A conservative Anglican leader stated that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's recent comments on evangelism are "half-right."
At an interfaith event held in London earlier this month, the head of the 88 million-member Anglican Communion drew a line between evangelism and proselytizing by saying: "I draw the line in terms of respect for the other; in starting by listening before you speak; in terms of love that is unconditional and not conditional to one iota, to one single element on how the person responds to your own declaration of faith; and of not speaking about faith unless you are asked about faith," said Welby, according to the Telegraph.
"I draw a pretty sharp line, it is all based around loving the person you are dealing with which means you seek their wellbeing and you respect their identity and their integrity." more >>
Heisman Trophy-winning athlete Tim Tebow has endured many professional disappointments with some NFL dreams yet to be realized, but he refuses to be defeated and is setting out to encourage others in his new book, "Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms."
Set for an October release, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms, will reveal some of the disappointments that resulted from the 28-year-olds short lived NFL career.
"First, he was a beloved college football champion, media sensation, and best-selling author drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft. Then he had a miracle playoff run with the Denver Broncos before being traded to the New York Jets," a description of the book on the Penguin Random House website states. "After one season he was cut by New York, next signed by the New England Patriots, then let go after training camp. Tebow has achieved big victories and plunged the depths of failure, all while holding firm to his faith." more >>
The world nowadays has been described as a "global village" thanks to technological advances that have knit first-world urban dwellers to third-world villagers through mobile phones and the internet. Finishing the Great Commission and bringing the Gospel to unreached people groups through Bible translations in their heart language is occurring more rapidly than ever in history.
Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, wrote in a 2014 article in Christian Post that a unqiue software program called ParaText has radically increased the speed of Bible translation and that "someone who is alive in the world today will translate the last Bible for the last unreached people."
"We're at a pivotal point in history where this generation could see the end of a centuries-old effort to make the Bible available in every language that needs it. This is the fastest pace of Bible translation the church has ever seen, and technological advancements have played a critical role in getting us here. We praise God that today there are nearly 2,200 Bible translation projects underway in some of the most remote places on earth, representing 1.9 billion people being reached with the gospel in a language they can clearly understand." more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA)'s donations to local missions increased by an estimated $7.7 million last year despite continued declines in congregations and membership numbers.
The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States released their statistics for 2015 on Monday, reporting that giving to local missions was up.
According to the recently released annual statistics, local mission giving went from approximately $125 million in 2014 to approximately $132 million in 2015. more >>
One of the most dangerous prayers Christians can make to God is one of availability, asking God to send you wherever He wants you to go, Pastor Craig Groeschel says.
Groeschel, who heads the multi-site Life.Church from his home base in Edmond, Oklahoma, said in his "Dangerous Prayers" series that although many Christians pray to God in reference to what He can do for them, they should actually pray to see what they can do for God.
The megachurch pastor's sermon begins with the "send me" prayer, which says: "God I've been comfortable for way too long … I know you want to use me to show your love in this world. Give me eyes to see the needs of others, and a heart that dares to get involved where you are working. God, my life is yours. Whatever you want, wherever you lead, here I am." more >>
Nearly half of IS-controlled territory in Iraq and Syria has been recaptured by allied forces, according to a Pentagon spokesman.
"The number right now in Iraq is about 45 percent of the territory they once held has been recovered. … The number in Syria is anywhere between 16 to 20 percent," said Peter Cook, press secretary for the Department of Defense, during a press briefing on Monday.
The percentages of territory lost is based off the amount of territory IS held in 2014, according to USA Today. more >>