Lee Grady believes the time for preaching styles like TBN’s Paul Crouch has passed. Among the legendary pioneers of Christian broadcasting—a list that includes Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts and Jim Bakker—no one worked harder to establish Christian TV stations around the world than Paul Crouch Sr. In spite of constant controversies over his network’s content and finances, the Trinity Broadcasting Network that Crouch founded in 1973 has grown to be the largest and most profitable religious television enterprise in the world.
One day remains until families throughout the U.S. express their thanks on “Turkey Day,” more properly known as Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for this year? David Shibley with Global Advance recently gave Mission Network News a glimpse of his gratitude for pastoral leaders.
Right after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines this month, a friend sent me an amazing photo. It’s a shapshot of a Pentecostal church service held a few days after the monster storm displaced 3 million people and killed more than 5,000. Notice that the worshippers are standing in about 16 inches of water. A flooded church did not keep these people from thanking God that they were spared.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This week, those of us who are old enough to remember that dreadful Nov. 22 in Dallas a half-century ago, find ourselves awash in nostalgia for a more innocent time in our own and the Nation’s life.
Journalist and author, Michael D. Fortner’s latest book, “Discoveries in Bible Prophecy,” presents new and enlightening discoveries from 30 years of research into Bible prophecy.
Most people agree the nations of the West are headed in the wrong direction when it comes to morality and culture. While it is very popular in some circles to blame presidents, Congress (or Parliament) and local elected officials, the Word of God makes it clear where to place the blame.
“This [suffering] will be your opportunity to bear witness” (Luke 21:13, ESV).
Pentecostals get a bad rap these days from all sides. Secularists don’t like us because we are morally conservative. Some mainline Christians classify us as holy rollers. And fundamentalists like John MacArthur question our very faith, claiming that all our experiences with the Holy Spirit are fake.
Fewer Pentecostals are speaking tongues. Fewer Baptists are getting baptized. Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. But what are we to make of the decline of baptisms in water and in the Spirit? I’ll get to that in a minute.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the number of mosques in the U.S. soared 74 percent between 2000 and 2010. The report also found there are now 2.6 million Muslims living in the U.S.—an increase of 66 percent.
Recently I was awakened around 3 a.m. following an unusual and thought-provoking dream. In this dream, I was standing at the edge of a large field. To my left I saw a giant of a man bound by ropes and stakes to the ground. I could see that he was struggling to get loose and free himself, but to no avail. As I approached, I noticed that it was a Native American man. I looked closely and could see that the ropes were inscribed with words such as: hopeless, alcohol, drugs, suicide, anger, fear, depression, unforgiveness, abuse, etc. I wanted to help, but the things that bound him were bigger than I alone could handle. My attention was then directed to another giant figure lying nearby in a field….
We should not be talking right now. According to the naysayers who predicted Christianity’s demise by the year 2000, we should not even be here.
Five years ago, I had a birthday with a zero in it—and it scared me! But instead of fighting the aging process, I made an important decision: From now on, regardless of what else I do, my main priority is to mentor the next generation. That’s why I spend a lot of my time investing my time in young leaders.
Evangelist Billy Graham, who preached the gospel for more than seven decades, has written his 32nd book: The Reason for My Hope: Salvation.
The book, to be released Oct. 15, comes at a time when the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association finishes preparations for the “My Hope America” evangelistic campaign that will involve more than 21,000 churches in November.
Here is a sampling of the thoughts of the 94-year-old evangelist in his newest book:
Dr. William M. Wilson—better known as Billy—was inaugurated Friday as the fourth president of Oral Roberts University. I had the privilege of enjoying the pomp and ceremony, and of being reminded of the special vision that birthed this great educational institution.
As a regular contributor to the opinion column of Charisma News, I was surprised to read Os Hillman’s article, “Why Oregon Bakers Should Have Sold Wedding Cake to Gay Couple.” Now, to be clear, I wasn’t surprised to see the article posted on the website, since it’s a forum for discussion among Christians, and not all opinion columnists will agree. No problem there!