DULUTH, Georgia — Amid the growing chorus of church leaders alarmed by the rise of "nones" as more Americans abandon Christianity, a new book that has just been released showcases areas where churches have been successful at reaching and retaining young people.
At the Catalyst conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, Fuller Youth Institute Executive Director Kara Powell sat down with The Christian Post to discuss Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church, a book she co-authored with Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin. While some of the statistics are troubling, there is much more to the story.
Powell, 46, who is also an assistant professor at Fuller Seminary, told CP that she and her colleagues "felt called to do this research because the best data [from Pew and other reputable sources] indicates no major denomination or Christian movement in the U.S. is growing, the number of adults who profess to be Christian is shrinking, so the Church overall is shrinking numerically." more >>
The I AM HOPE movement, inspired by Rachel Joy Scott — the 17-year-old girl who was gunned down for her Christian faith during the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting — has launched a plan to help students across the nation overcome their fear related to sharing the Gospel, amid the release of a film based on Scott's life and faith.
"It's incredible," said Franklin Santagate regarding the plans of the I AM HOPE movement, in an email to The Christian Post on Monday. "We have over 2,000 schools using the 4 week plan at their school this month."
Santagate is vice president of global strategic alliances at Pure Flix, an independent Christian film and television studio that is making a film entitled "I'm Not Ashamed," based on Scott's compelling true story. more >>
Several fact-checking websites are disputing the claim made by Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine that Hillary Clinton helped eliminate Iran's nuclear weapons program.
During the vice presidential debate held at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, Kaine claimed that the Democratic presidential hopeful was integral to putting a stop to the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions.
More than 300,000 students are planning to take their copies of the Good Book with them to school on Thursday in an observance known as "Bring Your Bible to School Day."
Youths across the United States will take Bibles to school as a show of evangelism and expression of religious freedom.
The national event is sponsored by the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based Focus on the Family, a socially conservative group founded by author and radio personality Dr. James Dobson. more >>
All the scenes featuring Jesus Christ in the Hollywood remake of "Ben-Hur," produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, were cut out before sending it to the censor board of Malaysia so that the Muslim-majority country's Islamic laws were not violated, the film distributor has said.
Neither Downey nor her co-executive producer husband Burnett was aware that United International Pictures Malaysia, the movie's distributors, made the film 11 minutes shorter due to the deletion of all Jesus scenes, according to Belfast Telegraph.
"We submitted into the censor board a studio pre-edited version which was available for countries that do not allow the depiction of prophets on film whether by law or due to local sensitivities," a UIP spokesman told Malay Mail Online earlier. "We learned from past titles submitted to the Malaysian Film Censorship Board that no prophets are allowed to be depicted on film. In Malaysia, previous films such as Noah and Exodus which depicted prophets were banned by LPF." more >>
If you ask Mike Foster, it is high time to throw a party or two for anyone living under the crippling power of shame and failure, because God our Father never intended for us to live there.
As God's beloved, we cannot stop being loved by Him; "beloved" is our truest identity in Him.
Foster, the founder of People of the Second Chance, a nonprofit organization that's guided by the lofty ideal that every person deserves a second chance, said in an interview with The Christian Post that he wants his new book, People of the Second Chance: A Guide to Bringing Life-Saving Love to the World, "to be almost like a $15 therapy session." more >>