NEW YORK — Evangelist Nick Vujicic recently was in New York City to mark the release of his new book, Stand Strong with a hugging campaign in Times Square. Admirers from as far away as Chile and Australia lined up last week to hug and take photos with Vujicic, who has inspired millions around the globe with his story of overcoming physical limitations (without limbs) and bullying.
The 31-year-old married father released last week Stand Strong: You Can Overcome Bullying (and Other Stuff That Keeps You Down), in which he advises teens how to overcome bullying by embracing their self-worth and developing strong values, among other things.
Vujicic, born with no arms and no legs, travels worldwide to share how he overcame the nightmare of bullying as a youth, an attempted suicide at age 10, and how faith in God affects his outlook on life, and eternity. more >>
NEW YORK — Nick Vujicic, a Christian evangelist born without limbs who has inspired millions around the globe with his story of faith and perseverance, is using his new book, Standing Strong, to speak to the 3.2 million U.S. teens, and countless others around the globe, who say they have been bullied.
"This is written specifically to teenagers sort of in their language. I'm very passionate about the standing strong against bullying message," Vujicic told The Christian Post.
Vujicic's passion for the subject stems from his own experiences with being bullied as a child due to being born with no arms and no legs, a condition called tetra-amelia syndrome. more >>
NEW YORK — Texas megachurch pastor Joel Osteen recently made a visit to Yankee Stadium in New York City to take in a game and give a brief preview of what attendees can expect when he returns in June for "America's Night of Hope."
Pastor Osteen, clad in the Yankees' home colors and standing not far from home plate, spoke with The Christian Post about his plans for the gathering in New York City's Bronx borough on Saturday, June 7.
"We're gonna try and inspire them, let them know that God's for them, bring music, ministry and inspiration," said Osteen. "My wife, Victoria, will be here, my mom (Dodie Osteen) shares how she overcame cancer. You know, just a great night to hopefully draw people closer to the Lord and let them have a new beginning, just to be refreshed and inspired in their faith." more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has successfully aided students from a New York-area high school in expressing their religious freedom through an after-school Bible study.
Concerned parents contacted the legal group after learning that the superintendent of an unnamed high school in Amsterdam, N.Y., had told a senior female student that she could not hold her student-led, after-school Bible study club without first purchasing an insurance policy to use the campus after school hours.
The superintendent made his request of the Bible study club even though other student-led clubs were not required to obtain an insurance policy. After being contacted by concerned parents and students, the ACLJ reportedly provided parents information about "relevant legal principals regarding religious clubs' access to school facilities," coming to the conclusion "that the Bible club must be given the same privileges as any other student-led club." more >>
DeVon Franklin, Senior Vice President of Production for Columbia TriStar Pictures, is praying for a major turnout for the new film, Heaven Is for Real, in theaters this week. Blockbuster sales at the box office would, according to the Hollywood executive and devout Christian, result in more faith-friendly features on the big screen.
"The success of this movie opening weekend directly correlates to the decision to green-light and make more of them. It's an immediate thing," Franklin told The Christian Post via phone on Tuesday. "If there's a sense that there's a growing market and a growing hunger for more films like this, then the desire to continue to provide more films will increase, and decisions will be made to be able to make more films like this. more >>
NEW YORK — Pastor Carl Lentz, who has been leading Hillsong NYC for more than three years, recently said that serving New York City will always be central to the vision and mission of the megachurch.
"The vision of Hillsong Church hasn't changed for 30 years," Lentz told The Christian Post, speaking of the ministry founded in 1983 by Brian and Bobbie Houston in Sydney, Australia.
"If anything, we're trying to continue to encourage people," he added. "The vision of our church is to serve New York City, so that's never gonna change." more >>