Among the rise of differing views and perspectives on every day topics such as marriage and politics, Evangelical Christians are feeling like persecuted outsiders. “There’s nobody hated more in this nation than Christians,” Said Pastor Richie Clendenen in his Sunday morning message, “Welcome to America’s most wanted: You.” Click here to get the full story.
New York Pastor Tim Keller’s massive think tank, The Gospel Coalition was founded to help Christians in the post-modern era engage and understand culture. In reality it has become an organization that promotes criticism and shuns outsiders. On top of all that, there is a lack of accountability within the organization that refuses to respond
Thom Rainer writes that many churches will seek to hire a pastor of community evangelism in the future. Rainer writes that evangelism continues to be a struggle for many churches, and one person to lead local evangelism efforts will be key. Most churches are not evangelistic and they struggle to coordinate events, ministries, and social
Thomas S. Kidd and Barry Hankins, professors of history at Baylor University, write that the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is in decline because its members have, for the most part, lost their commitment to evangelism. SBC parents have also struggled to retain their children, while allowing their doctrine to become diluted by a kind of American deism
A recent service at Hillsong NYC featured a group of people on stage dressed as local celebrities, including a youth pastor who wore short shorts along with a guitar and a cowboy hat, resembling the popular “Naked Cowboy” who can be found in the city wearing nothing but briefs and a guitar. However, the real Naked
Writers at Charisma Magazine note that Rob Bell’s recent comments about his new book, How to Be Here, suggest that Bell has moved closer to humanism. The book focuses on being present rather than being at the mercy of technology and busy schedules. In an interview, Bell commented, “I think we’re way beyond one particular
Christian product distributor Send the Light Distribution (STL) has announced that it will begin to close down its business. The company which has served over 10,000 Christian retailers for 42 years has suffered from the challenges of Amazon and the decline of Christian bookstores. The bankruptcy of Family Christian Stores also hit the distribution company hard.
As mainline seminaries close down, consolidate, or sell off property and evangelical schools struggle to remain sustainable, theological schools serving immigrants are seeing renewed vitality. Both Pentecostal and Asia-based schools are seeing increases in enrollment as their American counterparts continue to experience cuts. Click here to get the full story. Want stories like this and
There are things a pastor can control and manage, and then there are things that must be trusted to God. Drawing those lines can be difficult in ministry because we trust that God will guide the church, but this week’s ministry briefing offers some practical tips for church leaders who want to be responsible and
A reported 42% of millennials fear losing power on the phones so much that they would skip going to the gym just to be sure they can have a charged phone. 90% of smart phone users experience low battery anxiety, 32% will drop everything to charge a phone, and 60% have been unable to speak
While a recent study states that social media and technology in general can be blamed for the rise in picking and choosing one’s faith cafeteria style, John Vest writes that the individualism that became so prominent among Baby Boomers is to blame by drawing attention away from community and creeds and emphasizing personal religious choices, especially