NASHVILLE – Morning sessions during the second day of the National Religious Broadcasters' four-day convention included breakfast meetings with such groups as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and a time of worship during the general session.
Author and speaker Tony Evans told those in attendance that he is grateful for the opportunity for people in the media industry to come together and remember that they can serve as a comprehensive influence in the world.
"This is not the day to be polite or give ordinary sermons or sing ordinary songs," Evans said. "We are watching this country falling. The kingdom of God needs to arise." more >>
NASHVILLE – National Religious Broadcasters President Dr. Frank Wright spoke about the challenges facing his media colleagues and urged them to stand strong amid the growing restrictions on religious freedom during the opening general session of the NRB Convention on Saturday evening.
"Restrictions on religious freedom anywhere, are threats to religious freedom everywhere," said Wright, who has guided the organization for the past 10 years.
Wright called on Christians to pay close attention to three specific areas that are an immediate threat to spreading the gospel. First, the Department of Health and Human Services, which he believes is spearheading the administration's fight against religious liberties. He highlighted the president's mandating companies – including most religious organizations that are not included in the narrow exemption – to provide contraceptives, including abortifacients, to women employees as among the threats to religious freedom. more >>
NASHVILLE – California Pastor Raul Ries of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs shared Saturday evening his powerful testimony of inviting Jesus into his heart after watching Pastor Chuck Smith on TV at a time when he was contemplating violence against his family.
Ries said at the National Religious Broadcasters convention that as an unbeliever he hated everything: the world, his life and even his wife and children. But then he "found out that the cross of Jesus Christ is real," he said.
He challenged today's Church in his message to talk about the fundamentals of the scriptures and not shy away from the message of sin, although doing so without criticizing the person. "We don't talk about people, we talk about sin because we hate sin," Ries told the audience. more >>
NASHVILLE – There are three issues challenging the modern church, said Dallas Pastor Pete Briscoe to The Christian Post in an interview Saturday evening after he gave one of the keynote messages at the opening session of the National Religious Broadcasters Convention.
The first one, Briscoe, who is president of Telling the Truth ministries and pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, mentioned is that the Church, meaning the body of Christ, seems to have forgotten Christ. "We talk about everything under the sun but we miss the key reason the church is formed and that is Jesus Christ," he said.
Another is the teaching of the "Word" and how many pastors seem to build their sermons around what he considers "topical preaching." "It seems they pick a topic and then find verses of scripture to go with the subject matter. I don't believe that is how God intended His word to be used," Briscoe said. more >>
NASHVILLE – Just a day before the premiere of the epic 10-hour "The Bible" TV series on the History Channel, the actor who plays the role of Jesus in the miniseries appeared before thousands of Christian leaders at the National Religious Broadcaster Convention on Saturday evening and shared his thoughts about playing Jesus.
Mark Burnett, who co-produced "The Bible" with his wife, Roma Downey, introduced actor Diogo Morgado, who plays the starring role in the miniseries.
Morgado, who grew up in Portugal, described his homeland as a religious country. He said he was not only challenged by the role, but was humbled at being selected for the part. "How can you play the Son of God? You can't," he told the crowd. "What I had the privilege of playing was simply the words of Christ and taking the journey of the scriptures." more >>
NASHVILLE – Innovation leader Bobby Gruenewald of LifeChurch.tv, who is co-creator of the highly successful Bible app YouVersion, told those attending the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention that incorporating more video, such as footage from "The Bible" TV series, is the next phase for the application.
Gruenewald spoke with The Christian Post during the first day of the 4-day convention in Nashville on Saturday and said that he is excited to see how the pairing of YouVersion with the content of the 10-week docudrama will help further the Gospel. The series is created by producers Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey,
Our interview with the pastor from LifeChurch.tv is below. more >>