On the morning of June 24, the world awoke to a changed Europe. With the so-called 'Brexit' referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union, and as such, the EU lost one of its most important member nations. Almost immediately, there were calls from France, Italy, and the Netherlands to hold similar referenda, jeopardizing the entire EU experiment.
While a number of scholars and commentators have interpreted the Brexit as indicative of the wave of nationalism that is sweeping Europe and much of the world, many have missed the significance of this wave for a resurgent conservative traditionalism in the West.
It is most certainly the case that the world is going through a radical realignment along nationalist and provincialist lines. From Bosnia to Chechnya, Rwanda and Barundi, from South Sudan to Scotland, populations have been turning increasingly inward for civic and cultural identity. more >>
Pastor Steven Furtick, founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said Thursday that he was crushed after seeing recordings of the deaths of two black men, Alton Sterling, 37, and Philando Castile, 32, during separate encounters with police officers this week.
Castile's death was broadcast in a viral Facebook Live video after he was shot by an officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota Wednesday night while Sterling was shot dead on Tuesday by Baton Rouge police officers.
"I'm just saddened by it and wanted to reach out to you and also share with you that the Bible says we mourn with those who mourn and just having a pastor's heart," Furtick said in a Facebook video post shortly after returning stateside from a trip to Australia. more >>
World-renowned ministry Hillsong released the trailer for their highly anticipated feature film "Let Hope Rise." The Pure Flix film will chronicle the spectacular rise of the prominent Australia-based band, Hillsong UNITED.
In the new trailer, senior pastor Brian Houston explains the start of Hillsong and his heart for their music. Various clips of the band praying, touring, writing songs and more are highlighted. "In the end our success is not about us, it's all about God. You take Him out of the equation, you got nothing," Houston says as UNITED's hit song "Oceans" plays in the background.
See the full trailer below: more >>
Can a church service become an all-out indoor rodeo complete with dirt floors and bucking bulls? Just ask the Rev. Maury Davis of the Cornerstone Nashville megachurch who did just that this past Independence Day weekend.
"It [the rodeo] came from the idea of how do we compel people to come into the house [of God]? Jesus said, 'Compel them to come in, that my house may be full,'" Davis told The Tennessean. "We're hoping that every person that comes into this room is ready to meet the Lord."
Davis also felt that celebrating the Fourth of July with a rodeo at his church made sense since the holiday tends to focus on God and country. more >>
A 95-year-old librarian who died in 2014 has willed $1.6 million to her Hanover, Pennsylvania, church in the form of an endowment that will be distributed to the congregation through yearly payments.
Caroline John, who was a dedicated member of Hanover's Emanuel United Church of Christ, gave the church a gift that will hopefully last a lifetime when she decided to leave the congregation a $1.6 million endowment fund that was organized through the York County Community Foundation.
According to The Evening Sun, the church had become like a family to John after her husband, Adolf, died in 2009. In planning for her own death, John wanted to continue giving back to the church and community she loved. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll has warned American Christians on Independence Day that although people like to believe that they are free, there are still many things that they can be enslaved to.
"There are still many of us who are not free, to use the language of the Bible, we are slaves. Slaves to sin, slaves to self, slaves to the flesh. Slaves to lies, slaves to temptation," Driscoll said in a video message on Tuesday, reflecting on numerous passages in the Bible that use the language of slavery and freedom.
He focused especially on the story of God's people in Exodus, who were slaves under Pharaoh and were ruled over cruelly and mercilessly. more >>