The situation of the breastfeeding mom at Elevation Church's Ballantyne, North Carolina site continues to get heated discussions online. Amanda Zilliken, who was asked to leave the sanctuary if she wanted to breastfeed even when she was covered up, has gotten crowdfunding backers urging her to sue the church while others have called for the… Continue reading Poll: Is online outrage justified over Elevation Church & breastfeeding mom?
When we tell ourselves that we desire spiritual growth in our personal lives and in our congregations are we really sincere about that? The apostle Peter offers us a good way to gauge whether or not we are sincere in 1 Peter 2 when he states the following: 1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and… Continue reading Spiritual growth–do I really want it?
As Pastor Sultan Masih was preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the church he co-founded in Salem Tabre, Ludhiana, in India, a phone call lured him outside the church at about 8:45 pm Saturday night, July 15, where two youths believed to be Hindu shot him as they passed by on a motorcycle. CCTV… Continue reading Evangelical pastor in India shot dead outside his church by Hindus
This is yet another reason I will hold to the King James Version. Eugene Peterson, who created the "Message Bible" (a paraphrase touted as God's word that really adds to it and takes away from it), is now openly defending gay marriage. Peterson claims he has gotten to know many gays and lesbians over the… Continue reading “The Message” Bible creator defends gay marriage
In Christ's parable of the fruitless fig tree (Luke 13:6-9) we find not only a warning to the nation of Israel, but a warning to the church in general. Jesus said-- 6 ...A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 Then… Continue reading The Father’s fair warning from a fruitless fig tree
It's really no thanks to any of us who are saved that we are saved. While all of us were busy being "foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another" (Titus 3:3), God showed us kindness and love to save us in spite of ourselves… Continue reading Good works are based on God’s good grace doctrine
It is part of our human nature to hate rejection. That feeling tends to be carried over into Christian ministry also. Who of us was ever initially overjoyed when we were passed over for an opportunity to serve in an area we set our hopes on in ministry? Yet, some time after being rejected, if… Continue reading One opportunity deferred is just another opportunity grasped
In the New Testament church, one does not have to look very far to see the prominence and influence women had in the early years of the church, disproving the often repeated lie that Christianity has always been sexist. One of the most beautiful stories in Acts serving as an example of this took place… Continue reading Peter, a female entrepreneur, and a town called Beautiful
In 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, Paul shares a prayer of his for the saints in few words that give a glimpse of the responsibilities and ramifications in the Christian lifestyle. Like Paul, our prayer and hope should be that all who claim Christ will be counted worthy of "this calling." Our worthiness in this calling can… Continue reading Fulfilling the work of faith with power
With the backing of the United Methodist Church, LGBT group Reconciling Ministries Network are planning an August conference in Chicago for "transgenders." They claim to be Christian, of course, but their doctrines are very much anti-Christ. The purpose of the conference will be 'leadership development for "ecumenical trans and gender-expansive Christians" to equip them with the tools needed… Continue reading Transgender group: It’s our duty to change church in our favor