On High Alert As Rare ‘Black Moon’ This Friday Will Usher In Jewish Feast
day of September brought with it a ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse – where
the moon falls in line with the Earth and the sun above Africa, making
it appear as if the sun had darkened. This year, the Black Moon phenomenon
has a twist to it - it will usher in the Jewish Feast of Trumpets.....
|Obama: Why I Won't Say
Barack Obama has taken a lot of criticism from political opponents over
his rhetoric when it comes to terrorism. But on Wednesday at a CNN presidential
town hall, he was asked to defend why he refuses to say "Islamic" terrorism
to a Gold Star mother. ....
|Christian Schools Under Pressure
To Have Gay Clubs
Let them -
or else. That, in a nutshell, was the stern warning -- in the name of provincial
law - that was given to Canadian Pastor Brian Coldwell, chairman of the
Independent Baptist Christian Education Society and pastor of New Testament
Baptist Church. Non-compliance could see the schools lose their charter
as well as millions of dollars in tax- funded revenues.....
|Ohio Superintendent: 'I
Will Question Homeschoolers as I See Fit'
An Ohio public
school superintendent is insisting that he will continue to question homeschool
parents after being advised by a legal group to restrict his inquiries
to within what the law allows. After being requested by attorneys to limit
his oversight of homeschooling students to what the law permits, District
Superintendent David Hile reportedly did not appreciate.......
University Archivists Find John Knox's Bible
a unidentified bible held by Glasgow University may have belonged to John
Knox - a founding father of the Protestant Reformation. The large Old Testament,
which is printed in Hebrew and Latin, was published in 1546 in Switzerland...
What You Should
Know About Medical Marijuana
four states—Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota—will vote on legalizing
medical marijuana. Here are some things you should know to navigate the
public debate about the legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes.....
|Bryce Young: Can
You Vote Your Conscience?
to revealing his own pick for president this past weekend, Ted Cruz famously
charged voters to vote their conscience. “Vote your conscience” is not
an unfamiliar phrase during election seasons. However, conscience is a
biblical theme, and Christians should ask whether the common understanding
of conscience in our society has become more in line with Disney’s Jiminy
Cricket than with the word of God. When we open the Bible and ask what
God has to say about it, we’ll soon find that your conscience, in fact,
does not have a vote in this election....
Four Ways To Discuss the 2016 Election
With Your Kids
ago, I quipped before an audience, “Election years make people crazy.”
And that was before I had any idea what was coming in 2016. For families
with children, this election year brings unique challenges, since the campaign
often feels like a reality show. How do we talk to our kids about what
they are seeing and hearing all around them? Here are a few things we do.....
How Divorce Can Impact
raised by divorced parents are less likely to be religiously affiliated
later in life, according to a new survey from PRRI and Religion News Service.
The poll found that 35 percent of people raised in divorced homes were
religiously unaffiliated later in life, compared to 23 percent of children
who grew up in homes with married parents.....
|Mark Minnick: Truth
Through Personality (Part Two)
Of the second
element in preaching, namely, the preacher’s personality, there are two
or three fundamental things which I wish to say. The first is this, that
the principle of personality once admitted involves the individuality of
every preacher. The same considerations which make it good that the Gospel
should not be written on the sky, or committed merely to an almost impersonal
book, make it also most desirable that every preacher should utter the
truth in his own way, and according to his own nature.....
Yes, You Should
Awkwardness with Grieving People
to her that when someone you love has died, it’s as if a hurdle has been
placed between you and every person you know, and that hurdle stays in
place until your loss has been acknowledged in some way. It doesn’t have
to be a grand gesture or a long conversation. It doesn’t matter if it’s
been a while since the loved one died. It doesn’t have to be anything brilliant.
Sin of Pride in the Pulpit
tell, the pulpit is a perilous place for any child of Adam to occupy,"
wrote John Stott. Why? Because preachers are always tempted to use the
pulpit for self-glorification and to draw attention to themselves rather
than Christ. Indeed, as Stott went on to say, "Pride is without doubt the
chief occupational hazard of the preacher." Every preacher must be aware
of his temptation to seek his own glory and the praise of men rather than
the glory of Christ and the approval of God....
What Is God Doing In My Pain?
Many of you
have been in situations where you look at something in your life and wonder,
“Is God even aware? What could he possibly be up to right now?” ....That’s
the situation in 2 Kings 5, with the story of Naaman. Through this story
of two sufferers—the powerful Naaman and a little girl—we see the answer
to one of the biggest questions we all have: “What is God doing in my pain?”..
Beginner’s Guide to Conflict Resolution
of continual concern to me is interpersonal conflict within the church.
It’s not the existence or even the quantity of conflict, but the inability
or unwillingness to deal with it when it arises, and this despite the Bible’s
clear teaching that Christians are to resolve conflict and how Christians
are to resolve conflict.....
We Keep Ministering in a City Haunted by Violence
don’t lie: Chicago’s had a violent year. Last month, the Chicago Tribune
reported that the city’s 2016 death toll of 487 was already on the verge
of eclipsing last year’s, exceeding that of both New York and Los Angeles
combined. In fact, August was the most violent month Chicago has seen in
20 years, marked by 78 homicides and more than 400 shootings. But numbers
don’t tell the whole truth, either. For many who live outside the affected
neighborhoods, Chicago’s troubles might be just another news story or political
talking point. Those who live and do ministry in the city, though, can
attest to the ways in which its people—and, of course, its churches—are
working to build relationships, uplift communities, and restore peace.
Five Benefits of Regular Family Worship
Over the years
I have asked groups of Christian adults how many of them grew up in homes
where there was regular family worship. Early on it was rare to find people
(typically of my generation or older) who answered affirmatively. In recent
years the number of positive responses has increased dramatically—almost
exclusively with younger generations of believers. This is a hopeful and
encouraging indication of biblical reformation taking place. Regular family
worship is valuable and brings many blessings to parents and children alike.
Here are five benefits that I have observed....
Abuse Is Horrible…But Some Accusations of Sexual Abuse Are False
If I were
a judge, there is no sin, no crime on the planet that would prompt me to
act with more severe justice than the sexual abuse of children. I would
also bring harsh judgment on those who covered up or conspired to cover-up
the crime. BUT if I were that judge, I would need to hear all the evidence
from both sides before coming to my conclusion. As difficult courtroom
trials often demonstrate, all the opinions in the world of those who have
not seen the evidence, or have seen only a part of it, in the end do not
prove guilt or innocence. ..
Questions Anyone Considering a Call to Ministry Must Answer
The call to
ministry is indeed a subjective thing. We use phrases like “feeling called”
and “sensing a call.” Sometimes we may talk about “discerning” a call or
“wrestling with” a call. If you are in one of those categories of thinking,
how can you get beyond such internal deliberation and get more objective
about ministry aspirations? If you’re discerning a call to ministry, the
following ten questions may help you re-locate a “gut feeling” to one of
mind and heart. . ..