Dr. Charles Stanley, 81-year-old pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, knows a thing or two about anxiety and the fear of rejection. When he was just starting out over 40 years ago as pastor of the Georgia megachurch, he was scared to death he would end up looking like a failure and being severely criticized.
Although he dealt with that issue throughout most of his ministry, Stanley says he finally found freedom when he confronted those fears and turned them over to God.
"I want you to find liberty from your apprehensions as well," the In Touch Ministries leader writes in his latest book, Emotions: Confront the Lies. Conquer with Truth. The megachurch pastor and former two-term Southern Baptist Convention president writes in the new book that everyone grapples with deep and seemingly overwhelming emotions in life, and gives examples of King David, the apostle Paul and even Jesus Christ experiencing such moments. more >>
The family of Experiencing God author Henry Blackaby revealed that the patriarch has come out of successful heart surgery on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack last week during a 29-hour period in which he was reported missing.
"Henry Blackaby is out of surgery this morning. The surgeon indicated the quadruple bypass surgery could not have gone better," reads a statement from the Blackaby family posted online.
"Henry has been living with blocked or 70 percent blocked arteries for several years. The doctor claims he will feel much better once his recovery is complete. Please pray for his recovery and that there will be no complications," the statement adds. Blackaby, 78, could remain in hospital until the weekend. more >>
Henry Blackaby, well-known Christian speaker and author of Experiencing God, will undergo quadruple bypass surgery this week after suffering a heart attack while at the wheel last Thursday. Amid the health scare, Blackaby became disoriented and went missing for nearly 30 hours.
An update on the Blackaby Ministries International website Monday revealed that the 78-year-old, who also suffers from diabetes, would be getting his operation on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Blackabys have asked the Christian community to pray for a successful procedure.
"Pray for a successful procedure on Tuesday and pray that it gives Henry new energy and clarity to serve the Lord for many years to come," reads the statement in part. more >>
"Death, diamonds and greed. A charismatic U.S. businessman pursues an irresistible opportunity during one of the worst humanitarian crises of modern times." So reads the description for "Mission Congo," the much talked-about documentary that revisits allegations that Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson used Operation Blessing International (OBI), a medical and hunger relief charity, as a front to line his own pockets via the diamond mines of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) during the Rwandan refugee crisis.
After initially threatening a lawsuit against all offending parties, Operation Blessing now has issued a lengthy statement challenging the "malicious allegations" made in the film.
"We find it necessary to respond to not only the overall theme that Dr. Robertson somehow profited 'on the back of a non-existent aid project,' as was erroneously reported in the media, but also to clear up specific falsehoods about Operation Blessing's activities and other malicious and defamatory comments that have been made in the film by the filmmakers," reads the statement sent to The Christian Post by Chris Roslan, a spokesperson for Operation Blessing International and also Robertson's representative. more >>
Nearly 7,000 people are expected to gather tonight for the 'Carolinas God Bless America Crusade,' in Charlotte, N.C., which will kick off a three-day event led by Newport News, Va.- based evangelist, Byron Foxx, with the intent to preach the gospel and honor American heroes.
Over 60 Baptist churches from North Carolina and South Carolina including dozens more from around the country are set to descend upon the southern state for what event organizers are considering a "gathering of thankful Americans."
"The purpose of this event is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. This Crusade is going to make much of Jesus Christ," Pastor Joseph Campbell of South Charlotte Baptist Church said. "As a patriotic event, we will be honoring different groups of people each night, which is especially appropriate on the 12th anniversary of September 11." more >>
The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention issued guidelines last week for military chaplains that prohibits them from officiating or attending same-sex marriage ceremonies, or participating in marriage retreats for same-sex couples.
NAMB-endorsed chaplains account for the largest number of chaplains serving in the U.S. military – second only to Catholics – with more than 1,400 (or 18 percent), affiliated with the Southern Baptist denomination. Each chaplain is assigned to serve between 500 and 700 troops.
Chaplains who violate NAMB's restrictions to not participate in or conduct counseling, civil ceremonies or retreats for same-sex couples would be at risk of losing their endorsement from the SBC. more >>