While driving my children to school recently I received a critical question. My 8-year old daughter asked, "Daddy do we have any gay friends?"
A critical and important question for such a time as this. Nothing in our previous conversation that morning mentioned homosexuality. I was almost blindsided. Yes, even our young children are caught in the obvious crossfire of subliminal cultural messages. Honestly, a tremendous educational opportunity (father/parent to child) arose. Fatherly, I am "the man at the city gate."
As men at the city gates... "We ward off and defend against anything that threatens and seeks to destroy our society. The men at the city gate signify stability for our communities and society. The men at the city gate observe and know everyone that belongs within and those that don't. The men at the city gate are prepared to confront those elements that threaten to destroy us and do not belong within our walls. Because the men at the city gate rise to the occasion righteously, our society finds godly peace and rest." more >>
Beth Nimmo, the mother of the first victim killed in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, spoke about her daughter's legacy and the taunting she endured for her faith at a Florida prayer breakfast event on Tuesday.
Nimmo's heartfelt speech focused on the issues of cliques and bullying in American youth culture and how hope can exist in the midst of tragedy.
"Our children are paying the highest price possible for decisions that we've made as a country, as a culture," Nimmo said at the annual Marco Island Prayer Breakfast, according to Marco Island news outlet. "They have been taken capture by the ways of the world, by the culture, by the lifestyles that have just submarined them, as far as how they believe life is supposed to be lived." more >>
"Fast and Furious" actor and R&B singer Tyrese Gibson set off a fiery debate on his Facebook page Tuesday, when he questioned whether people abuse their relationship with God when they pray to not get caught doing wrong.
"I think it's real interesting that I find a lot of people take their access for granted. Have you ever done something really stupid and find yourself praying that you didn't get caught?" asked Gibson in a video he shared with his more than 10 million fans Tuesday morning.
The entertainer who has increasingly been tackling more existential and spiritual issues on his social media platforms since the death of friend actor Paul Walker last November implied in the video that he feels it is abusive to have that relationship with God but invited his fans to weigh in on the issue as well. more >>
A South Carolina pastor who spent 10 days in Uganda helping Water Missions International provide desperately needed clean water to communities stressed how truly urgent and important donations are to the water systems project. Just ten dollars, he said, can save a human life.
"These water systems have to do with real people, who are really thirsty, who are really dying, who really have diarrhea, who really are sick. And for ten dollars, you gotta think – that's a pretty simple cost," Rodney Richard, executive pastor of Northwood Church in Summerville, S.C., shared with The Christian Post in a recent phone interview.
Richard, who traveled to Uganda in January as part of Water Mission's ongoing project to build systems that provide entire communities with clean water and save thousands of lives, said that this year he is encouraging other churches to participate in the Water Sunday fundraising project. more >>
Lead pastor of The City Church in Seattle Judah Smith says Christians "still have more faith in sin than we do in our Savior" but thinks believers can discover freedom from sin by beginning to trust in the power of God's righteousness.
Responding to a question in a recent interview with Relevant Magazine about whether or not humans are good or inherently evil, Smith highlighted that humans are all born in sin, but what Jesus did for humanity adds a new nature that is righteous.
"Corinthians tells us 'he who knew no sin became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.' So now I am righteous—not based on what I do or what I've done, but based on what He has done. I am permanently, forever, in right standing with God. And now I am free to live this life that I otherwise would be so far from," Smith told Relevant. more >>
Angie Smith, bestselling author and popular speaker, confesses in her new book, Chasing God, that she had been a Christian for more than 10 years when she experienced what she calls a "crisis of faith" — coming to the end of her own exhaustive efforts to understand God.
Instead of getting to know Him for herself, Smith spent those years trying to figure God out, and using what others had to say about Him as her guidepost.
"And maybe you, like me, have been spending your time going after the wrong objectives (without realizing it) and it's left you weary of the whole process," Smith writes in Chasing God. "What was meant to be a gift has become an obligation, a source of guilt or a way to fight fear." more >>