"JOHN 3:16" reads the sign raised high by the rainbow-colored, afro wig-wearing man who uses televised sporting events to promote Jesus. Or, you've seen people carrying signs "REPENT" and handing out leaflets during major events that attract thousands of people, who typically are along for a good time – not a sales pitch, of any kind. Sometimes, you'll see well-meaning people standing on busy street corners holding signs about "KNOW JESUS, KNOW PEACE. NO JESUS. NO PEACE" and shouting, "Jesus loves you!"
Whenever I see people marketing Jesus like this, I just want to come up to ask them about their personal connection with their next door neighbors, or children, or spouses, other family and estranged relatives. Specifically, have they reached them in a meaningful way for Jesus? Are they living a life that attracts others to God, or repels them?
For every person who may have responded to these sign-holding, awkwardly-timed evangelists, there are thousands of others who immediately think Christians are weird. And, its human nature to draw the conclusion that if you were to become a Christian through one of these marketers, then you would think that you would also have to show up at events carrying signs. No thanks. more >>
The Bible is literally true.
If I just lost you, that's okay. I get that this may come across as a weird statement to anyone reading who is 1) not a Christian, 2) a new Christian, or 3) a "progressive" Christian who disagrees. And it's downright laughable to the skeptic who denies it on scientific or historical grounds. I'm okay with that.
I made a rather significant decision when I was seventeen years old. I was struggling with God's calling on my life and my father-in-law gave me a copy of W. A. Criswell's autobiography, Standing On the Promises. While reading Criswell's words, I not only became convinced God was calling me to be a Pastor, but also that the foundation for preaching and leadership is the inerrant, infallible Word of God found in the Bible. Criswell recounts this story: more >>
"16 & Pregnant" star Ashley Salazar is pregnant with her second child, only this time around, she plans to keep the baby. In her episode of "16 & Pregnant," Salazar gave daughter Callie up for adoption to her aunt and uncle.
"I'm really excited about the baby," Salazar told Radar Online. "But I'm nervous about what Callie will think in the future. We really care about her. We don't want her to be mad at us about what we did when we were really young, just teenagers, and we didn't know."
Salazar, then 16, decided that her aunt and uncle could do a better job of raising her daughter and provide more than she could at the time. It was an emotional decision and struggle for Ashley, who really wanted to keep the baby girl but eventually realized she just couldn't. more >>
I don't know whether to laugh, throw up or both. A reader tipped me to this Huffington Post article by D.A. Wolf headlined: "5 Benefits Of Having a Friend With Benefits." In case you're not hip to liberal-speak, "friends with benefits" refers to the "progressive" idea that it's really cool for friends to use each other for casual, meaningless sex.
What could possibly go wrong?
Writes Wolf: more >>
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been happily married for 30 years come July, and now Michelle has revealed what happened during their first date, which lasted over four hours. Michelle also revealed her secret to a happy marriage, which may surprise some.
Michelle and Jim Bob met when they were in high school, and Jim Bob asked Michelle to attend a high school banquet with him. Even though she didn't know him at the time, a friend gave her the "he's okay" sign, so she accepted his invitation. However, it wasn't until after the banquet that they really got to know one another and ended up spending four hours studying the Bible together.
"It was so amazing," Michelle said in a post on TLC's website. "Jim Bob opened up the Bible and was just sharing so much wonderful information with me. After he left, I stood in the doorway and I just prayed, 'Father, I have never met a man like this before. If this isn't the one you have for me, I can't imagine anything better.'" more >>
British hospitals used the bodies of aborted and miscarried babies to heat their buildings, the United Kingdom's Channel 4 has shockingly revealed.
A Channel 4 show airing on Monday night reveals that the bodies of thousands of preborn babies were included as clinical waste in 10 National Health Service (NHS) trusts and subsequently incinerated. Two others admitted to burning the human remains as part of their "waste-to-energy" plants.
Health Minister and Conservative Member of Parliament, Dr. Dan Poulter, decried the practice as "totally unacceptable." more >>