Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity are proving as transformational as the first century church was in ancient Rome. They also reveal the stark contrasts between mere revolution and extraordinary transformation.
The age of "Why?" and "How?" is upon us. "Why?" is so often the question of theodicy, the doctrine of evil: "Why, if God is loving, and good, and kind would this bad thing happen to me/us/them?"
Ambivalence and ambiguity seem to be the new cool in some facets of Christianity. Perhaps it is only in the safe sanctuaries of sensate western culture that notable evangelicals can dally with doubt and ambiguity regarding the Bible, when they should be declaring boldly, "Thus saith the Lord!"
As the United States readies to celebrate its independence on July 4, a thorny question arises: Does the Bible really grant nations—especially those once labeled "Christian"—the right of revolution, or do the Scriptures forbid it?
Is America a Christian Nation? That's a conversation going on currently in Dallas, Texas, once a "Vatican" of the Evangelical Bible Belt, home of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and other denominations, headquarters city for many large Christian ministries, and location of several of the nation's largest churches.
To comprehend what North Korea's future could look like, all Kim needs do is contemplate South Korea. Theologian and Korea expert Kirsteen Kim says that "the economic boom of the country could never be explained completely apart from the religious influence coming from Christianity."
The aim of the powers of darkness is the exact opposite of everything for which the Kingdom of God stands. Instead of righteousness-justice, the enemy of God and His creation seeks evil and injustice.
After decades of direct participation in the Church and culture wars, I submit the following as some of the areas where the Church—especially evangelicals (including me) who stress biblical authority as the basis of worldview—must recover equilibrium
Consider seven malignancies (among many) that I believe are infecting contemporary evangelicalism and metastasizing throughout the culture
Contemporary Western culture is critically ill. This is the frequent lament of many evangelical Christians—including myself. But it's time to face a hard fact: What's wrong with American (and Western) culture results from what's wrong with many churches and Christian movements within it.
The dedication of the American Embassy in Jerusalem was monumental. For multitudes, the event was a monumental blessing. For many others the day constituted monumental crisis. For Mitt Romney, the historic event gave opportunity for a cheap shot at President Donald Trump.
Contemporary political discourse reminds one of a locker room full of pubescent boys trying to out-gross and out-bad one another (with apologies to decent teenagers everywhere).
Into the fetid air of the great dismal that is today's selfie-celebrity cultural swamp comes the fresh breeze of a Tammie Jo Shults. Shults is a living example of the "remnant" described in both the Old and New Testaments. These are people of open, unwavering faith in God and His word expressed in the Bible, deeply committed to Christ, driven by a Holy Spirit-empowered passion that all people would know His love
Is there any possibility of hope after a catastrophic fall or allegation? If the accused selects the road to recovery and restoration, he or she will first hit the hard trail of brute honesty.
It is better to be "awakened" than "woke."
As I think of Donald Trump going to meet Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, I feel the urgency of prayer.
Age 75 is too old for an identity crisis, but also too young to give up on aspirations.
Doug Coe, who died February 21, was one of the most strategic people in Washington, D.C., a city of titans.
Here are three ways to make a dictator of Donald Trump, or any power-holder:
Intended or not, Donald Trump's inaugural program and speech has put America back on two sturdy legs that have been whacked at, sawn into, axed, and whittled upon: the theme of God's transcendence on the one side, and the importance of a reverential fear of the Lord on the other.
Donald Trump has opportunity to establish new direction in foreign policy, balanced between the blasé idealism and neglect of the Obama era, and the regime-change interventionism that came to characterize Iraq policy under George W. Bush.
This is why the Incarnation of God in the Person of a human — Jesus of Nazareth — is so logical.
"The Oxford Dictionary has named 'selfie' the word of the year, narrowly beating out 'twerk'. In a related story, the funeral for the English language will be this Saturday," quipped Conan O'Brien.
The attack by BuzzFeed and Cosmopolitan on "Fixer-Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines reveals the passion of left-progressives to achieve cultural hegemony.
The United States—and the whole West—stands at a critical point. Will Western Civilization continue to enjoy the fruit of the worldview arising from Judeo-Christian belief, or will it go from twilight to darkness in our lifetimes?