The youth leader overseeing more than half a million students for one of the world's largest Christian denominations thinks older generations should question themselves over the movement of millennials away from organized religion. Young people, he believes, are often more turned off by how Christians present Jesus than they are turned off by Jesus himself.
The nonpartisan Pew Research Center reports that millennials (those 18-34) are the generation least likely to identify with a particular religion, while San Diego State University researchers have suggested that the decline in religiosity could be attributed to a self-centered, or individualistic mentality.
"Honestly, I think what we need to do is ask ourselves how did the millennial generation become the generation that they are," Heath Adamson told The Christian Post in a recent phone interview. "Let's look at parents, let's look at pop culture, let's look at media and let's ask ourselves. Who's responsible for feeding the millennial generation what they're living off of? Well, we are." more >>
It has become a common occurrence over the years for Muslims in the Middle East who have converted to Christianity to claim to have been compelled to do so after dreaming of a person who they believe is Jesus Christ. Now, one militant belonging to the brutal Islamic State that has massacred Christians has converted to his victims' religion after dreaming of "a man in white" with a startling message, according to one missionary's account.
"One of our YWAM workers in the Middle East was contacted by a friend earlier this year and they met up and he was introduced to an ISIS fighter who had killed many Christians already. I mean that's a horrible situation, and admittedly, he was probably on guard," Gina Fadely, director of Youth With A Mission Frontier Missions, Inc. (YWAM), said during a recent appearance on The Voice of the Martyrs Radio Network.
YWAM, a nonprofit missionary organization active since 1960, describes itself as "a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world." The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is another nonprofit that draws attention to Christians facing persecution around the world. more >>
A pastor of a Colorado church that meets at a public high school and sponsors a student group has denounced a lawsuit filed by a teacher against the academic institution.
Robert Basevitz filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Fremont Re-2 School District for allowing a Christian club to meet during the lunch hour at Florence High School.
The Cowboy Church at Crossroads, an evangelical congregation that oversees the student group and rents the high school for weekend worship, was at the center of Basevitz's complaint against the Fremont School District. more >>
NEW YORK — Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder of The Potter's House, one of the largest megachurches in the United States, recently called on the Church to become a source of unity and healing in the faith community, particularly in the wake of ongoing racial unrest.
Earlier this year, Jakes, along with Bishop Harry Jackson and James Robison, launched the Reconciled Church, an initiative designed to help heal the racial divide in America. The Destiny author recently told The Christian Post that he believes the Church is critical in the restoration of America while also acknowledging the lack of multiracial congregations across the nation.
"First, I think we have our own house to clean before we clean anybody else's house," Jakes told The Christian Post during an interview in New York City last week. "When we started Reconciled Church with Bishop Harry Jackson and James Robison, we came together, we started bringing thought leaders from every stream of Christian faith that we could, and we had to admit that the 11 o'clock hour is still far too segregated." more >>
International evangelist Andrew Palau will be preaching the Good News, while popular local artists and other top-selling Christian singers provide good vibes in NYC's historic Harlem neighborhood this weekend.
Palau, who works with his father Luis Palau's ministry and is more frequently seen on the global stage, expressed excitement about the opportunity to deliver a Christian message twice in one day in the city known as the world's melting pot.
"We are so excited to share the Good News in the city in every neighborhood, in every borough, in every community," said Andrew Palau in a press release shared with The Christian Post. "This Saturday, we'll be in front of an incredibly diverse group of New Yorkers in Harlem and again in Manhattan, with all roads leading up to the July festival on the Great Lawn of Central Park." more >>
Not many Christians know what they're talking about when they discuss racial reconciliation and their reliance on the modern social construct of "race," as opposed to the Bible's approach to the term, which leads to an "incomplete Gospel" and underestimation of the pervasiveness of racism, according to a New Testament scholar.
"I think when we in the Christian community, when you listen to a lot of folks talk about ... when they actually talk about racial reconciliation, I'm not convinced that many know what they're talking about," said Jarvis J. Williams, associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. "There's a sense of confusion about what race is, in terms of the modern social construction of race and how race functioned in the biblical word."
He suggested that the "typical evangelical Protestant Christian" thinks the Gospel is limited to how one becomes a Christian. "And I'd be the first to say, 'Certainly, that's the foundation of what we find in the New Testament.' How does one become right with God, trusting Christ by faith, believe that God offered Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and He raised Him up from the dead. But the Gospel is not only that. It is that, but it's more," Williams insisted. more >>