82-year-old actor Gavin MacLeod, known for his roles on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Love Boat," has recently released a new book that details his lifelong journey through acting, love and faith and his ultimate transformation into a born-again Christian.
MacLeod, who now resides in Southern California, is most well-known for playing Murray on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and Captain Stubing on "The Love Boat," but few of his fans have known about his personal struggle with faith before the release of his new book, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life.
MacLeod writes in the opening pages of his autobiography that when he was younger, he still believed in God but was afraid of the concept of evangelism and being a born-again Christian. "It would take time for me to fully understand what Paul said in the Bible: that when you're born again, you become an 'ambassador for Christ,'" MacLeod writes. more >>
A massive public memorial service for Pastor Chuck Smith planned for this Sunday (Oct. 27) includes a long list of influential Christian leaders and musicians who are scheduled to pay tribute to the gifted preacher credited for being instrumental in both the Calvary Chapel and "Jesus People" movements.
"I look forward to celebrating a life well lived," said evangelist Greg Laurie, who told The Christian Post he was asked to give the Gospel message at the 18,000-seat Honda Center arena in Anaheim, Calif. The memorial service will also be available for viewing by free live webcast. More than 420 churches around the world have registered to host the service via the webcast.
Smith, who was the pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, died after a battle with lung cancer in the early morning hours of Oct. 3 at the age of 86. He was active as a preacher from the pulpit and in his ministry up until the very end of his life. more >>
Since its inception, Halloween seems to be among the more controversial subjects for Christians. Some argue that it is just a normal day, while others claim it's a day of the Devil.
The Christian Post spoke to a few pastors for them to weigh in on the holiday, which has a storied and complicated past.
It is important to note that although the day has its roots in pagan origins, the actual name Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve, which is the day before All Saints Day or All Hallows' Day, a Catholic holy day that remembers the dead, saints, and those who have died for their faith. more >>
Religious life in New York City is booming, even while it shrinks in the rest of the country, according to a report by the Barna Group. Christian college professors in the Big Apple not only agree, but argue that the faith boom will inspire a revival across America.
"I think New York is ahead of the curve," Ronald Walborn, dean of Alliance Theological Seminary at Nyack College in New York City, told The Christian Post on Tuesday. He predicts a great revival of faith, and Christianity in particular, throughout the nation.
"Residents of the New York City media market are spiritually more active today than they were in the late 1990s – and more so than they were in 2001," the Barna study reported. Church attendance in the city hit its low in 1999-2000 at 31 percent, but has grown to 46 percent today. Similarly, Bible reading has risen from 29 to 35 percent, and adults with an "active faith" have increased from 17 to 24 percent. more >>
New York City photographer Donato DiCamillo is on a mission to bring awareness for NYC's homeless population. In the city that never sleeps, there are indeed an extraordinary number of impoverished who in fact "sleep" on the streets.
DiCamillo hopes his "Faceless Project" will give a face to a real problem, and inspire people to get out there and do what they can to help.
"As a street photographer I began photographing images of our city's afflicted and homeless, now, realizing how many there actually are I became much more motivated to document them. I am creating a collection of photographs and video clips in hopes to shed some light and educate people on why and how these people wind up living the way they do. more >>
Editor's Note: Beginning last Wednesday during the Strange Fire Conference at his church in Sun Valley, Pastor John MacArthur continued his case against the Charismatic movement. A backlash of criticism from many in the Christian community resulted in the conference name and subject matter trending online over the last several days.
On Saturday morning, the surfing community tradition of a paddle out as a way of paying tribute to someone who has died was done in memorial for Chuck Smith in the waters north of the Huntington Beach Pier. David Housholder was touched by both events in different ways and posted this piece (below) on Saturday. more >>