In case you missed it this past weekend, the big news in sports had nothing to do with the Winter Olympics or with athletic triumphs and defeats. Instead, it was the news that a top college football player, Michael Sam, who is expected to be drafted in the NFL, declared that he is gay. It was deemed to be such big news that it was even the lead story on some non-sports news websites
In the midst of the rising tide of hostility that pro-life activists are experiencing, it's important to remember that some of the most vociferous abortion advocates of the past have become prominent pro-life champions. It's a scenario that is sure to repeat itself again.
There were some very special words spoken by quarterback Russell Wilson after his team's emphatic win in Super Bowl XLVIII, and I believe we can apply them as a word from the Lord to each of us.
Earlier this week it was reported that, for the third time, a Marlboro Man actor died of a smoking related disease after spending the last years of his speaking "out fiercely about the hazards of smoking." There's a biblical principle that underscores the tragic irony of these deaths, and it's summed up in one Hebrew word.
In a tribute to "marriage equality," Sunday night's Grammy Awards featured the "on-air wedding of  couples — gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors." In reality, talk of "marriage equality" is nothing of the sort.
For many years, I have told students in our ministry school that the greatest challenge they will face is not learning to teach or preach well, or to administrate or evangelize or walk in the Spirit's power or raise funds, or whatever else is needed for effective ministry.
Although this is not breaking news, Mayor de Blasio's war on the unborn remains shocking and morally reprehensible, and it is something we must continue to address.
While the media continues to celebrate polyamory, the latest and most flexible variation of "family," not everyone is happy with these new living arrangements, and some are now speaking up.
As I dialogue with believers across a large spectrum of theological perspectives, it is clear that we often talk right past each other, disagreeing with each other before we even understand each other. Just as often, we uphold our own beliefs by misrepresenting the positions we reject. This does nothing to advance true understanding or dialogue.
Is there a new reformation sweeping the Church today, a reformation as radical and important as the Protestant Reformation that rocked the world 500 years ago? According to a growing number of Christian leaders, the answer is emphatically yes.
In the aftermath of the allegedly "homophobic" comments made by Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, the man known as "America's most famous rabbi" has offered a dissenting opinion. Between the rabbi and the duck hunter, who got it right?
Since we all agree as followers of Jesus that bullying is wrong, it's time we stand up to the gay bullies who are trying to put us in the closet and take away our freedoms of speech, conscience, and religion.
You knew it would happen sooner or later. An outspoken, wildly popular, conservative Christian who doesn't give a hoot – or in this case, a quack – about political correctness would air his views about homosexuality, and overnight, Hollywood hell would break loose.
On October 24th, I began to write a new book entitled Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire. By God's grace, three weeks (and more than 400 pages) later, with contributions from Craig Keener and Sam Storms and others, the book was completed and is now available as an e-book.
I was shocked when I read that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be attending the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa because it was too expensive to travel there. Seriously?
Without a doubt, Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of our times, a man who became a legend and cultural icon while still alive. Now that he is dead, his detractors are demonizing him while his followers are canonizing him.
Most of us have heard the stories about the incredible growth of the unregistered house churches in China over the last 60 years. But on my recent trip to China, it was wonderful to see how the gospel is spreading in the registered, government recognized churches as well. The gospel simply cannot be chained (see 2 Timothy 2:9).
For the last three weeks I have been working day and night on a book entitled Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire. But Authentic Fire is not just a rebuttal to what I believe are some of the major errors and misperceptions in the Strange Fire camp. The book is also an invitation to believers on all sides of the current debate to understand each other better, to learn from each other more, and to help each other fulfill the great commission in the fullness of the Spirit.
The article's headline was absolutely shocking: "Maryland Middle School Requires Children To Cross Dress For 'LGBTQ Appreciation Day'," and not surprisingly, the article quickly went viral.
It has been said that heaven, at one and the same time, will be a great eye-opener and a great mouth-closer. You will be surprised to see many people there, and many people will be surprised to see you there. How true this is!
How do we expose error without dividing the Body? How do we hold to our convictions while honoring those who differ with us? In the aftermath of the Strange Fire conference, these are questions we cannot ignore.
As I write these words, the Holy Spirit is moving mightily around the earth, saving lost sinners, bringing rebels to repentance, healing sick bodies, setting captives free, and above all, glorifying the name of Jesus. According to Pastor John MacArthur, however, this is actually "a farce and a scam."
According to Cenk Uygur, co-host of the Young Turks and a self-described fervent agnostic, "We have a lunatic on the court." He is speaking of Justice Antonin Scalia who stated in an interview with New York magazine that he believes in the existence of the devil. In the words of Uygur, that is "cuckoo for cocoa puffs."
The story from Belgium was absolutely tragic. A 44-year-old woman disappointed by her female-to male surgery decided to die by euthanasia, feeling that the surgery had left her a monster. But the story behind the story is even more tragic
Christian ministry pages on Facebook are being targeted for profane harassment, and Facebook is turning a blind eye. I believe it is time for those of us who use social media, especially Facebook, to send them a message.