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What Did Jesus Think of God's Word?

Racist Incidents Skyrocket After Brexit Vote

The referendum result has stoked dangerous nationalistic fervor across Britain.<p>The fallout following the British vote to leave the European Union has triggered an uptick in racist incidents.<p>An aversion to immigration has been at the forefront for the "leave" camp, emboldening xenophobes to …

United Kingdom

Rock stars before they were famous

From Mick Jagger and Kurt Cobain to Madonna and Lady Gaga, we’ve unearthed photos of some of world’s biggest pop stars before they became famous. See if you can guess who they are before reading the captions below each picture. Leave a comment below or join the conversation on Twitter: @MusicSF

Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Getaway debuts at No. 1 worldwide

Red Hot Chili Pepper’s <i>The Getaway</i> has been critically hailed as one of their best works in years, and listeners seem to agree. Though the album …

ECB conference kicks off in the shadow of Brexit

The heads of the European Central Bank have come together for a strategy meeting in Sintra, Portugal. There can be no doubt that the gathering will …

UBS CEO says too early to speculate on end result of Brexit | Reuters

BERN (Reuters) - UBS (UBSG.S) Chief Executive Sergio Ermotti said on Tuesday it is too early to say what a British exit from the European Union will look like.<p>The building housing the headquarters of Swiss bank UBS is seen in San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 31, 2015. REUTERS/Alvin Baez/File Photo<p>“We …

European Union

Halfway Around The World, Brexit Hits Japan's Already Soft Economy

In Japan, the world's third largest economy, the Brexit means more bad news for a country already struggling with its finances.<p>Following the British vote to leave the European Union, the Japanese stock market on Friday saw the largest single day drop since the year 2000 (though it did rebound a bit …

Japan

Brexit Has Delayed Britain’s Plans to Sell Shares in These 2 Banks

Britain’s government has scrapped plans to sell stakes in Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group this year in the wake of the Brexit vote, …

Labour coup: Up to 150 MPs to vote no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn

As many as 150 MPs will vote to oust Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday, as the Labour leader threatened to recruit 100,000 hard-Left supporters to cling onto power.<p>In a dramatic day in Westminster, Mr Corbyn was hit by dozens of resignations over his leadership as the total of frontbenchers to leave rose to …

United Kingdom

David Cameron heads to Brussels for summit over Brexit vote

Battle lines drawn in Westminster as 1922 Committee fast-tracks process to replace PM and Theresa May emerges as ‘stop Boris’ candidate<p>David Cameron will travel to Brussels on Tuesday to explain to Europe’s stunned leaders why Britain has voted for Brexit, as Conservative MPs pushed to speed up the …

United Kingdom

How Jesus Became A Superhero

Jesus and the Roman Empire have plenty of things in common. Without the Roman Empire there would have been neither Jesus nor Christianity. Both Jesus and the Roman Empire arrived at about the same time. The impoverished Jewish boy, Jesus, grew up in an Israel that was an obscure province of the …

Read the Bible to Your Anxiety

I created three labs teaching through Matthew 6:24–34 on anxiety. My objectives were both to understand how Jesus helps us overcome anxiety, but also …

Bible

The Power of Talking to God

<b>"Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing." -- Dr. Wayne Dyer</b><p>Have you ever heard the phrase "prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening"? I believe there is a certain power and magic that occurs when we talk or listen to "God."<p>Whether you hold religious beliefs or you are more …

When God Is Silent

<b>READ:</b> <i>Men listened to me and waited, and kept silence for my counsel. Job 29:21</i><p><b>REFLECT:</b> Sometimes, I get frustrated with those seemingly endless …

The Healing Power of the Psalms

I couldn’t quite remember if it happened or not, if I heard the Psalm or not. I was in the hospital, in the I.C.U. step-down room, and I thought–if …

Why Chance The Rapper's Black Christian Joy Matters

As justice for black lives appears nonexistent, the Chicago artist's exuberant faith has never been more liberating — or necessary.<p>Last July, Chance the Rapper headlined Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. It was a coronation of sorts, the hometown hero making good. In three short years, Chance …

Music

Why Trust the Bible?

A skeptic might point out that the proof regarding the authority of the Bible that we discussed in the previous post depends upon the Bible to prove …

Theology

Why Are Millions of Muslims Becoming Christian?

My oldest female friend (I’ll call her “Natali”) has lived in the Muslim world for 25 years. Her Arabic is fluent and her network of relationships …

Now you can visit where Jesus was baptised for the first time in 50 years

A church near where Jesus was said to be baptised in the River Jordan is ready to welcome visitors again for the first time in half a century. And despite the lengthy abandonment, the Romanian Orthodox church has retained much of its historic beauty.<p>The reason no one has visited the holy site also …

Pastor Settles Nonexistent Debate With Church Sign Telling Christians “Allah Is Not Our God.”

May 16, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>I have no problem (obviously) with people who criticize religion. But when that criticism comes from people guilty of <i>the</i> …

Sacred site where Jesus Christ was baptised in the West Bank to be cleared of 3,800 mines in a landmark move that will re-establish access for pilgrims

• <b>The area around Qaser al-Yahud was booby trapped and covered in mines</b>• <b><br>It was a boundary between Israel and Jordan during the 1967 Six-Day War</b>• <b><br>Since the</b> …

Jesus

Israel, Palestinians Allow Mine Clearance at Site of the Baptism of Jesus

The HALO Trust, a British organization that clears minefields, will remove mines from the 136-acre Qaser al-Yahud site in the West Bank where Jesus …

‘Wake Up Christians. Allah Is Not Our God…’: Church Billboard With Controversial Message About Jesus, Muhammad and the Koran Sparks Outrage

A church billboard with a pointed message about Jesus, Muhammad and the Koran is igniting controversy in Hood River, Oregon, with some locals — and even the mayor — accusing the house of worship that posted it of “bigotry.”<p>“Wake up Christians. Allah is not our God. Muhammad not greater than Jesus,” …

Religion

When Jesus Gave a Woman the Desire of Her Heart

Bible Verses for the New Year

Be Hopeful<p>“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a …

Faith

When Facing Uncertainty… God Has a Plan for Your Life

If you have ever moved, you have faced uncertainty. You know the hassle of boxing up all of your belongings and carting them to the new place. But …

Proof God Cares About the Big and Small Stuff

<i>Today’s guest blogger is a longtime</i> Guideposts <i>contributor and one of my favorite people to work with–Roberta Messner!</i><p><i>She recently experienced a very</i> …

Be Anxious for...Nothing

<i>And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.</i> (Philippians 4:7, NASB)<p>This morning …