- My friend Ivan Poulton, who has died aged 92, was the international transport manager for the Initiatives of Change movement, previously known as Moral Re-Armament (MRA).Ivan was born in Ealing, London, son of Edward Poulton, a commercial artist, and his wife, Mildred, and went to Latymer Upper school, Hammersmith. The family lived near the Piccadilly tube line, and as a boy Ivan used to lie in bed listening for the train to arrive at the station one stop before his. He knew he then had eight mi
- In Numbers 11: 23-30 there's a fascinating story that speaks into the heart of debates about Christian leadership today.
- We do the vast majority of soldiers an injustice if we refuse to distinguish between those who break the law and those who do notThose who are given powerful weapons, and the authority to kill with them, must be subject to the law. Forget that all-too-common Hollywood trope in which the brave combatant is held back by the petty restrictions of armchair lawyers. “Shit, charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500,” remarks Captain Will
- The threat of terrorism, the legacy of colonialism and rapidly rising religious persecution make this era one of the most challenging for 'missionaries' – if such a thing still exists.
- A Palestinian woman has been shot and killed by Israeli soldiers outside one of Jerusalem's most famous landmarks. It's reported that the woman was carrying a pair of scissors and was attempting to attack Israeli forces.
- A Christian pastor in Kenya who camped at a mortuary for four days in the belief that his wife would rise from the dead like Lazarus has been left disappointed after the miracle failed to occur.
Christian President of Lebanon controversially declares Christians are 'no longer in direct danger' in Middle EastThe President of Lebanon has declared that Christians in the Middle East are 'no longer in direct danger' during an interview in which he opened up about his own Christian faith.
- A judge in Canada has thrown out a $100 million-plus class-action defamation lawsuit brought by homosexual activists against a Christian group.
Second complaint over 'abusive and derogatory' comments against gay cleric as pressure builds on Church in WalesA second complaint has been lodged as pressure builds over alleged homophobia by the Church in Wales after a senior gay cleric was blocked from being appointed a bishop.
- Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews have been protesting in Jerusalem, most recently on Tuesday. So, what's going on? Why are ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting against the State of Israel?
- Medical needs that are not being met in Iraqi Kurdistan have reached a critical point, according to the UK-based medical donations charity International Health Partners (IHP).
- The conservative backlash against Princeton Theological Seminary's recent decision to rescind the Kuyper Prize awarded to Tim Keller has proved to be a fascinating insight into what happens when the views of the status quo are challenged – no matter how graciously.
- A young Christian in Pakistan was shot and killed in the street allegedly for refusing the demands of an influential Muslim.
12,000 homes, $200 million: The cost of rebuilding just part of Iraq's shattered Christian communityIslamic State has damaged over 12,000 homes belonging to Christian families in Iraq and destroyed a further 700.
- Six men were arrested yesterday on charges of allegedly forcing a woman to convert to Christianity in India.
- Skepticism about this season is based mostly on myths and misconceptions.
One day early in our engagement, my then-fiancée now-wife, Laura, and I were locked in a stalemate: Where would we go to church once we were married?
It began politely enough but devolved into exasperation. I wanted to find a church with great expository preaching and rich liturgy. Laura preferred a church with stirring worship and emotive stories of life-change. The conversation went nowhere. Week after week, we se
- Dr. David Van Dyke joins Drs Cohick and Stetzer for the latest Theology for Life podcast.
What is love, and how is it reflected in our lives? How do we have a love stance that is based in action instead of emotion? What is our culture teaching our kids today about love and objectification?
What about marriage and the role of love? According to Van Dyke, love is connected to God and goes deeper than our emotions. We must always be asking, “What’s bigger than ourselves in all of this?&
- Supreme Court will decide if religious organizations qualify for IRS church exemption.
Today the US Supreme Court heard a trio of lawsuits on pension plans at Christian hospital systems. So far, the panel of justices seems torn over whether religiously affiliated employers fall under federal requirements for pension benefits.
Churches are exempt from the US Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). But the current cases challenge whether such standards apply to employers that are merely a
- Organizations that name the name of Christ must communicate truth consistently.
Every Christian with a heart to please Christ faces a daily challenge to maintain and even grow in integrity—to be as good on the inside as we may seem to others on the outside. The measure of character, as has been wisely observed, is what we do and think when nobody is looking. While accountability relationships can be helpful, this is a challenge that must ultimately be faced individually.
In the same way, t
- The virture of endurance was a 'female' attribute in New Testament times.
On June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina, a white supremacist gunned down nine African American Christians as they participated in a Wednesday night Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Americans were outraged at such heartless and vile racism, but something else gained national attention: The church members forgave the murderer. In fact, such forgiveness is so countercultural that many in
- Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
Episode Seven | What Would It Mean for Us to Humanize Each Person We Meet?
Laurie Nichols, Director of Communications at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, talks about what it would look like for our gospel witness if we started to see each person we meet as different and uniquely made by God. A cookie-cutter approach to evangelism is usually not the most effective way to reach people for Jesus, so what approach is
- Sociologist Bradford Wilcox reports the surprising results of his new international study on cohabitation and its impact on kids.
According to a recent sociological study, cohabitation has a notably deleterious impact on one particular group: kids. “As marriage becomes less likely to anchor the adult life course across the globe, growing numbers of children may be thrown into increasingly turbulent family waters,” writes Bradford Wilcox in Foreign Affairs.
A professor of sociology at
- The pilot for the upcoming Starz series raises provocative questions about worship and divinity.
