Kylie Bisutti left a lucrative career in the modeling industry, where she found unhealthy pressures and excessive sexualization, to rededicate herself to Christ and become a better role model for little girls.
"God revealed to me that I wasn't living my life for Him – I was living out my own desires and trying to bring glory to myself," Bisutti, author of I'm No Angel: From Victoria's Secret Model to Role Model, told The Christian Post on Friday, as she recalled unhealthy eating habits and the trend of sexualization in the modeling industry.
In her book, Bisutti alleged that her modeling agency called her a "fat cow" when she weighed 108 pounds. The agency denied the allegation in a statement to ABC News, but the former model argued that this pressure to lose weight was far from unique. more >>
Using the familiar and familial motif of the front porch as a gathering place, three African-American pastors of the Reformed tradition have launched a platform to host conversations about winsome and troublesome aspects of the Black Church in an effort, according to one, to "hold fast to those things that are good, and to do away with those things that are not worthy of our mission."
"We have need for conversation," explained Thabiti Anyabwile. "The Black Church is large, it's not one thing. There's great diversity in it. So there's opportunity in that diversity for conversation that strengthens the different quarters of the church. There's opportunity in that diversity not just for conversation but for conflict. And we need to get on the porch and work some of those things out and to be built up and sharpening each other."
Leading The Front Porch along with Anyabwile, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands) and Gospel Coalition blogger, are Louis C. Love Jr., pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Vernon Hills, Ind., and Anthony J. Carter, lead pastor of East Point Church, in East Point, Ga. more >>
WASHINGTON – Around 100 people including pastors, congressmen and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), joined in prayer and protest in front of the White House for Iranian-born pastor Saeed Abedini, to mark the one-year anniversary of his imprisonment.
"We are here today on a somber moment," Cruz told the crowd. "Pastor Abedini's only crime was professing his Christian faith, following the Great Commission of the Gospel."
Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor, was arrested on Sept. 26, 2012, while building orphanages in Iran. In January, he was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of "planting house churches that are intended to undermine national security." more >>
Final preparations for the Harvest America event with evangelist Greg Laurie originating from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and broadcast and simulcast to thousands of venues this Saturday and Sunday, include hope and prayer for revival.
"We are praying for a great outpouring of God's Spirit in Philadelphia and across our nation through Harvest America," Laurie told The Christian Post on Thursday.
Those participating in the two-day event include churches, homes and community centers, where multiple churches from throughout a city partnered together to bring the Chrisian outreach to their town. more >>
A Eugene, Ore., pastor who thinks churches focus too much on sin and not enough on connecting people to God, is now trying to appeal to people who have been hurt by churches through a campaign called "Church Sucks" featuring shorter services and music by Katy Perry and Maroon 5 at his church, One Love.
"Some churches have become the kind of place where you point the finger, and you condemn and rebuke and you're really quick to do it, and so I think that is definitely lending itself to people not wanting anything to do with church and thinking church sucks!" Tony Crank, senior pastor at the One Love Church in Eugene told KVAL.
Since September, One Love church has been mailing out their Church Sucks message to hundreds of homes in Lane County promising a different kind of church. more >>
Outspoken pastor Mark Driscoll says Christians need to be of stronger resolve because of "darker" days, and argues that "the church is dying," in a promotional letter for an upcoming leadership conference in Seattle.
"Four years ago, Newsweek magazine proclaimed 'The Decline and Fall of Christian America,'" Driscoll writes in the letter addressed to "Christian" on the 2013 Resurgence Conference website. "Their words, written on the cover in the shape of a cross, ring disturbingly true today."
Driscoll, who is the lead pastor of Mars Hill Church based in Seattle, Wash., is also a ministry leader among several pastors for the Resurgence movement, a resource for Christian leaders in discipleship and leadership training. more >>