According to Cenk Uygur, co-host of the Young Turks and a self-described fervent agnostic, "We have a lunatic on the court." He is speaking of Justice Antonin Scalia who stated in an interview with New York Magazine that he believes in the existence of the devil. In the words of Uygur, that is "cuckoo for cocoa puffs."
Uygur admits that "a lot of Americans believe in the devil," but, he continues, "I hope that it's a symbolic thing they are talking about and not an actual creature with the horn and a tail. I mean that would be ridiculous right?" more >>
A digital billboard that features a Christian ad telling atheists, "Thank God you're wrong," in New York's Times Square is now being used by a secular group to spread the message, "OMG, there is no god!" alongside the face of former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Julia Sweeney.
The billboard has been placed by the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation at the intersection of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue.
The atheist ad was unveiled Friday, four days after an evangelical group, Answers in Genesis, used the same spot to run a 15-second video with the message, "To all of our atheist friends: Thank God you're wrong." more >>
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Dr. Richard Land, the new president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, called on evangelicals on Friday to stand up and reclaim culture from a world "wracked by demonic activity," and act like winners in Christ against the powers of the devil.
"We do not live in a neutral world. We live in a world that is wracked with demonic activity, and evil and malign satanic intent," Land declared on Friday night at SES's 20th annual Christian Apologetics conference. "We need to understand that. We are engaged in spiritual warfare. And once we become believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we begin to march in the opposite direction of the devil."
The session began with a video presentation honoring the life of evangelist Chuck Colson, a born-again Christian who started Prison Fellowship Ministry, reaching out to prisoners and advocating for their spiritual transformation. more >>
More than 3,000 Christian believers are participating in an ongoing conference, Empowered21, in Kyoto, Japan, for worship, prayer and teaching. Organizers say it is one of the largest of such gatherings the nation has seen in its history.
The four-day Empowered21 All Japan Conference, which concludes Monday, has "Spirit empowered" believers of all ages from across Japan, Asia and the world at the Kyoto International Convention Center.
"As one of the largest gatherings of Christians in Japan, this is a historic meeting for the Spirit empowered believers in the nation," said William M. Wilson, Empowered21 global chairman, in a statement. more >>
During the second and third days of the Exponential West conference this week, speakers shared five discipleship essentials and encouraged church leaders to train and equip their flock to go out into the world to share the Gospel in order to empty hell and fill heaven.
Pastor Rick Warren, whose Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., hosted the three-day conference that was attended by 2,000 church planters, spoke about multiplying and exponentially reproducing disciples. The four core ingredients he said are necessary to make disciples are: having a disciple-making pastor; having a disciple-making ministry at church; using the method of Jesus as the process; and lastly, pain, problems and persecution.
Warren noted that no one wants pain, problems and persecution, but quoted from Acts 14:21-22 and said that believers, "enter into the kingdom through much suffering." more >>
I recently read on a politically conservative website that "God cares little for governments or powers. God's business is the human soul." This hit me like an intellectual pothole-it rattled and flattened me, like a car discovering a crater in the road at full speed. I didn't have to think about whether I'd hit my head against an idiotic idea, I knew that by the welt rising on my theological and history-minded forehead.
The belief that God's business isn't that of human government but only that of the human soul is to diminish God to a narrow-minded deity unworthy of the God of the Bible. Such an idea makes God both cruel and unjust-cruel since He chooses to leave us in this savage present instead of taking us immediately into that glorious future; unjust since He doesn't really care whether human beings live in peace or in anarchy. And that is an injustice most cruel.
Older generations of Christians, including the Pilgrims who first came to America, possessed a richer theology. They appreciated and practiced Paul command in 1 Timothy 2:1–2. It was out of the Pilgrims' understanding that God not only cared for the human soul but also for the human body and the world humans inhabit that lead them to construct churches, organize communities, establish grammar schools and universities, commission missionaries, and exercise political power. Motivated by a theology of a God who loves the world not just the soul, their children and their children's children followed their example, establishing hospitals, founding relief organizations, building businesses, fighting for freedom, and creating constitutions-all for the common good. more >>