In 2011, Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan asked if the agency I work for, Bethany Global Services, could help them with their mission in Botshabelo, South Africa, a poverty-stricken township of 181,000 people.
Cherie was disgusted with herself. Failure. Again. She just didn’t see how she’d ever fit in with the church group. This whole thing was new. And it seemed that she wasn’t getting anything right.
There’s a flood of self-help and positive thinking books and teaching out there, and it's infected the church in a big way as well.
Suffering of Jesus
I believe Johnny Cash was one person who sought to connect the dots between Jesus' suffering and that of the world and our need to identify with Jesus in solidarity with others who experience oppression.
What would have changed if Jesus had not risen from the dead? Not much. We would still be dead in our sins. We would lie still forever in the grave.
I am one of those New Calvinists, I guess, which means I am part of a crowd that values preaching, and expository preaching in particular.
From the orthodox to the charismatic, from small chapels to megachurches, from brick and mortar to digital, pastors nationwide are leading believers and seekers in Easter worship services with the central Christian message – Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son, died on the cross.
Many men seem to be at a loss for words – literally – providing some of the shortest responses we have ever seen. Take a little more time to communicate on that profile.
Adapted from a 2011 Palm Sunday play, Conversations of the Crucifixion changes Christians' understanding of Easter by examining the symbolism that surrounded Jesus' death burial and resurrection.
How do you know if your partner is "the one" for you? While some "just know," most people said there were certain signs which clued them in ... here's some dating advice we discovered when we asked numerous couples.
Probably the greatest miracle Jesus performed was the raising of Lazarus from the dead. You all know the story. Jesus was some distance away from the town of Bethany when he heard of his friend Lazarus being gravely ill.
In the past, people either accepted or rejected Christ's resurrection as a fact of history. But in today's post-modern culture—where most of the "thinking" takes place between the nose and the chin—people are apt to say, "Jesus rose from the dead? So what?"
Nothing is more important for the long-term health of a Church than its preaching, and nothing more impacts preaching than a preacher’s view of the Bible.
The day we decided children couldn't be allowed to fail is the day we determined they would not learn how to succeed. It is a natural inclination for all parents to want to protect their children.
At some point or another, everyone has boss problems. I’ve worked for bosses who were the owner’s son or daughter, and were completely incompetent. There are fine leaders out there who are second generation, but in my career, I’ve worked for some real losers.
Salvation by Faith
A few weeks ago I set out on a series of articles through which I am scanning the history of the church—from its earliest days all the way to the present time—to examine some of Christianity's most notable false teachers.
Sometimes the pain of seeing people suffer is almost too much too handle. Our families who adopt children from poverty-stricken developing countries like Ethiopia or Ghana tell us that, when they return to their homes, they are overwhelmed by what they have seen.
It's Easter, preacher. What are you preaching? Don't preach about Springtime, as much as we all love it. This is not the day for that. Stay on track.
Why is your church tax exempt? Why should it continue to be tax exempt? If I were to sit down and ask you these questions, would you have a clear and coherent answer? I suspect this is something we seldom think about.
Do Christians Celebrate Earth Day? Yes, some do in fact participate in the April 22 observation supporting for various environmental protections. Evangelical Environmental Network and Blessed Earth work year-long to support to protect the earth's natural resources.
The hardest funerals are for precious little children. Second most heart-breaking are for mothers who died giving birth. Next are the young fathers who leave behind a stunned and grieving family.
The total eclipse of April 15, 2014, will be followed by another on Oct. 8, 2014, and another on April 4, 2015, and another on Sept. 28 2015. These four consecutive total lunar eclipses will each result in the moon appearing red for the duration of the eclipse.
We celebrated 8 baptisms yesterday as a diverse group of people went public with their faith in Jesus. Among the baptisms, we had 2 husbands who baptized their wives and we had 2 sons who baptized a parent.
Sometimes, when I’m in the car with one of you, I will raise the question: “How do you choose a husband? What kind of man will you marry some day?”
While speaking at a No Ceilings event at the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York on Thursday, April 17th, Chelsea Clinton made an important announcement.
Just reflect on the new possibilities. You want to pay for some groceries and a new technology scans your face instead of your credit card ... bringing up information associated with your identity.
By age 18, most of us have discovered that relationships can be a source of great joy, satisfaction and meaning when our needs for love, affection and companionship are met. Or a source of heartache and sorrow when they’re not.
As he was crossing a long bridge with water on either side, an 18-wheeler owned by the Texas Department of Corrections swerved over the center line and hit his Ford Escort head-on. Piper was killed instantly.
Five Taliban attackers targeted what they thought was an underground church celebrating its first anniversary in Kabul.
While Jesus was fully aware of the utter torment and anguish He was about to endure that very night, His thoughts were not on Himself and what horrors would befall Him, but His full attention and love were fixed on His beloved apostles.
The Garden Tomb is a popular tourist spot for Christians visiting Jerusalem. Some people believe this is where Jesus was buried after his crucifixion.
We heard him before we saw him. Heads turned as his motorcycle pulled to a stop near the group standing outside enjoying the sun before the church service. Eyes discreetly followed as he made his way toward the gathering.