Christian Broadcasting Network televangelist Pat Robertson instructed a Christian woman, who wrote into "The 700 Club" asking him for advice on what she should do about working in an office full of Buddhist co-workers, to leave her job so that she won't be "infected" by their religious theology.
"I work in an environment where all of my co-workers are Buddhists. They talk about Buddhism all day long and try to preach to me. It didn't matter much to me before, but since I recommitted myself to Jesus a year ago, it has started to bother me a lot," Tina wrote in her inquiry that was read during Monday's broadcast. "I remember our pastor telling us to teach others about Jesus, so that they can receive salvation. However, every time I approach my co-workers, the end up offending me in ways that I feel are criticizing the Word of God. But if I argue, I end up offending them."
"What should I do?" Tina asked. "Should I continue to insist on helping them or get a different job? Also, is this a sign that this is not what I am created to do — to minister to others?" more >>
A few days ago I sent out an email to my blog subscribers asking them to send me their top questions about sexuality and the Christian faith. I've picked out the 7 most common questions I received and I'm going to answer one per day over the next 7 days. One of the hopes I had in attempting this blog series was that the discussion could go beyond the topic of homosexuality and encompasses the whole sphere of sexuality. And I'm happy to say that based on the questions I received, it will.
Here is today's question is:
Can someone be in a homosexual relationship and still be a believer? more >>
Peek behind the curtain of some "progressive" or "hip" evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service. You'll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise. They're slowly attempting to give evangelicalism an "update"—and the change is not for the good.
It's painful for me to admit, but we can no longer rest carefree in our evangelical identity—because it is changing. No doubt you have seen the headlines declaring that evangelicalism is doomed because evangelical kids are leaving the faith. It is no secret that there is an expanding gulf between traditional Christian teachings and contemporary moral values. But the sad truth is that the ideological gulf between America's evangelical grown-ups and their kids, aka the "Millennials," seems to be widening too.
Somehow the blame for this chasm is being heaped on traditional churches. They are accused of having too many rules as well as being homophobic and bigoted. Yes, we've heard those false claims from popular culture in its desperate attempt to keep Christianity imprisoned within the sanctuary walls. But now popular culture is being aided by Christ-professing bedfellows whose message to "coexist," "tolerate" and "keep out of it" is more marketable to the rising generation of evangelicals. more >>
Many Christians view discipleship as a class for new believers to learn the foundational doctrines of the faith. True discipleship is not simply learning biblical truths, but becoming a student of Jesus, having the will to obey Him in all areas of our life, including in our family. Though many evangelical churches embrace the Great Commission, the condition of families within the body of Christ reflects the reality that few Christians have been adequately trained or discipled in marriage or parenting.
Today the divorce rate within the church is out of proportion to His Word, power and promises. Children from Christian homes are using drugs and abusing alcohol, having sex and committing crimes almost as much as their secular counterparts. It has become difficult to differentiate the non-church kids from those who profess to believe. Statistics tell us that over 65 percent of children being raised in Christian homes -- and that have spent over 10 years in some kind of church youth group -- are walking away from their faith after leaving their homes at the age of 18.
Rebellion and disrespect toward parents and authority is now considered common adolescent behavior, even in the church. It's not an exaggeration to say that "the family" is in serious trouble. more >>
Following Christ is not about finding comfort or personal well-being; rather, life is messy, God is mysterious, and faith lies in the tension of that paradox, Ken Wytsma, founder of the The Justice Conference, argues in his new book, The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Wytsma explains that The Grand Paradox is sort of a part two to Pursuing Justice (2013). While Pursuing Justice was motivated by his desire to teach about the often misunderstood or neglected theme of justice, a central theme throughout scripture, his new book aims to touch "the deep parts of our soul," he said, by clarifying God's character and will for our lives.
When Wytsma writes about "God's will," though, he is not writing about a specific calling, as that phrase is often expressed (usually in terms of vocation). Rather, he writes about what it means to live a life of faith amid all the hardships, disappointments and ups-and-downs life has to offer. more >>
The American Baptist College, a Christian college in Nashville, Tennessee, is under fire from a group of pastors for inviting a married lesbian bishop to speak at the institution's 58th Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series this month.
Bishop Yvette Flunder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ, who's married to her same-sex partner Shirley Miller, is featured as one of the main speakers set to make an address during the lecture series on March 18, according to a schedule of events published by the college.