Never heard of Charles "Chuck" Colson? Neither had I until graduate school, a mere five years ago. It was a particularly challenging time in my life. A recently broken relationship toppled with a concentration change and downright theological confusion. I'll spare you the details, but the rejection stirred within me desperation for approval and affirmation. So I began questioning tradition in search of what I thought to be a more acceptable, progressive version of Christianity. Thank God, someone took notice and introduced me to Chuck Colson.
A professor at my Christian graduate school noted that my worldview (and many of my fellow students), was riddled with resentment and cynicism. So he assigned us to read Chuck Colson and Nancy Pearcey's book How Now Shall We Live. Light-bulb moment. It wasn't just that the authors answered my crucial worldview questions. It was that the pages captured the personal testimony of a man who knew pride, failure and rejection. Yet Colson found transformation and redemption—both of which I was craving. I will forever be grateful to my professor for that vital introduction.
Now Owen Strachan is introducing Colson to my generation in a whole new way. In his new book The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World, Strachan, a professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and President of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, retells Colson's story to embolden young evangelicals striving to follow Christ amidst a culture that rejects us the moment "Jesus" is uttered from our lips. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has said America is heading into a downward spiral, after taking a look at recent surveys pointing out the beliefs of the 20-somethings age group. The creationist blamed the belief in evolution for undermining the Bible.
"As part of the America's Research Group research, we wanted to gauge the spiritual state of the general population. When you specifically consider the 20 somethings (ages 20–29), you can get a glimpse of what the 'new America' will be if this culture continues on the same downward spiral," Ham wrote in an AiG blog on Monday, commenting on the major Pew Research Study on America's changing religious landscape released in May, and further studies AiG has requested.
"As Scripture reveals, it can take only one generation to lose a culture. Today, we certainly witness the loss of the once predominantly Christianized worldview in our society. The detailed research we conducted through ARG (and which confirms studies by other groups) makes it very clear that the beliefs of the 20s age group have created a tipping point in the culture," he added. more >>
The potential release of Christian mother of five Asia Bibi, who recently saw her death sentence in Pakistan temporarily suspended, could be a "watershed moment" for all Christians falsely accused of blasphemy, a watchdog group has said.
"This could be a watershed moment as never before has a Christian blasphemy law victim had to appeal to the Supreme High Court, the majority are released at High Court. However the legal precedent that may be created as a consequence of a successful appeal could provide protection to future Christian victims faced with cases championed by aggressive, hatred fueled Islamic imams, while actual false eyewitnesses fail to appear during any stage of the court process," Wilson Chowdhry, president of the British Pakistani Christian Association, told The Christian Post on Monday.
"Moreover, a precedent could also limit the type of allegation that will be accepted by courts as a potential blasphemy. For instance, Asia Bibi's appeal focuses on the question she asked 'My Christ died for me, what did Muhammed do for you?' Despite 500 clerics in Pakistan believing the contents of the sentence was blasphemous, the majority of liberal imams outside of Pakistan believe the question exhibits little that could be construed as a blasphemy," Chowdhry added. more >>
E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest) in Decatur, Georgia, has become somewhat of a hero among gay rights advocates after a clip from one of his recent sermons on the hypocritical treatment of gays by some black churches went viral during the weekend. On Monday, however, he declared that his message should not be taken as support for LGBT advocacy.
"In the African-American church … you are guilty of condemning the Supreme Court system and preaching against something. But if you look at half of our choirs and a great number of our artists that we call abominations, we call demons, we demonize and dehumanize the same people that we use. We don't say nothing about the gay choir director because he's good for business," said Smith in the 5-minute clip from the controversial message that has been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube since it was posted last Thursday.
"As long as the choir sound good, I ain't saying nothing about his sexuality. We have done what the slave master did to us. Dehumanize us, degrade us, demonize us, but then use them for our advantage," he added. Dewey's comments from the clip have sparked a frenzy of headlines and an ongoing discussion about his views on same-sex marriage. more >>
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, accused the Center for Medial Progress of being "part of the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement," while asserting the pro-life group is linked to organizations that bomb clinics and murder doctors.
Richards made the accusations during her Sunday appearance on ABC's "This Week" with host and former political staffer for President Bill Clinton, George Stephanopoulos.
"The folks behind this are part of the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement that has been behind the bombing of clinics, the murder of doctors in their homes and in their churches, and that is what needs to be looked at," Richards argued. more >>
If you believe in the power of prayer, would you please pray more?
More and more, I'm convinced that the world would be a much better place if we took prayer more seriously. Prayer is not just a spiritual practice, it's the means by which God changes our lives and changes the world.
Prayer isn't just helpful, it's important. more >>