Christian leaders around the world have been condemning the terror attack in Nice, where at least 84 were killed and scores more injured, with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby bemoaning that "human evil kills the innocent cruelly," and Patriarch Kirill wondering what is happening to the human race.
The massacre in the southern French city was carried out by a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, Reuters reported, who drove a heavy truck into large crowds watching the fireworks on Bastille Day. The driver opened fire on civilians before he was shot dead by police officers, at the end killing 84 people and injuring many others.
As world leaders have sent their condolences to French President Francois Hollande, who called the attack a terrorist act, Church leaders have also been quick to condemn the latest massacre to strike France, following the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015. more >>
Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has recalled the horrible shock she suffered almost one year ago with the death of her husband of 49 years, Danny Lotz, noting that she had to begin looking for God's blessing even in the midst of pain and grief.
"One year ago this August, my husband of 49 years moved to our Father's House. He left suddenly … without saying goodbye. The shock was horrific. But even during the days that followed, I knew that God had not been caught by surprise," Lotz wrote in a blog post.
"Danny's move was not an accident — at least from Heaven's perspective. So I began to look for God's blessings. They were easy to find because He showered them down in abundance, and is still doing so today. But I have had to choose to open my eyes and focus on the blessings instead of on the pain and grief," she added. more >>
One of the largest religious groups in Canada voted to approve a resolution that allows ministers to officiate same-sex marriages.
The Anglican Church of Canada, member of the global Anglican Communion, approved the measure Monday at their General Synod meeting in Toronto.
The Ven. Michael Thompson, general secretary of ACC, explained in a statement Tuesday that while the initial result had the resolution failing, it was later discovered that this was because of problems counting votes. more >>
Life.Church founder and pastor Craig Groeschel sees the hit 2015 movie "Creed" as showcasing the importance of family and the Ecclesiastes verse on two being better than one.
In the first entry in his summer series "At the Movies," Groeschel focused his analysis of the Rocky sequel on Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."
When Preston Ulmer set out for Colorado with missions on his heart, one of his first stops was at a coffee shop in Denver's Highlands neighborhood.
Quite randomly he asked the guy behind the counter, Trax, who happened to be the owner: "What kind of church would you want to go to?"
The owner laughed and said "Oh, I'm not religious" — he identifies as an atheist — but then said he would consider attending a church where people were not pushed away for asking questions and for believing different things, a place where they could actively engage their minds with pastors. more >>
While God is all-powerful, it is Satan who is the author of evil, declared famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham in a recent advice column.
Graham was asked in a Q&A column published in The Kansas City Star about the originator of evil and how an all-powerful God was not responsible for evil.
"Who is to blame for all the evil in the world, God or the devil? I'd like to think it's the devil, but if God is all-powerful, doesn't that make Him responsible for everything that happens, even evil?" asked the person. more >>