George O. Wood, the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God (USA), does not believe the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and the Episcopal Church are dying congregations because their worship sets clash with Millennial preferences. Instead, he maintains young Christians are departing church groups that have "abandoned belief in the authority of Scripture."
The Assemblies of God leader offered his comments during a press conference at the Empowered21 Global Congress, a spirit-filled gathering of nearly 4,000 Pentecostals from over 70 nations, as The Christian Post reports.
"The young people that are moving away from traditional religious structures in the U.S. typically belong to churches which have abandoned a belief in the authority of Scripture and the uniqueness and centrality, and exclusiveness of Jesus Christ," says Wood. "They have no belief to hang on to since that has all been gutted by those who have chosen, under the guise of religion, to reject the very claims of the founder of the religion." more >>
Washington National Cathedral held its annual "Blessing of the Bikes" on Friday for members of Rolling Thunder as they arrived at the nation's capital to honor fallen veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces on Memorial Day.
Ruth Frey, director of programs at Washington National Cathedral, told The Christian Post that "Rolling Thunder¹s presence at the Cathedral reminds us all we cannot fully recognize and honor the living without also remembering those who have been lost."
"This event with Rolling Thunder is part of the Cathedral's ongoing initiative to recognize and pay tribute to veterans, to offer a sacred space for spiritual healing, and to educate the civilian public about the experience of veterans and the challenges they and their families face when returning home," said Frey. more >>
The leader of a Christian scouting group that was founded by former members of the Boy Scouts of America after the organization opened its membership to openly gay youth, said he's "saddened" by the BSA president's Thursday statement that the organization should also lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders.
On Thursday BSA President Robert M. Gates announced that the longstanding male youth organization's ban on openly gay scout leaders "was not sustainable."
Gates also stated while addressing the BSA's annual national meeting in Atlanta that "that this will probably happen sooner rather than later." more >>
The decision to foster a child brings great challenge and great reward. You become the stabilizing force in a life disrupted by turbulent times. Knowing that reunification with the birth family is the goal you open your home and heart. And you fall in love.
Several years ago, my wife and I embarked on this adventure. Today our family includes two biological sons, an adopted daughter, and a foster daughter who joined our family at three months old. She just turned two and likely will be reunited with her birth family soon. Saying good-bye will break our hearts, yet we are not called to an easy path—we are called to be faithful. I can say unequivocally that we sense a calling on our lives to care for these little ones. Children living right in our cities and towns who have no one to hold them, take them to a park, or put a warm meal on the table—this trumps many things that command more attention. Children represent the future. They represent the hope and possibility of our communities, our churches, and our nation. All people, regardless of faith tradition, must come together to advocate for these children.
Since May is National Foster Care Month, the time is right for religious leaders to begin cultivating a massive interfaith movement to target this crisis. On any given day, approximately 402,000 live in foster care in the United States, and on average, these children remain in state care for nearly two years with eight percent of children enduring five or more years. We must do better than this. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has responded to criticism directed at the Ark Encounter project by stating that those who ask why the money isn't used to help poor people instead are really objecting to the Gospel message.
"Nearly every time I post an update on the exciting Ark Encounter project, there seem to be those habitual complainers who claim the money should be spent on the poor instead and not be 'wasted' this way," Ham said earlier this week on his AiG blog.
"The Ark project (like the Creation Museum) will in a professional, powerful, and gracious way present the truth of God's Word and the Gospel. Sadly, even some people claiming to be Christians complain about the Ark project and that the money should be given to the poor instead. Such people either don't understand or don't seem to care about the millions who will be reached with the most important food in the universe —the spiritual food of the saving Gospel — the very message that their eternal life depends on," he added. more >>
For months, many Western observers have been closely following the minute-by-minute developments concerning the battle between Islamic State and coalition forces in the hopes that such data will help them discern what the future may hold.
Yet knowledge of the end game has been available for anyone viewing the Obama administration with the eyes of a hedgehog, not a fox.
In an article published over seven months ago, I anticipated the main developments to have taken place since U.S. President Obama declared war (i.e., "airstrikes") on the Islamic State in September, 2014. Titled, Does Obama Need 'Time to Defeat or Forget ISIS? I made the following predictions, all of which have come true, and in the same sequence: more >>