IRVINE, Calif., – Popular author and speaker Francis Chan admitted before 3,500 Christian leaders attending the Catalyst West conference this week that he would do better not caring what people thought about what he would say during his time on stage, and solely rely on God to guide his speech.
"The [Catalyst] leadership has given me the topic 'Obedience Birthed by Proper Identity.' It would be just like God to give me the topic that I've struggled with my whole life," said Chan during the evening session of the first day of the event on Thursday. "I've struggled with insecurity. I still do. It's a fight. This is perfect timing, it's exactly what God has been teaching me in the last week."
Chan, who is the author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and Erasing Hell, is working on a church planting movement in the inner city of San Francisco, and has recently launched a nationwide discipleship movement along with Pastor David Platt called "Multiply." The highly expressive Chan is one of several speakers at Catalyst West, part of year-round Catalyst events throughout the country designed to be an immersive learning, worship and creative experience where prominent leaders share their knowledge and challenge participants to become better leaders. more >>
After serving 32 years in prison for a crime her family says she did not commit, 74-year-old Mary Jones was released from the Lynwood Women's facility in California last Tuesday, and has declared that she doesn't harbor any bitterness for her incarceration.
"I don't have a reason to be bitter, God is my shepherd," said Jones, who is known as "Mother Mary" to family and friends, on her release Tuesday.
Catalyst West conference, an annual event that draws thousands of young Christian leaders, kicked off Wednesday for a three-day leadership gathering aimed to cultivate people as catalysts for change.
The conference taking place in Southern California is designed to be an immersive learning, worship and creative experience where several prominent leaders will take to the stage to share their knowledge and challenge participants to become better leaders.
"Catalyst West is a movement of influencers and world changers who love Jesus, see things differently, and feel a burden for our generation," according to a statement on CatalystConference.com. "We seek to learn, worship and create together with a momentous energy passionately pursuing God." more >>
The U.S. Coast Guard and other rescue teams continue their search Monday for a 43-year-old man who was reportedly pulled into the surf at a Central California beach while helping perform a beach baptism.
Benito Flores was reportedly helping his cousin, Pastor Maurigro Cervantes of Jesus Christ Light of the Sky Church, perform a baptism at about 10 a.m. Sunday when he was pulled into the sea by a wave at the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve in Guadalupe, Calif. The small beach town is located in Santa Barbara County, about ten miles west of Santa Maria.
Flores was swept into the sea by a tumultuous wave along with Cervantes and a young man waiting to be baptized. The other two survivors were able to make their way to shore, while Flores disappeared into the ocean. About 25 people, who are members of the Spanish-speaking church, witnessed the incident on Sunday from the beach's parking lot. more >>
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake and more than 100 aftershocks rattled southern California over the weekend, causing light scattered damage around the Los Angeles area and forcing evacuations.
The epicenter of the magnitude 5.1 quake that struck Friday night was one mile east of La Habra and four miles north of Fullerton in Orange County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
It was at a depth of about 4.7 miles, and was felt as far as San Diego in the south and Ventura County in the north. Preceded by two smaller foreshocks, the temblor sparked rock slides, overturned cars and caused power outages to nearly 2,000 customers, according to The Associated Press. more >>
Kay Warren, wife of Pastor Rick Warren, was so overwhelmed by the thousands of supportive responses to her Facebook post under the headline, "Don't Tell Grievers to 'Move On,'" that she took nearly two weeks before responding.
"Grief is a long, arduous, slow process and it deserves to be respected and supported, not minimized and condemned," Kay Warren said in part of her Facebook message posted Thursday.
The Saddleback Church founders are approaching the one year anniversary of their son's death approached. Matthew Warren died at the age of 27 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 5, 2013. The young Warren had "lived his entire life with mental illness," Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, said last year. more >>