We live in a very dark world where rumors abound. Gossip abounds. Slander abounds. Even in the "Christian" community (so-called), tragically.
If you've ever heard the Christmas story retold or watched it dramatized on film, you may not have realized how many myths were added to the story found in the Gospels . In this piece, I address some of them.
For members of the human species, perception is reality. At least that's the way it is for most mortals. And perception is shaped by our own experience, the experience of our peers, and the images and messages that we consume.
In some denominations and movements, the Holy Spirit is overemphasized, leading to a Christless Pentecost — putting the Spirit exclusively on the throne and losing Jesus in the temple. In other denominations and movements, the Spirit is but a footnote, an afterthought, even a stranger. What follows are 50 things the Holy Spirit does according to the New Testament. If you find this list helpful, share it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Comedian Robin Williams' recent suicide has once again exposed the different ways that "Christian" people respond to the tragic issue of suicide.
Throughout my years of being involved in various and sundry Christian movements and denominations, it seems that Christians understand mental disorders in one of three chief ways: 1. Mental illness is demonic in origin. So the antidote is to cast out the demons that are causing it.