The pastor of a multisite megachurch based in Texas hopes to show Christians what "maturing in Christ" looks like, by way of a recently published book.
Matt Chandler, who is the pastor at the Village Church and president of the Acts 29 Network for church planters, had his latest book To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain released earlier this month.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Chandler explained the reasons for writing the book, that focuses on Paul of Tarsus' Epistle to the Church in Philippi. more >>
Instead of having to check-out learning material at the library, Dallas Theological Seminary students this fall are being given theological resources valued at $14,000 thanks to a first-ever partnership between Logos Bible Software and the school.
Dallas Theological Seminary, one of the largest non-denominational evangelical seminaries in the world, is providing Logos Bible Software to all of its current students. DTS is underwriting this program through donor generosity and a small portion of the students' technology fee.
"This is an important story for the publishing world because it's one of the few cases that I know of where a university is not just providing access to electronic databases via a physical library or campus network connection, but is actually giving its student body a personal library of thousands of titles – virtually replacing the need to access the physical campus library for the majority of their work," said Logos' spokesperson Rich Tatum. more >>
A group of several pro-LGBT Christian groups along with outspoken gay rights advocate Dan Savage have launched a website devoted to reaching out to LGBT youth.
Known as the NALT Christians Project (NALT being short for "Not All Like That"), the site was launched Wednesday and features video testimonies from Christians supporting gay rights.
"The purpose of the NALT Christians Project is to give LGBT-affirming Christians a means of proclaiming to the world-and especially to young gay people-their belief and conviction that there is nothing anti-biblical or at all inherently sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender," reads the About section. more >>
"The Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert talked Pope Francis' remarks on homesexuals, as well as atheists and heaven, in an interview with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Tuesday.
"Look you don't got to Mass to win heaven. You go to ask God for help to get you there. You go to Mass to thank him for being such a great God that he wants you to spend eternity with him. That's why you go to Mass. You don't go to win heaven because you can't earn it – it's a gift. He wants to give it to all of us," Dolan, who is also the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, shared with Colbert.
The comedian, a Catholic himself, had brought up Pope Francis' remarks in May, when the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics said that non-Catholics and atheists can do good and that God has redeemed everyone, causing a notable stir in the Catholic community. more >>
While some have speculated about the possibility that the ongoing Syrian civil war may be connected to the End Times, many theologians are skeptical.
Dr. Floyd Elmore, professor of theology at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., told The Christian Post that no one could have absolute certainty on a connection. "Since the Lord said 'no man knows the day or the hour when He comes,' I don't really think that anyone can say with absolute certainty that these specific events are going to lead to the End Times Catastrophes," said Elmore.
Elmore also talked about how events like Syria could be used as "stage props" when showcasing a possible end of days. "'Stage props' that would make a very good End Times scenario, but since we're supposed to be expecting the Lord to come at any time, I think there have been very good stage props in every generation," he noted. more >>
The Texas Supreme Court has decided that a property dispute between the Episcopal Church and a breakaway diocese leadership should be reheard at the lower court level.
The Court ruled in a five to four decision last Friday that the case should be sent back down to a lower court for reconsideration. Given that in the initial lower court ruling the Episcopal Church was declared the rightful owner of the property, many TEC leaders expressed "disappointment."
The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., recognized by TEC as the bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, wrote in a pastoral letter that the "continuing Episcopalians" should persevere. more >>