Islamic State Is a Threat 'Beyond Anything We've Seen': Pentagon
The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday. "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon. Hagel's assessment of Islamic State, which gained strength during Syria's civil war and swept into northern Iraq earlier this summer, sounded a note of alarm several days after the group posted a video on social media showing one of its fighters beheading an American hostage kidnapped in Syria.     MORE
Dick Cheney: Obama Would 'Rather Be On
the Golf Course' Than The Situation Room
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney strongly criticized President Barack Obama on Wednesday night for going golfing immediately after delivering a statement on the beheading of American journalist James Foley. "Every day we find new evidence that he’d rather be on the golf course than he would be dealing with a crisis that’s developing rapidly in the Middle East," Cheney declared during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity....Cheney, a Republican and one of Obama's fiercest critics, said Obama should have instead decided to end his vacation and engage the situation.   MORE
British Beheader Raises Serious Concerns for the West
Support for the Islamic State is growing from groups outside the Middle East as a large number of Western Muslims reportedly have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq. What does this mean for the US and other Western countries? The ISIS terrorist shown beheading American journalist James Foley speaks English with a British accent. That fact raised so much concern in the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron cut his vacation short to address the issue.   MORE
Jerusalem Post: Islamic State Warns It Has Sleeper Cells In the West
It seems clear that Islamic State is raising the stakes, aware that the gruesome death of an American and the image of another one at the mercy of an executioner who is taunting a US president could invite retaliation – heavier air strikes at least. But the United States and other Western powers may now be diverting their attention away from the Sunni insurgents innorthern Iraq to what they are capable of doing overseas.
U.S. Supreme Court Puts Hold on Gay Marriage In Virginia
"The Supreme Court acted wisely in restraining the lower court from implementing a ruling of this magnitude before the high court has a chance to decide the issue,"  a lawyer for McQuigg, said in a statement.
Oklahoma City Satanists Sued to Retrieve 'Stolen' Consecrated Host
At noon Wednesday, local time, attorneys representing the Archdiocese of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit concerning the satanic "black mass" scheduled to be held on Sept. 21 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.
Ominous Signs Point to ISIS Connection at US Southern Border
A news story surfaced today indicating that there are signs pointing to a direct ISIS terror connection at the U.S. border with Mexico. Citizens who have constantly warned that the lack of attention to the illegal alien crisis would lead to Islamic terrorists crossing the border into the United States from Mexico are expressing alarm at the latest developments. Breitbart is reporting that U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, stated during a news forum that Mexican drug cartels are in regular talks with the dangerous Islamist terrorist organization ISIS.
American Ebola Patients Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol Discharged from Hospital
Two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, where the scene Thursday was festive and celebratory — a stark contrast to the sterile, rushed atmosphere that marked their arrival nearly three weeks ago.
Rick Perry: America Must Beat Back 'Terrorist Blitzkrieg' of Islamic State
Texas Governor Rick Perry called for a stronger American response to the threat of Islamic State terrorists, just a day after President Obama addressed the topic. Perry criticized President Obama for allowing ISIS to enjoy a “triumphant summer,” sweeping across Iraq with a “terrorist blitzkrieg.”
Atheist Richard Dawkins: 'Abort' Down's Syndrome Baby,
'Immoral To Bring It Into The World'
Atheist author Richard Dawkins provoked a firestorm Wednesday on Twitter by claiming an unborn baby with Down’s syndrome should be aborted and that it would be “immoral to bring it into the world.”
Sarah Palin Responds to Dawkins' Statement of 'Immoral' Not to
Abort Down's Syndrome Baby

On Facebook, Sarah Palin, mother of a child with Down’s syndrome, responded to atheist author Richard Dawkins.
Georgia Schools Send Out SOS to Faith Community
More than 50 years ago, the Supreme court banned public school prayer, a decision still hotly debated. But it doesn't mean schools and churches can't work together. In one Georgia town, this partnership is changing everything.
Learning From Young Atheists: What Turned Them Off Christianity
The ministers they respected were those "who took the Bible seriously," not those who sought to entertain them or be their "buddy." 
Farm Couple Fined Thousands for Declining Gay Wedding
A New York couple faces thousands of dollars in fines for declining to rent out their family farm for a same-sex wedding celebration. The New York State Division of Human Rights fined Cynthia and Robert Gifford $13,000 for declining a request from a lesbian couple to rent the family barn for their ceremony.
Pat Buchanan: The Howl of the Mob---Race-Based Justice
What has been going on for two weeks now in Ferguson, with the ceaseless vilification of Darren Wilson and the clamor to arrest him, is anti-American.
