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 >>
For the first time ever, the majority of Norwegians do not believe in God, a new study has found.
The study, conducted annually by the Norwegian Monitor/Ipsos Norway, found that among 4,000 participants, 39 percent said they do not believe in God, while 37 percent said they do. Twenty-three percent said they were undecided, according to The Local.
In past years, the survey has found that believers outweighed nonbelievers, or the two groups were equal. more >>
A Pakistani Christian mother who was kidnapped and forced into an Islamic marriage with her Muslim landlord and then escaped months later has been returned to her abductor by her own family in hopes that it will spare the rest of the family from extreme persecution and arrest.
As The Christian Post previously reported, Fouzia Sadiq, a 30-year-old mother of three whose entire family works as bonded laborers in Pattoki, was abducted last July by her Muslim landlord named Muhammed Nazir.
Although Fouzia's brother, Paris, went looking for her at Nazir's house, he was told that Fouzia had entered into a marriage with Nazir and that she was now his property. more >>
Morgan Freeman has circled the globe in a quest to examine how different cultures view God for his upcoming NatGeo docuseries "The Story of God," and says a visit to Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, for the series made a positive impression on him.
"In a Houston megachurch I connected somewhat," Freeman told Page Six this week. "Encouraged to think positive. You don't just get some things just like that! You have to go do it to get it. God's plan for us is to succeed."
The 78-year-old Oscar winner is referring to his visit to Lakewood Church in early December of last year to explore the practices of Christian megachurches as research for the upcoming docuseries, which he hosts and executive produces. The fact that Freeman was "encouraged to think positive" during his visit coincides with the perennial uplifting themes of Osteen's messages. more >>
A Baptist high school guidance counselor and youth pastor's wife in Missouri is wearing a hijab (Muslim headscarf) to school every Monday as a way of showing solidarity with Muslims and combating anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Martha DeVries, the guidance counselor at North Kansas City High School, began wearing a headscarf to school every Monday after she was inspired by a sermon from her pastor in which he challenged his congregants to make a difference.
"I am a follower of Jesus. I do believe that I am called to live out His message. I believe that the most important commandment is 'love God and love others,'" DeVries said in an interview with the Religion News Service. "It's not my intent to take on the establishment of the entire Islamic faith, it's my intent to say I stand with Muslim women in my community." more >>