SOAR International Ministries, an Alaska-based organization dedicated to missions and outreach in Russia, has partnered with local Russian churches during the Sochi Winter Olympic Games to spread the Gospel to tourists and communities converging on the event.
The ministry sent 40 volunteers to Russia to establish a number of "fun zone" hospitality centers in local church buildings. They will also go out into parks and other public venues to invite others to partake in their activities.
"The team will assist the local church in introducing the community to Christ and who they are in Him," said Greg Mangione of SOAR, according to Mission News Network. "They'll do that through Gospel magic shows, somebody making balloon animals and face paintings, and just a variety of activities and entertainment. The primary goal is to reach out to the people. We pray it'll be a beginning of a long-term relationship with the local churches." more >>
I have conversations almost daily with church leaders about the subject of social media. I continue to be amazed at the number of leaders who see it as a bonus or an add-on at best and at worst, a time-wasting nuisance. One of the common questions I hear is "Do we really need to be doing this? Do I really need to be making time for this?"
The assumption is that real ministry in real relationships happen in the real world, not the online realm. And herein lies the fallacy of our dated thinking. Some of us are still in the mode of thinking in which there is a barrier between the online world and the "real" world. But that barrier is gone. It only exists in the minds who haven't bothered to notice its absence yet.
I grew up in the age of the "information superhighway." Most of us thought the Internet was all about information and data. We would connect to it to do our research or surf the web for fun, then disconnect and end our online session. Now we know that information is only part of what the web is all about. It's not just about what we can know anymore. It's now about who we can know, and how what we know gets passed around among the people with whom we interact online. more >>
Last Friday, Wheaton College hosted Rosaria Butterfield, an author, pastor's wife and homeschooling mother. But Butterfield's offer to speak at chapel was spurred not by her present circumstances, but by her previous life experience as a lesbian in a committed relationship with another woman.
"Our invitation to Butterfield was based on her personal story of Gospel transformation that impacted every area of her life, including her own understanding of sexual identity and sexual practice," Wheaton Chaplain, Stephen Kellough told The Christian Post in a statement.
Originally an English professor with ardently liberal views, Butterfield converted to Christianity through a close relationship with a pastor and his wife, whom she met after she began to research the Religious Right. In 2012, she authored The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, which describes her experience of coming to faith, and is currently traveling the country and speaking at both secular and religious universities about her conversion. more >>
Teen Mania Ministries, one of the largest Christian youth organizations in the United States, plans to expand their North American youth ministry to focus on international outreach efforts in hope of reaching 1.5 billion teens. The organization will also change their name to "Teen Mania International" to reflect their broader efforts and will move their headquarters from Garden City, Texas to Dallas by the end of 2014.
Known for its "Acquire the Fire" events where thousands of teenagers commit to stand up for their Christian beliefs and reject the influences of pop culture, Teen Mania will continue their work in the U.S. while aiming to influence teens worldwide to embrace Christ.
"As I traveled over the past several years, one question resonates with ministry leaders worldwide. I hear pleas of ministers saying things like, 'Our teens watch your media and listen to your music from America. They are more like American teens than our own culture. Can you help us reach them? Can you do a youth event here in our country?," said Ron Luce, president of Teen Mania, in a statement. more >>
Internationally known philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig will join the faculty at Houston Baptist University as a professor of Philosophy in the fall, school officials announced Tuesday.
Craig, considered one of today's leading Christian apologists, has authored or edited more than 40 books and over 150 journal articles, including his signature book Reasonable Faith.
"Bill Craig is among the preeminent Christian apologists in the world, and his addition helps cement HBU as a world-class center for apologetics, philosophy and evangelism," author Lee Strobel, who joined the faculty at HBU last year as a Professor of Christian Thought, told The Christian Post in an email. "I'm thrilled to have him as a colleague and look forward to how God will use HBU to bring the Gospel to an increasingly skeptical and diverse world." more >>
Hollywood Prayer Network answers the question, "Why pray for Hollywood?" in this video. The group, which is an incredible ministry that many people can vouch for experiencing in tangible ways, says it is "a movement of prayer for the people, the projects, and the powerful impact of Hollywood: the world's most influential mission field."
HPN continues, "We are a nonprofit ministry led by industry Christians. HPN believes that by mobilizing people around the world to pray for entertainment professionals, we can be part of God's work in changing the spiritual climate of Hollywood, from the inside out. Whether you're an industry professional who wants prayer and support or a Christian who has a heart to pray for Hollywood, you can join the movement!"more >>