Michelle A. Vu

Christian Post Reporter

Jailed Pastor's Lawyers Release 'Fact Sheet' in Home Bible Study Case

Attorneys with The Rutherford Institute released Tuesday a fact sheet in defense of Phoenix pastor Michael Salman, who is fined more than $12,000 and is serving a 60-day jail sentence over hosting weekly Bible study on his private property. The Phoenix Municipal Court found him guilty of 67 code violations related to building safety.

LA Homeless Children Treated to Snowy Christmas in July

It may reach a sweat-inducing 84°F today in sunny, palm-tree-lined Los Angeles. But over 100 homeless children living in downtown L.A.'s Skid Row will be treated to Christmas in July – complete with mounds of snow perfect for a snowball fight, Christmas presents, and a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Megachurch Pastor: How to Biblically Conquer Insecurity

Chicago-area megachurch pastor James MacDonald noticed that he struck a nerve – in a good way – during a sermon two weeks ago on insecurity. Feeling that it wasn't the right time to move on, MacDonald delivered an emotionally-charged and revealing follow-up sermon – complete with his own biggest insecurity as well as that of his late mother, which he has never shared publicly – on Sunday to thousands of people who responded with "Amen" and text-messaged questions.

Joel Osteen at Night of Hope DC: God Is a Positive God; He Wants to 'Supersize' Your Peace, Joy

Joel Osteen didn't disappoint the tens of thousands of people that filled the Nationals Park baseball stadium Sunday evening expecting him to "plant the seed of hope" in them. He not only delivered a potent dose of hope, but also rolled out an American Idol star and his own mother to share their uplifting stories of survival in the face of death at the "Night of Hope" event in Washington, D.C.

Interview: Joel Osteen on Prosperity Gospel, Crystal Cathedral, and Jesus

Joel Osteen doesn't like to ruffle feathers; he is known for his open-arms, positive-thinking, God-wants-to-bless-you approach to Christianity, which has earned him a loyal following of millions worldwide and the largest and fastest growing church in U.S. history. But ironically by striving to not exclude anyone and embracing all, Osteen has in fact alienated a segment of evangelical Christians who accuse him of watering down the Gospel or preaching a "cotton candy Gospel."

Joel Osteen Encourages Underserved Children, Homeless Single Mothers (PHOTOS)

Perhaps what is less reported and seen are photos of Joel Osteen in the nation's capital on Thursday greeting and encouraging children at an underserved school where the property had not been renovated for decades, visiting a small Christian pregnancy center, or doing the honors of cutting the ribbon for a shelter housing homeless single mothers with disabled children.

CJ Mahaney: How Pastors Can Resist Losing Heart

Prominent evangelical pastor C.J. Mahaney knows a thing or two about losing heart, having just returned earlier this year after temporarily stepping down from leading Sovereign Grace Ministries over allegations of character flaws by former SGM leaders. Mahaney delivered an emotional message on the opening day of the Together for the Gospel conference during which he immersed the attendees in studying the letter of Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth about not losing heart.

Praxis Winner Gets $50,000 to Turnaround Worst Public Schools

The first place winner of Praxis' inaugural class of social entrepreneurs is Sajan George, who was a managing director at the nation's leading turnaround agency Alvarez & Marsal for Education Practice, and has used that knowledge to develop an innovative plan to help turnaround the most underperforming public schools in America.

Missions Leader on Thousands of New Church Plants in Muslim Areas

Over 6,000 new churches were planted among Muslims in 18 different countries in Africa over the last seven years. And hundreds of former sheikhs and imams have become followers of Jesus Christ over that period. These awe-inspiring statistics, mix with heart-warming narratives about former Muslims, flow out naturally as one talks to Jerry Trousdale, a former church planter among Muslims in West Africa and now head of a disciple-making movement among Muslim people groups.

Who Is Jeremy Lin's Pastor?

Overnight sensation Jeremy Lin is on fire on the basketball court – seven consecutive wins and six straight games with at least 20 points – but who is helping Lin to keep the fire burning in his spiritual life?