Narcissism has become America's greatest weakness, and a return to Christian humility may be the most effective way to save our democratic republic from the authoritarian demise of Ancient Rome, a citizenship scholar says.
"America is perched in a place right now, because of the moral and political decisions we have made – we are jeopardizing – have not yet abandoned, but are jeopardizing – self-government," David J. Bobb, author of Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue, told The Christian Post in a Monday interview. Bobb decried a culture of arrogance, citing Justin Bieber's audacity to inject himself into the story of Anne Frank, and presented humility as "a very good tonic, a very good bulwark," to protect freedom. more >>
Polls indicate that most Americans don't trust our chief governmental leader right now. He's pushed through an unpopular piece of legislation with potentially damaging effects and its rollout has been an all out blooper reel. At times, he seems unbending and arrogant – unfazed by the barrage of criticism leveled his way. But we know better, don't we?
Any of us, in his shoes, would be dying on the inside. Our family life would be battered by the side effects of a Dad whom the entire free world is against. We'd wonder if there would ever be a way out of the mess and out of the misery and loneliness of being in trouble at the top.
Imagine, when facing such a crucible of stress and pressure, someone from the crowd placing a hand on that guy's shoulder and saying, "Mr. President, I'm praying for you, and I'm sorry you're having to bear so much heaviness." more >>
Pastor Teddy Parker Jr.'s family was once a picture of perfection, but America will witness the crushing grief left in the wake of his suicide on the faces of his wife, two daughters, and family and friends as they say their final farewell at his funeral on Saturday.
While immediate members of Parker's family have declined to speak publicly about his shocking suicide on Sunday, they have decided to open up the funeral service via live streaming video at teddyparker.org.
Parker's longtime friend, Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest) in Decatur, Ga., who is slated to deliver his eulogy, revealed that the late pastor of Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church in Macon, Ga., was the main breadwinner in his family and his oldest daughter, Kamry, 17, is expected to start college soon. more >>
Former Vision Forum Ministries president Doug Phillips reiterated yesterday that his decision to resign from his leadership position was the proper outcome following his acknowledgement that he had "inappropriate relationship" with a woman who was not his wife.
"Some have suggested that my sin was not sufficiently serious to step down. Let me be clear: it absolutely does merit my resignation. My resignation is sincere and necessary given the weightiness of my sin," Phillips said in a statement on the Vision Forum Ministries website on Nov. 14.
Phillips also elaborated on the details of his relationship which he had previously only disclosed as "inappropriately romantic and affectionate" and asserted that he had not known the woman in a "Biblical sense." more >>
One thing that Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., can tell you about Christian ministry after 51 years in it, is that "it's very lonely." And as pastors across America reel in the wake of Pastor Teddy Parker Jr.'s suicide on Sunday in Warner Robins, Ga., he shared some advice on how they can stay alive.
On Thursday, Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr., pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest) and longtime friend of Parker, revealed to The Christian Post that several pastors are now gearing up to address the issue of depression and surviving it among pastors.
"I'm literally getting responses from hundreds of pastors who are talking about this story and need help," Smith told CP while pointing out that he was up late Wednesday night listening to another pastor's struggles. more >>
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Brian Brodersen, who served as a senior pastor within Calvary Chapel's fellowship of churches in Vista, Calif., and in Westminster, London, England, was officially appointed as the successor to Pastor Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, by an affirming vote from the congregation on Wednesday.
Brodersen replaces Smith, who was a major influence in both the Jesus movement of the late '60s and early '70s and the exponential growth nationally and internationally of Calvary Chapel's network of churches, and who died after a battle with lung cancer on Oct. 3 at the age of 86.
After the vote that affirms the church Boards' decision, and after giving the CCCM's midweek Bible study, Brodersen told the congregation that not only did he say "yes" when asked to be the pastor of the church by its Board, but also said he believes God has called him to be the church's pastor. more >>