Noted televangelist and host of the long-running program "The 700 Club" Rev. Pat Robertson has recently compared faith-healing to Santa Clause.
During a "Bring it on" segment that aired Monday, a viewer identified as "Clark" wrote in asking about whether or not the faith healing done on the show could be done off of the air.
"When we're praying together the word of knowledge the Lord just shows us what He is doing at some point of time, not what we're doing," said Robertson, who cited 1 Corinthians as justification. more >>
Focus on the Family will be cutting additional staff this year, keeping with a recent trend found with the Colorado-based pro-family organization.
Monica Schleicher, director of public relations for the Colorado Springs ministry, told The Christian Post that part of the cuts were due to a new business partnership.
"We've…decided to partner with the Ambassador Advertising Agency to syndicate and distribute Focus radio products. This impacts our in-house agency, Briargate Media, and as of Oct. 1, 2013, Briargate will no longer distribute Focus radio products," said Schleicher. more >>
Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed published late Wednesday in The New York Times where he strongly challenged President Barack Obama and the American public against a military strike against Syria, a longtime ally of Russia, warning of the likelihood of exacerbating the Mideast conflict to beyond the Syrian border and undermining the authority of the United Nations Security Council.
In his remarks, Putin called upon Americans to exercise "caution" when dealing with Syria, advocating for talks instead of military action.
"The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders," wrote Putin. "A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance." more >>
Evangelist Greg Laurie answered critics who have argued that "mass-evangelism," or what can also be described as huge Christian outreach events, are somehow an ineffective way of presenting the Gospel, by posting a list of reasons the method is still relevant.
"Some critics of what we do in the Harvest Crusades would say that 'mass-evangelism' is not really a valid way to reach people," writes Pastor Laurie.
Just when you thought you knew everything about The Salvation Army, someone comes along and completely changes that perception. Commissioner Jim Knaggs, with his wife Commissioner Carolyn Knaggs, lead The Salvation Army's work in the USA Western Territory, including 14 western states, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia. As Territorial Commander he reports directly to the General of The Salvation Army at International Headquarters in the United Kingdom. While The Salvation Army may be the largest nonprofit organization in the world, what drives Jim Knaggs is evangelism. That's part of the reason he's launched the army's first global digital initiative called The Salvation Army Vision Network (SAVN.TV). It's an online platform designed to share life-changing stories of the army's work around the world.
Recently, media consultant and producer Phil Cooke talked with Jim about his career in ministry, the challenges of leading in the digital age, and the future of The Salvation Army:
Phil Cooke: Over the last 34 years, you've filled a lot of roles for the Salvation Army. Did you start at the bottom? What was your introduction into the Army? more >>
Evangelist Greg Laurie's wife, Cathe, who leads a national prayer initiative related to the upcoming Harvest America in Philadelphia later this month, said she has been praying about the country's desperate need for revival. A nationwide prayer rally featuring the Lauries is planned for a live webcast this Sunday evening.
"We are praying for God to bring a revival to our country. We are desperate for it," Cathe Laurie told The Christian Post on Thursday. "Revival is a mystery. It's really a sovereign work of God, but at the same time we have our responsibility as His children who follow Him and long to see His work in the hearts of those being saved. Number one, is to have a burden for people to be saved, second, is to pray, and thirdly, is to do everything in our power to make it happen."
Laurie said that the Bible and history tell about times of exciting revival. more >>