In what many are calling the most consequential election in a century, the evangelical community is radically divided when it comes to the presidential candidates.
I do not begrudge Stanley's PK-spiritual-silver-spoon upbringing, for I too am a PK raised in a good, godly, and joyous home. I only wish he would eat from that spoon with a bit more humility.
For two hundred plus years Western culture (especially America) has been shaped by the Judeo-Christian worldview. Not all citizens of the West were Orthodox Christians nor were Western nation-states theocracies. Yet, the contours of the social and intellectual life of Western culture were largely moralistic and spiritual.
'Fear not.' We need to hear those simple words loud and clear this Christmas season. Fear runs through the hallways of many hearts these days screaming, 'Be afraid, be very afraid.' Why such fear? It could be said many are experiencing many levels of debilitating, paralyzingly fear—a lack of courage to live with faith, hope, and love.
What are we to expect from our political leaders during this season of terrorism and extremism? Romans 13 goes a long way in answering this question.
While it is easy to get frustrated and angry, our call as believers is to be salt and light in a tasteless and dark world (Mt. 5:13-16). We are called to live with faith, hope and love (1 Cor. 13:13).
I have been asked on several occasions, "What is a proper Christian response to the rise of terrorism, the development of ISIS, and the clash of civilizations?"
The question, "Why are people leaving the church?" raises several issues critical to the health and life of the church, especially the church in North America.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2015 has changed everything and nothing for Christians. For churches that have already capitulated on this issue the matter is settled. For Christians who oppose the issue, the matter is far from settled — it's only just begun.
The uproar over Indiana's religious freedom law pits the individual conscience against the "public ethic," with the word bigotry thrown in for added intensity. But in leaving no room for religious convictions, as critics of the law would have it, are we heading toward demanding that people's conscience be restrained or killed if they step outside of their home?
Matthew Vines, the celebrated, gay-affirming (his type of term) ex-evangelical with a supposedly high view of Scripture, has written a book entitled, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I am in this book. Let me count the ways.
In addition to the front-line issues facing Christians these days there is a behind-the-scenes argument taking place within the Christian community that is acute and probing: How are we to engage culture from a decidedly Christian worldview? The argument is often heated and divisive. It is an argument worth having.
How does one live as a Christian in an era where same-sex marriage is now the norm, where homosexuality is openly celebrated, where hypocrisy in the church is consistently exposed, where atheism is not just an alternative intellectual option, but a hostile enemy, where Christianity is viewed as the enemy and not the founder and friend of America, and where the "spiritual shallowness" of many Christians, especially evangelical Christians, is being exposed for what it is - an Americanized version of cultural Christianity that is not authentic, genuine, or biblically orthodox?
In two previous articles (here and here) six great truths concerning the gospel have been identified and discussed. Let me now consider the final four truths that bring to completion Ten Truth About Salvation Every Person Must Know.
Truth #4: The drama of salvation takes a beautiful turn at this point - God enters history. God saves us without condition – that is, we don't meet a set of conditions that make us desirable to save. Instead, we are totally saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
I want to make what I believe to be are ten essential statements that consider all the varying aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ so that terms like "gospel" and "good news" might be better understood. Let's look at three in this article.
These questions are but five of a whole host of questions any belief system must ask and answer. The concerning thing about modern-day atheism is not its existence, but its shallowness. Again, atheism is not new. But one gets the sense that the atheism of the current day is not dealing with the great questions of life and death honestly and forthrightly; rather the new atheism seems to be the yearning for humanity to be totally free from any temporal, external, objective, or eternal explanations, restraints or accountability.
This brings us to the life of Jonah, that reluctant, prejudice prophet who cared little for the eternal condition of the inhabitants of pagan Nineveh. When the word of the Lord came to Jonah the first time (1:1) he ran from the call of God and the God who was calling him (1:3). Though Jonah was on the run and his life was headed in a downward spiral (1:3-17), we learn much about God's mercy and grace from the entire scope of Jonah's life. We know:
How does one communicate to the world the truth and nature of biblical marriage in a way that would cause them to re-think their views on marriage without sounding archaic in tone or uninformed in scope? Biblical marriage is the bonding of one man and one woman in a committed, covenant, loving, union for the mutual fulfillment and completeness of both persons, for the procreation and raising of children, and for the stabilization and sustenance of a civil society (Gen. 1:26-31).
Christmas is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I can already hear your response to that declarative statement: "Don't you have your holidays mixed up? Don't you know that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and Easter is about his death and resurrection?" Maybe I'm not as wrong as you think I am.
In both subtle and blatant ways, Christianity is slowly being isolated and marginalized in the public square. Where it once was welcomed, the Christianity is now an increasingly unwelcome voice, a world-view now viewed as strange and obstructive.
Question: Are you on mission for Jesus? Or, are you a mission of Jesus? Too many Christians are willing to receive ministry, but all too few are willing to give themselves away in ministry.
The "myth of culture" needs to be exploded if the gospel is to penetrate the culture. Scratch the surface of what we call "culture" and you will find beneath the surface that all people everywhere desire the same things
It appears that the church has been surprised by the sinfulness of sin, the increasing secularization of society, and the continual de-Christianizing of the Christian West.
Most believers are more me-centered than we care to admit, even when it comes to the necessity of God’s God-centeredness.