A pastor in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, believes controversial atheist billboards placed around the city might actually benefit Christianity, as they will speak to "pre-Christians" awaiting a spiritual awakening.
Pastor Jeff Hayes of Faith Temple Church responded to 20 atheist-themed billboards in his city that display messages such as "God didn't create man" and "prayer doesn't work," by telling local news station KOTA-TV that atheists who criticize religion might just be "pre-Christian people" who need prayer to experience a personal spiritual awakening.
"I think it's good for Christians to have a reaction and we can be negative toward the Free Thinkers but I think we should just pray for them and just believe that, wow if there is a God, is He big enough to reveal Himself to them," Hayes added. more >>
In his new book, Millennial Orphan, author Levi Gideon Shepherd tells the real-life story of his riveting past of abuse, childhood struggles and the darkness that comes from hopelessness when he believed that no one cared about him.
With an absentee father and a deceased mother, Shepherd knows firsthand what it's like to be an orphan growing up in the broken foster system in the United States. At the age of 17, he suffered a life-threatening illness and after years of brokenness, abuse and wanting to belong, he joined a gang. Working up the ranks and becoming second-in-command, Shepherd was heading down a road that would lead to prison or death, but then he caught a glimpse of God's grace and made a U-turn in his life.
The following is an edited transcript of Shepherd's interview with The Christian Post in which he candidly discusses his life from growing up as a millennial in darkness to the transformative power of the love of God. more >>
Harold Cronk, the director behind the commercially successful "God's Not Dead" film and its newly released sequel, has announced that his next faith-based film will be titled "God Bless the Broken Road," about a young mother who loses her husband in the war in Afghanistan.
Deadline reported on Wednesday that the film is inspired by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band song title of the same name, and is set to be produced through Cronk's 10 West Productions, along with Great Basin Entertainment and A Really Good Home Pictures.
The plotline reads: "'God Bless the Broken Road' will tell the story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and is struggling to raise their young daughter in his absence. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band song (covered later successfully by Rascal Flatts) talks about finding true love after a lifetime of making the wrong decisions." more >>
A national atheist organization has filed a lawsuit against a Tennessee sheriff for posting a message celebrating Easter on his department's Facebook page last month.
American Atheists brought the suit last Friday on behalf of an anonymous woman against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
The message Watson posted on the Bradley County Sheriff's Office Facebook page shows a depiction of an empty tomb with the caption "He is Risen" and says: "Today is one of the most historic days; not only did Jesus die on the cross for our sins, but he rose on this day. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice, and offered himself for our sins. This day represents the best gift any of us could receive, which is "Eternal Life" with our Heavenly Father!!!"" more >>
On National Geographic's last episode of "The Story of God" with Morgan Freeman, the Hollywood actor saves the best for last with his sentimental endeavor to discover the prospect of miracles.
Freeman kicks off the final installment of "The Story of God," titled "Miracles," just as he began every episode, by sharing from his own experience. The Mississippi native speaks of a time during his teenage years when he found himself in the hospital with pneumonia and suffered a hemorrhage because of overexertion. His recovery is his own personal experience with miracles, and he says many people told him that it was God who saved him.
"Believers say that miracles are proof of the divine," Freeman says, as his journey begins. more >>
A Wisconsin school district will no longer have a lease on a public park where students gather for a weekly Bible study event known as the "Jesus Lunch."
Middleton City Council voted Tuesday evening to rescind the lease that Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District had on Fireman's Park, the location of the popular yet controversial events.
City Council's decision came at the request of Superintendent Don Johnson, who sent out a mass email Monday stating that he hoped the end of the lease equaled an end to the controversy. more >>