Neil Gaiman begins his novel American Gods with an epigraph from Richard Dorson’s “A Theory for American Folklore.” In it, Dorson asks what happens to demonic beings of one culture when its people immigrate to another. The novel’s central conceit—that certain characters are personifications of the gods of myth—is never overtly stated in the pilot of Bryan Fuller an
- Church planting may require supporting church planters, not church plants.
Read Part One, The Launch, Part Two, From Nominal to Secular, and Part Three, Preparing Our People for Witness.
As I have discussed in this series on church-planting shifts, we must acknowledge that Christianity in the West will be competing more with a secular worldview than it has in the past, when Christendom reigned.
The question among missiologists and pastors today arises around the issues of timing: When will this
- Tragedy becomes impetus for reforms sought by Christian experts.
Earlier this month, a fire at an orphanage outside of Guatemala’s capital caught international attention. Forty children died of carbon monoxide poisoning and burns; the tragic event drew worldwide condemnation.
But the aftermath of the fire has given hope to those who work with the Central American country’s orphans. As the government turns to evangelicals for help, it seems the tragedy may spark the breakthrough many
- A US Baptist pastor found guilty of 'conducting illegal missionary activities' in Russia has taken his case to the European Court of Human Rights.
- It's no secret that the Church of England has been in turmoil of late. Internal tensions over passionately held positions on human sexuality and church leadership have dominated ecclesial news. Can 'good disagreement' in the broad church prevail, or will persisting division provoke a painful divorce?
- via DevotionalsAt the cross, Jesus took the stinger out of death.
- Stormont's power-sharing arrangements collapsed earlier this week after the five major parties failed to reach agreement, with an ongoing situation in which there is no executive in Northern Ireland. This means that there could be fresh doubt cast on whether the Pope will visit Northern Ireland when he is set to visit the Republic next August.
'People all over the world are praying for you': Billy Graham chaplains help those affected by London terrorThe Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was deployed to help those affected by the attack and the outpouring of grief and anger.
- Another Catholic priest has been murdered in Mexico, the country's bishops have said.
- via DevotionalsThe Bible never says you have to abstain from alcohol. Correct. But what is the wise thing to do? James MacDonald gives six reasons why he believes that abstinence is the wise choice. As he states his personal convictions, he examines current statistics, recent research, and most importantly, applies principles from God’s Word.
- The legendary poet, pastor and co-founder of Methodism, Charles Wesley, died on this day in 1788. He is arguably the greatest hymn-writer in Christian history – here are seven of his greatest hymns.
- With South Sudan facing the worst refugee crisis in Africa, and increased violence which risks escalating into ethnic genocide leaving a major crisis in northern Uganda, one London-based Christian charity is doing all it can to help those affected.
After months of silence, bells at York Minster will ring out the joy of the Resurrection this EasterAfter months of silence, the bells of York Minster will sound out the joy of Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday.
- Faith leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby have signed a letter to The Times insisting that terror will never succeed in driving them apart.
- The health of Maryam Naghash Zargaran, the Christian convert in prison in Iran, deteriorated badly last week and she has lost a lot of weight.
- Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II has sought to reassure Egyptians fearing the situation in northern Egypt, where 143 families have fled their homes to escape the threat of ISIS.
- Catholic bishops in Congo have abandoned a power-sharing peace agreement citing a 'lack of sincere political will' from both the government and opposition.
- The President of the Nigerian Catholic bishops' conference has called on the government 'to be more proactive' in protecting Christians in the southern part of Kaduna state, where it is said they face 'structural injustice'.
- More and more Muslims are seeing Jesus in their dreams, with each of their testimonies revealing their amazing conversion.
- Quantum physicists believe they have found at least a partial scientific proof of God following the discovery of a quantum portal into a separate, dark and parallel universe.
- In a sign of its increasing desperation, the Islamic State (ISIS) is dispatching suicide bombers even as young as seven years old to try and hold off the advancing Iraqi forces besieging the ISIS-held city of Mosul.
- Although Christians in Nepal are growing in number and have not been subjected to persecution as severely as what their fellow believers in neighbouring countries experience, they have to contend with a rather unique problem: They are struggling to find land near their community where they can bury their dead, according to World Watch Monitor.
You Won't Believe How Much This Sweet 86-Year-Old Man Has Given to a Children's Home and Family Ministry and He's Raised it All Just By...Once a year, he gives a check to the Children's Home in the amount of anywhere from $10,000 to $35,000 and he's been doing that for many years.
(Palmetto, GA)+mdash;[Faithwire] An elderly man's passion for helping others and recycling has made a huge difference in his local Georgia community.... by News Staff
- +quot;I'm heartbroken [for the other driver who died in the crash] ... we should have all been dead. But the Lord is good. God's still good, even in the tragedy that we've all been a part of, God is still good.... by Caitlin Burke
Why These Religious Moms are Giving Their Special Needs Kids Pot: "We Are the Most Unlikely People to be Doing This"+quot;I can't believe it would be worse than the prescription psychotropic drugs they are giving children today.+quot; -Pastor Matthew J. Cox
[CBN News] Many Christian conservatives are pushing to get their autistic children on marijuana.... by Lorie Johnson
The Important Work of the Samaritan's Purse Field Hospital in Iraq, and the Need for More Medical Volunteer PersonnelChristian medical personnel are urgently needed to staff the hospital for deployments of three weeks or longer.... by Aimee Herd
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