Ken Connor: Disposing of Those with Down Syndrome
The person with Down syndrome may prevent their family or friends from living a completely self-determined life, and that is unacceptable.
 Michael Brown: Richard Dawkins Exposes the Immorality of His Atheism
Giving further ammunition to those who say that atheists cannot fully value all human life, Richard Dawkins has now stated that it would be "immoral" not to abort a baby with Down syndrome. Are you surprised?
Chuck Norris: Obama, the Islamic State and Christian Crucifixions
In 2011, President Barack Obama declared, "The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year." The only thing he didn't count on was that the terrorist enemies of the U.S. decided not to also call it quits on the war. 
CNN Belief: James Foley’s Prayers and the Dark Side of Faith
 We don’t know if James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by Islamic extremists, prayed in the hours and days before his death. We probably never will.
Mark Judge: Why We Stare at Brides
They stare, some of them with deep longing, because that in a world that insists on being more and more secular and selfish, a woman on her wedding day is a shocking countercultural totem of resistance.
Jeff Walton: What Does Social Justice Look Like in an Abortion Culture?
Contrary to the assertions that pro-life sentiment among Christians suddenly materialized in the late 1970s, early church documents make clear that abortion and infanticide were unacceptable practices among Christians.
RONALD S. LAUDER: Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?
WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. 
Aaron Carpenter: The Atheist’s Fatal Flaw--Exposing Conflicting Beliefs
The more I talk with atheists, the more I read their words, the more I am convinced that atheism is irrational.
Sometimes it seems like an emotional overreaction. Little more. A new book by Norman Geisler and Daniel McCoy confirms my suspicions. It also fascinates me. The authors avoid the usual pattern of Christian-atheist...
Brian Croft: Last Resort Prayers During Hospital Visitation
When all else fails…pray the gospel.  One morning, I was called by a nurse at a local hospital requesting my immediate presence.  The non-Christian spouse of one of our members was moments away from dying.  I had no idea what awaited me when I arrived.  I walked into a room full of family with this heartbroken husband motioning me over to his wife’s bed.  He was also suffering from some medical problems that resulted in a tracheotomy preventing him from speaking.
David Cloud: Lying Evolutionary Art, The Horse
It has been said that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and I have no doubt that more people have been influenced to believe in evolution by artwork than by words. From its inception, Darwinian evolution has been popularized by art. Lying art. Most people living during the past 100 years have seen the horse series...
Edmondson: 10 Of My Biggest Leadership Mistakes
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in leadership. One of the primary purposes of this blog is to help others learn from my experience.  So, I want to share some of the mistakes I’ve made. I hope at least one of them encourages other leaders. These are 10 of the biggest:
Jeremy Walker: Celebrity and Credibility
In exposing and critiquing the shallow culture of Western celebrity that too easily infiltrates the church of Jesus Christ, we must be careful not to allow that to become an equally crass dismissiveness of legitimately-earned reputation. Empty pomposity and unfounded adulation deserves to be lampooned. However, that can too easily become a pyrrhically satirical spirit in which almost any kind of authority, however legitimate, is mocked and...
Bill Randles: The Navel Of The Earth…Israel’s Future pt 10
In the passages of Ezekiel above, Jerusalem and Israel, are each  literally said to be set in the center of all nations. Certainly they are the center of God’s attention and increasingly they have become the center of world concern no matter how hard people try to ignore them. THe Passage in Ezekiel 38 literally says that the people of Israel are set in “The navel” of the Land.
Pamela Rose Williams: Top 15 Christian Quotes About Decision Making
Decisions, decisions, decisions! Have you ever stopped to think about how many decisions you make on a daily basis? When to wake, what to wear, how to prioritize your day, what to eat, when to eat, when to leave the house in order to be on time for an appointment, etc. Sometimes the decisions are easy yet other times it takes great wisdom to make the right decision.
Mark Batory: Sacrifice or Privilege?
When missionaries are mentioned, the image often evoked is that of men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice of family and friends and end up having to endure the toils of a difficult, lonely, deprived life in some remote corner of the world. Regrettably, many of today’s Christians view missionary service in this way. 
Obama Denounces Islamic State: 'No Just God Would Stand for What They Did'
A visibly angry President Obama denounced Islamic State terrorists for beheading American journalist James Foley, lecturing them for their “bankrupt” ideology. “ISIL speaks for no religion,” Obama stated, noting that their victims were “overwhelmingly Muslim.” “No faith teaches people to massacre innocents,” he added. “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”
Tennessee High School Student Claims She
Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed
A Dyer County, Tennessee high school student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed. Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church. “She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner told WMC. When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator.  
