Prison Fellowship Gets New Leader, Entertainment Great James Ackerman

In an interview with The Christian Post, Ackerman said God aligned everything just right for him to take over the reigns of the organization that he has volunteered with for over a decade

“Shortly after meeting Prison Fellowship’s Dick Paulsen at the retreat, Ackerman began making time to go to prisons to use his business and leadership experiences to teach inmates how to write resumes, how to conduct themselves in job interviews and how to budget their time and money. Ackerman also got the opportunity to be mentored... Continue Reading

Why We Are Fighting in California

What are we actually fighting to preserve, and why is it worth preserving?

“I serve as president of Biola University, one of the faith-based institutions in California whose religious freedom is threatened by SB 1146. Biola has joined nearly 30 other California institutions in opposing the bill, and we’ve put together videos and a website to help explain the nature of the threat.”   A proposed California bill... Continue Reading

3 Questions To Ask Before Considering Long-Term Missions

To learn the language, you must learn the culture

“It would be a fascinating to know how many career missionaries go back to the first place they went on a short-term trip. Some point to this frequent phenomenon and doubt those missionaries’ call. While I did not go to the first place I visited on a mission trip, the Lord did indeed call my... Continue Reading

Evangelical Exodus: The Protestant Seminary That Produced Dozens Of Catholic Converts

A new book tells the story of how numerous faculty members and students of a North Carolina Evangelical seminary found their way to the Catholic Church.

I’d say the fact of authoritative Church councils weighed heavily on me. They essentially were the answer to the above issues of canon and orthodoxy, and they also pointed to what the historic Church was—if the Catholic Church was behind the councils that determined the biblical canon and its orthodox interpretation, was it God-guided or... Continue Reading

Spin Of The Year

Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year.

“A school that has taken on racism, sexism, heterosexism, and multiple interlocking oppressions is now called to rethink its delivery of theological education in a new and changing world,” said the Very Rev. Gary Hall ’76, chairman of the board, in introducing the resolution. “Ending unsustainable spending is a matter of social justice.” Translation: “Having... Continue Reading

15 Productivity Tips for Pastors

The work of ministry is never done: always more to do, more people to meet with, more sermons to write, more emails to answer, more outreach opportunities.

Don’t Go Alone. Lead like Jesus. Jesus walked with his disciples everywhere. Every ministry opportunity was also a teaching opportunity. Don’t go places alone. Disciple people as you work together. Always be inviting others to come with you when you have errands, hospital visits, leadership conferences, go out for lunch, or whatever. You will accomplish... Continue Reading

Child Evangelism Fellowship Wins Major Victory in Cleveland

Child Evangelism Fellowship has won a three-year lawsuit against the Cleveland Metropolitan School District

In 2013, Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of CEF, seeking equal access to CMSD’s public school facilities for CEF’s after-school, Christian character education Good News Clubs. CMSD was providing free after-school access to non-religious community groups, such as the Boy Scouts, but refused to treat CEF equally. Instead, CMSD imposed facility fees... Continue Reading

New Law Will Cripple the Church in Russia

A leader of a Christian outreach in Russia warns that because of a new restrictive law the open door to ministering the gospel there may soon be closing.

Religious activity is no longer permitted in private homes. Most of Russia’s 7,000 churches meet in homes. Every citizen is obligated to report religious activity (of neighbors) to the authorities. Failure to inform is punishable by law. One may pray, read the Bible at home but not in the presence of a non-believing person. You... Continue Reading

Bucking the Trend, Erskine Seminary Takes Steps to Split from College

While financial woes prompt many seminaries to consolidate, Erskine’s are causing it to step away

“The move is symbolic, since for now the two entities share one pool of money. But it’s an important message to the college, especially after its clashes in recent years with the denomination.”   At a time when many seminaries are merging with other seminaries or related colleges for financial reasons, Erskine Seminary in South... Continue Reading

Christian Colleges, Religious Liberty, and SB 1146 in California

SB 1146 prohibits private/religious colleges and universities in California from “discriminating” against LGBT students, faculty, or staff members, even if LGBT lifestyles run contrary to that institution’s religious beliefs.

Assuming that SB 1146 passes and is signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, California’s religious colleges and universities will be put to the test. They will have to decide whether to refuse to comply and litigate the issue, forgo benefits from significant state funding, acquiesce and modify their non-discrimination policies, close down, or move... Continue Reading