The Urbana '15 triennial student missions conference, the largest of its kind in the world, held its second evening session Monday night at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, where keynote speaker Pastor Francis Chan urged a crowd of more than 16,000 attendees to live under the authority of Jesus Christ, and to go beyond just talking about winning souls for the Kingdom.
Chan, a best-selling author and founder of the church-planting organization Radius International, said people often resist authority, and used Adam and Eve as primary examples. He stressed, however, that "authority can be a great thing," saying that following Christ and being under His authority — the One who has power over the wind, waves, demons, sickness and death — is "good news."
The pastor went on to say that, when it comes to the Bible, believers sometimes "talk it to death" instead of taking action. more >>
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has said that while he is not sure if God exists, he finds the lack of benevolence in the universe as something that might question divine existence.
"I'm not here to tell people whether God exists or doesn't exist for them," Tyson said in a recent video for Tech Insider.
"I can say that if God is benevolent, and I look at the universe and see asteroids rendering life extinct, there's an absence of benevolence in the actual universe that I see. So that's always been a point of contention between philosophers and theologians," he added in the video posted on Monday. more >>
While many American teenagers hold a positive opinion of the Bible, most don't regularly read it, according to survery results released by the American Bible Society.
"Sixty-nine percent of teens believe the Bible contains everything one needs to know to live a meaningful life; 89 percent of teens believe the Bible is a sacred text; and 44 percent of teens believe the Bible has too little influence in society," Andrew Hood, director of communications at the American Bible Society, told The Christian Post.
"On the other hand, teens are not very engaged with the Bible. Only 64 percent of teens read the Bible three or four times a year or less; 71 percent of teens said they are too busy. When teens do read the Bible, 76 percent said they are influenced 'a lot' by it." more >>
True Christians must look to God not only as a deliverer of justification and righteousness, but must also value God as a treasure in their lives above all other things, Pastor John Piper wrote in a recent DesiringGod.org post.
Piper, founder of DesiringGod.org, a website focused on discussing Christianity and glorifying God, suggests in a Dec. 28 post that it is not enough for Christians to look to God as their Savior so they may be absolved of their sins and achieve righteousness. Along with receiving glory from God, Christians must value God as the highest, most important treasure in their lives.
The title of Piper's post sheds light on his message: "Are we saved by belief in God or delight in God?" more >>
Money can be a touchy subject — how much you earn, how much you save, how much you give. While you may consider yourself to be a generous person, your habits might tell a different story. So how do you truly know whether you are generous or greedy? North Carolina-based Summit Church pastor J.D. Greear offers these three questions to determine who is really Lord of your money.
1. What Does God Want You to Do?
This question should guide every decision that Christians make, says Greear. Believers should seek God not only for matters of family and career, but also when it comes to money. Christians should ask God what He wants for their money and should be careful to do exactly what He instructs. more >>
Books still make excellent Christmas gifts and while there are many great Christmas books, and no list is truly complete, the publications below attempt to reflect truth in Christian thought and history.
With the rise of secularism in the Western world, the true meaning of Christmas is all the more important. Each of these books help reflect that truth in meaningful ways.
Below are five great books for and about Christmas: more >>