SEATTLE – Pastor James MacDonald, speaking at a recent Christian leadership conference, said the Bible's central message is about Christian's love for each other.
"The way we treat each other, the way Christians treat Christians is the summa cum laude, summary center of what Christianity is," MacDonald, who is the founding and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in the Chicago area, told The Christian Post backstage at the Resurgence 2013 conference held at Mars Hill Downtown Church last week.
"If we are not the most loving person that lost people know, that is a fail," he said. "I'm not saying that in judgment of anyone else – trust me, I'm looking in a mirror when I'm saying that. I want to grow in that and I want to encourage my brothers and sisters to grow in that, too. more >>
1. Joshua 1:9
"…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
A Roman Catholic scholar and former philosophy and religion professor has released a new book that defends Mormonism as "one of the youngest branches on the Christian tree," and claims that Christians can learn from the Mormon religion.
Stephen H. Webb, former 25 year professor of religion and philosophy at Wabash College and author of the book, Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints, told The Christian Post that, among other things, "Mormon theology teaches us to think of matter in new and creative ways."
"Traditional theology teaches that matter is lifeless, without the soul it's just dead weight," Webb explained. But this view is not inherent in the Christian faith, he argued, "it took a long time until Christians started accepting this idea of matter." more >>
SEATTLE – Christian leaders and pastors attending the Resurgence conference were treated to a first-time public screening of the movie trailer for "Son of God," as presented by "The Bible" TV series producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.
"Many people thought that nobody in America, during prime-time TV wants to hear about or watch the Bible. They were so wrong. One-hundred million people tuned in," Burnett told The Christian Post backstage at the R13 conference hosted by Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Downtown Church last Tuesday and Wednesday. "We knew when we were shooting that the Jesus portion of our 'Bible' series was special and we shot much more footage and we've re-edited many more scenes into a stand-alone feature film called 'Son of God.'"
The film is being released by 20th Century Fox on Feb. 28, 2014. The movie will have a PG-13 rating, but Burnett told those attending the conference that the crucifixion scene will have a justifiable realism to it. more >>
The American Bible Society has pushed back at a group of Christian ministers that includes Redeemer Presbyterian Church Pastor Timothy Keller for suggesting in an open letter that the nearly-200-year-old organization had abruptly dismissed its new president and chief executive officer Doug Birdsall without a severance package.
Stating that the NYC-based nonprofit was "disappointed when Doug declined our offers of severance as well as other direct support," Pieter Dearolf, chairman of the ABS trustees board informed Birdsalls' friends that they not only value the the couple's "talents and commitment to kingdom service," but also "likewise underscore the importance of transition."
The ABS statement added, "We wanted to further support Doug and Jeanie in this way, however we respect their decision to decline. more >>
The Dutch chapter of Christians for Israel has invested just over $30,000 to make a 36-feet-tall Star of David topped with a menorah – the nine-candle symbol of the Jewish holiday of Hannukah – which it claims will be Europe's largest menorah, to show solidarity with the Jewish community in what they believe to be the End Times.
Christians for Israel established the menorah "to show to the Jewish community in Israel and worldwide that they have friends who are praying for the restoration of Israel," Sara Van Oordt, the organization's head of communication & activities, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. She also added that current events are signs in scripture "that the Messiah will soon come – that Jesus will come again."
"For two thousand years, there hasn't been the state of Israel, and now everything is coming to fulfillment," Van Oordt added. "I really believe that this is one of the signs of the End Times." more >>