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.
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?
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.
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.
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).
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.
"Rob, if Love Wins in the way you are reported to say that it does, why be a Christian at all? I don't get it."
Let me be elementary in restating just a few reasons why Christians can confidently claim that Jesus is the exclusive way to know and experience God in a saving way.
Let's begin with an outlandish claim: Christians are atheists. We want to add to the new generation of atheists that have arrived on the scene
When did the goal of Christianity become removing the "embarrassment label?" I understand Lyons' concern over embarrassing Christians if he means the silly and cheesy attitudes and behaviors some display in public
I've been rethinking this whole Christmas thing, again. So, here's my question, when the Bible uses the term "Immanuel" is it referring to Jesus as the gift of Christmas or to the gifts that He brings to us as Savior?
When it comes to church health and life, why is it always the pastor's fault when things don't go well at church?
By definition, and contrary to popular opinion, freedom is not the freedom to do as one pleases without regard for self or others.
America is an exceptional nation. One would be hard pressed to find another nation in history that has been as productive, creative, progressive, wealthy, benevolent, equitable, and, yes, blessed as these United States of America.
Let's define evangelism by what it is not and then by what it is.
If I could combine the creative and stylistic energies of this generation with the duty-bound, tough-mindedness of previous generations, a person would be produced that would be less flaky, but also less rigid than your average American.
What did I mean when I wrote that it is the American secular gospel that is killing us? Let me break