Vatican leader Pope Francis told hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools that welcoming refugees and helping them settle into society is the "greatest security" people have against terrorism.
"I encourage you to welcome refugees into your homes and communities, so that their first experience of Europe is not the traumatic experience of sleeping cold on the streets, but one of warm human welcome," Francis said in a speech this weekend to the Members of the European Confederation and the World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae.
When Jesus Christ returns to Earth, everyone will know when it happens and not just a select few, according to the Rev. Billy Graham.
In a question-and-answer column published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on Saturday, the 97-year-old evangelical preacher was asked by a person about an event happening in their city that was headed by a cult leader.
"Recently a so-called 'spiritual guru' whose followers say he is divine came to our city for a lecture. I've heard that Jesus is going to return to Earth someday. Could this person be Jesus?" the person asked. more >>
A person should use their money to invest in efforts to build up and encourage God's family, says Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In an entry of the online devotional "Rick Warren's Daily Hope" published Saturday, Warren stated that God "wants you to learn to love and invest in other people in God's family."
Warren referred to this process of investing in other believers as the "Mutual Fund," which involved "using some of your money to encourage fellowship, to build relationships, and to demonstrate love." more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside, California, believes people will not be given a second chance to choose Heaven after they die, and insists that those that go to Hell send themselves there.
"We need to think very seriously about this, because once we die and enter the afterlife, we can't change our destination. You can decide right now where you will spend eternity. But once you die, there are no more chances," Laurie wrote in a message shared on his Facebook page on Saturday.
The pastor, who often talks about the topics of Heaven and Hell, said that he is not approaching the subject "from an ivory tower of theory," since a number of members of his family have died. more >>
Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis has said that even if it may be hard for some Christians, they must believe in the real and logical, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, rather than interpreting it simply as a spiritual experience.
Francis said at a recent morning mass that Christians should embrace the "logic of the future," which promises that believers will rise in body and soul after death, like Jesus did.
"A spiritualistic piety, a nuanced piety is much easier; but to enter into the logic of the flesh of Christ, this is difficult. And this is the logic of the day after tomorrow. We will resurrect like the risen Christ, with our own flesh," the pontiff explained, according to Catholic News Service. more >>
A debate is stirring over revisions made to the final translation of the English Standard Version Bible regarding gender, with one biblical scholars saying the changes are "potentially dangerous."
The Crossway Board of Directors and the ESV Translation Oversight Committee said in a statement that the 52 words revised in 29 verses were "the culmination of more than 17 years of comprehensive work by the committee, as authorized and initiated by the Crossway Board in 1998."
Crossway added that the 2016 edition is a "Permanent text of the ESV Bible [and will remain] unchanged throughout the life of the copyright." more >>