When Preston Ulmer set out for Colorado with missions on his heart, one of his first stops was at a coffee shop in Denver's Highlands neighborhood.
Quite randomly he asked the guy behind the counter, Trax, who happened to be the owner: "What kind of church would you want to go to?"
The owner laughed and said "Oh, I'm not religious" — he identifies as an atheist — but then said he would consider attending a church where people were not pushed away for asking questions and for believing different things, a place where they could actively engage their minds with pastors. more >>
A conservative group is calling on the House Armed Services Committee to support legislation that would allow members of the U.S. military to protect Afghan boys from being sexually abused and tortured at the hands of ally fighters.
The issue revolves around Sergeant First Class Charles Martland, an American serviceman who was initially punished for defending an Afghan boy from being sexually abused as part of a ritual practice carried out by an Afghan Commander and U.S. ally in the war on terror.
The American Center for Law and Justice petitioned on behalf of Martland, who has since been allowed to resume his service, but has warned that children continue being exploited in the "bacha bazi" or "boy play" practice in Afghanistan, in which grown men force young boys to dress up like women before raping and sexually abusing them. more >>
While God is all-powerful, it is Satan who is the author of evil, declared famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham in a recent advice column.
Graham was asked in a Q&A column published in The Kansas City Star about the originator of evil and how an all-powerful God was not responsible for evil.
"Who is to blame for all the evil in the world, God or the devil? I'd like to think it's the devil, but if God is all-powerful, doesn't that make Him responsible for everything that happens, even evil?" asked the person. more >>
To have a life that is overflowing with blessing, a person needs to give Jesus total control of one's life, including their career, according to Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren.
In a devotional published Monday, Warren focused his attention on Luke 5:3, which reads as follows: "Jesus got into one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon, and asked him to push off a little from the land. Then Jesus sat down and continued to teach the people from the boat."
Warren used this verse to illustrate that a person should "give Jesus complete control of your life, including your career." more >>
The gripping apocalyptic adventure film about the rapture and tribulation "Vanished: Left Behind: Next Generation," will be in theaters nationwide for one night only coming this September.
Targeting a new generation of moviegoers, the film is inspired by The New York Times best-selling book series Left Behind by authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. The series is no stranger to the big screen and was made popular by actor Kirk Cameron 16 years ago and more recently by Nicholas Cage in 2014. However, "Vanished: Left Behind: Next Generation," seeks a new audience by telling the story from the perspective of young adults.
Piggybacking off of the dramatic action movies "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," the new feature, which will be in theaters on Sept. 28, hopes to take its characters beyond their own fears and desires, opening them to the questions of purpose, and whether their lives and choices really matter. more >>
Residents of Russia's St. Petersburg are fighting against plans to erect one of the largest statues of Jesus Christ in the world, arguing that it would spoil the city's famous 18th century skyline.
Radio Free Europe reported that although many of the city's residents are Christians, they have sternly stood up against several previous plans to obstruct the skyline, and five years ago fought off major plans by state-controlled natural-gas giant Gazprom to build a 400-meter-high skyscraper in the center of the city.
Kremlin sculptor Zurab Tsereteli has built a massive statue of Jesus Christ, measuring at 33 meters tall and intended to stand on a 47-meter pedestal, which would make it twice as large as the famous Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro. more >>