Two-time Acadamy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington is best known for his roles in "Glory," "The Preacher's Wife," "Remember the Titans" and "Training Day." But the Hollywood A-lister has sounded more like a pastor when he took to the podium at recent events.
The New York native first made headlines when he appeared as the guest speaker for Dillard University's graduating class this spring. Instead of delivering the standard "the world is your oyster" speech, Washington encouraged graduates to "put God first."
The actor expressed similar sentiments last weekend at the Church of God in Christ's annual "We Care" Charities Banquet in St. Louis, Missouri where he testified of God's faithfulness, even when he has fallen short. more >>
A Christian ministry in Nepal has reflected on the changing political currents in Nepal, and noted that as room for preaching the Gospel has grown, so has "false teaching" coming from groups such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, and prosperity gospel preachers.
"When there was persecution, professing the name of Christ was very costly, but since the government became secular there's freedom, and because of that there's a lot of false teaching coming in, so it's imperative that they know what true teaching is," one ministry director working from Nepal said in a press release shared by Christian Aid Mission.
"With Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, prosperity gospel and others coming in, that problem is increasing, and the people that they are shepherding need to get fed the truth of the Scripture." more >>
Starbucks is brewing a fresh pot of controversy.
The specialty coffee company's annual red cup is causing quite a stir — not because of what's in the cup, but for what's on it — or isn't on it. This year's simple red cup is devoid of Christmas or holiday motifs, and that's ruffling feathers, especially among many Evangelicals who feel that Christmas has been left out.
Many social media users commented that Starbucks was deliberately attacking Christianity and the birth of Jesus through its lack of Christmastime cup decor, claiming a Starbucks "war on Christmas." more >>
NEW YORK — Mac Pier, founder and CEO of The New York Leadership Center in Manhattan, which hosted Movement Day 2015 last Thursday, warned in a declaration that division in the church is breeding atheism in the world and called for the body to unite.
"We confess that we are a divided church. We are divided by race, by denomination, and by geography. We confess that division in the church breeds atheism in the world. We confess that we have yet to fully answer the prayer of Jesus that we be one that the world might believe. As Jesus wept over Jerusalem, we weep over the condition of our cities," noted Pier in the declaration co-authored by Bishop Claude Alexander Jr. of The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Movement Day, which was launched in 2010, is designed to catalyze leadership teams from the world's largest cities to serve their cities more effectively by advancing high-level, city-changing collaborative partnerships. more >>
My first reaction to the discovery of Periscope was not favorable. Oh no, I thought, another social media tool. I sometimes feel overwhelmed just keeping up with Twitter and Facebook, not to mention LinkedIn, and Instagram. I was quietly hoping this new media would just go away.
I was wrong on several fronts.
First, it did not go away. It has been embraced widely. Within ten days of its introduction, Periscope had a million users. After four months, it had ten million users. It is showing no signs of slowing. more >>
Evangelical leaders such as Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and Christian speaker Francis Chan are joining forces for a conference aimed at reaching out to the last remaining 3,000 groups of people who have never heard the Gospel.
"As part of the 'H' Initiative for Daring Faith we are 'Helping take the Good News of the Gospel to the last 3,000 unreached, unengaged people groups!' Unreached, unengaged people groups are those around the world with NO Bible, NO Believer, and NO Body of Christ," Warren wrote in a Facebook message, previewing the conference scheduled at Saddleback Church for Dec. 2-4.
"We are inviting pastors and churches to come listen to world-class speakers Francis Chan, Paul Eshleman, and others (including myself!) about helping churches choose the 3 P's; a People group, a Partner (an in-country church or outreach organization) and a Plan to reach their people group by the end of the decade," he added. more >>