Gen. Hayden: Journalist's Beheading Shows 'Absolute Evil'
The beheading of an American journalist by the Islamic State enables Americans to see the "absolute evil" of the terrorist organization, Gen. Michael Hayden told Newsmax TV's "America's Forum." 
Destroying Churches Is Part of ‘Islamic Doctrine’
A campaign by ISIS, also known as Islamic State, to destroy churches across Mosul, one of the ancient seats of Christianity where the faith has been practiced for 2,000 years, complies with the teaching of the Quran, according to several analysts. The ISIS army of Islamic terrorists has been marching across Iraq, destroying Christians and evidence of their faith for months now. ISIS is blamed for the destruction of about 45 churches in Mosul. Robert Spencer, author and Islamic terror analyst at Jihad Watch, says the violent campaign “does seem to have been a coordinated, planned action.”     MORE
Islamic State Vows To 'Break the American Cross'
Islamic State, the Sunni militant group which seeks to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, released a video on Tuesday that gave the strongest indication yet it might attempt to strike American targets. The video with the theme "breaking of the American cross" boasts Islamic State will emerge victorious over "crusader" America. It follows a video posted on Monday warning of attacks on American targets if Washington struck against its fighters in Iraq and Syria.
Pope: I’ll Be Dead In Three Years
Pope Francis has estimated that he only has two to three years to live before he goes to God and hinted that he may possibly retire. The 77-year-old made the premonition aboard his jet on the way back from South Korea. While he had a lung removed as a teenager due to infection, Pope Francis is...
New York Times: Scale of Ebola Outbreak Still Unknown
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “a complete disaster,” and health agencies do not yet grasp its scope, the president of the relief group Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday. “No one yet has the full measure of the magnitude of this crisis,” the president, Dr. Joanne Liu, said in an interview. “We don’t have good data collection. We don’t have enough surveillance.”
Joe Biden: Foley Beheading Does Not Change U.S. Approach to Islamic State
During a visit to Goodwin College in Connecticut on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden indicated that the beheading of American journalist James Foley would not change the United States approach to ISIS. Biden was asked by an AP reporter about the event. According to the White House pool report, Biden denied that it would change US policy but pointed out that it shined a spotlight on the horrors they were committing. 
Poll: 60% of Dems Afraid of Being Dumped into Obamacare
A recent poll found that 60 percent of Democrats are afraid of losing their favored healthcare plans and being forced into the Obamacare exchanges.The majority also worried that Obamacare was bad for them no matter..
Teacher Omits God From Pledge of Allegiance
Jessica Andrews could not believe her eyes. "It was like an 'Oh my gosh' type of feeling," the mother of six from Aiken, South Carolina, told me. The item that caused her angst came from her daughter's school. It was a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance. But the school's version of the pledge was just a few words short—two to be exact. "It didn't have 'under God,'" she said.  Jessica's daughter is a fourth-grader at Chukker Creek Elementary School. She said...
Report: Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Beaten, Taken to Hospital After Incident
A source within the Ferguson Police told Fox News that Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown, was "nearly beaten unconscious" by Brown before shots were fired and was taken to the hospital for treatment...
Spike Lee Hopes 'Things Will Really Blow Up' if Ferguson Officer Is Acquitted
After a week of rioting and confrontations in Ferguson, Missouri, filmmaker Spike Lee said he hoped that "things will really blow up" if Officer Darren Wilson is tried and the people of Ferguson are unhappy with verdict.
Amish Have to Forgive Again as Abducted Girls Allegedly Sexually Abused
Two young Amish sisters whose abduction touched off a frantic search in northern New York were sexually abused by their captors, The New York Times reported. The girls, aged 12 and 6, were kidnapped on Wednesday from a family farm some 10 miles from New York's border with Canada and released Thursday. Police have charged two suspects, Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, with first-degree kidnapping.
Common Core Support in Free Fall
After months of political debates, lawsuits and protests, support is waning for the academic benchmarks as some of the groups that once most strongly backed the standards are turning away, two national surveys released this week show. 
Common Core Loses Support Nationwide
Most Americans familiar with the Common Core standards tend to oppose them and, within just one year, polls show more Americans are, in fact, more knowledgeable about the controversial education initiative and against its implementation in schools.
Saudi Paper 'Understands' Global Call to Kill Jews
A prominent Saudi Arabian newspaper justified statements from international anti-Israel rallies calling for Jews to be killed as an "understandable reaction" to the "barbaric war" Israel is conducting in Gaza. 
Charlie Spiering: As World Chaos Continues, Obama Retreats to Martha's Vineyard
President Obama returned to his vacation home at Martha’s Vineyard after briefly interrupting his vacation for two days of meetings in Washington, D.C.
