Benjamin Watson has revealed his prayer for the new year, after a year filled with social unrest in the United States.
Watson, the 34-year-old New Orleans Saints' tight end, received national attention when his take on the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer Darren Wilson went viral last year. In an essay posted to Facebook, Watson did not take only one side in the scenario that has caused national protesting.
Instead, he made it clear how the Gospel can help people on both sides of the debate of race relations in the country. Watson more recently decided to ring in the new year by sharing a prayer on Facebook. more >>
As the new year is already upon us, The Christian Post would like to offer a brief look back at the major issues and events of 2014.
Pastors in Houston were almost forced to hand over all their sermons that touched on the topic of homosexuality, a major U.S. megachurch became nonexistent, Christians around the world saw a rise in attacks especially with the rise of terrorist group ISIS, and fear spread around the world as the Ebola virus spread rapidly in West Africa. Below is the full top ten list.
1. Liberal Intolerance: 'Duck Dynasty,' Mozilla, Benham Brothers and Houston Mayor Subpoena Scandal more >>
Religious freedom, gay marriage, abortion, common core, immigration, "Obamacare," and the midterm elections led much of The Christian Post's politics coverage in 2014. Here, ranked by CP editors, are the top 10 Christian Post politics stories of the year.
10. The New Russian Aggression
Russian President Vladimir Putin revived memories of the old Soviet Union in 2014 as he led Russia to expand its territorial holdings. First he invaded the Crimean peninsula, a part of the Ukraine with a large Russian population and declared it part of Russia after a rigged referendum. Later, he led a full-scale invasion of the rest of Ukraine. more >>
In a review of its 2014 efforts, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association reveals that it has shared the Gospel with close to 9.5 million people around the world through its outreaches. More than 1.6 million of those people have made a decision for Christ, reports the BGEA.
Those outreaches include BGEA collaborations with local churches in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia to hold large scale festivals and celebrations. BGEA President and CEO Franklin Graham and his son, Will Graham, also preached the Gospel at functions hosted in parts of the United States, Canada, Japan, Sri Lanka and Papau New Guinea.
Franklin Graham praised God for the BGEA's efforts in a recent letter. He wrote "Our hearts overflow with gratitude to God for all He has done and is doing, and we are eager to keep pressing forward as He continues to open doors." more >>
Dr. Alveda C. King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., took time to share her reaction to the film "Selma" on Wednesday.
The Gospel evangelist, who follows in her uncle's footsteps as a civil rights leader, shared her response to "Selma" after several inquiries via social media this week. Having been at the iconic leader's side during his movement to end discrimination, King was stirred by the new film.
"An invitation to a pre-release screening of the movie 'Selma' brought mixed emotions to my heart and tears to my eyes," the Gospel evangelist explained in a statement on New Year's Eve. "As I sat in the theater, I was transported back to the time when my Uncle MLK, my daddy AD [Alfred Daniel] King and so many civil rights icons were embroiled in the historical crosshairs that brought equality to the voting rights of blacks in America." more >>
The new film "Selma" from Indie film director Ava DuVernay is shining a spotlight on both Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for civil rights and the racial unrest that exists in the U.S. today.
The must-see film of the year, "Selma" opens with a scene between King and his wife, Coretta (David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo, respectively), in Norway where he's being honored with a Nobel Peace Prize. Oyelowo (pronounced oh-yellow-oh) is hypnotic with silent expressions that pack more meaning than any dialogue could ever provide. After carefully studying King's voice, stature and expressions, Oyelowo commands the role of the iconic civil rights leader.
Within the first five minutes of the film, Oyelowo's take on King's acceptance speech sends lightning bolts through the theater, almost bringing the audience to their feet in applause as if they are present at the ceremony. more >>