Today we traveled to Neot Kedumium, the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, a 600-acre plot of land near Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport that has been reclaimed from desert to land that produces many kinds of trees, plants, grains, olives, and fruit mentioned in the Bible. It was truly inspiring to see how the Israelis have re-forested not only this plot, but also much of Israel. Israel is the only country in the world that had more acres of forest in 2000 than they did in 1900. Everyone in our delegation planted a sapling tree to help further re-forest Israel.
We just finished the first day of our Christians in Solidarity with Israel tour sponsored by the National Religious Broadcasters. Our delegation flew here yesterday, arrived in Tel Aviv Monday morning, and traveled by minivan to Jerusalem.
Today, July 14th is Bastille Day. On that day in 1789 the French people stormed the Bastille, thus igniting the spark that led to the French Revolution.
July 4, 1776 was the birthday of a majestic and exhilarating new kind of freedom, birthed and proclaimed by a new and revolutionary kind of country
In the Harris v. Quinn case, somewhat overshadowed by the publicity surrounding the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court struck a real blow for personal freedom.
Resolutions passed by an annual Convention are not binding on the conscience of any individual Southern Baptist, but they are very instructive as to where Southern Baptists are collectively on issues facing the nation.
This week we commemorate the 47th anniversary of the "Six Day War" between Israel and her Arab neighbors, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in June 1967.
Bloomberg, a graduate of Johns Hopkins, with an MBA from Harvard, attacked intolerant progressivism and fired some powerful verbal salvos into the headquarters of the liberal establishment.
However, the Bible also tells us in Genesis, "the book of beginnings," that He is the Creator. He also tells us that He "created man in His own image" and "He created them male and female." In other words human masculinity does not totally exhaust or circumscribe the divine attributes of God.
As a Christian, I have to ask myself, how do I respond to Donald Sterling the man, as opposed to his racist bigotry? Jesus had a lot to say about forgiveness. And the forgiveness Christ called us to extend to others was not dependant on whether the person we were commanded to forgive was repentant or apologetic.
Sometimes things come across your desk that stop you dead in your tracks, and you say, "That just can't be." And then you find out, "Yes, it can." This happened to me the other day when I read a news release that said that at least 40% of Americans (and 90% of under 30 millennials) are afflicted with "nomophobia"—the fear of not having, or losing, their smartphones.
As a follow-up to Rick Warren's ground-breaking conference on mental health and the Church, CP asked Executive Editor Richard Land to interview Dr. Rebekah Land, his wife and a Christian psychologist with over 40 years' experience as a therapist, on the conference and to ask her what a new focus on psychological illness might mean for the Church universal.
I believe the vast majority of Americans are disappointed in the degree of racial division, mistrust, and misunderstanding that still plagues American society. And I further believe that disappointment and discontent stretches through all ethnic groups and generations in American society.
The virulent spirit of the lynch mob has been unleashed in American society. Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla, was forced to resign last week from the company he helped found. What was his crime? In 2008, he gave a $1,000 donation in support of California's ban on same-sex marriage. Homosexual activists apparently never intended to abide by the "live-and-let-live" toleration they pretended to support while campaigning for same-sex marriage.
Since the end of World War II, America has been the reluctant, but necessary, chief of police, making sure there are cops on the beat who prevent bigger countries from brutalizing and conquering weaker ones. This policy function kept a significant portion of the world free from Soviet and Communist domination until the Soviet Union's demise in 1991, an event lamented by Vladimir Putin (the former KGB colonel) as the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century."
In less than a week, as the result of much prayer and importuning by Christian brothers and sisters World Vision has reversed its original decision. World Vision's board has discovered an essential truth: the same-sex marriage issue is a truth serum for Evangelical Christianity. Same-sex marriage cannot be squared with the traditional, historic, Evangelical view of biblical authority.
The efforts by several states to pass laws protecting the consciences of people with deeply-held religious convictions against same-sex marriage have ignited a debate that has generated far more heat than light. Charges of state-sanctioned discrimination harkening back to the dark days of Jim Crow have been leveled at the proponents of such laws.
Perhaps it is time for Americans to look to their historical heritage as embodied in Washington and Lincoln and remember that they are the ones who confer power on government by their consent and the government is there to serve them.
Billy Graham has emerged as unquestionably the most famous and influential Christian preacher of any theological tradition for the last century and perhaps the last millennium.
Nelson Mandela's Greatness: Rare Combination of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Nelson Mandela was a great man. If there were to be an international Mount Rushmore of twentieth century world leaders, his countenance would certainly be among the first to be carved into the rock surface. Why is this so?
This is the week that Americans from coast to coast cease their work-a-day activities and gather with friends and loved ones for "Thanksgiving." This is a time-honored ritual, observed by the overwhelming majority of the American population. What are the origins of this celebration and what meaning should it have for Americans today?
Saturday, November 23, is National Adoption Day. This observance gives Americans the opportunity to focus on this neglected, multi-faceted issue that impacts our national future in significant ways.
In becoming president of a seminary that specializes and focuses on apologetics, I am just moving from front-line combat to a training command, helping to prepare the next generation of green berets and paratroopers for the Lord's army. I fervently believe apologetics is the way we will spell Christian evangelism, missions, and discipleship in the 21st century.
As an Evangelical Christian, I believe American Evangelicals have to confess that too often in the past half-century we have been more like that North Dallas church than we should have been. Too often we have been too closely identified with a rampant materialism and have confused rapid growth in numbers with spiritual success. Too often Christians have been seduced by the pursuit of even greater material success or the blandishments of a "prosperity gospel."
Are Christians in America entering a new dark age? To many, it may seem so. Certainly the forces of secularism seem to be flexing their muscles in contemporary American culture. It often feels as if traditional Christian morality is retreating in disarray on an ever increasing number of fronts.