Pentecostal Founder of Earth Day Passes at 97

John McConnell, Jr., the Pentecostal founder of Earth Day, passed away on Oct, 20, in Denver. He was 97 years old.

McConnell’s grandfather was at the Azusa Street Revival and his parents were founding members of the Assemblies of God.

Billy Graham Chaplains Deploying to Hurricane Sandy

Having grown up in Cape May, N.J., Rapid Response Team Director Jack Munday has seen his share of hurricanes and fierce storms.

“You learn to deal with it when you live near the eastern seaboard,” he explained.

Now living in North Carolina, Munday directs teams of volunteer chaplains who respond with the love of Christ in the aftermath of all kinds of natural disasters, often traveling with the teams to offer direction and encouragement.

From Dead Religion to a Revitalized Church

When I met Jason Cook three years ago he was a discouraged Bible college graduate. He had experienced failure in his personal life, and he had disappointed the leaders he served. Even though he still had a strong desire to be in ministry, the 27-year-old paid his bills by waiting tables at a seafood restaurant in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Jason could have dropped off the spiritual map like so many people his age who have abandoned faith or given up on the church. But a miracle of grace unfolded.

FOCUS Children’s Ministries Conference Slated for February

The annual FOCUS Children’s Ministries Leadership Conference celebrates its 19th year of continued training. The 2013 annual conference will be held February 28-March 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina.