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Jesus Has Survived All of Us Christians

This column explores the themes in Jim Wallis’ new book Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus (HarperOne) available Sept. 24.  It’s always amazing to me how — somehow, apparently, mysteriously, and even miraculously — Jesus has survived all of us Christians. And yet, it’s undeniable that the election of Donald Trump and the presidency that has followed — and the Christian response to all of it — have revealed how disconnected many American Christians have become from Jesus. In particular, the uncritical support Trump…

End of the world: Bible scholar’s prediction for Jesus Christ return is shockingly close

In 1970, American Christian writer Harold Lindsey made headlines after claiming to have unlocked the secrets of the Bible. Mr Lindsey said he had successfully predicted the apocalypse after decoding Matthew 24:32-33, suggesting the generation that saw the 1948 rebirth of Israel as a nation – apparently symbolised by the fig tree—would see the return of Jesus Christ. The author stated that a biblical generation is “something like 40 years” and suggested that “within 40 years or so of 1948, all these things could take place”. Related…

Iran imprisons bookshop owner for selling Bible as crackdown on Christianity continues

By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter | Tuesday, September 17, 2019 An Iranian flag flutters in front of the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, Austria, June 17, 2014. | (Photo: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader) Iran has reportedly imprisoned a business owner for the crime of selling the Bible in his bookshop. Reports have indicated that Mustafa Rahimi, a bookseller from the Kurdish town of Bukan, was sentenced by the Bukan Public Revolutionary Court to months in prison on charges of selling the Bible.  However, reports are conflicting…

‘Churchianity’ vs. Christianity

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Is there a difference between “churchianity” and Christianity? Can one be a devoted church member yet not a disciple of Christ? Is traditionalism killing the church? Or is theological liberalism to blame? Or both? David Young, senior minister for the North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, Tenn., speaks at the New Day Conference. We live in a time of rapid decline in Churches of Christ and many other Christian groups in the United States. Congregations are shrinking and dying. Children…

Jim Bakker: Talk of Climate Change Is an Effort to Pretend the End Times Aren’t Upon Us

On his television program today, End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker claimed that the issue of climate change is nothing more than an attempt by the world to conceal the fact that God is unleashing his judgment upon earth as the return of Jesus Christ in the Last Days rapidly approaches. “God’s judgment is coming, just as his word said it would come in the Last Days,” Bakker said. “Why is man so livid about global warming? Why? Why do you think people in…

Is American Christianity on Its Last Legs? The Data Say Otherwise.

When Christians write about the status and reputation of Christianity in American society, they usually focus on two questions: What is happening? What should be done? Two recent books have taken up these questions in a markedly optimistic spirit: Glenn Stanton’s The Myth of the Dying Church: How Christianity is Actually Thriving in America and the World and Rick Richardson’s You Found Me: New Research on How Unchurched Nones, Millennials, and Irreligious are Surprisingly Open to Christian Faith. The books share many similarities. Both…

‘Only Something God Could Have Done’: How God Fulfilled a Prophecy in Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa’s Life

The star quarterback of the Alabama Crimson Tide is back and better than ever. And he’s opening up to CBN Sports about his faith, his journey to fame, his leadership secrets, and a prophecy that was fulfilled in his life through a huge championship win. Tua Tagovailoa, the living legend of Tuscaloosa, kicked off the opening game of his 2019 college football season with an impeccable performance against Duke: 4 touchdowns, no turnovers, completing 26 of 31 passes for 336 yards. It’s just another…

Prominent Christians Falling Away

Recently, we have been hearing about some well-known professing Christians leaving the faith. What causes a seemingly solid Christian to walk away from the faith? In some cases, it could be temporary discouragement. In others, it could be a result of burnout. We all need breaks. Even Jesus took time for rest. God has even built into the week one day off—the Sabbath. If we burn the candle from both ends, we can suffer the consequences of burnout. In still other cases it can…

Jeffress: When love is called hate … End Times are near!

Christians are being attacked in American culture for the slightest evidence of their being identified as Christian, and one pastor says this could be a sign the Lord is coming back – soon. It is argued that it is getting hard to be a Christian in public these days – even for a Hall-of-Fame-bound quarterback who was one play shy of taking his National Football League team to the Super Bowl last season. One LGBTQ activist criticized New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees…

The ex-gay Christianity movement is making a quiet comeback. The effects on LGBTQ youth could be devastating.

A rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, blows in the wind in Christopher Park outside the Stonewall Inn in New York in June. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) By Jonathan Merritt September 6 at 1:27 PM For two decades, McKrae Game was a top-tier figure among ex-gay Christians and a leading advocate for conversion therapy, a counseling practice with the goal of helping LGBTQ people suppress their homosexuality and become “straight.” But Game, 51, now disavows the movement and acknowledges…