NEW YORK — Nearly 2,000 Christian pastors, ministry and community leaders, and professionals from across the U.S. and around the world gathered Thursday at New York City's Marriott Marquis for the fourth annual Movement Day to strategize, network and learn how to better serve their cities and reach people with the Gospel.
Movement Day, developed by the Rev. Dr. McKenzie "Mac" Pier, founder and CEO of The New York City Leadership Center, heard from the likes of Redeemer Presbyterian Pastor Tim Keller, urban leader and community development pioneer Ray Bakke, evangelist Luis Palau, Christian Cultural Center Pastor A.R. Bernard, and others about their experiences as church leaders in urban areas.
Below are some brief remarks from leaders and organizers who shared their visions, agendas and thoughts about churches in the city. more >>
WASHINGTON – About two dozen hecklers interrupted Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) while speaking at the conservative Values Voter Summit, but rather than step down, apologize, or speak quieter, Cruz raised his voice, incorporated their complaints into his speech, and challenged President Obama to a new type of discussion.
"It seems that President Obama's paid political operatives are out in force today," Cruz quipped. In an effort to explain why, the senator proclaimed that "the men and women in this room scare the living daylights out of them."
While the hecklers caused a stir, Cruz quickly addressed them and moved on. The audience cheered and applauded him for doing so. The first person to interrupt him asked, "Senator Cruz, why won't you support a pathway to citizenship for immigrant families?" Immediately, the senator thanked him for his presence, even while the audience jeered him. more >>
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – The Southern Evangelical Seminary warmly welcomed Dr. Richard Land, former longtime president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, during his inauguration held at First Baptist Church Indian Trail Thursday evening.
After receiving accolades and charges from such notable theologians as Craig Mitchell, Greg Thornbury, Ergun Caner, Josh McDowell, and Norman Geisler, Land told The Christian Post that the event was very humbling.
"You don't come to an event or to a place like this without owing a tremendous debt of gratitude to many, many people starting with my parents, and the church workers who invested in an unruly child in a church a longtime ago in Houston, Texas," said Land, during an emotional evening for the staunch defender of the Christian faith. "My dad was saved in a Billy Graham crusade and I got raised in a Christian home." more >>
The subject of discipleship took center stage on the first day of the Exponential West conference hosted at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., where 2,000 church planting leaders onsite were treated on Tuesday to the first 10 of 27 speakers planned for the 3-day event.
Saddleback's own Pastor Rick Warren led a mid-day session on the topic of making disciples, along with pastors Robert Coleman and Ray Chang. Other speakers on Tuesday included Jim Putman, Derwin Gray, Obed Martinez, Shawn Mitchell, Alan Hirsch, Debra Hirsch, and Larry Osborne.
Warren said that although not always practiced among Christian leaders, being a servant such as the example Jesus Christ set is the key to making good disciples. He pointed out that the term "servant leader" is an unnecessary one. more >>
You reach a certain point in your life when the blessings of your life become abundantly apparent, not the least of which is the very gift of life itself and all the treasures, beauty and magnificence that come with it.
With that awareness however also comes a sense of responsibility, human duty, if you will, to "balance the books" and give back in return for those blessings. This is not to say I or others haven't given back "along the way," but suddenly it seems to take dominance, becoming a priority. Over the years I have, like others, contributed and "given back" to various organizations and causes, albeit somewhat "here and there," trying to make sure I've covered all bases. But also with age – and I suppose wisdom – comes the need to consolidate, "one stop shop" – conserve, focus, and be sure that you make the most out of every effort.
Ever since I was a young boy I had a keen fascination for the Man in the Salvation Army Suit with his bell and his bucket asking me, and the common man, to give – just a little – to help those in need. And for some reason it always seemed "fair" and resonated. I had the sense that a dime – if that was all I had, would do, and further, that dime would actually go to good use – all of it! In short, I trusted the "Man in the Suit" ringing his bell asking me to put something in his kettle. Of course, it never hurt that I also associated all of this during that magical time of Christmas even though I had a good inclination that the work of the Salvation Army was year round – as it is. more >>
To emphasize his point (and promote his new book) that the Church is essentially dying, or at least on the cusp of doing so, Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll arrived to a Sunday evening worship service at Mars Hill Church U-District in a black hearse and suited in formal funeral attire.
Driscoll's book A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? is planned for release on Nov. 5 and focuses on the need for Christians to be aware of changing times and the importance of sharing the Gospel despite a corrupting culture. Resurgence 2013, a leadership conference, is scheduled to begin on the same date.
"The hearse symbolizes death," communications director Justin Dean told The Christian Post in regards to Driscoll's unique arrival to church and the promotional videotaping done for the book using the vehicle as a prop earlier in the day. "And in the book, Pastor Mark shares that 'the death of Christendom means life just got a lot more difficult for anyone who really wants to be a Christian and follow Jesus.' more >>