NEW YORK — The U.S. pastor who took it upon himself to fly to Sudan to meet with and pray for imprisoned persecuted Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim was among those celebrating her freedom Thursday. He credited the 27-year-old married mother's release to the outcry of people from around the world who were captivated by her steadfast Christian witness in the face of impending death.
"Praise God for that," Pastor William Devlin told The Christian Post in response to Ibrahim's early morning flight out of Sudan, where she had been held imprisoned for nearly one year. Devlin returned to New York City on July 20 after a week-long trip to Sudan, where he says he spent an hour and a half with Ibrahim, her husband Daniel Wani and their two children.
"I think it was really the outcry of people from around the world," added Pastor Devlin, commenting on what he thought led to Ibrahim's release just days after his visit with her at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum. Indeed, the young woman's case resonated with many around the world and many were moved to petition for her release. One such petition, published on Change.org, had more than one million supporters. more >>
Evangelizing is not about methodology as much as it is about intentionality because there is always an opportunity to share the Gospel with people, says David Martin, Director of Student Initiatives for "I Am Second," a ministry that posts a series of web videos featuring notable personalities and their testimonies about God.
Martin admits his excuse for not sharing the Gospel with individuals one-on-one used to be because he was an introvert and it was not his "wiring" to engage with strangers. However, he reached a point in his life where he realized he had a "gospel integrity gap" which prompted him to begin spreading God's message in an unconventional way.
"I started going to the sub-level 2 waiting room of Methodist Hospital, once a month, at 6:30 a.m., armed with a jug of Starbucks coffee in one hand and healthy dose of fear in the other," writes Martin, in a blog post for Emerging Evangelists. "I would nervously ask those waiting, as their loved ones underwent life-threatening surgeries, if they wanted coffee." more >>
A pastor's wife from Tulsa, Oklahoma and former competitive gymnast revealed her new look after losing over half of her body weight on Tuesday night's episode of ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss."
Georgeanna Johnson, whose husband is an assistant pastor at the multisite congregation Church on the Move, weighed 315 lbs at the beginning of her weight loss journey but managed to drop down to her original teenage weight over the course of a year.
"I lost like an entire me," said Johnson, reports Tulsa World news outlet. "I weighed 155 in high school, so that was my goal for the last year." more >>
I remember when I was 7 years old, in 1997, when Ellen DeGeneres publicly "came out" on television. At that time in my childhood, I had only understood the term "gay" to mean something derogatory… like something stupid, cheesy, corny, etc. When I heard her say she was gay on T.V. I remember laughing and saying, "She just said she's stupid!"- while my step mom sat there awkwardly not really knowing what to say. Later my dad came home and explained to me what "being gay" meant, how it wasn't right, how it was a sin, etc.
Although I had been unaware of the meaning of the term, I did already know that I was drawn toward other boys instead of girls. I knew that I was gay. And now I knew that it was wrong, it was a sin, I was a sinner…and I shouldn't ever tell anyone.
But oh, how I wish I also would've understood who Jesus was! more >>
It has been about three weeks now since the Hobby Lobby decision, and based on all the brouhaha from the left against the decision, you would think that the Supreme Court had virtually overruled the Constitution. It hasn't.
The case: Should a business be forced to provide contraceptives, including abortifacients, for their employees, even if that violates the conscience? 5 to 4 on the High Court said no.
Consider some of the fallout from this decision: more >>
An ex-gay ministry group has released a documentary comprised of interviews with individuals who identify as having formerly struggled with same-sex attraction.
Mastering Life Ministries announced last week the release of "Such Were Some of You," a documentary featuring interviews with 29 people who describe themselves as "former homosexuals."
David Kyle Foster, founder and director of Mastering Life Ministries, told The Christian Post that "Such Were Some of You" was made because his organization "wants people to know that Jesus Christ can transform anyone's life, including homosexuals, and we want them to know how He does it." more >>