WASHINGTON — Distinguished scholars from Baylor University on Tuesday decried the myth that religion is on the decline in America and argued that it's actually growing and is stronger than ever.
Professors from Baylor University's Institute for Religion Studies in Waco, Texas, participated in a panel discussion at the National Press Club focusing on the "secularization myth," where they lambasted the media's spin on various surveys which has led many to believe that irreligion is on the rise in the United States.
Even though surveys have found there to be a rise in individuals who don't identify with a particular religion or denomination ("nones") and a decline in church membership for many Mainline denominations, the panelists agreed that those results don't mean that religion is on its deathbed or that atheism is on the rise. more >>
A 28-year-old pregnant pastor's wife, mother and pastor's daughter who was shot in the head during a home invasion in Indianapolis on Tuesday died Wednesday despite a desperate attempt to save her life with medicine and prayers.
Amanda Blackburn, the departed wife of Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church, is also the youngest daughter of Pastor Phil Byars of First Baptist Church, Elkhart in Bristol, Indiana.
She and her husband had moved to Indianapolis in January of 2012 to start Resonate Church with the help of megachurch Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. more >>
A Christian ministry in Nepal has reflected on the changing political currents in Nepal, and noted that as room for preaching the Gospel has grown, so has "false teaching" coming from groups such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, and prosperity gospel preachers.
"When there was persecution, professing the name of Christ was very costly, but since the government became secular there's freedom, and because of that there's a lot of false teaching coming in, so it's imperative that they know what true teaching is," one ministry director working from Nepal said in a press release shared by Christian Aid Mission.
"With Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, prosperity gospel and others coming in, that problem is increasing, and the people that they are shepherding need to get fed the truth of the Scripture." more >>
NEW YORK — Mac Pier, founder and CEO of The New York Leadership Center in Manhattan, which hosted Movement Day 2015 last Thursday, warned in a declaration that division in the church is breeding atheism in the world and called for the body to unite.
"We confess that we are a divided church. We are divided by race, by denomination, and by geography. We confess that division in the church breeds atheism in the world. We confess that we have yet to fully answer the prayer of Jesus that we be one that the world might believe. As Jesus wept over Jerusalem, we weep over the condition of our cities," noted Pier in the declaration co-authored by Bishop Claude Alexander Jr. of The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Movement Day, which was launched in 2010, is designed to catalyze leadership teams from the world's largest cities to serve their cities more effectively by advancing high-level, city-changing collaborative partnerships. more >>
NEW YORK — When Pete Scazzero founded New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York, in 1987 he envisioned a church that would bridge a community across racial, cultural and economic lines.
With members from more than 70 nations eventually filling his pews, Scazzero, who is white, soon realized his vision was in trouble.
"We found ourselves with a church with 70-plus nations with a good 20 to 25 percent African-American with all the racial tension there as well as all the different countries of Latin America with all the racial issues. ... We have a good portion of Asians with Indonesians, Filipinos, Chinese, Koreans and then whites and Eastern Europeans. It was a mess," said Scazzero. more >>
Evangelical leaders such as Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and Christian speaker Francis Chan are joining forces for a conference aimed at reaching out to the last remaining 3,000 groups of people who have never heard the Gospel.
"As part of the 'H' Initiative for Daring Faith we are 'Helping take the Good News of the Gospel to the last 3,000 unreached, unengaged people groups!' Unreached, unengaged people groups are those around the world with NO Bible, NO Believer, and NO Body of Christ," Warren wrote in a Facebook message, previewing the conference scheduled at Saddleback Church for Dec. 2-4.
"We are inviting pastors and churches to come listen to world-class speakers Francis Chan, Paul Eshleman, and others (including myself!) about helping churches choose the 3 P's; a People group, a Partner (an in-country church or outreach organization) and a Plan to reach their people group by the end of the decade," he added. more >>