DULUTH, Georgia — If your ministry has never been called a cult, "you probably are not doing squat" in the Kingdom, said Pastor Craig Groeschel on Thursday, decrying how Christians too often take shots at each other.
Speaking before thousands at the Catalyst Atlanta conference at the Infinite Energy Arena, the pastor of Life Church in Oklahoma, which now has 25 campuses, recounted a time when a guy eager to evangelize knocked on his front door, began sharing his faith, and invited him to come to his church.
Amused by his enthusiasm, Groeschel let him go on for several minutes before telling him that he was not only a follower of Jesus but a part of Life Church. The evangelist recoiled and then looked around nervously, not knowing Groeschel was the pastor, leaned in and said: "My pastor says your pastor doesn't preach the truth." more >>
An author who describes himself as a "secular Jesus follower" has released a new book about what Christ can offer people who don't believe, arguing that Jesus' wisdom and teachings stand out from other well known spiritual leaders.
Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus for Those Who Don't Believe, as the book is titled, was released earlier this week, and seeks to show secular people how they can use Christ as a primary guide for one's life.
The author, Tom Krattenmaker, who is a USA Today contributing columnist and communications director at Yale Divinity School, argues that there is much from Jesus' life that secular people can use. more >>
A United Church of Canada congregation overseen by an openly atheist minister seldom uses the Bible during worship and has replaced the Lord's Prayer with a nonsectarian affirmation.
The Rev. Gretta Vosper, leader of West Hill United Church of Toronto, Ontario, is currently facing the possibility of being defrocked for being an atheist.
Vosper has pastored West Hill for several years. Since the year 2000 the church has undergone extensive change, both in what it teaches and in membership numbers. 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.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence both referred to the Bible when discussing their views on abortion.
At the vice presidential debate Tuesday evening at Longwood University, the two vice presidential hopefuls were asked about their faith and how it connects to their public policy positions, including the abortion debate.
For his answer, Pence talked about the pro-life legislation advanced during his time as governor of Indiana. more >>
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 >>