If you think you have grasped the history of Argentina by seeing Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, or having heard "Don't cry for me, Argentina," at least do a Google search.
The roller-coaster story of politics and economics in this eighth-largest country in the world is like few others. Named because of its rich silver deposits, today the country is rich in potential wealth, resilient, proud in spirit, and wild in its political/military swings. Argentina's spiritual resurgence has often been obscured by its more colorful and tragic public stories of infighting, hidden deaths, corruption, and economic inversions.
One can picture today's global church in its contemporary format by seeing here the Protestant church — at least within a Charismatic or neo-Pentecostal form — in its variegating shades. more >>
Young Earth creationist Ken Ham, reflecting on the recent "Reason Rally" atheist gathering in Washington D.C., said that with the growing "secular religion" in America it is the responsibility of Christians share the Gospel with non-believers.
"Jesus tells us to 'lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest' (John 4:35). We should recognize that the growing numbers of secularists are a mission field with whom we have the responsibility and privilege of sharing the gospel (Matthew 28:19)," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog.
"Our hearts should break at their lost state, and we should be encouraged to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13–16) as we share the good news of the message of Jesus Christ with a broken, hurting world." more >>
In their zeal to win souls for Christ, some Christians slip into Beast Mode — that aggressive, sometimes negative manner of dealing with non-believers that, instead of drawing people closer to Christ, usually drives them farther away. If they're honest, many will admit that they've been on the receiving end of an awkward Beast Mode moment or two, or know at least a couple of Christians who fit the Beast Mode bill.
In his recent book Unanswered, a volume six years in the making that intends to shed light on such hot-button topics within today's Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston warns believers against being overzealous witnesses, instead reminding them to maintain a balance when evangelizing, using Jesus as the perfect example.
"I think that we always walk a fine line with people that are not following Jesus … what we say to them about their condition," Pastor Johnston told The Christian Post, reminding believers that Jesus was the ultimate evangelist. "Jesus was effective. He never went into Beast Mode, and he didn't bulldoze anyone with the Gospel." more >>
If I gave you the choice between drinking a muddy glass of water or a clear one, of course, you'd choose the clear one. Nobody wants their water mixed with dirt and sediment. The clearer the better.
What's true of a glass of water is true of a presentation of the Gospel. The clearer the better.
The Apostle Paul said this in Colossians 4:4 when he told the believers from Colossae to "Pray that I may proclaim it clearly as I should." more >>
Popular worship leader Israel Houghton has had quite the rough ride after announcing his divorce earlier this year. But in a new social media post, the singer reveals that his new girlfriend, whom he calls his "best friend," has been there for him through it all.
"A friend loves at all times..." Houghton posted a picture of himself and Bailon sleeping on each other along with the scripture Proverbs 17:17. "She @adriennebailon is my best friend. Wanna know why? Because, in times of adversity & storms she loved me AND my flaws," he captioned the photo.
Many have come out in support of Hillary Clinton, who noted in Brooklyn, New York, this week that it is "the first time in our nation's history a woman will be a major party's nominee," including award-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams. However not all of Adams' Christian fans are happy about it.
"Today is a day of Historic Significance because once again we make history as a country," Adams wrote on Facebook. "Congrats to Dem Nom Sec Hillary Clinton!! God's best to you me dear."
Thousands of responses followed, many celebrating Clinton while others selecting the angry face emoticon on the social media site to express their disapproval. more >>