Controversial Georgia-based New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor Bishop Eddie Long, who in 2010 faced allegations that he coerced four teenage boys into having sex with him, is once again making headlines.
This time Long's dramatic weight loss is sparking speculation that the megachurch pastor is not in good health. Long contends, however, that a raw vegan diet is responsible for his transformaion. Now a group of dieticians are weighing in.
A recent video the pastor posted to his Facebook page indicates that he has given up his fast food "weakness" — restaurant chain Popeye's "biscuits with the honey and the chicken wangs, spicy." more >>
David French, a staff writer at National Review, delivered the keynote address Saturday at a Southern Baptist-sponsored national conference on cultural engagement, calling this year's election cycle a "colossal, miserable, disgusting failure" as voters will have to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
People are angry about a judicial system that is "turning its back on religious liberty," an "increasingly lawless" federal government, the Department of Education's notion of what gender identity means, and a foreign policy that has led to the rise of Islamist jihad, said French at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2016 national conference held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee.
There are millions of others who are mad, too, but not necessarily because of these positions, added French, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can't Ignore. They are angry perhaps because of where they are in life, because their lives are not good enough, they have personal problems, they don't have good economic prospects, and so on. And they don't feel connected, he said, as he talked about reasons for the failure of the conservative movement. more >>
Preacher Francis Chan uses a little humor to explain how Christians often do things that don't make any sense, including when it comes to the Great Commission, or the command to make disciples.
"When I was a kid, we used to play a game called 'Simon Says,'" Chan, former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, one of the largest churches in Ventura County, California, tells the audience.
The game involves three or more players where one of the players takes the role of "Simon" and issues instructions, such as "jump in the air" or "tap your head," to the other participants, which should only be followed if prefaced with the phrase "Simon says." more >>
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's support among evangelical leaders and influencers has doubled, from 22 percent in May to now 44 percent, as he has released a pro-life Supreme Court shortlist, according to WORLD magazine's monthly surveys.
The showing is by far the billionaire businessman's best out of 11 surveys, although 48 percent say they still plan to write in a name or not vote at all, said WORLD, which conducts a monthly survey of 103 evangelical leaders and influencers.
Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and one of the 73 evangelical leaders who participated in the latest survey this month, said releasing a strong Supreme Court list is the wisest thing Trump has done until now. "It makes a ginormous difference," he was quoted as saying. more >>
ANAHEIM, California — God does not send people to Hell, rather it is people that have to climb over Jesus to send themselves there, leading evangelist Greg Laurie told over 37,000 attendees of the 27th annual SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium and thousands more watching online Saturday night.
Laurie, the senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship and an author of over 70 books, gave about a 35-minute message on the second night of the three-night event, after performances from Phil Wickham and the Harvest Worship Band, the rock band Skillet and rapper KB.
In his sermon, Laurie addressed three major life questions that people won't find the answers to on Google, Yahoo or Siri. Along with questions like "Why am I so lonely?" and "Why am I so empty inside?" Laurie also tackled the question of "What happens after I die?" more >>
While Christians throughout the world could tell similar stories of God's redemptive powers in the worst of circumstances, few could so giftedly weave the details into a page-turner like Virginia Prodan has done in Saving My Assassin.
Ms. Prodan's memoir opens with a gripping cliffhanger, and then goes back in time to her childhood in Romania, describing her unjust treatment in the home in which she grew up and never fit in. Instead of crushing her spirit, her abuse deepened her desire to work for justice in an unjust world.
Outside of her home, her world was no kinder. Ms. Prodan does a wonderful job weaving personal stories throughout her memoir of what it was like to live under the Communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu during the 1970s and 1980s. more >>