A report on the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali and his relationship with faith and Christianity claims that Western portrayals of Jesus Christ as white was among the reasons Ali was drawn to Islam.
Catholic News Service reported Monday that Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., came from a Christian household, with his father a Methodist and his mother a Baptist. As Ali grew in prominence due to his boxing championships, he also became a vocal civil rights spokesperson, and converted to Islam in 1964.
But he reportedly began questioning his Christian heritage at an early age, and was bothered by Western portrayals of Jesus as a white man. more >>
Evangelical leaders are calling on 1 million Christians to gather together in the nation's capital next month for prayer and worship at a historic event called "Together 2016."
Inspired by Nick Hall, the founder of PULSE, a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the church and awaken the culture to Jesus, Americans are being urged to unite on the National Mall on July 16 to offer prayer that God will change the hearts of a divided America.
Adding his name to the lineup of pomenant guest speakers and musicians is Pope Francis, who will deliver a video message addressing the crowd. more >>
Can the world experience a "Jesus movement" once again or are those times long gone? That's the question posed by Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor Greg Laurie in a sermon he preached on Sunday.
In the message based on 2 Chronicles 7:14 titled "Can We Have Revival in Our Time?" Laurie briefly recounted the history of the four "great awakenings" within the body of Christ and shared his theory on how America and the world would be impacted should believers experience an End Times rapture.
Laurie explained: "If millions of Americans were caught up to Heaven we wouldn't be the superpower we are today. … Imagine this: if 100,000,000 people were caught up to meet the Lord in the air, if they just disappeared, do you think that would affect our nation? Well of course it would … imagine the effect on our country if 100,000,000 people — people in industry, government, military, business, agriculture, education, medicine — suddenly disappeared from the face of the Earth. … It would certainly have a crippling effect on our entire nation and upon our infrastructure. more >>
Although some Christians feel like they're hopelessly susceptible to temptation, any vice can be overcome if people allow God to help them, says the Rev. Billy Graham.
In a Q&A published in Monday's edition of The Kansas City Star, Graham was asked: "I just can't resist temptation. I claim to be a Christian (and I am), but I get around my old buddies, and before I know it I'm doing things I know are wrong. I've asked God to help me, but it hasn't done any good. Am I always going to be like this?"
The evangelical leader responded to the questioner by assuring him that God's love is unwavering, but added that Christians must also live a life of accountability. "Remember: God loves you, and he doesn't want you to ruin your life or bring disgrace to the name of Christ by your behavior." more >>
Christian pioneer TobyMac addressed the highly anticipated upcoming dc Talk reunion and the Jesus Freak cruise next summer during Sunday's K-LOVE Fan Awards.
While Backstage in the media room of the 2016 K-LOVE Fan Awards, TobyMac talked about the reunion he and his former dc Talk bandmates Michael Tait and Kevin Max announced last month.
Sixteen years after the band dc Talk revolutionized the Christian market with their groundbreaking album Jesus Freak in 1995, the trio announced an upcoming a performance next year on the Jesus Freak Cruise to the Bahamas. more >>
Robertson McQuilkin, a former missionary and president of Columbia Bible College in South Carolina who inspired thousands with his love for his first wife, Muriel, when he resigned so he could care for her after she was stricken with Alzheimer's, died on Thursday. He was 88.
Columbia International University, formerly Columbia Bible College, announced his death.