Justin Bieber, 21-year-old recording artist and model, was attending the Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia, this week and recently shared that the Pentecostal church's New York City pastor Carl Lentz has made a tremendous impact on his life.
Bieber, who has been known to spend time with Lentz, Hillsong NYC co-pastor and worship leader Joel Houston, City Church Pastor Judah Smith, and other influential young Christian leaders, reportedly interrupted a television network's interview with Lentz on Tuesday to state: "I'm glad to know him. He's changed my life."
Many social conservatives are rightly disappointed and dismayed by the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which effectively legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states. Many pundits—even those who disagree with the decision—are already advising conservatives to consider the matter settled and turn their attention to other issues. However, I would encourage supporters of traditional marriage to continue stay the course. The future is unpredictable and developments in politics, technology, and culture can sometimes produce unexpected changes in public opinion.
For instance, in January of 1973, who would have predicted that:
1) Abortion numbers would quickly surge to over one million by 1977 and reach 1,600,000 by 1990. more >>
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis group, which has reviewed each episode of the "A.D. The Bible Continues" miniseries that aired on NBC, has written in its conclusion that the show's last episode was "absolutely dismal," and said the show does not deserve a second season.
"Theologically and historically, the writers of this show have been sloppy at best and calculatingly agenda-driven at the expense of Scripture at worst. Indeed the 'A.D.' for this 12th (and final for now) installment stands for 'Absolutely Dismal,'" AiG's in-depth review states.
The Creationist organization lists the numerous historical and biblical inaccuracies it found in the last episode, which include big spoilers concerning the plot and characters. more >>
It isn't necessary to rehash last Friday. You know what happened. Like many, many others across the nation you too are jolting along a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Grief and frustration mixed with burn-out, exhaustion and maybe a little fear after the U.S. Supreme Court's swift redefinition of matrimony.
Difficult times are ahead for Christian ministries, non-profits, private schools, churches, pastors and individuals, it's true. Which is why I awoke to an inbox of questions including: "What exactly is a common person like myself to do?" "What actions can I take to defend this attack and how can I educate those that are unaware of it?"
Questions like these cannot be dismissed as outrageous and unimaginable. Yesterday the New York Times' columnist Mark Oppenheimer entertained the idea that the government should end tax exemptions for faith-based institutions, allegedly for our own good. He penned, "The Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn't be subsidizing religion and non-profits." Oppenheimer added, "We'd have fewer church soup kitchens — but countries that truly care about poverty don't rely on churches to run soup kitchens. more >>
The recent, racially-motivated massacre of a bible study group in a historic African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston has sparked grief, shock, rage, and an almost-unbelievable and moving expression of forgiveness from the victims' families. The shooting reignited a national conversation on the appropriateness of public displays of the Confederate battle flag; many prominent Southern Christians spoke in favor of its removal. Within Charleston, the church which was the site of the massacre was packed during the next Sunday's service. Thousands participated in vigils, and an estimated 20,000 people of every background marched together in solidarity, singing "This Little Light of Mine" and "God Bless America." Many public leaders recognized and reflected this solidarity and the forgiveness offered even while acknowledging and mourning the history of anti-Black and anti-Black church violence in American history; a vocal few, primarily from the political left, chose instead to exploit the tragedy for their own ends.
Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, gave an impassioned speech denouncing America and aligning all white Americans with the sentiments of the racist murderer. This speech was given at historic Metropolitan AME Church in Washington D.C., the "National Cathedral of African Methodism," and received thunderous applause and cheers. Farrakhan did not hold back with his extreme and inciting vitriol. Speaking of the white people of Charleston that joined in the services, vigils, and marches he shouted, "White folks march with you because they don't want you upsetting the city. They don't give a damn about them nine."
Because the police fed the murderer shortly after he was (without incident) apprehended, Farrakhan accused them of supporting the murders. "And you know what they [the police] were saying? 'You did a good job killing all them [racial epithet].' You think they were sympathetic? If they were sympathetic with us they would have snatched him, put him in chains, had the gun on him." (Photos show the murderer in handcuffs.) more >>
Leading Evangelist Franklin Graham is warning Christians nationwide that they should be ready to face persecution if they wish to stand by the biblical definition of marriage following last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States.
Despite President Barack Obama claiming that the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is a "victory for a America," Graham, the president of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, asserted in an interview with Fox News' Todd Starnes last weekend that the United States is really the true "loser" because the ruling could bring God's judgement upon the nation.
"Our nation has a spiritual problem and we need God's forgiveness and we need to repent of our sins and turn from our sins because I do believe that God's judgement will come on this nation," the 62-year-old Graham stated. more >>