On the last night of his life Jesus prayed a prayer that stands as a citadel for all Christians
We mostly think of idolatry as something long abandoned to the past. But just as sure as the gods of the Egyptians, the Canaanites, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, and the Romans of yesteryear clashed with the bearers of true religion, it is no less true today.
To be clear, conflict exists in all relationships. And when I use the phrase "church staff," I am referring to all who serve in vocational ministry at a local church, including the pastor.
In 1995, Alanis Morissette released her song "Ironic", and it was a huge hit in the United States! The song was nominated for two Grammys, and its video was nominated for six MTV video music awards. Ironically, the song grabbed the attention of many English majors, because the song was more about unfortunate circumstances than irony.
So I'll admit it. I did come up with the title of this article for shock value, but the fact is, you need to be shocked. In other words, the title may be sensational, but it is only sensational because it is true.
Courageously doing the right thing these days, like practicing church discipline, is going to exact a cost.
The 2016 election cycle has definitely cultivated an interesting and divergent compendium of Christian and evangelical appraisals concerning the respective candidates running for president.
This year's Presidential election presents a quandary for many Christian conservatives. The choice between the nominees for the Democratic and Republican parties leaves much to be desired. Both candidates obviously have character issues.
The pro-life tent is constantly expanding, but some of our new allies might surprise us.
It's easy to understand why some evangelical public figures and publications have called on Donald Trump to withdraw from the Presidential race. Widely respected evangelical pastor John Piper's call for both Trump and Hillary Clinton to withdraw better reflects the impartiality of Biblical justice — and the reality of the two candidates' flaws.
Just when I thought it was going to be an uneventful night, I was blessed with a little excitement. I'm writing this in a hotel room in California preparing to minister on television tomorrow — when I just happened to be looking at the Christian Post and to my surprise saw an attack piece by a man named Jerry Bowyer … largely concerning me.
As Christians, the second greatest commandment we've been given is to "love thy neighbor." And while most believers adhere to that principle, for the most part, it is important to remember that most Christians in America tend to live within neighborhoods where their neighbors look alike — that is, there is not much racial diversity.
Why is China trying to rein in democracy in Hong Kong? Maybe Hong Kong being a hotbed of Christianity has something to do with it.
Recently, Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention, spoke with CNN's Anderson Cooper about the fact many evangelical Christians feel "homeless" in this election cycle. He's right.
The 11th Commandment is not "Thou shalt always vote." Indeed, there are times when good Christians have good cause not to vote.
I spoke at length this week with a national reporter in Washington, D.C. and discussed the election. I want to share some of that conversation with you. I do not trust either candidate. What do you do when you can't trust either candidate?
Once again archaeology confirms biblical history. I'll explain the latest find — just bring along your sense of humor.
Have you ever had a cringe moment listening to church announcements?
In order to bridge the gap with this critical demographic, faith organizations must reframe their approach considering four important trends:
Pastor A.R. Bernard, founder of New York City's largest evangelical congregation, the Christian Cultural Center, says teaching the poor about God's prosperity and abundance "makes a lot of sense."
Famed evangelical preacher the Rev. Billy Graham has a stern warning for those who think playing with a Ouija board is harmless fun that doesn't put people at risk of being entangled with satanic spiritual forces.
Evangelist Ray Comfort has said that although most people in the world believe they are good, failing to acknowledge one's own sins is a sure way to point out people who need urgent biblical correction.
For most Americans, the last day of October is a time of trick-or-treating, costumes, candy, and various spooky things from horror movies to haunted houses.
Jesus' Crucifixion Described in Graphic Detail by Physician in Lee Strobel's book, 'The Case for Christ'
Christ's crucifixion was an act of sheer brutality and barbarism, yet many people today still don't know the horrific details of the physical torture He suffered at the hands of Roman soldiers.
A retired clergywoman of the United Church of Canada has requested to be removed from the denomination's list of clergy over the Church's treatment of an openly atheist minister.
Picking up the pieces after the death of a spouse or a loved one can be a difficult process, and an individual in mourning may be overlooked by friends as time passes. Renowned evangelist Billy Graham encourages those individuals to find solace in Christ, and to show continued appreciation for friendships.
Timothy Keller, senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, warned Christians Thursday against allowing politics to divide the Church and said before anything else, "you're Christian first."
UMC High Court Affirms Bishop's Decision Overruling LGBT Resolution to Defy Church Rules on Homosexuality
The United Methodist Church's highest court has affirmed a bishop's decision to overrule a regional church body's resolution that called for defying the Mainline denomination's position on homosexuality.
Is porn off limits in the marital bed of a Christian husband and wife or is it OK to watch it together? Pastor John Piper answers this often asked question that he says usually comes from perplexed wives.
A person doesn't need to forget in order to forgive, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
Renowned international evangelist Luis Palau served up jokes ribbing gospel singer Kirk Franklin for his high energy performances and the contemporary fashion choices of young preachers in a lighthearted moment during the closing ceremony of the Movement Day Global Cities Christian conference in New York City on Thursday.
When 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson fatally shot five police officers and injured seven others in Dallas, Texas, in July, the city's Mayor Mike Rawlings knew he would need the church to keep the city from exploding.
LifeWay Christian Resources has announced that it is no longer selling books and materials written by Christian author and reality TV star Jen Hatmaker after she opened up about how she believes that gay marriage is an appropriate civil right.
Did the Earth really go dark during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ? Christian Apologist Lee Strobel answers this question by using sources outside of the Bible that confirm historic accounts found in Scripture.
A Chinese pastor who suffered persecution for spreading Christianity in the officially atheist country, sent the faith of a global gathering of Christians soaring Wednesday when he testified how his entire atheist family turned to God after he was healed of an illness that had left him crippled in his youth through prayers to Jesus.
Scholars Translate Richard Hooker's 'Laws' Modern English to Equip Protestants Ignorant of Church History
A team of scholars is translating the work of a 16th century British theologian from old English into modern vernacular to spearhead an intellectual renewal in the contemporary reformed and evangelical Protestant Church.
Bishop Claude Alexander, senior pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, called racism a sin problem that the Church is equipped to address and must confront in order for the Gospel to move forward.
A priest within the Church of England has been defrocked after his estranged wife exposed his double-life of participating in orgy parties and hiring prostitutes.
Slightly differing accounts of the discovery of Christ's empty tomb in the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke are easy targets for skeptics who are looking to discredit the Bible, but one Christian apologist seeks to clear up those misconceptions.
A diocese that broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences and purported mistreatment of its bishop has been waiting more than a year for a decision regarding the lawsuit over who rightfully owns approximately $500 million in church properties.
The Roman Catholic Church has issued new rules for Christians when it comes to burying the dead, saying that while it's not opposed to the practice of cremation, it doesn't support the scattering of ashes in nature or keeping them at home, as it fears it might be linked to pantheism.
Pastor Mark Driscoll of Trinity Church in Arizona continued his Halloween-themed video series this week by sharing his experiences with so-called zombie villages in Haiti, and said that depending on how one defines the word, the Bible has plenty to say about zombies.
Thousands of Christians from cities representing more than 90 countries around the world gathered in New York City Tuesday for the opening of the Movement Day Global Cities conference where they tackled issues under the banner of disrupting cities with the Gospel globally.
Harvest Christian Fellowship Senior Pastor Greg Laurie has advised a Christian woman married to a non-believer that she shouldn't be trying to convert her husband through all-day sermons, but should show him what a real Christian life is like through love.