MIAMI BEACH — The concept of sin is not gone but the actions that are considered sinful have changed in four ways, Ross Douthat, a columnist for The New York Times and author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, recently argued.
While some of Douthat's remarks at the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Faith Angle Forum on March 24 were aimed broadly at American culture, most of his comments and examples were about secular Americans. When he reads publications or watches programing from a secular Left perspective, Douthat said he does not "get a sense that secular America has lost a sense of sin" because some "very important evils are being debated."
Douthat was the respondent on a panel with Dr. Cornelius Plantinga, senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Plantinga spoke about the loss of an understanding of sin in American culture, especially in evangelical churches. Douthat offered that it is not only helpful to think about the loss of sin, but the transformation of sin as well. more >>
WOODBRIDGE, Va.— Thousands of youth from churches in the Washington, DC metro area gathered this weekend to learn about 'making disciples who make disciples.'
Known as "Reverse" and sponsored by Dare 2 Share Ministries, the event reaches out to teenagers to equip them to evangelize.
Held at the Hylton Memorial Chapel from Friday evening to Saturday evening, Dare 2 Share partnered with Compassion International and Colorado Christian University among others to bring the event to an estimated 3,000 attendees. more >>
Based on the hundreds of responses to my recent blog posts about the Paramount Pictures movie Noah, here's what we should do: prepare for the end of Christianity. After Friday's opening, be ready for millions of Christians to turn away from the faith.
This movie will be the most catastrophic event since the crucifixion. We thought all that pesky persecution of the early church during the Roman era was rough, or the gulags in Soviet Russia and North Korea, or the outlawed Church in China or burning churches in Muslim countries. But that's nothing compared to the onslaught of Darren Aronofsky and his team.
Hollywood has finally won the battle. I think we held on pretty well for 2,000 years since the time of Jesus, but based on the folks responding to my blog, the gospel message just isn't that strong, and this movie will tip us over the edge. more >>
A new book about C.S. Lewis aims to guide Christians and non-Christians alike toward wisdom, a deeper understanding of the Christian faith, and a full understanding of the meaning of life.
"Lewis is saying we really need to go beneath the surface of our faith," Alister McGrath, professor of theology, ministry and education at King's College London and author of C.S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. McGrath announced his new book, If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C.S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life, as a guide for modern Christians and non-Christians to learn the wisdom of the great author.
McGrath explained that his new book involves "letting Lewis help us think through the big questions of life and live better lives." It leads the reader through a series of lunch discussions with Lewis focused on eight different topics: the meaning of life, friendship, the importance of stories, Aslan and the Christian Life, apologetics, education, the problem of pain and the hope of heaven. more >>
Same-sex marriage becomes legal in England and Wales on Saturday and while the Church of England has accepted that new reality, it still maintains guidelines for its clergy against marrying gay and lesbian couples.
"I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it's the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being," Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told The Guardian on Thursday.
Queen Elizabeth II officially approved the gay marriage law in July 2013, after the bill passed the parliament. The Anglican Communion had spoken out against the bill, arguing that changing the definition of marriage will not be good for society. more >>
Controversial billboards in Columbus, Ohio, reading "Jesus is Muslim" and "Mohammed is in the Bible" are drawing protests from local Christians who say Muslims are "hijacking" the name of Jesus.
"Although we support the Islamic community's right to free speech, as well as their right to post messages on billboards, we do not support the hijacking of the name of Jesus Christ in their attempt to lure uninformed Christians into their religion," Coach Dave Daubenmire of Pass the Salt Ministries said in a statement Thursday.
Daubenmire is hosting a prayer vigil on Saturday alongside the Rev. Rusty Thomas of Operation Save America and Pastor Bill Dunfee of New Beginnings Church in Warsaw. more >>