"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13).
"I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk, or a snooze in the sunshine ... I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy three pounds of God, please" (Wilbur Reese).
Recently, I shared with our congregation that one of the most difficult challenges associated with pastoring is not sermon preparation or taxing counseling appointments, but witnessing the tragic results of spiritual dehydration — dying spiritually with living water just a step away. more >>
Christian films continue to dominate at the box office thanks to a growing consumer appetite for faith-based entertainment, but one Christian professor says that a particular theme of Christian films and books, namely those about Heaven and the afterlife, could potentially be harmful to Christianity.
On Friday, the Michael Polish-directed feature film, "90 Minutes in Heaven," which is an adaptation of The New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Pastor Don Piper, was released to theaters across the U.S. It tells the real-life story of a Texas pastor who had a near-death experience and comes more than a year after Randall Wallace's box office hit "Heaven Is for Real," which made $101 million during its box office run. It also comes ahead of the highly anticipated Christian drama "Miracles From Heaven" starring Jennifer Garner.
Scot McKnight, who's a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois., shared his concerns about NDE-inspired films and the impact that they can have on Christian theology during an interview with The Christian Post on Friday. more >>
ORLANDO – The Church needs to talk more about sex, because the Bible teaches much about the subject, instead of avoiding hard issues like sexual brokeness and pornography addiction, says Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina, on Saturday.
"We have got to get over the reticence to talk about sex and talk about what the Bible teaches about sex," declared Land at the 2nd Annual Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit in Orlando, "because the Bible teaches a great deal about sex."
Land called for an accurate assessment of where the Church is today on this issue and denounced Christians and those in ministry for avoiding the issue of sexual brokenness and pornography. more >>
If Jesus wrote a letter to the American Church in 2015, what would He say? Maybe what the Church around the world is saying now.
We hear a lot about "the wrong side of history" these days — usually from those who want to convince us we're on it, and that everyone in the future will think like the New York Times editorial board. But if we want to understand where history is really headed, we've got to look at the big picture — the global picture.
President Obama — someone who's used the "right side of history" trope more than once — got a glimpse of that picture in July when he spoke in Nairobi. Addressing Kenya's strong cultural aversion to homosexuality, the President warned that "treating people differently" not because they're harming anyone but because they're "different," erodes freedoms and leads to "bad things." more >>
Pope Francis has urged every Catholic parish and religious community in Europe to take in at least one refugee family and help Europe with its migrant crisis, noting that the Vatican would take two families itself. With hundreds of thousands of refugees making their way toward Western Europe, countries such as Germany and Austria are said to be near the "tipping point" of how much they can help.
"May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family" Francis told the crowds at St. Peter's Square on Sunday.
"Before the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing death in conflict and hunger and are on a journey of hope, the Gospel calls us to be close to the smallest and to those who have been abandoned," he added, according to Vatican Radio. more >>
If I was back in elementary school, and they asked me to write a composition on "My Summer," I'd have one word on the paper. Amazing.
Because I spent it on Indian reservations with a team of 60 Native American young people. Who stood on rez basketball courts, pouring out their Hope Story of how Jesus has rescued them. I had a front row seat on God's awesomeness.
And then there was the moose. more >>