Pastor Charles Stanley withdrew his name from an award he was slated to receive Thursday at the Jewish National Fund's Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast after some of its members accused him of being "against LGBT people," and threatened to skip the event if the Christian pastor was in attendance.
Adam H. Brill, spokesman for the JNF, told The Christian Post that Stanley "was invited to receive the Tree of Life award" for his continued support for Israel.
"[The award was] to recognize the many years of support he and his congregants at First Baptist Church Atlanta have shown toward the Jewish people and Israel," Brill said. more >>
Husband and wife team Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are being recognized on Newsmax's list of top 100 Christian leaders in America this week for their work in television and film, including the hit series "A.D. – The Bible Continues."
Selected based on their ability to "make a real impact on modern lives in 2015," the annual list of Christian leaders celebrates individuals beyond televangelists and pastors. As co-creators of the "Bible" series as well as its NBC spinoff "A.D. – The Bible Continues," Downey and Burnett "have resurrected the Christian entertainment industry," according to Newsmax.
"A.D. – The Bible Continues" premiered on Easter Sunday as the No. 1 television show of the night on the major networks in every key measure — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54, with over 9.5 million people tuning in. The series also became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. more >>
Christian publisher Zondervan announced on Tuesday, on the third anniversary of the death of Charles W. "Chuck" Colson, that the influential evangelical's last published work is set to be released on Aug. 4, and will engage with hot-topic issues such as the rise of Islam and same-sex marriage, among others.
"Chuck Colson was ahead of his time — he understood the crucial issues facing our culture and how they might influence the world as we know it," Stan Gundry, senior vice president and publisher of Zondervan, said in a statement.
"We are honored to have worked with Colson and The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview on My Final Word a fitting end to Colson's distinguished publishing career." more >>
National Football League quarterback Tim Tebow is getting a unique welcome from a business in the city of brotherly love.
In reaction to Tebow signing a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philly Pretzel Factory has introduced a "Tebowing Pretzel" in honor of the devout Christian player.
Adam Terranova, marketing manager at Philly Pretzel Factory, told The Christian Post that the decision to make the Tebowing Pretzel came as an idea to welcome the former Denver Broncos quarterback. more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham, megachurch pastor Joel Osteen, and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have topped Newsmax's list of the 100 most influential Christians in America, released on Monday.
"Christianity's challenges in today's world of instantaneous information transmission and new brands of sin are not what they were a century ago, nor are they quite what they were during the socio-sexual revolution of the '60s. And not all the names below are occupants of pulpits — not traditional physical pulpits, anyway," Newsmax.com stated.
The news website, part of Newsmax Media, listed Graham at the very top of its list. The Evangelical, who is head of Christian charity Samaritan's Purse, has been highly vocal about Christian persecution around the world, and has, on a number of occasions, blamed President Barack Obama's administration for not doing enough to speak out and protect them. Graham is the son of famous evangelist Billy Graham, who also made the list, at No. 5. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to the latest video of ISIS beheading Christians by calling on the U.S. government to immediately halt all immigration of Muslims from countries with active terror cells, and at the same time to take military action to defeat the terror group.
Following ISIS' video on Sunday that showed the militants shooting and beheading two groups of Ethiopian Christians in Libya, numbering 30 people in total, Graham asked in a Facebook message: "Can it be that the world is no longer as shocked by Christians having their heads cut off and then ISIS proudly promoting this on video? We should continue to be horrified and nauseated."
He added that Americans must make sure that their government properly recognizes Islam "for the danger it is." more >>