Messiah unveiled down under

DONCASTER, UK (ANS – March 6, 2017) -- An Israeli backpacker had to travel to the other side of the world before finding the Jewish Messiah no-one had told him about at home. OmriJaakobovich HITFoundersmallerBorn and raised in a secular kibbutz (and knowing almost nothing about Jesus), Omri Jaakobovich was taken aback when the Dutch-born host of his hostel in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, kept referring to him as one of God’s “chosen people.”

Isreal -- Butt of a sick Joke (Writer's Opinion)

DONCASTER, UK (ANS - March 7, 2017) -- There is a tired old joke among journalists about never letting the facts get in the way of a good story. But it is meant to be a joke, not reality. However, it would seem that media, educational and political circles are now taking it seriously, effectively adopting this line as their modus operandi. As a result, many of our great institutions have become a sick joke -- I am thinking particularly of the United Nations -- and the British Parliament, f

CNN's Finding Jesus Series: What do you Believe?

MOUNT HERMON, CA (ANS - March 4, 2017) - What's your take on New Testament stories about Jesus' life and death and their aftermath? Did the events described really happen, or are they merely inspirational fables about a great man? For many years, I was skeptical. CNN's second season of Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgeryappears to be designed with questioners like me in mind. Episode One (March 5) notes archaeological confirmation of a famous biblical character. A stone discovered in 1961

Why Lent Is for All Christians

A common misconception about the Christian season of Lent is that it's only for the other Christians: the Catholic Christians, the super-spiritual Christians, the Orthodox Christians, or the millennial Christians who've decided they love liturgy and incense. But Lent isn't just for a select few Christians. Indeed, all Christians are invited to participate in this spiritually formative season - not to earn their salvation, but to internalize what it means to be saved. We need a spiritual sprin

Does the Church need to be Relevant or does it need to be True?

This isn't an article about modern vs. traditional church music. It isn't about steeples or Sunday School. It isn't about vain repetition or the need to bring back hats in church. It isn't about any of the silly stuff that should have left a long time ago. It's an article about why Christianity needs to be set apart if we are going to survive. I'm a direct product of 40 years of bringing the traditional church into contemporary society. I remember the first time a guy with shoulder length hai

4 Ways to Help Teens Keep Their Faith After They Graduate

We've all read the scary statistics of teenagers who evacuate their Christian faith after they graduate from high school. I've read statistics as high as 85% and some as low as 50%. But regardless of the actual number all of us can agree that any is too many! We want as many of our teenagers' faith as possible to, not just survive, but to thrive long after they leave high school!

I Found Hope in Thailand's Red-Light District

This week, thousands of high school and college students, pastors, and even Hollywood actors, country music stars, congress members, and NFL and NBA athletes posted selfies with red "X"s on the back of their hands on social media.


2 Ways to Improve Your Marriage

I pictured a handsome man sweeping in to pick me up and make me whole. I guess I have Disney to blame for that - LOL! Obviously, that fairy tale was exactly that - a fairy tale. Marriage can be difficult, and there are times when I have struggled to even like my spouse.

The Refugee Crisis: Thru the Eyes of the Children (Ans book review)

VISTA, CA (ANS - March 4, 2017) -- The worldwide refugee crisis is a complex issue with no easy answers. It is hard to imagine what it feels like for a child to arrive on a foreign shore hungry, wet, exhausted... Or what it is like for the parents taking such a risk in hopes of giving their children a brighter future. Robert and Robin Jones' book, The Refugee Crisis: Thru the Eyes of the Children, gives us a glimpse of what this looks like -- particularly through the eyes of innocent children