Bryan Fischer: Michael Brown Shooting Tragedy Proves Proverbs 18:17 Is True
"The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him" (Prov. 18:17, ESV). The Bible warns us to be sure we hear from both sides and collect full information before we make up our minds. This ancient wisdom of Solomon has been validated again in Ferguson, Missouri. 
Michael Youssef: President Obama Must Believe at Least This Part of the Bible
Surely now President Obama must believe at least part of the Bible—specifically, I'm thinking about the part that says: "Pride comes before the fall."
Michael Curtis: Resisting the Islamist Threat
From a British ambassador to the New York Times, too many in high places are meeting the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist actors with acquiescence instead of defiance.
Robert Weissberg: Do the Ferguson Protestors Really Want Justice?
Ferguson puts on display a fundamental divide on the very meaning of “justice” that is unlikely to vanish. 
David Cloud: Biblical Fasting
Biblical fasting is abstinence from food and perhaps other legitimate pleasures in order to concentrate on a definite spiritual problem or need. It is done in conjunction with confession of sin and prayer.
Scott Aniol: How Corporate Worship Is and Is Not Like a Baseball Game
Yesterday I attended a baseball game with my family, and I found myself pondering again a comparison I’ve often heard made by preachers between corporate worship and sporting events. “Look at how excited and enthusiastic everyone is,” they observe. “If we can get that excited about sports, we should be even more enthusiastic about God in worship!” So goes the common admonition.
David de Bruyn: Who Can Dwell in His Presence?
Central to the life of knowing God and thereby loving him ultimately, is the life of faith. Since we live in the presence of an unseen God, faith is needed. Faith is the medium of exchange between the heart that wishes to know God, and the God that wishes to be known. All this brings us to the matter of of our new natures and...
Edmondson: Seven Examples of Lazy Leadership Practices
Laziness is a sin. Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction. Proverbs 18:9  It’s also annoying. And, ineffective in leadership. The fact is, however, that many of us have some lazy tendencies when it comes to leadership. I do at times. This is as much an inward reflecting post as an outward teaching. Please understand, I’m not calling a leader lazy who defaults to any of these leadership practices....
R.C. Sproul: In Christ Our Suffering Is Not in Vain
Jesus suffered for us. Yet we are called to participate in His suffering. Though He was uniquely the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, there is still an application of this vocation for us. We are given both the duty and the privilege to participate in the suffering of Christ.
Ben Dunson: David, Goliath, and You?
....What, then, can we learn from the example of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) by applying the principles we learned from seeing how the New Testament uses Old Testament examples?
Bill Randles: A Wonderful And Awful Clarity… Israel’s Future pt 9
One of the beautiful things about living in these turbulent last days, is the wonderful clarity that current events reveal. Evil at the highest levels has usually tried to hide behind a facade of benevolence if not righteousness, at least in the formerly Judeo Christian Western world.
Terry Hagedorn: Good and Mad
Anger is a God-given emotion. It is designed to motivate a person to change actions, attitudes, and adverbs toward the irritant: e.g., a negative person, circumstance, or object. God’s anger is always holy. However, anger is manifested by people across a broad spectrum of expression: from simple displeasure to—sadly—even sinful wrath. Many people think that all human anger is sinful. Yet God’s Word says that anger is not necessarily sinful. “Be ye angry, and sin not” implies that one can be angry and yet not sin. One can be good and mad.
Islamic State Message To America: ‘We Will Drown All of You In Blood’
Horrific video of American freelance photo-journalist James Wright Foley, 40, being beheaded by ISIS in revenge for US airstrikes in Iraq was posted to the internet Tuesday afternoon.
Five Things Christians Need to Know About the Ferguson Riots
... These scenes reminiscent of the race riots of the 60s and 70s in cities throughout the U.S., have many exasperated with the media circus and pondering what is at the core of the crisis. 
Mitt Romney: Obama Is Worse Than Even I Expected
Mitt Romney said Tuesday that the problems inflicted by President Obama’s policies are even worse than he predicted during the 2012 presidential campaign. “It’s been a good deal worse than even I expected,” Mr. Romney told reporters after headlining a rally here for Republican candidates for Congress.
Horrific video of American freelance photo-journalist James Wright Foley, 40, being beheaded by ISIS in revenge for US airstrikes in Iraq was posted to the internet Tuesday afternoon. Foley, has been missing since November, 2012, after being taken hostage while reporting from Taftanaz, in northern Syria, for the agency, GlobalPost.ISIS posted the extremely graphic video titled 'A message to America' to social media as proof of their barbaric actions. In a chilling warning at the end of grisly film, the executioner paraded another American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, who went missing in August 2013, and said: 'The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.'    MORE
Bridal Shop Bullied For Not Participating in Lesbian Wedding
The Christian owners of a bridal boutique in Pennsylvania who refused to make wedding gowns for two lesbians and bridesmaids dresses for their cross-dressing groomsmen were bullied for sticking to their religious beliefs.
Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High
The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Dr. Ben Carson: 'It's Politically Incorrect to Blame the Wrong People'
Multiple murders in cities such as Chicago don't get the same attention as a single murder in suburban St. Louis "because it's politically incorrect to blame the wrong people," Dr. Ben Carson told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night.
Hamas Breaks Ceasefire, Israel Targets Terror Sites
A 24-hour truce extension for Gaza was broken by Hamas when it launched three rockets into Israel. 
Boko Haram on Track to Create Islamic State in Nigeria
Officials now fear that militant group Boko Haram is on track to create an Islamic state in Nigeria reports Christian Today. The group’s acts of terrorism throughout Nigeria has gleaned worldwide attention; however, Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc across the country. The predominantly Christian Borno and Yobe states face particular danger of becoming Islamic caliphates. 
Iraqi Militants Threaten Revenge Attacks On US
Iraqi militants have threatened to respond to US airstrikes by attacking American targets, posting a video in which they warn: “We will drown all of you in blood.” The message, which was accompanied by photographs of beheadings, came as Barack Obama announced Kurdish peshmerga troops, supported by US jets, had recaptured the strategically important Mosul dam. The US president said Islamic State (IS) fighters remained “a threat to Iraq and the entire region” and said Iraqis “must reject them and unite by pushing them out of lands they have occupied”.MORE
Massachusetts Church Vandalized with Graffiti, Swastikas
Vandals struck an Adams church Saturday painting graffiti on the walls, including swastikas. A door at First Baptist Church in Adams, Mass. would always be left open for the organist, Larry Bishop. But Saturday night Bishop realized he wasn't alone. Bishop has been the organist at First Baptist for 15 years. He said he went to the church late Saturday night to practice when he heard two people talking upstairs.
Washington Post: Two Churches In Missouri
They came in numbers that surprised even the minister, arriving in a muggy drizzle to a church parking lot so full that some had to park in front of the empty home of the man they came to pray for: embattled white police officer Darren Wilson. They said they had empathy for the family of the teenager the officer killed. But they also said they feared that they might be attacked by rioters at their church, because Southminster Presbyterian sits right behind the suburban home of Wilson, the patrolman identified in the Aug. 9 shooting...
Liberia Clinic Raided Causing Escape of Quarantined Patients
A group of men broke into an Ebola treatment facility in Liberia, looting infected items and  allowing quarantined patients to escape. Christian Today reports that over a dozen patients being treated for Ebola left the facility, prompting medical personnel to fear that the deadly virus will be able to spread throughout Liberia unhindered. The exact number of escaped patients is unknown; reports ranged from 17 to 20 people. 
Common Core Standards Drastically Losing Support
A new survey shows that support for the federal education standards known as the Common Core is slipping.
Mob Attack Raises New Concerns of Ebola Spreading
Seventeen suspected Ebola carriers fled quarantine when an angry mob attacked 
and looted a health center in West Point, Liberia. 
Pentecostals Put Themselves in Middle of Ferguson, Missouri, Violence
..."The only one sitting back and laughing at this all is Satan," says Jack Hembree, pastor of Bethel Fellowship (AG) in Florissant, Missouri—located just a few minutes from where rioting has broken out. Hembree, who expressed his grief in a note to his congregation over the violence, urged his congregation not to "take sides" but instead bring Christ into the situation.
Matt Barber: I’m Wanted for 'Hate Crimes' in Canada
Indeed, the self-styled champions of "tolerance" and "diversity" prove, over and again, to be the most intolerant and monolithic among us. 
Andrew Brown: The Bizarre – and Costly – Cult of Richard Dawkins
It’s like a church without the good bits. Membership starts from $85 a month
Jon Akin & Andrew Walker: When Should Southern Baptists Get Married?
Marriage trends in America have changed. Their implications are worth paying attention to because these dynamics affect our families and our churches. Consider these statistics:
Andrew Barber: The Problem with Christian Films
Every conversation I have with a non-Christian requires dealing with their perceptions of me as a Christian, which more often than not means dealing with the Republican Party, televangelists, and Christian media.
Joseph Puder: Christians and Yazidis in Iraq – and a World’s Indifference
One standard for Palestinian people and refugees, and another for others.
Colin Flaherty: The Ferguson Lie Comes Undone
The irrelevance of “white racism” to the chaos in Missouri. 
Ronn Torossian: Obama Has No Right to Punish Israel
The most hostile U.S. president the Jewish State has faced in modern times.
