Lead Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, Steven Furtick called prejudice a poisonous snake and challenged his congregation to keep the scourge in check by not passing it down to children.
"I wanna give you a little challenge today from my personal experience called 'It's in your hands,'" Furtick said in a video clip posted on his Facebook page on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.
"God told me to just bring you a simple message today and ask you 'what are you passing on?' I believe that the essence of the Gospel is acceptance," he said before reading Scripture from Matthew 7:9-12. more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention's International Missions Board has announced that it will close its communications center in Virginia and lay off as many as 30 employees stateside as the entity moves forward with its two-phase organizational reset in an attempt to balance its budget by the end of 2017.
The IMB, which represents over 40,000 churches and 16 million members worldwide, announced last Thursday that organization will close its Richmond communications center by April 29 as it proceeds with the second phase of its plan to address its budget deficit.
Although 10 staff members of the facility will be transitioned to new roles within the IMB, a statement received by The Christian Post explains that 30 staff members have been presented with the option to continue their employment until the office's closure in April. more >>
Jesus Culture has been a community of worship leaders and musicians whose heart is to see a generation impacted by the presence of God since 1999. The Christian Post caught up with the band's leading lady Kim Walker-Smith to discuss their upcoming release, Let It Echo, a project that she claims was birthed from the group's hardest season together.
Walker-Smith maintains that there are quite a "few things different about this record" from their projects in the past.
The band just celebrated the one year anniversary of their new church, Jesus Culture Sacramento. Let It Echo is an extension of their new church. This album includes 12 new songs featuring Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala, Bryan & Katie Torwalt, and more. more >>
DOVER, New York — The World Evangelical Alliance inaugurated its new eight-building WEA Evangelical Center located about an hour away from New York City in Dutchess County with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, worship service and inauguration dinner Friday evening.
The new Evangelical Center will serve as the center for WEA to serve its 600 million evangelical constituents, joining the Vatican in Rome and the Ecumenical Center in Geneva as one of three main centers for Christianity in the world.
The new Evangelical Center, which is located on the 70-plus-building campus of Olivet University about 70 miles north of New York City, replaces WEA's former Evangelical Center that opened in Binghamton, New York in 2010. The new facility will include a chapel, residential halls, office buildings, classrooms, auditoriums and a cafeteria. more >>
Everybody knows the world is becoming more secular, right? Wrong.
A new book by Dr. Rodney Stark, titled The Triumph of Faith, subtitled "Why the World Is More Religious Than Ever," is causing quite a stir. Stark is the co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University where he also serves as Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences.
Stark takes on no less a task than debunking the "secularization thesis," supporters of which have asserted vigorously for at least half a century that religious belief and devotion are the domain of the ignorant and the poor. Their thesis asserts that as education, technology, and the resulting increased affluence advance, religious devotion and belief inevitably weaken, wither, and decline. more >>