Sovereignty vs Free Will
Does God give them a heart to know that He is the Lord because they have returned to Him with their whole heart? Or do they return to God with their whole heart because He has given them a heart to know that He is the Lord?
There’s a word that I used to hear a lot growing up in Scottish churches, but I don't hear much of it today. That word is "seeker." Maybe it’s because there are less seekers around.
Current news headlines are filled with examples of Islamic-inspired violence and terror, with CNN recently reporting that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed 270 in an attack in central Syria.
What if the Lord really ever were in danger of forgetting me? Well, the good news is He has these memory aids, mnemonic devices they are called, to guarantee that He doesn't lose track of any of us. And no, I do not mean God ties a string around His finger.
Home schooling isn't merely an alternate way to educate your children, it's another way of living, learning, and thinking. We took our finals in May and formally ended the 2013-2014 school year, but we have been learning, in some form or another, all summer.
YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley used the words "clip culture" to describe the community that developed around his video sharing website. YouTube's visitors originally watched short clips instead of long form entertainment.
A reader of my blog asked, How does a believer keep his motivation? I understand the motivation of the new believer, but how does one stay motivated in day-to-day living, year after year?
Sin and Suffering
You have a choice. Option 1: The tiniest sin imaginable, a sin that would bring you tremendous wealth and other material pleasures. Option 2: The greatest suffering imaginable, for rejecting that one tiny sin.
Superstition leads to strange wedding traditions. Recently Mexican mayor Joel Vasquez Rojas married a crocodile. Rojas said, "It's my wish to marry the young princess."
Can we talk about courage? This is as rare as plutonium these days, particularly among the very people who should demonstrate it most readily, the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Premiering August 7th at 11:00 pm, Black Jesus is about a "black guy living in the hood". Yes, it's about Jesus, the Son of God, but the producers are mocking our Lord.
For those of us who are temperamentally and instinctively on the more melancholic side of things, there's good news. You can change your brain to think more positively and feel more cheerfully.
If you’ve been following the news the past couple of weeks, you’ve surely heard about the thousands of refugee children currently housed at the U.S. border. And yes, I deliberately use the word refugee rather than immigrant.
Author Kara Durbin knows the power teaching your children scripture; Durbin's mother “blessed” her life by parenting her with scripture.
Around here in Southeast Louisiana you’ll see billboards that say "Friends don’t let friends eat imported crawfish." I know people in other parts of the country who would change that to say "Friends don’t let friends eat crawfish, period."
Reading is kind of like repairing a bicycle. Kind of. For too long now my bike has been semi-operational. It has one brake that just doesn’t want to behave and all my attempts to fix it have failed.
Concern over gluten intolerance is increasing in direct proportion to the growing promotion of whole grains. As a result, people are often confused regarding the role grains should play in a healthy diet.
Israeli ground troops have entered Gaza, a small territory located between Israel and Egypt. Gaza is ruled by the Islamic political party Hamas and is a "non-member observer state" of the United Nations which means it is not formally recognized as an independent nation.
If you frequent social media, perhaps you’ve seen singer Colbie Caillat's music video for her song "Try," in which she challenges society's expectations of beauty for women.
There is one thing you can count on as your children get older: They will have more questions than you will have answers. As Christian comedian Tim Hawkins recently tweeted, "Anyone who fields spiritual questions from a 7 year old deserves an honorary Masters in Theology."
Tip: To have a happy marriage, don't try to protect yourself emotionally or financially "just in case"; taking the risk of being "all in" instead of holding back is essential for creating security and happiness.
People wanted to know how many people would get in, but Jesus wanted them to think about how soon the door would close for all eternity. Time is running out. There is a time limit on the free offer of salvation.
Do you give God room to do the impossible in your life? Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, inspired his co-workers to work on projects that looked impossible to achieve.
I recently returned from another visit to check on our work in Haiti, and what I saw broke my heart. The tent cities are built on dirt patches that turn to rivers of mud in the rainy season.
Let’s go back in time—not thousands of years, just a single decade, when Israel vacated Gaza and began the process of forming a two-nation state. They left behind buildings, settlements, and uprooted their own citizens.
Our pity party, rolling on the ground in pain, can hurt the people around us. It can drive them away, it can bring their lives down, their attitudes down, their God Given talents set aside.
Pastor, you do not want to know why that committee turned you down for that position you wanted badly. I'm rereading my daily journals for the 1990s. One thing struck me, however, about the year 1992. I was looking for a way out of this church!
It has long been my belief that churches should create safe zones for people to question long-held church beliefs, particularly if those beliefs, often presented dogmatically by church leaders, seem to contradict the God-breathed and infallible Scriptures.
Tuesday evening Chonda Pierce, the entertainer also known as the "Queen of Clean," announced her husband's death on Facebook and Twitter posting a picture of her husband along with the words "David is home."