A conservative Anglican leader stated that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's recent comments on evangelism are "half-right."
At an interfaith event held in London earlier this month, the head of the 88 million-member Anglican Communion drew a line between evangelism and proselytizing by saying: "I draw the line in terms of respect for the other; in starting by listening before you speak; in terms of love that is unconditional and not conditional to one iota, to one single element on how the person responds to your own declaration of faith; and of not speaking about faith unless you are asked about faith," said Welby, according to the Telegraph.
"I draw a pretty sharp line, it is all based around loving the person you are dealing with which means you seek their wellbeing and you respect their identity and their integrity." more >>
Pastor Steven Furtick who heads Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the fastest growing evangelical churches in America, uses the story of an imprisoned Paul in Philippians Chapter 1 as an example of how Christians can determine if they're headed in the right direction in life.
When Paul was imprisoned for his Christian faith, instead of being negative about his plight he saw it as a chance to interpret God's plan for him.
"Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the Gospel," Paul says in verse 12. "As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the Gospel without fear." more >>
Delegates at the United Methodist Church's General Conference elected the first-ever African president of their highest ecclesiastical court.
N. Oswald Tweh Sr., a native of Liberia who already sat as a member of the United Methodist Judicial Council, was elected president of the Council last week.
A lay member who was elected to an eight-year term at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa Bay, Florida, Tweh has an extensive legal background, according to the United Methodist News Services. more >>
Life.Church founder and Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel advises church leaders against expanding to multiple sites too quickly.
Speaking at the Catalyst One Day conference earlier this week, Groeschel expounded on such risks by explaining that even Life.Church has had a couple failed satellite campuses.
The world nowadays has been described as a "global village" thanks to technological advances that have knit first-world urban dwellers to third-world villagers through mobile phones and the internet. Finishing the Great Commission and bringing the Gospel to unreached people groups through Bible translations in their heart language is occurring more rapidly than ever in history.
Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, wrote in a 2014 article in Christian Post that a unqiue software program called ParaText has radically increased the speed of Bible translation and that "someone who is alive in the world today will translate the last Bible for the last unreached people."
"We're at a pivotal point in history where this generation could see the end of a centuries-old effort to make the Bible available in every language that needs it. This is the fastest pace of Bible translation the church has ever seen, and technological advancements have played a critical role in getting us here. We praise God that today there are nearly 2,200 Bible translation projects underway in some of the most remote places on earth, representing 1.9 billion people being reached with the gospel in a language they can clearly understand." more >>
As the world prepares for Global Outreach Day on Saturday, May 21 – a massive mobilization movement to share the Good News – an international ministry says that the rising number of unbelievers in America and the Western world is a real opportunity for evangelism and sincere conversations.
The vision of Global Outreach Day is to share the Gospel to over 200 nations around the wold on one single day, seeking to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to reach out to every person. A number of organizations have signed up to join the movement, including Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ), which since its founding in 1951 has grown to be represented in 191 countries around the world.
Matt Mikalatos, the city director for Cru who travels to do outreach and lead speeches, told The Christian Post in an interview that the rising number of unbelievers in America is not a difficulty but "absolutely a source of opportunity" for Christians to open up about their faith. more >>