SEATTLE, Wash. – On the eve of renowned evangelist Billy Graham's 95th birthday and his ambitious outreach event, "My Hope America," a 30-minute taped Gospel message by Graham to be broadcast nationally Thursday, several Christian leaders, including Pastors Rick Warren, Mark Driscoll, and James MacDonald, and "The Bible" TV series producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, gave their thoughts on the legendary preacher to The Christian Post.
"Every time I read an article or hear a report when somebody says, 'So-and-so is the next Billy Graham,' I just chuckle. There is no next Billy Graham," Driscoll, who is the lead pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, told CP Tuesday during a break while hosting the Resurgence conference for Christian leaders.
When Graham was a younger man he took a lot of criticism about what he was trying to do evangelistically, said Driscoll, who is no stranger to controversy. However, Graham persevered and became a preacher with lasting, perhaps unparalleled influence. more >>
Persecution watchdog group Open Doors and Moody Radio Network are partnering in a call for prayer at a broadcast event on Thursday, aimed at speaking out for the persecuted church and calling for a revival.
"This is a special opportunity to pray for followers of Jesus who are suffering simply because of their faith. They do not enjoy religious freedom as we do here in the United States," said Dr. David Curry, president/CEO of Open Doors USA, urging listeners to tune in to the "OneCry Prayer Summit: Praying for the Persecuted Church" broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6-7 pm. CST / 7-8 pm EST.
"During this week there is a global emphasis on prayer for the persecuted church," added Moody Radio Network Senior Producer Joseph Carlson. "We will take this opportunity to seek God for spiritual awakening in America as we learn from and uplift our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ." more >>
Paul F. Crouch, co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world's largest Christian-owned cable station, was taken off a ventilator this week after breathing difficulties and shortness of breath led to his hospitalization late last month.
Crouch was admitted to a Dallas, Texas, hospital on Oct. 22 and, according to a statement from TBN, has returned home to California where he remains under doctors' care.
As debate continues in various circles over whether the Washington Redskins football team should change their name, the local representatives of the District of Columbia has demanded change.
The Council for the District of Columbia voted unanimously approving a resolution advocating for the National Football League team to change its appellation and mascot.
SEATTLE – Pastor Mark Driscoll set the tone early during a meeting of Christian leaders strategizing for a faith-driven resurgence on the first day of a two-day conference at Mars Hill Downtown Church by walking out on the stage and screaming, "I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed."
The host of the annual Resurgence conference then shouted, "I am not ashamed of what?" To which the more than 800 people in attendance replied back, "Of the Gospel." Driscoll continued, "Of the Gospel of the Good News of the person and the work of Jesus Christ. This is a day for courage, not for cowards."
Driscoll was followed by other megachurch pastors later on Tuesday, there to discuss how leaders can continue to pastor and evangelize in a culture that appears to be embracing biblical values less and less. The conference theme, Call to Resurgence, is based on Driscoll's newly released book of the same name. more >>
Author and former pastor Rob Bell's interview with Oprah Winfrey on her "Super Soul Sunday" program this past weekend featured aspects of the Michigan native's rise to ministry and his founding of a megachurch, to suddenly finding himself the subject of controversy and criticism over his 2011 book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, and the adversity and pressure that eventually led him to depart from the faith community he had been leading for years.
"Love Wins held on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 24 weeks and helped usher in what some might call a new brand of Christianity...which didn't sit well with everybody, of course," states Winfrey in the narrated introduction to the interview. "Prominent conservative Christians called him a 'false prophet' and even...'a heretic.'
"The onslaught took its toll and Rob was shaken. He had never intended to become a polarizing figure. He says he just wanted to shine a light on the questions that many Christians struggled with in private." more >>