Charlie Daniels: Satanic Evil Personified
It seems it's hard for some people to accept the fact that there is an evil in this world that goes far beyond criminal behavior or just plain meanness, an evil so demented and so unrepentant that it knows no depths and no bounds.
Tim Challies: Seven Things That Christ Is
...Then, a list of seven things that Christ is:  He is the Way; men without him are Cains, wanderers, vagabonds:— He is the Truth; men without him are liars, like the devil, who was so of old:— He is the Life; without him men are dead, dead in trespasses and sins :—He is the Light; without him men are in darkness, and go they know not whither:—He is the Vine; those that are not grafted in him are withered branches....
Joe Thorn: Four Characteristics of Earnest Preaching
....As I evaluate my own preaching, and coach other preachers, I find that earnestness is one of the areas that needs the most attention. A man’s earnestness in preaching is often the hand that grips the hearer and brings him along side the preacher to the truth proclaimed.
David Murray: Our Happy God
What makes God so happy? Three times we are told that our God is “blessed forever” (Rom. 1:25; 9:5; 2 Cor. 11:31). But what makes Him so happy? Well, I’m sure there are many contributing factors. But maybe we can also learn about divine happiness from human happiness. In where does happiness come? Oscar del Ben reflects on this question, and gives four possible answers. I couldn’t help but think of how his “human” answers may give theological insight into some sources of God’s happiness. 
A: 10 Indications a Church Is Making Disciples
I’ve often heard people say you can’t measure discipleship. I don’t know if that’s true. It is true that you can’t necessarily put a number or percentage on discipleship growth, but you can tell — over time — if it has happened or is happening. Here are 10 indications a church is making disciples:
Guy Waters: Was Adam a Historical Person?
....In the modern world, skeptics have long questioned or denied the historicity of Adam. Neo-orthodox theologians added their voices to this chorus in the last century. More recently, and under the pressure of evolutionary theory, some prominent evangelical voices have as well.
Randy Alcorn: Fourteen Lessons on Prayer from Daniel 9-10
God hears our prayers and starts responding to them (when we pray with Daniel’s attitude and perspective) before we can see results, and even when we can’t see results at all. 
Bill Randles: The Two Objects Of The Dragon’s Fury… Israel’s Future pt 8
The apostle John was given several visions which constitute the Revelation. In the vision of Revelation 12, we are given a Divine perspective of the mystery of anti-Semitism. This is the  Divine answer to the real historical events of Genesis 3.
Jack Wellman: How to Overcome a Fractured Childhood
How can we overcome a childhood that was fractured, shattered, and left in ruins?  Is God able to fix what was long ago broken in a dysfunctional family?
....Getting saved is not like taking a holiday outing. The men and women who are full of the truth -- who are walking embodiments of the troth-- have not become so without effort. They have digged for truth; they have loved it; they have longed for it more than for their necessary food; they have sacrificed all for it. When they have fallen they have risen again, and when defeated they have not yielded to discourage- ment, but with more care and watchfulness and greater earnestness, they have renewed their efforts to attain to the truth. They have counted not their lives dear unto themselves that they might know the truth. Wealth, ease, a name among men, reputation, pleasure, everything the world holds, has been counted as dung and dross in their pursuit of truth, and just at that point where truth took precedence over all creation they found it -- the truth that saves the soul, that satisfies the heart, that answers the questions of life, that brings fellowship with God and joy unutterable and perfect peace.    MORE
    Alastair Roberts
The sociologist Mark Regnerus recently published a piece suggesting that support for same-sex marriage in some Christian circles correlates to broader shifts in morality surrounding sexuality and relations. Survey respondents were asked to declare their level of agreement with seven statements relating to the issues of pornography, cohabitation, no-strings-attached sex, the duty of staying in a marriage, extramarital sex, polyamorous relationships, and abortion. The results illustrated pronounced fault lines between those committed to historic Christian stances on sexual morality and supporters of same-sex marriage. As conservative Christians, we often see such data and reach for one....   MORE
Daily Signal
An atheist group wants to censor what priests, pastors, rabbis and other clergy say in their sermons by threatening an IRS challenge of their tax-exempt status. Generally, the leaders of houses of worship in America have the constitutional right to preach and promote anything short of an outright endorsement of a political candidate. But now, that freedom is being challenged. In 2012, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit atheist organization that advocates strict separation of church and state, sued the Internal Revenue Service seeking to force the agency to question the tax-exempt status of churches and other houses of worship if they preach on moral issues in a way that has “political implications.”   MORE
Kirsten Powers
It's starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq's religious minorities, the results have been deadly. On June 10, the barbaric extremists called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured the city of Mosul. By mid-July, they issued an edict to the Christians who remained to "convert, leave or be killed." The White House said nothing...It wasn't until Aug. 5 that the administration acknowledged the crisis in Iraq. It was done in the form of a statement, condemning attacks on religious minorities, by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. By last Thursday, the largely Christian towns of Qaraqosh, Tal Kayf, Bartella and Karamlesh had fallen...   MORE
