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The revelation of Christ, and the grace of God through him, is without compare the best news, and the joyfullest tidings, that poor sinners can hear. It is such a message as no good news can come before it, nor no ill news follow. - William Gurnall (1616-79)
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Why a Journalist's Disappearance Is Globally Significant

Jamal Khashoggi, a famous journalist and critic of Saudi Arabia's leadership, walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain some documents. He has not been seen since. Saudi Arabia matters to the West for several reasons.

Gospel Preachers Should Expect to Be 'Lonely,' 'Deserted,' Says Evangelical Leader

A prominent evangelical leader has warned that preachers of the Gospel should expect to be "lonely" and even "deserted" by ministry partners.

VGF Church Founder John Schouten Resigns Over 'Illegal' Sexual Sin Before Conversion

Pastor John Schouten, founder of VGF Church, the largest church in Licking County, Ohio, has parted ways with his church after he was confronted with what was described as a "wrong, evil, and illegal" sexual sin he committed more than 30 years ago before he became a Christian.

6 Key 2018 Midterm Senate Races to Watch

With the 2018 midterms three weeks away, some on the left are hoping for a "blue wave" to regain control of Congress while others are hoping that conservatives will turn up to ensure that both chambers of Congress stay under Republican control with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

'Behold the Earth' Makes Case for Creation Care'; Explores Christians' Views on God's Creation, Science

"Behold the Earth" is a documentary that explores Americans' estrangement to the outdoors and encourages churches to be better stewards of the environment.

Would Evangelicals Vote for a Practicing Pimp?

On Tuesday, the man known as America's most famous pimp, Dennis Hof, died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 72. So, the late Mr. Hof was not only a practicing pimp but a proud one at that. Some evangelical Christians were backing his run for a seat in the local Assembly.

Weekly Briefing: Evangelicals Don't Agree on Exclusivity, Eugene Peterson, Dove Awards

We've compiled the top stories of the week. Here's what you need to know:

NFL Player Brandin Cooks Declares 'Jesus Is the Light of the World' in Twitter Post

NFL player Brandin Cooks has been sharing his Christian faith on social media in recent weeks as the Rams remain undefeated this season.

What Does the Bible Say About Getting Tattoos?

Among the contested issues within churches today is what the Bible says and means as it pertains to tattoos, a topic that proves challenging given that they have become normalized in culture.

Key FBI Witness Now Says Former Rep. Steve Stockman Is Innocent

One thing President Trump has done is to expose ardent leftists working for our government who believe anything goes to fulfill a leftist utopia. Some call them the "Deep State," others call them the "resistance." Their radical agenda is to destroy anyone they view as standing in their way.

The Prophecies of Christopher Columbus and His Faith-Filled Journey

Some deride Columbus as the instigator of a genocide. He was admittedly flawed, but also a faith-filled believer with a strong calling to advance the Gospel in unknown lands. His intriguing prophecies reflect some of the thinking of his era.

Sincere Line of Questioning

In the confrontational world that is known as social media, perhaps taking time to pose sincere, kind questions might help us understand more than our own opinion.

How Should Christians Interact With American Culture? Courage, Cowardice, or Complacency

One of the greatest challenges that American Christians are currently facing concerns the question of how should they interact with present-day American culture. Many Christians are aware that there is a cultural shift occurring. Though American culture has never been fully "Christian" per se, today the culture is becoming increasingly anti-Christian.

XXXchurch's Craig Gross Counsels Christians Who Keep Failing to Quit Porn

Pastor Craig Gross of XXXchurch has offered advice to people who say they keep trying harder but failing to quit pornography.

Christian Witch Claims Christ Followers Can Practice Witchcraft, Despite Biblical Warnings

Despite biblical warnings against the practice of witchcraft, the Rev. Valerie Love who describes herself as a practicing Christian witch and an ordained minister of spiritual consciousness, is insisting that there is nothing wrong with Christians being witches and has recently launched a school to help Christians tap into magic.

Christians Need to Have a 'Theology For Sadness,' Says Gospel Coalition Pastor

Christians shouldn't neglect having a "theology for sadness," said Ohio-based Pastor Alistair Begg at The Gospel Coalition's West Coast Conference.

Returning to Thank the Healer

After months of enduring this can't-catch-my-breath agony, I finally admitted that I had a serious issue with anxiety. I looked fine. I wanted to be fine. But I wasn't. Not by a long shot.

JD Greear, Interfaith Leaders Urge Trump Admin. to Call Myanmar Atrocities 'Genocide'

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has joined dozens of other faith leaders in calling on the U.S. State Department to declare the Myanmar military's atrocities against minorities in three states "genocide."

The Death of Free Speech in America

The unholy alliance between radical Islamists and radical leftists has resulted in a modern-day America our founders would not recognize. America, despite being known for its protection of free speech, is now a country where speaking the truth will leave you labeled a bigot or the new attack word, Islamophobic.

The Problem With Feel-Good Church

I remember feeling something I had never expected to feel at a church; welcomed. As quickly as I had stepped into an environment that felt accepting and welcoming, the tides began to change. A pastor was preaching things out of the Bible that opposed the way I was currently living my life. He said things I didn't like. He said things that made me get defensive.

Lectionary Calendar
Friday, October 19th, 2018
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
Today in Christian History
Birth of Bill Bright, American youth evangelist. Bill and his wife Vonette founded Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951, incorporating this evangelical Christian student organization in California in 1953.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Isaiah 5-6; Psalm 109:20-31; Revelation 19:
I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.“Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.What…
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