NEW YORK — An American pastor of a diverse congregation in Israel known to be targeted by anti-Christian vandals, reminded those in attendance at a recent Mideast prayer service that, according to the Bible, the Jewish people were chosen by God in special service to the world, and never designated as "the teacher's pet." He also called for Christians to be careful in jumping to judgement and picking sides in the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Rev. Charles M. Kopp, pastor of the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation, a 100-member Christian church in West Jerusalem, made the remarks last Thursday evening at a World Evangelical Alliance prayer meeting at the Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission in New York City.
The occasion of the prayer meeting was "A Call to Prayer for the Middle East," with additional remarks made by the Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Dr. Munir Kakish, Chairman of the Council of Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land (representing Evangelicals in Palestinian Territories); and the Rev. Harry Tees, WEA Ambassador to the Holy Land. During the prayer meeting, opened by WEA United Nations Permanent Representative Deborah Fikes, mention was made of conflicts raging in Syria and Iraq, as well as in other countries in the Middle East. more >>
A youth ministry in New York City is changing the way the Gospel reaches unchurched young adults under the direction of Pastor Chris Durso, who embraces creativity as a big part of his ministry's success.
Durso and his wife Yahris lead Misfit NYC, part of Christ Tabernacle Church, where young individuals take the initiative to reach others by using their talents in the arts every Friday night. Their purpose is to demonstrate how God can be seen as freedom and not as religion or law.
"If I'm going to be different, I know there's going to be opposition and people who are against it but I'm all about stepping out and trying anything new," Durso said during an interview with pastor Paula White. "What I've learned is that I'm not called to color outside the lines but I'm supposed to color the way God wants me to color within His parameters and that's the best way to use our creativity." more >>
NEW YORK — MC Jin recently shared his perspective on his journey as a Christian making his way in a faith-based market, after initially finding success nearly a decade ago in the secular industry as a freestyle battle rapper and the first Asian solo rapper to sign with a major record label.
Jin, 32, took on the subject of "What happens when a secular rapper gets saved?" during a CP Newsroom discussion with The Christian Post. He commented on a variety of issues, including the content of his music nowadays compared to earlier in his career when he rapped about the usual fare of "sex, money, and cars."
The MC, born Jin Au-Yeung, also talked about putting his priorities in order and how his faith plays a huge part in that. more >>
Results of an autopsy conducted by the New York City medical examiner's office revealed Friday that Eric Garner, the 43-year-old Staten Island man who died after a struggle with police last month, was killed by a chokehold administered by an officer.
A report in the New York Times noted that the autopsy showed Garner died as a result of "compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police."
The city is now examining the use of the maneuver it banned more than 20 years ago. more >>
A recent post appearing on the Joel Osteen Ministries Facebook page suggests that a Bible passage commonly interpreted as God's invitation to the Messianic King was also applicable to believers. Amid an overwhelming number of "amens," however, there were a handful of people who insisted that the popular passage had been taken wildly out of context.
The post that ruffled the feathers of a few Osteen Facebook supporters was centered on Psalm 2:8, part of a fuller passage that theologians interpret as applying specifically to the Davidic king, in this case, Jesus Christ: "Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession."
According to the JOM Facebook page, which has more than 7.7 million followers: "God is saying, 'Ask Me for those hidden dreams that I've planted in your heart. Ask Me for those unborn promises that may seem unlikely to happen in the natural.'" more >>
The world's first ever all-atheist TV channel officially launched Tuesday, with American Atheist president David Silverman declaring it is geared toward all atheists, everywhere. Silverman also criticized TV channels that present religion as truthful, using as an example the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries in 2013.
"Atheist TV is geared toward every atheist in the broadest possible sense. Whether they call themselves atheists or skeptics or humanists or any of the other labels that people use to identify themselves, Atheist TV is for them," Silverman announced in a speech at the launch party.
He noted that the number of non-believers in the United States is on the rise, making up as much as one-fifth of the population. Silverman then criticized TV channels that, despite those statistics, continue "kowtowing" to religious preferences. more >>