Category: Religion

Maryland: First Mass, 1634. (Photograph by Granger)

Maryland

Maryland was one of four of the original 13 English colonies that was specifically chartered for religious freedom, as a refuge from religious persecution. Maryland was the primary entry point for Catholics in the English colonies. Lord Baltimore George Calvert was secretary of state for King James I and converted to Catholicism in 1625. He resigned upon succession by the […]

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Christianity Isn’t Just Another ‘Lifestyle Choice’

Christianity Isn’t Just Another ‘Lifestyle Choice’

As many believers can attest, Christianity is the ideal program for life. Its moral code empowers the individual and brings order to a society. Its liturgy allows for people of different backgrounds to come together as a real community. Its message of divine charity humbles the proud, lifts the poor, and heals all wounds, while its message of hope enables […]

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The Decline of Christianity In the US by Generation, Christian, Unaffiliated, and Other Faiths

Decline of Christianity in the United States

Americans are rapidly self-identifying themselves as religiously unaffiliated, and especially less frequently as Christians, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center. The Pew Research Center compiled the report about Americans’ religious practices using data collected through random-digit-dial (RDD) political polling conducted in 2018 and 2019. “The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a […]

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What is the National Association of Evangelicals?

What is the National Association of Evangelicals?

 NAE: What is an Evangelical? Founded: 1942 Type: Evangelical organization Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States Area served: USA Membership: 40 Christian denominations, 45,000 churches Website: nae.net The word evangelical comes from the Greek word euaggelion, which means “gospel” or “good news.” An evangelical is someone who believes the good news that Christ died for our sins and rose again […]

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What is the Church?

What is the Church?

Church is the body of Christ, of which Christ is the head Many people today understand the church as a building. This is not a biblical understanding of the church. The word “church” is a translation of the Greek word ekklesia, which is defined as “an assembly” or “called-out ones.” The root meaning of church is not that of a […]

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Pastor Tony Evans, center, speaks during the Kingdom Legacy Live event on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Dallas. Evans’ children stand behind him. (Image RNS by Adelle M. Banks)

Tony Evans Study Bible and Commentary

The Tony Evans Study Bible includes extensive study notes and other ancillary resources carefully crafted and curated by Dr. Tony Evans as General Editor and adapted from his sermons, teachings, and writings. The companion Commentary includes an introduction to each Bible book followed by passage-by-passage exposition of the entire Bible by Dr. Tony Evans.  Celebrating 50 years of historic […]

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Real Christianity: STOP Living the Safe Christian Life

Real Christianity: STOP Living the Safe Christian Life

Real Christianity – STOP Living the Safe Christian Life by Troy Black Have you ever attempted to protect God from embarrassment? I know I have. I believe many Christians (myself included at times) have grown comfortable with justifying our unbelief. Well, I don’t want to live that way any longer. I believe God is saying it’s time to throw off […]

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Why Is the Bible Different from Other Religious Books?

Why Is the Bible Different from Other Religious Books?

The Christian Bible is a history book and many other history books exist. The Bible comments on a belief system which promises the practitioner peace and a better life. From Confucius to Mohammed, Tony Robbins to L. Ron Hubbard, myriads of books set forth similar claims. So what sets the Bible apart from this mountain of literature? Can I be […]

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Native Americans: The First Inhabitants of the Americas

The Native Americans are the first inhabitants of the Americas. They view nature as Mother Earth. To them the spirit world is embodied in every part of the natural world, whether animal, vegetable, or mineral. They became our first environmentalists and horticulturists. Native Americans first survived as big-game hunters and as fishermen. The Indians were excellent fishermen and invented the […]

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What Does the Bible Say about Angels?

What Does the Bible Say about Angels?

Angels appear in the Bible from the beginning to the end, from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation. The Bible is our best source of knowledge about angels – for example, Psalm 91:11, Matthew 18:10 and Acts 12:15 indicate humans have guardian angels. Angels are God’s messengers, invisible except when they assume a shape to appear before […]

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