DULUTH, Georgia — A West Coast pastor who regularly converses with some of the world's most famous celebrities is urging Christian leaders to take good care of their soul because burnout is all but inevitable if they do not.
Judah Smith, lead pastor of City Church, which has several locations in both Washington state and in the greater Los Angeles-Hollywood area, sat down with The Christian Post at the Catalyst conference before he spoke to thousands at the Infinite Energy Center to discuss the importance of taking care of one's soul and his relationship with pop star Justin Bieber.
Smith, author of The New York Times best-seller Jesus Is_________, explores in his new book, How's Your Soul? Why Everything That Matters Starts With The Inside You, what it looks like to root one's inner life in the only Person who can bring lasting peace and satisfaction: God. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California spoke about the "absolute worst day" of his life when his son, Matthew, died by suicide on April 5, 2013, and emphasized that without the hope of Jesus Christ, he and his wife, Kay, would have never made it through.
"No one needs to suffer by themselves," Warren said in a video promoting World Mental Health Day on Monday.
"In 2013 my son Matthew lost his battle for hope, and he ended his life after 27 years. The day he died was the absolute worst day of my life. Many people since then have asked me, how did you and Kay get through those darkest days? The answer is real simple. The hope that we have in Jesus Christ," he explained. more >>
Even though the Bible reveals times when God was angry, people cannot compare their selfish anger to His righteous anger, says the Rev. Billy Graham.
In a question-and-answer column published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on Friday, Graham was asked how anger can be considered wrong if God was often angry in the Bible.
"I admit I get angry fairly easily, but why is anger supposed to be a sin? After all, the Bible says that God sometimes gets angry, doesn't it? And wasn't Jesus angry when He drove those money changers out of the Temple?" inquired the person. more >>
Famous evangelist Nick Vujicic, who speaks and inspires millions around the world with his story of hope despite being born with no arm and no legs, has shared information about his recent tour of Europe and the thousands who've come to Christ during it.
Vujicic has been posting on social media several snippets of his time in Europe, particularly in Ukraine and Slovenia last month, where he had the opportunity to meet national leaders and ministers before thousands of people.
"Hey guys, good morning. Last night was incredible, 60 percent of 5,000 people in the auditorium stood up to receive the Lord Jesus Christ. I am here on national TV to do a recap, and from here we go speak to the Parliament, the national government of Ukraine," Vujicic says in one of the videos, looking back at his time in Ukraine. more >>
A pair of statements released, one denouncing Donald Trump's bigotry and another calling on progressives to repent, showcase the divide within the evangelical Christian American community during the current election cycle.
In late September a coalition of evangelicals, including many who consider themselves to be socially or politically progressive, posted a petition on change.org denouncing the extreme rhetoric of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Several evangelical leaders, along with, as of Monday morning, more than 18,000 signatories, have declared that Trump's campaign has empowered the bigoted elements of American society. more >>
The pastor of a Las Vegas church, which describes itself as "a church for people who don't like church," is in the middle of an "odd" series of sermons called "Tattooed," to highlight issues related to identity. As part of the series, the pastor got his first-ever tattoo during the worship service and while delivering his sermon.
"The one Jesus loves," reads the tattoo Pastor Vince Antonucci of the Verve Church got on stage during the worship service last Sunday, two weeks after he started the month-long series on Sept. 18.
The pastor received the tattoo from Las Vegas tattoo artist Chance Gomez, who is a Christian. more >>