In their zeal to win souls for Christ, some Christians slip into Beast Mode — that aggressive, sometimes negative manner of dealing with non-believers that, instead of drawing people closer to Christ, usually drives them farther away. If they're honest, many will admit that they've been on the receiving end of an awkward Beast Mode moment or two, or know at least a couple of Christians who fit the Beast Mode bill.
In his recent book Unanswered, a volume six years in the making that intends to shed light on such hot-button topics within today's Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston warns believers against being overzealous witnesses, instead reminding them to maintain a balance when evangelizing, using Jesus as the perfect example.
"I think that we always walk a fine line with people that are not following Jesus … what we say to them about their condition," Pastor Johnston told The Christian Post, reminding believers that Jesus was the ultimate evangelist. "Jesus was effective. He never went into Beast Mode, and he didn't bulldoze anyone with the Gospel." more >>
Religious leaders including the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, have condemned a controversial sermon made by Pastor Roger Jiminez of Verity Baptist Church in California who declared Christians should not mourn the "sodomite" victims of the Orlando massacre.
"Today, people say aren't you sad that 50 Sodomites died? Here's the problem with that, it's like the equivalent of asking me … 'Hey, are you sad that 50 sodomites were killed today?' Ahh No. I think that's great. I think that helps society. You know, I think Orlando, Florida, is a little safer tonight. … The tragedy is that more of them didn't die. I mean the tragedy is, I'm kinda upset that he didn't finish the job," said Jiminez in a 45-minute sermon posted on YouTube.
On Sunday, now deceased gunman Omar Mateen used an assault rifle to kill 49 people and injure 53 more at a popular gay nightclub called Pulse in Orlando. more >>
Some Christians have become bored with the Bible because they've forgotten its importance, Marshall Segal, who serves as the associate editor of DesiringGod.org, explains.
Segal suggests that while some Christians neglect to read their Bible, there are others who [love] reading the Holy Book. "They can't get enough of it. As far as you know, they would just as likely go a whole day without food as without the Bible."
"Their happy discipline convicts and, if you're honest, sometimes even annoys you. Who is it in your life who is most likely to pray like this?" Segal asks. more >>
Christians need to stop making excuses and welcome God into their lives, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
The founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association wrote in a question-and-answer column published in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday that Christians need to stop coming up with reasons not to strengthen their relationship with God, saying that some have a misconception that Christianity is an "unbalanced" way to live one's life.
"I don't know how you decided that Christians are unbalanced, or that God doesn't want us to enjoy life, but you're wrong," Graham writes, referencing John 10:10 which reads: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." more >>
The best way to determine if it is time to marry is to consider God's will, John Piper advises Christian couples who are contemplating delaying their wedding.
Piper, the founder of DesiringGod.org, wrote in a recent post that many young Christians are faced with the difficult decision of whether to marry now or postpone their wedding until they finish their university education or feel they are in a better financial position.
Making the decision to marry now or wait can be a difficult one, and there are several questions to consider, Piper writes. Most importantly, Christian couples must be able to detect if it is in God's will. more >>
One NFL coach is inspiring perspective college football players with more than stories about how to break into the professional league.
During a training camp with high school prospects in New Jersey last week, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh joined his younger brother, Jim Harbaugh, the University of Michigan head coach, at a training camp where the elder brother decided to instill a competitive edge in players by sharing a biblical story with them.
While Jim, a former coach for the San Francisco 49ers, was looking for prospects, John asked the players a series of questions. more >>