Legalists are tricky creatures. They slither in the side doors of churches, sign up to lead Bible studies and fill the minds of once joyous believers with rules and requirements of what it "really means" to become a Christian.
A Christian student club, which installed a portrait of Jesus at a southern Ohio school more than six and a half decades ago, decided to move the painting to another school after two secular groups filed a lawsuit claiming it violates the Constitution.
The Arizona Legislature is considering two bills that would expand tax exemptions for churches and religious organizations. The measures, being backed by a Christian group, have passed the state House, and are now under consideration by the state Senate.
By using Jesus as their foil, SNL played off the one characteristic most people associate with Jesus, His forgiveness. The skit "works" because Jesus is portrayed, in satiric fashion, in a way that is inconsistent with His character.
Actor Billy Zane, known for his villainous role in Hollywood blockbuster "Titanic," has taken on the biblical character of Barabbas, the murderer and robber who the New Testament says was freed from prison while Jesus Christ was sentenced to death.
Gone also are the days when the main argument about Jesus was whether He really was (and is) the Son of God, or just a great moral teacher. But today, the arguments focus more on the reliability of the gospels themselves.
Evangelist Luis Palau, who knows and has prayed together with Pope Francis on several occasions, called the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics a friend of evangelicals who is respectful of all sides of Christianity.
Your parents played a huge role in what you believe today, and what you choose not to believe. Their presence, or their absence, along with their teaching and their training, have all worked to shape you into who you are today. That's not to say those are the only factors, but they certainly play a major role in whether or not you have been connected to God through faith.
Where will you turn in a time of crisis? When tragedy hits? When disaster strikes? Will it be your favorite magazine? The morning newspaper? The evening news? You will need something to give you strength and direction in your time of need—and you cannot find a better resource than the Word of God.