Life.Church founder and pastor Craig Groeschel sees the hit 2015 movie "Creed" as showcasing the importance of family and the Ecclesiastes verse on two being better than one.
In the first entry in his summer series "At the Movies," Groeschel focused his analysis of the Rocky sequel on Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."
As the new craze of "Pokémon Go" is leading thousands of Pokémon chasers to churches throughout the country, some pastors are ready to use the opportunity "for good" while others want to keep the phenomenon off their church property.
Pokémon Go, a new augmented mobile reality game released last week that uses phone GPS systems to allow users to roam their communities in search of virtual Pokémon characters, has seemingly taken over the country and has already been downloaded more than 7.5 million times in in the Google Play and iOS Apps Store.
But as the game uses many different community hotspots as locations where users can collect and battle their Pokémon, many churches and other religious institutions across the nation have been picked to serve as gyms and PokéStops, where people can collect digital items that allow them to catch Pokémons. more >>
The sister and sister-in-law of a Pakistani Christian man who is now in hiding after being accused of blasphemy have been arrested and tortured by police officers in hopes they would turn over their brother.
According to reports, blasphemy charges were formally brought against Christian tailor Nadeem James, who lives in the Father Colony of Sarai Alamgir in Pakistan's Punjab province, on Sunday after he had a falling out with one of his Muslim childhood friends.
According to the London-based British Pakistani Christian Association, James had a dispute with his friend Yasir Bashir on July 4 and it is believed that the argument was over the fact that James married a Muslim woman who has since converted to Christianity. more >>
Outspoken Christian real estate entrepreneurs Jason and David Benham say last week's shooting deaths of two black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota and the killing of five police officers in Dallas are major signs that America is entrenched in a godless "culture of death."
The twin brothers — who gained prominence among conservative Christians when HGTV dropped their reality TV show amid pressure from LGBT activist groups opposed to their biblical view of marriage — took to Facebook last Friday to issue their thoughts about the killing of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by police officers in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge and the killing of five Dallas police officers last Thursday.
In a video posted to their Facebook page, the former minor league baseball players stressed that the acts of violence displayed last week are side effects caused by the "removal of God from every area of the nation." more >>
Russian evangelicals are expressing alarm in light of President Vladmir Putin's signing of a so-called anti-terrorism law last Thursday that imposes harsh restrictions on religious freedom by banning religious gatherings in homes as well as evangelism and missionary activities.
How this law will be applied when it goes into effect on July 20 remains "a very huge question mark," according to Joel Griffith of the Slavic Gospel Association. Other leaders fear the move signals a return to Russia's "shameful past" of Communist persecution of Christians, Radio Free Europe reports.
Griffith told Mission Network News in an interview on Friday that the law "could stop missionary activity to anybody but representatives, registered organizations and groups, it would require every missionary to have documents with specific information proving connections to a registered religious group." more >>
A Christian mother of seven was hacked to death by suspected Muslim radicals in Nigeria and her mutilated body was discovered in a pool of blood along with a Bible and megaphone she used to preach every morning.
According to local reports, 41-year-old Eunice Olawale, a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria and an evangelist, was murdered in the early morning hours on Saturday while she was out evangelizing near Nigeria's capital of Abuja.
Olawale's husband, Olawale Elisha, told local media that his wife had left their home around 5 a.m. Saturday morning to preach in the neighborhood but she never returned home. more >>