A few years ago, I had a conversation with a pastor who suggested that my articles are written from a position of fear.
I agree. I believe that these messages are timely and urgent for the vast majority. The present condition of the church leaves one to wonder if the lack of the fear of the Lord is contributing to her spiritually dead condition: "I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked" (Revelation 3:15-17). A healthy respect of God (fear) is what our culture, and the church, desperately need.
During our conversation, I asked myself, "Why don't we agree on this important truth? The fear of the Lord is mentioned frequently throughout the Bible as the beginning of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding." Sadly, I've had similar conversation with emergent, post-modern, and liberal pastors. My concern is that this view is coming from leadership. They feel that we should avoid mentioning the fear of the Lord because it makes people feel uncomfortable. Just writing that sentence makes me feel uncomfortable. "The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him…" (Psalm 147:11). Joshua encouraged the people to "fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness" (24:14). more >>
In case you missed it, there is a hilarious Tumblr blog floating the web that depicts "Why Millennials Don't Go to Church" in LOLCat format. One picture featured twirling cats and the words, "We can haz liturgical dance to attract the youngz" and another showed a cat lounging on top of a guitar asking, "Maybe u would like a praise band?"
OK, I realize that you might not be laughing, but I sure was. While some might consider the format utterly ridiculous, it is undeniable that these silly pictures' messages capture a hunk of truth. Christian denominations are trying to crack the code when it comes to attracting Millennials to their congregations. But as recent news suggests, the successful formula has little to do with popular Christian trends.
This week I learned that the church denomination I was raised in, Assemblies of God, is booming. According to an Assemblies of God (AG) press release, denominational membership increased 1.4 percent to 1,805,381 and major worship service attendance grew 2.0 percent to 1,918,686. More hopeful is that Millennials encompass of 21 percent of growth over the last decade. more >>
Professor and Christian author Alex Chediak says that in order for parents to raise godly teenagers, they must use more than apologetics resources.
Alex Chediak, who teaches engineering and physics at California Baptist University, wrote about the topic in a book released earlier this year titled, Preparing Your Teens for College: Faith, Friends, Finances, And Much More.
"Information and logical arguments are helpful in making Christianity understandable and credible, and in dismantling false worldviews, but ultimately an act of the will (and the work of God in someone's heart) is involved," wrote Chediak. more >>
Father's Day arrives on Sunday, June 15 this year and people across the U.S. are celebrating the patriarchs in their lives. Listed here are 5 ideas on how to show your appreciation for dads this year.
1. Invite dad to church, lunch, and watch the World Cup together.
This Sunday, enjoy a full day with your dad by inviting him to church before treating him to lunch and enjoying the early summer weather this year. Furthermore, Father's Day arrives days after the kickoff of the FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil this year. Sunday's matches include Switzerland vs. Ecuador, France vs. Honduras, and Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, all featured live on ABC. more >>
BALTIMORE – Southern Baptist Convention members discussed a diverse collection of subjects in the 2014 SBC business meeting this week, ranging from a motion about worship music to another about the name of the NFL team Washington Redskins. During the business sessions, 5,240 registered "messengers" representing many of the convention's member churches had the opportunity to bring up issues – from cultural topics to theological discussion – for the SBC committees and the body of Southern Baptists to consider, discuss and address.
Here are seven of the most controversial, strange and heart-warming motions brought to the SBC floor.
Impeach President Barack Obama – Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist in Buena Park, California, asked the Committee on Resolutions to join Operation American Spring's efforts to impeach Barack Obama. more >>
The new family-friendly drama "Alone Yet Not Alone" starring Kelly Greyson is headed to theaters this Father's Day.
The film is based on the true story taken from the novel of the same name by author Tracy Leininger Craven that follows the powerful faith of two women who were faced with despair and fear during the French & Indian war in 1755. While "Alone Yet Not Alone" was released in 11 cities last year, the film will reach over 200 theaters nationwide on June 13.
Speaking about the themes of perseverance, faith, and positive values, actress Greyson told The Christian Post that "Along Yet Not Alone" would encourage and uplift families who see the film this weekend. more >>