Delegates at the United Methodist Church's General Conference elected the first-ever African president of their highest ecclesiastical court.
N. Oswald Tweh Sr., a native of Liberia who already sat as a member of the United Methodist Judicial Council, was elected president of the Council last week.
A lay member who was elected to an eight-year term at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa Bay, Florida, Tweh has an extensive legal background, according to the United Methodist News Services. more >>
We have lost the great art of Bible meditation today, and we are the poorer for it.
In 1987, newsman Ted Koppel gave a classic commencement speech at Duke, in which he famously said that Moses didn't come down from Mt. Sinai carrying the "Ten Suggestions."
Note what Koppel then said about television and our ability to concentrate: "Look at MTV or Good Morning America and watch the images and ideas flash past in a blur of impressionistic appetizers. No, there is not much room on TV for complexity." more >>
When you're feeling busy and overwhelmed, here are five Bible verses that will help you to slow down and enjoy life.
1) Matthew 11:28
"'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'" more >>
It's an honor for us to be chosen by God to be alive at this time on the earth. God has a great purpose for each of us, but if we're going to fulfill His plans and the "assignments" He's created us to accomplish, we have to make up our mind how we're going to live every day.
To compromise means you go a little bit below what you know is right. Many Christians are settling for a life of compromise: they live for God on Sunday, but on Monday, they live like the rest of the world. This is NOT God's best for us, and there is nothing in the Bible that ever encourages or approves of it, in any situation.
But it's easy to justify decisions to compromise when we're being tempted or pressured by circumstances that are hard for us to face. more >>
Social Club Misfits, known for their Christ-centered hip-hop, are boldly venturing into mainstream music with their radical faith.
Capitol Christian Records based in Nashville, Tennessee, welcomed the hip-hop duo to its roster recently and together, they presented the digital release of The Misfit Generation EP.
The newly released EP made a booming debut as it received nearly 300,000 streams and landed in the top 10 on Christian Soundscan and Billboard Charts. The five-track project ranked No. 2 on the Christian Rap Albums Chart and No.8 on Billboard's overall Rap Albums Chart. more >>
More than ten years ago, I took a pilgrimage that changed my life.
At its conclusion, I found myself with one haunting question: If I were to share my understanding of the gospel to my ancestors who walked the Cherokee Trail of Tears (according to family oral tradition) and slaved in South Carolina and Virginia (according to Census Slave Schedules), would they receive my simple understanding of Jesus' "good news" as good news? Would they jump for joy to find out "God has a wonderful plan for their lives, but they are sinful and therefore separated from God, but Jesus died for their sin, so if they pray a simple prayer they get to go to heaven?"
If this news would not lead my oppressed ancestors to shout with joy, then maybe it's not good news at all — or at least it's not good enough. more >>