This month a new study came out from Barna Research on Trends on Faith, Work and Calling. There were some surprising facts that came from the study that every church leader should take to heart.
"Among Christians, there is a question: 'What does God want me to do with my life?' According to Barna Group's study, only 40 percent of practicing Christians say they have a clear sense of God's calling on their lives."
Additionally, their research shows "nearly two-thirds of churched adults say it has been at least three years or more since they heard church teachings on work and career, and yet, the workplace is where most Americans spend a the biggest share of their waking hours. However, connecting faith and work is of significant importance to the Christian community," said the study. more >>
With just a few clicks on an ancestry website, I recently traced my own U.S. immigration story to 1650 - just 30 years after the Mayflower's landing - when my nine-times great grandfather, John Whitlow, stepped off a boat into what would later become Virginia. Undoubtedly, he did not have permission or a visa from the Rappahannock Indians, so truth be told, he was an "undocumented" arrival.
Considering the complexity of my own family tree, alongside my experiences growing up in central Texas, I have to ask myself: How should I respond as an evangelical pastor to the current immigration issues in the United States? Going to Scripture, I quickly find that the Bible instructs Christians to obey the laws of the land in Romans 13, while also repeatedly calling followers to welcome the stranger like in Matthew 25.
So I must ask myself; so we must all ask ourselves: How can we honor and respect the rule of law taught in Romans 13 and follow God's many instructions to love our immigrant neighbors like in Matthew 25? more >>
A group of Korean Christians are planning to build a "peace center" for a Christian community in Pakistan that was hit by a terrorist attack last year.
Last month, a delegation of Korean church leaders visited the Anglican Diocese of Peshawar at the request of Bishop Humphrey Peters. During the visitation, the delegation, which included Dr. Myoung Hyuk Kim, chairman of the Korean Evangelical Fellowship, and the Rev. Dong-Hwi Lee, senior pastor of the Tin Church, announced plans for a peace center.
Bestselling author and popular speaker Angie Smith is grateful that Christians are finally doing "what the Lord has called us to" — engaging in genuine dialogue about "hard subjects" otherwise considered taboo in some circles, such as same-sex marriage and a woman's role in the Church. Smith recently spoke with CP about her stance on some of these issues, including wives submitting to their husbands.
CP: Who are some men and women you either look to for inspiration in your walk, or think are doing amazing things right now in Christianity or in general? more >>
A study on family breakup as it effects children on the cusp of adulthood revealed that more children experience family breakup before adulthood in the South, well-known for its religious "Bible belt," according to the Family Research Council.
"The Bible belt is in deep, deep trouble on family," Pat Fagan, director of The Family Research Council's Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday. "Those who worship less have more family intactness and those who worship more have less," Fagan marveled.
Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church and founding president of High Impact Leadership Coalition, explained the nuances of different ethnic groups, most notably the high rates of family dislocation in the black community. "I think black families are experiencing the worst of the social trends, but they are leading in that direction," Jackson declared. "Half of our children do not feel that they are loved and accepted in their families." While the Asian family has the lowest rates of breakup, Jackson argued that they are going the same way. more >>
Do you remember the famous Paul Simon song "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"? Well, Facebook is now giving you 50 ways to describe your gender.
Several years ago, Harvard University's Business School changed the gender choices on its online application from "Female, Male" to "Female, Male, Transgender." But that was too limiting, so they changed it again to read "Female, Male, Undisclosed (specify below)."
And if this happened at Harvard, which was founded in 1636 "to train a literate clergy," you can be sure it has been happening on lots of other campuses as well. more >>