In 1966, Anthony Wallace—a distinguished social anthropologist—stated, “Belief in supernatural powers is doomed to die out, all over the world, as a result of the increasing adequacy and diffusion of scientific knowledge.”
I dislike this opening line in one of my otherwise favorite books. In reality, dysfunctional human dynamics are far less unique and easier to acquire than happy, healthy ones.
All you need is sin and selfishness. Et voilà, a pain-riddled relationship.
One of the standard challenges many Christians face in terms of the Bible’s account is Jesus’ tomb. People may ask, “Has Christ’s tomb ever been found? What if his body is still in there? Or what if the disciples stole Jesus’ body and hid it?”
“Some Christians think peacemaking means avoiding conflict,” Gary Wilkerson points out in a devotional, “but doing that only leads to further division, strife and disorder.”
Tim Allen once said something that is indicative of the American—maybe the entire Western World—mentality toward worship.
In his sermons, David Wilkerson focused on common issues that trouble the hearts of many believers, and he pointed out a deep and disconcerting problem with prayer in more than one.
Miraculous signs and wonders can make some believers uneasy, particularly after they’ve observed televangelists like Benny Hinn whose “healing” services are more akin to an episode of TLC’s Long Island Medium than anything else.
Skepticism is easy after even one scam artist is caught making money off of people desperate for hope and healing.
Can people still be deeply caught in poverty if they live in a wealthy, Western nation?
Most would say, “Yes, of course” because we’ve all seen someone beside the road with a cardboard sign who is clearly homeless.
“At times,” she confessed, “I wanted to give up and become Hindu again.”
World Challenge partners came to Priya’s church and talked about living as a light for God in the neighborhood.