SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Pentecostal New Jersey pastor Don James says that America runs the risk of losing its financial blessings from God if American Christians don't stop embracing an "ostrich Christianity" and help spread the good news of Christ to the most dangerous corners of the world.
James, the lead pastor at Bethany Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey, who has worked on projects to help train underground house churches in China and other countries of the world that are dangerous for Christians, spoke Friday during a breakout session on church mobilization at the International Christian Concern's annual The Bridge conference for the persecuted church.
Amid the shooting deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and five police officers who were gunned down in Dallas, Texas, Thursday night, megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes offers his advice on what people should do moving forward.
"For a long time I've been crying out about the criminal justice system," Jakes said during a 30-minute Facebook livestream titled, "Tragedy in Our Streets."
The Dallas-based minster explained that the tragedy is not only happening in the streets but emphasized that injustice also exists in the courtrooms, prisons, and in big businesses. He also spoke about the prejudices toward poor people, underserved people, and people who sometimes have no voice. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham took a moment this week to give Christians an update on the health of his beloved father, evangelist Billy Graham.
In a letter shared on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, Franklin Graham told friends and supporters that his father is still living in his Montreat, North Carolina, home with the help of a caregiver "at all times."
The Samaritan's Purse CEO said the elder Graham usually eats meals at the kitchen table, and "on days when the weather is good and he feels up to it" he enjoys gazing out at the mountains from his front porch. more >>
Jews for Jesus, a ministry committed to sharing the Gospel with Jewish people all over the world, has said that hostility and anti-Christian, anti-Messianic Jew sentiments among the Orthodox Jewish population in Israel remains very strong, with only small numbers turning toward Jesus Christ.
Kehila News Israel, a news portal on the Messianic Jewish community in Israel, claimed in analysis back in June that some in the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel were experiencing a "spiritual meltdown of historic proportions."
The observations, which reflected on a Hebrew-language article published on MyNet, the city of Petach Tikva's news site, stated that some in the Haredi community were being drawn to read Gospel material: more >>
World-renowned ministry Hillsong released the trailer for their highly anticipated feature film "Let Hope Rise." The Pure Flix film will chronicle the spectacular rise of the prominent Australia-based band, Hillsong UNITED.
In the new trailer, senior pastor Brian Houston explains the start of Hillsong and his heart for their music. Various clips of the band praying, touring, writing songs and more are highlighted. "In the end our success is not about us, it's all about God. You take Him out of the equation, you got nothing," Houston says as UNITED's hit song "Oceans" plays in the background.
See the full trailer below: more >>
Can a church service become an all-out indoor rodeo complete with dirt floors and bucking bulls? Just ask the Rev. Maury Davis of the Cornerstone Nashville megachurch who did just that this past Independence Day weekend.
"It [the rodeo] came from the idea of how do we compel people to come into the house [of God]? Jesus said, 'Compel them to come in, that my house may be full,'" Davis told The Tennessean. "We're hoping that every person that comes into this room is ready to meet the Lord."
Davis also felt that celebrating the Fourth of July with a rodeo at his church made sense since the holiday tends to focus on God and country. more >>