Last Friday, the Institute on Religion and Democracy's (IRD) Chelsen Vicari met with Deamon Scapin, the pastor of a new Capitol Hill church plant called Triumph D.C. According to the new church plant's website, Triumph seeks to be "a network of life-giving churches and a movement of leaders to influence a city that influences the world." Deamon, his wife Kristine, and their three children moved from suburban Texas in 2013 to join the revitalized movement of church planting happening inside the Washington D.C. Beltway.
Chelsen Vicari: When did you first recognize the call to lead a church plant in Washington D.C.? And, by the way, uprooting your family from suburban Texas to this crazy, chaotic, awesome city is quite daunting. What were your thoughts and feelings during such a hectic, exciting time?
Pastor Deamon Scapin: That is a huge story, but I'll try to condense it. Just out of college and newly married, we moved from Pensacola, Florida to Texas through a relationship with a spiritual father of mine to be on staff there at a church. At the time, we knew that when we were joining the staff—this was sixteen years ago or so—that we weren't going to be there forever. We were going to Texas for ministry training, development, and experience. At some point we knew we would plant a network of churches that we would have the opportunity to lead. We ended up taking over the 30-year old founding campus over and we lead there for about six years. But my wife and I knew God was leading us to do the work that we had done in Texas in another place. more >>
Friday night I received an email from the founder of a self-described Christian event planning organization, who wrote, "Over the last 48 hours we have focused our creativity and resources on supporting an appropriate response to the 21 Egyptian Christian martyrs." He goes on to explain that his team created a website, asked thousands of churches to have a "Moment of Silence" on Sunday, February 22, and is encouraging people to pray every morning during Lent at 7:03 a.m. for "solidarity."
This email highlights two enormous problems associated with self-described American Christians. First, either they are entirely ignorant or blatantly hypocritical or both, when it comes to which "crisis" to pray about, why, and when.
Why ask now for prayer—because 21 Christians were killed on a video? more >>
As the hometown of world-renowned Evangelist Billy Graham, Charlotte N.C., prepares to vote on whether to allow transgenders the right to use the public restrooms that are designated for the opposite sex, his son, Franklin Graham, is questioning the judgement of the city council for even considering such a proposal.
"I cannot see why City Council would even consider this. It is not only ridiculous, it's unsafe," Graham, the 62-year-old president of Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said in a statement.
"Common sense tells us that this would open the door, literally, to all sorts of serious concerns including giving sexual predators access to children. It violates every sense of the privacy and decency for people." more >>
"More than 90 percent of Americans who express a religious preference identify themselves as Christians." So said a December 2014 Gallup survey after interviewing 173,490 U.S. citizens.
Furthermore, "Eight in 10 Americans attend religious services at least occasionally, while more than half attend monthly or more frequently." The pollsters concluded that, contrary to the view of America as no longer predominantly Christian but a conglomerate of many opinions, "the U.S. remains a largely Christian nation."
If these figures are accurate, why are the Christian faith and followers of Christ under such relentless attack? In an interview that aired recently on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, well-known evangelist Franklin Graham articulated what more and more believers across America are thinking: more >>
When you look at the endless problems we face in society today, it's easy to think, "But what I can do? I'm just one person."
The fact is that God only has people to use, and He uses one person at a time. It's amazing to see what can happen when one person decides to take a stand.
Lisa L. is the homeschooling mother of three children. She's 35-years-old and, along with her husband Mike, graduated from our ministry training school when it was based in Pensacola, Florida. more >>
An annual conference focused on the needs and interests of international Christian media professionals is expected to bring thousands to Nashville, Tennessee this week.
Overseen by the organization National Religious Broadcasters, the conference is scheduled to begin Monday and continue with various events until Thursday.
Known as the NRB International Christian Media Convention, it boasts of being the largest conference that's focused on Christian communications. more >>