A school in Kansas recently cancelled their Operation Christmas Child shoebox campaign because of complaint filed by The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group which advocates for atheists, agnostics, and non-theists.
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Several Christian artists have decided that the challenges of 2020 make it the ideal year for releasing new Christmas songs that remind us we have a hope that is everlasting.
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If the institution has the moral courage to give an authentic apology, then this S.C.O.R.E. card might provide a helpful test. It is in no way comprehensive.
In recent months, I have run across several people in dysfunctional churches and unhealthy organizations. The issue continues to grow and, although such organizations can actually do good, the harm they cause to many others is immeasurable.
"I thought a mom who used drugs when she was pregnant must not love her child," says Christina Dent, "[but then] I saw this mother who loved her son just as much as I loved my three sons, this fierce love, this desperate desire to do the right thing."
Both Matt and Laurie Krieg are primarily attracted to women. Yet God has used their "impossible marriage" to display the power and beauty of his love for us.
"No matter who is in the White House," says Kathy Branzell, "no matter the health concern, no matter what’s going on in the world, we can pray, ‘Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'"
"We need to root out toxicity by being Christ-like," says Scot McKnight, "by listening and by responding in a way that takes into consideration who that person is and what their story is."
It's hard to pastor Christians in the age of outrage. In a time of bitter arguments and divisiveness, Ed Stetzer offers leaders a thoughtful way to approach the hot-button issues of the day.
"Somebody who is a very good negotiator can tell you exactly what they do when they negotiate," says Steve Cunningham. "Similarly, if we are living out [Jesus’] commands, we can tell you exactly how to do it."
"It’s not just the megachurch pastors," says Chuck DeGroat. "There are small church pastors who lead with this grandiosity, these narcissistic characteristics."