Efrem Smith, preacher, author and urban ministry advocate, delivered a challenging, uncomfortable and anointed message about evangelism, according to some of the thousands who attended or tuned in via a live webcast to the Exponential West Conference at Saddleback Church on Tuesday.
Smith, president and CEO of World Impact and author of The Post-Black and Post-White Church, preached a message titled "Rethinking Evangelism Through the Suffering," making the case that the atrocities and painful conditions people experience today require a refocused approached to doing outreach.
He began by reading to the thousands in person and likely thousands more watching online, the description of the multi-ethnic and multi-lingual kingdom of God described in Revelation 7, specifically verses 9-17. more >>
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hasn't been seen in public for over a month, sparking questions and a wide-range of rumors around his disappearance.
USA Today noted on Tuesday that rumors include a possible coup; that the 31-year-old leader is facing health problems; or that there is a low-grade civil war in the Pacific nation.
North Korea has given no explanation as for why Kim, who regularly makes public appearances, has not been seen for over four weeks now. The last reports showed him attending a music concert with his wife, Ri Sol Ju, on Sept. 3. more >>
States with higher rates of charitable giving went for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 and have higher rates of religious practice.
A report published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that the most and least charitable states in America fell in mostly different camps in the 2012 Presidential Election.
Editors' Note: This is a growing list compiled by the author and at the end of the article, there is information for readers wanting to make their own submission or contest an entry. Below is David Housholder's list in no particular order.
1. Angels with wings (there are angels but no mention of wings). Or that people become angels when they die. And would you believe the angels are not singing at the birth of Jesus, but rather just speaking? And yes, seraphim (the "burners" – flame on!, plural form of "seraph") have wings, and no, the Bible never identifies seraphim as angels. Ditto cherubim (plural of cherub), who are intimidating beasts in the Bible, but turned into fat, naked, winged babies on the walls of Italian churches. Find me one place that says seraphim (burners) are angels (messengers). I'm waiting….
2. The devil with horns and a pitchfork (there is a devil but no red skin, horns or pitchfork) more >>
Mike Overd, a street preacher in the United Kingdom, is facing three charges of "causing offense," a violation of Section 5 of the Public Order Act for public remarks comparing Jesus Christ and the Muslim prophet Muhammad, whom he said had married a 9-year-old girl.
Overd has argued that his comments about Muhammad were not intended to be hateful, as his speech included, "a simple comparison and it was factual."
"I have no hatred of Muslims in me at all and only preach the truth of the Gospel. Recently a Muslim man came to my defense when I was preaching and a local shopkeeper started to shout at me," said Overd, who's been a street preacher for five years and has evangelised in Glasgow, Scotland, and Sheffield, Manchester and Taunton, England. more >>
Terrorists such as ISIS won't be stopped unless Christians help to save the lost boys of the world.
The Lost Boys of Sudan fled violent Islamists, communists and wild animals. Their exodus led them across Ethiopia and eventually to refugee camps in neighboring nations. From camps, the boys were taken to America or other industrialized nations.
Surprisingly, some of the most daunting challenges would lie at their final destinations, such as the USA. Imagine a teenaged orphan's complex transition from rural Sudan to the United States: learning to read and write; the culture shock of TV, the internet, shopping malls, bank accounts and getting a driver's license. more >>