Evangelist Francis Chan urged thousands of Christian leaders at the Exponential West conference to keep it simple in regards to church planting strategy, saying that two things will produce believers – unity in the Church and bringing communion back to the forefront.
"I know there's a lot of strategies out there, but I'm saying for fruit that lasts I think we need to rethink this," Chan said on Tuesday of the three-day conference hosted at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, ending Thursday. "We are talking about a miracle and so I'm saying lets abide in Him. Let's seriously believe that we can be one, just as the Father and the Son are one, and pursue that in the Church."
He added, "Let's bring communion back to the forefront of proclaiming His death. I know these things don't seem like they would work. But, we are talking about raising the dead so I think it's our best shot." more >>
Efrem Smith, preacher, author and urban ministry advocate, delivered a challenging, uncomfortable and anointed message about evangelism, according to some of the thousands who attended or tuned in via a live webcast to the Exponential West Conference at Saddleback Church on Tuesday.
Smith, president and CEO of World Impact and author of The Post-Black and Post-White Church, preached a message titled "Rethinking Evangelism Through the Suffering," making the case that the atrocities and painful conditions people experience today require a refocused approached to doing outreach.
He began by reading to the thousands in person and likely thousands more watching online, the description of the multi-ethnic and multi-lingual kingdom of God described in Revelation 7, specifically verses 9-17. more >>
Mike Overd, a street preacher in the United Kingdom, is facing three charges of "causing offense," a violation of Section 5 of the Public Order Act for public remarks comparing Jesus Christ and the Muslim prophet Muhammad, whom he said had married a 9-year-old girl.
Overd has argued that his comments about Muhammad were not intended to be hateful, as his speech included, "a simple comparison and it was factual."
"I have no hatred of Muslims in me at all and only preach the truth of the Gospel. Recently a Muslim man came to my defense when I was preaching and a local shopkeeper started to shout at me," said Overd, who's been a street preacher for five years and has evangelised in Glasgow, Scotland, and Sheffield, Manchester and Taunton, England. more >>
Tonight, TLC debuts a new show about a "rowdy" family dedicated to preaching the Gospel in the Bible Belt.
"Preaching Alabama" focuses on and introduces the country to the Speegle family which is made up entirely of preachers. The group ran a highly successful church in Florida then decided to move to the Bible Belt, specifically in Madison, Alabama. The area is highly competitive when it comes to running a church, as there are numerous congregations in the region.
"No matter who you are or what you've been through, you are welcome!" Pastor Jill says in the opener. more >>
An Indiana State Police Trooper is being sued by a woman who alleges that the officer pulled her over for an alleged traffic violation and asked her whether she was saved by Jesus Christ.
"It's completely out of line and it just—it took be aback," Ellen Bogan, 60, told the Indianapolis Star. "The whole time, his lights were on. I had no reason to believe I could just pull away at that point, even though I had my warning."
The incident occurred in August this year, when Bogan was pulled over by Trooper Brian Hamilton. He gave her a warning ticket, then allegedly asked if she had accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and whether she had a church to go to. He also handed her a pamphlet about Jesus and salvation. Now, Bogan is suing, saying that her First and Fourth Amendment rights were violated. more >>
Anna Duggar, wife of eldest Duggar son Josh, and her sister Priscilla Walker have released a video about courting, marriage, and general relationship advice, citing their religious beliefs above all else.
Anna spoke about how her sister waited to court her husband David because she was busy serving the Lord. The two discussed the importance of prayer before, during, and after the courtship and in marriage. David even asked Josh for Priscilla's father's phone number to ask if they could court; David chose to court Priscilla because of her servant-like spirit.
"Wait for God's best and pray for your future spouse, that he would have a vision for God and a desire to serve the Lord. It was special—when David asked me to breakfast that first morning of our courtship—he bought me 25 roses. Someone counseled me and told me that a wedding day would come and go but to focus on all those other times. That shouldn't be the passion—don't wait for someone to sweep you off of your feet. It's been the best three years of my life," Priscilla exclaimed. more >>