I hear it all the time, and as quickly as I hear it, I reject it.
It is a paralyzing, destructive mentality, and it is unbiblical, plain and simple.
I'm talking about the mindset that says, "Jesus told us everything will get worse, so why bother trying to bring about change?" more >>
The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop Michael Curry told the denominational leadership they must "take Gospel high ground" following last month's Anglican Primate vote suspending the Church for its support of gay marriage.
In the opening speech at a meeting of the Church's Executive Council that took place last week in Fort Worth, Texas, Curry addressed the January vote to suspend TEC, saying,"Many Primates made their feelings clear, and we were equally clear that we are a house of worship for all people, and we were clear that we are not going to change," the Episcopal News Service reported Friday.
"We were not voted off the island. The result was an expression of profound disagreement and deep displeasure but not a breaking of relationship. We are part of the Anglican Communion." more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie delivered a special sermon at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, on Sunday, just days before Harvest America, and encouraged the congregation not to hesitate in sharing the Gospel with the people they meet.
"Christ has given us our marching orders," Laurie, the pastor of the Harvest Fellowship megachurch in Southern California, told the audience at Prestonwood. "Jesus didn't say the whole world should go to the Church, but He did say the Church should go to the whole world."
Talking about the big crusade, Harvest America 2016, which will be held at the AT&T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play on March 6, Laurie said about 4,000 host sites are participating in it, making the Gospel known to people not only in all the states in the U.S., but also 50 other countries. more >>
In a Chicago Tribune article published Monday, I suggested that Wheaton College professors need worldview training. I'm sure that may sound presumptuous, given that most of them hold doctoral degrees, which I do not. Yet, the recent brouhaha sparked by Dr. Larycia Hawkins' statement that Muslims and Christians worship the same God has made it painfully clear that Wheaton's campus is a battleground of competing worldviews. And, if Wheaton College is going to restore its reputation in the Christian community, administrators need to confront these worldview differences head-on.
As Nancy Pearcey explains in Total Truth, a worldview is a like a comprehensive map of reality that helps us navigate life. And, every worldview answers three basic questions: How did we get here? (Origins) What caused human suffering? (Fall) And, how can things be made right again? (Redemption)
For Christians, the answers to these questions are plainly that God created us; sin caused human suffering; and Jesus' death on the cross provides the means of redeeming mankind and reversing the effects of the Fall. more >>
No other book is as important as the Bible and Christians need to make an effort to understand it, the Rev. Billy Graham advises.
When asked for tips on how to better understand the Bible, the evangelical pastor said the Holy Book is the most important text to understand in the entire world, "because it is God's Word — God's message — to you, and to all humanity."
Graham then goes on to give advice for beginning to explore the Bible, suggesting that a first-time reader not start at the beginning, but rather start with one of the Gospels in the New Testament, adding that he often recommends John. more >>
A theologian who frequently reviews biblically-themed and Christian films believes that the sequel to the surprise hit "God's Not Dead" is realistic but probably not for skeptics.
Professor Darrell Bock, executive director for Cultural Engagement at DTS' Hendricks Center, is part of a panel discussing current Christian films at Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention.
In comments given to The Christian Post, Bock said that "God's Not Dead 2: He's Surely Alive" deals with "quite real" issues in its plot and is very "direct" in its message. more >>