According to megachurch pastor Andy Stanley, if your religious convictions conflict with your ability to serve those you differ with, that's your business, but you should "leave Jesus out of it."
What exactly did he mean by this? And has he thought through the implications of his statement?
Since I have been unable to reach Pastor Stanley directly and since he expressed his views publicly, I want to take this opportunity to raise some questions for him – really, for all of us – to think through carefully. more >>
NEW YORK — Chris Broussard, an ESPN analyst who came under fire last year for speaking out on openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, will join rappers Andy Mineo and MC Jin and television stars Mark Tallman and April Hernandez next month in NYC to share how they maintain an authentic Christian witness even in dark places.
The two-day event, titled "Leverage," is being hosted by The Bridge Church, a Brooklyn plant preparing for its official launch on Easter Sunday. James Roberson, pastor of the new faith community, told The Christian Post that "Leverage" will highlight how influential Christians bridge what some might consider a secular-sacred divide.
"We wanted to gather people, leaders we feel that are penetrating the dark areas of society with the light of the Gospel by leveraging their influence. So we're thinking rappers and journalists and actors, and these are generally dark areas, areas where the Gospel's not going. We look at these [people] as missionaries. We feel like they're using the light of the Gospel in areas a lot of people don't go into," explained Roberson. more >>
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Filmmaker and media consultant Phil Cooke, who has been the host of several panel discussions at the four-day National Religious Broadcasters Convention, said that even though some of the recent movies coming out based on stories from the Bible are inaccurate, it's important for Christians to engage in the conversation about such films.
"Hollywood is putting millions and millions, and millions of dollars putting biblical stories out there, and my feeling is some will be accurate, some will not be so accurate. But the fact is that they are giving us an incredible opportunity to share those stories with friends and co-workers," Cooke told The Christian Post during a break in sessions at the NRB event. "I mean, 'Noah,' it's going to be water-cooler conversation. So let's get in there and start sharing our views on the story."
Cooke, whose expertise and accomplishments in the media marketplace are highly regarded, often talks about the need for better quality movies from the Christian community. more >>
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Billy Graham's grandson, Will, made sure to set the record straight regarding the health and condition of the iconic preacher at the beginning of his talk during a breakfast meeting of Christian media professionals at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention.
"This is what my grandfather has said concerning his own death, he said, 'One day you will hear that Billy Graham has died.' He said, 'Don't believe it. On that day I will be more alive than I ever will be.' And that's the truth and that's why he preaches, because this life is only the setup for the life to come."
Will Graham, himself an evangelist traveling the world to spread the Gospel, added that his grandfather is in a condition that is natural for someone like him at the age of 95. "He's just old, that's the simplest way I can describe it." more >>
NASHVILE, Tenn. – By way of of social media, people look more to their friends and family for reliable information, including shared links to news stories, a Facebook manager for policy told Christian media professionals during the opening session of the National Religious Broadcasters Convention on Saturday.
"People no longer trust, I'm sorry to say, TV, radio, newspapers, campaigns, organizations – they don't trust them as much," said Katie Harbath, during the conferences first keynote session. Her work at Faceback focuses on political outreach. "But what they do trust is when that information comes from a friend or family member."
Harbath explained, "Facebook is increasingly becoming a place for people to find new information and new organizations because yes, it's true that they are going there to see my cat pictures or baby pictures or vacation pictures of their friends, but while they are doing that they are getting news and information, too. They are seeing the headlines, they are clicking on links." more >>
The decline in church attendance among young adults and nonbelievers should motivate churches to care about their membership numbers. But oftentimes churches fail to realize that God wants quality and quantity, says a faith columnist.
Jaime H. Wilson of Faith Matters explains that now more than ever, church leaders and members alike need to focus on increasing their size.
"As a faith community, we need to be more concerned about the numbers, not as a means to pad our church rolls but as a way to reach people," wrote Wilson. more >>