"The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel."
With these two compelling sentences – as recorded in the Gospel of Mark – Jesus inaugurates his ministry and sums up what his mission is about: to break the shackles of sin that enslave humanity, to put us on the path of liberation from all oppression, and to teach us how to unconditionally love one another.
But what does it mean to repent? more >>
UPDATE: 2:44 p.m. ET Feb. 16, 2015
Chad Killebrew, executive editor of The Dispatch, responded to criticsm stemming from its decision to publish Thomas' letter.
"The Dispatch publishes almost all letters to the editor that arrive. ... "Some folks would like me to censure letters and have a stricter threshold for what publishes," he said. "But I believe in allowing as many people to voice their opinions as possible, whether I personally agree with their position or not. I do my best to make sure their points are accurate and edit out anything I know is wrong. Sometimes a person will take a fact and then interpret it in a rather odd way, or they will use what I consider dubious sources to support their position. Those can be challenging to deal with." more >>
The head of a North Carolina-based organization that aids ministries for singles has said that too many churches consider the unmarried to be "invisible."
Kris Swiatocho, director of The Singles Network Ministries, told The Christian Post that "for most churches single adults are invisible. Mainly because most pastors, secretaries, deacons/elders are married with children. When they are in the pulpit they typically preach and identify with those that are like themselves."
"I have actually spoken with churches who are not sure they have any singles there mainly because they view singleness has a particular age-range vs. someone who isn't married from 18 to the grave." more >>
Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel staged a hilarious hoax one night. He had parents present their kids beautifully wrapped junk—a dirty sponge, an old rag, a vegetable, which no kids wants. Each gift was met with tears and angry outbursts; not one child could say: "Thanks." Acceptance was out of the question.
For too many people today, marriage is approached much the same way. We don't accept our spouses for whom they are, and as a result, they can sometimes seem like bad gifts. One look at the high divorce rate in this country tells us that many continue to try and return or exchange their spouses much like unwanted Christmas gifts.
To have a successful marriage, we must act in the opposite way. Instead of looking for the return receipt, we should instead be seeking out ways to discover the value of our spouses. This begins with acceptance. Acceptance can heal an ailing marriage because it invites you and your spouse to be yourself—your best self. more >>
In response to the cinematic debut of the "50 Shades of Grey" movie, one Virginia pastor will look to respond via a sermon series meant to address various matters regarding sexual ethics, including pornography and gay marriage.
Rick McDaniel, pastor of Richmond Community Church, will be preaching a sermon series starting on Sunday meant to add a Christian moral perspective on controversial topics pertaining to sexual behavior. Known as the "5 Shades of Grey," the series will include issues like pornography, divorce, gay marriage, cohabitation, and adultery.
In an interview with The Christian Post, McDaniel explained that "God just sort of dropped an idea in my head" to do the series in response to the popularity of "50 Shades of Grey." more >>
Answers in Genesis President and CEO Ken Ham has said the news that Iceland is building its first temple to the Norse gods since the Vikings era is proof that Europe is now in a "post-Christian" state. He added that the United States is following the same path.
"This sad story shows the continuing spiritual decline in Europe. Despite its strong Christian heritage in the past, Europe is now certainly post-Christian and America is quickly going in the same direction," Ham wrote for his AiG blog on Thursday.
"Instead of acknowledging the truth of God's Word and the salvation that is available through Jesus Christ, people are choosing to embrace ancient Norse paganism! How sad!" more >>