Pastor Kong Hee of Singapore's City Harvest Church has continued his tour around Southeast Asia, focusing this week on Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, which he called a "big harvest field" for Christianity.
Kong also spoke about the importance of implementing church "cell groups," which he argued allow even the world's biggest megachurches to effectively care for all of its members.
"What a big harvest field Indonesia is. The number of Christians has grown from 1.3 million to 24 million in the past 40 years, making up approximately 10 percent of the country's population," Kong wrote on Facebook. more >>
Throughout the ages, the Gospel has traversed borders and overcome language and cultural barriers to prick the hearts of mankind. The last 2,000 years of the spread of Christianity have been illustrated in an animated map that charts the Great Commission in the span of 90 seconds.
"The Spread of the Gospel," created by Western Conservatory of the Arts and Sciences, demonstrates how Christianity once extended far and wide from its cradle in the Middle East, experienced a brief period where it lost ground around the 820s AD, and rebounded a little over 100 years later. The map shows the proliferation of Christianity with the added context of the spread of the Roman and Byzantine empires.
Along with Christianity, the rise of Islam, the world's second-largest religion after Christianity, is also depicted — the two faiths overlapping in places like the Arabian Peninsula, in portions of northern Africa, and in parts of Spain and Portugal by the early 700s AD, according to the map. more >>
Hundreds of thousands of Christians are worshiping secretly in a rapidly accelerating house church movement in Iran, as a London-based theological center is aiding the movement by training the next generation of its spiritual leaders.
The Iranian government labels Christianity as a threat to the nation's Islamic identity and imprisons over 100 Christians for worshiping Christ. Such crackdowns on faith, however, have not prevented Iranian house churches from blossoming into a movement too big for the Iranian religious police to contain.
Some estimates, such as one provided by Open Doors USA, record as many as 450,000 practicing Christians in Iran, while other, more optimistic estimates, record over 1 million Christians in the Islamic republic. more >>
A member of the staff at a nationally influential megachurch in Texas stressed the importance of media ministries at a major annual gathering of churches and Christian media.
Bryan Bailey, director of Media and Production at First Baptist Church of Dallas, was involved in a moderated discussion on Friday morning as part of the National Religious Broadcaster's annual convention.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Bailey noted that the discussion "had a great group of people." with an audience that was appeared to be "absorbing the information." more >>
Known for his "fiery sermons," Pentecostal Pastor Thomas Lanier Lowery died Sunday at 87, at his home in Cleveland, Tennessee. The cause of death has not yet been released.
Bishop Lowery's ministry spanned over 70 years during which the evangelist, known for his tent crusades, served as the pastor of two churches — the North Cleveland Church of God in Tennessee from 1969 to 1974, and the Washington National Church of God in Washington from 1981 to 1996.
During his tenure at Washington National Church of God the pastor established community ministries and constructed apartments for elderly and median income families. The clergyman also served for 16 years on the Church of God executive committee, and for 34 years on its executive council, according to the Cleveland Daily Banner. more >>
I recently spoke with a pastor who was tearfully concerned about his health insurance. He had just received notice of a large premium increase that he could not afford. With a diabetic child, he did not know what to do.
The only good news in this story is that he had health insurance.
Many pastors do not. more >>