WASHINGTON – Christian apologist Josh McDowell gave his testimony of surviving years of sexual abuse as a child, including wanting to die at 11-years-old because of the ordeal, to tens of thousands of millennials at the Together 2016 event on the National Mall on Saturday.
"As I share, you need to realize you meet people every day just like me," McDowell said, noting that he knows based on national statistics that in a crowd this large many must have also experienced sexual abuse.
The 76-year-old evangelist and bestselling author shared in an emotionally-charged testimony that between the ages of 6 and 13, he was raped on a weekly basis by a man his mother had hired as a housekeeper. Every time his mom went out of town for the weekend she would demand that he obey this man and threatened him with harsh punishment if he did not comply. more >>
WASHINGTON — In a YouTube video greeting to all of the millennials gathered at the National Mall for Together 2016 on Saturday, Pope Francis spoke about the "restlessness in their hearts," and encouraged them to channel that energy to pursue Jesus.
Even though theological differences abound among the Christian denominations that came together for Together 2016, at the heart of the millennial-focused prayer and worship gathering was one common theme: Jesus changes everything, and only He can reset our differences.
Speaking in Spanish, his native language, the pontiff said in his message: "I know there is something in your heart that moves you, and that makes you restless, because a young person who is not restless is an old person. And you have youthfulness and youthfulness breeds restlessness." more >>
WASHINGTON – Passion Movement founder Pastor Louie Giglio kneeled down on stage to lead tens of thousands of millennials to lift up a moving prayer in which at one point he said, "God's mercy is only 20 inches from us," at the Together 2016 event at the National Mall.
Noting that so many look to the power centers of the world for hope instead of God, Giglio said it is 227 miles to Wall Street, 2675 miles to Hollywood, 1500 steps to the Capitol, 800 steps to the White House, 372 miles to Cleveland (site of the Republican National Convention next week), 134 miles to Philadelphia (site of the Democratic National Convention the following week), and 482 miles to Bernie Sanders' House. But the most important journey everyone must take is the 20-inch journey from your knee to the ground, and that is where the mercy of God is found.
After inviting the massive crowd to kneel in silence for 30 seconds, Giglio prayed: more >>
Together 2016 organizers will not know if they reached their 1 million attendee goal until a few days more, but one thing they know for sure is they have got the nation talking – the hashtag #JesusChangesEverything was at one point the No.3 most popular trend on Twitter in the United States.
The event described as a once-in-a-generation, millennial-focused prayer and worship gathering was attended by at least tens of thousands of young Americans (if not hundreds of thousands) from all races and walks of life from across the county at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. The theme was unity with one shared purpose: to reset our lives as the singular body of Jesus Christ.
At the time of this article's publication, there were over 30,000 tweets with the hashtag #JesusChangesEverything, which Together 2016 visionary Nick Hall repeatedly urged attendees and viewers of the livestream to tweet in order to make it the top trend in the nation. more >>
WASHINGTON — Contemporary Christian singer-songwriters Michael W. Smith and Mark Hall, of the band Casting Crowns, say Americans need to turn back to God and let Him into their hearts to help the country weather the "storm" that it's facing.
As the United States continues to struggle with racial tensions, thousands of Christians of all colors and races gathered on the National Mall for Together 2016 on Saturday to take part in fellowship, prayer and worship.
The event, which was five years in the making and organized by Pulse and its founder Nick Hall, featured messages and performances from 40 prominent Christian singers and speakers including Grammy Award-winning Smith, the Contemporary Christian Rock band Casting Crowns and hip-hop artist Lecrae. more >>
Outspoken Christian rapper Lecrae is making waves once again by voicing his thoughts on race relations in America. This time the music artist is taking on other Christians who believe he shouldn't use his platform to talk about race, and instead focus solely on spreading the Gospel.
In an Instagram message posted last Thursday, Lecrae included a photo that read: "I Won't Keep Calm I Have a Black Son," and spoke directly to Christians who try to steer clear of addressing the nation's growing racial tensions.
"Christians saying that 'preaching the gospel is all we need' ignore how sin affects infrastructures and societal systems," Lecrae wrote. more >>