Tracy Smith is a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning. In a recent interview with Joel Osteen, Tracy made no attempt to be politically correct. Instead, she came right out and asked Joel about hell. That's right, the place of eternal punishment.
Tracy was curious about Joel's message, and why he seems to leave out matters of eternity. Joel responded by saying he takes "a different approach." He said, "It's not hellfire and brimstone."
In comparison, Jesus spoke at least as much about hell as He did about heaven. While Jesus certainly talked a lot about life here on earth, the Lord never avoided discussing these two extreme places of eternal pain and eternal pleasure. more >>
Last month for the first time during the Republican primary season, large numbers of Latter-day Saints went to the polls to vote.
Although controversial Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has scored well with voters who identify as evangelical or born-again, he failed to capture the predominantly LDS, or Mormon, state of Utah.
Furthermore, prominent Mormons public figures spoke out against his campaign and focused their support on U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. more >>
In his message, Pastor Robert Morris, senior pastor at Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas, told his congregation that God has asked us to give our tithes and offerings not because He needs money to support His work, but because it gives Him an opportunity to bless us.
Malachi 3 has been misunderstood for years, "even by me," Morris said in a recent message, titled "Don't Rob God."
We don't need to read it in the "old, legalistic way," he told the congregation, clarifying that he is not saying we rob God of money when we don't give the tithe to God, to whom it belongs. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has warned that much like the decline of the Babylonian empire close to 2,500 years ago, America may also be staring down at its end, unless it turns back to God.
"What's the writing on the wall for America? As a nation we are found lacking because of sin and disobedience to God's Holy Word. We have not honored Him. If we don't turn back to God, I fear that our end will be near," Graham wrote on Facebook Sunday.
He noted that 2,500 year ago, present day Iraq was known as the Babylonian empire, and boasted one of the largest armies in the world at the time. more >>
Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of the multi-site megachurch Life.Church, headquartered in Oklahoma, tackled in a recent sermon the concept that money is the root of all kinds of evil.
Groeschel, preaching on his series "Twisted: Most Misused Verses of the Bible," examined 1 Timothy 6:10, which reads, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
He asked, is money really the root of all evil? But the verse says, "love of money," and not just money, he pointed out and asked, so how do we discern if we love money or not? more >>
Oxford University is deviating from its 800-year-old tradition to remain relevant to "the dramatic change" in the U.K., by allowing its undergraduate theology students to skip studying Christianity after the first year of their degree, and choose instead subjects like "Feminist Approaches to Theology and Religion" and "Buddhism in Space and Time."
"We recognize that the people who come to study at Oxford come from a variety of different backgrounds and have legitimately different interests," Times Higher Education quotes Johannes Zachhuber, board chairman of the theology faculty, as saying.
From September 2017, theology students will have to study Christianity only in their first year, and can opt for other areas, including feminism, Buddhism, Islam and mysticism, from second year onwards. A result of seven years of consultation, the new course will be called "theology and religion" for the first time. more >>