Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz was recently interviewed by television star Oprah Winfrey on her SuperSoul Sunday talk show program and described what he believes is the "root of racism" in America today.
Lentz, who proclaimed on Facebook in September that he and his megachurch won't be chanting "All Lives Matter" because "black lives apparently are worth less on our streets," talked with Winfrey for over 40 minutes about faith, religion and Christ.
But one of the last questions that the 62-year-old African-American megastar asked the 31-year-old pastor was what he thinks "the root of racism is." more >>
DULUTH, Georgia — A white Presbyterian minister with a passion to mend societal divides says if racial healing is to happen in the Church, white Christians ought to pay attention to the seemingly small things, even phrases like "ethnic food."
The theme of this years' Catalyst conference in Atlanta was "uncommon fellowship," with various labs and sessions centered on how the Church can build bridges to distressed communities. One such speaker and panelist at CatalystATL was Pastor Scott Sauls who leads Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Christian Post sat down with Sauls at the Infinite Energy Arena, where the conference took place, to further explore how the Body of Christ can be true catalysts for racial reconciliation. more >>
With the attention given to this year's presidential election, it is evident the importance of Hispanic Americans on politics. But this is not the only arena in which people are looking to Hispanics to drive growth over the next 30 years. Corporations, brands and the entertainment industry are making bold moves to win over this audience, from hiring senior executives with a multicultural background to shifting advertising dollars from English to Spanish (or bilingual) and producing culturally relevant content.
As owner of a marketing firm and Hispanic who has been helping shape messages and position products to reach Latinos over the past decade, I understand the unique elements needed to connect with the Hispanic Community. Additionally, as a person of faith, I also recognize churches, ministries, and Christian businesses have yet to seize a clear vision to impact the first, second and third generation of Latinos that now call the United States of America home. As a result, they are missing an opportunity to engage this receptive and responsive audience.
In order to bridge the gap with this critical demographic, faith organizations must reframe their approach considering four important trends: more >>
Over the past couple of years, there has been increased public outrage over police violence against African-Americans.
Entities like the "Black Lives Matter" movement and many liberals argue that such violence is pervasive and requires major reforms within police departments across the country.
Others, including police unions and many conservatives, argue that these concerns are based on misinterpreting statistics and are fomenting anti-police sentiment in many cities. more >>
Stunned, I contemplated what I had read. Just days after Sergeant Owen in Lancaster, California, was brutally killed, a young high schooler was photographed at a local high school wearing a shirt that read, "Shoot the Police."
Emotions surfaced from anger to sadness. How can we allow this? How can the school allow this? We'll remove Bibles from our schools but allow this! No wonder America is crumbling from within.
The picture was quickly removed from Facebook but many saved the image. I found myself hoping that it was photoshopped by someone inciting violence versus a high schooler wearing this shirt as the school turned a blind eye. more >>
WASHINGTON — Over 200 millennials participated in the Q Commons telecast Thursday night to discuss the touchiest of subjects among them: race relations and the presidential election.
In an age when tensions are running high, many are deeply cynical about what good yet another "conversation" will do. But such attitudes are not deterring the founder of Q Ideas and local pastors hosting their forums.
"I'm a cynic myself," said Dave Schmidgall, a staff pastor with National Community Church in the District of Columbia who facilitated the event, in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>