More than 3,000 Christian believers are participating in an ongoing conference, Empowered21, in Kyoto, Japan, for worship, prayer and teaching. Organizers say it is one of the largest of such gatherings the nation has seen in its history.
The four-day Empowered21 All Japan Conference, which concludes Monday, has "Spirit empowered" believers of all ages from across Japan, Asia and the world at the Kyoto International Convention Center.
"As one of the largest gatherings of Christians in Japan, this is a historic meeting for the Spirit empowered believers in the nation," said William M. Wilson, Empowered21 global chairman, in a statement. more >>
During the second and third days of the Exponential West conference this week, speakers shared five discipleship essentials and encouraged church leaders to train and equip their flock to go out into the world to share the Gospel in order to empty hell and fill heaven.
Pastor Rick Warren, whose Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., hosted the three-day conference that was attended by 2,000 church planters, spoke about multiplying and exponentially reproducing disciples. The four core ingredients he said are necessary to make disciples are: having a disciple-making pastor; having a disciple-making ministry at church; using the method of Jesus as the process; and lastly, pain, problems and persecution.
Warren noted that no one wants pain, problems and persecution, but quoted from Acts 14:21-22 and said that believers, "enter into the kingdom through much suffering." more >>
I recently read on a politically conservative website that "God cares little for governments or powers. God's business is the human soul." This hit me like an intellectual pothole-it rattled and flattened me, like a car discovering a crater in the road at full speed. I didn't have to think about whether I'd hit my head against an idiotic idea, I knew that by the welt rising on my theological and history-minded forehead.
The belief that God's business isn't that of human government but only that of the human soul is to diminish God to a narrow-minded deity unworthy of the God of the Bible. Such an idea makes God both cruel and unjust-cruel since He chooses to leave us in this savage present instead of taking us immediately into that glorious future; unjust since He doesn't really care whether human beings live in peace or in anarchy. And that is an injustice most cruel.
Older generations of Christians, including the Pilgrims who first came to America, possessed a richer theology. They appreciated and practiced Paul command in 1 Timothy 2:1–2. It was out of the Pilgrims' understanding that God not only cared for the human soul but also for the human body and the world humans inhabit that lead them to construct churches, organize communities, establish grammar schools and universities, commission missionaries, and exercise political power. Motivated by a theology of a God who loves the world not just the soul, their children and their children's children followed their example, establishing hospitals, founding relief organizations, building businesses, fighting for freedom, and creating constitutions-all for the common good. more >>
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – The Southern Evangelical Seminary warmly welcomed Dr. Richard Land, former longtime president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, during his inauguration held at First Baptist Church Indian Trail Thursday evening.
After receiving accolades and charges from such notable theologians as Craig Mitchell, Greg Thornbury, Ergun Caner, Josh McDowell, and Norman Geisler, Land told The Christian Post that the event was very humbling.
"You don't come to an event or to a place like this without owing a tremendous debt of gratitude to many, many people starting with my parents, and the church workers who invested in an unruly child in a church a longtime ago in Houston, Texas," said Land, during an emotional evening for the staunch defender of the Christian faith. "My dad was saved in a Billy Graham crusade and I got raised in a Christian home." more >>
"Jesus Tattoo" is the name of a new campaign launched by "a small group of people humbled by the love of Jesus" and who want to inform others about Christ's transforming love.
The groups promotional video has been turning heads, as it depicts Christ as a tattoo artist who transforms and takes on the labels of those who seek him out.
The modern depiction of Jesus, presented with shoulder-length hair, a thick beard and a muscular frame, has him receiving men and women of various ethnicities and ages at his tattoo parlor. more >>
Christian Counselor Debra Fileta says well-intentioned lies about romantic relationships hinder Christians from becoming the Mr. or Ms. Right for the sort of person they intend to marry, and the first place to start is by "dating inward."
"I think putting God first doesn't mean we neglect to know who we are," Fileta, author of True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide to Finding the Love of Your Life, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. Fileta emphasized getting past the Christian myths that hinder true love, both in each individual life and in a couple's life together.
"There's so much more to becoming healthy than we realize," explained Fileta, who's a licensed professional counselor that specializes in dating, marriage and relationship issues. She suggests that, in order to develop healthy relationships, men and women must first "date inward," discovering their individual personalities before connecting with another person. more >>