Christian leaders have expressed their sentiments of remembrance and sorrow at the news of the death of South African human rights activist and racial pioneer Nelson Mandela.
Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary-general of the World Evangelical Alliance, said in a statement that "the world has lost a great leader."
"Nelson Mandela was a model of courage, vision and personal sacrifice. Today more than ever we need this kind of leadership," said Tunnicliffe. more >>
YouVersion's newest creation, The Bible App for Kids, has already been downloaded more than a million times since it was made available less than a week after its release on Thanksgiving Day. The app was developed in collaboration with the international ministry OneHope.
"Just like we've seen the Bible App transform how our generation is engaging with Scripture, we believe the Bible App for Kids will change how the next generation discovers the grand narrative of the Bible," said Bobby Gruenewald, innovation pastor of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma, which created YouVersion.
The primary catalyst for the project was the YouVersion community itself, "the world's largest digital Bible-sharing community," the Bible App creators say. Though some kids are already using the original Bible App, it wasn't really made with them in mind. YouVersion moved forward with the project when its survey indicated that more than 95 percent of its community of parents surveyed would be interested in the Bible App for Kids and that it would help their children engage with the Bible more in their everyday lives. more >>
An elementary school counselor is teaching her students to be careful in what they post on the Internet by sending her own picture viral.
"I want my students to understand that there is a responsibility factor that comes with being on the Internet, both in what they post and how they choose to react to what others post," Julie Anne Culp, guidance counselor at Indian Lake Elementary School in Hendersonville, Tenn., told The Christian Post in an email statement. Her picture has found over 4 million likes and 103,000 shares on Facebook.
In the picture, Culp smiles, holding up a message: "I'm talking to my 5th grade students about internet safety and how quickly a photo can be seen by lots of people. If you are reading this, please click 'like.' Thanks!" The sign is dated Nov. 18, 2013. It was posted last Tuesday. more >>
South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday that revered former South African President Nelson Mandela has died. He was 95.
"This is the moment of our deepest sorrow. Our nation has lost its greatest son, yet what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human," said Zuma in an address on CNN.
"We saw in him what we seek in ourselves and in him we saw so much of ourselves. Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell," he added. more >>
Boulder police have accused a Colorado senior pastor of covering up information about a youth pastor who allegedly sexually assaulted a female church attendee starting when she was 15.
Walt Roberson was out of the country when police first announced charges for four members of Vinelife Church's pastoral and elder teams. Jason Allen Roberson, 35, Vinelife Church's youth pastor and the son of Walt, was arrested in September on charges that he sexually abused a former church member and emplyoyee who was underage when the abuse began.
Walt is due on court on Dec. 9 and the church's executive pastor Robert Phillip "Bob" Young must report later this month, according to The Daily Camera. Church elder Warren Lloyd Williams is set to appear on Jan. 6 while pastors Luke Humbrecht and Edward Bennell have no court dates set yet. more >>
T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House has revealed the speakers lineup for his 2014 International Pastors and Leadership Conference organized under the theme of "Branching Out." Among the keynote speakers are Hillsong Church founder Brian C. Houston and Church of God in Christ Bishop Charles E. Blake, with the list of general session speakers including Bishop Jakes' wife, Serita Jakes and Bishop Vashti McKenzie of of the American Methodist Episcopal Church.
"This is an opportunity for pastors to hone their tools and skills. Coming from every direction, they are converging in Orlando," explains Jakes in an promotional video of the 2014 International Pastors and Leadership Conference (PLC).
"This is not a conference for people who are satisfied for the status quo, for people who want to be normal and fit in. This is for the radical, relentless leader who is ready to go where he has never gone before and do what she has never done before. It's a branching out opportunity." more >>