Why should Christians care about cases such as Masterpiece Cakeshop? Do cases like this take us away from the centrality of gospel proclamation? Shouldn't Jack Phillips, Joanna Duka, and Breanna Koski just lay down their rights in the face of opposition for the sake of being like Jesus?
News has been spreading about the meeting of 50 ethnically and denominationally diverse evangelical leaders at Wheaton College earlier this week to discuss the current condition of the movement. Unfortunately, some sources and reporters who were not at the gathering have been framing it as a "crazy Trump bashing" spectacle (CBN News) that led some to "walk out of the meeting" in protest (Fox News).
Our commitment to the sanctity of life leads us to embrace racial and gender equality. But it also leads us to defend life from conception to natural death and to defend marriage and gender identity as intended by our Creator.
Sometimes we misinterpret Jesus' familiar call for us to abide in Him found in the 15th chapter of the Gospel according to John. Abiding seems like a tranquil, passive, resting sort of call. The world will hate the call to abide.
Many of the "worship wars" today are fueled by, I believe, differing views of the nature of worship itself. I believe that a fundamental step toward resolving these debates is to seek to understand how the Bible itself defines worship.
Entitlement always rises as pride rises. It is impossible to be filled with humility and a sense of entitlement at the same time. Whenever we feel we are owed something it is because we have forgotten that God is the One who gives all good things.
Barbara Bush died Tuesday. Newsweek is describing her as "the no-nonsense first lady who ran the family that ran the country."
If segregating the congregation into special-interest services isn't the answer, how might we begin to change attitudes on the nature of church and worship?
The Lord calls our restless wandering from Him a double evil as we simultaneously abandon Him and seek satisfaction in something else. Whatever else it may be, it is less than Him, and He calls it "a cracked cistern that cannot hold water" compared to Him, "the fountain of living water."
These are my five simple ideas to help improve your prayer life.
When I first became a part of the family of Christ I was pretty clueless. I had no idea how to study the Bible, and I didn't really know how to pray. Prayer is insanely important to the Christian life. If you aren't praying at least once a day it's hard to say that your even a Christian.
In life, it's not how you start, it's how you finish, and Mrs. Walker is well on her way to a strong finish, following a tumultuous beginning. Born to drug addicted parents, the life of addiction and destruction quickly became a part of her life story as well.
How do you revitalize a dying downtown? Maybe it's the same way you save a dying marriage — one day at a time.
I'm not writing this to make you feel guilty for not serving. I'm writing this to those of you who have thought about serving in youth ministry, but have never really given it much thought for any number of reasons.
Are you in need of a comeback? Consider doing these things:
Solomon's legacy is quite full of contrary themes. King Solomon worshiped God almighty and established the temple, yet Solomon was later turned to foreign gods.
Imagine a crisp spring morning on the seashore when the risen Lord Jesus Christ invites you to his surprise charcoal-cooked breakfast!
Comparing your church to another church can be one of the worst things you do as a church leader.
Turkey's minister of foreign affairs recently criticized the European public, politicians and media for engaging in "extremist, anti-immigrant, xenophobic, and Islamophobic rhetoric of hate against Muslims." But Turkey has systematically discriminated against its Protestant community.
So, the New Yorker thinks Chick-fil-A doesn't belong in New York and a U.S. Senator thinks Mike Pompeo doesn't belong as the Secretary of State.
Porn star Stormy Daniels may be having the time of her life. She may be enjoying her newfound fame, at the expense of President Trump. She may be making boatloads of money with her "Make America Horny Again" tour and other endeavors. But at the end of the day, this is a sad story.
In the curiously seeking stage, one thinks there might be something to all this, but is not sure. One also struggles with old biased views of Christianity.
When should we begin tithing? We are currently in 'the red' each month, relying on credit cards to fill in small gaps. Currently there is no extra, no savings, etc. If we tithe now, we will have to stop payment on another creditor, which seems irresponsible. What do you suggest?
After a recent column on "fake news," someone sent me an email, accusing me of propagating fake news by saying the Bible had anything to do with the founding of America. Unfortunately, this reader, like so many others, fails to understand the historical truth that the Bible played a unique role in helping to create the U.S. Constitution.
This week one of the great men and true heroes of the Christian faith, Bob Buford, founder of the Halftime Institute, went to be with the Lord.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has targeted the ministerial housing tax exemption. But it's something that is worth saving.
Two weeks ago, we warned you about the implications of California's "Must Stay Gay Bill." Now others are sounding the alarm about the full weight of this onerous bill, which could literally mean the banning of certain religious books. If we don't stop this, what's coming next?
