and protesters who were chanting for dead cops in the city last weekend.
A New York City pastor traveling with a U.S. Yazidi leader to offer humanitarian assistance to religious minorities targeted by the Islamic State in Iraq believes Christians in America should do more to encourage believers living in some of the world's most persecuted countries.
While U.S. officials say Islamic State, or ISIS, has been demoralized by losses it has suffered in Iraq and Syria due to ongoing American airstrikes, reports suggest that its militants are turning Christian churches into torture chambers and selling priceless artifacts in the black market.
President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in cancelling the Hollywood studio's film "The Interview," a comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, after the company was subjected to a devastating cyber attack.
Marquette University has suspended a tenured political science professor after he blogged about his disapproval of the actions of a teaching assistant at the Catholic school, who forbade a student from discussing an opposing view to gay marriage in her class.
The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, who recently went public with his homosexuality calling it a "gift from God," has donated a considerable amount of money to help fund an LGBT initiative in Southern states, including his native Alabama.
Despite anti-discrimination laws in many states that require Christian bakery owners to bake cakes for same-sex weddings, 13 LGBT and gay-owned bakeries objected to one man's request when he asked if they'd make a pro-traditional marriage cake that would read "gay marriage is wrong." All refused to back the cake and one person even cursed at the Christian man for "hate speech" and said a cake supporting traditional marriage "went against their beliefs."
A new bill introduced in the Missouri state legislature that would require women seeking abortions in that state to get written consent from fathers except in the cases of rape or incest, is already under attack from abortion rights group Planned Parenthood, which has slammed it as an "insult to women."
A vigil was held in the nation's capital in remembrance of those killed by a Taliban terrorist attack at a military-run Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday that killed 132 children and nine staff members.
New Jersey-based Liquid Church announced this week its plan to equip churchgoers to participate in a "spiritual flash mob" on Christmas Eve.
Billy Graham is still focused on spreading the good news found in the Bible, says his daughter Anne Graham Lotz. "He is 96, he has not yet lost his focus on the gospel, reaching people for Christ," she described.
Christian television program "Hour of Power," featuring Shepherd's Grove Church pastor Bobby Schuller, has reportedly undergone "significant changes" in order to lead non-religious people "into a deeper understanding of scripture," and has been added to the NRB Network lineup for the upcoming year.
Oxford Christian apologist Vince Vitale recently released a book he co-authored with theologian Ravi Zacharias that deals with suffering, why it exists and how Christians can explain it.
South Carolina megachurch NewSpring gave away over $215,000 worth of shoes and gift cards to students and teachers in underprivileged schools earlier this month. NewSpring Public Relations Director Suzanne Swift said the donations are a no-strings-attached way to show the community they care.
Leaders from most of the world's major religious groups who gathered at the Vatican last month for a conference on marriage left optimistic that they can win their fight against the forces of the sexual revolution emanating from the West, Dr. Russell Moore said.
Evangelical pastors and leaders agreed during a panel discussion livestreamed on Tuesday from the historic Lorraine Motel and National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis about the need for the church in America to be more centered on the Gospel and not be swayed by the media when it comes to racially charged issues currently confronting the nation. Meanwhile the leader of a multi-ethnic church plant movement watching the conference said that it's long past time for only dialogue about race within the local church, and it's time to see results.s.
DeVon Franklin is the creative executive behind the upcoming "Annie" remake, which will be in theaters on Friday, Dec. 19. He spoke with The Christian Post about the project and the concept of family.
Hollywood producer DeVon Franklin who worked on the hit 2014 film "Heaven Is for Real" recently talked with The Christian Post about the film's impact on both Hollywood and the lives of people who watched the movie.
A new documentary chronicling the remarkable life story of the late Louis Zamperini will be released on Christmas day to coincide with the highly anticipated release of Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken."
Lecrae released a music video for "Say I Won't" featuring Andy Mineo and a diverse cast including people of several different ages and backgrounds on Tuesday.
A hilarious, and surprisingly inoffensive Saturday Night Live skit poking fun at characters one might meet at Christmas mass has "favorites" ranging from the friendly greeter with the oh-so-sweaty hands to the organist who can't quite find the right note.
The film premiere of the upcoming Sony Pictures movie "The Interview" has been canceled in New York after a group of hackers threatened an attack reminiscent of 9/11 in a series of emails. The hackers have protested against the comedy, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, which depicts an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The family of two Pakistani Christian teenagers, who were gang-raped at gunpoint in the Punjab Province by four Muslim men, is saying that they are being threatened by influential people in their village and warned not to press charges against the attackers.
The Pakistani army killed close to 77 Taliban members in the northwestern tribal regions of the country, days after militants stormed an army school earlier this week in Peshawar and killed 148 people, most of them children.
The Saudi Arabian government has reportedly passed a law that imposes the death penalty on people caught smuggling Bibles into the majority-Muslim country.
The Pakistani branch of the Taliban has attempted to justify its attack on a school on Tuesday in the city of Peshawar that left 132 children and nine staff members dead, calling it revenge for the army's offensive against the group. The attack has been condemned by world leaders, including the government of Iran as well as by the Afghan branch of the Taliban.
Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of two Muslim clerics for inciting a violent mob of hundreds of Muslims to brutally beat, torture, burn and murder a married Christian couple in the Punjab Province in early November.
Texas pastor Matt Chandler and his wife, Lauren, advised Christian singles in their weekly video series to be honest as they date and trust God to help find the balance between covering up the past and revealing too much, too soon.
A New York high fashion model offered a rare look into the torments of anorexia on Tuesday, revealing that the only thing stronger than the illness was God's love.
Teen Mania Ministries Founder and author of new book "Resilient" Ron Luce said the reason why some many people's faith falls apart after a crisis is because they aren't passionate followers of Christ.