"I was horrified," said John Stemberger, chairman of the board of Trail Life USA, a new, rapidly growing scouting organization that doesn't allow openly gay members.
Stemberger was referring to an Associated Press photograph that accompanied an in-depth story about Trail Life. The image showed a group of young boys gathered in a circle with their hands raised at an unusual angle. The AP's original caption on the photo said they were reciting the organization's "creed" during a meeting in North Richland Hills, Texas.
It took the AP several days to acknowledge their error. But by then, the unfortunate comparison to Nazi Germany had spread on the Internet faster than Hitler's invasion of Poland. more >>
Louie Giglio, who has ministered to over a million U.S. college students at his annual Passion Conference in the past 17 years, recently shared with The Christian Post his definition of leadership, saying that he believes the best "leaders are followers." The Atlanta, Ga., pastor also commented on the 2013 Obama inauguration controversy and taking the global Passion tour to the Middle East for the very first time.
Below is a transcription of CP's interview with Giglio. It has been edited for clarity.
CP: There are so many examples of leadership, especially in the Church, and some might certainly say they aren't all good. What's your definition 'leadership' and how do you personally live that out? more >>
Leonard Ravenhill once wrote, "Five minutes inside eternity and we will wish that we had sacrificed more, wept more, grieved more, loved and prayed more, and given more."
Yes, the moment we step into eternity and see the unveiled glory of God, the fullness of the beauty of Jesus, the immensity of the grace that was poured out on us, the massive debt that was paid on our behalf, the endless splendor of the world to come, and the horrors of judgment that we have escaped – yes, at that very moment, just "five minutes inside eternity," we will wish that we had been more devoted to the Lord.
Who among us will not wish that we had told more people about the Savior? more >>
Is it "God's Work" to kill the unborn? President Obama seemed to say so recently.
Steven Ertelt wrote an article, "Obama Says His Pro-Abortion Supporters are 'Doing God's Work,'" for Lifenews.com.
Ertelt notes, "At an event in Washington last night, President Barack Obama told his liberal, pro-abortion supporters who are members of his political group Organizing for Action that they are 'Doing God's Work.'" more >>
[Teaser: Why the Koran and the Sword are inextricably linked…]
While other scriptures contain contradictions, the Koran is the only holy book whose commentators have evolved a doctrine to account for the very visible shifts that occur from one injunction to another. No careful reader will remain unaware of the many contradictory verses in the Koran, most specifically the way in which peaceful and tolerant verses lie almost side by side with violent and intolerant ones. The ulema were initially baffled as to which verses to codify into the Shari'a worldview-the one that states there is no coercion in religion (2:256), or the ones that command believers to fight all non-Muslims till they either convert, or at least submit, to Islam (8:39, 9:5, 9:29). To get out of this quandary, the commentators developed the doctrine of abrogation, which essentially maintains that verses revealed later in Muhammad's career take precedence over earlier ones whenever there is a discrepancy. In order to document which verses abrogated which, a religious science devoted to the chronology of the Koran's verses evolved (known as an-Nasikh wa'l Mansukh, the abrogater and the abrogated).
But why the contradiction in the first place? The standard view is that in the early years of Islam, since Muhammad and his community were far outnumbered by their infidel competitors while living next to them in Mecca, a message of peace and coexistence was in order. However, after the Muslims migrated to Medina in 622 and grew in military strength, verses inciting them to go on the offensive were slowly "revealed"-in principle, sent down from God-always commensurate with Islam's growing capabilities. In juridical texts, these are categorized in stages: passivity vis-á-vis aggression; permission to fight back against aggressors; commands to fight aggressors; commands to fight all non-Muslims, whether the latter begin aggressions or not. Growing Muslim might is the only variable that explains this progressive change in policy. more >>
Christian writer and intellectual Wesley Hill, who identifies as gay, has entered the fray of an increasingly meshed LGBT and church climate through his decision to pursue chastity.
The author of "Washed and Waiting" and professor at Trinity School of Ministry spoke about his decision and how his fellow unmarried straight and LGBT Christians ought to set boundaries at S1NGLE, a conference organized by Pastor Tim Keller's Redeemer Presbyterian Church's Family Ministries on Saturday.
Hill said that during adolesence, he first realized he would be forced to make some serious decisions about his sexuality and faith. more >>