The doors to gospel star Travis Green's church are officially open, welcoming a number of high profile people to worship during its first official Sunday service.
Among the Forward City Church Columbia, South Carolina visitors is Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.
Missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken have interviewed more than 600 persecuted Christians in over 72 countries, and now the film "The Insanity of God" will convey the amazing story on the silver screen across the country.
For just one day, Aug. 30, LifeWay Films, International Mission Board with Fathom Events will present the film, based on the Ripkens' 2013 best-selling book by the same name, in 530 movie theaters nationwide.
"They discover the church not only survives under persecution, but it thrives," says Trey Reynolds, manager of LifeWay Films, in a statement. more >>
John Bryson, former Acts 29 network board member and lead pastor of Fellowship Memphis, a popular multicultural church he helped found in Memphis, Tennessee, said he has hired a private investigator after allegations surfaced that he covered for one of his former worship director, Rick Trotter, who was arrested earlier this month for "making upskirt videos of church members."
"It appears the facts and rumors surrounding Rick Trotter's termination from Fellowship have begun to blur," Bryson wrote in a statement to The Christian Post on Tuesday. "The statement we provided on August 11 lays out the facts that I am currently aware of. Of course there may be additional facts that we were not aware of in 2010 when we terminated Trotter, but to ensure we do get a clear understanding of the true facts, we have hired an outside firm to conduct an independent investigation. This will allow us all to separate facts from rumor."
Trotter, 40, who is married with children, is currently facing eight charges of photographing women at the Downtown Church in Memphis without consent, according to The Commercial Appeal. He was also fired from his position as the voice of the Memphis Grizzlies as a result of the arrest. Police reportedly found videos on Trotter's church-issued laptop showing him kneeling behind at least four women during worship service and recording under the women's skirt or dress with his cell phone. more >>
In an age where police are being murdered in the streets and biological sex is seen as an oppressive social construct, a renown writer is arguing America needs Christian renewal of our society or it will break down.
R. R. Reno, editor of First Things and a leading scholar of religion and politics, warns in his new book, Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society, that America's post-Christian culture is leading to our enslavement by the state.
Reno also outlines why the alarming rise in poverty rates is due to a decline of faith, how secular liberalism most adversely impacts the poor, and why the government will continue to control more areas of life unless Christianity's public influence is restored. more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll preached at The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, for its official opening on Sunday, saying he ended up there as a result of storms in his life.
"[W]e tend to think if things go well it's from the Lord and if things are hard it must be from Satan. Let me [tell you,] sometimes hard things come from God," Driscoll said during his sermon that focused on the story of Jonah, according to NBC's Seattle affiliate King 5 that was on site outside the church.
"Sometimes God will allow us to endure hardship for two reasons: to change who we are and where we are," he added. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham announced that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will no longer host the "first-of-its-kind" World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Moscow following Russia's passing of new laws that severely restrict religious liberties.
In March, Graham announced that the international persecution summit was going to be held in Moscow between October 28-30 because "no church in modern history has suffered more than the church in Russia." Additionally, the conference was to be co-organized by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Last month, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed so-called anti-terrorism bills into law that infringes on the rights of missionaries and evangelists. more >>