Tracy Smith is a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning. In a recent interview with Joel Osteen, Tracy made no attempt to be politically correct. Instead, she came right out and asked Joel about hell. That's right, the place of eternal punishment.
Political commentator and radio host Glenn Beck stated recently that "no real Christian" should support Donald Trump. He went on to define a "real Christian" as somebody who is "living their faith." Unfortunately, Beck's admonition produces more questions than answers.
Death must precede resurrection. After all, Jesus did it, and the rest is history. And in the case of man, this calls for death to certain things. Perhaps you are ready to die to self and rise with Jesus on Easter. If so, you will need to die to these 10 things
A recent article from the Daily Express in the United Kingdom was titled, "Scientists Take a Step Closer to Eternal Life as They Preserve and Revive Brain." It explained how researchers from 21st Century Medicine (21CM) managed to freeze the brain of a rabbit, and then revive it. The fact that they used a rabbit is ironic given some of the cultural themes associated with Easter.
The New Testament presents a stark contrast between "walking in the Spirit" and "walking in the flesh." The first approach flows in the power of the Holy Spirit. The second approach is dominated by sinful desires. One way of living satisfies your soul and pleases God. The other way of living makes a person restless and is offensive to God.
The season of Lent is once again in full swing. It's a tradition that leads up to Holy Week and Easter. Some find Lent more meaningful than others. But what if I told you that "doing Lent" could actually hurt your soul? It's true.
If you are chasing happiness in life, you are not alone. It is a common pursuit. And yet, it seems to elude many people.
Have you ever noticed the difference in the New Testament between "peace with God," and the "peace of God"? One is like stone, and the other is like the ocean. One deals with justification, while the other deals with sanctification.
Jesus knew just how to address the needs of everyone, from the rebel on the run, to the person dripping with self-righteousness. And whenever the Lord told a parable, it spoke to a variety of situations and a wide spectrum of people. Jesus wanted everyone to know how much we all have to learn about the kingdom of God.
Imagine a robot gaining self-awareness and actually grasping the fact that it was created by someone. Only in the movies, right? Actually, yes. It's pure fiction. Robots will never have such awareness because robots do not have a soul. You can program a robot to say, "I know I was created," but you cannot actually create self-awareness for a robot. Such a feat is impossible.
"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Heb. 11:1) Most people recognize this text of Scripture. Christianity, however, isn't the only worldview which requires faith.
Americans love their celebrities. It's ingrained in us it seems from very early on. Actors, athletes, and musicians are continually lifted up to an almost godlike status in our culture. This is especially true for those celebrities who are at the pinnacle of their profession.
Man is on a quest, and it goes far beyond the fictional fantasy of "Star Wars." I am talking about something real and eternal. And everybody wants it.
You may think that not correctly labelling the San Bernardino massacre as "Islamic terrorism" is simply wrong-headed in the name of political correctness. Something far worse is going on here. A fog has set in, and we live in a day of spiritual psychosis.
It's almost Christmas and millions of Christians are preparing to celebrate what took place in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. Unfortunately, Brad Pitt isn't one of them.
The season of Advent promotes spiritual preparation and a holy focus upon things that have eternal relevance. At the other end of the spectrum, Mardi Gras promotes living for the moment by diving into any carnal desires which seem appealing. Two different ways to approach life, and two different ways to die.
Why did the editors of The New York Daily News develop a sudden interest pointing blame at God? After the massacre in San Bernardino, their front page loudly and unashamedly proclaimed: "God Isn't Fixing This."
Parents in every religion raise children to accept their particular beliefs. And parents in every religion sincerely believe their family is on the right path. But since religions contradict each other, and no religion except Christianity presents Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world, your religious upbringing doesn't make your religion true, or false.
Donald Trump knows a thing or two about hard work. In fact, it's difficult to imagine anyone having a stronger work ethic. And Trump's run for the White House is giving us an inside look into how much energy he put into building his business empire.
There are no atheists in foxholes, and there are no atheists in hell.
You didn't choose your parents or the color of your skin. And you didn't choose your DNA. But you can choose your attitude. You get to choose everyday whether to grumble and complain, or to give thanks instead. And it's encouraging to know that you can literally thank your way to a good attitude.
One of the worst things a person can do is harden their heart toward God. The consequences of such obstinancy are devastating.
Christianity was launched and set ablaze by the fire of Pentecost, and then sustained by the ever-present power of the Holy Spirit.
"I cannot believe in a God who allows so much suffering in the world." This common objection is very real in the hearts and minds of certain unbelievers. And they honestly cannot seem to get past this stumbling block.
If a gunman was demanding people to state their religion, and then killing those who professed faith in Christ, would you admit you are a Christian? That is how Chris Harper Mercer chose his victims during his shooting rampage in Oregon. Those who acknowledged Jesus as their Savior were shot in the head.