Saddleback Church lead pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren recently shared the four secrets to answered prayer.
In a blog entry posted Sunday on Warren's "Daily Hope" devotional site, the Saddleback pastor wrote about answered prayer using the context of the Old Testament prophet Nehemiah.
Warren's list of "four secrets to answered prayers" are: "base your request on God's character; confess the sins of which you're aware; claim the promises of God, and be specific in what you ask for." more >>
What role, if any, should the church play in combating climate change?
It was this kind of question former Vice President Al Gore answered over two decades ago when he wrote that men should harness religion as a political tool. "The fate of mankind," he wrote, "as well as of religion, depends upon the emergence of a new faith in the future. Armed with such a faith, we might find it possible to resanctify the Earth."
The Communist Party in China's coastal Zhejiang province is forcing persecuted Christian churches to hand over all of their tithes and donations to government officials, reports have said.
Many of these same churches that have had their rooftop crosses forcefully removed are now being forced to display the Communist flag where the crosses once stood.
China Aid, which has been reporting on the ever increasing persecution against churches in the past few years, said the government's orders are part of a move to crackdown on Christians by imposing regulations. more >>
There it was: another email.
This one had a clear and poignant subject: "Pastor Search Committee Nightmare."
It was one of hundreds of similar pieces of communication I have received from pastors. The pastor receives a contact from a search committee. Often times the pastor is invited to go to the church for an on-site interview. This particular pastor had flown to the church several weeks earlier. more >>
Patriotism can be "a good thing," but it has to come with the recognition that "God is our King, not man," says theologian John Piper.
Piper, who serves as a pastor, theologian, and founder of DesiringGod.org, discussed the question of patriotism in a podcast interview published to the website on Friday.
On the week before Americans celebrate Independence Day, Piper said patriotism can be "a good thing" and cited as biblical justification Paul's Epistle to the Romans. more >>
An Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. has been welcoming Muslims into their sanctuary for Friday prayers for eight years, and the men who meet there now outnumber the church's congregation.
The Rev. Elizabeth Gardner of the Church of the Epiphany said the congregation felt called to open the church to the Muslim community because they were in need of a place to worship.