"And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord that was before the porch of the Lord." - 2 Chronicles 15:8
In 2008, 100 Yale students lined up to apply for the new course I was offering on the Harry Potter series and Christian theology, many standing outside in subfreezing temperatures because there wasn’t enough space in the classroom.
I have been a pastor going on 37 years, and I have to admit that it is much easier work to minister to those who seem to have it together in the spiritual realm - meaning those who are committed to following Jesus Christ and having their lives transformed, with the Christian disciplines a regular part of their lives.
You probably don't want to hear this, but I must offer you a warning: By next week, you will hear Christmas music, and there will be decorations all over the place.
Most people don't totally understand the depth of God's love.
Dan Wilde gave interest rates little thought when he started shopping for a new home this fall in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Interest rates had hovered near historic lows for years, and he figured correctly that securing an affordable rate would prove simple enough.
"On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour, and he became very hungry and would have eaten, but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners and let down to the earth, wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a ...
Many religious adults underestimate the contribution young people can make in their faith communities, according to Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, founding editor of KidSpirit, an online, interfaith community where 11- to 17-year-olds can read and write stories about moral questions.
A preacher’s daughter in Maryland celebrated her wedding day by giving her father a special gift — a certificate of purity, according to The Blaze.
Sunday worship services felt a little less sacred last year at St. Vincent de Paul in Albany, New York, when a renovation project kept the sanctuary off-limits.
As businesses assess opportunities in the growing economies of China, Indonesia, India and even Africa, a new report makes a case for executives to seriously consider a factor that is often ignored: religion.
Last weekend, I had a friend of many years come from Indiana to visit. A while back, he was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer.
It has happened again - a mass shooting on a school campus.
Have you ever had an experience behind the wheel when the difference between life and death was thinner than an eyelash?
Faith is necessary to be pleasing to God. "But without faith, it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6).
How Christian churches respond to divorce in their congregations has been top-of-mind among religious leaders and believers as the Roman Catholic Church decides whether to ...