Christianity is on the decline in America. The Pew Research Center has released the results for a new survey which found that religion, particularly Christianity, is dropping among the American population. Nearly 23 percent of all respondents claimed no religion—that’s up from 17 percent in 2007. In the last seven years, the number of self-described Christians fell from 78 percent of the population to 71 percent. “Nones” (people who do not claim any religion) are second only to evangelicals in terms of demographic size, as evangelicals saw a slight drop in numbers ... Discuss
Saddleback Church pastor and author Rick Warren issued the opening statement at the Senate’s hearing on Global Health Problems this week. Warren not only provided biblical support for continuing to provide assistance for people in need around the world, he also explained why he believed it could lead to greater peace in the future:
It’s far more cost effective, far cheaper, for Americans to send medicine to make friends now, than to send troops to fight enemies later. Medicines cost less than tanks.
Warren also encouraged continued partnerships between the faith community and the public and private sectors to fight poverty and provide international medical assistance: “The Church invented the hospital. And if we’re going to absolutely eradicate these diseases, we’ve got to do a combination of the public sector, the private sector and the faith sector: The three legs of the stool” ... Discuss
One of Islamic State’s latest videos released on Sunday shows the terrorist group destroying the archeological site of Nimrud, which was the capital of the Assyrian empire dating back to the 13th century B.C. Director of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Irina Bokova says, "Its frescos and works are celebrated around the world and revered in literature and sacred texts.” ISIS has taken to attacking archeological sites for the purposes of destroying idols or anything considered heretical to the worship of Allah. The seven-minute video shows militants using sledgehammers, jackhammers, bulldozers and explosives to bring down huge alabaster reliefs depicting Assyrian kings and deities. One militants states in the video, "God has honored us in the Islamic State to remove all of these idols and statutes worshipped instead of Allah in the past days.” Another militant adds, "whenever we seize a piece of land, we will remove signs of idolatry and spread monotheism." Discuss
One person was killed at a shooting at Wayne County Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina Monday morning. The campus went into full lockdown as law enforcement continues to search for a suspect meeting the following description: white male, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall with a goatee, tattoo over his left eye, wearing a blue jacket and carrying a long rifle. Public Information Officer Tara Humphries originally stated that police have one suspect "under control," then later said there was nobody in custody. A SWAT team, Goldsboro police and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting in the college's library. College President Kay Albertson said all school personnel have been evacuated. Discuss
Hillsong United has become a worship music phenomenon, selling millions of albums and filling up major arenas around the world. And they’re gearing up for the release of a new album and a documentary about the band. This morning, the band appeared on the Today Show to perform their new single “Touch the Sky.” You can go here to watch the performance.
The segment also featured an interview with Hillsong NYC pastors Carl Lentz and Joel Houston talking about the church’s appeal and message. “I think the message of Jesus, it appeals to everybody. So for us, it’s just trying to get out of the way,” Houston said ... Discuss
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who founded the Crystal Cathedral megachurch and the TV ministry Hour of Powerdied this morning at 88 years old. Schuller had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2013.
Schuller started his ministry in 1955 in Los Angeles. In 1980, he built the Crystal Cathedral, where he filmed his TV ministry, which had millions of viewers in countries all over the world. In 2006, he stepped down as senior pastor, and after some changes in leadership and fights among Schuller’s family, Crystal Cathedral ministries ultimately filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Schuller’s grandson, Bobby Schuller, eventually founded a new church with the former Crystal Cathedral congregation and took over the Hour of Power broadcast.
Schuller was known for his uplifting messages, and he once said he wanted to be remembered as an “encourager.” He is survived by his five children, 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren ... Discuss