In his third featured interview this year, former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard asks why it is so hard for the Church to live out its teachings on forgiveness and restoration, noting that the secular world is doing a better job at this than Christians.
"The differentiation between the Church and everybody else is that we should respond with restoration, healing, hope to people's sin condition, our sin condition. We're losing that right now," he argues in a new video interview with Lifetree Café, a Christian-based network of local discussion groups.
He expresses frustration over his observation that many celebrities – including Martha Stewart, Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, David Letterman – were restored by their secular organizations compared to Christian leaders, including himself, who do not receive restoration by the church. more >>
One would expect that the title of a new documentary, "Ted Haggard: Scandalous," is enough to make the former head of the National Association of Evangelicals cringe.
But after watching it Thursday night with his family, Haggard not only describes the program as a "resurrection story" but recommends that church groups gather to watch the one-hour special when it premieres Jan. 16 on the TLC cable network.
"I think it's a wonderful story of redemption and resurrection. Although it's embarrassing for me, it's shows why we are believers. I think it's great for people to watch it," Haggard told The Christian Post. more >>
This year marks the most violence against the Christian community leading up to the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church within the past seven years, said an advocate for persecuted Christians.
“I would say candidly that in my whole tenure at Open Doors this is a year when more is taking place on the weekend of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church than at any other time,” said Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors USA.
This Sunday marks the 15th year of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – one of the largest prayer events in the world. Half a million churches in 150 countries are expected to participate in the event. more >>
Hundreds of Christian-sponsored events nationwide will take place Sunday to draw attention to the half million children in the U.S. foster system today.
The national Orphan Sunday campaign, led by the Christian Alliance for Orphans, is an annual grassroots event calling Christians to be involved in adoption, foster care and the global orphan ministry. Local events across the country seek to raise awareness about the orphan crisis and infuse passion into the church to tackle the problem.
“While everyone may not be called to adoption, we are all called in the body of Christ to do something on behalf of the orphan,” said Kelly Rosati, senior director of the Sanctity of Human Life Division at Focus on the Family, in the video program called, “Answer the Cry.” more >>
WASHINGTON – A Catholic leader who specializes in migration issues highlighted on Wednesday how both foreign governments and the U.S. government benefit from illegal immigrants.
And because there are benefits, J. Kevin Appleby of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the governments are not urgent about fixing the system despite how broken it may be.
“If it’s broken, then don’t fix it,” he said at a panel discussion on immigration reform Wednesday evening. more >>
The Republican Party may lose the Latino vote over its latest stance on restricting citizenship to children born to certain immigrants, warned an influential Hispanic evangelical.
Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said his group is “disappointed” with the Republican Party’s rhetoric on immigration, especially regarding the party’s consideration to amend the constitutional provision guaranteeing “birthright citizenship.”
“[It] may very well serve as the nail on the coffin to the inevitable alienation of America’s largest ethnic minority,” Rodriguez commented in a statement Tuesday. more >>