Barna Group has released its 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, and has revealed that one in four unchurched adults in the country now identify as atheists or agnostics. The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith.
The study was focused on those who have not attended church within the past six months, and found that the majority of such people identify as non-practicing Christians. One in four, or 25 percent, however, were classed as skeptics, which Barna defines as people who "either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics)."
Of that number, nearly one-third said that they have never attended a Christian church service in their lives. more >>
A woman arrested for attempting to remove a Satanic display placed in the rotunda of the Florida capitol building will not be charged with vandalism.
Susan Hemeryck, a self-described "Catholic warrior" who was arrested last year for attempting to destroy the display, will not go to trial for her actions.
Charges against the Tallahassee woman were dropped when prosecutors were unable to note what sufficient damage was done to the display, which had been donated last year by the group known as the Satanic Temple. more >>
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 >>