A survey examining Americans' views on Christian theology revealed that, among even self-identified Christians, there is confusion or disagreement about the Holy Spirit. Is the spirit a force or a personal being? Is the spirit present in only Pentecostal Christians, or in all believers? According to one theologian, the spirit is both a force and a being — and is present in everyone, not just Christians.
The overall findings of the survey, conducted by LifeWay Research and commissioned by Ligonier Ministries, might not be that earth-shattering to some — because, well, Christians and Americans in general believe differently about the Bible on many points. But what "The State of Theology" survey reveals about Evangelical Christians' beliefs about the historical doctrine of the Trinity might be surprising.
While 71 percent of Americans believe in the Trinity, the concept that God exists as three persons (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), 64 percent of them think the Holy Spirit is a force. Among those identified as Evangelical: 59 percent of them say the Holy Spirit is a force; 31 percent say the Holy Spirit is a person; and 10 percent just aren't sure either way (LifeWay). more >>
Tim McGraw is set to honor country music icon Glen Campbell at this year's Oscar Awards by singing the country music legend's Oscar-nominated song, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You."
Campbell's song is up for Best Original Song at the awards ceremony. Academy Awards producers announced that McGraw would be performing it on behalf of Campbell on Thursday.
"We couldn't think of anyone better than Tim McGraw to properly celebrate Oscar nominee Glen Campbell," the Oscars showrunners Neil Meron and Craig Zadan explained in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly. "Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage." more >>
Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood are beloved by country music fans both individually and for their previous collaborations, and now the couple may be releasing a Christmas duets album.
In the past, Brooks and Yearwood have joined forces on songs such as "The Call," "In Another's Eyes," and "After the Fire is Gone," and yet the power couple have never released an album together. However, Brooks recently acknowledged the long-delayed project and revealed a possible Christmas duets album while speaking at a press conference at TD Garden.
"We are trying to get it out this year," the 52-year-old Grammy Award-winner revealed, according to Country Standard Time. "We'll test the waters. It'll be a duets album, but it will not be like what you've seen before. She's got a lot of strong ideas." more >>
Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife Amber have signed a book deal with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group to tell their story of surviving Ebola while maintaining their faith in God.
"We are thrilled to partner with Kent and Amber on this book project," Alex Field, WaterBrook's vice president and publisher, said in a statement. "After spending time with the Brantlys, I've been deeply impressed by their sincere desire to follow their passion and calling to help others. Their book will be about how God called them to serve the people of West Africa, and along the way, readers will experience what the Brantlys experienced in the chaos of the Ebola epidemic. We believe that their story will inspire many readers to follow God's calling for their own lives as a result."
Dr. Brantly and his family moved to Liberia to help others affected by the virus, but he himself became infected and was transported back to the United States for treatment in Atlanta, Georgia. He was able to walk into the hospital instead of being brought in by a gurney and continued to improve throughout his stay in the hospital. more >>
Pop icon Nick Jonas explained his decision to stop wearing his purity ring, stating that he has developed his own beliefs and the relationship between physical intimacy and faith in God.
"It's important for anyone to grow," Nick told Yahoo. "The thing that was strange for me was the emphasis on my sex life at 14; it's a crazy thing. I've seen a lot of my peers struggle with media attention on things that are very personal, and that was one."
For years, Nick and his brothers Joe and Kevin, all wore the purity rings as symbols of their chastity. Kevin wore his until he married Danielle in 2009; they made the decision to wait until their wedding night to be intimate. However, Joe went public with the news that he was no longer a virgin in a Vulture essay. more >>
A Republican organization which recently launched a petition calling on "Hollywood liberals" to stop disrespecting the military amid criticism of Clint Eastwood's blockbuster film "American Sniper," says it has had "tremendous support" from the public.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, led by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), condemned controversial filmmaker Michael Moore in a stern email sent to supporters on Tuesday over a recent tweet in which he referred to snipers as "cowards."
Moore did not directly refer to the Academy award-nominated film in his tweet; however, it sparked outrage among top conservatives including former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who accused him of blatantly disrespecting military servicemen. more >>