Ten days ahead of its world premiere screening, "Hope for Hurting Hearts," a movie that tells the story of how Greg and Cathe Laurie, Jeremy Camp, Nick Vujicic, and their families dealt with times of trial, will be shown at Harvest churches in Riverside and Orange County. Pastor Laurie and evangelist Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs, are scheduled to attend the special viewing on Sunday.
Laurie and Harvest Ministries, well-known for evangelistic stadium events held primarily in Southern California, are no strangers to moviemaking. "Lost Boy: The Next Chapter," a story about Laurie's life, is the winner of eight international film festival awards. "Hope for Hurting Hearts" is about how the families dealt with the loss of loved ones, and in Vujicic's case, how he overcame his severe handicap. The movie is about "how they stood at a 'spiritual crossroades' marked by challenging and painful circumstances, and how they chose the road of trusting, following, and glorifying God," states Harvest Ministries.
"Everyone has to deal with crises in life, including Christians. And sometimes, the reality of life can seem unbearable. But we can rest in the knowledge that God loves us, He weeps in our times of pain, and He can be glorified through suffering," the filmmakers said. "You will be encouraged by these intimate accounts, which give a glimpse into God's perspective on suffering, and declare that there truly is Hope for Hurting Hearts." more >>
In an effort to sign up even more than the 2,400 churches and other venues that hosted an Internet streaming or satellite broadcast of the first Harvest America with Greg Laurie last year, a mobile theater inside a huge truck trailer is touring the U.S., showing video that describes this year's event planned for Philadelphia.
Harvest Ministries associate pastor and senior event director Michael Brazeal recently gave The Christian Post a tour of the Harvest America Mobile Theater while it was parked at the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston earlier this month.
"This mobile theater is a way for us to message what we are doing [for] any pastors in any church, in any city, and in any state," said Brazeal of the 27-seat theater with a small lobby inside. more >>
Televangelist and host of the long running program "The 700 Club" Pat Robertson recently stated that his military training was not that demanding in part because he was male.
Robertson made his remarks Tuesday after news came that all four women in the U.S. Marines Corps' officers training course in Quantico, Va., failed to complete the program.
"I was trained at Quantico. I didn't think it was all that demanding, but I'm not a lady. The SEAL team training is ungodly difficult," said Robertson. more >>
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association recently launched "Lose to Gain," its second half-hour video program installment of the My Hope America with Billy Graham campaign series. With less than five months remaining in the campaign, nearly 14,000 churches have registered in the project that culminates in an evangelistic video featuring portions of Billy Graham's preaching, intertwined with true stories of people who decided to follow Christ.
The latest installment available for online viewing at billygraham.tv features pro-skateboarder Brian Sumner, comedian Michael Jr., and young professional Shannon Culpepper telling their story.
"Each wanted something different – success; laughs; love. Each was living a life that met their dreams, but then it all fell apart," stated BGEA . more >>
Being successful online is not easy, says Biola University's director of innovation, Dave Bourgeois. When it comes to churches, having at least a minimal digital strategy has become crucial in expanding Christian outreach even locally within their own communities.
It is for this reason that The Christian Post has come up with its first Top 5 Churches That Use Social Media Best list. With the help of DJ Chuang, founder of the resource ministry, Social Media Church, CP has picked five churches based on their successful use of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms to build relationships with not only their own church members, but with active Internet users within the U.S. and internationally.
"Digital technologies are changing and evolving constantly," writes Bourgeois, who is author of the recently released book, Ministry in the Digital Age - Strategies and best practices for a post-website world. "Websites that were once useful and efficient are now outdated (remember MySpace?). Even the logos and colors we use must keep up with the latest styles; what previously looked cutting edge may now convey the message that your ministry doesn't 'get it' anymore." more >>
Pastor David Platt, founder of a Christian resource ministry named "Radical," announced that he will be doing a free live simulcast from the Middle East later this summer with a small group to help kick off churches and book study groups that will be following the curriculum from his book Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.
The broadcast from the Middle East coincides with a trip by Platt to the region already planned for unrelated ministry work, Radical's executive director, Jim Warren, told The Christian Post on Wednesday. The hosting missions team organizers in the region asked that no specifics to the trip be disclosed to the media.
"I'm excited to share with you that on Wednesday, August 14, I'm going to gather together with a small group of brothers and sisters in the Middle East to dialogue about what it means to follow Christ – to die to ourselves and to live in Him," Platt, the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., wrote in his blog published Tuesday. "This dialogue will be simulcast live (and free) from the Middle East as a kick-off for many churches and small groups who will be walking through Follow Me in the fall." more >>