Pastor John Piper told a young Christian wondering if her relationship with the Heavenly Father is healthy that God wants her to feel rest assured that she belongs to Him. Good deeds, he stressed, won't lead to acceptance from God.
Will Bowen knew that he might raise an eyebrow or two when he decided to portray himself as God in his new devotional book, "To: You Love, God," but the minister decided to move forward with the idea in hopes that he can help recharge some spiritual batteries.
The word inheritance usually brings to mind the money and real estate handed down from one generation to another. But God has an even greater legacy to share with His children—one that they are given the moment they enter His family.
As a child I could rarely put a book down. I frequently wondered who wrote the words that came alive in my imagination? Who could construct entire languages like Elvish, Dwarvish, and Black Speech?
A Massachusetts school that advertises itself as an "inclusive community" banned Santa Claus from its annual Christmas concert in the hometown of Harvard University after someone complained.
What does the Bible mean when it says that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit? In the apostle Paul's day, when goods were shipped from one place to another, they would be stamped with a wax seal, imprinted with the signet ring of the owner. This was a unique mark of ownership. People could look at the crate, see its wax seal, and know they had better not open it.
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.
I have written rather extensively on this blog regarding the short tenure of pastors in churches. Of course, many pastors leave churches for very positive reasons. They sense a call to another ministry opportunity. Or they retire from a church with a new phase of ministry in mind.
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.
Evangelical Leaders Look to Prevent the Deaths of 300,000 Women in Child Birth Each Year at Micah Summit; Reflect on World Poverty Being Reduced by 50 Percent
The Micah Summit, an event that reflects on the progress of the Millennium Declaration made by the U.N. in 2000 which vowed to solve issues in the world such as poverty and hunger, hosted its Celebration and Sorrow event at the Church Center in New York City last week.
Drug Dealer, Pimp-Turned-Preacher: We Can't Wait for Racism to Go Away to Change Perception of Black Men
Career criminal-turned-minister John Turnipseed said the image of African American men as violent troublemakers has to change so when incidents like Ferguson occur, the public will fight for them.
The Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is trying to remind young adults who have strayed from the church or are seeking a place of worship that God is ever-present with a new advertising campaign portraying a woman taking a selfie with Jesus.
John Piper, Derwin Gray, Bryan Loritts to Speak on 'Where to Go From Here' After Ferguson, New York Incidents
Christian pastors and leaders are expected to voice their concerns at what may turn out to be a historic gathering next week for "It's Time To Speak," a live stream event focusing on race, the church and "where to go from here," in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland, and New York.
Catholics and Evangelicals Have an Enormous Overlap on Social Political Issues, Says Ron Sider at Micah Summit
Theologian and founder of Evangelicals for Social Action Ron Sider recently spoke at the Micah Summit Event in New York City where he discussed the impact of Catholics and Evangelicals working together for social reform.
Pastor Bo Stern is dealing with knowing that this will be her husband's last Christmas with his family since he has only been given a few months to live.
Atheist Group Erects 11 Billboards Across Chicago; Argues That Kindness 'Comes From Altruism,' Not From 'Seeking Divine Reward'
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest secular groups in America, announced it is erecting 11 different billboards across Chicago this week with various messages. Some of the ads ask people to "think for (themselves)," while others argue that kindness "comes from altruism" and not from "seeking divine reward."