One of Christ's most emphatic directives to His followers was a call to carry His message to the ends of the earth, an admonition to be fulfilled before He returns. Called the "Great Commission," Christ's call urged His followers to spread His message worldwide, a task that will be highlighted by an alliance of five global Christian evangelistic groups on the International Day for the Unreached, May 15.
This remains a huge task. There are an estimated 2 billion people in the world who have never been given a clear presentation of the gospel. The International Day for the Unreached (IDU) comes at a time when Europe is crowded with refugees from countries without a Christian heritage, when the comfort and hope offered by the gospel would be especially appreciated.
Additionally, throughout the world there are many nations where gospel message-bearers and ministries are not welcomed because of religious, cultural or political opposition. Yet, Christ calls us to deliver His message in these settings. more >>
On a winding road to a comeback, ex-Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll received a standing ovation as he took to the stage at Perry Noble's Most Excellent Way to Lead Conference earlier this month, where he admitted that he started in the ministry too young and would have benefited from the guidance of an older mentor.
During an on-stage interview with NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble, Driscoll explained that at age 19 he was "radically saved" after he began reading the Bible in college. From then on, his life seemed to progress at a rapid pace. more >>
A once popular Texas bar is being transformed into the newest campus of a Texas-based non-denominational megachurch.
Stonegate Fellowship Church, based in Midland, purchased the former Graham Central Station last month and is in the process of demolishing the former structure to make way for the space to become the new site for its Odessa congregation.
Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Texas responded to a question about the negative tone in the U.S. presidential elections by encouraging people to "choose to be happy" and "overlooking things that are done wrong."
"Our general message speaks to staying in peace and being respectful and staying full of joy and staying positive," Osteen said during an interview, according to NorthJersey.com published Monday.
"I don't get specific about the politics, but our core message deals with [how] every day, you have to choose to be happy, you have to overlook things that are done wrong and things that are said." more >>
Rob Bell, the best-selling author and former founder and pastor of Michigan-based Mars Hill Bible Church, who stirred controversy with his acceptance of gay marriage, is speaking out against pastors he accuses of exploiting sermons in order to "build bigger buildings."
Bell says since he's no longer pastoring a church, he has the "extraordinary" freedom to evangelize without the responsibilities of running a church getting "in the way."
Christians can't take a "casual" approach to their faith in God, the Rev. Billy Graham said in a post this week.
Responding to a question on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website, the 97-year-old religious leader said Christians must be completely dedicated and involved in their faith.
Graham explains in the BGEA "My Answers" post that while many are be tempted to stop attending church so they can focus on other weekend activities, such an approach to Christianity and Christ's love is not sustainable in the long run. more >>