Recently, two of my heroes have fallen from grace, and some of my friends in pastoral ministry have taken detours in their destiny as well. Moral failings among leaders are becoming an epidemic.
Approximately two months after the Islamic State published a video depicting its members slaughtering 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, on Sunday, April 19, the Islamic jihadi organization released another video of more Christians in Libya being massacred, this time for not paying jizya—extortion money demanded of the "People of the Book" according to Koran 9:29.
You have probably seen the State Farm commercials. People who find themselves in a precarious situation simply speak a magic mantra to summon their insurance genie: "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." And poof, an agent is instantly teleported to their exact location. The commercial concludes, "State Farm agents are there whenever you need them."
So, on this 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln, we should be loath to claim this greatest of all Americans for causes near and dear to our own hearts. Lincoln, the tax-cutter; Lincoln, the defense hawk; Lincoln, the champion of litigation reform – these and a hundred other tinny appellations clank against the edifice of historical integrity.
The main reason people abandon Christianity is unanswered intellectual questions, yet many churches treat faith as a mostly emotional experience, philosopher Nancy Pearcey argued in an interview with The Christian Post. Her new book, "Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes," provides five practical strategies to help Christians think about issues that challenge their faith.
For years I was an apologist for Islam, as regrettably, many still remain. I only read books and believed those who painted Islam in a peaceful, glowing light. Today I'm writing to say I'm sorry, I apologize, and I ask for your forgiveness. We who have blindly defended Islam and called you Islamophobes are tragically wrong.
Mercy is not fair, but it's godly. Not fair, but powerful. Not fair, but Christ-like. And when we do what God leads us to do, He always brings justice into our life. To honor God in this area, we need to learn to trust Him more fully. Every single one of us has opportunities to do that each day…with friends and family, coworkers and even the clerk at the grocery store.
In a recently released inspirational book designed to help people overcome personal tribulations and sorrows in life, former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp asserts that people need to rejoice in their trials, pains, sufferings and griefs because they serve as opportunities to "run to Jesus" and "experience more of his love."
As I have noted in other posts, the number one reason for declines and plateaus in churches is declining frequency of attendance of church members. Though there are many possible explanations for this reality, some of the reasons are in the category of organizational issues. Let me note five of them.
The Supreme Court will soon decide whether states can legally choose to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It is a watershed moment in our nation's history. As an organization, we have filed briefs with the court, argued in public and in private about why marriage, defined as the union of one man and one woman, matters as a social good, and more than I have space to list in one post. But beyond all this we as Christians and churches need to pray—because marriage is not just another culture war issue.
This Sunday we begin a brand new series entitled, "Sex…It Doesn't Have To Be Grey!" There are some people who are really excited about this series, others are curious in regards to what type of things will be talked about—and others are afraid of what is going to be said. Which is why I am writing this article—to answer some questions you may have about why we're doing the series and what can be expected.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that not everyone in the world enjoys all the privileges we do here in America. Perhaps that explains why, according to American Bible Society's State of the Bible Survey released this week, 72 percent of Americans mistakenly believe that the Bible has already been translated into all of the earth's languages.
Persecution watchdog groups are pleading for the U.S. government to take a leading role in fighting "genocidal hatred" of Christians after the latest slaughter committed by terror group ISIS, where a total of 30 Ethiopian Christians were shot and beheaded in Libya. They warned that if ISIS' "religious Nazi ideology" is not countered, it will continue inspiring more atrocities.
Terror group ISIS has released a new video showing the slaughter of two groups of Ethiopian Christians in Libya, numbering 30 people in total. ISIS warned "the nation of the cross" that more killings are to come, vowing further "revenge" for what it called "shed Muslim blood" in the region.
Republican 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida, said Sunday that he does not believe homosexuality is a choice but "something that people are born with." He also said he believes marriage should be "between one man and one woman" while insisting "it's not that I'm against gay marriage."
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday there's a "91 percent" chance he will get into the 2016 presidential race, and that he would have a better foreign policy than plans offered by other candidates.
Former Heisman Trophy winner and Christian football star Tim Tebow is expected to get another shot at advancing his NFL career Monday when the Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly sign him to a one-year contract.
The Tennessee Senate voted 22-9 to send a bill seeking to make the Bible the official book of the state to a committee, a move that will effectively kill the proposal that was passed by the local House of Representatives.
