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 >>
A Southern California megachurch pastor, Dante Gebel, hosted a youth event last weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where 90,000 people from around the county gathered to hear his message of hope, specifically aimed for young adults.
"What I am asking all who attend it is to invite one or two people who do not know the Lord, take advantage of the event to evangelize," Gebel previously said about the event, according to Argentinian news outlet, La Nacion. "Not only will you enjoy a great show, but you will also hear a message that will confront and challenge you to change your lives. God has given me a message for my country and the rest of America, I'm sure it will affect the youth and family. "
The event dubbed as "El Superclásico de la Juventud" (Superclassic Youth) celebrated its 20th anniversary of bringing thousands of youth together, which first started out as a gathering in the mid-90s of 4,000 people. Prior to the free-admission celebration, organizers held back from disclosing the program and musical acts of the mega event with the aim to lure people who genuinely wanted to have an encounter with God. more >>
More than 3,600 people attended LifeChurch.tv's first worship services at its newest campus in Moore, Okla., and about 70 people made commitments to follow Jesus Christ last Sunday at the branch of the multisite megachurch founded 7 years ago.
Moore campus pastor Michael Metcalf told The Christian Post that the new campus was launched because of the many LifeChurch.tv worshippers living in the area.
"Many people that live in Moore, Norman, and surrounding areas were attending our South Oklahoma City campus and are passionate about making a difference in their community," said Metcalf. "Our mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, and we believe a campus in Moore will be a huge catalyst for reaching thousands of people in the community who don't yet know Him." more >>