BALTIMORE – Southern Baptist Convention members discussed a diverse collection of subjects in the 2014 SBC business meeting this week, ranging from a motion about worship music to another about the name of the NFL team Washington Redskins. During the business sessions, 5,240 registered "messengers" representing many of the convention's member churches had the opportunity to bring up issues – from cultural topics to theological discussion – for the SBC committees and the body of Southern Baptists to consider, discuss and address.
Here are seven of the most controversial, strange and heart-warming motions brought to the SBC floor.
Impeach President Barack Obama – Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist in Buena Park, California, asked the Committee on Resolutions to join Operation American Spring's efforts to impeach Barack Obama. more >>
The new family-friendly drama "Alone Yet Not Alone" starring Kelly Greyson is headed to theaters this Father's Day.
The film is based on the true story taken from the novel of the same name by author Tracy Leininger Craven that follows the powerful faith of two women who were faced with despair and fear during the French & Indian war in 1755. While "Alone Yet Not Alone" was released in 11 cities last year, the film will reach over 200 theaters nationwide on June 13.
Speaking about the themes of perseverance, faith, and positive values, actress Greyson told The Christian Post that "Along Yet Not Alone" would encourage and uplift families who see the film this weekend. more >>
NEW YORK — Joel Osteen invited more than a dozen area pastors, such as A.R. Bernard, Carl Lentz and Hezekiah Walker, to join him on stage to declare God's blessings over the thousands in attendance this weekend at his "America's Night of Hope" event at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
"You know, we believe it makes a difference to speak words of faith and speak words of victory, so I'll ask some of the great pastors of the New York area to join me tonight…" Osteen explained to a cheering audience. "I've asked them to take a moment to just make a declaration by faith over our schools, over our government, over our firefighters, our police force, teachers, nurses, everything about the city, and not only that but about your life as well."
Each minister then took the mic for a minute or two and stated their declaration before handing it off to the next pastor. The leaders represent congregations from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, with all but one of them members of Lakewood Church's Champions Network, a national network that helps Christians find churches in their area (read about the network here). Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz, currently not listed in the Champions Network, was included in the declaration lineup Saturday night, although his name did not appear in the printed program. more >>
An annual Holy Spirit-centered interdenominational movement called Empowered21 was underway this week in Georgia and being hosted by an Assemblies of God leader who believes that young people are hungry for the supernatural, but have been seeking it in the wrong places.
Alton Garrison serves as the assistant general superintendent of The General Council of the Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal denomination that counts more than 66,000,000 adherents worldwide with about three million of them living in the United States, based on 2012 statistics. He, along with pastors Greg Surratt and Rich Wilkerson, are co-hosts of this year's Empowered21 U.S.A. Congress.
Empowermed21's stated purpose is to "unite the global Spirit-filled movement together intergenerationally for the purpose of seeking a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the 21st century." The movement's vision "is that every person on Earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033." more >>
Megachurch preacher Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Maryland, says the westernization of the church worship experience has resulted in the black church becoming a place that's comfortable for women and "sanctified sissies."
Pointing to a culture that's increasingly paying attention to the needs of women, while marginalizing the importance of men in the family, Bryant explained in a recent message posted on YouTube that the same mindset has seeped into the church fostering a culture that makes it difficult for men to find their place in the church.
"When the new deal was offered up the only way a black family could receive food stamps or welfare — men had to be pushed out of the house," began Bryant in explaining the genesis of the modern-day assault on the black family. more >>
A growing online group of Christians emphasizing the spiritual power of repentance is holding a "D-Day 70th Anniversary Prayer Storm" in an effort to push back evil in the world, organizers announced on Monday.
"We believe the 70th anniversary of D-Day is a spiritually significant time to celebrate freedom from tyranny, gifted to mankind by Jesus, and it is a monumental day that represents true self-sacrifice for the freedom of others," writes Pastor Jeff Daly, co-director of the National Day of Repentance and author of Repentance: God's Strategy to Bless a Nation, in an online announcement about the event.
"On Friday, June 6, 2014, many of 'His people, called by His name' in over 30 nations will be part of a 'Prayer Storm' to 'scale the cliffs and attack evil' – in their lives and in their nations – in the same way that thousands of brave men took the cliffs of Normandy in WWII," co-sponsors Capitol Hill Prayer Partners and National Day of Repentance stated. more >>