Efrem Smith, preacher, author and urban ministry advocate, delivered a challenging, uncomfortable and anointed message about evangelism, according to some of the thousands who attended or tuned in via a live webcast to the Exponential West Conference at Saddleback Church on Tuesday.
Smith, president and CEO of World Impact and author of The Post-Black and Post-White Church, preached a message titled "Rethinking Evangelism Through the Suffering," making the case that the atrocities and painful conditions people experience today require a refocused approached to doing outreach.
He began by reading to the thousands in person and likely thousands more watching online, the description of the multi-ethnic and multi-lingual kingdom of God described in Revelation 7, specifically verses 9-17. more >>
Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen says listeners of his new SiriusXM channel will get to see a different, more personal side of his family.
During the Monday launch of Channel 128 Joel Osteen Radio at the Sirius' New York City headquarters, Osteen expressed his excitement for the new channel with The Blaze: "It's nice that it's a different side of us, because most of our other stuff is very prepared," he said. "I hope they'll (listeners) get a chance to see just that [we're] real and that there's humor and fun."
Victoria Osteen told the publication they hope to offer the listening audience a unique experience. "This is an opportunity that came and it's a stretch. It's something that we haven't done before and I hope it says something to [show] people that we are real," she told the publication. more >>
Greg Laurie and Harvest Ministries will take their Southern California-grown, power-packed worship music and straight-forward Gospel message to a national level for the third year-in-a-row this weekend. This time, Harvest America comes to Dallas on Sunday, and will be livestreamed to more than 3,400 locations across the country, including churches, theaters, and living rooms.
"We are very excited about bringing the Gospel to the DFW Metroplex area," Laurie said. "This is a unique part of our great country. It represents the heartland of our nation and is filled with people who espouse traditional family values, hard work and big dreams."
What began 25 years ago as the Harvest Crusades in huge outdoor stadiums (the outreach events took place primarily in Orange County), however, have now come to include annual live digital transmissions from a chosen city, such as Philadelphia last year, streamed to host venues throughout the nation. more >>
This year's Catalyst Atlanta, with more than 9,000 Christian leaders expected to attend the three-day event beginning Wednesday, is spearheaded for the first time in several years by a new executive director.
Tyler Reagin, who was a pastor at a campus of North Point Community Church took the place of Brad Lomenick a year ago, after first being the organization's creative director. Lomenick remains as a consultant and adviser to the highly popular 14 year old movement and organization.
During a recent interview with The Christian Post, Reagin said that after Catalyst took a year to "brand audit" the organization, there should be some noticeable changes to those attending this week. Mainly, the extended time given for the opportunity to interact with other leaders about what they just heard after many of the sessions and deciding on action steps to be taken home to implement. more >>
City Harvest Church finance manager Sharon Tan reportedly broke down on the stand during the trial of six church members, including Pastor Kong Hee, who are accused of misusing more than $19.2 million of funds for the popstar career of Kong's wife, singer Sun Ho.
The prosecution said in a cross-examination of Tan that emails have shown that she intended to cover up the Singapore megachurch's payments to Xtron Productions, the company behind Ho's career.
Tan's cross-examination wrapped up on Monday, Channel News Asia reported, with the prosecution arguing that she had conspired with other church leaders to execute a series of "round-tripping transactions." more >>
Don't judge me. The use of these three words to deflect perceived unwarranted criticism, is indeed biblical, according to one megachurch pastor. The problem is, as with many popular and oft-quoted Bible verses (like Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:28 for example), is that Jesus' words in Matthew 7 are usually taken out of context.
In Matthew 7:1-2, Jesus says, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
While the full context of Jesus' remarks run from verses 1-6, the most frequently quoted part of his teaching in this particular Bible passage usually includes just the first three words — used either lightly or in sincerity. more >>