I have left the Internet. I’m on vacation. That means no social media updates, responses, check-ins, likes, taps, pokes, noogies, tickles, or head locks. I’m going to practice looking people in the eye and not checking my email or . . .
I am discovering that whenever I write or blog about the intractable dilemma of a Christian marriage ending in divorce, or — more to the point — a clergy marriage ending in divorce, the response is as robust as it is wrenching. This is a real problem. I don’t presume to know how to solve it. I don’t have answers for every Christian person whose marriage is in jeopardy. I have only one thing: my story.
If God is real, and if the Bible is “God’s word,” there’s a lot at stake when it comes to its reliability. Big question things. Life and death things. Eternal things. “Does it err?” is the question of the day and, sadly, the answer from academia and modern culture—even in Christian circles—is ever increasingly “Yes.”
Most people “hurt by the church” were hurt by individuals in a local congregation. Once we establish that, then we’re then left to help them think through whether the offense occurred knowingly and intentionally or unknowingly and accidentally. I’m surprised how often the individuals or churches that “hurt” someone have no idea an offense has occurred.
The secular world rarely considers the effect of popular culture on our thoughts. The only time it shows concern for the thought life is … when someone becomes a racist through being exposed to racist literature, or a killer mimics a scene from a violent film. The Bible presents the different idea that what we think is judged alongside what we do. It's possible to keep the law and yet have an immoral mind. Our thoughts are as much a part of our moral character as our actions. …
Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts retail chain, was honored Saturday at the Faith and Freedom coalition's "Road to Majority 2013" conference with a "Courage in Business Leadership" award. The Christian Post interviewed him about the company's current lawsuit over the birth control mandate and the "Green Collection," the world's largest private collection of biblical antiquities and artifacts.
Satan’s plan is not to redefine marriage but to destroy it. He hates marriage because he hates God and marriage is a godly thing. It was created by God to glorify God and to provide an ongoing glimpse of Christ’s relationship with his church. It strengthens families, strengthens society, provides the most natural context for spiritual growth and discipleship. It is inherently, intrinsically, all the way good. So why shouldn’t Satan wish to destroy it?
These days exclusive faith claims are viewed in a very negative light in pluralistic Western society. Everyone’s own personal story, on the other hand, is seen as valid. This means that while it might be difficult to have a discussion about doctrinal differences, it is much easier to share a story with someone. We need to be careful about this, because in the end we do want people to trust in God’s promises exclusively, but telling a story is a good place to start.
The Vatican is asking Catholics to take up evangelizing, to speak openly of one’s faith in order to spread it. While such personal sharing has long been the province of, well, evangelical Protestants, it means a paradigm shift for Catholics, whose spiritual lives have been largely centered inside the parish. But with Catholicism in the West facing major losses and what Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl — a Vatican point man on the new request — calls a “tsunami of secularism,” the church this year is pouring resources into a massive campaign dubbed “the new evangelization.”
"Man of Steel" was the kryptonite to any box-office rival this weekend, monopolizing ticket sales and flying away with No. 1. The 3-D film starring Henry Cavill as Superman grossed a stellar $113.1 million over the weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros.