Bruce Jenner, of course, is a symbol, a celebrity spokesperson for an entire mentality that sees gender as separate from biological identity. So is there a word from God to the transgender community? How should the church address the Bruce Jenner in your neighborhood, who doesn't have the star power or the Malibu mansions but who has the same alienation of self?
Your church or organization needs the right people in place to make the big, difficult, culture-shifting, church-altering decisions. The Bible details the qualifications of an elder in 1 Timothy 3 and 1 Peter 5. Those who lead the church by making important decisions for it should meet those qualifications, at the very least. Whether it is local elder-led or consists of outside leaders, the governing board must consist of men with experience and skills to match the decisions necessary for that body in its current season. More importantly, those board members also need experience in making decisions that the church will face in the future.
Did you ever hear a child proudly proclaim, "That's my daddy"? That child probably really put some emphasis on the word "my." Children have a way of saying it that leaves no doubt they believe their daddy is bigger, smarter and stronger than anyone else's dad. I believe that's the way David expressed himself in Psalm 23 when he said, "The Lord is MY Shepherd…."
As Christians, we need to avoid falling prey to those trying to manipulate public opinion by inciting fear. When we picture the women, children and men coming across the sea, we must not envision them as potential terrorists and criminals. The truth is that the majority are seeking refuge from terrorists, violence, war and persecution. They are the threatened ones.
While the wonderful surface linguistic details of the Biblical stories and teachings help carry their power, post-modern Biblical hermeneutical study helps uncover deeper linguistic reserves of linguistic power that the Holy Spirit then magnifies. One of these reserves involves the amazing and subtle linguistic patterns utilized by the skilled, Spirit-led, Biblical authors.
Some sexual sins tend to be portrayed as "worse" than others. But Pastor Stanley recognizes that no one who steps into a church should be made to feel like a second-class sinner. We are all flawed and in need of God's grace. We are all broken by sin, and in need of a Redeemer. Thankfully, Jesus died for all sinners and He loves each one of us.
As the Islamic State continues to control Iraq's two "capitals of Christianity," American combat experts have taken it upon themselves to train Christian militia fighters to not only defend the remaining Christian villages from ISIS, but eventually go on the offensive to recapture the historic Christian lands of Mosul and Qaraqosh.
As the world continues to look on in dismay at the barbaric atrocities committed against Christian minorities by the Islamic State—the self-proclaimed new "caliphate"—today, April 24, marks the genocide of Armenian and other Christian minorities by Turkey's Islamic Ottoman Empire—the last caliphate.
Romans 8:28 is clear that God uses everything in our lives for our good and his glory. Again by the grace of God, the story of Mars Hill presents many lessons to be learned that I pray might help others. One of the biggest mistakes of Mars Hill Church was using a company called ResultSource. It deserves to be a business school case some day, but for right now, let's focus on the leadership lessons.
The main reason people abandon Christianity is unanswered intellectual questions, yet many churches treat faith as a mostly emotional experience, philosopher Nancy Pearcey argued in an interview with The Christian Post. Her new book, "Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes," provides five practical strategies to help Christians think about issues that challenge their faith.
The redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples has mostly been a revolution by a few judges. Will five Supreme Court judges continue that trend and reject a deliberative democratic process to define marriage?
The death toll from Saturday's 7.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal has climbed to over 3,726 people and is rising by the hour, officials say. Rescue workers also shared fears that some areas have suffered "near total destruction."
The lack of aid given to North Korean defector organizations by the United States and other nations is emboldening Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un to continue his regime's brutal disregard for human rights, the director of Free North Korea Radio told reporters Monday.
Last year, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan became the first Ebola victim to die on American soil and six months later his family is still trying to make sense of his untimely death amid unanswered questions. Louise Troh, the 54-year-old former fiancée of Duncan, recently recalled how the deadly virus ruined her life and left her traumatized.
