After the birth and death of "bucket list baby" Shane Haley, questions were raised about the significance of infant baptism; parents Dan and Jenna were sure to have their baby boy baptized before he passed away.
Shane was known as the "bucket list baby" because his parents created a special bucket list of what they wanted to do with their baby boy before he died. They received news of his condition early in the pregnancy and did all they had originally planned to do with Shane after he was born. They had a very memorable pregnancy and documented their experiences on Facebook, garnering national attention.
"Today at 6:15AM, after meeting his entire family and being baptized into the Catholic faith, baby Shane died peacefully in his Mother's arms … we are so grateful for the time that we were blessed to hold and hug our son … Shane spent his entire life in the arms of people that loved him unconditionally and I don't think you could ask for a more beautiful life then that … he is home now with the Lord and will forever be our little miracle!" Dan posted on Facebook earlier this week. more >>
Liberty University and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association announced Monday that on-campus students as well as those working toward their degree online can enroll in evangelism courses that feature presentations by the Rev. Billy Graham, Franklim Graham, and LU alumnus William Graham.
Students in all majors can take the courses, which began this semester through the university's School of Religion.
Will Graham, who's a 1997 graduate from Liberty University, said in a statement shared with The Christian Post that the collaboration is part of his grandfather's dream "to not just preach the Gospel, but to equip others around the world in the work of the evangelist." more >>
A megachurch based in Michigan has recently approved an expansion for its main building expected to cost an estimated $25 million.
Calvary Church of Grand Rapids, which boasts 3,000 members and approximately 4,200 regular attendees, approved the expansion Sunday evening in a special congregation vote.
Evangelist Francis Chan urged thousands of Christian leaders at the Exponential West conference to keep it simple in regards to church planting strategy, saying that two things will produce believers – unity in the Church and bringing communion back to the forefront.
"I know there's a lot of strategies out there, but I'm saying for fruit that lasts I think we need to rethink this," Chan said on Tuesday of the three-day conference hosted at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, ending Thursday. "We are talking about a miracle and so I'm saying lets abide in Him. Let's seriously believe that we can be one, just as the Father and the Son are one, and pursue that in the Church."
He added, "Let's bring communion back to the forefront of proclaiming His death. I know these things don't seem like they would work. But, we are talking about raising the dead so I think it's our best shot." more >>
The Jehovah's Witnesses have a silent epidemic of child abuse that was recently brought to public attention again after four alleged victims filed lawsuits against the organization.
There are over 7 million Jehovah's Witnesses across the globe, according to the group's website. However, there have been numerous accusations and cases brought against elders and leaders of the organization, alleging child abuse of both young men and women, dating back at least 30 years. Four reported victims brought a lawsuit against the Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower Organization in Connecticut.
"This is an insidious problem, an epidemic problem with child sex abuse within this organization that so far seems more concerned about protecting its reputation from scandal than about the children," attorney Irwin Zalkin said at a press conference in Connecticut. more >>
Members of a Seattle congregation are holding daily public prayers to protest against a new marijuana shop that has opened a few blocks away from their church.
Over 100 people, including many from Mount Calvary Christian Center in Seattle, Washington, rallied on the sidewalk in front of Uncle Ike's Pot Shop, a marijuana dispensary that opened last week.
"We've done everything we can to let them know we're not pleased with the absolute disrespect and disregard toward the institute of church," said Rev. Reggie C. Witherspoon, senior pastor of Mount Calvary Christian Center to King5 News. "You have three youth organizations within a stone's throw and somehow they let these people do this. Shame on Seattle!" more >>