Best-selling author and megachurch pastor Max Lucado believes that the 18 month long political process is draining Americans of the joy in their lives.
In an interview on the NPR program "All Things Considered" that aired Sunday, the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas preacher talked about his concerns regarding the 2016 election.
"I think these days, my main concern is not really with either candidate. But my main concern is with the anxiety that has settled upon the country. I'm concerned about the consequences of this 18-month conversation that seems to have just really sucked the joy out of our people," said Lucado. more >>
Popular Christian entertainer Carman Licciardello, mononymously known as Carman, recently overcame an intense battle with cancer and is now spreading his testimony with others battling the disease by launching "Night of Victory" campaign.
The popular evangelist took to Facebook with a photo of himself backstage posing with fans who are battling cancer and revealed that he's launching the new campaign to help raise money. The money will be used to perform full-production concerts free for all the cancer patients, their families, the nurses, doctors and all people in need of a miracle.
"3 years ago I was diagnosed with incurable cancer and given a short time to live. With God's grace, coupled with your prayers and support I won my war and today I'm 100 % cancer free. But the pictures you see are those in the thick of their battle. My campaign on Gofundme is simply called 'A Night of Victory.' Backstage after every concert I personally give a special Prayer Bear to those in cancer treatment right now. Showing them, like it says on the Bears 'Somebody's praying for me' Our concerts and tours have an added dimension of hope and healing that we've never had before. But I need your donations and support to keep going. People come to these concerts with their faith held high, believing for a miraculous touch from God. And they aren't disappointed. Please open your heart right now to help me bring this 'Night of Victory' to these precious people who need this event. Watch these precious souls on this Facebook site and see how we are building prayer chains for folks just like you, who need encouragement," he posted. more >>
Mormon political commentator Glenn Beck has said that he agrees with Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore in his assertion that the divide among evangelicals caused by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will take longer to recover from than the televangelist scandals of the 1980s.
"It saddens me that our fellow Christian leaders don't see the long lasting effect here," Beck, who has been highly critical of Trump, said in a Facebook post on Monday.
"I agree with the evangelical leader in the interview when he says this will be harder to overcome than the televangelist scandals in the 80s. I pray he is wrong but fear he is correct. We are going to need all hands on deck - ALL PEOPLE of real faith," he added. more >>
If you ask Bill Johnson, many Christians will say they believe God is good because the Bible says so, but the way they interpret His goodness is another matter entirely.
Johnson, 65, who is the senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California, said in a recent interview with The Christian Post that for some in the Body of Christ, wrong beliefs about Him are often borne out of the potent pain and disappointment that comes from unanswered prayers. God's character is thus impugned in the process.
"It's what I refer to as lazy theology," Johnson told CP without an ounce of accusation in his voice, particularly the idea that "because sometimes something doesn't happen, it must not be His will." more >>
Have you ever wondered what a hypocrite smells like? All you need to do is sniff a homeless person to know what hypocrites don't smell like.
Most of the homeless people I've helped, straight-up stink. They don't smell as nice as all the self-righteous folks out there arrogantly condemning Christians who support Trump.
That's why I prefer spending my spare time helping homeless people who pass through my little town on their way to nowhere in particular. They carry no pretenses, walking around in smelly clothes and worn out, oversized shoes. They are not hypocrites. Nor are they too proud to accept food … cash … a blanket … a warm coat. And every once in a while, they allow me the privilege of telling them about the time the "Friend of Sinners" befriended me, inspiring me to "go and sin no more." more >>
Speaking at the Southern Evangelical Seminary's annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, Christian philosopher and historian Gary Habermas shared historical facts that a vast majority of scholars, including even skeptics, do not dispute — facts that are the basis for proving Jesus' boldly resurrection.
"Of what did earliest preaching consist before there was a single New Testament book? What did the earliest Christian preaching look like before any books were written?" Habermas, a New Testament scholar, asked the audience, explaining that he would talk about what the first 20 years after Jesus' Crucifixion looked like.
Oral testimonies are important as evidence of a historical event, he said Saturday at what's known as America's largest and longest-running apologetics conference. He added that studies have shown that if you have special reasons to remember special events, you'll remember it more carefully for a longer period of time. more >>