While reflecting on a powerful quote from the lips of Catherine Booth, I was struck by the fact that the latest strategies of the American Church, strategies to avoid conflict with the world, are not only wrong-headed. They are actually diametrically opposed to the strategies we should be following.
Let me explain what I mean.
Catherine Booth was the co-founder of the Salvation Army, along with her husband William Booth, and for decades, the Salvationists were known for their fearless, uncompromising preaching of the gospel, their sacrificial living, and their compassionate care for the hurting and the poor. more >>
The Swedish Evangelical Alliance has responded to former megachurch leader Ulf Ekman's decision to convert to Roman Catholicism, praising him for all his efforts in bringing the Word of God to Swedes and people around the world, but also highlighting the "crucial dividing lines" between Catholics and Evangelicals that can not be ignored.
"Ulf Ekman, despite all the controversies along the way, is undoubtedly the most dynamic and influential Christian leader we have had in Sweden during the past half century. His international significance goes far beyond what most Swedes understand; countless people around the world thank God for the ministry of Ulf Ekman," Stefan Gustavsson, general secretary of the Swedish Evangelical Alliance, stated, as reported by IRD President Mark Tooley on Tuesday.
"In other matters, there are crucial dividing lines which can't be avoided," he added. more >>
Even though the majority of our nation and our generation is pro-life, many high school and college administrations still treat those with pro-life views as second class citizens, acting as if we should just be grateful when they let us host a speaker or put up a flyer they have tried to censor.
Their excuse is always the same: "Your display/flyer/speaker is too offensive to others and too disruptive to our learning environment."
And I have to agree with them one point, abortion is offensive. Deceiving women and killing babies is offensive. It offends me, which is why I seek to abolish abortion. But how have we become a society that shields young people, those most targeted by the abortion industry, from discussing topics that might be uncomfortable or offend their sensibilities? more >>
Despite its box office success, the Son of God Movie isn't very good. Despite its widespread endorsement by Christian leaders, it is not faithful to the Scriptures. Watching this film reminded me of my dealings with seriously disturbed children.
Attachment disordered children have had no loving adult in their lives to whom they can entrust themselves. Their parents are absent or indifferent. Other adults they have encountered have been positively harmful to them. When loving and competent adults do finally enter their lives, these children are afraid to trust.
It would be an understatement to say that these kids can be difficult to deal with. Picture this situation. more >>
Last year, I wrote about a German family who was pursuing political asylum in the United States. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, along with their five children, fled their native Germany, seeking refuge from persecution for homeschooling, and their story was all over the news this week.
If you aren't familiar with their plight, the Romeikes withdrew their children from local schools, and began homeschooling in 2006, concerned that compulsory education was undermining their Christian faith and what they were trying to teach their children at home. But homeschooling is banned by law in Germany, which caused the Romeikes to accumulate $10,000 in fines and risked their children being taken from them.
Soon after they arrived in the U.S., the Romeikes were granted asylum. In fact, federal immigration Judge Lawrence Burman ruled the Romeikes had a reasonable fear of persecution for their beliefs, rightly depicting the homeschool ban as "utterly repellent to everything we believe as Americans." more >>
Editor's Note: This op-ed orginally appeared as a blog post at PajamaPages.com. It is reprinted with permission from the author.
What would you think of a pastor who preached to his church in front of billboards advertising the newest Cadillac or Monster Energy drinks? Would you find it acceptable for a pastor to paste advertising all over the stage, filling the space with branded messages in the finest traditions of NASCAR?
Would it make it any better if the pastor was pocketing money from these ads? more >>