Election Day on Twitter became the most tweeted about event in U.S. political history with 20 million tweets. By late Tuesday evening, Twitter announced that there was a spike of 327,453 tweets per minute when TV news networks declared that President Barack Obama had been re-elected shortly after 11 p.m. EST.
Even though Twitter traffic was expected to be high, no one really knew how the popular social media bird would handle the volume that was double the previous high water mark of 10 million tweets during the first of three presidential debates.
In the early evening, when election results first started to roll in, Jay Kranda, pastor of Saddleback Church's online campus, tweeted from somewhere in Southern California: "States are already being called. Its going to get interesting. I hope Twitter breaks. #election2012." more >>
Pastor Rick Warren refuted a recent claim made by Congressman Frank Wolf that he has been silent on religious persecution. He told The Christian Post that he and his church have championed the cause for years.
"Please don't be hard on my friend, Rep. Frank Wolf. He's simply uninformed about Saddleback Church's ministry and strong voice on religious persecution – both internationally and nationally," he said in a statement emailed to CP.
"No one could accurately accuse me of being silent on this issue. It's one of my passions!" more >>
In promoting a two-day conference featuring an all-star lineup of some of the most influential Christian leaders in the U.S., Resurgence ministry founder Mark Driscoll explains why he chose renowned author and pastor Rick Warren as one of the eight speakers scheduled.
"Why Rick Warren? Why did I invite him to our first ever Resurgence conference? Well, how about because he loves Jesus, he's awesome, he's nice, [and] he actually does things that have something to teach us if you are humble enough to learn," Driscoll says at the start of a video posted on the Resurgence Conference (R12) website.
"You Google Rick Warren, your computer will explode. It is amazing how much attention he receives – 675,000 Twitter followers. He has people who love him and hate him, and I'm one of the guys who quite frankly really appreciates him," he said of the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. and author of many books, including The Purpose Driven Life. more >>
Joel Osteen and Rick Warren, two of America's most popular megachurch pastors, have been confirmed for a live appearance on "Oprah's Lifeclass" program on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) to be broadcast Friday, Oct. 5.
"Watch new episodes before they air! Log on to Oprah.com or Facebook.com/owntv October 5 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT to participate in live tapings with Joel Osteen and Rick Warren," an ad for the show announced. While fans of "Oprah's Lifeclass" will be able to watch the tapings live on the Internet when they are streamed on Friday, it is not clear when exactly they will be broadcast on TV.
"Oprah's Lifeclass" episodes allow viewers to interact with guests and ask important questions, and have been some of the more ratings-successful segments on OWN. Osteen is expected to comment on "positive thinking and dreaming big" while Warren will address "winning the hand you're dealt," according to Oprah.com. more >>
Republican Mitt Romney addressed a crowd of business leaders and global policy experts Tuesday at former President Bill Clinton's Global Initiative in New York. His message to those gathered and the world was simple: Americans must "never apologize" for America's role as a world leader.
Although he never mentioned President Obama by name, Romney made a strong case that his administration would take a more proactive role in the Middle East and that America does not owe the world an apology in doing so.
"We somehow feel we're at the mercy of events rather than shaping events," said Romney. "I will never apologize for America. I believe that America has been one of the greatest forces for good the world has ever known." more >>
As the 2012 International AIDS Conference begins, experts at the event are saying that there is "no excuse" for not taking major action against the global disease.
The conference is expected to draw approximately 25,000 people by its conclusion and has several major speakers and scientists reporting on the global effort to stop the AIDS virus.
Shawn Jain, U.S. communications and media relations coordinator for the International AIDS Conference, told The Christian Post that this "no excuse" statement is enforced by recent developments. more >>