International preacher, speaker and author Christine Caine recently revealed that she had been diagnosed with cancer.
Caine took to her blog on Tuesday to share that during the span of a week, she had gone from having a sore throat to being diagnosed with four separate throat conditions, including stage 1 of thyroid cancer. Ten weeks later, Caine testified that Jesus had healed the one part of her body that is "most used to do what God has called me to do."
"I had a thyroidectomy last Tuesday. They took half of my thyroid; I won't need any more medication, and there is now no trace of cancer in my body. Praise Jesus. He answered our prayers. He healed my body. And for that I am so thankful. More thankful than I have words to express right now," Caine said in her blog. more >>
The news from around the world over the last few months has been nothing less than heartbreaking. It seems as though the world is in flames.The democracy protests that began in Kiev have erupted into a full-scale armed rebellion, which resulted in hundreds of innocent lives lost when separatists shot down a commercial airplane. Iraq is falling into chaos with hundreds of thousands fleeing violence, including religious minorities. The upheaval could spell the end of the 2,000-year presence of Christianity in many places in Iraq. The more than three-year-old civil war in Syria continues to produce victims, with more than 10 million refugees and internally displaced people so far. Families and children are forced to rebuild in Gaza after fighting between Israel and Hamas. In Central America, gangs have reeked such havoc that now tens of thousands of children are seeking refuge by flooding into the United States. In many cases, they are fleeing for their lives, taking tremendous risks in the hope of some protection in the U.S. The deadly Ebola virus has brought terror across western Africa.
Our instinct, as we are confronted by this horror on the nightly news, is not to allow ourselves to truly confront this pain. We might say a quick prayer asking God to do something to help those who are suffering, but often it is simply too much to allow ourselves to really engage with what is happening around the world.
As a Christian, I think it is a tragedy if we fail to engage in the world's suffering and instead retreat for our own safety or peace of mind. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a healing balm for the sake of the suffering, not a means of escaping it. That's in part why World Vision decided to take the risky step of beginning relief operations in Iraq. more >>
R. Albert Mohler Jr., the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently spoke with the New York Times about Hillsong Church and criticized the movement for watering down the Gospel message.
"It's a prosperity movement for the millennials, in which the polyester and middle-class associations of Oral Roberts have given way to ripped jeans and sophisticated rock music," said Mohler Jr. to NY Times. "What has made Hillsong distinctive is a minimization of the actual content of the Gospel, and a far more diffuse presentation of spirituality."
WASHINGTON — Contrary to popular opinion and previous research, the Christian Right was not responsible for people leaving their church, a new study finds.
While those who have left the Church appear to mostly have sympathies on the left side of the political spectrum, a correlation between those who have left the Church and views of the Christian Right does not imply that the Christian Right caused them to leave, according to researchers Paul Djupe, associate professor of political science at Denison University, and Jacob Neiheisel, assistant professor of political science at University of Buffalo, SUNY.
In their paper, "The Choice That Matters: Politics in the Role of Leaving Congregations," presented Aug. 30 at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Djupe and Neiheisel found that politics was related to the reason some chose to leave their congregations, but not in the way many imagine. more >>
Some people argue that America never was a Christian nation, even if most of the colonists were very devout. After all, some of the Founders were Deists and devotees of the Enlightenment, which in its extreme form in France tried to replace God with Reason.
Still more argue that America is not a Christian nation now. Barack Obama said on June 28, 2006: "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation—at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."
To test whether this is true or not, we might consider what a Christian nation would look like. more >>
When David Limbaugh let his friend Steve know that he had doubts about Christianity, he was surprised by Steve's response. Instead of a blast of arrogant judgmentalism, Steve responded like a Christian should—with grace and evidence. What has happened since that time is told in Limbaugh's excellent new book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel. Limbaugh artfully tells his journey from skepticism about Christ to skepticism about skepticism and ultimately to trust in Christ.
David is a lawyer, but he doesn't write like a lawyer. While he's intellectually precise, he writes as if he's sitting across the table from you, anticipating your questions and objections. This is rare for a book of Christian evidences (often called Christian apologetics). Such books often read like technical manuals, but not Jesus on Trial. Limbaugh not only does a masterful job of highlighting the abundant evidence that supports Christianity, his insights into what the scriptures actually say will have you marveling at the tapestry of scripture and the Savior who wove it.
From the very beginning, Limbaugh bares his soul, holding nothing back about how his previous doubts were shielded by an embarrassing lack of knowledge. He writes, "I knew, after all, that I hadn't really given the Bible itself a hearing, much less a fair one. To my surprise— and this is embarrassing to admit—Steve showed me how verses of Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, were tied to others in content and theme with remarkable frequency. Amazingly, I had never looked at a reference Bible before, and I was blown away. My ignorance was on display, but Steve wasn't remotely judgmental— to help me learn more, he even gave me that Bible. I was genuinely intrigued to discover that the Bible was not simply a mishmash of stories, allegories, alleged historical events, and moral lessons. There was obviously a pattern here, and for the first time in my life the Bible appeared to me to be thematically integrated. The scales on my eyes started peeling away." more >>