I've been uploading some sermons from 1st Peter to my website, and I wanted to use this article as an opportunity to reflect upon one verse that I find incredibly challenging.
For me, 1 Peter 1:22 may be one of the most difficult commands not only in this letter, but in the entirety of Scripture.
Here's what Peter says: "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart." (ESV) more >>
Best-selling novelist Sue Monk Kidd is working on a book that will take place during the first century, and is expected to feature a married Jesus of Nazareth.
The author of such notable novels as The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings is working on a story whose narrator will be the wife of the Messiah.
Prolific author and pastor Max Lucado has released a book meant to help guide Christians who might be feeling stagnant in their walk of faith. Titled Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now, the book centers on helping to address this faith crisis within American churches.
Out of 1,000 churches only 11 percent of Christians feel driven by their faith, Lucado wrote in the opening chapter, according to a survey by REVEAL Research.
During an interview with The Christian Post, Lucado said that such studies prompted him to write Glory Days. more >>
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has suggested that the Church should not seek to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality.
During a news conference held by the seminary and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Mohler said he was opposed to reparative therapy, which involves changing a person's sexual orientation from homosexuality to heterosexuality, dubbing it a "superficial" approach.
"The Christian Church has sinned against the LGBT community by responding to this challenge in a superficial way," said Mohler. "It's not something that is so simple as converting from homosexual to heterosexual, and from our Gospel-centered theological understanding that would not be sufficient." more >>
Famed radio host, Janet Parshall, aired a program in 2013 about new movie sensations that are depicting ungodly themes, such as Twilight and others. Her guest made the point that the church is losing the power of discernment. I couldn't agree more.
Before sending this article to print, I asked my mother for feedback and perspective from an earlier generation. She said, "The older generation has seen the slow digression from standards of excellence in movie making to movies that distort and destroy, and are far removed from themes of integrity. Fifty years ago these types of programs were recognized as wrong. Although we might watch them, few, if any, would dare justify them."
The unavoidable truth is that we are becoming desensitized. The Holy Spirit no longer fills our hearts with a passion for purity and holiness. As a result, there is a general lack of conviction. If this article upsets, that's often a good indication that change may need to take place. more >>
There is a great debate happening around the world regarding the future of Artificial Intelligence. Some people believe that AI will bring forth the end of humanity. Others fear that robots simply won't have humanity's best interest in mind.
I am not so pessimistic. Actually, I believe Artificial Intelligence will one day lead people to new levels of holiness.
With regard to humanity's future — there are typically two schools of thought that dominate eschatological thinking in American Christianity. One line of thinking is that everything in the world is only going to get worse and worse, and there is nothing that we can do about that fact but wait for Christ's return so that he will fix everything. more >>