It's the time of year when we many will make new goals and set firm resolutions. Sometimes that recommitment means seeking a deeper relationship with God in the New Year. But a new poll finds that goal is cold comfort to those who don't believe in God in the first place.
A new Harris poll indicates that the majority of Americans believe that God is real. Seventy-five percent would call themselves believers, which is good news but the bad news is that in years past, 82 percent believed.
In November of last year, Harris polled over 2200 adults and the results are none too positive. Other key findings reveal steadfast erosion in the core tenants of orthodox Christianity. more >>
As I dialogue with believers across a large spectrum of theological perspectives, it is clear that we often talk right past each other, disagreeing with each other before we even understand each other. Just as often, we uphold our own beliefs by misrepresenting the positions we reject. This does nothing to advance true understanding or dialogue.
While writing Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message, I read the books of the key teachers very carefully, praying that God would show me blind spots in my own life, that he would expose any legalistic thinking within me, and that he would open my eyes to any grace insights these teachers had that I might be lacking.
I did not see myself as God's policeman, and even when a position seemed extreme, I tried to consider the point the author was making rather than reject it out of hand. (To be candid, some positions were so extreme and unbiblical they had to be rejected out of hand.) more >>
The president of a South Carolina atheist organization will decide what church she will attend depending on how high church-goers bid for her attendance in an auction called, "Take an Atheist Leader to Church," posted on eBay.
Eve Brannon of Upstate Atheists has spread the word about her auction to local churches with the intent to collect all funds to sponsor her organization's charitable events this year. She plans to attend the church service of the highest bidder, along with her daughter, which she says will be her first time attending since leaving her former Baptist faith.
"I'm curious to see if anything's changed or if it's the same as it was when I was a kid," said Brannon, reports Fox Carolina. "I'm certainly not trying to infiltrate a church. I'm going with an open mind. I'm going to be as positive as I can. I'm taking my daughter as a learning experience. I don't want anyone to think negatively about it at all." more >>
Is there a new reformation sweeping the Church today, a reformation as radical and important as the Protestant Reformation that rocked the world 500 years ago? According to a growing number of Christian leaders, the answer is emphatically yes.
Pastor Clark Whitten, author of Pure Grace: The Life Changing Power of Uncontaminated Grace, claims that, "Little has changed in the Protestant church in more than 500 years" – until now, that is. He believes that Luther and Calvin "got it right concerning justification, or how one is saved. . . . But they missed it on sanctification, or how one is perfected into the likeness of Christ."
Whitten states that Luther and Calvin, followed by the Protestant Church ever since, taught a doctrine of "saved by grace but perfected by human effort," an approach that has produced "a Church that is judgmental, angry, hopeless, helpless, dependent, fearful, uninspired, ineffective, and perpetually spiritually immature." more >>
On Tuesday night, about 3,000 people from over 50 countries attended a prayer and worship night as part of Mission-Net's biannual congress.
"The countdown to New Year is a concert of prayer for the nations, both within Europe but beyond to the world," Jason Mandryk, author of the seventh edition of Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation, told The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday.
Mandryk described Mission-net as "basically a European Urbana," only smaller and more diverse, representing over 40 European nationalities along with others from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East (European immigrants). On Tuesday, the Facebook account of Operation World, which teams with Mission-net, announced that about 3,000 people from over 50 countries would attend the New Year's concert. more >>
When American Christians say Jesus is the savior of prostitutes, druggies and thieves, I daresay this is not what they have in mind.
Chris Arnade is an avowed atheist, physics PhD holder, and former Wall Streeter. Arnade describes his atheism as:
"A life devoted to rational thought, a life devoted to numbers and clever arguments. more >>