September 18, 2019

The death of Jarrid Wilson, a pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, makes clear once again that Christians are not immune to mental health difficulties; and clergypersons and their spouses are significantly more susceptible to depression and anxiety that the normal population. Read more

August 28, 2019

The short answer is nothing definitive is said about tattoos in the Bible. Scripture makes no specific reference to tattoos as we understand them in modern times. Read more

August 28, 2019

Christians have been reading and reciting the Bible for as long as it has existed. The teachings found within its pages form the bedrock of Christianity. That said, certain beliefs have wormed their way into Christianity that are not found in the Bible despite the fact that many Christians believe they are upheld by the Good Book. Here are seven common Christian beliefs that are not in the Bible. Satan Was Once Lucifer The fall of Satan from heaven has… Read more

August 28, 2019

Is it OK for us believers to drink socially, or is it a sin? Read more

August 23, 2019

After 30 years of Harvest Crusades in Southern California, there are a few things I look back on and smile. Read more

August 15, 2019

The horror of the mass shooting in El Paso is a particularly vivid illustration of what happens when salvation by works is attempted—it fails. Salvation by works doesn’t work, no matter who tries it, and can prove especially dangerous in the hands of the troubled and misinformed. Read more

August 6, 2019

I would contend that we as a Church have an ill view of the Father’s heart regarding righteousness and justice. I would contend that we have allowed our Gospel narrative to be seasoned with a peppering of nationalism, coated with a glaze of party politics, simmered in the humanized liberal agenda. I would contend that we are not being true to the Gospel when we forsake justice and forget righteousness. The Church must correct its course. The Church must cleave… Read more

July 11, 2019

About ten years ago, an imam walked into my office at Fairfax Presbyterian Church with a Christmas present. He was the leader of the nearby Turkish mosque, a man with a big smile and a warm spirit. He and I became friends and went on to lead two clergy trips to Turkey, a country with a rich history of interfaith relations. When the rulers of Spain expelled its Jews in 1492, Turkey welcomed them. And while there have been interfaith… Read more

May 8, 2019

Dave Donaldson, co-editor of CityServe and co-founder of CityServe international is tackling an important mission. Last year, in response to the growing spiritual, mental and social needs in communities across the country, Donaldson teamed up with a group of Christian leaders to launch a powerful initiative, CityServe International. The goal is to provide faith-based solutions and community outreach initiatives to transform local communities. Through the local church, business and government, CityServe served more than one million people in 2018, along… Read more

April 24, 2019

I spent Easter weekend participating in events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School, which sits twenty miles from my home. Tension filled the air around Denver as the anniversary approached. Half a million students were kept home from school as the FBI and local law enforcement searched for a young woman who, infatuated with Columbine, flew in from Florida and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition, sparking fears of another incident. The mass murder at… Read more

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