Pastor's Corner

Would You Take a Bullet for Jesus?


If a gunman was demanding people to state their religion, and then killing those who professed faith in Christ, would you admit you are a Christian? That is how Chris Harper Mercer chose his victims during his shooting rampage in Oregon. Those who acknowledged Jesus as their Savior were shot in the head.

3 Encouraging Stories of Adoption

Rob Schwarzwalder

In the midst of the distressing stories of Planned Parenthood's heartless abortion industry and the gruesomeness inherent in destroying a child within the womb, compassionate and committed people in our country and in many other places in the world are putting their lives and incomes on the line in adopting children who desperately need families and homes.

Christians in America Murdered for Their Faith; Media Yawns

candlelight vigil for victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting

When a white supremacist murdered black parishioners in Charleston, SC, there was national outrage leading to the banning of the Confederate Flag and a fresh discussion of race relations in America. But when Christians are targeted and murdered on a campus in Oregon, much of the nation yawns.

Inside the Vatican Synod on Family: An Expert Evangelical's View as a Fraternal Delegate (Day 1)

pope francis and thomas schirrmacher

It is the Saturday before the official opening of the Vatican Synod on Family with a mass in St. Peter's Cathedral. So most delegates arrive today. The the so-called fraternal delegates stay in the Comunitá San Pietro Canisio, where Jesuits' stay during their time in Rome. It is only three minutes walking distance from the Vatican and two minutes from the office of the Pontifical Council for Propagating Christian Unity, that hosts the friendly delegates.

Can Pastor Counselors Be Prosecuted for Malpractice?

Anthony Ashton

It is not uncommon for congregants to seek counseling from their ministers. Whether described as marriage counseling, family counseling, or spiritual counseling, many congregants seek advice and guidance from clergy members to deal with problems they and their loved ones are experiencing. In providing these counseling services, clergy members enjoy certain legal protection, in part because of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but the protection in not absolute.

America Isn't a Theocracy — Because of the Work of Christians

Bethany Blankley

The beginning of American law, the concepts of independence and freedom, is rooted in the belief that moral absolutes exist within a universal standard of justice independent from political rulers. The Judeo-Christian faith is not separate from but foundational to just and fair public policies that encourage human flourishing.

9 Reasons Churches Must Connect With Cities

Evangelist Luis Palau speaks on stage on the Great Lawn at Central Park on July 11, 2015, in New York City.

Even if you have no interest in urban settings and ministries, I plead with you to continue to read this post. We are called to get the gospel to all peoples of the world (Matt. 28:18-20), and we will not do that if we shy away from the world's cities. Please read on, and pray about how your church might tackle a city – then encourage others to read this post as well.

Church News


Social Critic Os Guinness Preaches at Saddleback Church on Finding Purpose, Calling in Life

Prominent English social critic and author Os Guinness preached at Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback church in California on Sunday, explaining to the congregation the real meaning of the word "calling" and how it applies in the life of each Christian.

John Piper

John Piper Says Hollywood Makes Sex Sinful, but It Isn't

The portrayal of sex by Hollywood might lead many to believe that sex is sinful and that it undermines the beauty of Christ's holiness, but Christians should not think this way, says theologian John Piper in his latest blog post, which states that sex in marriage belongs to Believers.

Pope Francis, second left, reads a passage during a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on September 25, 2015, in New York City.

Evangelical Rep. of 1.5 Million Christians Reflects on Worshipping With the Pope, Comments on Protestant Problem With Papacy

The Rev. A. R. Bernard, pastor of New York City's largest church and president of the Churches of the City of New York that represents 1.5 million Christians, called the multi-religious worship experience with Pope Francis at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum an "amazing experience." He also addressed concerns some Christians might have about "the concept of the papacy."