A Southern Baptist megachurch leader from Georgia has said that Christians have a "biblical duty" to help Syrian refugees coming to the United States despite fears and concerns.
Bryant Wright, senior pastor of the 8,000 member Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta revealed that his church is helping a family of Syrian Muslim refugees resettle in Georgia. Wright's initiative comes despite Republican Gov. Nathan Deal issuing an executive order in November blocking state agencies from assisting in the resettlement of Syrian refugees.
More than 1,800 people experienced a Missouri congregation's first drive-thru interactive Nativity last weekend that included several live animals and actors portraying Roman soldiers.
Drivers were handed a coin to later give to Roman soldiers as a tax to enter Bethlehem, going through a recreated biblical era town that included a bustling marketplace.
"At the gate, Roman soldiers requested their tax token to enter into the city. As the visitors drove to the city gate, they witnessed folks in biblical dress walking to and from the city. Booths [were set up] to feture a basket shop, bread shop, scarves and jewelry shop, and a carpenter's shop. All were manned by characters hawking and showing off their wares," said Bryan Ridenour, student pastor at North Nixa Baptist Church, who told The Christian Post that months back lead Pastor Jerry Francisco came up with the idea to host a drive-thru Nativity for the community. more >>
During an interview with NPR, Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission commented on Wheaton College's suspension of tenured political science professor Larycia Hawkins after she wrote in a Facebook post that Muslims and Christians "worship the same God."
"As an Evangelical Christian, I believe that one worships God only through Jesus Christ," Moore said in the interview Sunday, after host Michel Martin said that Hawkins quoted Pope Francis as saying that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.
"Is that a foundational belief among Muslims and Christians, to your knowledge?" the host asked. more >>
In a video message posted on the desiringGod website, theologian John Piper dwells on Jesus' statement, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's," and explains the relationship between Christians and the government.
When Jesus said, in Matthew 22:21, we should render to Caesar what's Caesar's and to God what is God's, He did not define the scope of things that belong to Caesar, or the scope of things that belong to God, Piper says in the video, adding, "He left it open."
"Everything belongs to God. Caesar belongs to God," Piper, founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary, says, giving the example from John 19. more >>
After a media firestorm erupted last week when a Wheaton College professor was suspended for asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, a handful of Christian theologians have written about whether or not the professor was right.
Soon after The Christian Post reported that Wheaton professor Larycia Hawkins posted to Facebook that she was going to wear a hijab during Advent to show solidarity with Muslims and stated "we worship the same God," the school placed the tenured professor on paid administrative leave because her "theological implications" appear to be "in conflict with the College's Statement of Faith."
While students at Wheaton have protested in support of Hawkins and claimed she has not violated the school's statement of faith, prominent Evangelicals such as Franklin Graham have chastised Hawkins' "same God" as shameful and "absolutely wrong." more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran, has shared a Christmas message with supporters, asking Christians not to judge others, but instead acknowledge and boast of their weaknesses.
"As the snow covers the dirt and everything appears white, sometimes we confuse the righteousness of Jesus that is covering us, as our own righteousness. Christianity becomes about how great we are and how much better we are than the 'sinners' and 'unbelievers.' We start judging others and before we know it the LOVE of Christ that once consumed us turns into fear, control and words that promote division and hate," Abedini wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday.
She reminded Christians of the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:30, where he says: more >>