Katelyn Beaty
When family pastor George "DB" Antrim III took his own life this May, he left behind a wife of 17 years and two sons, the youth group he had led for two years, and, indeed, the whole community of Waukee, Iowa. His was the first death Westwind Church had faced in its five years. "I had no idea how horrific that day would be," said pastor Brandon Barker, who read aloud Antrim's suicide note one Sunday morning as congregants wept openly. Antrim's death was the latest in  a "rash" of pastor suicides... MORE
Thom Rainer
They are the largest generation in history. In the United States alone, they number more than 78 million, even larger than the seemingly ubiquitous Boomers. They are the Millennials. They are changing our nation, our world, and our churches. For the purpose of today’s post, I want to focus on changes they are already bringing to our local churches. I have the benefit of a large research project on the Millennials, plus the ongoing conversations I have with members of this generation. And I have spoken with countless leaders in churches about their experiences with Millennials.   MORE
Todd Starnes
There is growing outrage among sailors and religious-liberty advocates over a directive that calls for the removal of Bibles from lodges and hotels run on U.S. Navy bases. The directive comes after an atheist group filed a formal complaint earlier this year over the placement of Bibles in the rooms.   MORE
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Many theologically conservative pastors agree the Bible speaks to key issues of the day, but research indicates only a handful of them say they will speak to it. On Thursday, George Barna – research expert and founder of The Barna Group – shared with American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" about new information he's compiling at American Culture and Faith Institute over the last two years, gauging where theo- logically conservative pastors are at politically... When researchers ask those pastors what else they are willing to do to get their people active in the political process, Barna said "it's almost nothing." MORE
Elisabeth Klein
I am a very grateful girl. My pleas for help were misunderstood for a dozen years. And now, in this safe place, I can honestly say that I am grateful that they were.  Hear me out. Because my experience is one of not being helped and being helped, I know both sides...I do not wish it on anyone else, of course. I wish every pastor and church leader and adult ministries director and small group leader understood the difference between marriages going through a rough patch and marriages that are characterized by abuse or addiction issues. But that is not the case.  I hear stories all the time of women who went to their church for help, thinking it was their safest place, and not getting it.    MORE
Thom Rainer
If you are a church and/or Christian leader on social media, please heed the following warnings. This information is pertinent whether you are paid or volunteer, serving in a church or some other Christian organization. Many of you know I am a strong proponent of Christian leaders utilizing social media. I have seen so many good things take place on the various platforms available. I have seen the gospel clearly shared and embraced on social media. But social media is a two-edged sword. It can be used for good or great harm. And it can harm the ministries of those in Christian leadership. So, whether your platform is a blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube,  or many others, please note these seven warnings. Indeed, it is my prayer that you will heed these seven warnings. MORE
Colin Smith
Every person should attend a funeral at least once a year. Going to a wedding reminds you that the marriage bond is sacred.  Going to a funeral reminds you that life is a vapor and one day yours will be gone. When it is announced in church that someone has died, I try to remember that one day someone will make that announcement about me. Even Christians commonly say “she passed away,” which neatly avoids using the “D-word.”    MORE
James Rasbeary
...Have you ever heard someone make a statement like this: “We had a missionary visit last Sunday who is going to England” (or France or Ireland or Bermuda or Hawaii, etc). “Boy, they are going to be suffering, huh?” Have you ever thought it yourself? Sometimes Christians reflect the attitude that someone isn’t really a mission- ary unless it involves jungles, leeches, lions and at least the threat of dying from some exotic disease or being eaten by a cannibal.Missionaries to developed countries are sometimes treated as though their ministry location is merely a “vacation spot” instead of a mission field with its own set of difficulties and...     MORE
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It is nearly four centuries ago now, that a young professor from the north of Germany went to Rome. He went to Rome because he was in trouble about his sins and could find no peace. Having been educated to regard Rome as the center of the Christian world...We read— some of you remember the story quite well— how one day, according to the strange ideas that prevailed and still prevail at Rome, he went climbing up a stairway on his knees, pausing to pray on every step, to see if that would not help him about his sins. Then, as he climbed slowly up, he seemed to hear a voice echoing down the stairway, "The just shall live by faith; the just shall live by faith." And so he left alone his dead works, he arose from his knees and went down the stairway to his home to think about that great saying, "The just shall live by faith."   It is no wonder that with such an experience, and such a nature, Martin Luther should have lived to shake the Christian world with th thought that justification by faith is the great doctrine of Christianity, "the article of a standing or a falling church."   MORE
