NEW YORK — Some Christians are more comfortable being in the church than they are being the Church, and are sometimes fired up about serving but reluctant about sacrificing. These are two things that have to change, especially when it come to discipling youth, according to a director for a national outreach organization that focuses on reaching young people on their turf and in their culture.
"There [are] not that many that are called to this. There's not a line of people waiting to do urban youth ministry, let's keep it real. … Ain't that many people," said Luma Haddad, the Young Life urban area director for San Diego South Bay.
Haddad, who works with Latino, black, and Filipino teenagers in junior high and high school, made those remarks Sept. 12 at the Urban Youth Workers Institute's RELOAD one-day training event held at Bay Ridge Christian Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The event, which included various presentations and workshops from urban ministry leaders, was tailored toward equipping and encouraging those who work with youth. more >>
A conference of human rights activists who focus on Christian persecution in the Middle East has called upon Congress to pass a resolution declaring recent actions committed by the Islamic State "genocide."
As part of the annual conference, members of the group In Defense of Christians lobbied elected officials on Capitol Hill to pass Concurrent Resolution 75, which was introduced last week.
Sponsored by Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, H. Con. Res. 75 calls upon Congress to label recent acts of intolerance against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East as "crimes against humanity" and "genocide." more >>
Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders stressed the need for "common ground" on economic issues with his mostly non-like-minded audience at Liberty University.
Speaking as an honored guest at the Evangelical Christian private school's Monday morning convocation, Sanders mentioned that he and most of his audience strongly disagreed on hot-button issues like abortion and gay marriage.
"I came here today because I believe from the bottom of my heart that it is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse," said Sanders. more >>
WASHINGTON — Emmy-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and Journey Films have produced a new two-hour documentary called "Chaplains" that will air on PBS stations in 2015, which seeks to enlighten the general public about the role that American chaplains play in their various arenas of work.
The film shadows chaplains from various faiths and theatres — from a Muslim police chaplain who serves as a middleman between cops and the hostile Muslim community, to a Buddhist chaplain who fulfills the spiritual needs of prisoners in an Oregon state prison — and provides a sense of the benefits that chaplains provide to the communities they serve.
At the film's premiere screening Thursday night at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Doblmeier, who has produced over 25 films focused on religion, faith and spirituality, explained that the reason for producing the documentary is that most people don't understand the importance that the chaplaincy has to society as a whole. more >>
Comedian Stephen Colbert, the new host of CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," interviewed Vice President Joe Biden Thursday night and the two men bonded over their faith in God and loss of loved ones. Colbert, despite poking fun at the Church occasionally, has always been open about his belief in God and Christian duty to serve others.
Colbert and Biden discussed various issues — the vice president could potentially run for president, but he's unsure if he's invested in the idea — but then they spoke about the death of his son, Maj. Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in May. Colbert asked him if his Roman Catholic faith helped him get through the painful loss.
The vice president said he gets "an enormous sense of solace" from his belief in God. more >>
Dr. Ben Carson is winning among white Evangelicals, and celebrity billionaire Donald Trump is both the most loved and unloved candidate in Iowa, according to the most recent Iowa poll on the Republican presidential race.
In a survey of 1,038 likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants conducted by Quinnipiac University, 27 percent of respondents voiced support for the billionaire businessman and reality TV star, placing him at number one among the crowded GOP field.
However, in the same polling data Trump was also number one among the candidates respondents say they "would definitely not support" for the nomination, with 25 percent of those surveyed saying so. more >>