This week, Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States. When you think of him, what adjectives come to mind? For most of us, humility is at the top of the list.
Do we need "shade balls" for our souls?
If you live in Polvadera, New Mexico, or in Nikolai or Perryville, Alaska, you don't have any neighbors who registered with Ashley Madison.
With the advent of wearable cameras and drones, murderers who want attention are more likely than ever to kill on-air.
Fifty Shades of Grey tells the story of Ana, a college student, and Christian, a successful entrepreneur. The two engage in a sexual relationship that becomes increasingly abusive. Tonight, the film version of the novel premieres in theaters, timed for the Valentine's Day weekend.
Who is responsible for the escalating terrorism we face? Shortly after the Paris attacks, Ayaan Hirsi Ali published a fascinating op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. She points to "The Quranic Concept of War," which claims that victory for Islam depends on striking terror in the soul of the enemy. Some take this fact to mean that Islam is to blame for those who commit atrocities in its name. Others claim that the same logic could be applied to medieval Crusaders. Here's the difference between Islam and Christianity, in my view: the Enlightenment.
Jeff, Pret and Curtis are men who say they are attracted to men but are not gay. In fact, all three are married to women; all have children. They are Mormons, and believe that a gay lifestyle is precluded by their faith. "My Husband's Not Gay," the TLC show that tells their story, has sparked major protests. If you agree with God's word on the subject of sexual activity, you find yourself increasingly in the cultural minority.
What do the movie Frozen and the Ebola epidemic have in common? They share the fact that they made the top 10 list of Google searches for 2014. And they illustrate this lesson: people matter forever. The most important things in life are not things.
Like you, I have been watching the tragedy unfold in Ferguson and wondering if any good can come from such chaos. The father of Michael Brown, the teenager who was shot by Officer Darren Wilson, has stated: "Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer. . . . I do not want my son's death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone." How could such change happen?
Anton Cobb decided to help the local food bank in Portland, Oregon. So he put a checkered cloth on a table in a busy area near his office. He sat there during his lunch break next to a sign which read, "I am skipping lunch. So that 30 children won't. Will you join me? Donate your lunch money to the Oregon Food Bank."
Sesame Street is 45 years old today. The show debuted on November 10, 1969, and has become the longest-running children's show in U.S. TV history. Things have changed over the decades—now Cookie Monster sometimes eats fruits and vegetables. But that's only the beginning of the story. What can Sesame Street teach us about ministry? Consider three answers.
If you live in one of the 11 states where a Senate race is closely contested, you may be thinking of leaving home until after the November election. One study found that voters are seeing an attack on a candidate in 3 of every 4 Senate ads. You and I can't do much about the negative ads we must endure for another two weeks. But we can do something about our response to the anger they reflect.
A second Ebola patient was diagnosed in Dallas. This is the first person infected in the United States. If God is sovereign, he must either allow or cause all that happens. Which is true for this outbreak? What might God be saying to us?
Most who believe there will be rapture expect it to be followed by a seven-year Great Tribulation, which will lead to the Second Coming of Jesus, a thousand-year reign of Christ on earth (the "millennium"), and then eternity. Some predict the rapture during the middle of the Great Tribulation, others at the end, but most are "pre-tribulational." Is this doctrine biblical?
Then it dawned on me: Truett Cathy was putting his faith to work. He and I would never meet, but his sacrificial decision to value worship ahead of profits has impressed me ever since. He witnessed to the Lord's priority in his life every Sunday, to every person who drove past his closed restaurants. He touched more people by that one decision than many pastors will reach in a lifetime.
Actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his California home yesterday. Suicide is suspected, but a cause of death will not be determined until a forensic examination and toxicology test are conducted later today. What would Jesus say to Robin Williams, given the opportunity?
Sam Harris is one of the best-known atheists in the world. He has written several books and scores of articles denouncing religion in all its forms, recently claiming that "science must destroy religion." Why, then, do I agree with him regarding Israel and Hamas? Because he's exactly right.
Bob Coy, the founding pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, continues to generate headlines. He resigned last week from his position at the 20,000-member congregation after an unspecified "moral failing." Many members of his congregation are understandably hurt. For them, and for all of us who have been wounded by a minister, I'd like to highlight five biblical facts. One: God calls pastors to a higher standard.
Rather than measuring success by how many people go to church, let's measure success by how effectively the church goes to people. Our Lord launched a movement, not an institution. His church is an army attacking the gates of hell, not an ark built to weather a storm.
Seven words set off a Twitter firestorm: "First off I want to thank God." What do we know about Matthew McConaughey's faith? How is it relevant to us today?
So our culture has evolved (regressed?) to the place where being married with a child is as counter-cultural as being a Gypsy.
The swimsuit issue traditionally sells more than one million copies on newsstands, 10 to 15 times as much as a regular Sports Illustrated issue. Clearly, the magazine mirrors the cultural transformation of recent decades. The magazine is part of a trend that should frighten us all.
Jay Leno has been the star of "The Tonight Show" for 22 years. The comedian was famously forced off the show in January 2010 and hastily re-hired two months later after his replacement bombed in the role. This time, the transition has been much more positive.
Phil Robertson is one of America's pop icons. It's an amazing story: college quarterback to barroom brawler to "Bible-thumping Christian" (as he calls himself) to duck call inventor to founder of a Dynasty. His television program is the highest-rated cable reality show in history. He and his family made Barbara Walters' "most fascinating people of 2013" list; you can't check out of a grocery store without passing their calendars and other paraphernalia.
"Shea should just have one of her seizures and die." Shea Shawhan, an 18-year-old high school student, recently received this anonymous text. She has the mental capacity of an eight-year-old, as the result of a brain injury she suffered at birth. Nonetheless, she plays softball and is a cheerleader.