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 >>
A group of several pro-LGBT Christian groups along with outspoken gay rights advocate Dan Savage have launched a website devoted to reaching out to LGBT youth.
Known as the NALT Christians Project (NALT being short for "Not All Like That"), the site was launched Wednesday and features video testimonies from Christians supporting gay rights.
"The purpose of the NALT Christians Project is to give LGBT-affirming Christians a means of proclaiming to the world-and especially to young gay people-their belief and conviction that there is nothing anti-biblical or at all inherently sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender," reads the About section. more >>
A Catholic academic institute based in Pennsylvania has decided to disinvite Geraldo Rivera after the mustachioed reporter posted a "selfie" on Twitter.
Duquesne University made the decision late last week after Rivera posted a "selfie," or a mostly nude photo of himself, on the social media site.
Bridget Fare, spokesperson for Duquesne, told The Christian Post that initially Rivera had been invited to the campus to be part of an event focused on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. "The conference is 'Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy'," said Fare. more >>
CNN journalist and television program host Anderson Cooper has denounced televangelist Pat Robertson for his recent remarks regarding "gay rings."
On a segment titled "The RidicuList," the host of "Anderson Cooper 360" said Wednesday evening that Robertson was "that elderly relative who you only see at Thanksgiving." "He doesn't get out of bed much and he's sitting around the table and he suddenly blurts out nonsensical sentences in between chewing on soft foods," said Cooper.
Cooper was responding to a recent claim made by Robertson on the conservative Christian's program the "700 Club" that some gays give people AIDS via a type of ring. more >>
President Barack Obama focused on many social and civil rights issues, with a major focus on the economy, during his lengthy speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom event, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famed "I have a dream" speech a half century ago.
Obama told the thousands gathered on the National Mall about the importance of economic opportunity in the road to equality.
After describing the historical event they were remembering and putting it in the context of the grand narrative of American history, President Obama argued that "pursuit of happiness requires the dignity of work." more >>