The Rev. Franklin Graham warned on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday that another holocaust might become a reality, pointing to the influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe and the United States, who he said are "bringing their hatred of Jews and Christians with them."
At least four non-U.S. civilians were killed and 18 others were injured in a suicide car bomb attack Friday at the entrance of the U.S. Consulate in the Kurdish Iraqi city of Irbil, for which the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility, according to reports.
North Carolina's McDowell County is now the third municipality in the state to approve adding the national motto "In God We Trust" to its public buildings.
Former congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has accused President Barack Obama of being "pro the goals of Islamic jihad," which she explains includes welcoming the "hidden imam" to bring on the apocalypse.
Pastor Andy Stanley has declared that local congregations should be the "safest place on the planet for students to talk about anything, including same-sex attraction."
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, founder of Crystal Cathedral and "Hour of Power," is being laid to rest on Monday at a public memorial held outside the glass-walled megachurch in Garden Grove, California.
In one of his recently syndicated "My Answer" question-and-answer columns, world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham was asked why God sometimes says "no" to certain prayer requests even though He loves all of His children.
Pastor Judah Smith, who is known for ministering to mega-pop star Justin Bieber and football star Russell Wilson, spoke at a conference in California Thursday evening, preaching about God's kind of love, which, he said, can never be practiced by trying, no matter how hard we try.
A group of conservative Anglican leaders are reportedly meeting in London to discuss forming a "parallel" church that they feel would be more true to Anglican principles on positions like women bishops and gay marriage.
The American Bible Society's recently released State of the Bible survey found that a strong majority of Americans think the Bible is available in all of the world's languages, despite the fact that 57 percent of world languages are still in need of completed Bible translations.
Just 18 months ago, in an announcement that they had hired Mark Smith to be their new senior pastor, top officials at the First Baptist Jackson Church in Mississippi said they had fallen "in love" and described him as God's man and "God's will" for the job. In a surprising turn of events this week, however, Smith abruptly quit, declaring in his rejection of the job that he is not the man for their church.
Tiffany Evans made waves when she called out the music industry for its possible Satanic influences in 2009, but now the singer-songwriter is taking a different approach to enlighten people spiritually while readying her comeback onto the music scene.
The Outcry Tour 2015, an all-new worship tour designed to champion the importance of local church, will unite some of the biggest names in Christian music when it kicks off in Chicago this Summer.
The Christian pop rock band,Newsboys, are grateful that they can still sell out shows after forming close to three decades ago, but the foursome decided to up the ante by working to end world hunger on their current tour.
Dove award-nominated singer Jonathan McReynolds recently opened up about the pressure of fame and how it differs for gospel artists compared with that of secular artists.
Comedian and actor Kevin James could be one of the most lovable guys in Hollywood, according to some of his co-stars in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," who didn't have a bad word to say about him during the film's world premiere in New York City on Saturday, April 11.
Pope Francis met with and prayed for the family of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, in the Vatican, and was urged to speak to Pakistan's government for her release.
Nearly a year after the United States Supreme Court ruled that government meetings could include Christian prayers, Canada's highest legal authority has concluded the opposite.
The 15-year-old Pakistani Christian boy who was beaten and set on fire by two Muslim men last Friday after answering truthfully if he was a Christian, died Wednesday morning due to burns inflicted during the attack.
City Harvest Church deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng has been accused by the prosecution of lying and committing deception in the long-standing case concerning $19.2 million of misused church funds, in which Tan, pastor Kong Hee, and four other members could be sentenced to up to 20 years if convicted.
A report released Tuesday by Amnesty International highlighting the brutality displayed by Boko Haram estimates that over 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by the Nigerian militant group since the start of 2014, and some have been trained to "kill and slaughter" infidels.
A Hindu extremist leader in India has called on Christians and Muslims in the country to be forcefully sterilized in order to control their growing populations, and called for Hindu gods and goddesses to be placed in churches and mosques.
A Christian mother from Houston, Texas made history last Wednesday when she became the first woman to give birth to a set of all-girl quintuplets in the United States since 1969 and she did it all in four minutes.
The In-N-Out Burger chain is America's favorite "limited-service" restaurant, according the annual Consumer Picks survey in Nation's Restaurant News.