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A Warning Against Apathy

David Curry Open Doors USA

Last week's presidential speech on the crisis in Iraq and Syria highlighted that we are entering a battle, albeit from a distance, following the gruesome murder of two American journalists (and, more recently, a British aid worker). These murders are particularly shocking to the Western mind — how could anyone do something so gruesome?

A Society's Soul: How to Tell Its Condition

Mark Creech

"Abortion would virtually disappear tomorrow if it were not for the willful violation of God's great charter of marriage and purity. The abortion problem begins with a rebellion that says, 'I will do as I please for pleasure. I reject the limits prescribed by God in favor of personal satisfaction."

A Message to the Church From a So-Called 'Ex-Gay'

matt moore

With the ever quickening shift of our culture away from a moral/biblical view toward sexuality, I think there is a very real temptation for some Christians, especially in the American Church, to shift alongside the culture and adopt a different (unbiblical) view of sexuality…or just to sit back and remain silent about it.

10 Warning Signs That a Relationship Could Become Abusive

Karl Benzio

When behavior shocks the world — whether a high-profile murder, domestic violence involving a sports star or even corporal punishment uncertainties surrounding a football player — there are always questions: "Where were the signs that this could happen?" "Why didn't we see this coming?"

7 Danger Signs for Caregivers

Peter Rosenberger

Despite all their skills, blinding speed and apparent competency, all caregivers suffer from the same challenge: What they do is unsustainable. It's simply a matter of time before a caregiver's body, emotions and/or their wallet will break down.

Are Church Planters Skirting Inner-City Life for the 'Sexy' Urban Mission Field?

Christian minister D.A. Horton

Contrary to a time when urban areas were abandoned in a rush of white flight to the more racially-homogenous suburbs, eager and excited church planters are now flocking to cities like L.A. and NYC, holding up the banner of God's call in Jeremiah 29:7 to "seek the good of the city." But, according to urban apologist and former church planter D.A. Horton, his peers mostly seem intent on seeking the welfare of the safe and gentrified urban areas.

5 Incredible Steps to Close the Back Door in Your Church

Thom Rainer

By "closing the back door," I am referring to assimilating or keeping those who have already become a part of the church. The sad reality is that many churches have less than one-half of their members show up at any one point. They are "walking out the back door."

Does God Exist to Make Man Happy?

dan delzell opinion page

God has always existed, and He was perfectly fine without man. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were already having a good time together. Everything they do is good and fulfilling, and so they didn't need man in order to be complete. Nevertheless, God chose to create man and, through worship, allow him to get in on the joy.

9/11 in NYC: 2014 Prayers and Remembrances

Paul de Vries portrait

From Rockefeller Center I took the subway to St. Paul's Chapel, directly across the street from where the World Trade Center Twin Towers had stood, on the east side of WTC. Thirteen years ago those towers became a huge pile of massive steel, toxic ash, broken concrete, human remains, and burning fuel from the airplanes and massive tanks full of heating oil for the Towers.

9/11 in New York City: Liberty and Prayer for All

Paul de Vries portrait

Thirteen years have passed since the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers. We remember that day as if it were yesterday. Two years ago I wrote on our reflections on 9/11. Much has changed, yet what matters remains the same.

The Root of 9/11: Bad Theology

Jerry Newcombe

But there's another factor as well, and that deals with the personal motivation of the hijackers. 9/11 happened because of bad theology. Nineteen men believed the promise that if they died in a state of Jihad, they would go to Paradise and receive their 72 virgins. Nineteen men sought assurance of salvation in the wrong place and killed thousands of innocent people on the way.

What If You Could Enter Heaven Today?

dan delzell opinion page

If God were to invite you to enter heaven today, would you take Him up on it? Imagine God telling you: "This is a one-time offer. And if you accept it today, you will never go back to earth. But you will be guaranteed eternal life in paradise."

Obama and Presidential Hubris

Wallace Henley Portrait

When a nation's chief executive presumes to be the sole judge of what's "right" for his nation he has crossed the fine line between a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" and a regime that cavalierly sets aside what might be the will of the people for the chief's own idea of what is "right." Such a person has gone from being a leader to a controller.

The Church and Violence Against Women

Russell moore

Male violence against women is a real problem in our culture, one the church must address. Our responsibility here is not simply at the level of social justice but at the level of ecclesical justice as well.

Book Excerpt: Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel

David Limbaugh

Indeed, I will confess that I am convinced there was a conspiracy in the authorship of the Bible, but that it was a divine conspiracy, and that God Himself was the force behind the singular, remarkable integration that I witness each time I read it. I am certain that this alone could be as convincing a proof as many will ever need that this book was given to us by God.

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Prayer Vigils Mark 2 Years Since Pastor Saeed Abedini's Imprisonment, Supporters Vow Never to Forget Him

More than 460 prayer vigils in 30 countries and territories next week are set to mark the two year anniversary of American pastor Saeed Abedini's imprisonment for his faith in Iran.

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Air Force to Allow Airmen to Omit 'So Help Me God' in Oath After Atheist Threatens Lawsuit

The Air Force announced that it will no longer require airmen to include the phrase "so help me God" as a part of an enlistment or officer appointment oath.

Francis Chan
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Francis Chan Talks About 'Two of the Scariest Lies' on Earth Right Now

Francis Chan, pastor and author of the bestseller Crazy Love, addressed two lies that many non-believers hold to be true about God and good deeds.

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Filmmakers Ask Pastors to Join Hollywood in the Creative Process at All Stages

LOS ANGELES – A panel of media and filmmaking experts asked pastors and the Christian community to engage more with those in the movie business, including in the early stages of the creative process, to help facilitate quality films shown in theaters.

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Church of Scotland Focuses on Reconciliation as Nation Prepares to Vote on Independence From UK

The Church of Scotland has said it's aiming for reconciliation and to bring the country together regardless of the results of the all-important referendum on Thursday that will decide whether Scotland will separate from the United Kingdom or not.

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Interview: SBC President Ronnie Floyd Counsels Pastors on Prayer, Spiritual Awakening

Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd is urging U.S. pastors to commit more time to prayer so the American church can experience a spiritual awakening.