God, in "His amazing, epic design" includes humanity in Jesus' story, says author and Passion City Church Pastor Louie Giglio.
Speaking at Fresh Life Church in Montana on Saturday, Giglio centered his message on Luke 23, which describes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Giglio devoted much attention to verse 32, which speaks of the two men crucified alongside Jesus: "Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed." more >>
SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The American Church is helping "destroy America" because too many spiritual leaders are acting like "cowards" and not standing up to defend biblical principles in society and culture, Family Research Council Executive Vice President Lt. Gen (Ret.) Jerry Boykin said Friday afternoon.
Giving a keynote speech at The Bridge – International Christian Concern's first annual conference on the persecuted church – Boykin warned that if the church wants to help Christians that are being persecuted for their faith overseas, Christians in the United States need to stop "conforming to the world."
"The church is conforming to the world. We are compromising on every issue — biblical standards. We are compromising and conforming to the world," the former commander of the U.S. Army Delta Force said. "That's why it is ever worse for these Christians that are being persecuted all over the world for living their faith. Because of, we, who are supposed to be the most powerful nation." more >>
SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Pentecostal New Jersey pastor Don James says that America runs the risk of losing its financial blessings from God if American Christians don't stop embracing an "ostrich Christianity" and help spread the good news of Christ to the most dangerous corners of the world.
James, the lead pastor at Bethany Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey, who has worked on projects to help train underground house churches in China and other countries of the world that are dangerous for Christians, spoke Friday during a breakout session on church mobilization at the International Christian Concern's annual The Bridge conference for the persecuted church.
Amid the shooting deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and five police officers who were gunned down in Dallas, Texas, Thursday night, megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes offers his advice on what people should do moving forward.
"For a long time I've been crying out about the criminal justice system," Jakes said during a 30-minute Facebook livestream titled, "Tragedy in Our Streets."
The Dallas-based minster explained that the tragedy is not only happening in the streets but emphasized that injustice also exists in the courtrooms, prisons, and in big businesses. He also spoke about the prejudices toward poor people, underserved people, and people who sometimes have no voice. more >>
SILVER SPRING, Maryland — In response to the killing of Dallas police officers Thursday night, New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas argues that the best thing for Christians to do in response to the violence is to just "shut up" and ask God to have mercy.
Following the news that five police officers were killed and seven injured in ambush shootings during a protest in Dallas, Metaxas, who authored the recently released book If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, gave a keynote address at The Bridge, a three-day conference focusing on the persecuted church, organized by International Christian Concern, Friday morning.
As Metaxas' addressed the fact that many atheists and non-believers have an "affinity of great reasons" for their skepticism and have great questions that Christians don't have good answers to, one of the questions that he brought up was why God allows terrible atrocities to occur if He really is so good. more >>
Amid the killing of five Dallas police officers by a lone sniper Thursday night and officer-involved shootings in which two black men were shot dead earlier this week, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore is calling on white evangelicals to acknowledge America's structural sins.
In a blog post on his website Friday titled "How Pastors Can Address the Shootings This Sunday," Moore condemned the attacks against the officers as an act of terror and urged Christian leaders to also pray for systemic issues that plague the African-American community.
"If it seems that your church ignored the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, then it may well be that the struggles of black lives are invisible to your people; speak to that," Moore said. more >>