After years of preaching the Gospel, Pastors Kerry and Chris Shook, founders of Woodlands Church outside of Houston, became weary of sermons and words. They felt a gap between what they were saying and meeting the needs of people around them.
So they chose to talk about God less and walk with God more, the couple told The Christian Post recently while discussing their new book, Be the Message – Taking Your Life Beyond Words to a Life of Action.
Be the Message is their story of "waking up to the gospel — not just a gospel of words and sermons, but the gospel of intention and action and people — and how doing so changed their family, church and personal relationship with God," publishers state. "It's their story of taking one step after another to live out God's gospel in the world. And it's their call for us to do the same." more >>
Francis Chan, pastor and author of the bestseller Crazy Love, addressed two lies that many non-believers hold to be true about God and good deeds.
Chan noted that the lies are taken as reality by people who primarily follow modern cultural ideals, however, for the benefit of their own salvation they need to know the truth, he explains.
"I believe the two scariest lies on the earth right now that are so prevalent are that you are a good person and that because God is a loving God, He will not punish ... every funeral you go to, you hear people say 'he or she was a good person' and we have this belief that we do more good than bad and the reason that's a lie is because God says so," said Chan in a video on ChurchLeaders.com. more >>
U2 rock band leader, Bono, once wrote a poem for Billy Graham after visiting the retired evangelist in his home in the mountains of western North Carolina.
Bono, who considers himself a born-again Christian, gave Graham the poem titled, "Journey of Faith," in 2002. Now, the handwritten poem is on display at the Billy Graham Library's permanent collection in Charlotte.
"The library's Journey of Faith tells the story of how God used a dairy farmer from North Carolina to reach the world with the Gospel message, offering the free gift of peace with God to millions," reads a statement on Billy Graham's website. more >>
A new app tailored for the Yom Kippur Jewish holiday uses the biblical story of the scapegoat found in Leviticus to teach about the Day of Atonement.
The application, named the eScapegoat App, allows users to admit their sins and off-load them onto a virtual goat that represents the scapegoat in Leviticus.
"The real benefit of this app is that we are teaching people the story from Leviticus about the scapegoat," Sarah Lefton, founder and executive director of G-dcast and the developer who created the app, told The Christian Post. "Our whole mission is raising basic literacy, so this is a way for us to teach the Bible without making that obvious." more >>
NEW YORK — Contrary to a time when urban areas were abandoned in a rush of white flight to the more racially-homogenous suburbs, eager and excited church planters are now flocking to cities like L.A. and NYC, holding up the banner of God's call in Jeremiah 29:7 to "seek the good of the city." But, according to urban apologist and former church planter D.A. Horton, his peers mostly seem intent on seeking the welfare of the safe and gentrified urban areas.
Horton is also a former pastor and previously served as executive director of ReachLife Ministries. He currently works as the national coordinator of Urban Student Missions at the North American Mission Board, or NAMB.
NAMB is among numerous organizations and networks (like the Orchard Group and Acts 29) that are on mission to evangelize and revitalize cities by training, supporting and sending (usually male) Christians who say they feel called to start a church. With so many new churches being planted and launched (read about a few here, here and here), some observers have expressed concerns that the movement has become a fad. Others, like Horton, have noticed that amid the influx of Millennial-led churches to major cities, some leaders appear to be avoiding, or overlooking the inner city — frequently marked by poverty, high crime and afflicted education systems. more >>
WASHINGTON — Pastors Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and Christopher Brooks, head of Evangel Ministries in Detroit, say congregations must uphold their biblical responsibilities as members of the church by creating a "culture of accountability" for their pastors and church leaders.
Speaking at the Evangelical Leadership Summit hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, the two pastors who oversee inner city churches talked about an array of issues concerning pastoral leadership.
"I think a lot of churches are dysfunctional because their pastors are terrible. And I would like to see more healthy pastors leading more healthy churches," Dever said. more >>