The best way for someone to first begin reading the Bible is to start with one of the Gospels of the New Testament, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
Graham, founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote in a recent post for the Kansas City Star that while some beginner Bible readers may think it's best to start reading the Holy Book from the beginning, he personally believes it is actually best to start "three-fourths of the way through […] with one of the Gospels from the New Testament."
The reason for this advice, Graham explains, is "because Jesus is the center of the Bible's message. The Old Testament points forward to him, and the whole of the New Testament is focused on him." more >>
A Pennsylvania pastor says he's been inundated and harassed with phone calls and emails after a Donald Trump delegate and local school board member took to Twitter to voice his opposition to a Ramadan greeting posted outside the church to show solidarity with Muslims.
The Rev. Christopher Rodkey, the pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Dallastown, Pennsylvania, told the York Daily Recorder that he received a nasty voicemail to his cell phone on June 11 from an unidentified man who took issue with a sign posted out front of the church that reads: "Wishing a blessed Ramadan to our Muslim neighbors."
"I am completely shocked by that sign out in front of your church, that you are wishing [blessings on] people who subscribe to a faith that is not only godless but pagan, in front of your church, aligning it with the name of Christ," the voicemail states, according to a recording obtained by the York Daily Record. more >>
New York Times best-selling author and radio host Eric Metaxas is warning that the United States is in danger of becoming "America in name only" if Americans don't stand up to protect the liberties and values of self governance that made the nation a blessing to the entire world.
In a new book released last week titled If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, the 53-year-old Metaxas explains that the American republic was created by the nation's Founding Fathers to be shared with the entire world.
But, Metaxas stresses that Americans today have become too complacent with their freedoms and are too willing to give up their ability to govern themselves. He argues that complacency displayed today towards the rights and responsibilities of Americans to hold their governments accountable will cause America, as the world knows it, to perish. more >>
Hillary Scott of the band Lady Antebellum reveals the heartbreaking tragedy behind her latest single "Thy Will" ahead of the release of her new album Love Remains.
During an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday, the seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer revealed "Last fall, I went through a miscarriage."
Addressing society's general silence about the aftermath of a miscarriage, the 30-year-old singer said, "I feel like there's this pressure that you're just supposed to be able to snap your fingers and continue to walk through life like it never happened. more >>
Pope Francis has warned that a global emptiness and insecurity is gripping the world, saying people need Jesus Christ more than ever before.
"The world needs Christ more than ever, needs His salvation and His merciful love," Francis said on Sunday.
The Church of England will seek a compromise between traditional marriage supporting Christians and LGBT-affirming voices at its next General Synod in July, looking to prevent Anglicans from formally splintering due to differing views on homosexuality.
The Guardian reports that as many as 550 Anglican representatives around the world are set for three days of intense talks about human sexuality next month. While the CofE is not hoping to reach an agreement between the divisive viewpoints, it will seek to achieve dialog and mutual understanding.
Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, has talked at length about the need for Anglicans to stick together as one body despite the conflicting viewpoints they have on controversial issues, and has said he's hopeful that conversations between Church representatives will begin healing some of the wounds caused by the rift. more >>