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In New Book, R. Albert Mohler Jr. Explains Why The Apostles’ Creed is Above All Other Church Statements and Confessions

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Among all the statements and confessions in the history of the church, the Apostles’ Creed stands above them all, R. Albert Mohler Jr. writes in a new book seeking to rekindle a love for the creed nearly 2,000 years after its writing.
Recited in churches of all traditions and varieties across the world — and in every commencement ceremony at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary — the Apostles’ Creed has long been considered the basic teaching of Christianity.
It is much more than a historical document but a deeply compelling and transformative link between Christians old and new, Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, writes in “The Apostles’ Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits,” released by Thomas Nelson publishers.
As the oldest creed in Chris...

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Happy Women’s History Month!: Celebrate These 8 Notable Women Who Left Their Mark in Christian History

March is Women’s History Month in the United States, a time in which Americans focus on the many contributions women have made in the past.
The observance has its federal roots in a February 1980 proclamation by President Jimmy Carter meant to celebrate “National Women’s History Week” during the week of March 8, which is International Women’s Day. It became an official annual month celebration by an act of Congress in 1987.
Through the centuries, women have made substantial and various contributions to church history, from evangelism to leadership. Indeed, there are too many to list in a single piece.
With that noted, here are eight notable women from Christian history...

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Erwin McManus: The Barbarian Way of Worshiping God

I had never been attracted to religion although there was always a longing within me to connect to God. There were moments where I could have been defined as an agnostic or an atheist, but overall I have always been a mystic. I have always believed in a spiritual reality  From my earliest memories, I was on a conscious and concerted search for God. But frankly, religion, though I was open to it in my youth, would have been the last place I would have thought you could find God. Churches and cathedrals seemed more like prisons where people were held hostage and God was held for ransom. Behind the piety of stained glass and pews were the bars and chains of guilt and shame.

Maybe that’s why few movies affected me as much as The Shawshank Redemption...

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Pastors, Stop Trying to Sell Multilevel Marketing Products to Your Church

There is a troubling Church trend I have witnessed over the last couple of years: ministers of the Gospel selling multilevel marketing products to the body of Christ. It’s a craze that appears to be gaining momentum with no signs of slowing down. The danger, if not addressed, is that it will take root in the culture of ministry and become “normal Christianity.”
A couple of months ago, I tuned into the Facebook Live of a minister I highly respect and to whom I have enjoyed listening. I have been spiritually fed by his broadcasts many times before. This time I wasn’t. Rather than spurring me on to greater things in God, he tried to convince me to purchase a multilevel product he was selling. A sadness came over me. Something felt very wrong about what I was watching...

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The ‘X’ in Xmas Actually Signifies the Name Christ

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Though the demand for “more Christ in Christmas” seems to be losing momentum, most evangelicals still believe the holiday—and its seasonal greetings—should more explicitly reference the Savior.
Overall, the number of Americans who say Christmas should be more about Jesus has dropped from 79 percent in 2014 to 65 percent in 2018, according to LifeWay Research.
“Saying Christmas should be more about Jesus is a little like saying Thanksgiving should be more about giving thanks. It’s in the name of the holiday,” said Scott McConnell, LifeWay Research’s executive director. “Yet, it appears there is less cultural expectation for celebrations of the Christmas holiday to include the religious aspect.”
American nones and those of other faiths a...

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Robert Foster on the Irresistible Connection Between the Old and New Testaments & Why Andy Stanley’s ‘Unhitching’ Robs Christianity of Power

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus finishes a long series of parables by asking his disciples, “Have you understood all this?” They reply, “Yes.” Then Jesus closes his teaching, saying, “Therefore, every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old” (13:51–52).
Like many Matthew scholars, I think that the “new” that Jesus refers to is his teachings passed on to his disciples, as with the immediately previous parable. The “old,” then, refers to the Scriptures that Jesus has on his lips throughout the gospel: the Law of Moses and the psalms of David and the words of the prophets. Not all Christians have received the old as “treasure,” however...

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Why Western Christianity Could Use Some Help from African Christian Leadership

Testimony from former papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano claiming that Pope Francis and other senior prelates knew about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual predation has inflamed divisions between USA Catholic liberals and conservatives.

Many liberals have hoped and conservatives feared that Francis is steering the church toward more accommodation of Western individualism especially on sexuality. Others would insist that Francis is not changing core Catholic doctrine but only urging a more pastoral versus dogmatic approach. Vigano recalls Francis telling him: “The Bishops in the United States must not be ideologized! They must be shepherds!”
But much of whatever Francis does is widely interpreted in the West through the prism of debates over sexuality, including his recent revisi...

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Saudi Arabia May Ease Ban On Christian Church Buildings After New Evidence Suggests Mohammed Tolerated Churches in Arabia

For a generation the Saudi antiquities authority has kept it under wraps. The ruins remain out of bounds behind metal gates and wire fencing. A guard shoos the curious away with threats of arrest. But if independent studies are correct, tucked in the dunes and palms near the eastern oilfields lies a 7th-century monastery, the existence of which suggests that Islam once tolerated church-building in Arabia.
Muhammad bin Salman, the modernising crown prince, has defied clerics by allowing cinemas, open-air pop concerts and even female drivers in his puritanical kingdom. But approving churches for the 1.4m Christians in Saudi Arabia risks breaking one taboo too many...

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Baptist Pastor in Georgia Urges Christians to Keep Talking About Hell to Loved Ones Who Reject Jesus

A Baptist pastor says Christians must continue talking to their loved ones about Hell, especially those who reject Christianity, but then to also back off and give them space.

Aaron Menikoff, an author and senior pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, wrote on The Gospel Coalition website Monday that when one wrestles “with the persistent unbelief of family and friends,” there will be times when Satan will ask, “Did God really say there is such a thing as Hell?”
“Don’t tolerate this line of thinking. The doctrine of Hell is tempting to abandon yet crucial to embrace,” he advised.
“God used the doctrine of Hell to save me. When I first heard the Gospel from a high school friend, I pushed back...

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Mark Driscoll Answers, ‘Is Sin the Reason You Are Suffering?’

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Reading a letter from a church member about an undisclosed illness, Mark Driscoll answers the question in this video, “Am I not healed because I lack faith?”

The church member writes, “I’ve had church leaders lay hands on me and pray, the Bible says to do that, and I’ve prayed and I’ve gone through counseling and still the pain remains. I’ve been told that as a result I don’t have enough faith to receive the healing….I just have not understood why I have not been healed yet.”
Driscoll understands why people ask, “Why does God allow suffering?” But he called the question and the advice the writer was given, “frustrating….You take someone who is burdened and you give them an additional burden.”
“Faith healing is false teaching,” Driscoll declare...

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