NEW YORK — A Chinese pastor who suffered much persecution for spreading Christianity in the officially atheist country, sent the faith of a global gathering of Christians soaring Wednesday when he testified how his entire atheist family turned to God after he was healed of an illness that had left him crippled in his youth through prayers to Jesus.
Zhang Heng, associate director of China Gospel Mission and senior pastor at Zaidao Church in Beijing China, told several hundred people at the Movement Day Global Cities conference at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City Wednesday that the healing which triggered his journey into Christianity also led to the creation of many churches in China.
Speaking through a translator, Abraham Jiang, ministry leader with Shanghai Logos Church in Shanghai, in an interview with Ebony Small, director Movement Day and Events, The New York Leadership Center, Heng explained how as a youth he suffered from an unspecified medical condition that left him paralyzed until 1979. more >>
Popular Christian athlete and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow eloquently answered criticisms about his decision to drop his professional football aspirations and pursue a career in baseball on Tuesday when he was put in the "hot seat" on an episode of "First Take" on ESPN 2.
After Tebow made headlines this summer when he signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets, many sports fans were left wondering why the 29-year-old national championship-winning quarterback with NFL playoff experience would set aside his NFL dreams to try his hand at a sport he hasn't played competitively in 12 years.
Although Tebow hasn't played in a regular season NFL game since the 2012 season, he has received offers from NFL teams to play other positions besides quarterback. more >>
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington is best known for his roles in "Glory," "The Preacher's Wife," "Remember the Titans" and "Training Day." Although the Hollywood A-lister has recently been sharing his faith openly at public speaking engagements, he reveals why he never became a preacher.
In an interview with ABC News for his film, "The Magnificent Seven," Washington sits down for a 30 minute chat in which he talks about his upbringing. He explained that his father was a minister so they were never exposed to Westerns films like the one he now stars in. Instead the only movies Washington recalled seeing as a child were the Bible epics, "King of Kings" and "The Ten Commandments."
Washington's father was a Pentecostal preacher who was a pastor belonging to the Church of God in Christ denomination for 60 years. more >>
The 1984 Olympic gold medalist in figure skating Scott Hamilton has had another bout with a brain tumor — his third since 2004. The tumor is benign, however Hamilton says him and his wife, Tracie, are facing the diagnosis with optimism, come what may.
The four-time World Championship winner had testicular cancer in 1997. This year he went in for a normal check-up and doctors found the beginnings of the brain tumor, which had re-emerged, according to People. "I told Tracie, 'God doesn't owe me a day. I'm good. Whatever's next is next.' The blessings keep coming because we allow them and we ask for them."
Hamilton had previously dealt with the same tumor in 2004 and 2010. "I have a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness. I survived cancer in '97. Seven years later I was diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor." After surving testicular cancer, Hamilton felt that the first tumor diagnosis was unfair. "'Great. Okay, that's not fair. I've had cancer — I get a pass for a while,'" he said. more >>
Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren is telling Christians that they should "personalize" scripture by inserting themselves into certain biblical passages.
In an entry found on Rick Warren's Daily Hope website published Sunday, Warren wrote a meditation centered on the Bible verse Philippians 1:6.
"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns," reads the verse, as rendered by the New Living Translation, Second Edition. more >>
Over 7,000 people attended the second annual "March for Jesus Augusta" on Saturday where 100 people accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior while Christians gathered to worship and pray together.
"Many people were ministered to and prayed for that day," the March for Jesus Augusta organizers told The Christian Post on Tuesday, adding that as many as 100 young people accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.
The group that organized the event, Christians in Media, told CP that this year's theme was "Every Praise Is to Our God," which was "all about lifting up the name of Jesus." Their mission was that the community would experience "unity, closeness and relationship" together. more >>