Pontius Pilate is inextricably linked to the trial and crucifixion of Christ, and this Easter New Jersey-based megachurch Liquid Church is drawing parallels between the ancient political figure and the current presidential election cycle in the hopes of helping congregants learn how to discern godly leadership.
"As Christians we want our faith to inform our politics, not the other way around," said Liquid Church lead pastor Tim Lucas. In a humor-laced message this week dubbed The Politics of Pilate, Lucas defined "Pilate politics" as when leaders cater to special interests first, calling ancient political figure Pontius Pilate the posterchild for failed leadership and a symbol for what not to do as a public official. Lucas highlighted how the Roman governor's "political compromises" altered the course of history.
"Pontius Pilate really is the perfect politician to represent this moment in American history," said Lucas. "He is cynical, he is calculating and he is under pressure from a bloodthirsty base." more >>
Ed Young Jr.'s Fellowship Church held its fourth annual "Good Friday in the Park" celebration in Dallas, Texas, ahead of the pastor's Easter message, which will focus on doubt, and how people can overcome their doubts through faith.
"This year, we're going to take a unique look at the resurrection through the perspective of doubt. Let's face it, we all have some doubts. This year, we're going to take a hard look at what causes those doubts and how we can have faith on the other side of them," Andy Boyd, spokesman for Fellowship Church, told The Christian Post.
"Easter is a time when people who haven't been to church give God a shot. It's a time when most people we know are thinking about the things of God. So every year, we make the entire experience new and fresh and relevant," he said, speaking about the Good Friday in the Park communitywide celebration the church held yesterday that featured live music, food trucks, and a sermon by Young. more >>
The Indiana state legislature has passed a new pro-life law that protects babies diagnosed with Down syndrome from abortion.
Gov. Mike Pence signed House Enrolled Act 1337 into law Thursday, which also bans abortions on the basis of race, ancestry, or gender.
In a statement released yesterday, the governor described HEA 1337 as "a comprehensive pro-life measure that affirms the value of all human life." more >>
Researchers at a Christian college in Virginia have found that the King James Version of the Bible is the most frequently used translation among five denominations in the United States.
Bluefield College released ts findings earlier this month, noting that the KJV Bible was most used by Baptists, Pentecostals, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Mormons.
"The original research for the project was based on open source versions of the Bible, including data from the Pew Research Center, Google Analytics, and YouVersion," said Chris Shoemaker, director of marketing and public relations at Bluefield, to The Christian Post. more >>
For decades former NASA contractor Bob Ebeling was haunted by his failed effort to stop the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger after discovering defective O-rings that caused the spacecraft to disintegrate in flight, claiming the lives of seven astronauts. Just weeks before his death on Monday, however, the 89-year-old man had found peace.
Following a story commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy, in which Ebeling said he still suffered from feelings of regret, NPR reports that many of its readers and listeners reached out to Ebeling to express their support.
"Ebeling heard from hundreds of NPR readers and listeners, who responded to our January story," the news agency reported. more >>
Some regional bodies within the United Methodist Church are petitioning the denomination to approve the end of its relationship with a pro-choice advocacy group at General Conference.
The UMC Annual Conferences of Western Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Alabama-West Florida, Mississippi, and Indiana are among those that have petitioned the Mainline Protestant denomination to sever its longstanding ties with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
John Lomperis, the United Methodist action director at the theologically conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy, as well as an elected delegate for the 2016 UMC General Conference, is among those calling for the denomination to sever its ties with the abortion advocacy group that previously told this publication it's opposed to any restrictions on abortion, including during the third trimester. more >>