Theologian John Piper is suggesting this week that there is a higher honor attached to being a foreign missionary than other callings.
In a Monday post on Desiring God, Piper notes that "history is moving toward one great goal, the white-hot worship of God and his Son among all the peoples of the earth. Missions is not that goal. It is the means. For that reason it is the second greatest human activity in the world."
But to Piper, who is the founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minnesota, missionaries who dare to take the Gospel into troubled contexts merit a greater respect. more >>
Prominent theologians and scholars are saying this week that while globalism may be a buzzword this election season, too few understand the demonic forces driving this ideology.
As The New York Times reported Monday, until relatively recently it was rare to hear people referred to as "globalists" but the label is more common now. And while many globalists claim to have the interests of the entire world at heart, the irony is that they have become a tribe of sorts; and they are a wealthy, elite, and powerful tribe for whom national borders are an impediment to their agenda.
While many definitions for globalism exist, a wide chasm separates 1) necessary global exchanges in an increasingly interconnected world, like trade, legal immigration, and the cooperation and sharing of ideas across borders, and 2) globalism as a secular humanistic religion of sorts that envisons a one-world government. more >>
Six months after publicly addressing a second affair following an adultery scandal that cost him his marriage and ministry at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida last summer, Billy Graham's grandson, Tullian Tchividjian, revealed Tuesday he got so depressed about his life he actively planned to commit suicide.
In a guest post for EXPASTORS titled "The Freedom in Losing it All," Tchividjian, 44, confessed that after coming face-to-face with the truth about himself, he didn't want to live anymore and spent two hours researching the best way to take his life.
"As one of my counselors told me early on, circumstances don't create the condition of the heart. Rather, circumstances reveal the condition of the heart. And what was revealed to me about my heart in the fiery hotness of dire circumstances was scary and destructive. This disgusting truth about myself (and the desperate aloneness that I felt because of it) made me want to commit suicide," he said. more >>
Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong NYC said in a message posted on Facebook Sunday that he and his church won't be chanting "all lives matter" because "right now, black lives apparently are worth less on our streets."
Following the shooting deaths of Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott by police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, respectively, Hillsong NYC shared a message on Facebook from Lentz who elaborated on the church's stance and support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lentz said: "At this church, we are not saying 'all lives matter' right now because this is a logical assumption that most reasonable people agree with. All lives are not at risk right now. We are saying black lives matter. Because, right now, black lives apparently are worth LESS on our streets. It's 'our fight' not 'their fight.'" more >>
Best-selling Christian author Philip Yancey stated that he cannot understand how so many evangelical Christians can support Republican nominee Donald Trump.
In an interview with the Europe-based publication Evangelical Focus published last Friday, Yancey said he was "staggered" by the support evangelical voters are giving Trump.
"I am staggered that so many conservative or evangelical Christians would see a man who is a bully, who made his money by casinos, who has had several wives and several affairs … That they would somehow paint him as a hero, as someone that we could stand behind," explained Yancey. more >>
John Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, said in a Facebook post on Monday that there are certain religious people who are quick to condemn others and declare them unfit before God, but argued that it is only the Holy Spirit that can convict.
"What is condemnation? Condemnation is when someone says disapproving things about you, describing your inability to be a certain way or to accomplish certain things," Hagee wrote.
"There are 'religious' people who go around condemning other people, declaring how unfit they are to be used by God or the Church. They do so to hide their own inferiorities and weaknesses," he added. more >>