Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of the multi-site megachurch Life.Church, headquartered in Oklahoma, tackled in a recent sermon the concept that money is the root of all kinds of evil.
Groeschel, preaching on his series "Twisted: Most Misused Verses of the Bible," examined 1 Timothy 6:10, which reads, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
He asked, is money really the root of all evil? But the verse says, "love of money," and not just money, he pointed out and asked, so how do we discern if we love money or not? more >>
Oxford University is deviating from its 800-year-old tradition to remain relevant to "the dramatic change" in the U.K., by allowing its undergraduate theology students to skip studying Christianity after the first year of their degree, and choose instead subjects like "Feminist Approaches to Theology and Religion" and "Buddhism in Space and Time."
"We recognize that the people who come to study at Oxford come from a variety of different backgrounds and have legitimately different interests," Times Higher Education quotes Johannes Zachhuber, board chairman of the theology faculty, as saying.
From September 2017, theology students will have to study Christianity only in their first year, and can opt for other areas, including feminism, Buddhism, Islam and mysticism, from second year onwards. A result of seven years of consultation, the new course will be called "theology and religion" for the first time. more >>
The Bible says God is always willing to forgive our sins if we confess them, but there can come a time in a person's life when she or he reaches a point of no return, and that's why Jesus warned that there is a sin that is unforgivable, Pastor Greg Laurie said in his message, explaining what that sin is.
It's very easy for all of us to sin, Laurie, the pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside, California, said, in his message, "The Unforgivable Sin," which was part of a series called, "God Comes Near."
Both the New Testament and the Old Testament are consistent in their message that God's willing to forgive, he told the congregation. more >>
President Barack Obama called for Americans to focus on the suffering Jesus Christ went through on the cross in his last Easter Prayer Breakfast speech, explaining that through Christ, people have been given the gift of salvation, and don't have to be afraid.
Obama also urged Americans to reject the attempts of terrorists to create fear and division among people.
"We drown out darkness with light, and we heal hatred with love, and we hold on to hope. And we think about all that Jesus suffered and sacrificed on our behalf — scorned, abandoned shunned, nail-scarred hands bearing the injustice of his death and carrying the sins of the world," the president said Wednesday. more >>
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's liberal theology on marriage is partly to blame for Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of legislation protecting pastors and faith-based institutions from government backlash to opposition over same-sex marriage, Al Mohler argued.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler opined in a podcast Tuesday that a "moral revolution" happening throughout the United States is the reason states like Georgia, North Carolina and Indiana get so much heat from external actors anytime they try to pass religious freedom legislation that liberals decry as discriminatory to the LGBT community.
Despite the discrimination labels, Mohler pointed out that Georgia's H.B. 757, also known as the "Pastor Protection Act," was "mirrored precisely in terms of intention" with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was passed in 1993 with overwhelming support in both the House and Senate and was later signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton. more >>
An evangelical author and former feminist recently stated that Christians who support socialism and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders are "lazy."
Chelsen Vicari, author and Evangelical Program Director with the Institute on Religion & Democracy, told the Daily Caller in a recent interview that these "lazy Christians" expect government to take care of problems that Christians and the Church should address.
"Young Christians are confusing individual Christian compassion and the Church's role and responsibility in public life with the government providing entitlements and expanding welfare programs," said Vicari. more >>