I remember feeling something I had never expected to feel at a church; welcomed. As quickly as I had stepped into an environment that felt accepting and welcoming, the tides began to change. A pastor was preaching things out of the Bible that opposed the way I was currently living my life. He said things I didn't like. He said things that made me get defensive.
One of the greatest challenges that American Christians are currently facing concerns the question of how should they interact with present-day American culture. Many Christians are aware that there is a cultural shift occurring. Though American culture has never been fully "Christian" per se, today the culture is becoming increasingly anti-Christian.
After months of enduring this can't-catch-my-breath agony, I finally admitted that I had a serious issue with anxiety. I looked fine. I wanted to be fine. But I wasn't. Not by a long shot.
On Tuesday, the man known as America's most famous pimp, Dennis Hof, died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 72. So, the late Mr. Hof was not only a practicing pimp but a proud one at that. Some evangelical Christians were backing his run for a seat in the local Assembly.
The unholy alliance between radical Islamists and radical leftists has resulted in a modern-day America our founders would not recognize. America, despite being known for its protection of free speech, is now a country where speaking the truth will leave you labeled a bigot or the new attack word, Islamophobic.
When sex is divorced from marriage and procreation, bad things happen. Of the many cases that prove this point, here's another.
The world puts all of their eggs in one basket when it comes to their salvation. They champion self-righteousness and make no provision for its failure to justify them on Judgment Day.
The issue was what he believed about homosexual practice. And the city of Atlanta had the gall to tell him, "If you hold to these beliefs and express these beliefs, you cannot work for us." To repeat: That is a Constitutional outrage.
Some deride Columbus as the instigator of a genocide. He was admittedly flawed, but also a faith-filled believer with a strong calling to advance the Gospel in unknown lands. His intriguing prophecies reflect some of the thinking of his era.
After twenty-five hours of flight time, I would land in a city in West Africa known for its political volatility and poverty. It was a place of unknowns, insecurity, and suffering. My task was to deliver a message of encouragement to the women living there. The problem was I felt like a phony. What did I know of their daily suffering? How could I possibly speak any words of wisdom into their reality?
In the confrontational world that is known as social media, perhaps taking time to pose sincere, kind questions might help us understand more than our own opinion.
As you make your way through life, how often do you have questions you'd like to ask of God? And how many of those questions start with, "Why?"
American Pastor Andrew Brunson is finally released after two years of being wrongfully imprisoned. Let's talk about this great news!
The warriors from the Skull Splitter tribe walked 10 days on foot from a village deep in the Amazon jungle because they wanted to find someone who would tell them about the Son of God.
One thing President Trump has done is to expose ardent leftists working for our government who believe anything goes to fulfill a leftist utopia. Some call them the "Deep State," others call them the "resistance." Their radical agenda is to destroy anyone they view as standing in their way.
Roughly three-fourths of the Bible is found in the Old Testament. Most Christians, however, spend the bulk of their Bible-reading time in the New Testament. If you're one of them, then you may not be intimately familiar with what was, in the time of Jesus, the entire Bible. Here are three things that you may not know about the Old Testament.
The BibleWalk Museum in Mansfield, Ohio, is a collection of more than three hundred wax figures. Many of the museum's wax figures come from closed wax museums around the country or were bought from manufacturers that had a surplus. Some were celebrities in their previous lives.
I've heard it from the left and I've heard it from the right. "Vote our way and save the nation!"
In the midst of this chaos, darkness and death, a bright light is shining. That light will now receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Denis Mukwege is the son of a Pentecostal pastor who has a strong and robust faith in Jesus.
I'm reading about more and more former people like Erick Erickson. They were once Never Trumpers, but they would vote for him in 2020 if he runs again. What's changing their minds?
The current political tone and the debate over "civility" demonstrate that the "root" is growing rapidly in America, and is being nurtured by many important voices who douse the socio-cultural-political landscape with vitriol.
I had a full-time job, but every month was still a struggle. We were always one unexpected bill or one car repair away from being homeless again. There was no such thing as hashtags back then, but if there had been, hashtags like #singlemomlife and #inthetrenches and #inthethickofit would have been recurring themes for us.
How is it that a nation known for its politeness has become so committed to killing its most vulnerable citizens?
Theodor Herzl is celebrated as the founding father of Zionism. He is a leader much admired in the pro-Israel Christian community.
I see more signs of healthy church leaders today than I have seen at any point in my 30 years of ministry.
We have developed the most advanced meteorological technology known to humanity. But our best scientific instruments are no match for nature. The devastation is another reminder that our world is more unpredictable and ungovernable than we wish to admit.