A professing Evangelical church in California has jettisoned its commitment to orthodox Christian teaching on homosexuality.
City Church of San Francisco has concluded that it "will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining" its membership. Why? Because, says its pastor, counseling men and women who are attracted to the same sex to remain celibate for life causes them duress.
Well, yes, undoubtedly it does. To remain sexually abstinent for life would be extremely hard for anyone. Yet it's what Scripture demands of everyone not married to a partner of the opposite sex. more >>
Less than two weeks shy of the Easter Sunday premiere of "A.D. – The Bible Continues" on NBC, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett offered additional insight into the pivotal scene of Jesus' crucifixion in the highly-anticipated series.
While "A.D." will be family-friendly, the Biblically-based series features Jesus' grisly death on the cross in what Downey says is a contrast between light and dark. The "Touched by an Angel" star and her husband produced "A.D." with help from their company, Lightworkers, which helped to carefully portray the darkness of the crucifixion as well as the light in Jesus rising from the dead.
"Of course, light moves throughout the Bible, but it shines brightest when we understand that it's often because it's set in the darkest of times," Downey told The Christian Post. "The crucifixion is clearly one of the most gruesome, darkest moments in the story, and we wanted to show what Jesus went through. I don't think that any of it is gratuitous, but it is painful to watch. But it contrasted against what is the light and magnificence and the promise of the resurrection." more >>
The Bible is a messy book to read. If it were a movie it would more than likely be rated R. Jefferson Bethke touches on something so many Christians tend to avoid.
Many people get confused because they feel the Bible is this perfect book that is full of good. But, that's not it. It's full of broken people, just like all of us. No one is a perfect human being, we all have flaws. It's a truly inspirational reminder this Easter. God creates beauty from our brokenness and that is where the Bible plays a strong role. If we forgive others, along with ourselves, we can always change for the better. This spoken word is a must-see!
Check out this reminder about the Bible being messy below: more >>
This is a deeply moving Easter video proclaiming the glory and power of Christ's resurrection. Easter is a time to celebrate the greatest gift we have ever been given. This video will get your heart ready for Easter!
This beautiful video shows that Jesus was the not king his people were originally looking for. But, through the lens of the Triumphal Entry, "Return of the King" is a powerful proclamation of the power of the resurrection. He gave his life for all of us, with the ultimate sacrifice. We celebrate Jesus' resurrection on Easter and this video gets us prepared for that special day. Long live the king!
Watch this inspirational video praising the return of our King below: more >>
A diocese that broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences and the treatment of its bishop has passed a resolution barring gay marriage ceremonies from being performed at its facilities.
The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, a church body that broke away from the liberal mainline church in 2012, passed the resolution earlier this month at their convention.
Known as Resolution R-4, the document was titled "A Resolution to Adopt a Standing Resolution on Marriage" and was passed in response to the current debate over marriage definition in the United States. The resolution also states that the diocese will only host weddings for couples (one man and one woman) "whose birth gender identities were respectively male and female." more >>
As the unmarried homeless couple stood on a street corner in northern California with their four children holding up a sign that read "Family Needs Help God Bless," little did they know that within 10 years they would be living comfortably in their own house overlooking Lake Elsinore and living their lives by "God's design."
In a recently released book called From The Curb To A Castle, author Robert Wessely recounted how he and his homeless family were saved by a "perfect stranger," who picked them up off the streets and let them live in his home for seven months, leading them to God and helping them eliminate all drug and alcohol addictions.
In interviews with The Christian Post, Robert and Melissa Wessely admitted that their lives were in a dark place in the winter of 2004-2005, when they were living night-by-night out of motel rooms, and spent the days begging for money on the streets of Eureka so that they could afford the next night's room. more >>