Following the amputation of both of his feet last week to stave off a critical infection, there is good news for Big Daddy Weave bass player Jason Weaver.
"Yesterday Jason was able to get out of bed and push himself in a wheelchair," one update began. "The physical therapist also showed Jason a few exercises to start building back his muscle." 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 >>
WASHINGTON — Princeton law professor and leading religious freedom advocate Robert George argued Tuesday that although religion is part of the inherent good of human beings, terrorist attacks like Sunday's massacre in Orlando show the need for limits on religious freedom.
George, the former chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, participated in a panel discussion on the history of religious toleration and the importance of religious freedom in a free society at the Cato Institute.
The 60-year-old conservative professor explained that human rights, such as the right to religious freedom, are shaped only by the human goods they protect, arguing that the quest for religious truth is "a distinct aspect of human well-being and fulfillment as an esteemed human good." more >>
Dear Worship Leader,
I have a confession to make. It's hard to type these words but here it goes ... I've vastly underestimated the power and importance of what you do.
There have been times I wanted to give you the hurry up and land the plane signal from the congregation as it seemed to me that you were relentlessly singing that same 7-11 song (seven words sung eleven times) seven weeks in a row (or was it eleven?) more >>
Christians need to stop making excuses and welcome God into their lives, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
The founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association wrote in a question-and-answer column published in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday that Christians need to stop coming up with reasons not to strengthen their relationship with God, saying that some have a misconception that Christianity is an "unbalanced" way to live one's life.
"I don't know how you decided that Christians are unbalanced, or that God doesn't want us to enjoy life, but you're wrong," Graham writes, referencing John 10:10 which reads: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." more >>
Influential megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes compared Sunday morning's gay nightclub massacre in Orlando to the killing of nine Christians last June at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, and asserted that the Orlando shooting should be identified as both a hate crime and act of terror.
In response to the news that 49 people were murdered and 53 others wounded in Sunday's shooting at the Pulse nightclub, Jakes, a prominent Christian author and senior pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, posted a video on Monday calling on all Americans to unite in solidarity with the LGBT community.
"I wanted to take a moment to share a statement with you that is on my heart and on the hearts of many, if not millions of Americans around this country. Our heart goes out to Orlando as you face this devastation that occurred this weekend," Jakes said in a short video posted to his Facebook page. more >>