Right now there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Think about it this way: there are just over 10,000 Starbucks and well over 300,000 churches! So Starbucks can saturate the United States with caffeinated drinks but almost 30x's more churches can't saturate the United States with the Living Water. Seriously?
As a follow-up to Rick Warren's ground-breaking conference on mental health and the Church, CP asked Executive Editor Richard Land to interview Dr. Rebekah Land, his wife and a Christian psychologist with over 40 years' experience as a therapist, on the conference and to ask her what a new focus on psychological illness might mean for the Church universal.
We read the story (or hear the sermons) and sing the song and make this whole account about Joshua and how he bravely fought the battle of Jericho and how as a result of his great faith, the walls came tumbling down and he led his people into the Promised Land. And then we turn it into nothing more than a moral lesson. When we read the story of Joshua this way, we demonstrate that we've completely missed the hinge on which this story turns.
Bob Coy, the founding pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, continues to generate headlines. He resigned last week from his position at the 20,000-member congregation after an unspecified "moral failing." Many members of his congregation are understandably hurt. For them, and for all of us who have been wounded by a minister, I'd like to highlight five biblical facts. One: God calls pastors to a higher standard.
Have you ever started a project and not finished it? Or put a dream on hold because other things got in the way? I think we've all experienced these frustrations at some point in our life. The truth is sometimes starting is the easy part. However, with God's help we can finish whatever we start because the Bible says, "With God all things are possible"
Without oxygen, your body will die. And without "spiritual oxygen," your spirit cannot come alive. Only the Lord can give life to your body. And only the Holy Spirit can give "spiritual oxygen" to your spirit. The Christian life is as miraculous as breath itself. Receiving life-giving oxygen into your spirit is as easy as taking your first breath after being born. It just happens.
While "word of mouth" is the best advertisement, it should not be an excuse to sit back and wait for students to flow into your classrooms. Recruitment, aggressive recruitment, should always be the "modus operandi." Actually when enrollment is strong, marketing be even stronger. It helps to protect during the lean times. Recruitment, however, even aggressive recruitment won't assure fiscal strength unless tuition, spending, and salaries, essentially the entire budget is in balance.
The guy sitting across from me is a professing and practicing Christian. He drops by my office unannounced today to talk to me about his new online dating life. Specifically, he wants to talk about the over-willingness of Christian women he has encountered on several of his dates who want to jump right from a very public conversation and vanilla latte at Starbucks to very private whispers and physical exchanges between the sheets back at his place.
Morale and ludicrous were front-and-center as I arrived at a Christian school seeking to raise capital, and large amounts, at that. The faculty and staff had gone without pay for 12 months, their pension investment had disappeared, they watched as a colleague was released for the sexual assault of over a dozen children at the school, and no one knew from week-to-week which classes would be consolidated or who would be without a job.
In the contraceptive mandate case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby—argued Tuesday, March 25th—the government asserts that corporations can't exercise religion because they're not people – and that the people who own corporations can't exercise religion through them because they aren't corporations. Did you follow that? Me neither. But it's true.
An ethical lesson from the Nixon White House: Set your boundaries early and sink them in granite. That's the best way to avoid being the star of headlines like those that recently appeared at just about the same time: Megachurch Pastor Bob Coy… Resigns Over 'Moral Failing' (Christian Post). And,'Report: Video shows (Congressman) McAllister kissing staffer' (Po
I do not know of many Christians who have not at some time had a crisis point in their walk with God. How we respond to such a crisis in many ways determines our future maturity as a Christian. Certainly the fact that there are today some who once knew the Lord Jesus and walked away from that relationship with Him, can be directly related to their failure of properly responding to a crisis of their faith in God. If all those who have walked away were to come back to the Lord there may not be an empty seat in our churches.
The virulent spirit of the lynch mob has been unleashed in American society. Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla, was forced to resign last week from the company he helped found. What was his crime? In 2008, he gave a $1,000 donation in support of California's ban on same-sex marriage. Homosexual activists apparently never intended to abide by the "live-and-let-live" toleration they pretended to support while campaigning for same-sex marriage.
Being single can be completely overwhelming. One minute you can feel ridiculously stressed about big decisions you have to make when you're not sure where you might be in five years (or who you might be with in five years) and the next minute you can feel utterly alone because there's no one to help make that big decision with you.
