For many unbelievers, fun church may seem like an oxymoron. “Church fun, really?” they wonder. You may be wondering the same thing, and you’ve been part of church your entire life. Church is supposed to be fun. Church is God’s idea. It is the manifestation of Christ in the world
ATHENS (Reuters) – Churches in a western Greek region will ring funeral bells every day until Saturday to protest a new law that makes it easier for people to change their legally recognized gender, clerics said on Monday. Greece’s parliament passed a law last week which allows people over 15
Today, most Americans awoke to news from Las Vegas that is nothing less than horrific. For so many in Las Vegas, Sunday night must have seemed like the night that would never end. In the face of such overwhelming news, we naturally seek after facts. We want to know what
A few hours ago I was on the phone with a friend in Las Vegas. He and his neighbors had just lived through, and will be living through for some time, the trauma of seeing in their own city the worst mass shooting in modern American history. I reflected after
Life can feel out of control. Every day, we hear of hate groups rising to power, wars and the threat of war, and natural disasters leaving rubble in their wake. Add to these the timeless yet ever-present threats of joblessness, debt, illness, and other personal circumstances, and it’s no wonder
There are 6 million people in the U.S. who identify with the Orthodox faith, and 200-215 million worldwide (70 million of whom are in Russia alone), all of whom are gathered into one of the 13 autocephalous or “self-governing” Orthodox churches throughout the world. The head of each autocephalous church
Pressured by an impending lawsuit, President Trump is considering ending the Obama administration’s protections for young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” known as DACA. Here is what you should know about this complicated immigration issue: Who are “Dreamers?” The term “Dreamers” (sometimes DREAMers) refers to young undocumented immigrants who would
I confess that I’ve found myself rolling my eyes—maybe you have, too—when the leader of a church service or Bible study asks for prayer requests. I’m not so heartless that I act this way in response to genuine prayer requests, but you may have seen this, too: Someone raises their
I have a theory. For so long, the enemy has tried to get God’s children to turn their back completely to the Lord. But it’s a hard sell to convince someone to go from love to hate that quickly. Instead, he’s found it’s much easier to distract us from God.
This post is adapted from the tract “How Can We Know We’ll Go to Heaven?” by Randy Alcorn. It first appeared on Crossway.org; used with permission. Heaven Is Not the Default Destination A recent poll indicated that for every American who believes he or she is going to hell, there are 120 who
Artfully blending family-friendly entertainment with deeply personal questions of faith, All Saints not only succeeds as a compelling movie, but also demonstrates what the Church can accomplish when fully invested in a community. 3.5 out of 5. Synopsis Based on true events, All Saints follows Pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett,
On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. Hundreds of viewing parties for this amazing and rare astronomical phenomenon have been scheduled from coast to coast, but many Christian leaders believe this event is more than an incredible scientific occurrence. Many believe it is a
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed.
Does your church like teenagers? Most would answer a hearty and enthusiastic, “Of course!” Why else are you buying all that pizza, offering all those programs, and doing everything you can to teach and care for your teens? You want to keep them in church. But lurking in many hearts
I didn’t plan to have a fourth child. Life was stressful enough parenting three, teaching school, and settling in from a recent move. In my eyes, I couldn’t handle another kid. The timing was lousy. What was God thinking? Even though I already loved the child growing in my womb,
Editor’s Note: I’d like to preface this by saying that I am writing from my own experience on a worship team in a large church. The opinions expressed in this piece are my own, and are likely different than yours which is okay. People worship in different ways, and as
How the Power of Grieving Prepares Us to Dance Death. It is an inescapable fact of life. Ecclesiastes 3:2,4 (NIV) describes that there is a season for everything, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot… a time to weep
There’s nothing like a good ol’ neighborhood gathering, and summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill and connect with nearby folks. This comes naturally for some of us — we chat with neighbors daily, the kids play together, carpooling and housesitting are the norm. Other neighborhoods aren’t
It used to be seen as the right thing to do. So you did it. You made the effort. Walked barefoot through rain, hail, sleet, snow, or shine. You dressed in hats and your Sunday best because that was what you did. You went to church. Every week. But society
How can I get more involved in my church? This is a common question among churchgoers. The first place to start in answering this question is to find out the specific needs of your church body. The specific needs of each church will be different based on a few factors.