I have two spiritual heroes, and neither of them have theological degrees. They haven't written any books, nor do they have huge social media followings (or even Twitter accounts, for that matter). Their preaching isn't known around the world because, well, they don't preach. In fact, they aren't even men.
Amy and Beth — my aunt and grandmother, respectively — are my heroes in the faith. Amy is a part-time medical professional slash full-time mom of boys, and Beth owns a little store and a herd of cattle (full of spoiled cows she's given names!) in the country.
Though, in this world, these two women live what some might call mundane lives, I expect to see them highly honored and crowned with unspeakable glory in the world to come. Amy and Beth are warriors for the gospel. They would never describe themselves in such terms, and if you commended them for their faith they would humbly inform you that their faith is terribly weak. But these two women are far from frail in the Spirit. For two decades, long before I believed in the truth they cherish, I witnessed these women continually clothe themselves in the Lord Jesus (Romans 13:14) and live lives that are worthy of the gospel (Philippians 1:27). more >>
The Episcopal Church continued its long trend of decline in 2015, with recently released statistics showing the Mainline denomination losing more than 37,000 members last year.
In statistics released earlier this week by the Episcopal Church Office of Research, in 2015 the Church had approximately 1.77 million members in its domestic dioceses, down from about 1.81 million members in 2014.
2015's membership numbers contrast strongly with the Episcopal Church's membership count 10 years earlier, which stood around 2.2 million members. This represents a decline of nearly 20 percent over the past decade. more >>
A federal judge upheld a law which allows North Carolina magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if it conflicts with their religious beliefs, noting that the couples who sued got what they wanted, a marriage license.
Last year, the North Carolina legislature passed Senate Bill 2, which allowed for magistrates to refuse on conscience grounds to recuse themselves from performing gay marriages.
In a decision issued Tuesday in Ansley et al. v. Warren, U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. dismissed the lawsuit under the grounds that the plaintiffs lacked standing, since none of them had been denied a marriage license. more >>
A conservative Presbyterian denomination formed in response to the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s increasing acceptance of homosexuality has reached the milestone of 300 member congregations.
"We are blessed to have each and every church and church member in our ECO family. As we grow, it is our prayer that we continue to be a movement that builds flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ," the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians announced on Tuesday.
The congregations listed as the latest ECO members include: Tacoma Central Presbyterian Church of Tacoma, Washington; Lenoir Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, North Carolina; Waldensian Presbyterian Church of Monett, Missouri; First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, California; Calvary Presbyterian Church of Enfield, Connecticut; and First Presbyterian Church of Towanda, Pennsylvania. more >>
Christian colleges are under attack these days, but New York Times columnist David Brooks says he's not worried.
It's September, and high school seniors are filling out their college applications. And if you're the parent of a senior, like I am, you're probably biting your nails. Because every day there's a new and maddening report of progressive insanity at our nation's universities: so-called "safe spaces" where students can hide from ideas that offend them, Ivy League schools providing feminine products in men's rooms, wacko professors getting tenure while those who speak in favor of traditional morality get hounded off campus.
To make matters worse, Christian universities and colleges appear to be in the cross-hairs of the culture wars, too. more >>
Tony Campolo, a sociology professor at Eastern University and former conservative Christian activist, has said he no longer wants to be labeled an evangelical Christian.
Once the head of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, Campolo told the U.K. publication Premiere that he no longer considers himself an evangelical.
In remarks published by Premiere on Monday, Campolo said he disagrees with many perceptions commonly associated with American evangelicalism. more >>