Millennials are asked why they’re leaving church and their answers are challenging

Millennials are asked why they’re leaving church and their answers are challenging

Unsplash Nearly one year ago, Sam Eaton, a millennial from Minneapolis, wrote a blog post detailing “12 reasons millennials are over church.” Since then, he has received thousands of hateful and angry comments. But what he wants Christians to know is that that was his love letter to the American church. “I got a lot of hate for this,” said Eaton, an elementary school music teacher and founder of a suicide prevention ministry called Recklessly Alive. “I love the church like Christ loved the church. I want to see it prospering and I look around and I see my generation has left.” Eaton was joined this week by two other millennials to discuss his controversial blog post on “The Table” podcast, hosted by Dr. Darrell Bock, executive director for Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary. Bock invited them to try...Read more
First Baptist pastor Eddie Hilburn resigns after prostitution arrest

First Baptist pastor Eddie Hilburn resigns after prostitution arrest

Eddie Hilburn, 52, with his wife.(Photo: Twitter) Eddie Hilburn, a married associate pastor and father of three at The Woodlands First Baptist Church in Texas, resigned from his position Friday, a day after he was arrested by a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy who he allegedly paid for ***. Early Friday morning, The Woodlands First Baptist Church still highlighted a profile of Hilburn, 52, and his family on their website stating that he had been with the church since July 2012. By Friday afternoon, however, his information was scrubbed from the website and the church released a statement that he had resigned. “In regard to the recent arrest of Dr. Eddie Hilburn, The Woodlands First Baptist Church has received and accepted his resignation and has taken steps to notify the congregation. This is a difficult time for Eddie, his family and our church. We continue to seek...Read more
Crab gets turned on its back and reveals the face of Jesus

Crab gets turned on its back and reveals the face of Jesus

(Unsplash/AdamWyman) It was a crab like no other for one Washington state park ranger when she caught something she wasn’t expecting during a normal crabbing expedition. Regis Swanson revealed to KIRO-TV how she nearly did a double take when she flipped over an ordinary crab only to find something extraordinary on its underside – the face of Jesus! And it was an eleventh hour discovery for Regis and her friends as she told the station they hadn’t found much of a catch in their pots before then. “We dropped several crab pots but didn’t have any keepers until this pot was pulled up,” Regis Swanson told KIRO-TV. “The crab was crawling up the cage and flipped over showing her belly when I noticed the Jesus face!” The humor of the discovery wasn’t lost on Regis who tweeted to her friends later: ‘Went crabbing. Found @jesus’...Read more
Actress to play Princess Jasmine in Disney’s new live-action Aladdin is a committed Christian

Actress to play Princess Jasmine in Disney’s new live-action Aladdin is a committed Christian

Disney’s choice for Princess Jasmine, Naomi Scott, is a Christian(Photo: Reuters) Now there’s another Christian in Hollywood for believers to get excited about after the casting of Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s next live action movie. The 24-year-old pastors’ daughter is on the rise after appearing as the Pink Ranger in the 2017 Power Rangers movie. Now she’s set to soar after landing the part of Princess Jasmine, known to generations of children as the girl who won the heart of Aladdin in the 1992 Disney animated movie. According to her Wikipedia page, her parents are both pastors at the Bridge Church, Woodford, in Redbridge, England, where she also once served as a worship leader. Dad, Chris Scott, is described on the church’s leadership page as a fully accredited minister with Assemblies of God, while mom Usha ‘has been...Read more
Dunkirk review: a magnificent light in our darkest hour

Dunkirk review: a magnificent light in our darkest hour

The evacuation of the British Army at Dunkirk is part of a period in World War Two history that Winston Churchill called ‘the darkest hour’. France had fallen, the US army were still far away, and the British Empire stood alone and in retreat against the rising forces of Nazi Germany and its allies. It’s hard to imagine a more bleak or desperate prospect than an army of 400,000 men trapped on a beach, as brutal enemies closed in. And thanks to Christopher Nolan, we no longer need to imagine. Nolan’s Dunkirk absolutely translates the oppressive, relentless horror of that ‘darkest hour’ to the big screen. Plunged into the heart of the action from three overlapping vantage points, we follow the lives of the men who fought, fought for life, and fought for others in the famous evacuation. In three different narratives, and across three different...Read more
Lean in to your shadow side: ten new Christian phrases you need to know

