Churches must make every effort to become "safe spaces" for teens and young adults to open up about issues, pastors say, to counter the raft of increased violence in the nation's schools and elsewhere.
As the nation grapples to find an explanation for the conditions that give rise to school shooters, mental health experts agree that family dysfunction is one factor in the tide that leads them to strike like the "perfect storm."
"I should be writing my college essay, not my will." This message was seen on a protest sign held by a student showcasing their frustration with the problem of school violence.
Days after some 50 evangelical leaders gathered at Wheaton College in Illinois to discuss the state of evangelicalism in the Trump era, prominent evangelist Franklin Graham decided to weigh in on "what is evangelical?"
Tammie Jo Shults, the pilot who safely landed Southwest flight 1380 after the plane's left engine exploded, is giving "God all the credit" after the frightening incident, according to her Christian friends.
A Minnesota school bus driver who is also the pastor of a church has been taken off his route because he was leading students in prayer while driving.
Here are just a few things that happened this week, April 22-28, in Church history. They include the birth of Oliver Cromwell, the Billboard debut of the hit song "Oh Happy Day," and the creation of The United Methodist Church.
A pro-Israel Christian organization has taken issue with a recently released joint statement by several mainline church groups denouncing violence against Palestinian protesters.
Presbyterian Church (USA) may soon remove the term "racial-ethnic" from offices and documents, replacing when possible with the term "people of color."
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship has said that no one can take over the mantle of the late evangelist Billy Graham, even as Harvest America 2018 seeks to become the largest one-day evangelistic event in U.S. history in June.
A newly released film titled, "The Heart Of Nuba" tells the story of Catholic Relief Services doctor Tom Catena who serves as a missionary to the children and adults of the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan as they endure the bombing attacks in the region.
Coming off the success of the hit film "I Can Only Imagine," multi-platinum-selling contemporary Christian band MercyMe garnered three nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
"Inside Edition" correspondent Megan Alexander said that many Christians complain about what's on TV and in movies, but that there aren't enough believers working in newsrooms, production studios and at other influential outfits to help turn the tide with more positive and uplifting messages.
Ira Glass, the host of the popular public radio program "This American Life," said his interest in producing the Netflix movie "Come Sunday" was driven by a belief that evangelical Christians are one of the most misrepresented groups in America today.
Pop star Justin Bieber was not on the bill of performers for the popular music festival Coachella taking place this week in Indio, California. However, he graced the stage this year with a surprise worship set for concert attendees.
Christian, Jewish and Muslim activists recently traveled to Bangladesh and spoke with dozens of the Rohingya Muslim refugees who were among the estimated 700,000 who fled genocidal violence committed by the Myanmar government last year and are now sharing the horrors that innocent families have faced.
Evangelical pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh will always have the scar on top of his head to remind him of the years that he was imprisoned, beaten and tortured for daring to advocate on behalf of indigenous people groups being denied human rights by Vietnam's communist government.
Christians in China are being forced to adhere to revised regulations on religion that were implemented in February which has led to strict government controls on their everyday lives, and have been warned about a "red line" they must not cross.
Two Baptist leaders who helped shed light on how a government airstrike destroyed a church in Northern Myanmar were among the over 8,000 prisoners freed from prison thanks to presidential amnesty granted by President Win Myint this week.
Pope Francis is taking the first steps to transfer Alfie Evans to a hospital in Rome to prevent the 23-month-old from having his life support turned off.
The Cabinet of Egypt has passed legislation that purports to legalize 166 church properties throughout the nation that ranks as one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to Christian persecution.
A North Korean Christian tortured for sharing her faith while imprisoned in one of the country's notorious labor camps revealed how the Lord spoke to her during a particularly brutal beating, giving her the strength to survive.
News has been spreading about the meeting of 50 ethnically and denominationally diverse evangelical leaders at Wheaton College earlier this week to discuss the current condition of the movement. Unfortunately, some sources and reporters who were not at the gathering have been framing it as a "crazy Trump bashing" spectacle (CBN News) that led some to "walk out of the meeting" in protest (Fox News).
