Churches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area were mostly individual assemblies that were disconnected from one another. However, the Transforming the Bay With Christ initiative hopes to change all that and usher in a gospel movement to improve the quality of life for area residents.
"There was no collective sense of what each other was doing," said Mark Labberton, Fuller Seminary President and advocate for Transforming the Bay With Christ, to The Christian Post in late January.
Not only were churches acting as disjointed, individual assemblies that were diconnected from one another, but residents of the Bay Area mirrored that spiritual disconnect. According to a 2014 report from Barna Group, a research organization that studies faith and culture, the San Francisco metro area was considered America's most "churchless" city. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee has praised Pastor David Yonggi Cho and Grace Kim Sunghae of Yoido Full Gospel Church, the largest Pentecostal Church in the world, as being "one of the most amazing couples in the history of Christendom."
Kong also said that Cho, who founded Yoido in 1958 and saw it grow into a congregation of 830,000 members, has accomplished "things of biblical proportions very few could imagine possible."
The CHC pastor explained in a detailed post on Facebook some of the history behind South Korea's Yoido, noting that Cho, who is now its pastor emeritus, also founded several other Christian institutions, including Church Growth International, Elim Welfare Town, Hansei University, the International Theological Institute, and the Kookmin Daily newspaper. more >>
Church leaders from across the U.K. have condemned a "Christian values" march in Bedfordshire town by a far-right group that handed out anti-Islamic pamphlets.
Catholic Herald reported that the group, called Britain First, marched through the town carrying crosses with the aim to defend "Christian values," with former British National Party Councillor Paul Golding describing its mission as to maintain "British national sovereignty, independence and freedom."
The "Christian Patrol" march apparently went through what the group labeled an "Islamist hotspot," with members of Britain First handing out leaflets and arguing with local Muslims. more >>
USA Today published the results of a national survey among 18 to 31 year-olds regarding living together. A whopping 76% of young Americans said that cohabitation before marriage is fine.
If you have children or grandchildren, do you think they're being influenced by this cultural trend? It's on television, in movies and commonplace among celebrities and sports heroes.
The stark reality is that 65% of "altar-bound" singles — many of whom identify as "Christians" — now live together before marriage. more >>
Public school cheerleaders' right to include Bible verses on the run-through banners at football games must be protected, according to a unanimous ruling by the Texas Supreme Court.
In a decision released Friday, the Lone Star State's highest court ruled in favor of the cheerleaders of Kountze Independent School District, sending the litigation to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth District in Beaumont.
Justice John Phillip Devine delivered the opinion, arguing that the cheerleaders' legal action was not moot solely because the School District had altered their rules regarding religious banners. more >>
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson spoke at an Iowa rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Sunday, calling gay marriage "evil" and "wicked," and warning that America's moral core is collapsing.
"When a fellow like me looks at the landscape and sees the depravity, the perversion – redefining marriage and telling us that marriage is not between a man and a woman? Come on Iowa!" Robertson said in Iowa City, according to CNN.
"It is nonsense. It is evil. It's wicked. It's sinful," he added. "They want us to swallow it, you say. We have to run this bunch out of Washington, D.C. We have to rid the earth of them. Get them out of there." more >>