Danladi told us how Boko Haram rebels attacked him and his father at their home. His father was severely injured and lost a limb. Danladi’s hand was almost severed in the attack. The young man told us how they had spent all of the money the family had on medical bills.
When a mother heard her young son rummaging through the kitchen drawer she came in and screamed. There was the young boy standing with a long knife pointed at his chest ready to plunge the knife into his heart.
Just about every Christian has memorized the closing verses of Galatians and Paul's description of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. This is the character of the man or woman who has been justified by grace through faith.
If any Christians can be known for following Jesus’ word on being “as wise as serpents and harmless as doves” it is Christians in Myanmar, formerly called Burma. Surviving 50 years of brutal military dictatorship, they are alive and well.
If there is a natural disaster where you live, do you have a plan for what to do with your pets? Government and animal advocacy group websites provide advice for taking care of pets when natural disasters strike.
Certain questions among believers have been with us since the Lord’s departure and his promise to return. Some of the questions are why denominations and sects have arisen, but when they are not questions having to do with salvation through Christ’s finished work we must approach with caution.
Over the past fifteen years, the term "molecular machine" has been used widely by biologists to refer to a highly coordinated systems of moving parts that peforms a specific function within a living cell.
According to war correspondent Mustafa Kazemi, an 8-year-old girl was recently murdered by her husband, a Muslim mullah, on the day of their wedding. Kazemi's source, a medical doctor, said there was nothing that could be done to save her life.
Learning from each other, pooling ideas, and praying in faith, they look for ways in which their skills, knowledge, connections and pools of capital can lift people from poverty and bring into the church a rich understanding of the importance of Christ-centered business leadership.
Time and again the Lord gives us special gifts of providence that remind us of His ceaseless care over us. These are not the spectacular miracles that He also does from time to time, but rather His providential workings through the ordinary circumstances of life.
We live in a world where a spiritual battle between good and evil is continually raging around us, whether we are aware of it or not.
Politicians accuse each other of failure, which is to be expected. Each side has their “narrative,” and the truth often loses out (although I am thankful for the honest and courageous ones who do speak the truth). But since I’m not a politician, but instead have a prophetic journalistic voice
I noticed that when my teachers wrote something encouraging, better work seemed to follow. We all recall those special teachers—the ones who reach behind the failure, and see something worthy to hold onto.
Dangers of Fear
There are numerous biblical texts that stop me in my tracks and leave me gasping for air. But none intrigue me more than this one. And, one thing in particular I find fascinating and profound. Cowards don’t make it to Heaven. The fearful go to hell.
Persecution in Nigeria
Over the next two months Open Doors team members will be travelling to some of the most dangerous areas of northern Nigeria such as Yobe, Gombe, Kano, Taraba, Bauchi and Plateau states to bring emergency relief to Christians affected by Boko Haram attacks.
All of us say things we wish we hadn’t said. We all offend people at times. Everyone knows what it is like to put foot in mouth. Doing so is common, but what do we do afterwards?
Is the government obligated to control the way people pray in public? The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide this very question. You see, the Town of Greece, NY has been sued because, when they open their town council meetings, they refused to censor the prayers of citizens.
This was a week (again) where the news was dominated by a natural disaster. Knowing that this blog is read by many pastors and church leaders, I felt led to address the issue many of them (us) will be considering…or at least should be.
Television audiences will soon be able to witness the "scandalous lives" of four friends as they choose to deliberately hurt those that love them. Mistresses will debut on ABC, Monday June 3 at 10:00 PM.
During the May 1999 Moore tornado I found a little dead baby in a field. I almost stepped on the child, thinking she was a doll. Every step I took today through Moore brought back that memory.
Recent numbers from UNICEF report there are 151 million orphans worldwide. This figure represents not only children who have lost both parents, but also those who have lost a father or mother. Of the 151 million children classified as orphans, 17.9 million have lost both parents.
We’ve all seen the recent developments in our day that just don’t align with the way things used to be. The statistics used to be that more than half of our country consisted of followers of Christ.
As tragedy befalls our life, God shares his wisdom with us so we might overcome the world. By leaning on him in the darkness that befalls us, we are able to rise above circumstances that otherwise might cripple our lives.
It's a small world. My parents and sister live in Oklahoma City, next to the city of Moore which was struck today by a massive tornado. Just talked a niece that was crying because one of her friends lived near Briarwood Elementary School which was destroyed today by the tornado.
Eareckson Tada has gloried in her quadriplegia for 46 years - using her disability as an opportunity to minister to those with similar struggles through multimedia ministry Joni and Friends, film and books.
In the last few decades clever critics and sneaky scholars have switched their assaults from attacks on the Bible, theology, and personal faith to an all-out assault on the Achilles’ heel of evangelicalism: the history of Christianity.
I asked a distinguished panel of donor development and fundraising experts about the advice they would give churches and ministries during a financial crisis. The panel included Mary Hutchinson, Mark Dreistadt, Dale Berkey, and David Holland.