Thousands of Christians clashed with police and rioted on the streets in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday, following suicide bombing attacks that killed 17 people in two churches on Sunday. Reports have said that two men suspected to have aided the attackers were beaten to death and burned in the riots.
The Associated Press reported that Christians, who make up only 2 percent of Pakistan's population, clashed with police forces, blocked the highway and ransacked bus terminals, demanding the government start taking serious action to protect the persecuted minority.
Creationist Ken Ham has spoken out against a video by the Discovery Channel that speculates about how the Earth might be destroyed if it's one day hit by a giant asteroid, and suggestes that unbelievers should be afraid of Jesus Christ's judgment instead.
"Those of us who have trusted in Christ as Savior have no fear of this coming judgment because our penalty for sin has already been paid by Jesus," Ham wrote in his Answers in Genesis blog.
"But instead of fearing some hypothetical asteroid apocalypse, those who refuse to acknowledge Christ as Lord should fear this coming judgment, and it should bring them to repent and put their faith in Christ." more >>
The new CNN documentary series, "Finding Jesus: Faith Fact Forgery," has brought many common Christian beliefs into question, including the earthly family of Jesus Christ.
In an interview with CNN, Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit priest who's featured in the documentary, comments on a 2002 archaeological find that's said to be a 2,000 year old ossuary, or bone box that includes an Aramaic inscription that reads: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."
This artifact, which could be archaeological proof of Jesus' existence, relates to the debate between some Catholics and Protestants over whether Mary gave birth to other children besides Jesus. While Catholic theology teaches that Jesus was Mary's only child, other Christian denominations believe that she also gave birth to a son named James. more >>
Over 100,000 Americans have expressed their support for a U.S. Navy chaplain who's facing a possible career-ending discipline after he voiced his Christian beliefs on homosexuality and premarital sex during a counseling session with sailors.
In early 2014, a small group of sailors asked for a private counseling session with Navy Chaplain Wes Modder, and asked about the spiritual nature of certain types of personal conduct.
Modder, who has served over 15 years as a Navy chaplain after serving four years in the Marines, answered according to his Pentecostal faith. However, the group of sailors did not agree with Modder's Christian views and later complained. more >>
As a child growing up in a Southern Baptist church, I learned my place in American culture through rapture movies. These films—based on a pop-dispensationalist reading of prophecy—pictured a time when the church would be suddenly ripped from the earth, sailing through the air to be with the invisible (to the viewer) Jesus Christ. These films would always then picture the panic of those who were "left behind" and depict the societal chaos that would emerge once the "salt and light" of the culture had disappeared. We never considered that if such a rapture were to happen, American culture might be relieved to be rid of us.
Historian Rick Perlstein notes the "culture wars" that ignited in the 1960s and 1970s were really about dueling secular prophecy charts. "What one side saw as liberation, the other side saw as apocalypse," and vice-versa, he writes. It's hard to argue with his thesis. The scenes of LSD-intoxicated college students frolicking nude in the mud of the Woodstock Festival in New York would seem horrifying to the salt-of-the-earth folk in Middle America for whom "the dawning of the Age of Aquarius" would seem like a threat. At the same time, Merle Haggard's counter-revolutionary anthem would have the same effect, in reverse. The words, "We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee," must seem like hell, if you're in Woodstock.
From Majority to Minority more >>
We say things we later regret all the time. We get caught up in our own ways and forget about others.
The more we focus on ourselves the more we forget about others needs. Instead of saying something we regret, we should try and respect others and say something kind and compassionate.
Doing something kind for someone in their life can bring memories to cherish for a lifetime. It can be one thoughtful thing that is said that can change a person's day for the better. The Bible shows us how kind words are commended, and what they do to others. more >>