In a sense, we're all on death row. Death is on my mind because of the recent death of my much-missed older brother, Doug. I am so grateful he died as a Christian. To die in Christ is gain.
In our culture, we do just about everything we can to push death away from our thoughts. Often we don't even use the words. We'll say things like, "He passed away" or just "he passed." But these are just euphemisms for "he died."
There is an interesting contrast between the Puritans and us, when it comes to sex and death. Sex was all hush-hush, while death was front and center. more >>
The much-anticipated trailer has been released for "Exodus: Gods and Kings," starring Christian Bale as Moses, along with a new poster for the biblical epic by Director Ridley Scott.
The one-and-a-half minute trailer focuses heavily on the relationship between Moses and the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), who grew up together as brothers but then rise up against each other over Moses' mission to free the enslaved Hebrews.
The trailer depicts several large-scale action scenes, shows off the big-budget production, and includes snippets of the plagues sent by God on the Egyptian people. more >>
An up-and-coming actor from London has been chosen out of over 4,000 auditions for the lead role in the "David and Goliath" biblical epic, set for an early 2015 nationwide theater release.
Casting was held in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, and London to find the right actor to play David for the big-budget movie, which recently wrapped up principal photography in North Africa and in studios in London, before Miles Sloman was selected for the role.
"When Miles auditioned," said director Tim Chey, "I knew instantly he was the one. This was the young King David who could defeat the giant warrior. He showed a lot of courage on the set even falling off a donkey when the helicopter came too close." more >>
The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Christian college in Illinois is not required to cover emergency contraceptives it believes lead to the early termination of a pregnancy.
The 6-3 split vote, released late Thursday, gives Wheaton College temporary relief from the HHS' birth control mandate (while its case is pending), which it said violates the institution's religious beliefs.
During this time, the college cannot be fined by the IRS for opting to not cover emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B and Ella One, which can be taken up to 72 hours and five days after unprotected sex, respectively. more >>
Is it ever okay for Christians to use vulgar language?
This question is particularly pertinent to me, since my book Charis takes liberties that might offend some people. While the response to my book so far has been good, I've received not a few reactions that go something like… "I don't think my grandma will like this book" or "some people will be offended at your language." One friend of mine was having his wife read the book out loud while they were driving, but he told her to skip chapter 6 (titled "Whore") because he couldn't hear her say those words out loud.
Just to be clear, I don't use any four-letter words in the book. Only five-letter ones. And I never say anything that, in my mind, goes beyond what the Bible (in its original language) actually says. more >>
Evangelism can be intimidating. This is especially true for students who think that they're all alone in the effort. They walk up to their school feeling overwhelmed, like they're the last man standing. They're hesitant to post gospel truth on social media because it's not as appealing as everyone's selfies or "woman-crush-Wednesday."
They slouch in their desks because they're not sure how to raise an objection. Difficulty increases as feelings of intimidation and inadequacy come from people who are apparently uninterested. This often leads to isolation in evangelism.
Why is it like this? Pastor and evangelist, Greg Laurie, accurately describes this difficulty in evangelism: "There is one thing that both Christians and non-Christians have in common: they are both uptight about evangelism. Non-Christians are uptight about being evangelized, and Christians are uptight about evangelizing." So, how can we go from isolation to infiltration? How can we move from feeling uptight to starting an uprising? One primary way is to realize that you're not alone. more >>