There are many self-identified Christians in the world who are praying as if they were non-Christians, says theologian John Piper, adding that when nonbelievers pray, something is missing.
On Monday, Piper posted a message on his website desiringGod titled, "Do You Pray like a Nonbeliever?" in which he notes, according to the 2010 book Operation World — a practical guide instructing believers how to pray for every nation in the world — in the eastern European nation of Latvia, most Christians are nominal. Even as a sizable 60 percent of the population "belong to a Christian confession," very few actively practice their faith.
Some people go to great lengths to pray but do not love God, Piper contends, and this is the case today just as it was in Jesus' time. Because everyone wants protection, provision, good health, peace, and justice, Christians and non-Christians alike pray to God for them. more >>
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is responding to rumors claiming that he believes God uses floods and other natural disasters to punish gay people, saying that while he doesn't know what is behind calamities, he continues to put his faith in God.
"Deceptive claims are being circulated on the internet that put words in my mouth about God's role in natural disasters and what causes them. Those claims are inaccurate. What I have said, which I repeated yesterday in a sermon at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, is that I don't know what was behind this flood or any other natural disaster," Perkins said in a statement posted on FRC's website on Tuesday.
"However, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe the Bible, which makes clear that God is sovereign over the elements of nature and can and does use them for His purposes," he added. more >>
Contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave performed at Minnesota's Sanford Center on Sunday while missing its recovering bassist, Jason Weaver.
Weaver suffered from a life-threatening diabetes-related foot infection in June, which called for at least seven surgeries where both feet were amputated.
"He had to have both of his feet amputated due to [an] infection — this wicked infection," Mike Weaver, Jason's brother and lead vocalist and guitar player, told The Bemidji Pioneer this week. "That sounds absolutely tragic and it is in that instant but he is somebody that really hopes in the Lord." more >>
Missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken have interviewed more than 600 persecuted Christians in over 72 countries, and now the film "The Insanity of God" will convey the amazing story on the silver screen across the country.
For just one day, Aug. 30, LifeWay Films, International Mission Board with Fathom Events will present the film, based on the Ripkens' 2013 best-selling book by the same name, in 530 movie theaters nationwide.
"They discover the church not only survives under persecution, but it thrives," says Trey Reynolds, manager of LifeWay Films, in a statement. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside, California, is cautioning Christians to be careful not to burn bridges when sharing their faith with others, emphasizing that their objective is not to win arguments, but to win souls.
Laurie said in a Facebook video about sharing one's faith that the objective before Christians is to "build a bridge, not burn one."
"The objective is to win the soul, not just win the argument. So look for ways to engage people," Laurie said in his message. more >>
A Muslim-American group in Phoenix, Arizona, is condemning the atrocities committed by the Islamic State terror group in a billboard message that says the radical jihadists are not followers of Islam.
Local news station Fox10 reports that the billboard has a simple message — "Hey ISIS, you suck."
The local Muslim community, in conjunction with Muslim-American nonprofit group Sound Vision, want the American public to know that their religion does not condone terrorism. more >>