Alex Murashko

CP Contributor

Greg Laurie, Nick Vujicic to Attend Advance Screening of 'Hope for Hurting Hearts'

Ten days ahead of its world premiere screening, "Hope for Hurting Hearts," a movie that tells the story of how Greg and Cathe Laurie, Jeremy Camp, Nick Vujicic, and their families dealt with times of trial, will be shown at Harvest churches in Riverside and Orange County. Pastor Laurie and evangelist Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs, are scheduled to attend the special viewing on Sunday.

Pastors Hesitant to Comment on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

Public reaction from pastors to the United States Supreme Court's decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 was sparse and came slowly on Wednesday and did not include as many opinions as seen in the rapid-fire response by the general conservative Christian population.

Pastor Chuck Smith Suffers Setback in Battle With Lung Cancer

Calvary Chapel church movement founder Pastor Chuck Smith, who at one time appeared to be winning his battle with lung cancer, suffered a recent setback, his daughter announced Saturday. Doctors upgraded the severity of his condition after finding cancer cells in fluid in his lungs and he is scheduled to enter the hospital for fluid removal for a second time.

Reaction to Exodus Shutdown From Christian, Gay Communities a Complicated Mix

Reaction to the shutdown this week of Exodus International, the largest Christian ministry devoted to addressing struggles with homosexuality, once primarily by way of reparative therapy and more recently with a shift towards a focus on church responsibility, has been a complicated mix of opinions from leaders from within both the church and gay communities.

Samaritan's Purse Helps 'Salvage' Remains From Colo. Black Forest Fire

Disaster relief teams with the North Carolina-based Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse arrived in Colorado Springs, Colo., this week where the massive Black Forest fire burned more than 14,000 acres, destroyed nearly 500 homes and claimed two lives. Since setting up its Disaster Relief Unit on Wednesday at a local church, the ministry has already received requests for help from 190 homeowners, say officials.

Nearly 14,000 US Churches Signed on for 'My Hope America with Billy Graham'

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association recently launched "Lose to Gain," its second half-hour video program installment of the My Hope America with Billy Graham campaign series. With less than five months remaining in the campaign, nearly 14,000 churches have registered in the project that culminates in an evangelistic video featuring portions of Billy Graham's preaching, intertwined with true stories of people who decided to follow Christ.

Richard Land: Future of America Depends on What Saved People Do

The torch for defending biblical truth and practice represented by the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has been passed from its leader of 25 years, Richard Land, to evangelical theologian Russell Moore. The occasion was marked with a special tribute to Land and an address by Moore to more than 4,400 members attending the SBC's annual meeting this week in Houston.

Top 5 Churches That Use Social Media Best

Being successful online is not easy, says Biola University's director of innovation, Dave Bourgeois. When it comes to churches, having at least a minimal digital strategy has become crucial in expanding outreach even locally within their own communities. It is for this reason that The Christian Post has come up with its first "Top 5 Churches That Use Social Media Best" list. With the help of DJ Chuang, founder of Social Media Church, CP has picked five churches based on their successful use of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms to build relationship with not only their own church members, but with active Internet users within the U.S. and internationally.

Overall Declining Numbers for Southern Baptists Heartbreaking, Says Leader

Statistics compiled from churches belonging to Southern Baptist Convention for the association's Annual Church Profile for last year show declining numbers in several key areas, including membership, average attendance, baptisms and total monetary giving. Despite some positive news shown by an increase in the amount of membership churches, SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page expressed his discouragement.