What would Jesus do to promote his message as the Christ to Jews in first century Palestine? According to a tongue-in-cheek video from an ad agency, he might turn to a Canadian production company specializing in stunts.
In a video of "never-seen before original footage of the historic meeting leading to the biggest advertising stunt of all time," Jesus is shown sitting at a wooden table in a stone-hewn room with at least a dozen men gathered around him.
The subject of their discussion: what epic stunt Jesus should do next to increase awareness of his brand among the people. more >>
Jesus is a hot commodity. At least three networks — CNN, National Geographic and NBC — are banking on Christians tuning in during the holy season of Lent and on Easter Sunday to watch their varied presentations on the Son of God.
First on deck is CNN's original series, "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery," scheduled to air Sunday, March 1 at 9 p.m. E.T. more >>
Pastor and author David Platt said he once avoided speaking out about abortion. Now he warns Christians who are silent on the issue that they do not have the option of picking and choosing which social issues to support.
In his latest book, Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Homosexuality, Racism, Sex Slavery and other Social Issues, Platt admits that for a time he avoided speaking up about abortion because of its status as a wedge issue.
But the Bible helped him realize that "Before it's ever a political issue, this is a God issue." Now he says when it comes to the unborn, "What we believe about who God is and how God creates doesn't leave room for political or moral neutrality on abortion." more >>
Yesterday I ran across an article in The Christian Post where the infamous "hell-can't-be-real-because-love-wins" Rob Bell assured the even more infamous "I left Christianity because "I couldn't believe in a God that's jealous of me" Oprah Winfrey that the American Church is moments away from embracing gay marriage. The article has gone mega viral, provoking protest and upset among thousands of Christians. And understandably so. I mean, if Christ's Church is about to bow down to the culture and honor monogamous same-sex relationships as worthy of marital title, that's surely reason for outcry and shock.
But I just want to assure you guys of something, because I surprisingly haven't seen anyone else say it yet: Christ's Church is not on the verge of embracing gay marriage, and it never will be.
Now, there may be a multitude of religious institutions that call themselves churches that are on the verge of embracing gay marriage. Actually, there already are a multitude of institutions that call themselves churches and embrace gay marriage. I know plenty of people - some within my own family - that attend these religious institutions. Their leaders are passionate about vocally expressing the need for same-sex marriage to be not only tolerated, but also celebrated in Christian circles. They gently coerce others toward error with sweet, deceiving words: more >>
The unthinkable may be near at hand: homosexuality as a "civil right." It's a complete lie, but the signs point to the U.S. Supreme Court granting constitutional-rights status to same-sex "marriage," and if that happens, homosexual behavior is likely then to become a civil right under U.S. law.
Will our elected representatives prevent this next step from taking place?
Here's how this may occur. Assuming the states' rights instructions of the Constitution don't stop the liberal majority on the high court, and they move on to the equal protection question, their thinking is likely to go like this: that the "person" being equally protected under the law in the 14th Amendment can encompass homosexual behavior. more >>
I cringed. Recently, I sat watching a cable news broadcast — can't remember which one. What I do remember is it featured people doing good in the world … and it made me cringe.
Lots of people were highlighted, but the two young black people they featured both shared the same general narrative: So and so had a hard life. He came from poverty. She came from abuse or neglect. But they rose above. Now look at all they've accomplished. It was striking. None of the stories of white people started with this narrative. Rather, theirs usually went something like: Little Suzy or Johnny took a class project and turned it into a major non-profit that helps thousands of orphans … in Africa.
No matter where you tuned into this broadcast, blackness unconsciously was associated with hardship and overcoming while whiteness was associated with genius and compassion. more >>