The Rev. Billy Graham and his ministry will be honored with the Hope Medallion for Graham's worldwide leadership in creating life-changing films through "unswerving commitment to the gospel message" by The JESUS Film Project, a ministry of Cru.
Presenters say the award, which is given to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication and unfailing commitment to sharing eternal spiritual hope around the world, will be given to Graham's daughter, Gigi, accepting on her father's behalf, on Saturday in Asheville, N.C.
"Mr. Graham long ago recognized the impact that various forms of media had on people and culture, both as a method for communication and as a means to influence opinions and perceptions, or more viscerally, to impact hearts and minds," said Dr. Erick Schenkel, executive director of The JESUS Film Project. "Much as he used a microphone to amplify his voice to reach those present in a stadium, he leveraged all the various forms of media that could be utilized in the presentation of the gospel, from the printed page, to radio broadcasts, then to television and motion pictures, extending all of that around the world via satellite and then Internet." more >>
For years pastors have asked their congregants to make sure their faith is lived out everyday of the week, not just on Sundays. But one pastor is concerned Christians might be ditching their beliefs as soon as they exit the sanctuary. In particular, he's learned that some Christians are taking their impatience, anger and unholy behavior out on the waiters and waitresses whose restaurants they patronize following Sunday services.
Tennesse Pastor Chad Roberts, who serves at Preaching Christ Church, told Kingsport's Times News that he read a story last year about a Missouri pastor who disregarded an Applebee's notice that adds an automatic 18 percent gratuity on checks for groups of 10 or more, and instead left no tip at all and wrote on her receipt: "I give God 10 percent, why do you get 18?"
Roberts was disappointed with the pastor's actions and also troubled about the type of message the community is receiving about Christ through the actions of his congregation. more >>
Over 400 Mayans have reportedly decided to become Christians after screenings of the "Jesus" film. The outreach was held in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula in three villages on three nights.
Erick Schenkel, executive director of The Jesus Film Project, which alongside their partners, The Message for Mayans, also played the films "The Story of Jesus for Children" and "Magdalena," shared in a blog post that the showings, presented in the Mayan language, attracted between 250 and 500 residents each night during a recent trip.
"We were especially touched on the third night by two tiny, wrinkled, old Mayan ladies sitting on chairs in the very front row just behind the children. They both leaned forward, captivated from the first moment by this film, shown on the big screen and featuring actors speaking their own language. When Jesus was arrested, the two ladies leaned forward, their eyes glued to the screen, hands covering their mouths," Schenkel wrote. more >>
Wycliffe Associates, an organization that focuses on accelerating Bible translation around the world, plans to send volunteers to South Sudan to influence unreached people, many of whom are without the scriptures in their own language. Its been five years, since the end of the region's civil war that interrupted Wycliffe's efforts, that the translation of the Gospel that began in the 1980s restarts.
"Southern Sudan is special because of the opportunity created by the end of a civil war with the northern part of Sudan…it's a culture with strong elements of animism and Christianity where scripture in the heart languages of the people can make a huge impact," said Don Hallman, spokesman for Wycliffe Associates, to The Christian Post.
An estimated one million South Sudanese, speaking 54 languages, do not have biblical resources. Out of those, six are considered dying languages. However, Wycliffe aims to bring hope to families living in refugee camps that are desperate for God's word. more >>
The four oldest Duggar girls of the popular TLC reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting" share never-before-told stories about how their family applies biblical principles to guide them through all of life's challenges in their new book, Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships, which is out this week.
In their book, Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger share the life lessons they've learned from their parents and mentors in an effort to better the lives of teenagers who are struggling with relationships and social pressures.
Each chapter of their book deals with relationships – parents, siblings, internal struggles, friends, dating, social and cultural pressures; how everyone can impact their communities and country by getting involved in politics; and how having a servant's heart and working in missions can transform people's lives. more >>
At an upcoming live simulcast event, three of the best teachers and speakers in apologetics and biblical hermeneutics, Lee Strobel, Mark Mittelberg, and Michael Licona, plan to give their answer to the question: Did Jesus of Nazareth really rise from the dead?
"The Case for Easter" event will be simulcast on the evening of Sunday, April 6, and hosted by churches all around North America, Strobel, who wrote the book by the same name, told The Christian Post via email recently.
"The resurrection, of course, is a linchpin of the Christian faith," Strobel writes. "As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:17: 'If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, you're still in your sins.' more >>