Legendary evangelist Billy Graham celebrated his 97th birthday over the weekend and his son, Franklin Graham, who has followed in his father's footsteps in ministry, took to social media with a touching message about his dad's condition and his deepest desire.
"Today is my father Billy Graham's 97th birthday!" Franklin posted, along with a photograph of a young Graham. "He came to faith in Christ just a week before his 16th birthday and went home and told his mother what he had done. He knew for sure that his heart had changed."
Graham went on to become one of the greatest evangelists of his time, preaching to millions and seeing many come to Christ. Graham is arguably the most influential Christian preacher of the last six decades. He was ranked No. 4 on Gallup's Most Admired Man List for 2014 and has been on its top 10 list 58 times between 1946 and 2014 — the most appearances of any man in the world since Gallup started the survey. more >>
The Bible has much to say about how we should treat our physical selves: Treating the body as a temple, disciplining the body, taming the tongue, running the race.
While such gems as "cleanliness is next to godliness" do not appear in the Good Book, parts of the Old and New Testaments do talk about staying fit.
Need some motivation to run those laps, to skip that second helping of chicken or that extra-large soda at the movies? Here are some verses and passages for you! more >>
Jesus Christ is coming soon.
That's not the message of a religious tract or televangelist.
It's a warning from former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann who has called for an intensified effort to convert Jews to Christianity in time for the return of Christ. more >>
A Christian prison minister in the U.K. has said he was forced to quit his job after authorities warned him not to quote verses from the Bible they deemed to be "homophobic."
Cambridge News reported on Monday that although the Rev. Barry Trayhorn, an ordained Pentecostal minister, was not fired from his job, he decided to resign due to the "unfair and aggressive" disciplinary process.
Trayhorn said he was barred from participating in future chapel services after authorities received a complaint following a service back in May, in which he quoted verses from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 6. more >>
Speaking to Roda Viva television in Brazil, author and social critic Camille Paglia criticized transgenderism, specifically the availability and popularity of sex-reassignment surgery.
"I think that the transgender propagandists make wildly inflated claims about the multiplicity of gender," Paglia asserted.
The United Methodist bishops in Africa this week released a statement urging all bishops of their denomination to uphold the church's teachings on marriage and sexuality, saying they are "deeply saddened" that the Bible and the Methodist Book of Discipline are being ignored by some clergy.
"We are deeply saddened that the Holy Bible, our primary authority for faith and the practice of Christian living, and our Book of Discipline are being grossly ignored by some members and leaders of our Church in favor of social and cultural practices that have no scriptural basis for acceptance in Christian worship and conduct," the bishops said in a statement released this week at the Council of Bishops' fall retreat in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
"We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman," the United Methodist Church says. "The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching." more >>