LOS ANGELES – Author and pastor Erwin McManus ushered in a new chapter in his ministry, that includes encouraging and nurturing creativity within the Christian community, when he introduced his daughter and core members of Mosaic L.A. church's worship team to record their first album in front of 1,400 people at the historic Wiltern theater Saturday evening.
"This is not simply a concert, it's an act of worship to the creator of the universe," McManus, who is the lead pastor of the church that includes locations in Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, told the enthusiastic crowd.
McManus explained during a recent sermon on the importance of worship, that when the church launched more than 20 years ago, he was also the worship leader and was admittedly "not very good." However, during his first experiences with listening to old hymnal music, although sometimes difficult to comprehend, he realized that music was a powerful method that God used to move people, he said. The event on Saturday was the culmination of a dream he's had for more than two decades, McManus explained. more >>
Most people find it difficult to get in tune with their inner voice amid their busy lives, however taking time to listen to a gut feeling or an instinct can lead to discovering a life of abundance and satisfaction, says Bishop T.D. Jakes.
In Jakes' new book, Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive, he writes about how individuals can re-discover their natural aptitudes and become in sync with opportunities life presents if they are willing to see beyond their current limitations.
Inspired by a safari trip to South Africa and derived from personal experiences, Jakes' material illustrates some of the major principles and secrets that successful individuals have applied to their lives, but rarely tell others. In addition, Jakes offers readers advice on knowing when to close a business deal, when to take a risk, and how to listen to their hearts. more >>
The United States Congress is considering a bill that would add a prayer given by former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Known as H.R 2175, the bill was introduced last year with the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation holding a hearing on it Tuesday morning.
"The Secretary of the Interior … shall install in the area of the World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia a suitable plaque or an inscription with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the United States on June 6, 1944, the morning of D-Day," reads the bill. more >>
WASHINGTON — Prisoners should be provided free education in order to reduce crime and recidivism, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich declared at a gathering of conservative advocates of prison reform.
Right on Crime, a Texas-based coalition of conservative public figures and elected officials, had a two day Leadership Summit at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center Tuesday and Wednesday.
Newt Gingrich gave remarks at the Wednesday morning session, describing some of the needs he believed had to be met for meaningful prison reform. more >>
God's Word, the Bible, is truth. It doesn't just contain truth. It is truth. And because it is truth, flowing from the mind and heart of an ever-gracious God, it is the kind of truth that sets people free.
In our current era, the surrounding culture is exerting pressure as never before upon evangelicalism to change and compromise its message – to adapt its theology to accommodate the ebb and flow of what is popular and to the opinion that has consensus. I've seen tweeted way too many times lately that Christians "are on the wrong side of history" on certain social issues.
What secular thinkers (as well as "progressive" evangelical, emergent, and liberal Christian thinkers) fail to understand is the power of our basic presupposition. IF the Bible is indeed a special revelation from God – a body of divinely revealed truth (which is a completely reasonable framework) then we don't have the option of dissecting it to determine which parts are to be believed. more >>
A growing number of Christians, especially among the younger generations, are in jeopardy of being swallowed up by today's cultural norms and secular thinking, only to become unaffiliated to any church or denomination, says the author of The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated.
"We are living in a decisively post-Christian culture and I think it's taking its toll on existing evangelicals and the church in a way that is creating more and more nominal Christians on the way to 'nones' who self-described themselves as evangelicals earlier," author and pastor James Emery White, of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, said in a recent interview with Ed Stetzer, host of The Exchange.
The "nones" are described as the fastest-growing "religious group" of our day – one in five Americans identify themselves as having no religious affiliation. During the interview, Stetzer quoted one survey that showed 3 in 10 college age students are "nones." more >>