Efrem Smith, preacher, author and urban ministry advocate, delivered a challenging, uncomfortable and anointed message about evangelism, according to some of the thousands who attended or tuned in via a live webcast to the Exponential West Conference at Saddleback Church on Tuesday.
Smith, president and CEO of World Impact and author of The Post-Black and Post-White Church, preached a message titled "Rethinking Evangelism Through the Suffering," making the case that the atrocities and painful conditions people experience today require a refocused approached to doing outreach.
He began by reading to the thousands in person and likely thousands more watching online, the description of the multi-ethnic and multi-lingual kingdom of God described in Revelation 7, specifically verses 9-17. more >>
Dr. James Dobson and his son, Ryan, recently stopped by CP Voice to discuss their new film series, "Building a Family Legacy," and to share how parents can pass along their Christian faith to their children who are growing up in a self-centered culture.
Ryan talked about the sexually charged and self-centered culture that parents must deal with when raising children today and explained how it differs from when his father was parenting.
"[Parenting today] is harder," said Ryan Dobson to The Christian Post. "The oversexualization of our culture is just insane. And the self-centeredness, the entitlement nature that we have. I did a piece for The Wall Street Journal not long ago about Kim Kardashian. She's got a new book coming out, it's called Selfish. And it's all photos of herself. And I think what a terrible legacy to leave behind." more >>
Educators at Ward Melville High School are either woefully ignorant of the U.S. Constitution or they really don't like Christian teenagers.
For the second year in a row, the Long Island, New York high school has denied students the right to form a Christian club.
"I feel like they have something against me and my faith," 17-year-old John Raney told me. "I feel marginalized." more >>
"The Good Lie," a film that tells the story of the lost boys of Sudan and their plight to escape civil war and assimilate into American culture hit theaters last week and is a movie Christians should not miss, according to some prominent evangelical leaders.
The film takes place during the real South Sudanese civil war of the 1980s and 90s that displaced millions of natives, forcing them into refugee camps where some of them were able to gain access to living in the U.S through several faith-based and government initiatives.
WEA (World Evangelical Alliance) Secretary General Geoff Tunnicliffe screened the movie and discussed it with the creators and stars, including Reese Witherspoon. He recently shared his enthusiasm for the "The Good Lie" with The Christian Post and explained why Christians and others should get behind it. more >>
This past Summer chronically angry Franky Schaeffer, the "atheist who believes in God" who's made a career of denouncing his late theologian father Francis Schaeffer, issued an "open letter" to Evangelicals imploring them to abandon their defense of religious liberty.
Opposing the Obamacare HHS contraceptive/abortifacient mandate and defending religious groups' ability to uphold theological and moral standards were really just "a bad set of choices they were duped into making in order to serve a purely political agenda masquerading as a 'religious liberty' issue," Schaeffer claimed. "They've been had," having been "manipulated" and "duped by neoconservative Roman Catholics and a few others, into a war where they're just cannon fodder in a larger political battle."
Evangelicals "have now become willing co belligerents of the far-right GOP leadership seeking to discredit Obama," Schaeffer explained. "That is all this 'religious liberty' shtick has really been about." For Schaeffer, and others, preventing the state from dictating moral and theological standards to religious institutions is only "shtick" over which clueless Evangelicals are politically exploited. more >>
Recently an armed man breached White House security, leapt over the fence and made his way over 160 feet into the residency of our President and his family. The intruder barreled past a guard and made his way into the unlocked East Room before finally being tackled by an agent.
This represents a picture of the very center of America's political power with its defenses down, revealing a shockingly vulnerable state. Even our most elite protective security force seemed like hapless Keystone cops in this debacle. It should remind us of times in Israel's history when God brought judgment upon His people by withdrawing His hedge of protection and positioning them for humiliating defeat unless they repented.
The United States of America is at this tipping point. We are in a watershed moment where the outlook is increasingly grim. This is not pessimism, but realism; yet God in His mercy is extending to us a lifeline of opportunity to see things turned around. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says this begins with God's people humbling themselves and since our President proclaims himself to be a Christian, it is now the time for him to step up and lead the American flock by his example. more >>