He hasn't announced a bid to run for president in 2016 yet, but Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a Christian and the son of a Baptist pastor, said this weekend that his relationship with God "drives every major decision" in his life.
A major Hispanic evangelical organization will hold a convention in Texas scheduled to include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
What may have been the most diverse gathering of activists ever in Washington, D.C., gathered Saturday to "March for Marriage." While the rainbow is often used as a symbol of diversity for the Gay Rights Movement, an impressive array of racial and ethnic backgrounds were evident among those united to defend marriage.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has said that there is "liberal fascism" against Christians within the Democratic Party, pointing to cases of business being punished for refusing to carter to same-sex weddings.
Fundraising site GoFundMe has closed the account that was set up to raise money for Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christians and former owners of a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, who were ordered by a judge Friday to pay a fine of $135,000 for declining to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke at the Iowa Faith in Freedom rally on Sunday, sharing his story of becoming a born-again Christian just days after famed evangelist Franklin Graham all but endorsed the potential 2016 Republican candidate and called for prayer and support for Jindal.
A church in California will be mobilizing an estimated 10,000 volunteers to perform over 400 charitable service projects over the course of 48 hours, estimated to be worth over $2 million in billable labor and material.
The Church at Brooks Hills in Birmingham evacuated the entire campus Friday after receiving a threat of violent acts hours before its planned Secret Church event, which was to be led by International Mission Board President David Platt. The gathering was held in the night at an undisclosed location amid police investigation.
Christian author Joe Battaglia breaks down the "intellectual dishonesty of political correctness" in his new book "The Politically Incorrect Jesus" and he recently stopped by CP Voice to discuss his latest book further.
An animation map showing 5,000 years of religious history in 90 seconds shows the effect of Christian missions on the spread of Christianity.
Roman Catholic clergy discussed at a panel earlier this week the upcoming canonization of 18th century Franciscan Friar Junipero Serra, with some of the panelists arguing that his depiction as a "brutal colonizer" by Native Americans should not discount the good work that he did.
After coming under heavy criticism for asking the public for $65 million dollars to purchase a luxury airplane for his ministry last month, popular televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International Creflo Dollar responded in spectacular defiance in a recent message to his church declaring: "If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me."
Alejandro Monteverde risks trivializing faith by likening it to magic in "Little Boy" but manages to appease believers with a powerful lesson about loving thy neighbor.
New York Times bestselling author of the "Angels Walking" series Karen Kingsbury is making a Scriptural argument for the existence of angels on the heels of releasing her latest book.
"Real Housewives of Orange County" alum Lydia McLaughlin recently credited the hit Bravo TV series for reaffirming her Christian faith, despite her abruptly leaving after just one season.
After their gloves touch, the bell rings and the dust settles on May 2, the world may be able to end the debate surrounding Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. being the best boxer of their era. Yet, Pacquiao is fighting for so much more than bragging rights or the largest payout any pugilist has ever seen.
World and faith leaders are marking on Friday the 100th year anniversary of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, one of the largest Christian massacres in history.
Tens of thousands of Ethiopians marched on Thursday in the capital of Addis Ababa in solidarity with the 28 murdered Christians at the hands of terror group ISIS. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn described the terror group at the rally as "Satanic."
International Justice Mission President and Founder Gary Haugen explains in a new Ted Talk that poverty remains in the world despite the decades-long fight against it because of a missing link, which he calls "The Locust Effect," also the title of his best-selling book.
Up to as many as 60 girls and women kidnapped by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria die by suicide each month after suffering physical and sexual abuse at the hands of ISIS jihadis, an aid worker stationed in Iraq has claimed.
A Christian mother from Houston, Texas made history last Wednesday when she became the first woman to give birth to a set of all-girl quintuplets in the United States since 1969 and she did it all in four minutes.
The In-N-Out Burger chain is America's favorite "limited-service" restaurant, according the annual Consumer Picks survey in Nation's Restaurant News.