The United Methodist Church is considering a new process for proposals given at General Conference for agenda items pertaining to the debate over the denomination's stance on homosexuality.
The Commission on General Conference, which plans the regular Church legislative gathering, proposed something called a "Group Discernment Process," according to Heath Hahn of the United Methodist News Service.
"Under the plan, the first stop of all sexuality-related petitions would not be legislative committees. Instead, all 864 delegates would review the petitions in small groups with no more than 15 members," reported Hahn. more >>
A Catholic priest, author, and founder of organizations such as Madonna University Nigeria, has said that peace, even with members of prominent terror groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram, is "really possible," as long as they undergo a process of re-orientation and see who they truly are, as creations of God.
Father Emmanuel M.P. Edeh said in an email interview with The Christian Post on Wednesday that his book, Edeh's Charity Peace Model, is based on the African philosophy of mmadi, which sees man as "ontologically good, deserving dignity and respect." more >>
It's easy to understand why nearly all non-Christians, secularists, and the media misunderstand Christianity. Today words and their definitions are nearly meaningless because the same words are used to support particular, even opposite agendas. Relativism and proof-texting are the means to this end, justifying the terms people use about themselves and others.
Division among denominations, churches, organizations, and even personalities advocating their own version of truth certainly hinders non-believers from understanding Christianity.
However, identifying real Christianity and the people of the Cross is straightforward. more >>
As Americans mourn the loss of Grey's Anatomy's Dr. Dreamy, on the other side of the world people struggle to stay alive amidst the rubble from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 4,000 people.
Real tragedy has a way of forcing us to face the one thing most of us prefer to ignore. If we are blessed enough to breathe, it's a given, one day we'll die. Where we're headed after that should be the greater concern. Too often we ask "Why do bad things happen to good people" but if we are brutally honest with ourselves, we'd admit the fallacy. No "good people" exist, only "bad people" loved so much by a God so good he volunteered to die on a cross for us.
So where was this good God when the earthquake shook Nepal? If you believe in his omnipresence, he was there. And if you believe in his sovereignty, he knew it would happen. And then you wonder why this all-powerful God didn't stop the destruction. A fair question, this once wandering rogue is unqualified to answer. more >>
A major Hispanic evangelical organization will hold a convention in Texas scheduled to include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference will hold its annual multiday convention in Houston from April 28 to 30. With an estimated 1,000 attendees expected, the theme for this year's NHCLC convention is "From Survive to Thrive."
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC, told The Christian Post more about what this theme means. more >>
A group of Christian scholars representing a "new Christian Zionism" seek to distance their views from the "wild, crazy, popular apocalypticism" with which Christian Zionists have often been associated.
Eleven speakers, mostly theologians, presented at the April 17 conference, "People of the Land: A Twenty-First Century Case for Christian Zionism," hosted by the Institute on Religion and Democracy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Most of the talks were based upon a chapter for a book expected to be published sometime in the next two years.
While the group does not agree on everything, they are united in the belief that God's covenants with Israel were not displaced by Jesus Christ and the Church. In other words, while Jesus is central to salvation, God will remain faithful to the promises He made to the Jewish people. How, exactly, that works itself out will continue to be a matter of study and debate. more >>