Is there a new reformation sweeping the Church today, a reformation as radical and important as the Protestant Reformation that rocked the world 500 years ago? According to a growing number of Christian leaders, the answer is emphatically yes.
Pastor Clark Whitten, author of Pure Grace: The Life Changing Power of Uncontaminated Grace, claims that, "Little has changed in the Protestant church in more than 500 years" – until now, that is. He believes that Luther and Calvin "got it right concerning justification, or how one is saved. . . . But they missed it on sanctification, or how one is perfected into the likeness of Christ."
Whitten states that Luther and Calvin, followed by the Protestant Church ever since, taught a doctrine of "saved by grace but perfected by human effort," an approach that has produced "a Church that is judgmental, angry, hopeless, helpless, dependent, fearful, uninspired, ineffective, and perpetually spiritually immature." more >>
On Tuesday night, about 3,000 people from over 50 countries attended a prayer and worship night as part of Mission-Net's biannual congress.
"The countdown to New Year is a concert of prayer for the nations, both within Europe but beyond to the world," Jason Mandryk, author of the seventh edition of Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation, told The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday.
Mandryk described Mission-net as "basically a European Urbana," only smaller and more diverse, representing over 40 European nationalities along with others from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East (European immigrants). On Tuesday, the Facebook account of Operation World, which teams with Mission-net, announced that about 3,000 people from over 50 countries would attend the New Year's concert. more >>
When American Christians say Jesus is the savior of prostitutes, druggies and thieves, I daresay this is not what they have in mind.
Chris Arnade is an avowed atheist, physics PhD holder, and former Wall Streeter. Arnade describes his atheism as:
"A life devoted to rational thought, a life devoted to numbers and clever arguments. more >>
Although his physical appearance denied that he once played in the NFL, Pastor Ken Hutcherson, reduced by the ravages of the cancer he fought for more than a decade, looked at me as I entered the room for his men's discipleship meeting on a Monday night in early November with the eyes of his former linebacker self – he read me like he was gauging a quarterback about to take a snap.
"Hutch," sitting at the table with about two dozen men, was disarmingly gentle in his demeanor. However, one thing was certain, the leader of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Wash., had the cutting edge sharpness of a sword when it came time to studying and diving deep into the word of God with his men.
Without doubt, the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightiest word in any language is its word for God. Thought and speech are God's gifts to creatures made in His image; these are intimately associated with Him and impossible apart from Him. It is highly significant that the first word was the Word: "And the Word was with God, and the Word was God." We may speak because God spoke. In Him word and idea are indivisible. more >>
College Park Church in Indianapolis, Ind., has selected this year Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, the world's largest Scripture translation organization, as the recipient of its annual Christmas Offering, a special collection meant to assist Christian missions.
The Indiana megachurch, which has averaged $600,000 in recent years for the special holiday offering, will donate the money collected during its three services on Sunday, Dec. 22 to the Christian nonprofit.
"At College Park Church, we have a particular passion that those who have never had an opportunity to hear about Jesus may do so, and thereby may find life in Him," said Nate Irwin, pastor of global outreach at the church. more >>
While the percentage of born-again Christians who practice evangelism has either decreased or remained relatively unchanged among some generations, the percentage of Millennials who are sharing their faith has "significantly" increased in recent years, according to a new report.
The report, published Wednesday by Barna Group, revealed that 65 percent of believing Millennials have presented the Gospel message to at least one person in the last year with the hope that they might accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. That number is up from 2010, when just 56 percent of Millennials said they had done the same.
By comparison, the percentage of Elders (born 1945 and earlier) who evangelize has "remained fairly steady over the past several decades," the study says, and has increased by one point (from 52 to 53 percent) since 2010. Evangelism among Boomers (born 1946 through 1964) has decreased by five points (from 53 to 48 percent) in the last three years, and among Busters (born 1965 through 1983, according to previous reports) it has dropped by 11 points (from 60 to 49 percent). more >>