Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says there has been some debate among Christians as to whether Memorial Day should be honored, given that Jesus Christ taught peace.
"For some Christians, Memorial Day is a complicated experience. These Christians would argue that it is inconsistent at best for believers in the Gospel to celebrate anything won by war. They think, 'Didn't Jesus settle this on the Sermon on the Mount? What's hard to interpret about 'turn the other cheek' and 'love your enemies?'" Moore wrote in a blog post on Memorial Day.
He suggested that Christians with such pacifist views can find biblical warrant, and pointed to several passages in the New Testament in which Jesus and His Apostles forbid seeking vengeance, such as in Matthew 5:38-44 and Romans 12:18-21. more >>
Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini has warned that if Christians don't reach Muslims with the "love of Jesus Christ," then Muslims will reach them with jihad.
"If we don't reach Muslims with the love of Jesus Christ, they will reach us with the love of Allah, which is jihad," Abedini wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.
Abedini, who converted from Islam and spent three years and a half in prison in Iran for his Christian faith, has slammed the teachings of Islam in several statements, arguing that it's a "lie" to believe that Islam is a peaceful religion. more >>
God's wrath is a necessary part of his holiness and salvation, says Don Carson, a research professor of the New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in a revealing interview with theologian John Piper.
In their discussion, Carson, who's also president of The Gospel Coalition, says there are several verses in the Bible Christians can read that explain wrath is not a human emotion, such as temper or anger, but rather a function of God's holiness that ultimately serves as a tenant of salvation.
"[Wrath] it is a function of His holiness, and if He were entirely unwrathful in that understanding of wrath, then there would be no judgment and no consequence for sin of any sort. And that doesn't make God out to be more attractive or more holy. It makes Him out to be morally indifferent," Carson says, referencing the first example of God's wrath against Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis. more >>
Controversial author and former megachurch Pastor Rob Bell has said he feels Jesus Christ has been trivialized in today's society, and people are abandoning the concept of adhering to a single religion.
"I think for many people, spirituality, religion, God, Jesus, whatever has been trivialized. I think we're way beyond one particular religion, we're about what does it mean to be human," Bell said in an interview published in the L.A. Times on Thursday.
Bell, who stirred controversy in Christian circles with his book Love Wins, which questioned the existence of a literal Hell, left his Mars Hill Bible Church in 2012 to pursue other projects. more >>
Southern Baptist Convention President Dr. Ronnie Floyd will join other evangelical Christian leaders next month in a meeting with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Dr. Floyd was invited to the gathering, which may get over 500 attendees, by the conservative Christian group United in Purpose.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Floyd explained that he wants to get a "deeper understanding" of Trump and his goals should he become president. more >>
How we view our bodies says a lot about our worldview. Are bodies something we merely "have" or are they core to who we are?
Every time I check the weather on my phone these days, I first have to watch an ad video from a local fertility clinic. The doctor asks, "Are you ready to have children, but your body is not?" And then he goes on to describe his services.
I find his question odd. Of course, wanting to have a child and not being able to is a terrible thing to experience. So I'm not questioning that at all. What I am questioning is the assumption behind his question — that we are somehow disconnected from our bodies. And that what we feel or want is superior to our physical realities. more >>