In both Biblical teaching and in personal experience, there is much to learn from crises of the "establishments."
Godly change is a constant staple of Biblical teaching, and also continuing change is central to Spirit-led living. This is especially true now in the politically rowdy 2016. In this transformative year, from every corner there is a nearly deafening drum-beat of each political candidate claiming to be "against the establishment."
Even powerful establishment people want us to believe that they are against the "establishment"! more >>
The only way for Christians to get into Heaven is through God's grace, Pastor Rick Warren explains in a message posted on his Daily Hope website Monday.
While some Christians might think good works or dedication to their faith guarantees automatic entry into the afterlife, Warren argues that no person has "a chance of getting into Heaven by [their] own effort."
"You'll never be good enough to get into a perfect place. You stopped being perfect a long time ago," Warren, who is the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, adds. more >>
Respected theologian Jerry Bridges, a longtime staff member of The Navigators Christian ministry and the best-selling author of 10 inspirational books, died Sunday. He was 86 years old.
In a 2011 interview with DesiringGod.org, a website devoted to glorifying God, Bridges shared six biblical truths he learned over the course of his walk with Christ:
1. The Bible Is Meant to Be Applied to Specific Issues in One's Daily Life more >>
Larycia Hawkins, the former political science professor at Wheaton College who left the school after a controversy erupted from her suggesting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, has been given a new position at The University of Virginia, where she will research race and religion.
"Professor Hawkins brings keen insights into the intersections of religion and race and will greatly enrich our scholarship in this area," said James Davison Hunter, executive director and founder of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVA. "We're fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome her here."
PLOS ONE, a popular peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science decided, Thursday that it would retract a paper it published earlier this year that credits the "Creator" with the design of the human hand.
The paper, titled: "Biomechanical characteristics of hand coordination in grasping activities of daily living," was written by a team of four researchers. Three of them are affiliated with Huazhong University in China while one, Le Xiong, is affiliated with Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
PLOS ONE's decision to retract the article came after a global coalition of scientists revolted against the journal for embracing what they say is the theory of intelligent design reflected in the article. more >>
Most Christians I know believe in extraterrestrial aliens. The accounts of such beings in our sacred texts are frequent and have been recorded my numerous sources. What most people fail to consider is how aliens will play a role in our coming eschatological future.
By definition an extraterrestrial alien is simply a creature originating outside the limits of earth. Both the Old and New Testaments clearly talk about such beings being witnessed by individuals and groups of people. Most commonly Christians refer to such creatures as angels and demons.
From a theological and technological standpoint, angels and demons are similar to human beings in that they are artificial general intelligence (AGI) created by God. If we consider that all matter is divine technology — then the ordering of this technology by God into autonomous, rational, and self-autonomous beings is the creation of divine AGI. According to the biblical narrative, these beings too, like humanity, have the choice to act in ways that are either good or evil. more >>