NEW YORK — More than 30 years ago, former atheist David Ireland was just like any other nonbeliever — disinterested in God and far removed from faith. But in 1982, while completing his first degree in mechanical engineering at age 20, he found Christ.
"I remember the day. It was July 6, 1982, at 10 p.m. I sat on the edge of my dormitory bed and I said 'God, if you're real, change me.' And he did. From that moment on I started sharing my faith with others and started living for Jesus," recalled Ireland during an interview with The Christian Post about his latest book, The Weapon of Prayer: Maximize Your Greatest Strategy Against the Enemy
Three decades later the Queens native, who has authored nearly two dozen books, is still deep in his walk as he now leads Christ Church, a thriving 8,000-member multi-site and multiracial congregation in northern New Jersey. more >>
WASHINGTON — Prominent black pastors and pro-life activists gathered in front of the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday to demand that the taxpayer-funded museum remove a bust of Planned Parenthood's white supremacist founder, Margaret Sanger, from the institution's "Struggle for Justice" exhibit.
After the National Portrait Gallery, which is run by the Smithsonian Institution, refused last week to take action on a letter sent by a coalition of 10 black pastors requesting the removal of Sanger's bust from the gallery, Bishop E.W. Jackson and the conservative group ForAmerica organized a rally Thursday morning to voice displeasure with the Gallery's decision to keep the bust.
Nearly 20 African-American pastors and pro-life advocates spoke at the rally and explained that Sanger, who established abortion organizations that eventually became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, did not advocate for abortion and birth control because she wanted to help "disadvantaged women," but because it was her goal to use eugenics to eliminate what she considered people of "inferior races." more >>
Grammy-nominated singer Angie Stone, who made headlines earlier this year for getting into a vicious physical altercation with her 30-year-old daughter, Diamond, in March appeared on Bishop T.D. Jakes' new talk show to discuss the incident on Thursday.
"We are talking to Grammy-nominated singer and actress Angie Stone who is here today to rekindle her relationship with her daughter Diamond," said Bishop Jakes in a preview for the episode which airs today. "This is the first time they have spoken publicly since the altercation that tore them apart."
Stone and her daughter are brought to tears during the episode in which the bishop offered them spiritual counseling. more >>
Republican presidential contender and celebrity billionaire Donald Trump will meet privately with a group of Christian leaders at the behest of Florida megachurch pastor and prosperity preacher Paula White.
The Wall Street Journal reported that news Wednesday, citing public relations executive Sheila Withum, who said she received an invitation to the gathering, composed of "selected Christian leaders and ministry professionals."
Withum reportedly revealed that the private gathering was scheduled to take place on Sept. 28 at the Trump Tower in New York City. She described the gathering as "a small group meeting, maximum 30 people," according to the Wall Street Journal. more >>
Prayer and conviction are inseparable, as seen in the life of Christ. Theologians have rightly identified Christ's role as prophet, priest, and king, but prophet is often the most controversial. A prophet would encourage and build, but they would also warn, compel, challenge, and convict — they were not necessarily popular; they were often controversial. Pastors and preachers must balance the prophetic (convicting) with the pastoral (shepherding).more >>
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz argued on Tuesday that the recent series of undercover videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress explicitly show Planned Parenthood officials committing multiple federal felonies, one of which carries a 10-year jail sentence.
During a conference call that over 100,000 Christian pastors were invited to participate in, organized by the American Family Association's American Renewal Project, Cruz explained that the barbarity displayed in CMP's videos have the power to change pro-choice minds about whether or not the government should be funding Planned Parenthood.
As the eight released videos have purportedly shown Planned Parenthood officials and representatives of fetal tissue procurement companies that partner with Planned Parenthood admitting various details about aborted baby parts procurement practices that could be in defiance of federal law, Cruz contended that the videos should be enough to warrant opening a U.S. Justice Department investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices. more >>