I grew up in a church where the gospel was preached every Sunday, followed by an invitation to accept Christ. The reality of hell as the just end for those who choose a life of rebellion put the fear of God in us. But today it seems that, as a nation, we have lost that fear.
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. If you watched the powerful TV miniseries The Bible (which we wrote about in our March issue), you were likely as amazed as I was at how powerfully it portrayed the Day of Pentecost. Though the series' producers took some literary license (there was wind but no tongues of fire), it stuck close to the biblical account, and the power and anointing of a modern Pentecostal service was there. It certainly didn't seem like just acting!
The National Organization for Marriage intends to sue the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) next week amid allegations that the government tax-collecting agency leaked confidential donor information to a key political rival.
Heated conversations on issues of the day often brings out the worst in Christians. Is it possible to speak our mind and model Christ's love in our speech?
A judge has dismissed most of a lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse and conspiracy to cover up at a large church in Maryland.
Volunteers from the Billy Graham Association are in a small Texas town in the aftermath of a deadly tornado that destroyed more than a dozen homes.
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During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing today, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., grilled outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller about the IRS targeting a pro-life group in Iowa.
by Barry W. Lynn
It sometimes seems that everyone ever audited by the IRS - or even asked questions about a return - is claiming ideological harassment. Franklin Graham has decided that he too is a victim of IRS overreach. I think he's a victim of something else: His lust for the media spotlight and his disgust with President Obama.
Pictured: Republican nominee Mitt Romney meets with the Rev. Billy Graham, and his son Franklin Graham in Montreat, N.C. in 2012. (Melina Mara - THE WASHINGTON POST)
The Christian Broadcasting Network regrets the misunderstanding. Again.
A declaration of a state of emergency in three northern Nigerian states does nothing to address the root cause of a surge in Islamic terrorism against Christians and others, an expert in Islamism told Baptist Press.
The "brave new world" of human cloning apparently has arrived, and critics are waving the warning flags.
Megapastor Joel Osteen has his supporters and his detractors.
The resonant voice of a Riverside church that has urged youths to reject gang life is quieter, after burglars twice this week broke into Peacemakers Ministries and stole equipment used to present street outreach skits and speeches.
Last weekend I saw "42," the new film about the life of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. This fact is notable, as I don't often get to the movies in general and also I am not a big baseball fan.
What began as one small concert performed for friends and family of three churches in Newton County has transformed into a significant gospel music performance group. Three years after its inception, NC3, which is an acronym for Newton County Celebration Choir, has a busy concert schedule and a performance coming up featuring a renowned gospel recording artist.
Speaking to about 250 religious and community leaders here Thursday, minister Louis Farrakhan urged unity among African Americans and called on them to buy up property in Detroit.
Shonda Rhimes's show deals with adultery, temptation, redemption, and the need for a savior--making it a ripe, but potentially perilous, Biblical teaching tool.
Police are investigating why at least 16 Bibles containing racial slurs on the inside cover were left on the front porches of several black families in the vicinity of Friendly House, 380 N. Mulberry St.
Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the Internal Revenue Service probe of conservative nonprofit groups as "un-American," saying both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the relief group Samaritan's Purse were audited by the IRS.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary presented diplomas to 234 students during its spring commencement, with President Paige Patterson charging the men and women to keep leading people to Christ as their top priority.
"We have to plant more churches," North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell emphasized to NAMB trustees during their May 14-15 meeting in Alpharetta, Ga.
It seems like every time there's a new bit of communication technology, someone prophesies the death of previous technologies. The advent of the tape heralded the death of the record, the CD heralded the death of the record and the tape, and the MP3 meant the death of physical music media. The arrival of television meant the radio would die. The proliferation of the Internet meant print magazines and newspapers were utterly doomed. And, of course, the rise of e-readers and tablet computers meant print-and-paper books were dead forever. In fact, some have suggested the Internet and e-readers might represent a one-two punch that will destroy all forms of long-form reading.
The pursuit of racial and ethnic unity is essential for the Church's witness, argues Lance Lewis, pastor of Christ Redemption Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pa.
Arvella Schuller, wife of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller and co-founder of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries, reportedly suffered a stroke and has been working with Medicare-provided therapists to regain use of her left arm and leg. Meanwhile, the current congregation of the Orange County megachurch prepares for a major move and has taken on a new name.
What's the old saying? It's not paranoia if they're really out to get you.
What if the self-made man wakes up one day and hates himself?
Privileged World Travel Club, Inc. (OTCBB: PVCL), announced today that it signed an exclusive Partnership agreement with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which is a nonprofit organization. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is an African-American civil rights organization.
There have been rumors of a romance between actress LisaRaye McCoy and renowned preacher, Bishop Noel Jones since 2011. Back in November of 2011, an arbitrary blog even ran an erroneous report that the two were getting married, which they quickly denied.
After a four-year hiatus, the Black Business Expo/Los Angeles is back in a new venue -- trading the L.A. Convention Center for 'The Hangar' behind the West Angeles Cathedral.
As black America continues to make up a disproportionate part of new HIV infections, the NAACP has been trying to recruit church leaders to raise awareness of the issue. Here in the Houston area, one pastor has taken the lead on spreading the word.
With a convicted spirit and a heart full of compassion, I look across the Charles River in Boston. This historic city--known for her role in the narrative of our nation's Revolutionary War chapter, love of sports and birthplace of some of the world's leading educational institutions--now stands recognized as another victim of mindless terror.
Evangelical pastor Tim Keller has clarified his opposition to same-sex marriage, following misplaced speculation that he may support a change in the law.
Boko Haram terrorists are believed responsible for the murder of a popular Pentecostal pastor in Nigeria. Faye Pama was the Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, North East zone.
The finances of Christians who tithe are generally healthier than the finances of those who do not, according to a new report that takes a close look at the financial, spiritual and giving practices of people who give 10 percent or more of their income away to churches and charities each year.
Ralph Reed, the founder of Century Strategies and the high-profile Faith and Freedom Coalition, has come under fire for facilitating discussions between the Boy Scouts of America and some evangelical leaders over the organization's proposal to allow homosexual members.
Daniel Whyte III, President of Gospel Light Society and GLM Omnimedia Group, says his Ministry and Organization Were Also Harassed and Targeted by the IRS During the Election Season Because Even Though Both Entities are Owned by an African-American, They Do Stand for Biblical Truth Such as Marriage Being Reserved for One Man and One Woman, Against Homosexual Marriage, Against Abortion, Against the Government Taking Away Freedoms from the Religious Community and Therefore Against the First Black President Who Promoted Those Things Throughout his Presidency and Especially Last Year -- and at the Same Time, They Could Not Bring Themselves to Support or Vote for Romney Because of Their Religious Convictions and Because of the History of the Mormon Church.
As evangelist Billy Graham prepares for his final major outreach event, which is set to occur later this year, a recent survey has offered a glimpse into how his ministry has touched evangelical leaders.
A German homeschooling family has been denied asylum in a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a ruling by the Board of Immigration Appeals.