The congregation at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colo., was scheduled to hear a message on marriage given by their evangelism and apologetics ministry co-director Lee Strobel this last Sunday – that was before the tragic event in Aurora in which 12 people were killed and nearly 60 others were injured during a shooting spree inside a movie theater during a midnight showing early Friday.
An evangelist perhaps best known for carrying his 12-foot cross around the globe during the last 44 years – often to places of tragedy – didn't have to travel thousands of miles to share his love for Jesus late last week. Denver area resident Arthur Blessitt was one of the first responders to the aftermath of the carnage perpetrated by a gunman at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.
For some pastors, especially those close to scene of the tragic shooting inside a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., during the early hours of last Friday, their sermon notes for this past Sunday's services had to be rewritten. Author and evangelist Lee Strobel was scheduled to speak at Cherry Hills Community Church about marriage, but changed the theme of his message to answer the question, "Why does God allow tragedy and suffering?"
Churches in the city of Aurora and much of Colorado held special prayer services and vigils Friday night in response to a mass shooting in which 12 people were killed and 58 were wounded inside a theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie. Pastors and ministry leaders are making not only their churches available, but their spiritual counsel as well.
Colorado native David Jesse woke up Friday morning to the news of the mass shooting in an Aurora movie theater in which 12 people were killed and 58 injured and instantly felt the same way he did more than a decade ago after the Columbine tragedy. While first recalling how Christian leaders at the time pointed to the evils of society in blaming the shootings at Columbine, he says that the Church is to blame for what happened in Aurora.
A campaign led by two religious scholars asking the hotel industry to remove porn movies from its rooms has the approval of some Christian leaders. However, many admit that choosing this particular battle against pornography may only be scratching the surface.
The U.S. Department of Defense gave permission Thursday for all service members participating in San Diego's Gay Pride Parade this Saturday to march in uniform for the first time in history. Christian chaplains in the military previously said that the DoD's recent recognition of Gay Pride Month less than a year after the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) is the new "stark reality" that behavior once considered by the military as grounds for court martial is now celebrated.
Plans by anti-abortion activists to construct a replica of the Western Wall at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem that will be fronted by 60 crosses, each one representing 1 million aborted fetuses, are being met with strong opposition.
A California community college student will not have to face a disciplinary hearing after all for distributing religious fliers in the same location used by other students to promote non-religious activities on campus. However, the college district said it is not planning to revise the policy that led to the problem for another six months.
A New Jersey Bible study leader still wonders why her two-year-old ministry of teaching the Gospel to a small group of homeless and drug addicted people inside a McDonald's is no longer welcomed after confirming the shutdown with the restaurant's manager Tuesday.
Seventeen-year-old U.S. Olympic team boxer Claressa Shields prays in her corner of the ring before every fight. The "superstar in the making" is the youngest U.S. boxer in 40 years and she is competing in London where it will be the first time in Olympics history that women's boxing will be a medal sport.
Author and speaker Christian Piatt believes Christian clichés can do more harm than good and if stricken from their vocabulary, can make believers more tolerable.
The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers is offering "alternatives to church" programs and meetings during summer training at U.S. military academies in an attempt to gain official recognition for similar secular programs during the school year.
Christian ministry leader Dawn Martinez was told she could no longer hold the twice-a-week Bible studies she has taught for homeless people for the last two years inside a McDonald's in Camden, Pa. A night manager at the fast food restaurant told her last week that a customer had filed a complaint. Martinez wonders if it could have been because of the topic briefly discussed at one point last Monday – the Muslim faith.
Pastor Chuck Smith, the founder of the Calvary Chapel movement, believes he is winning his battle over lung cancer, he announced during a Bible study and communion service at his church.
Simply passing the collection plate during Sunday services in order to help meet the budget was not good enough for the leaders of a small church in Mississippi.
The Coalition of African-American Pastors, a group of leading black clergy, says they will continue to apply pressure on President Obama, by protesting the NAACP's recent support for same-sex marriage at the its national convention Thursday.
Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren knows he can't please everyone and he's completely fine with that. In a recent sermon, he explained why Christians, including himself, can't be people pleasers because living for God's approval is more important than popularity.
The persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA plans to launch a prayer campaign to coincide with Ramadan, the month of fasting in the Islamic calendar, next week.
A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa has allegedly filed nearly one-half million false claims with Medicaid from which the pro-abortion organization received and retained nearly $28 million, say lawyers for a faith-based legal ministry.
An Internet evangelist who is advocating that Christians vote for Jesus as a write-in candidate says he has more than 200,000 people who have committed to do so. However, a political science expert believes the evangelist's demonizing rhetoric about both candidates is not Christ-like.
The public's perception of the military since the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) less than a year ago is being manipulated by the U.S. Department of Defense, says the director of a chaplain alliance group.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to keep its current definition of marriage "between a woman and a man" by narrowly defeating a proposal to change the wording to "between two people" at its 220th General Assembly Friday evening.
Evangelist Louie Giglio, speaking during the last day of the Hillsong Conference in Sydney Friday, shared about how he was lifted by God's grace from a more than two-month struggle with the physical and emotional symptoms of stress and depression.
The day after many Americans officially began their pursuit of the perfect vacation, Seattle-based megachurch Pastor Mark Driscoll took the opportunity to ask, "Why do we live for the summer?"