This column was originally published in The Atlantic.
In the closing days of 2013, Representative Steve King summed up the year in religion and politics well. After a year in which Christian leaders and organizations mobilized to pressure Congress on immigration reform, King was ready to take off his gloves: "We might lose [the immigration] debate in this country because of the sympathy factor, and it's also added to by a lot of Christian groups who misread the scripture, and I'm happy to take on that debate with any one of those folks."
As a frequent speaker at "values voter" conferences, King must have felt odd positioning himself in direct opposition to Christians. Then again, 2013 was a year defined by Christian leaders seeking to realign themselves politically to meet the challenges of a new century and changing culture. more >>
This month a new study came out from Barna Research on Trends on Faith, Work and Calling. There were some surprising facts that came from the study that every church leader should take to heart.
"Among Christians, there is a question: 'What does God want me to do with my life?' According to Barna Group's study, only 40 percent of practicing Christians say they have a clear sense of God's calling on their lives."
Additionally, their research shows "nearly two-thirds of churched adults say it has been at least three years or more since they heard church teachings on work and career, and yet, the workplace is where most Americans spend a the biggest share of their waking hours. However, connecting faith and work is of significant importance to the Christian community," said the study. more >>
A new book on Ruth and Billy Graham contains many lessons today's Christians can learn from the couple.
"There were so many books – several hundred – on the ministry and life of Billy Graham, but a real biography of the couple I could not find," Hanspeter Nuesch, 30-year director of Campus Crusade for Christ in Switzerland, told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday. Nuesch explained that "Ruth played an important role in his ministry – she was his life partner in everything." His new book, Ruth and Bill Graham: The Legacy of a Couple, was released last month.
Nuesch laid out five key lessons Ruth, who died in 2007, and Billy Graham, 95, taught with their lives. He suggested modern Christians apply these lessons to their lives today. more >>
A biographer and friend of Ruth and Billy Graham said the couple formed a perfect partnership and that their love remained strong even into old age.
"She was his life partner in everything, an integral part of his ministry," Hanspeter Nuesch, 30-year director of Campus Crusade for Christ in Switzerland, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. Nuesch's new book, Ruth and Bill Graham: The Legacy of a Couple, was released last month.
Nuesch told CP that he wrote his book because he saw several hundred books on the life and ministry of Billy Graham, 95, but none covering the story of the couple. "Ruth has played such an important role in this ministry. We have to write a book on the couple," the author explained. more >>
A group of Christian bloggers is partnering with South African-based organizations and local churches to raise $150,000 to build a community center in the city of Muabane that will benefit adults and orphans in need of food security and employment opportunities.
Lisa Jo-Baker, a Virginia-based mother and blogger considers herself the storyteller of the initiative and hopes to rally moms with the same heartfelt need to help raise the funds between Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
"It's a terrifying amount! There's no way I could possibly accomplish it myself. But as scared as I get and as much as I wanted to hide from this call, I felt certain that I heard God's quiet challenge to me and it sounded a lot like Him saying, 'I dare you to lose face.' So I'm all in," said Baker to The Christian Post. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Pastor Rick Warren encouraged hundreds of local Southern California pastors and ministry leaders attending a pre-release screening of "Son of God" at Saddleback Church Tuesday to use a six-week study the best-selling author created using scenes from the movie.
The "Son of God – The Life of Jesus in You" series (LifeWay publishers) will launch at Saddleback to coincide with the movie's release. Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, who were at the special screening, had asked Warren to create the book study with their movie as a tool.
"This is an incredible opportunity to double the size and number of your small [Bible/book study] groups," said Warren after the screening. He explained that the first time he used a movie to launch a series to be used in small groups was with "The Passion of the Christ." Warren said he offered content that was not available anywhere else, and while members of small groups were first attracted to attend by the nature of the content, they stayed in the study groups because of the formed relationships. more >>