Pastor's Corner

When Jesus Says 'I Never Knew You'

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Unfortunately, this passage is often presented to genuine believers in an attempt to get them to "do more." Such badgering is not helpful, and can actually rob those weak in faith of the assurance of salvation. I suspect you have heard this passage used in such a way. But have you stopped to really think about not only what Jesus said, but what the hearers said to Christ? Or better yet, what they didn't say.

Evangelicals Must Resist Mainline Protestant Trajectory

Mark D. Tooley

Debates over same sex marriage and homosexuality were previously until fairly recently reserved for historically liberal Mainline Protestant denominations, who've had a 40 year conversation over Christian sexual ethics, having already liberalized theologically in the 1920s or earlier

The Top 10 Most Fiercely Defended Traditions in Churches

Thom Rainer

I recently embarked on a major research project for a new resource I will soon be offering. Part of my research included a long review of thousands of comments made on this site over the past few years. Though my research had another purpose, I became intrigued by the comments related to church traditions.

Real Confidence: Discover the Source and How You Can Have It Every Day

Joyce Meyer

Do you need more confidence in your life? In the world, we often get the message that we need more self-confidence, but God tells us in His Word that being confident in ourselves is actually a dangerous way to live. Instead, we need to be confident in Him. And as born-again Christians, we have everything in us – through Christ – that we need so we can do everything we need to do.

15 Concerns in Children's Ministries

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Recently, I spent time with a church that is upgrading their children's wing. In the midst of those discussions, we talked about some of the common problems our Lawless Group consulting team sees in a children's ministry. Here are 15 of those problems:

Why Striving for Salvation Won't Save You

dan delzell opinion page

Millions of people strive for salvation, while finding no rest in their unending efforts. At the same time, millions of others rest in their salvation, while then earnestly living for the one who died and rose to save them. So what's the difference?

Church News

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Washington's Bethany Community Church Gives Former Strip Club a Holy Purpose

A church in Washington state is converting a former strip club into an evangelistic facility that's serving the community seven days a week. Bethany Community Church, a Seattle-based multi-site congregation founded in 1900, acquired the former strip club called "Sugars" and has turned it into a site for missions.

Same-sex couple plastic figurines are displayed during a gay wedding fair in Paris in this April 27, 2013, file photo.

Presbyterian Church (USA) Battles Over Gay Marriage as Denomination Votes on Whether to Redefine Marriage to Include Same-Sex Couples

An amendment to the rules of the United States' largest Presbyterian denomination to recognize gay marriage has gained considerable support in its regional bodies, with 51 of 172 presbyteries already voting in favor of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. The denomination's remaining presbyteries having until June to cast their votes to make the final decision.