Lean in to your shadow side: ten new Christian phrases you need to know

‘Lean into your shadow side’Tyson Dudley/Unsplash Every subculture has its own special vocabulary. Whether you’re a sci-fi geek or a football fan, a sailor or a social justice campaigner, your specific area of interest will have its own lexicon of words which don’t make much sense to the uninitiated. No-one however, quite does this to the degree of awesomeness demonstrated by the evangelical wing of the Christian church, which not only has its own set of extraordinary jargon, but regularly adds to it. So while you might have mastered some of the familiar basics of what we call ‘Christianese’, the language is constantly evolving to keep you on your toes. You might be aware of what it means to ‘move into a time of worship’, or even why it’s important to have a ‘hedge of protection’, but do you know about the centrality of...Read more
Is the sidelining of religion a root cause of our mental health crisis?

Is the sidelining of religion a root cause of our mental health crisis?

Jeremy Perkins/Unsplash Religious magazines and newspapers are a way to reach people suffering with mental health problems and give them a message of hope. There is often stigma surrounding this topic that causes additional and needless pain to both the sufferer and those around them. This can go on for years and through generations. I see a nationwide mental health problem that is getting neither the understanding nor the help it deserves. It is no exaggeration to claim that Britain is in the grip of a mental health crisis. Millions admit to having suffered, or are currently suffering, with anxiety and despair which medical statistics can confirm in grim detail. In a Unicef report commissioned by the Department for Education, a culture of ‘compulsive consumerism’ was cited as a major contributing factor to the onset of mental illness and breakdown of the family structure....Read more
Steve Chalke – I beg you to reconsider and side with what the Creator said about gay ***

Steve Chalke – I beg you to reconsider and side with what the Creator said about gay ***

One of the less graphic images excavated from ancient Pompeii.Wikimedia Commons In recent news, Steve Chalke, who would describe himself as evangelical but who has shifted on many different issues, has released material claiming that ancient Roman scenes of gay debaucherous *** depicted in excavations from ancient Pompei should be reason to revise our view of Romans 1. These arguments from the revisionist camp, however, simply make no sense of the research. Biblical scholar E P Sanders clearly dismisses the notion that homosexual loving and romantic relationships didn’t exist, and appeals to the fact there were often Roman equivalents to same-*** unions accepted in various eras of Roman life. Similarly many gay relationships were known, accepted and even celebrated among the nobility and in the lives of Emperors. Throughout the ancient world it is a gross simplification of...Read more
What does ‘home’ mean to you? Are you like the Son of Man, with nowhere to lay your head?

What does ‘home’ mean to you? Are you like the Son of Man, with nowhere to lay your head?

Jo Swinney with her book Home in the Christian Today office.Ruth Gledhill What does home mean to you? Author Jo Swinney has just published a book all about this. Married to an American gangster-turned-vicar, Shawn Swinney, they now live in the ultimate English suburb, Surbiton, and have two young daughters. Jo came in to Christian Today to talk with editor Ruth Gledhill about the quest to belong. She spoke about how her daugher Alexa, aged 10, recently became suddenly ill with asthma and was hospitalised. Had Jo waited another hour before taking her to the doctor, she might not have made it. Returning from hospital after that made her appreciate yet again the importance of home. She described how she moved many times as a child with her family, including three times before she was five, lived in Portugal and was then sent also to boarding school. She said it is very rare now to meet...Read more
Old pencil factory to become evangelical Christian convention centre in Keswick

Old pencil factory to become evangelical Christian convention centre in Keswick

Keswick, with the old Pencil Factory in the foreground.Keswick Convention The former buildings of a historic pencil factory at Keswick in the Lake District will become the next home of one of the oldest evangelical gatherings in the world, the Keswick Convention, which has been held since 1875. Evangelical Focus reported that more than 3,500 people are attending the first week of this year’s event, under the title ‘Captivated by God’s Word’. The theologian DA Carson is the main speaker in a line up of events that includes concerts, seminars and special programmes for children, teenagers and adults. The refurbishment of the iconic Derwent pencil factory is a project that will serve ‘the next generation – a project about people,’ said the director of Keswick Ministries, James Robson, at a press conference this week. The aim is to...Read more

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