About 800 to 1,000 Southern Baptist congregations cease to exist annually, largely due to a stagnant vision among the leadership and lack of impact within their communities, says a church planting director. However, church leaders say the closures are often the symptom of a greater problem.
Ukraine's interim government has asked the United Nations to send peacekeeping troops in an effort to confront pro-Russian separatists who have gained an increasing amount of control in the country's eastern regions in recent days.
Bill Nye "The Science Guy" opened up about his February debate with Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham, noting that he agreed to do it because he felt it was an opportunity to express why he finds the views of Ham and his supporters to be "bad for humankind."
Just two years ago, conservative Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy infuriated LGBT activists when he publicly voiced his support for traditional marriage. As his company gets ready to expand into the more liberal northeast, however, Cathy is on a campaign to show the public that he has found a wiser way.
EchoLight Studios, which released last year's adaptation of Max Lucado's "The Christmas Candle", told Deadline that the studio made the decision as a strategic attempt to draw the masses into churches.
In testimony before a U.S. House subcommittee last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared to suggest the administration may be backing off its support for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. In a statement to The Christian Post, however, an Education Department spokesperson reiterated Duncan's support for the Common Core.
A display of the Ten Commandments on private property might be in violation of the Highway Beautification Transportation Code of the Lone Star State.
People in North and South American who stayed up between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning were able to catch the best view of the the "blood moon" lunar-eclipse, though those who missed it will have a follow-up opportunity in the near future.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a brief in support of two same-sex couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, Herring refused to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban when it was legally challenged.
Pastor Carl Lentz, who has been leading Hillsong NYC for more than three years, recently said that serving New York City will always be central to the vision and mission of the megachurch.
A powerful short film featuring Evansville Police Detective Nathan Schroer, who lost a nine-year battle with leukemia late last year, was released by I am Second on Monday.
On Palm Sunday, we reflect on how people spread out palm branches before Jesus as He entered Jerusalem days before He was crucified. But, there is more to what this day signifies than just the palm branches or people's profession about the "Messiah," says one Christian writer.
President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York and senior pastor of Brooklyn, N.Y.'s 30,000-plus member Christian Cultural Center A.R. Bernard, called on black church leaders Friday to develop a framework to address the myriad issues facing the black community in contemporary America.
Saddleback Church founder Pastor Rick Warren plans to preach at two Easter Sunday worship services at Hollywood High School as part of launching a church campus in Los Angeles.
Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen has offered that the many distractions Millennials face in life is one of the main reasons why the younger generation seems to be growing less and less religious.
Noah and God's Not Dead dropped out of the top five for the first time since the films were released in a weekend that saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier take first place for the second consecutive week.
DeVon Franklin, an executive with Sony Pictures and Seventh-day Adventist minister, is speaking about bridging the gap between his ministry work and Hollywood film career.
The husband and wife team behind the Oscar-winning Frozen said on Thursday that while Disney is open to bringing in the talents of a diverse list of songwriters, God is the only thing that they have seen censored since they have worked there.
Jon Stewart poked fun at religious conservatives unhappy with Darren Aronofsky's Noah on Tuesday night in a segment called "Haters of the Lost Ark."
Erica Campbell's debut solo album "Help" has claimed a top spot on the Billboard Gospel Albums charts for the consecutive week in a row.
Seventy-one people were killed and 124 were injured in a bus bombing attack in Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday. A Roman Catholic priest stated that Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram is likely the culprit.
Pope Francis has rejected the idea that it is "old-fashioned" to speak of Satan in the 21st century, warning that Christians live in constant battle against evil and urging people to turn to the Gospel to learn how to fight against temptations.
The Israeli Antiquities Authority announced this week that it has uncovered a 3,300-year-old ceramic coffin containing a male skeleton and a scarab in the country's northern region.
As Uganda continues to face international outrage over its Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed into law earlier this year, The Christian Post sought to get a better understanding of not only the bill but also how the churches in the East African country came to support it.
Sam Yagan, co-founder of OKCupid, responded to hypocrisy claims after it was revealed that he donated money to a Republican congressman with a consistent history of opposing same-sex marriage. His company was behind the boycott of the Mozilla software company and its Firefox web browser over a donation made by its newly-appointed CEO, Brendan Eich, to California's Proposition 8 campaign. Eich has since resigned from his post.
A New York man is suing the credit rating agency Equifax, accusing the company of giving him a false rating score due to his first name, "God."