NEW YORK — Mac Pier, founder and CEO of The New York Leadership Center in Manhattan, which hosted Movement Day 2015 last Thursday, warned in a declaration that division in the church is breeding atheism in the world and called for the body to unite.
"We confess that we are a divided church. We are divided by race, by denomination, and by geography. We confess that division in the church breeds atheism in the world. We confess that we have yet to fully answer the prayer of Jesus that we be one that the world might believe. As Jesus wept over Jerusalem, we weep over the condition of our cities," noted Pier in the declaration co-authored by Bishop Claude Alexander Jr. of The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Movement Day, which was launched in 2010, is designed to catalyze leadership teams from the world's largest cities to serve their cities more effectively by advancing high-level, city-changing collaborative partnerships. more >>
My first reaction to the discovery of Periscope was not favorable. Oh no, I thought, another social media tool. I sometimes feel overwhelmed just keeping up with Twitter and Facebook, not to mention LinkedIn, and Instagram. I was quietly hoping this new media would just go away.
I was wrong on several fronts.
First, it did not go away. It has been embraced widely. Within ten days of its introduction, Periscope had a million users. After four months, it had ten million users. It is showing no signs of slowing. more >>
Evangelical leaders such as Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and Christian speaker Francis Chan are joining forces for a conference aimed at reaching out to the last remaining 3,000 groups of people who have never heard the Gospel.
"As part of the 'H' Initiative for Daring Faith we are 'Helping take the Good News of the Gospel to the last 3,000 unreached, unengaged people groups!' Unreached, unengaged people groups are those around the world with NO Bible, NO Believer, and NO Body of Christ," Warren wrote in a Facebook message, previewing the conference scheduled at Saddleback Church for Dec. 2-4.
"We are inviting pastors and churches to come listen to world-class speakers Francis Chan, Paul Eshleman, and others (including myself!) about helping churches choose the 3 P's; a People group, a Partner (an in-country church or outreach organization) and a Plan to reach their people group by the end of the decade," he added. more >>
Could some evangelists within the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination be moving away from the practice of calling sinners to repentance?
An early report from the August conference of a church-planting movement within Presbyterian Church (USA), called 1001 New Worshipping Communities, suggests the possibility.
In a report on said conversations, published last month by Research Services of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, it was documented that "millennials respond to a different style of evangelism than did previous generations." more >>
With the Kansas City Royals winning the franchise's second World Series Sunday night, Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist explained who the real winner was when asked about his emotions on winning his first World Series.
The 10-year Major League Baseball veteran, who made it to the World Series once before in 2008 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays when they lost in five games to the Philadelphia Phillies, knows what it's like to make it so far in the playoffs, only to walk away emptyhanded.
Zobrist, the son of an Illinois pastor, asserted during a television interview after the series-clinching 7-2 victory over the New York Mets that no matter the amount of preparation the players put in, God is the one who emerges as the true victor. more >>
NEW YORK — A Scripture that had troubled her for 10 years finally revealed its message to the Rev. Brenda Salter McNeil recently. It was an explosive revelation to the Church about the Black Lives Matter movement and it "messed" with her.
"It's been bugging me for at least 10 years," declared McNeil as she opened up her presentation last Thursday at the Movement Day 2015 conference hosted by the New York City Leadership Center.
With the measured cadence of a preacher on fire, McNeil, an associate professor of reconciliation studies in the School of Theology, Seattle Pacific University, revealed the scripture that "messed" with her: Mark 2:21-22. more >>