Our commitment to the sanctity of life leads us to embrace racial and gender equality. But it also leads us to defend life from conception to natural death and to defend marriage and gender identity as intended by our Creator.
Comparing your church to another church can be one of the worst things you do as a church leader.
Sometimes we misinterpret Jesus' familiar call for us to abide in Him found in the 15th chapter of the Gospel according to John. Abiding seems like a tranquil, passive, resting sort of call. The world will hate the call to abide.
Many of the "worship wars" today are fueled by, I believe, differing views of the nature of worship itself. I believe that a fundamental step toward resolving these debates is to seek to understand how the Bible itself defines worship.
Entitlement always rises as pride rises. It is impossible to be filled with humility and a sense of entitlement at the same time. Whenever we feel we are owed something it is because we have forgotten that God is the One who gives all good things.
Solomon's legacy is quite full of contrary themes. King Solomon worshiped God almighty and established the temple, yet Solomon was later turned to foreign gods.
Are you in need of a comeback? Consider doing these things:
Imagine a crisp spring morning on the seashore when the risen Lord Jesus Christ invites you to his surprise charcoal-cooked breakfast!
How do you revitalize a dying downtown? Maybe it's the same way you save a dying marriage — one day at a time.
I'm not writing this to make you feel guilty for not serving. I'm writing this to those of you who have thought about serving in youth ministry, but have never really given it much thought for any number of reasons.
Porn star Stormy Daniels may be having the time of her life. She may be enjoying her newfound fame, at the expense of President Trump. She may be making boatloads of money with her "Make America Horny Again" tour and other endeavors. But at the end of the day, this is a sad story.
So, the New Yorker thinks Chick-fil-A doesn't belong in New York and a U.S. Senator thinks Mike Pompeo doesn't belong as the Secretary of State.
When I first became a part of the family of Christ I was pretty clueless. I had no idea how to study the Bible, and I didn't really know how to pray. Prayer is insanely important to the Christian life. If you aren't praying at least once a day it's hard to say that your even a Christian.
In life, it's not how you start, it's how you finish, and Mrs. Walker is well on her way to a strong finish, following a tumultuous beginning. Born to drug addicted parents, the life of addiction and destruction quickly became a part of her life story as well.
These are my five simple ideas to help improve your prayer life.
If segregating the congregation into special-interest services isn't the answer, how might we begin to change attitudes on the nature of church and worship?
Barbara Bush died Tuesday. Newsweek is describing her as "the no-nonsense first lady who ran the family that ran the country."
Isolation is often very attractive, and it is on the rise with no signs of slowing down. Nearly twenty years ago Robert Putnam issued his warning about isolation before restaurant booths would be filled with people staring at their iPhones instead of connecting with each other, before binge-watching Netflix would become common in our culture, and before social media was invented.
In the curiously seeking stage, one thinks there might be something to all this, but is not sure. One also struggles with old biased views of Christianity.
Two weeks ago, we warned you about the implications of California's "Must Stay Gay Bill." Now others are sounding the alarm about the full weight of this onerous bill, which could literally mean the banning of certain religious books. If we don't stop this, what's coming next?
After a recent column on "fake news," someone sent me an email, accusing me of propagating fake news by saying the Bible had anything to do with the founding of America. Unfortunately, this reader, like so many others, fails to understand the historical truth that the Bible played a unique role in helping to create the U.S. Constitution.
When should we begin tithing? We are currently in 'the red' each month, relying on credit cards to fill in small gaps. Currently there is no extra, no savings, etc. If we tithe now, we will have to stop payment on another creditor, which seems irresponsible. What do you suggest?
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has targeted the ministerial housing tax exemption. But it's something that is worth saving.
When rapture and end times rumors come they can make skeptics of Christianity. Instead, let's ignore the rumors and live like Christ suggests.
This week one of the great men and true heroes of the Christian faith, Bob Buford, founder of the Halftime Institute, went to be with the Lord.