Christian basketball star Jeremy Lin says that he is "thankful" to be moving on to the next phase of his NBA career after signing a mutli-season deal with the Brooklyn Nets Friday.
The 27-year-old Lin, who played last season with the Charlotte Hornets and averaged 11.7 points per game, has agreed to a three-year, $36 million deal with the Nets, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.
The three-season deal will likely provide the former Harvard University guard with a little bit more stability moving forward in his career as he has played for three different teams over the last three seasons and has been on five different teams since he started playing in the NBA in 2010. more >>
An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has claimed responsibility for the slaying of a Coptic priest who was murdered in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday.
According to AFP, the IS branch (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) in the Sinai Peninsula posted a statement on its social media accounts claiming that a "squad" of its gunmen were responsible for shooting and killing 46-year-old Coptic Priest Raphael Moussa in the town of El-Arish.
Reports indicate that Moussa might have been followed before he was killed. According to church spokesman Boulos Halim, Moussa had earlier left a church where he attended mass. more >>
The "family of God" will outlast everything known in the modern day world, such as Microsoft, Hollywood and even the United States, says Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren.
"A thousand years from today, if there's still earth here, there won't be a Microsoft. There won't be a Hollywood a thousand years from today. There won't be a United States of America, because no earthly kingdom lasts forever. There won't be all of the things we think are so great," Warren wrote in his Daily Devotional Friday morning.
The best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life added: "But there will still be the family of God. God's people last. It's the only thing that's going to last. … I make no apology in saying to you that maybe joining a spiritual family will be the most significant thing you do with your life." more >>
Church leaders from 33 different countries and all 50 states participated in Pastor Rick Warren's three-day "Purpose Driven Conference" at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, with nearly 70 percent being newcomers who were not at the first conference 10 years ago.
"The world needs hope like never before," Warren said in his opening speech Tuesday morning. "Our hope is not in government. It will never come through a politician. Our hope is not in who we put in the White House, but in who we put on the cross."
The Purpose Driven paradigm is like "the operating system for the church," Warren said in a statement ahead of the conference. "We must help plateaued churches and discouraged pastors, and we must train a whole new generation to embrace God's five purposes for the church: fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism." more >>
People's God-given gifts are meant to be shared with those around them, Pastor Rick Warren says.
The senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Daily Devotional on Thursday that the purpose of gifts is to share them, pointing to 1 Peter 4:10 which reads: "God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."
The megachurch pastor goes on to say that when Christians use their talents to help others, they are glorifying God. more >>
God's invisibility does not prevent anyone from forming a close relationship with Him, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
In a column published in the Kansas City Star on Thursday, the world-renowned evangelical leader and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, explained that God does not have a physical identity because He is a spiritual being, but such a truth should not stop people from forming communicating with Him and depending on him for guidance.
"The Bible doesn't tell us what God looks like — because He is invisible. And the reason we can't see Him is because he is a spiritual being — that is, He has no body or face or other physical form. That doesn't mean He isn't real, because He is," the evangelical leader explains. more >>