Section : Church Growth

  • Billy Graham with Bible

    Billy Graham: 'Heart’s Deceit Remains World’s Biggest Problem'

    When evangelist Rev. Billy Graham recently was asked what he thought was the biggest problem of today's world, he had three words: "the human heart." Then he explained the Bible puts it bluntly and he quoted Jeremiah 17:9, which states "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"
  • Chavin de Huantar Temple

    Peruvian Temple May Hold Secret To Origins Of Organized Religion

    Archaeologists discovered a 5,000-year-old temple in the Andean Highlands of Peru that implies religion already was a highly sophisticated and organized institution for the natives of that time. This former place of worship is one of the earliest and best-known pre-Columbian sites. While many people think ancient religions were more open and less institutional, the findings at this site suggest the opposite.
  • Humanist Society Scotland handbooks

    Atheist Handbooks Given to Scottish Parents, Pupils to Challenge Religion in Schools

    Scottish law requires public schools to host six religious observance sessions a year, although school officials may choose to have more. To counterbalance, representatives of the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) now are providing to parents who are concerned about religious influence in schools an atheist handbook as a guide for how to challenge teachers.
  • Protesters in India

    Over A Hundred Rebels Murders Christian Pastor In India

    Being a pastor is not an easy task, as one has to shepherd a flock that might end up less than grateful for your efforts. However, a pastor in a hostile environment often invites persecution and sometimes, death threats -- which was what this Christian pastor in India experienced after being beaten to death.
  • Coptic Church Icon

    Coptic Orthodox Christian Minority In Egypt Face Attacks

    It is very rare that the minority in any nation would be able to rule over the majority and lord it over them. In fact, the opposite tends to happen -- the minority ends up being sidelined or even persecuted, and this is what has been happening to Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Christians.
  • Rev. Tony Evans

    Christians Should Put Faith above Race, Culture, Says Texas Rev. Tony Evans

    Rev. Tony Evans, pastor of the 10,000-member Oak Cliff Bible Church in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday delivered a biblically inspired sermon entitled "Race, Culture and Christ" that has been viewed on YouTube nearly 160,000 times since then. He started with an appeal to God, saying people need Him today at a "level that is beyond the ordinary."
  • Billy Graham

    Billy Graham's Advice for Single Mothers: 'Turn Back on Past and Follow Jesus Christ'

    Evangelical crusader Billy Graham has advice for the mothers of the 15 million-plus American children being raised without a father: "Church is the best place for single parents." While Graham said he is convinced that being a single parent is one of the most difficult and demanding responsibilities anyone will ever face, he hopes single mothers will seek God's wisdom and help as they raise their children.
  • TBC gathering

    Faith Leaders Guide Christians Against Injustice: 'Christ Have Mercy on Our Fallen World'

    While fear, angst and rage loom throughout Americans at the moment, many Christians don't know how to ultimately respond to the recent murders of LGBTQ community members in Florida, two African American men and 11 police officers. As Christians, some pastors say the answer should be simple: We stand against injustice, mourn with those who mourn, and love our neighbor as ourselves. All too often, people are silent when the values of unconditional love need to be spoken, reminds the TBC pastoral staff in California.
  • Russian Church

    Religious, New Persecution Law In Russia: Thousands of Church Members Fast, Pray

    Since Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, Christians among the country's churches have been praying and fasting to come together to cry out to God. While the bill was placed under the umbrella of "terrorism and extremism," most of the punishable, new crimes are related to worshipping at home, not reporting religious activity to authorities and not discussing God with non-believers.
  • Garrison Keillor

    Garrison Keillor, 'A Prairie Home Companion,' Ends 42-Year Religious Radio Run

    For 42 years, Garrison Keillor's soothing voice slid a slice of Americana into many lives through his popular radio show "A Prairie Home Companion." Keillor, who concluded his role as host on July 2 in an episode taped at the Hollywood Bowl, also injected a vigorous dose of religion into the show. For "church people," the stories and songs had a familiar, humorous ring.
  • Oscar Rodriguez Jr.

    Veteran's 'God Speech' Prompts His Removal at Air Force Retirement Ceremony

    First Liberty Institute representatives sent a demand letter this week to the U.S. Air Force on behalf of Oscar Rodriguez Jr., challenging the interpretation of USAF policies about religious neutrality and expression. Rodriguez is a 33-year Air Force veteran, who was removed by military personnel at a private, military retirement ceremony held at Travis Air Force Base in California, after his flag-folding speech was to include the word "God." Pentagon officials on Thursday launched an investigation into this matter.
  • USAF Flag Folding

    God, Prayers in Military Flag-Folding Fight Brings Air Force Regulation Under Fire

    Interpretation of religious neutrality associated with speeches delivered at U.S. flag-folding ceremonies is under debate, leading toward a potential federal lawsuit. A flag-folding speech attempted at Travis Air Force Base near the Bay Area in northern California sparked controversy, and raised questions about referencing God and prayer in military ceremonies. Now, the major question is where military control ends and individual rights begin.
  • Trump Faith & Freedom

    Evangelical Leaders 'Converse' with Donald Trump, Ben Carson in NY About America

    Hundreds of pastors, evangelical leaders and social conservatives met with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York City Tuesday (June 21) to address "long-standing concerns" about his candidacy issues, including abortion, the pro-life movement, transgender rights and the question of religious liberty in the military and armed forces. During Trump's 2-hour window on stage, he answered pre-selected questions from attendees, and talked directly with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Rev. Franklin Graham.
  • Jean Christy

    Church ‘Birthday Ambassador’ Dies At Age 111 After Starting Ministry at 105

    Jean Christy, 111 years old, was a devout United Methodist who will be missed every time other people's birthdays come around in her congregation in southwestern North Carolina. She died May 28, leaving a void as the community's phone-based "birthday ambassador." The congregation of Andrews United Methodist Church celebrated Christy's life on June 4.
  • The Young Messiah

    Jesus' Childhood Portrayed in 'The Young Messiah' Movie For Home Viewing

    A movie about the struggles of Jesus' childhood and the issues that surfaced for his family will be available for home viewing through a movie entitled The Young Messiah. Released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, the movie will be available for purchases on digital HD as of May 24, and on DVD and Blu-Ray as of June 14.
  • Lady Gaga and Father John Duffell

    Lady Gaga Defends Her Catholic Faith After Social Media Photo With Priest

    Millennial superstar Lady Gaga spoke out about her Catholic faith after receiving what she felt was chastisement from a Catholic culture website called CatholicLink, when she posted a photo on Facebook and Instagram to thank Father John Duffell of Blessed Sacrament Church for delivering a "beautiful homily" at her family's restaurant.
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11.