After years of preaching the Gospel, Pastors Kerry and Chris Shook, founders of Woodlands Church outside of Houston, became weary of sermons and words. They felt a gap between what they were saying and meeting the needs of people around them.
LOS ANGELES – A panel of media and filmmaking experts asked pastors and the Christian community to engage more with those in the movie business, including in the early stages of the creative process, to help facilitate quality films shown in theaters.
'Evangelicals for Marriage Equality' Say Supporters Are Not Compromising Christian Beliefs, Focus Is on Gov't Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages
The advocacy group "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" responded to recent criticism from Christians arguing against the recognition of same-sex marriage by saying supporters of EME are not compromising Christian beliefs and are instead focused specifically on gay unions receiving the same government recognition and rights as traditional married couples do.
'Evangelicals for Marriage Equality' Launch Draws Harsh Criticism: No Coherent Argument Made That Supports Same-Sex Marriage
Reaction to the launch earlier this week of a group calling itself "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" heralded by an op-ed in TIME by its spokesman, was met with harsh criticism from some Christians, including the assertion that no "real arguments" were made to support same-sex marriages.
Back to the Bible CEO Stands by Decision to Fire Show Host John Munro Despite Megachurch Finding No Support for Allegation
Back to the Bible, the global radio and web ministry that recently fired show host Dr. John Munro for alleged "inappropriate conduct and behavior" as a result of an unspecified complaint, is standing by its decision to terminate its relationship with Munro, who is pastor of the largest church in Charlotte, despite the church recently declaring the pastor innocent of the allegation after an investigation.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Forced to 'Reinvent' College Campus Ministry Due to CSU Non-Discrimination Policy
A newly enforced nondiscrimination policy issued by the California State University system that requires InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to allow non-Christians to be chapter leaders has forced the nationwide organization to develop a new style of campus ministry, IVCF officials said Tuesday.
American Pastors Network to Provide Aid in Ukraine; Clean Water and Bandage to Stop Bleeding Quickly Most Needed
While the most recent cease-fire agreement between Russia and the Ukrainian government proved to be short-lived over the weekend, a network of pastors in the United States vow to help the region receive humanitarian aid.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association recently released a trailer for "Heaven," the next installment of evangelistic films offered by the My Hope with Billy Graham ministry. "Heaven" features a never-before-released message from Billy Graham, alongside compelling stories of hope and faith, much like "The Cross" and the other impactful programs previously produced.
Evangelist Greg Laurie Disappointed Director Angelina Jolie Chose to Leave Out World War II Hero's Christian Faith in 'Unbroken' Movie
Evangelist Greg Laurie, who knew World War II hero Louis Zamperini well through public interviews and time spent together privately before he died on July 2, said he was disappointed to hear that the film based on his life as adapted from the book Unbroken, will not include the story of his faith in Jesus Christ.
Mars Hill Church's Saga of Turmoil Is a Mess for All Churches as 'Such Things Unfold Before a Watching World,' Says Theologian
Theologian and pastor James Emery White argues that turmoil within churches regarding the pastor, such as what has transpired at Mars Hill Church with Pastor Mark Driscoll, is not just a problem for the individual congregation, but for all churches.
Pastors are being encouraged to take advantage of the current popularity of faith-based and faith-related movies by attending the 168 Film Festival in Los Angeles from Sept. 12 to 13, by the event's founder and executive director John David Ware.
Lee Strobel's 'The Case for Christianity': 60 Answers to Popular Questions on God, Bible, Jesus and Faith
Apologist and former atheist Lee Strobel, who launched a series of books that began with "The Case for Christ" published more than a decade ago, recently released an answer book to frequently asked questions about Christianity.
Southern Baptist Convention Elects 36-Y-O 'Radical' David Platt as President of International Mission Board
The Southern Baptist Convention, hoping for both a dramatic and unifying agent for change, announced Wednesday the election of 36-year-old pastor and Radical ministry founder David Platt as president of its International Mission Board.
Christian Teen With Terminal Cancer: 'I Want to Beat This Disease, But I'm Not Going to Be That Sad If I Don't'
The parents of a 13-year-old Midlothian, Texas, teen who has captured the hearts of his entire community, plan to share their son's battle over the last four years with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare type of childhood cancer, in a documentary made by the Christian film ministry I am Second.
It really started to unravel about the time of my freshman year in college... I felt like I had lost my identity. I had a real bout with depression, a real bout with not knowing who I was or what I wanted to do, no real direction in my life.
Evangelist Jay Lowder struggled with suicidal tendencies while in his twenties that led him to put a gun to his head, finger hooked into the trigger. He would not be alive today had his roommate not unexpectedly walked through the door. Today, the leader of a Christian outreach ministry offers hope to those dealing with suicidal thoughts.
Mark Driscoll's 'Empire' Is Imploding, Says NYT; Megachurch Pastor to Make Special Announcement Sunday
Mars Hill Church officials confirm that Pastor Mark Driscoll will have a special announcement this Sunday on the heels of the latest public accusation against him – improper leadership. However, no further details were released Friday.
Why Is the World Silent While Christians Are Slaughtered in Middle East and Africa? Asks Jewish Advocacy Group Leader
As violent persecution against Christians around the world intensifies, Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, in a recent op-ed bluntly asks, "Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?"
Chris Tomlin, Crystal Lewis, For King and Country Help Greg Laurie Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Harvest Crusades With 47,000 at Angel Stadium
An over-capacity crowd of 47,000 at Angel Stadium joined performers Chris Tomlin, Crystal Lewis, and for King and Country in what often seemed like the biggest Christian music sing-along ever during the closing night of the 3-day SoCal Harvest with Greg Laurie.
Evangelist Greg Laurie told a crowd at Angel Stadium of more than 28,000 people and an online webcast audience of thousands more watching the opening night on Friday of the 3-day SoCal Harvest, that despite sins committed, no one is beyond the reach of God.
Celebrating 25 consecutive years of evangelistic outreach by way of Southern California Harvest Crusades, the 2014 SoCal Harvest opens Friday night with Greg Laurie interviewing former mobster Michael Franzese.
Rick Warren in Rwanda Announces Plans to Host All 54 African Nations at Purpose Driven Church Congress
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and author of The Purpose Driven Life, announced plans earlier this week at a press conference in Kigali, Rwanda, to host an unprecedented gathering of pastors and church leaders from all 54 African nations in conjunction with a national day of Thanksgiving next year.
Boy in Egypt Calls Only Arabic Christian Television Station for Kids With Amazing Prayer for Iraq, Arab Countries
A touching prayer for the Middle East by a young boy in Egypt included prayers for "those killing others" in Iraq and Arab countries, according to audio and video released by a children's program on an Arabic Christian television channel.
Greg Laurie to Deliver Message of Hope for 'the Life Beyond This One' at 25th Anniversary of Harvest Crusades (INTERVIEW)
Evangelist Greg Laurie plans once again to give the message of hope found in having a relationship with Jesus Christ for the 25th consecutive year of large scale events he leads during the three-night "2014 SoCal Harvest" beginning Friday at the 45,000-seat Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.
Evangelicals: Ann Coulter Speaks Only for Herself on Criticism of Christian Ebola Doctor; She Needs to Ask WWJD
Conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter continues to take hits from evangelicals for her argument that Christians like Dr. Kent Brantly who contracted Ebola on a mission trip to Liberia should consider doing good deeds in America before serving in a Third World country.