A new spring kid's sports season is almost here. Soon the local sports fields will be filled with beehives of red-cheeked kids chasing soccer balls. Players will be rounding bases in baseball games. The sound of aluminum bats will be pinging the air. And there will be the welcome smell of fresh cut, dewy grass on Saturday mornings at sporting complexes across America.
And I, for one, love it. Well, most of the time.
Over the last 30 years, kid's sports have changed from having 12 games in the summer for little league ; to having kids play 50 to 70 and up to 90 games a season in competitive sports such as baseball and soccer. What are Christian parents to do when these activites interfere with Church and family life? more >>
Icelandic atheist group Vantru has suggested it would like to register all newborn children as atheist members, mocking the National Church's practice of automatically registering babies if their mothers belong to the church.
"In a satirical statement to highlight the flaws of the National Church, the atheist society revealed that everyone would be a member of the organization until they deregistered their membership," Ice News reported.
"Soon-to-be parents were told any babies born from 1 March onwards would not be left out of their 'lively community' as they would automatically be registered at birth — even if parental consent had not been given. It added that this was the 'best and fairest' way to go about things." more >>
A retired World Wrestling Entertainment superstar has written a new book documenting his coming to Christ and how it affected his public and private life.
Shawn Michaels, a pro-wrestler whose accolades include winning the world heavyweight title three times, talks about his Christian faith in the Zondervan book Wrestling For My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Michaels explained that the inspiration for Wrestling For My Life came while he was writing up a book back in 2006 about his career for the WWE. more >>
In a new national survey, the Pew Research Center reports an ironic public perception: Democrats are viewed, in general, more favorably than Republicans, while the same survey indicates that the public agrees more with the Republicans on certain particular issues (including, according to the Pew media release, "double-digit leads over the Democrats on terrorism, foreign policy and taxes"). In other words, people are buying into the rhetoric of the Democrats, while at the same time, they agree with critical public policies advocated by the Republicans.
The major finding of the survey is intriguing and puzzling. "Majorities say the Democratic Party is open and tolerant, cares about the middle class and is not 'too extreme.' By contrast, most Americans see the GOP lacking in tolerance and empathy for the middle class, and half view it as too extreme."
The perception that the GOP cares less about the middle class than the Democrats is especially troubling for the Republican Party because demographic and economic data is clear that Democrat policies have been disastrous for the middle class. There is a huge gap between public perceptions and the reality of life in the middle class during the Obama presidency. Thomas B. Edsall's December 2014 column in The New York Times asks, "Have Democrats Failed the White Working Class?" more >>
You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity co-authors Francis Chan and his wife, Lisa, insist that they wrestle with fear and selfishness just like everyone else despite the public putting them on a pedestal after they left the stability, comfort and spotlight of leading a California megachurch in 2010 to surrender to God and let Him call them anywhere in the world and do anything He wants.
"I'm as selfish as the next guy. I'm just thankful for the grace of God, that He opens my eyes occasionally to make the right decisions, decisions that I won't regret," Francis told The Christian Post in an interview this past week.
"We fight every day for any ounce of holiness." more >>
The Church wastes too much time waiting for a word from God, says New York Times bestselling author and popular pastor Francis Chan. Christians should instead be more active in translating the knowledge they have into action rather than languishing in fear and indecision.
The You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity writer lamented, "We've created a church culture in America where we assume we do nothing until we hear a voice from Heaven. And so if I go to church on Sunday, the pastor's going to preach a sermon [and] we pretty much assume we're not going to do anything radical in response to it unless he gives a really great sermon and gives us steps right afterwards, or this or that or really, really, think that we hear a voice from the Lord."
As a result many Christ followers live selfishly while listening to Bible teachings every Sunday, said the Crazy Love author. more >>