There's no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great causes, and online communication tools that allow us to connect from the four corners of the earth. But it's also created something I believe is tearing at the very fabric of our faith. It's created a culture of attack.
Rarely does a day go by that Christian news sites, social media streams, and other web platforms feature some Christian "correcting" another Christian – and calling them out by name. It can range from arguments over worship music, to theological squabbles, to disagreements over ministry styles, to charges of outright heresy, and the barrage of criticism has grown exponentially. While there are qualified theologians, pastors, and other leaders we should respect and listen to, there's also a tsunami of armchair theologians, angry ex-church members, and wannabes who are convinced their criticism du jour needs to be shared.
Aside from feeling comfortable "correcting" a brother or sister publicly when we've never met the person, or know little about the background of what we're criticizing, a significant culprit is the technology itself. With 24/7 news, and a constant barrage of blogs and social media, the Internet is bombarding us with information overload, and what may be worse – the ease of responding. As soon as we read something we don't like, all it takes is a click to send an angry reply, post a heated comment, or write an op-ed piece. more >>
(There is always an attempt to de-emphasize the true, spiritual significance of Christian holidays and place emphasis on Santa, toys, bunnies, baskets, and candy. That is a sincere cause for concern. This article assumes that is understood. I respect those who may disagree and who may have a valid pause for concern.)
Every Christmas season, I receive emails such as: "I'm sorry, but every time I tried to watch the sermon the decorated Christmas trees in the background were disturbing to my spirit. I turned it off. I am discouraged and disappointed because of the trees."
Her statement begs the question, "Can we redeem holidays?" Redeem means to recover the ownership of something. Can we, in good faith, redeem Halloween, Christmas, and Easter with their roots saturated in paganism, superstitions, and the occult? more >>
Kevin Hart expressed gratitude on Twitter last night after being named Comedy Star of the Year at the People Magazine Awards.
The comedic actor attended the first-ever awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, where he was presented with the award by his "The Wedding Ringer" co-stars Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco. The award recognizes excellence in the art of comedy.
Derby was born with underdeveloped front limbs, and although he is a healthy dog, it nearly caused him to be put down. His original owners sent him to the Peace and Paws Dog Rescue after not wanting him. But, he would not be unwanted for too long.
Fortunately enough, Derby met someone who was not only compassionate enough to save his life, but also helped him improve his walking situation. Tara Anderson, a director at 3D Systems, specializes in 3-D printing and heard about Derby's condition. Tara felt the need to do something about it and solve his mobility limitations. At first, she set him up with a set of wheels for his front paws. It worked well, but she realized she can do even better for him. She created prosthetic legs that worked perfectly for him.
Derby was finally able to move even more naturally, fitting his unique anatomy. more >>
Marquette University has suspended a tenured political science professor after he blogged about his disapproval of the actions of a teaching assistant at the Catholic school, who forbade a student from discussing an opposing view to gay marriage in her class.
Associate Professor John McAdams' suspension with pay comes as Marquette University has begun requiring its faculty to attend anti-harassment training, where they are instructed to report any employee that speaks out in opposition to gay marriage.
In November, McAdams criticized teaching assistant Cheryl Abbate in a blog post because she prevented a student from discussing his opinion on gay rights in her "Theory of Ethics" class. He described in his blog that Abbate told the student after class that any opposition to gay marriage is to be considered offensive speech and will not be tolerated in her class. Abbate then told the student that if he disagreed with her, he could drop the class. more >>
Hillsong United is celebrating a major feat on Friday after their number-one single "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" reached RIAA platinum status.
The worship band is rising to higher heights with the latest hit, which is off their fastest-selling album, "ZION." Hillsong was in ten of Billboard's End of Year charts, topping five of the charts including Top Christian Artists, Hot Christian Songs, Hot Christian Songs Artists, Christian Airplay Artists and Christian Digital Songs. The group also earned five GMA Dove Awards, including the coveted Artist of the Year and Song of the Year Award this year. Consequently, Hillsong United was recognized for reaching RIAA's highest status on Friday.
Wrapping up a year of awards and recognition, Hillsong United is looking ahead to 2015 when their new full-length studio album is released. Moreover, the group stars in a film by Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment set for nationwide release in April: "Let Hope Rise – the Hillsong Movie." more >>