William Graham Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of evangelist Billy Graham, has a new book out that takes a look at one of the deepest questions people have asked themselves – why is there suffering? His book Glorious Ruin suggests, however, that besides asking "how" and the "why", looking at the "who" is also a fundamental aspect to consider when it comes to suffering.
Tchividjian, who is a senior pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and a professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, has written several books exploring Christian issues in today's world.
Glorious Ruin argues that even though people crave for answers and explanations at times of suffering, it is God's presence and reaching out to Him that ultimately can set them free. The best-selling author proposes that the Gospel is not ultimately about being protected from pain, but about taking refuge in God throughout this pain. more >>
The art form of hip-hop music and Christianity are often viewed by scholars and skeptics as polar opposites. Rappers employ the art of rhyme to communicate specific and unspecific messages to their audience that sometimes include Christian terminology. Scholars often hear Christian terms used by rappers and identify that artist with Christianity, which sometimes leads to pastors holding secular artists accountable to the standards of the faith.
However, this analysis is inaccurate, according to Dr. Monica R. Miller, visiting Assistant Professor for Religious Studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. Miller recently released a book titled "Religion and Hip-Hop" that examines the relationship of the art form and the faith more closely. Miller challenges her peers to stop studying hip-hop through the lens of Christianity, and to view rappers more as products of their own environment. Miller's ultimate goal is to find a different approach towards the study of the two, and break down the man-made separation between them.
The Christian Post recently interviewed Miller in attempts to tackle some of the tough questions related to the study of religion and hip-hop and the separation between the two. more >>
A citizenship ministry of the Rock Church in San Diego, Calif., is hosting a voter awareness event Saturday with Christian leaders speaking about how believers can apply biblical principles when engaging politically and culturally.
"Let's Rock America – Vote 2012 is an event to raise awareness and encourage individuals to vote. We pray that this event will serve to restore patriotism and hope to the community," say organizers.
The church's Salt and Light ministry states that its mission is to equip Christians to think critically and most importantly develop and apply a biblical worldview to the governmental sphere, voting, and all social and cultural issues of the day. more >>
A professor has spoken with concern about how some Millennials have "reworked" the Image of God in order to stop fighting the culture wars.
Dr. Owen Strachan, assistant professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Boyce College in Louisville, Ky., told those gathered in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that this "reworking" distorts historic Christianity.
"Some of the so-called Millennial generation is finding the Gospel of Christ and the body of ethics it animates is a reproach. So God must be reworked," said Strachan. more >>
World Bible Society President Dr. F. Kenton Beshore has said that based on a lifetime of study, he believes that the "Rapture" is likely to occur before the year 2021, while the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will happen between 2018 and 2028.
"There are 144,000 Jews during the Tribulation who are going to turn to the Lord," 86-year-old Beshore said in a statement. "Now, we are all going to be gone (following the Rapture).
"But if we can get our Jewish Scriptures into their hands now, the Holy Spirit will lead them to them at the right time. They may have set them aside, but they will read them, turn to the Lord and lead billions and billions to Jesus." more >>
With two weeks to go before the presidential elections on Nov. 6, Internet evangelist Bill Keller of LivePrayer.com is still insisting that Christians cannot allow themselves to support a candidate like Mitt Romney, because his Mormon faith does not align with the teachings of Christ.
"It is no wonder why God is judging this nation by giving us a choice between two son's of Satan when high profile men of God like Billy Graham and supposed Christian leaders like Ralph Reed, Mark DeMoss, David Barton, and scores of others are publicly telling Christians that it is OK to compromise their faith and put temporal politics over the eternal souls of men to support a Baal worshipper," Keller said in an email to The Christian Post.
The evangelist, who is urging people to write in the name of Jesus instead of selecting either candidate on Election Day, refers to the Rev. Billy Graham's recent remarks on Romney, which many say is an unofficial endorsement of the GOP candidate. more >>