One of my super cool Christian friends recently offered me some ministry advice: "I think you need to be a little more edgy in the way you communicate. I mean you want to reach our generation, don't you? Your current writing style is not going to get you very far. I kind of stopped reading your stuff a while back because . . . well it's boring, Matt. It's just Bible, Bible, Bible. What if you just loosened it up a bit by throwing in a cuss word here and there?"
I wasn't shocked. She wasn't the first cool millennial to encourage me to be a bit more spunky in the way I write about the gospel, and she won't be the last. I've been told my writing ministry would be so much more effective if I would quit being so serious and inject more of my personality and humor into my articles.
Wouldn't it have been amazing to have witnessed a miracle like Moses parting the Red Sea, to have stood among the crowd of thousands fed by Christ using only two fish and five loaves of bread, or to have experienced some similar miracle? Where are today's jaw-dropping spectacles? Are epic wonders only a thing of the past?
In his recent book Unanswered, a volume that was six years in the making and intends to shed light on topics that have gone largely unaddressed within today's Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston assures that, even in modern times, God is still very much on the move when it comes to working miracles.
In fact, Johnston says Jesus is making miraculous appearances to Muslims around the world. more >>
Editor's Note: After reaching out for comment on Tuesday, representatives of Franklin Graham informed The Christian Post Wednesday that E.W. Jackson misinterpreted Graham's comments at Tuesday's meeting between Donald Trump and evangelical leaders. A transcript of the event shows that Graham made no mention of Trump or Hillary Clinton and in no way said that Trump was a better option than Clinton. An update regarding Graham's prayer at the meeting between Trump and evangelicals can be read here.
Evangelist Franklin Graham asserted Tuesday that Donald Trump is a better option for America than Hillary Clinton, and pointed out that even godly biblical leaders like Moses and King David had huge flaws, attendees present at the closed-door meeting between Trump and over 900 evangelical leaders told The Christian Post.
Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, gave an opening prayer and remark to over 900 pastors and political leaders gathered in New York for a "conversation" with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee that was convened by United in Purpose and Ben Carson's nonpartisan organization My Faith Votes. more >>
Christians should make every effort to stay in touch with their estranged relatives and teach their children the value of family, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
"We can't control what our children do when they become adults (nor should we), but we can encourage them to value the family that God has given them," Graham advises in a column published by the Kansas City Star.
Graham uses the example of a family seeking to hold a reunion only to find that none of the children want to attend. While this can be hurtful and confusing for parents, Graham encourages them not to lose faith in their possible relationship with their children. more >>
The greatest predictor of success is having a good attitude, says Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of the 40,000-strong Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, alongside her husband, Joel Osteen.
Citing a Stanford University study, Victoria says that even above intelligence, "attitude is a better predictor of success."
"You can have aptitude," she adds, "but if you don't have attitude, you won't get as far in life." more >>
If you feel like you're drifting farther and farther away from God, reading these five Bible verses will help bring back to your faith and keep you close to Him.
1) John 3:16
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." more >>