ANAHEIM, California — for King and Country duo brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone believe that Christianity is undergoing a transition in the United States, and that some things are being lost and broken in order for faith to be rebuilt.
In an interview with The Christian Post just prior to taking the stage Friday to perform at the 27th Harvest SoCal event at Angel Stadium, Joel Smallbone said that although Christianity may be in statistical decline in America now, he is not despairing as some are, noting that he has been reading Russell Moore's book Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel.
"What struck me was, even before I read the book, was that you can have a bit of a doomsday [outlook] like the good-old days are gone — that America, built on these great biblical foundations, that it's not the same anymore, you can't make an assumption of faith or scripture anymore. You can't make an assumption about morality of faith based on scripture, and I've always looked at it like it was a terrible thing but [Moore's] position was very striking." more >>
Preacher Francis Chan uses a little humor to explain how Christians often do things that don't make any sense, including when it comes to the Great Commission, or the command to make disciples.
"When I was a kid, we used to play a game called 'Simon Says,'" Chan, former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, one of the largest churches in Ventura County, California, tells the audience.
The game involves three or more players where one of the players takes the role of "Simon" and issues instructions, such as "jump in the air" or "tap your head," to the other participants, which should only be followed if prefaced with the phrase "Simon says." more >>
ANAHEIM, California — God does not send people to Hell, rather it is people that have to climb over Jesus to send themselves there, leading evangelist Greg Laurie told over 37,000 attendees of the 27th annual SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium and thousands more watching online Saturday night.
Laurie, the senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship and an author of over 70 books, gave about a 35-minute message on the second night of the three-night event, after performances from Phil Wickham and the Harvest Worship Band, the rock band Skillet and rapper KB.
In his sermon, Laurie addressed three major life questions that people won't find the answers to on Google, Yahoo or Siri. Along with questions like "Why am I so lonely?" and "Why am I so empty inside?" Laurie also tackled the question of "What happens after I die?" more >>
ANAHEIM, California – for King & Country's Joel Smallbone decided to leave the stage to wade through the crowd of thousands of people just to exhort the men to treat the women in their lives with respect during a performance at Harvest SoCal Friday night in Angel Stadium.
While singing their hit song "It's Not Over Yet," Joel Smallbone began walking on top of the dugout to address some 32,000 attendees in a more up-close-and-personal way (brother Luke remained and sang from the stage).
Both men are particularly interested in reviving chivalry among men. more >>
A new Pew survey shows that Americans who were raised in church but left their faith sometimes cite a belief in science and a corresponding disbelief in miracles, but some scholars are saying that those things are not mutually exclusive.
Pew Research asked 5,000 of the original 35,071 people from their 2014 Religious Landscape Study a set of follow-up questions earlier this year. Conducted via telephone interview from mid-March to early May, respondents who self-identified as "nones" — those with no religious affiliation — were asked to explain why they left their faith.
In results published on Tuesday, nearly 80 percent of those who identified as "nones" were raised in a religion of some kind before shedding it in their adult years. Many types of replies emerged from the questions, but a common response that appeared was one of no longer believing in their faith because of lack of evidence paired with a newfound belief in "science." more >>
Joshua Harris, the former lead pastor of Covenant Life Church, the founding church of Sovereign Grace Ministries in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is now apologizing to Christians he hurt when he advised against dating in his best-selling 1997 book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, calling it a "huge mistake."
"Part of the reason this has been so hard for me is that I have so much of my identity tied up in these books. It's what I'm known for," Harris told writer Ruth Graham earlier this month in Vancouver, British Columbia, in a report for Slate.
"It's like, well, crap, is the biggest thing I've done in my life this really huge mistake?" asked Harris, who stepped down as lead pastor at Covenant Life last year to pursue graduate studies at the evangelical Regent College in British Columbia. more >>