I never would have predicted these changes to take place so rapidly.
Indeed I am surprised to be writing about them today as major changes. But they are a growing reality.
The two major changes have a similar theme: decentralization. The first is a decentralization of facilities. The second is a decentralization of leadership. more >>
Can a mass exodus of mostly millennials from churches lead to a billion global "gatherings" that meet at coffee shops, workplaces, and homes?
Pastor and church planter Jimmie Davidson is counting on it. He is the visionary behind The Brooks Church, designed to help people who are accustomed to watching church services through the Internet or on TV "become people with a church" wherever they meet.
Although The Brooks is a church planting movement, Davidson refers to the groups as gatherings, much like the early church in biblical times. The Brooks officially launches on Thursday, December 3. more >>
Cuban officials have reportedly ordered the demolishing of all churches in a neighborhood in the city of Santiago de Cuba, an action some Christians are calling a "witch hunt."
"There is a witch hunt against churches in Cuba at this time, mainly against the churches of apostolic and prophetic ministry. The communists have intensified in their hatred and persecution of the church following the Pope's visit to Cuba and the re-establishment of relations with the United States," said the Rev. Alain Toledano, who leads one of the targeted churches in the Abel Santa Maria neighborhood, according to a report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide on Tuesday.
"I request constant intercession on behalf of the churches in Cuba. In our case, this would be the second time that the racist communists have attempted to evict us from our house, throw us out on the street and demolish our temple, only now their diabolical hatred and fury is directed at other congregations too," he added. more >>
Your understanding of the history of Thanksgiving may be about to change. "Saints & Strangers," a two-night miniseries that premieres Nov. 22 on National Geographic Channel, is a visually stunning, action packed account of the first Thanksgiving in 1620. The series delivers a rare, in-depth chronicle of events leading up to the historic meal, as well as insight on the dynamics at play between Pilgrims and Native Americans, from each of their perspectives.
In an exclusive interview, The Christian Post spoke to actors Vincent Kartheiser, Kalani Queypo, Tatanka Means and writer Seth Fisher about the real-life events that are recounted in "Saints & Strangers."
Vincent Kartheiser, who plays William Bradford — the Christian English leader who settles in Plymouth in search of religious freedom — spoke of the integrity brought to the project by National Geographic and producers of the miniseries. more >>
For much of its existence, America has been defined as an extension of the conservative Protestant values of its first settlers. That worldview is rapidly vanishing in America, and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the policy arm of the Southern Baptist Church, says now is the time for the church to reclaim its mission.
"We were never given a mission to promote 'values' in the first place, but to speak instead of sin and of righteousness and judgement, of Christ and his kingdom," writes Moore.
His new book, Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel, offers a blueprint for how to speak to a culture that is not only indifferent to, but at times openly hostile to Christianity. more >>
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 >>