Survey Shows Christians Failing in This Area


There is very little accountability among Christians in the U.S., a new survey found.

Only 5 percent of Christian adults indicated that their church does anything to hold them accountable for integrating biblical beliefs and principles into their life, according to the Barna Group.

Evangelicals were most likely to have some form of church-centered accountability.

George Barna, director of the survey, stressed that mutual accountability is one of the cornerstones of the biblical concept of community.

Eyes of Faith Operates in Biblical Calling


Many Christian groups make it their business to try to cure spiritual blindness. But Eyes of Faith Optical in West Middlesex, Pa., seeks to address spiritual blindness by helping people with their physical eyesight first.  The organization is the first faith-based company to be members of the Opticians Association of America. But their greatest accolade as

The One Thing to Avoid Come Christmas


Don’t allow gift-giving expectations to put you deeper in debt and rob you of the true joy of the season 

I know what you’re thinking: Here they come. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s; gifts to buy, meals to prepare, decorating, houseguests, parties to attend, church activities, neighborhood events, school productions–and a partridge in a pear tree.

It’s exhausting, isn’t it? Add the fact that the last few years have been financially disappointing for most of us, and it’s no wonder we get a heavy feeling in the pit of our stomachs when the calendar page flips over to November.

Pentecostal Sunday School Teacher Endures Brutality Just Walking to Work


Bill Wilson has spent the last 30 years taking Sunday school to inner-city kids

Bill Wilson has been thrown off a building, mugged and shot in the face. But none of that has stopped him from leading sidewalk Sunday school every week in New York’s inner city. 

As he marks 30 years of ministry this year, he says the thing that has kept him going is simply commitment. “It’s like anything else; it’s a decision,” Wilson says. 

Operation Christmas Child Partners With New Narnia Film


Operation Christmas Child of Samaritan’s Purse has partnered with the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, set for release on Dec. 10. Operation Narnia encourages Narnia fans to join the effort to show the love of Christ to millions of children around the world with shoebox gifts. “We’re very excited

Sarah Palin’s Reality TV Show


In a new television documentary, