A living nativity display in Utah has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest nativity in the world, with 1,039 people taking part in the display that was presented to the city of Provo Monday evening. Volunteers and YouTube stars played roles like Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and numerous angels.
"Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angels, shepherds ... and A LOT of angels, really," Austin Craig, one of the organizers of the record making living nativity scene, told KUTV. "It's a great way to bring focus to Christ and we wanted to spread that message as widely as possible."
In addition to the 1,039 human participants, there was also a camel and a donkey added to the scene, which was held at Rock Canyon Park from 2 to 8 p.m. MST. more >>
Rob Bell, the infamous pastor who once led Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and wrote several envelope pushing books, such as Love Wins, was recently asked if he still thought of himself as Evangelical after radically shifting his views on eternal hell and gay marriage in recent years.
"If we mean Jesus' message of God's revolutionary love for every person, and we can surrender and give our life to acts to loving kindness, then man, sign me up," Bell told Religion News Service, revealing how he feels about the Evangelical title he once embraced as a young pastor.
Bell also admitted to not wondering if he still fits into the same evangelical circles he once did. more >>
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. - John 16:33
Whether it's on the radio, television, Internet, or at church, we often hear that God has a wonderful plan for our life. But as Ray Comfort rightly notes, "The preacher promises a bed of roses for those who come to Christ, but those who are in Christ are evidently sitting on a painful bed of thorns."
This may explain why a very high percent of those raised in Christian homes leave the faith, and why many others show no evidence of faith. more >>
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has put up an ad in New York City's Times Square in honor of the Christmas season.
Titled "He is the gift," the overall campaign features a video about the birth of Jesus and includes the Times Square ad that will run through New Year's Day.
"The commercialization of Christmas tends to have much of the Christian world focusing on the 'busyness' of the holiday season. This time of year can bring stress, worry, and loneliness," said Elder David F. Evans, executive director of the LDS church's missionary department, in a statement shared with The Christian Post. more >>
At the height of a refugee crisis, the Arabic version of the popular Trans World Radio program Women of Hope is being aired in prime time on a popular FM station in the heart of the Middle East, TWR announced Wednesday.
Starting this month, Laki Raja, which is the Arabic name of Women of Hope, is being broadcast free of charge four times a week by a widely heard station in Lebanon. The broadcasts reach listeners in that country as well as in Syria and Palestine.
"This is a new initiative in TWR's history," reported TWR's Arabic Ministry director, whose name is withheld for security reasons. "With many Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Lebanon, this comes as an amazing opportunity to share the Gospel with the women who have lost their homes, husbands, and sometimes children, too, and who are in desperate need of hearing a message of hope!" more >>
Franklin Graham reminisced about his Christmas traditions growing up with evangelist Billy Graham and Ruth Graham for parents, and shared how Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes make Christmas equally special for children around the world during an interview with pastor Greg Laurie at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, on Sunday.
Speaking with Laurie about holiday traditions, the Samaritan's Purse CEO said growing up as one of five children in the Graham household his mother, Ruth, loved to decorate the house for Christmas. He remembered, "The house was always decorated to the hilt. We had the stockings."
Franklin, who admittedly had a mischievous side as a child, recalled: "I remembered on year I got ashes and switches in mine." more >>