Kingstone Comics is taking evangelism to a whole other level by producing high-quality God-inspired Christian comic books that can rival the likes of Marvel and DC.
The Christian Post had the opportunity to chat with Kingstone Media CEO Pastor Art Ayris on his ministry's vision for the future and the current state of comic books.
Ayris said the comic book industry in the U.S. is a half a billion dollar industry, while in places like Japan or France, comics have accounted for over five billion dollars in sales. more >>
A Christian publication geared towards churches and ministries has recently published its annual lists of the 100 largest and fastest growing churches in the United States.
Outreach Magazine, a California-based publication that includes ideas, features, and interviews with evangelicals, published the two lists earlier this month. With approximately 43,500 worship attendees, Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church of Houston, Texas, was number one in the largest church category. Triumph Church of Detroit, Mich., was the fastest growing, having experienced an increase of about 3,800 worship attendees or 49 percent.
High ranking congregations on both lists included NewSpring Church of Anderson, S.C., which was number 2 on the fastest-growing list and number 4 on the largest. NewSpring Central Communications Director Suzanne Swift told The Christian Post that they were "honored" by the blessings God had given their congregation. more >>
HOUSTON, Texas – Members of Pastor Joel and Victoria Osteen's Lakewood Church who have a calling for missions take part in a variety of local opportunities to serve their community, and many were volunteering their time and spiritual gifts on Saturday, wearing T-shirts that read "Serve God, help people, Isaiah 58" at Feed the Children food pantry, the Beacon, a support center for the homeless, and ministering through street evangelism outside a Harris County jail.
Those who want to get plugged into missions can give back through the church's annual "Servolution" program that provides a monthly service project the whole family can participate in, as well as volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit organizations the church has partnered with on an ongoing basis.
Sandra Harris and Irma Ferriz co-lead the church's volunteer efforts at Feed the Children and coordinate the 20 to 30 members who, in a three-hour shift one time a month, will package 800 to 1,000 boxes that are filled with food, and hygiene and Avon products that will be distributed to families in need. more >>
As many as three million people have decided to follow Jesus Christ thanks to the Internet ministry website SearchForJesus.net, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) reported in a press release on Thursday.
"Historically, we have spread the hope of Jesus Christ to millions through citywide stadium events, and that continues to be a very effective platform. Nothing can replace that," said John Cass, BGEA's Director of Internet Evangelism.
"However, as people – not just in the U.S. but around the world – become increasingly digital, it only makes sense to adapt along with the technology. We've seen a remarkable response by meeting people where they are, at points in their life when they need the Gospel the most." more >>
DALLAS, Texas – Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author who has written for Veggie Tales and Chuck Colson, is featured in the 100th "I Am Second" film that will launch on Thursday.
More than 10 million people have visited the "I Am Second" website since its initial launch five years ago, and in the 100th film featuring Metaxas, the humorous New York author describes how he first began his prayerful relationship with Jesus Christ 25 years ago. Even though Metaxas had grown up in the church, he didn't have a personal relationship with God, and when he started attending the prestigious Yale University, his doubts about faith grew. But an unplanned detour in his life led him to seek after God.
To honor the movement and celebrate the success of all the films that have been viewed by more than 20 million people, Metaxas interviewed four other "seconds" during a live taping of "I Am Second Live" in Dallas. The show featured Brian "Head" Welch, guitarist for nu metal band Korn, whose film has received the most views to date; Olympic gold medal winner Scott Hamilton, whose film has received the third-highest views behind Christian rapper Lecrae; Annie Lobert, who runs Hookers for Jesus in Las Vegas, Nev.; and former U.S. Navy Seal Remi Adeleke. more >>
The wife of an imprisoned Iranian-American pastor has stated that her husband has been bringing fellow inmates to Christ and that his time in an Iranian prison is "not in vain."
Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, told those gathered at Liberty University on Monday that though imprisoned in the infamous Evin Prison, her husband continues to evangelize. "He's been asked and tortured to deny his Christian faith and return to Islam and he has not," said Abedini, who said around 30 inmates have converted to Christianity due to Abedini's witness. "For me to know that so many of them now know Christ, it makes it worth it. I know his imprisonment is not in vain."
Abedini also told the students gathered that Saeed's torturers have often told him that he could go free should he return to Islam, but that he refuses to do so. "The kids and I desperately want him back but we're proud that over us he's chosen Christ, even over coming back to us, he's chosen to stand up for his faith," said Abedini. more >>