The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission received criticism from some members of the Southern Baptist Convention at the denomination's annual meeting on Wednesday for filing an amicus brief on behalf of a Muslim group seeking to build a mosque.
In May, the ERLC joined a diverse coalition of groups in an amicus brief to support the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge in its lawsuit against a New Jersey township that rejected its application to build a mosque.
At the SBC's annual meeting held earlier this week in St. Louis, Missouri, some of the messengers called for action to be taken against the ERLC for joining the amicus brief. more >>
In their zeal to win souls for Christ, some Christians slip into Beast Mode — that aggressive, sometimes negative manner of dealing with non-believers that, instead of drawing people closer to Christ, usually drives them farther away. If they're honest, many will admit that they've been on the receiving end of an awkward Beast Mode moment or two, or know at least a couple of Christians who fit the Beast Mode bill.
In his recent book Unanswered, a volume six years in the making that intends to shed light on such hot-button topics within today's Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston warns believers against being overzealous witnesses, instead reminding them to maintain a balance when evangelizing, using Jesus as the perfect example.
"I think that we always walk a fine line with people that are not following Jesus … what we say to them about their condition," Pastor Johnston told The Christian Post, reminding believers that Jesus was the ultimate evangelist. "Jesus was effective. He never went into Beast Mode, and he didn't bulldoze anyone with the Gospel." more >>
For a good while now I have had the privilege of helping to shape the global discussion about the future of Christianity as it pertains to technological futurism. I have met and spoken with numerous tech-savvy Christians from various parts of the world, all of which have articulated that they believe that the quickly emerging technological future has radical implications for their faith. In the midst of those discussions, I have heard many perspectives and through them I have come to understand one very valuable fact: Christianity is desperately in need of an updated technological hermeneutic.
Proof of this assertion arises in the fact that a lot of the anti-religion tech crowd believes that emerging technology will be the end of Christianity. I actually believe just the opposite. I think that the technological revolution that is quickly taking shape will breath new life into stagnant theological waters — helping to spring forth a more holy understanding of our humanity.
But in order for that to happen Christians need to begin to take seriously our responsibility to learn from our rich theological traditions so that we might try and use that wisdom to help one another interpret the quickly changing technological world around us. Put simply, humanity needs better ways of understanding what is happening to us now (i.e. how technology is effecting us), and how we are participating in that transformative process. And in order to foster such understanding, we need better ways of talking about the ideas that are already on the table. more >>
I'm starting a message series on Revelation, and there are a few angel references in there. And for many folks, it's easy to pass over the angels. We read like this, "blah blah blah blah angel blah blah blah."
But if we were living what we were reading, like Daniel being visited by Gabriel in Daniel 8, we might react this way, "OH MY GOODNESS!!! IT'S AN ANGEL! I THINK HE MAY CRUSH ME WITH HIS STARE! HE'S FANTASTICALLY INCREDIBLY MASSIVELY POWERFUL AND AMAZING!!!!" Then we might faint.
David, come on. Really? Are you kidding? Angels are NOT that big a deal. I googled the word "angel" and here's what I now know: more >>
Racism is a sin problem permiating America and churches must combat this darkness and decay with the full force of the Gospel, a prominent African-American leader told members of the Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday.
Jerry Young, president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, told those gathered at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, that racism "is, without question, a sin problem. And since the church is the only salt and light in town, if there is darkness and decay in America, it appears to me that the church must be guilty."
"Here is the problem with America: It is because in the church we have contaminated salt and concealed light. That's the problem." more >>
Southern Baptists will vote today in Saint Louis, Missouri, for a new convention president in an election experts say might determine the future of evangelism in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
The election is also a test of whether Southern Baptist pastors are leaning toward the more Reformed theology tendencies of some of their younger millennial leaders or are staying with leaders who tend to be more critical of Reformed theology.
According to sources who could not be named for this article but who are very familiar with the inner workings of the denomination's structure and affiliated institutions, at issue is both the theological orientation of the Baptist faith and Message and its overall approach to ministry. What is arguably most at stake is the fervor for evangelism for which Southern Baptists have been known historically. more >>