NEW YORK — Hundreds of NYC-area nonprofit and church leaders — young and old, red and yellow, black and white — are mobilizing as one body for the very first time in an effort to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in one of the world's most unique urban centers, thanks to an initiative organized by the Luis Palau Association.
New York City has seen a surge in the past decade or more of contemporary, Millennial- and usually white male-led churches, who stand in contrast, in some ways, to the old guards who put down spiritual roots in the big city decades ago.
Among the veteran leaders are people like Jim Cymbala (Brooklyn Tabernacle) and African-American pastors and civic leaders A.R. Bernard (Christian Cultural Center) and Floyd Flake (Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral), whose combined congregations number more than 60,000 New Yorkers. more >>
It's hard to imagine that any school would have a problem with a book about a Christian family that helped Jews escape the Holocaust.
But Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with "The Hiding Place," they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message.
"We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves," Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote in a letter to attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute. more >>
Steve Green, president of the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby, says his company could have never succeeded without divine intervention, declaring that the national retail craft store belongs to God.
Speaking before the city of Owasso's 11th annual Character Council luncheon on Monday, Green explained how back in the 1980s the Greens struggled to make a successful business.
"Our dad did not know how we were going to pay the bills. … He couldn't see it. He couldn't figure it out," said Green before hundreds gathered at the Tulsa Tech Owasso Conference Center. more >>
Craig Gross, the founding pastor of XXXchurch.com, recently appeared on the Bad Christian podcast where he discussed Christian actor Kirk Cameron and why pastors need to talk more about the subjects of sex and porn from the pulpit.
His criticism of Cameron stems from differences in strategies for evangelizing. While Gross claims to take a prolonged approach to reaching someone with the Gospel by befriending them long-term, he feels Cameron and his mentor Ray Comfort attempt to save someone in "3 minutes."
"They don't like XXXchurch, so we don't like them," said Gross during the podcast. "[They don't like us] because we hang out with porn stars, they'll never have us on their podcast and they actually take clips from us and play it on their podcast, but they'll never have me on." more >>
The British press just reported the result of a new study by academics from Oxford and the University of London that children raised in stable marital homes are better behaved than classmates brought up by unmarried parents. Children raised by married parents show lower levels of anti-social attitudes and hyperactivity.
Recent U.S. surveys show that the U.S. taxpayers' money appropriated to "close the gap" between higher-achieving and lower-achieving students has failed to achieve this goal. Contrary to conventional wisdom, poverty is not the principal cause of the gap, but whether or not children grow up in a family with their own mom and pop compared to kids who lack that advantage.
When the famous French commentator Alexis de Tocqueville traveled the U.S. in the mid-19th century, he wrote: "There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America, or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated." Our society of nuclear families produced a prosperous middle class that was the envy of the world. more >>
This summer I had the distinct privilege of serving Matt Staver, President of Liberty Counsel, in hosting pastors and wives luncheons in 30 cities preparing the way for "Who Will Stand?" citywide events. These rallies will challenge attendees to make a choice to use our voice for righteousness amidst America's downward spiral.
Matt along with Mike Huckabee, David Barton, Sam Rodriguez, Ralph Reed and others are challenging us to make a difference. How? Simply by replacing the muzzle with a megaphone to charitably declare and demonstrate truth.
My travels and interaction with these shepherds of God's flock have been an enriching experience. In these tumultuous times, I commend these men and their helpmates for their dedication and hard work. I learned much from engaging in honest conversations during the luncheons, with these being the primary takeaways from this investment of my life. more >>