An Australian photographer is helping a local indigenous community raise $1.2 million to build a 65-foot neon cross in the country's outback area known as the Northern Territory, about 150 miles from Alice Springs.
Ken Duncan, an acclaimed Australian photographer and Christian, is helping the indigenous communities of Papunya and Haasts Bluff erect the giant neon cross on an area in the Northern Territory known as Hat Hill. The cross will sit atop the large hill and be illuminated with LED-lights. Duncan is helping to raise the $1.2 million needed for the project through his foundation Walk a While, which helps indigenous youth in the country develop an interest in the creative art.
Duncan's Help Raise the Cross fundraiser asks for "financial and practical assistance from the Christian community" to help raise the funds, as the cross is a religious symbol and therefore cannot be funded through tax deductible donations. more >>
Assisted living facilities in Minnesota are hosting church services for residents living with dementia to help them reminisce about their religious rituals learned during childhood, since organizers say those memories usually remain.
"We are looking for ways to make religious expression something that enables and invigorates, helping those with conditions like Alzheimer's be more active participants not only in these services, but more generally in the world around them," says Alex Treitler, a facility chaplain.
The worship services began over a year ago at four locations in the Minneapolis area and are operated by Augustana Care, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that specializes in caring for people with memory problems. more >>
Christians, including those from numerous denominations, from across the world are set to observe a time of prayer for the unity of the faith.
The annual "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity" begins this Saturday and continues for the next seven days. Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox will hold various events centered on praying for the unity of the Christian faith.
Rev. John W. Crossin, executive director for the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The Christian Post about the Catholic Church's involvement in the observance. more >>
The United Methodist Church is denying that an Indiana church dismissed its openly gay choir director over his sexual orientation.
Dan Gangler, spokesman for the UMC Indiana Conference, told The Christian Post that First United Methodist Church of Alexandria had other reasons for not re-hiring Adam Fraley.
"The position was not open. Mr. Fraley had resigned earlier in the year and the pastor did not think it wise to re-hire him since he already have once resigned from the position," said Gangler. "This was a personnel decision. The position was the church's position in the first place. The church has the option to fill or not fill a particular position." more >>
Each year we see new stories of Christian leaders who get entangled in scandalous sin. Our experience tells us that this has happened before and will happen again.
Often we ask, "Who was holding this man accountable?" And, "If I can't trust this seemingly godly man, who can I trust?" It is very common and very appropriate to also ask, "How are we supposed to hold leaders accountable?" If they are local church elders, the Bible speaks directly to the question. The Bible gives a very clearly defined method for dealing with sin in church elders.
How does the Bible say that church elders are held accountable? How do you confront elders in the church? more >>
Harvest Church Pastor Greg Laurie recently outlined the five steps of temptation beginning with evil thought knocking on "the door of your imagination" and ending with death as the result of the wages of sin.
"Temptation is attractive otherwise it wouldn't be tempting," said Laurie during last Sunday's church sermon. "The devil is really good at this and he's been doing it a long time.
The Southern California pastor, best known for his huge evangelistic outreach events called Harvest Crusades, said that temptation is something that no one lives without experiencing, not even Jesus. more >>