Super Typhoon Haiyan and the anniversary of super storm Sandy should remind all of us of the tragic suffering that is part of living in the post-fall world, affected by both human sin and the divine curse (Genesis 3).
But is Rev. Darren A. Ferguson, of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Far Rockaway, NY, whose home and church Sandy destroyed, right to insist that "climate change" made Sandy stronger than it otherwise would have been?
Assume for a moment (though there is good reason to doubt it) that the world's been warming rapidly and beyond the bounds of natural variability and that, as he put it, "we are the primary cause." Does that entail that Sandy was more powerful because of it? more >>
Mars Hill Bible Church, the congregation founded by author Rob Bell, lost about 1,000 people over their former pastor's controversial 2011 book, Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, according to the Grandville, Mich., megachurch's new pastor Kent Dobson.
"There was a lot of drama with (Bell's book) Love Wins and that season feels like it's over. This year has been one of sort of settling down a bit and re-identifying our priorities, making some goals for the future and getting reinvested in some new outreach opportunities and finding our feet. (It's) a chance to open up a new chapter, enter into a new season," Dobson said of the transition since Bell's departure. more >>
While Virginia media reported Tuesday that a Liberty University student had been killed in an officer-related shooting, the evangelical Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell Sr., revealed that the incident had taken place at a women's-only dorm after a male student and a campus police officer got into an "altercation."
WRIC-TV in Lynchburg, Va., reported that a police officer fatally shot a student early Tuesday morning at the off-campus housing area called Residential Annex II, where about 200 students reside.
ARLINGTON, Va. – A legal expert and head of a conservative law firm has stated that government actions against religious groups over same-sex marriage and abortion are "red lines of liberty" being crossed.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, told The Christian Post while part of an event in the Washington, D.C.-area on Monday that these red lines involve coercion on the part of government.
"These red lines of liberty are coming very rapidly. They're not just issues that are contrary to Christian values that you can coexist with," said Staver. "These are issues where the government is seeking to force you to affirm ideas and values that are completely contrary to your Christian faith." more >>
A Florida pastor has sparked an online debate about a church role – armor bearer – often tied to the Bible but yet is not described in the New Testament as an actual church position or office. His post, having attracted nearly 8,000 Facebook "likes," challenges the concept of such a position that is usually tailored to assist pastors and that can involve tasks like serving as a personal bodyguard or carrying a preacher's Bible.
"I read Terry Nance's book, God's Armor Bearers, when it was first published some years ago . I found it interesting. Then I forgot it. I never expected it would get so much traction. Yet there is a now a movement of 'armor bearers.' And I am not sure it's a good thing," writes H.B. Charles Jr., pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla.
"Let me [be] clear. It is good for men to have hearts and hands to serve in the church. And it is good when men are willing to serve their pastor. Every man should have another man in his life that he submits to. But I wonder if all this 'armor bearer' stuff is taking things too far," Charles continues in his post titled "Armor Bearer is NOT a Biblical Church Office!" more >>
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Chris Tomlin's awarding winning "Burning Lights" tour recently stopped in one of the South's richest musical enclaves to showcase the songs and message that have catapulted him to new heights in the Praise and Worship genre of Christian music.
Tomlin and Atlanta-based pastor Louie Giglio entertained a nearly packed house at Hope Church in Memphis, combining Tomlin's strong vocal performances of such hits as "Our God," "Whom Shall I Fear" and "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)," with the mega-pastor's message of grace and forgiveness. Giglio, who has been friends with Tomlin for over a decade, addressed the crowd with a message on the prodigal son and a message of hope for those struggling with life's challenges.
The Christian Post sat down with Tomlin prior to his mid-October performance and discussed the tour and how life on the road is different with a wife and young child at home. more >>