It's test time. I want to give you a quick, three-question quiz.
Question 1: A guy at the office fudges the numbers on his sales reports and his reimbursement forms. He's stealing from the company. Two coworkers know about it. One loves that he's found a way to make more money and stick it to "the man." The other believes his behavior is ethically wrong. So … which of these two coworkers will love the guy more?
Question 2: A lady in the neighborhood strips every night in a sleazy club down by the airport. Two neighbors know about it. One thinks it's great that she can make money off her body and give guys a good time while she's doing it. The other disapproves of her career choice. So … which of these two coworkers will love this lady more? more >>
For generations it's been easy to live as a Christian in America. We have lived in a culture that largely assumed and supported Christianity or at least Christian moral principles. Even the deists among our Founding Fathers operated within the structural framework and assumptions that undergird Christianity. Over the past few decades, we have seen those assumptions questioned, derided, and mocked by our pop culture, media, and even our courts. What's next for the American Christian?
While American culture is increasingly hostile towards traditional Christians, it is not quite correct yet to call ourselves a post-Christian society. The vast majority of Americans consider themselves at least nominally (in name) Christian, but it is safe to say that America as a whole has largely abandoned a traditional, convicted Christianity.
Consider Justice Kennedy's take on identity in the recent Obergefell decision: "The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity." more >>
One of the lead actresses in the soon-to-be-released film "War Room," has written an accompanying book, Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer, guiding readers how to use prayer as a weapon to fight against ungodly spiritual attacks in every area of their life.
"Fervent will uncover the enemy who is lurking behind the scenes of some of your life's most pressing problems. Then, it will equip you with the tools you need to craft your own strategy of prayers so that you can stand firm against his (devil's) schemes," explains Shirer, a New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of Going Beyond Ministries, to The Christian Post.
Using the outline of a military strategy to highlight the power of prayer, the book accompanies brother writers and producer Alex and Stephen Kendrick's film "War Room," hitting theaters Aug. 28. Shirer makes her acting debut in the upcoming Christian drama about prayer being a powerful weapon. more >>
Prayer and conviction are inseparable, as seen in the life of Christ. Theologians have rightly identified Christ's role as prophet, priest, and king, but prophet is often the most controversial. A prophet would encourage and build, but they would also warn, compel, challenge, and convict — they were not necessarily popular; they were often controversial. Pastors and preachers must balance the prophetic (convicting) with the pastoral (shepherding).
I recently spent a few days alone in a cabin to slow down, reflect, and pray — to renew my mind. The importance of time alone with God is invaluable. Renewal begins and ends with prayer.
"When faith ceases to pray, it ceases to live" (E.M. Bounds). more >>
A group of at least eight Christian converts were beaten and arrested by Iranian authorities while they were gathered for worship inside a house church in the city of Karaj, an Iranian resistance group has reported.
According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, plainclothes officers raided the church earlier this month as part of a wide crackdown on house churches.
After raiding the house, the officers beat up the congregants and then confiscated their Bibles, other Christian literature and satellite dishes located on the premises. more >>
Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and son of the Rev. Bill Graham, will be speaking at the "Good News Festival," a multi-day revival, held in Oklahoma City this weekend.
Danny Little, festival director for the BGEA, told The Christian Post that the evangelical organization has held similar events in Oklahoma City in 1956, 1983, and 2003.
"These were crusades held by Franklin's father, Billy Graham. Franklin has held festivals in Enid, Shawnee and Bartlesville. This is his first invitation to Oklahoma City," said Little. more >>