Christians should not allow themselves to become discouraged by the words of those who have not found Jesus, the Rev. Billy Graham says, advising believers to ignore the mockery that comes from secular society. Responding to a question posted to the Kansas City Star by a woman who asked what she should do when her husband mocks her faith, Graham writes: "such behavior should be off-limits in any marriage, regardless of the reason."
Graham adds that the woman should not be discouraged by negative language, saying that ultimately, people who criticize religion have an argument with God and no one else.
"When we put our faith in Christ, he adopts us into his family, and nothing will ever change his love for us, even the mockery of those who think we're foolish for believing in Christ," the evangelical leader says. more >>
A Minnesota church found approximately 30,000 toy cars, and a few classic real ones, in a house donated to it in the will of a recently deceased member.
Celebration Church of Lakeville inherited the home of a church usher named Dennis Erickson who died last December. Inside the home were legions of toy cars.
Leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore is calling on Christians to stop "bashing" the millennial generation as lazy, entitled and self-obsessed, arguing that millennials are actually "far more committed" to sharing the Gospel with people outside of Christian subcultures.
Moore, who is the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, wrote an op-ed titled "Are Millennials Selfish and Entitled?" that was posted to his blog last week and to the Baptist Press Monday.
The piece argues that although the millennial generation gets a bad rap from older generations, millennials are not lazier or more selfish than previous generations. more >>
The number of Americans who pray or say they believe in God hit "an all-time low" in 2014, according to a new study published in the journal Sage Open.
San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge led the study carried out by a team that also included Ryne Sherman from Florida Atlantic University as well as Julie J. Exline and Joshua B. Grubbs from Case Western Reserve University.
The study, according to the San Diego State University News Center, looked at data from 58,893 respondents to the General Social Survey, a nationally representative survey of U.S. adults administered between 1972 and 2014. more >>
God has rules. The Bible is full of them. But many Christians today aren't fans of using "rule/command/demand" terminology because, after all, aren't we under grace? Aren't we free from "the Law"? Isn't the righteousness of Christ all that matters?
I love grace — love, love, love it. I am so glad that my salvation doesn't hinge on my ability to keep all of God's rules. I'd be up a creek if it did! And thank God for Christ's righteousness that covers me — I can't stand before God in my own!
But grace isn't supposed to be the means by which we get around the rules; it is actually the means by which we can now, from the heart, strive to obey God with increasing success. more >>
Who knew modern-day love and breakup songs could be used to explain the greatest story ever told. "The Passion" aired live on FOX Sunday night and the musical successfully took the 2000-year-old account of Jesus' last days on earth, his crucifixion and resurrection, and shared it in a way that was relatable while promoting his message of unconditional love.
Since nothing in modern-day America is as brutal as the roman style crucifixion that Jesus had to endure, "The Passion" avoided dramatizing the vicious torture and death of Christ. The two-hour event, however, made it a point to promote the love Jesus taught his followers while on earth, his thrilling arrest and inspiring resurrection.
The musical included a star-studded cast of Jencarlos Canela (Jesus Christ), Chris Daughtry (Judas), Prince Royce (the disciple Peter), Michael W. Smith (disciple), Seal (Pontius Pilate) and Trisha Yearwood (Mary, the mother of Jesus). more >>