Comedian Michael Jr. travels the world entertaining people with his brand of stand-up comedy, but he also uses his God-given talents and resources to help others who are facing desperate circumstances.
Using his ingenuity and a little star power, Michael Jr. was recently able to garner enough support to help a struggling foster family in need.
Tim and Keri Richardson, a couple who has fostered more than 70 children over the years, currently has a blended household of 12 children that includes five biological and seven foster children. The family recently hit hard times and were struggling to make ends meet. Adding insult to injury, one of their vehicles was stolen which left them with only one means of transportation. The family had previously ran a Go Fund Me campaign seeking to raise $10,000, but only received $390 in contributions. more >>
ABUJA, Nigeria — Boko Haram has freed 21 of more than 200 girls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group in April 2014 in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok, the government said on Thursday.
Around 270 girls were taken from their school in Chibok in the northeastern Borno state, where the jihadists have waged a seven-year insurgency to try to set up an Islamic state, killing thousands and displacing more than 2 million people.
Dozens escaped in the initial melee, but more than 200 girls are still missing. The kidnapping brought outrage worldwide and their plight was promoted by a Twitter hashtag #bringbackourgirls. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson stars in the upcoming film "I'm Not Ashamed," which is about the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999, Rachel Joy Scott, who was targeted because of her Christian faith. Robertson says Scott's example is something young people like herself can be inspired by.
Scott was the first of 12 students and one teacher who were gunned down at Columbine on April 20, 1999, and the film is based on her journals, which are said to be honest and heartfelt accounts of her life.
The title, "I'm Not Ashamed," is taken directly from Scott's writings. She prayed, "Father, use my life to touch the world and let your light shine through me." more >>
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA is denying the claims of a Time Magazine story that it will be firing employees who support same-sex marriage.
Time Magazine published a story on Thursday that stated that the evangelical Christian group was going to begin "involuntary terminations" for staff who support gay marriage.
In a statement posted to its Facebook page, InterVarsity denied the validity of the Time story, saying that it "wrongly stated that InterVarsity is firing employees for supporting gay marriage." more >>
DULUTH, Georgia — Amid the growing chorus of church leaders alarmed by the rise of "nones" as more Americans abandon Christianity, a new book that has just been released showcases areas where churches have been successful at reaching and retaining young people.
At the Catalyst conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, Fuller Youth Institute Executive Director Kara Powell sat down with The Christian Post to discuss Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church, a book she co-authored with Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin. While some of the statistics are troubling, there is much more to the story.
Powell, 46, who is also an assistant professor at Fuller Seminary, told CP that she and her colleagues "felt called to do this research because the best data [from Pew and other reputable sources] indicates no major denomination or Christian movement in the U.S. is growing, the number of adults who profess to be Christian is shrinking, so the Church overall is shrinking numerically." more >>
Grammy-nominated singer Crowder had an incredible opening week on the Billboard charts, with his latest project, American Prodigal, landing at No. 1 on the Christian and gospel albums chart, No. 3 on the digital albums chart, and No. 5 on the top albums Billboard charts. All the while his single, "Run Devil Run," continues to gain mainstream attention.
American Prodigal reached No. 12 on the overall Billboard top 200 chart. Ensuring its success, Crowder kicked off the album via a Twitter Music Q&A, exclusive Snapchat content with Spotify, and a performance on "Fox & Friends" where he sang his new song, "Run Devil Run," a song dedicated solely to taunting Satan.
"It is so great seeing and hearing how people are attaching to these songs," Crowder said of the 17 tracks found on the deluxe edition, in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "For me, they are obviously deeply meaningful, but they have swagger and are just stupid fun. I'm so happy folks have responded so exuberantly." more >>