A growing movement of Christian leaders committed to accelerating the multiplication of healthy, reproducing churches is offering 10 hours of almost continuous programming on discipleship via a live webcast from the upcoming Exponential West Conference hosted by Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., Oct. 8-10.
Exponential leaders say they are fueled by a goal to see as many church leaders, small groups, church planting launch teams, individuals and even full churches participating in the discipleship conversation as possible.
The three-day conference beginning today (Oct. 8) will focus on discipleship, specifically five key shifts Christian leaders can make to become better at making and releasing disciples. The event features 27 national and regional leaders in 10 main sessions. The live webcast, available for free to anyone who registers, will include 10-plus hours of nearly continuous programming, organizers said. more >>
The National Religious Broadcasters on Tuesday unanimously elected Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president of Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, to be its new president. Johnson promised that as its new leader the NRB would champion religious freedom and freedom of speech.
"It is an honor to be elected as president & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters and it is a joy to sense God's calling to lead this association of Christian communicators," said Johnson in a statement. "If Christians want to be heard by the current generation, they will have to communicate the Gospel in their 'media language' with excellence. Recent developments on the cultural and legal landscape require that we defend the biblical and constitutional principle of free speech with zeal. With God's help, I am ready to give myself to this task. I am thankful for Dr. Frank Wright's faithful service as my predecessor and plan to build on the foundation of his leadership."
Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and a member of the NRB's Board of Directors, told The Christian Post. "I think this is wonderful news. Jerry Johnson has the drive and the intimate knowledge of the new media that is needed to bring the new media people alongside the old media people in defending religious freedom and freedom of speech in the United States in the decade ahead." more >>
PHILADELPHIA – More than 17,500 filled Wells Fargo Center to hear a stellar lineup of musical artists and evangelist Greg Laurie give a Gospel message Saturday in which he challenged the wisdom of pursuing only happiness. By start-time, more than 2,000 host locations, including large and small venues such as churches and homes, were registered to watch Harvest America live as well. Total online viewership of the webcast is yet to be tabulated.
Laurie began his message on the first of two evenings planned for the event by saying that he recently saw the cover of Time magazine featuring the cover, Can Google Solve Death?
"Get ready for the answer," Laurie said. "No. Only Jesus holds the key of life and death. God has control, no one else." more >>
Final preparations for the Harvest America event with evangelist Greg Laurie originating from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and broadcast and simulcast to thousands of venues this Saturday and Sunday, include hope and prayer for revival.
"We are praying for a great outpouring of God's Spirit in Philadelphia and across our nation through Harvest America," Laurie told The Christian Post on Thursday.
Those participating in the two-day event include churches, homes and community centers, where multiple churches from throughout a city partnered together to bring the Chrisian outreach to their town. more >>
Mainstream media has misinterpreted Pope Francis' recent remarks on abortion and homosexual behavior to mean the Catholic Church is changing its stance on the issues, say experts on Roman Catholicism.
In response to a recently published in-depth interview the Jesuit Pontiff gave, several new organizations may have missed the main points of his remarks, Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, told The Christian Post.
"Some mass media articles make it sound as if Pope Francis is saying abortion, homosexual behavior, etc. are okay. When they make that sort of claim, they really miss Francis' point," said Sheeran. "Before anything else, the Church, and every Christian, must take as their model the loving, forgiving, Jesus. We must preach the love of Christ in season and out. That's the Good News." more >>