The name by which the early Christians were familiarly known was "The people of that way." In the year 36 the Sanhedrin issued a commission to Saul of Tarsus authorizing him to arrest any whom he might find "of the way"...In the year 58, twenty-two years later, the same Saul, now an apostle of Christ, made a defense from the steps of the Castle of Antonia...  The name thus given to the followers of Christ is significant for many reasons. The question has been raised in some quarters as to whether religion is dogma or life. In fact, our religion in the last reduction is neither dogma nor life; it is a way from sin into the Kingdom of God. Its bed-rock is truth, its pavement is character, its destination is eternal life....Nevertheless , to the unsaved no question is more bewildering than this: "What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"   MORE
....Jesus set limits to his activity, and beyond those limits no man ever persuaded him to go. One day his brothers wanted him to go to Jerusalem and make an impression on the big men there, but he refused to listen to their exhortation, telling them that they might go any time they chose, but that it was different with him. He could not go until it was time for him to go, until his work compelled him to go. He could not go until his hour had come. When the hour arrived he set his face steadfastly to go to Jerusalem. All along the way men tried to divert him, but he could not be diverted, to Jerusalem he must go...Men all around him have the enjoyment of large liberty. They wander hither and thither, going whithersoever they wish, but it was not so with him.  He could not dissipate his energy, he could not waste a single hour. It was always, "I must," "I must," "I must." There were broad roads on his right and left, and along these roads thousands were traveling, but he could not go with them.     MORE
In these days of national strife and international confusion, when the seeds of hatred are being cultivated in the hotbeds of communism and radicalism, let us throw back our shoulders, double up our fists, rough with the calluses of honest toil,and stand up for true, fundamental, godly Americanism. The Bible teaches patriotism, and patriotism was the light that burned in the hearts of the faithful in the midnight gloom of the dark ages.  It was the torch that lit the fires of the Reformation. It was the rock upon which Western civilization survives the onslaught of the Red Scourge, it will be Christian patriotism that will fuel the lamps of truth and provide morale for the fight for freedom. America has many privileges, but it also has great responsibilities. Our freedom was obtained at a great price. Our first responsibility is to God, but we are duty bound to our beloved country.   MORE
....There is not a soul among us, no matter how seemingly indifferent or unconcerned, who is not at times —and these times come oftener and oftener with the advance of years—brought face to face with the problems of the reality, of the very existence of heaven. It is my purpose, God aiding, to bring to your minds, hearts, your souls some of the glorious, victorious truths about heaven, its citizens, its perfections, its conditions, and, perhaps most of all, to point out to you what you must do to get there; then to plead with you in all the passion of my soul that you put your feet by faith in the way of the cross that leads to God and to heaven. My outline is simple, brief, and, I hope, to the point. I know there is a heaven. I know what kind of place it is. I know I am going there.    MORE
....There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men's hands cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands.-He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God's enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. MORE
....As Ahab goes walking through the rows of vines, he begins to plan how he will have that vineyard arranged by his royal gardener, how flowers will be here and vegetables yonder and herbs there. As he converses with himself, suddenly a shadow falls across his path. Quick as a flash Ahab whirls on his heels, and there, before him, stands Elijah, prophet of the living God. ..."And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?" and Elijah, without a tremor in his voice, his eyes burning their way into Ahab's guilty soul, answered: "I have found thee: because thou has sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord." Then, with every word a thunderbolt, and every sentence a withering denunciation, Elijah continued...     MORE
...If the issues of life are determined by fate or chance, there are no foundations. In the one case we become the effortless children of apathy upon whom no responsibility devolves, our only consolation being the Oriental proverb, “Kismet.” In the other case we become the devotees of ephemeral pleasure with no higher watchword than, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Hence my theme today: The Providence of God is the Christian’s foundation. Under these - Fate, Chance and Divine Providence may be grouped all the theories and philosophies of life. There is no room for another classification.   MORE
...ministers in all ages have found it necessary, frequently to remind their people of the terrors of the Lord, as so many powerful dissuasives from sin. But whence is it that men are so disingenuous? The reason seems to be this: The promise of eternal happiness is so agreeable to the inclinations and wishes of mankind, that all who call themselves Christians, universally and willingly subscribe to the belief of it: but then there is something so shocking in the consideration of eternal torments, and seemingly such an infinite disproportion between an endless duration of pain, and short life spent in pleasure, that men can scarcely be brought to confess it as an article of their faith, that an eternity of misery awaits the wicked in a future state.  MORE
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