DULUTH, Georgia — Former NFL player and lead pastor of Transformation Church in South Carolina, Derwin Gray, provided Christian leaders from across the country with seven tips for how to build and maintain ethnically diverse congregations.
Gray, who played for the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers during the '90s, founded one of the most successful multi-ethnic church plants in the nation and is the author of the 2015 book, The High Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World, spoke at the three-day Catalyst Atlanta 2016 conference Wednesday afternoon.
As the conference's theme for this year is unity through "uncommon fellowship," many church leaders came to the conference looking for answers on how they can diversify their churches and take concrete steps to tackle the widely perceived notion that Sunday morning services are the most segregated hour in America. more >>
DULUTH, Ga. — Speaking to thousands of Christian leaders gathered for Catalyst Atlanta Thursday morning, prominent evangelical Pastor Andy Stanley said Jesus Christ commanded that cross-cultural unity take precedence over all the minor theological differences that have divided Christ's followers for centuries.
As over 7,000 church leaders gathered at the Infinite Energy Arena for the 17th annual three-day conference, Stanley, a popular author and senior pastor at North Point Community Church in Georgia, was asked to kick off Thursday morning's events with an address that touched on the theme of this year's Catalyst Atlanta, which is "uncommon fellowship."
According to Stanley, "uncommon fellowship" means "head-turning, jaw-dropping, never-would-have-imagined-that-we-would-see-those-people-together association." more >>
DULUTH, Georgia — Thousands of church leaders from various denominations across the country have gathered for the annual three-day Catalyst Atlanta conference and will be equipped with advice on what concrete steps they can take to help build racial unity in their communities and unite together as one Church under Christ.
Over 7,000 people are expected to attend the 17th annual multi-day conference held at the Infinite Energy Arena, which began on Wednesday and is designed to help strengthen a young generation of church leaders.
The conference features addresses by a large group of ethnically diverse religious leaders, authors and other prominent Christians including Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Derwin Gray, Soong-Chan Rah and many others. more >>
There is a line of dialogue in Werner Herzog's film Aguirre, The Wrath of God that should stand as a warning for Christian organizations throughout all time.
As the insane Aguirre, who has led a Spanish expedition into disaster, is preparing to execute a rival, the cowardly priest Gaspar de Carvajal tells the doomed man's mistress: "You know, my child, for the good of our Lord, the Church was always on the side of the strong."
American evangelicals are now displaying a similar attitude of power-worship in the age of Donald Trump. More than the result of this election is now on the line, as the mounting hypocrisies may herald the last time that the evangelical voice will even matter in the public square. more >>
Grammy-nominated singer Crowder had an incredible opening week on the Billboard charts, with his latest project, American Prodigal, landing at No. 1 on the Christian and gospel albums chart, No. 3 on the digital albums chart, and No. 5 on the top albums Billboard charts. All the while his single, "Run Devil Run," continues to gain mainstream attention.
American Prodigal reached No. 12 on the overall Billboard top 200 chart. Ensuring its success, Crowder kicked off the album via a Twitter Music Q&A, exclusive Snapchat content with Spotify, and a performance on "Fox & Friends" where he sang his new song, "Run Devil Run," a song dedicated solely to taunting Satan.
"It is so great seeing and hearing how people are attaching to these songs," Crowder said of the 17 tracks found on the deluxe edition, in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "For me, they are obviously deeply meaningful, but they have swagger and are just stupid fun. I'm so happy folks have responded so exuberantly." more >>
Teaching the Bible can be "risky" and it isn't something people should "rush into," according to theologian John Piper, who notes that the first strategy is to "be aware of the dangers of speaking, writing and teaching."
"How do you make sure that your interpretations of God's Word are in line with God's intention?" a listener to Piper's Desiring God podcast asked on Friday.
Among other things, Piper said he "pray[s] that when anybody reads or hears me — what I have written, what I have said — they will be given a heart by the Lord to believe what is true and to be protected from any mistakes I have made." more >>