Throughout the ages, the Gospel has traversed borders and overcome language and cultural barriers to prick the hearts of mankind. The last 2,000 years of the spread of Christianity have been illustrated in an animated map that charts the Great Commission in the span of 90 seconds.
"The Spread of the Gospel," created by Western Conservatory of the Arts and Sciences, demonstrates how Christianity once extended far and wide from its cradle in the Middle East, experienced a brief period where it lost ground around the 820s AD, and rebounded a little over 100 years later. The map shows the proliferation of Christianity with the added context of the spread of the Roman and Byzantine empires.
Along with Christianity, the rise of Islam, the world's second-largest religion after Christianity, is also depicted — the two faiths overlapping in places like the Arabian Peninsula, in portions of northern Africa, and in parts of Spain and Portugal by the early 700s AD, according to the map. more >>
In an effort to raise awareness of persecuted Christians around the world, Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit that's provided practical and spiritual help for persecuted believers since the 1960s, launched a special promotion of its I Am N campaign Tuesday.
The promotion kicked off with 24 hours of prayer for persecuted Christians, and a social media blitz that shared images of those who are suffering around the globe — all in an effort to help citizens of the world realize that Christian persecution isn't simply something that happens "over there," and to give the suffering a face by associating the names and faces of real people.
"When Christians learn about their brothers and sisters around the world, they're inspired by that to stand with them … " said Jason Peters, associate vice president of connection for VOM, to The Christian Post Tuesday. "We are their voice." more >>
Prayer is essential to the life of a believer, and this spring United Cry DC16 is an event that hopes to inspire 30,000 believers to come together to pray for the well-being of the nation.
Just as there is strength in numbers, there is strength in those who come together to pray and seek Christ, as evidenced by Matthew 18:20: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
That biblical principle is one of the driving forces behind United Cry DC16, a gathering intended to move people to pray for America's future. more >>
Christian basketball player Jeremy Lin has spoken out against comedian Chris Rock regarding a racial joke he made during the 88th Academy Awards Sunday.
Lin, who plays for the Charlotte Hornets, took to Twitter Monday to criticize one of Rock's jokes that targeted Asians.
"Seriously though, when is this going to change?!? Tired of it being 'cool' and 'OK' to bash Asians smh," Lin, who is Chinese-American, asked his 1.51 million Twitter followers. more >>
A group of about 30 African-American students were escorted out of a campaign rally for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump at Valdosta State University in Georgia on Monday, even though the students claim they were not causing any disruption.
While there are conflicting reports as to why the group of black students were escorted out of the PE Complex, the Des Moines Register initially reported that the African-American students were ejected from the facility "at the request of the candidate" or his campaign team.
According to one student, the group attended the rally with the plan of sitting quietly in protest and did not plan on disrupting the event in anyway. Before the event could start, the students were standing at the top of the bleachers when they were told they had to leave and then were escorted out by local police. more >>
I am a black female with four degrees, including a Doctorate of Education and Masters of Public Administration. I coached basketball for 18 years at many fine collegiate institutions and have experienced many things in my life. The blessings that surround my life have been numerous, indeed, but I would not be the leader I am today without the strength and guidance of two women who understood the value of what they didn't have.
My grandmother only had about an eighth-grade education. My mom didn't earn her undergraduate degree until she was 50 years old. Growing up under their watchful eyes in Arkansas, there was never a doubt that I would attend — and graduate — from college.
They instilled in me a love of learning and helped me to understand how an education could open doors that otherwise would remain locked. I didn't fully appreciate that until I was in graduate school when I began to understand being exposed to education doesn't just happen in the classroom. Classrooms and teachers are vital, but the most important thing is exposing children to education from their earliest years. That exposure can happen walking through a campus or traveling the world or through that mainstay of African-American culture, our churches. more >>