HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off for the first time on Monday in a presidential debate that could rank as one of the most watched, highly anticipated political showdowns in U.S. history.
The tight race for the White House and the unpredictable clash in styles between well-known but polarizing opponents has generated wide interest in the potentially pivotal debate, which comes six weeks before the Nov. 8 election after a campaign that has stretched over more than a year.
The gap between the two candidates in recent national opinion polls has narrowed in the past week, with the latest Reuters/Ipsos polling showing Clinton ahead by 4 percentage points, with 41 percent of likely voters. more >>
Hillsong NYC leader Carl Lentz shares his gratitude for church growth in a recent social media post where he reveals that hundreds of people stand in line and wait to get into a church service.
Lentz took to Instagram on Friday with a photo that showed a line of people standing down a New York City block. The young pastor with over 336,000 Instagram followers used a photo to express his gratitude for the growth his church is experiencing, while revealing that his ministry continues to surpass the amount of people they can fit in a building per service.
"Last night @hillsongnyc was special and typical.. This photo encapsulates the heart of our church.. When churches have buildings they own, it's easy to take for granted how convenient it is to simply have meetings! We have never known that.. Every meeting we have ever had, we have to rent a venue. Pay for it. And it's never big enough! So waiting in a line, to get into an overcrowded room where you just might have to stand the whole time, becomes a normal thing. It's literally a choice to be inconvenienced..We have had people leave our church from time to time and say 'You know what, I just want to be somewhere smaller.' Not realizing the new place they choose to go, has the same desire to grow!! It just hasn't happened yet, or at the same 'speed'..I refuse to be a Christian that asks to be delivered from my own prayer requests.. 'God bring revival to NYC!!' And then when He does, resent what I used to rejoice about.. No way," Lentz wrote. more >>
Several persecution watchdog groups have said that President Barack Obama should have spoken out more forcefully for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities at his final U.N. General Assembly speech, as world leaders continue meeting this week in New York.
"While President Obama referenced the tragic conflict in Syria and the 'mindless, medieval menace of ISIL,' in his speech at the UN General Assembly, I was disappointed that he did not reference the unprecedented level of brutal persecution faced by Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities throughout the Middle East," Kristin Wright, director of advocacy at Open Doors USA, told The Christian Post in a statement.
"I believe the American people want to see greater evidence of deep concern from the president of the United States — in word and action — for those living under the tyranny of religious persecution," Wright added. more >>
Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini spoke out against mass executions before a Free Iran rally at the U.N. in New York on Tuesday, preaching that God sees all the bloodshed, and He never forgets the cries of the victims.
Abedini said in his speech, posted online, that for the last 40 years in Iran "we have seen that freedom of press, freedom of religion, freedom of speech have been abused."
He recounted his three and-a-half years spent in Iranian prison for his Christian faith, and noted that every Wednesday in Rajaeeshar prison, where he was kept, government officials would execute his fellow prisoners. more >>
Pastor Tim Keller is on a mission to make sense of God, and if you ask him, Christianity not only makes sense, it offers so much more than what many realize.
Human beings crave meaning, satisfaction, identity, justice, and hope, Keller argues, and the Christian faith provides abundantly for those yearnings.
Rarely, however, do people examine how they arrive at their beliefs, said the pastor of Manhattan's Redeemer Presbyterian Church in a recent interview with The Christian Post. more >>
UPDATE: 5:47 PM ET MONDAY, SEPT. 19 NEW YORK — Police arrested an Afghanistan-born American suspected of carrying out this weekend's bombing in New York City that injured 29 people and planting other devices in New York and New Jersey following a Monday morning gun battle with the suspect.
Two law enforcement officers were wounded in the gunfight, as was Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The suspect was taken by ambulance to a local hospital following his capture in Linden, New Jersey, about 20 miles (32 km) outside New York.
The attacks came as world leaders prepared to gather at the United Nations in New York for the annual General Assembly this week, just days after the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. more >>