Isolation is often very attractive, and it is on the rise with no signs of slowing down. Nearly twenty years ago Robert Putnam issued his warning about isolation before restaurant booths would be filled with people staring at their iPhones instead of connecting with each other, before binge-watching Netflix would become common in our culture, and before social media was invented.
Have you ever wondered why God designed prayer as the mode of communication between the creation and the Creator? Prayer can be the most exciting thing you have ever done if it is done right.
When rapture and end times rumors come they can make skeptics of Christianity. Instead, let's ignore the rumors and live like Christ suggests.
While American children are watching television, mothers in extremist factions of Islam are diligently teaching their children to be radical jihadists.
The former president had conversations about his mother about her faith and is certain of her eternal destination.
Mike Pompeo's skills are precisely why the president nominated him to be the next Secretary of State—and why it's so absurd that Democrats are reluctant to confirm him.
Many Christians, especially those living under the severe religious restrictions experienced by 75 percent of the world's population, are being persecuted today because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, most pastors are strangely silent about the suffering of their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Starbucks has 238,000 employees. To ensure that not even one of them ever does something wrong in regards to race, sex, etc. is unrealistic. Yet the left has now become convinced that anything other than these impossible standards is racist.
Anglican Christian apostate Thomas Robert Malthus and God hater Margaret Sanger are two of the biggest people in their lifetimes that promoted a culture of death and encouraged the destruction of God's proudest creation. That being the human race.
So how do we get homeschooled teenagers out of the garage and onto the street when it comes to evangelism? How do we help them use all of that knowledge and articulateness to burn rubber down the Gospel sharing highway?
After a talk I gave on how our work is part of God's great restoration plan, one man approached me with tears running down his face and said, I am 55 years old and I wash dishes for a living. I became a believer about 10 years ago. I thought the best I could do at work was to occasionally share my faith with someone. But I work in the back of a restaurant washing dishes and hardly talk to anyone.
Have you noticed how since the 2016 presidential campaign, we've reached new "lows" for how we treat one another?
Why must we dance around these issues with the constant fear of stepping on people's toes? Pull an article you agree with because you got some flack? Delete a post you feel is important because some people unfriended you? Our fellow-believers around the world are being tortured and killed for the gospel, and we're afraid of losing friends on social media? No wonder we're losing our freedoms. We're handing the jailer the keys.
The editors of The Christian Post have organized a multi-part series that will seek to look beyond the debate over gun control and delve into the societal factors that plague modern America, especially our children.
The government began a crackdown on opioids a few years ago due to an increase in overdose deaths from opioids. Some of the crackdown is due to confusion between (illegal) heroin overdoses and prescription drug overdoses.
Each year, Americans "render to Caesar" ungodly sums to pay for federal health insurance programs funded with taxes and increases of national debt. These programs overreach the proper role of government revealed by Scripture, which is to administer justice and deter violence.
Across the country, Washington D.C. is well known in the pro-life movement as a haven for abortion on-demand. Not only does the nation's capital have zero laws regulating or restricting abortions, it also uses taxpayer dollars to fund them.
A school district in Erie, Pennsylvania recently handed out 18 inch baseball bats to its teachers, teacher aides and other staff members to defend themselves and their students against any shooter that tries to enter their classrooms. A better way to stop student shooters is to address the problem before it actually becomes an issue.
In recent weeks, it has been looking bleak for Republicans as the Democrats have won a number of special elections. There have also been a large number of Republicans either resigning or declaring they will not be seeking re-election.
A prevalent misconception is that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is a civilized "protector" of Syria's Christians. In reality, Assad's treatment of Christians in Syria is nothing short of tyrannical.
Reactions to our bombing of Syria, as we joined together with the UK and France, have been intense on all sides. Why are some Trump supporters outraged with the president's actions? Why are others coming to his defense?
Czech missionary Petr Jasek found himself accused as a spy, held in a cell with 6 ISIS fighters
For the past 10-plus years, Dr. George Delgado has served as the face of the Abortion Pill Reversal Network, which has helped over 450 mothers rescue their babies from an in-progress chemical abortion.
The gospel is about invitation out of a bad situation. The entire point of the gospel story is that Jesus died in order to pay for sin he did not commit but that we did. Being the beneficiaries of grace, we are called to mirror that grace to others.
Held now for over 18 months, Pastor Brunson remains imprisoned for "crimes against the State." He is totally innocent. In cases like this, some concerned people ask: "What can we do?" In my case. I ask the question, "What can I (not we) do?"
In times like these, we need the example of Barbara Bush.
On Saturday, April 2, in the aftermath of the Palestinian protests in Gaza, Geraldo Rivera called Gaza "the world's largest concentration camp." In response, I posted a three-minute video, expressing my differences with Geraldo and placing the blame where it belongs: at the foot of Hamas. YouTube was not happy with my commentary.