A Virginia church will close its homeless shelter this fall due to fears that the site was housing sex offenders.
"This was a rough decision for us because we looked at the overflow shelters as an extension of our ministry," Reverend Tyrone Nelson, who pastors Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, told WTVR News.
Nelson added that it appeared that sex offenders were not only spending the night at the church but that they were "actually using our address. They were using the shelter and probably had been using the shelter on and off for a few years." more >>
A group of evangelical leaders have embarked on a "faithful filibuster" protest, asking political leaders to address the impact of the partial government shutdown on the poor and vulnerable in society.
These leaders, including the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, Galen Carey, vice president for governmental affairs at National Association of Evangelicals, and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, will be reading 2,000 Bible verses dealing with poverty at an outdoor location near the Capitol. The "faithful filibuster" is planned to last until the shutdown ends.
They are also sending each member of Congress a "Poverty and Justice Bible" in which each of those 2,000 verses are highlighted. more >>
You reach a certain point in your life when the blessings of your life become abundantly apparent, not the least of which is the very gift of life itself and all the treasures, beauty and magnificence that come with it.
With that awareness however also comes a sense of responsibility, human duty, if you will, to "balance the books" and give back in return for those blessings. This is not to say I or others haven't given back "along the way," but suddenly it seems to take dominance, becoming a priority. Over the years I have, like others, contributed and "given back" to various organizations and causes, albeit somewhat "here and there," trying to make sure I've covered all bases. But also with age – and I suppose wisdom – comes the need to consolidate, "one stop shop" – conserve, focus, and be sure that you make the most out of every effort.
Ever since I was a young boy I had a keen fascination for the Man in the Salvation Army Suit with his bell and his bucket asking me, and the common man, to give – just a little – to help those in need. And for some reason it always seemed "fair" and resonated. I had the sense that a dime – if that was all I had, would do, and further, that dime would actually go to good use – all of it! In short, I trusted the "Man in the Suit" ringing his bell asking me to put something in his kettle. Of course, it never hurt that I also associated all of this during that magical time of Christmas even though I had a good inclination that the work of the Salvation Army was year round – as it is. more >>
Saddleback Church, which has 10 campuses across Southern California, is undertaking for the very first time in its 33-year history the launch of campuses outside of the United States in an effort to "finish the Great Commission," according to founding Pastor Rick Warren. Warren and his megachurch will see fruits of their years-long work with the "12 Cities PEACE Plan" come to bear this month with the launch of three global campuses, one each in Hong Kong, Berlin and Buenos Aires.
Saddleback Hong Kong is the first global congregation prepared for launch, and will officially open its doors this Sunday, Oct. 6. The following two Sundays will see Saddleback Berlin (Oct. 13) and Buenos Aires (Oct 20) follow suit. Eventually, over the next few years, these Saddleback church plants will be followed by sister congregations in Accra, Amman, Bangalore, Johannesburg, London, Manila, Mexico City, Moscow, and Tokyo.
"The ultimate goal is to finish the Great Commission by planting a body of Jesus (church), a Bible (portion of God's word) and a believer in the last unengaged people groups on Earth," Warren explained in a press release shared with The Christian Post. "Jesus said one day in heaven there will be people from every tribe and nation worshipping around God's throne. I intend to use all my influence in rallying the Global Church to do what Jesus commanded us 2000 years ago!" more >>
NEW YORK – A national Christian-centered program aimed at promoting awareness and taking action on human slavery is currently taking place over 12-days at New York City campuses, with a mission that one of the organizers described as "what Jesus went to the cross for."
"Awareness for something is like a 50 on a test. That's a fail," said Jonathan Walton, InterVarsity's New York City Urban Project Director, in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Thursday.
"If you make someone aware of something, and give them no action steps, that's just irresponsible. Awareness is inadequate, that's what people need to understand. You actually need to give people concrete steps to do this." more >>
After protesting a police order forbidding them from feeding the homeless on a city-owned parking lot, a Washington-based Christian group intends to disregard the ban and help those in need by carrying out its normal programming this week.
Based out of Olympia, Crazy Faith Ministries (CFM) has offered food to hundreds of homeless people twice a week for the past two years. However, last week the police department ordered the group to cease its operations at the parking lot. The email claimed the operation was "blocking vehicle traffic and parking," and that "garbage and debris [was] being left behind after your event."
The email also mentioned "food handling safety" and "participant and public safety" as a concern. more >>