A recent article published in The Christian Post addresses an open letter from my friend, Pastor Mark Driscoll, concerning the state of the church today. The letter was originally published on the 2013 Resurgence Conference website. In the letter, Driscoll states, "The church is dying and no one is noticing…" This thought seems to be the premise for Driscoll's additional statements as to why the church is dying, what is needed, and his desire for the conference, itself. In part, Driscoll writes the church is dying because "…we're wasting time criticizing rather than evangelizing."
Yet stronger resolve, clearer convictions, and/or young Bible-believing, Jesus-following leaders, as Driscoll suggests are needed to counter church decline, will not in my view bring about the resurgence for which he is looking. In fact, it's not resurgence the church needs today but reformation, as I'll explain in a moment. more >>
The Episcopal Diocese of Washington has announced that couples whose wedding plans were disrupted by the government shutdown can use the National Cathedral's grounds as a new site.
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde stated Wednesday evening that couples forced to cancel their weddings because of the shutdown may hold the ceremonies at the gardens on the Cathedral grounds.
Recently released findings from the Pew Research Center indicate that in the United States white evangelicals are more than twice as likely to believe God gave Israel to the Jewish people than American Jews.
Pew found that 82 percent of white evangelicals believed God gave Israel to the Jewish people. By contrast, only 40 percent of American Jews agreed.
Michael Lipka of Pew wrote in an article on Thursday on the organization's website that in the multi-issue survey "Jews' feelings for Israel are equaled or even exceeded by those of white evangelical Protestants." more >>
Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung says that churches are often the culprit in perpetuating busyness among their congregations.
The senior pastor of University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Mich., and author of Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully Short Book About A (Really) Big Problem, told The Christian Post about how the church can contribute to the problem.
"I think the church is often a culprit in the busyness, especially in the evangelical church. Again, it's part of being Americans. Part of being evangelicals too is that we're highly activist," said DeYoung. "We are always diving in, willing to solve problems, and again there's a lot good there. But we also need the theological balance that the Kingdom is not ours to bring or ours to create." more >>
Next month will mark the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The official date is November 10, 2013. However, their website states: "…you are free to choose another date if you wish." Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors has chosen November 3 as their prayer date.
When I was a child, I somehow picked up the notion that persecution against the Christian church basically ended with the collapse of the Roman Empire.
But it turns out that the last century was the worst century ever for the persecution of Christians and martyrdom. Dr. David Barrett, a leading church statistician, says there were more Christians martyred in the 20th century than had been murdered in all previous centuries combined. more >>
The steady decline in youth and adult participation in Girl Scouts is at least in part attributed to sex education decisions made by Girl Scout national leaders, according to Christians studying the trend and former Girl Scout local leaders who are Christians.
This week, Girl Scouts of the USA launched a campaign aimed at reversing the decline, featuring a video from First Lady Michelle Obama. Christian leaders and former girl scouts explained possible reasons behind it, including increasing ties with abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
"The Girl Scouts for a long time have been promoting an agenda that is contrary to what they were 10, 15 years ago," Janice Crouse, senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, told The Christian Post in a Monday interview. Girl Scout policy on sexual morality, which focuses on self-discovery and protection rather than abstention, proves the main cause, Crouse argued. She also listed the trend of mothers going to work (therefore losing time to volunteer) and controversy about where funds are allocated from the famous Girl Scout cookie sales. Only 15% of profits go to local groups. more >>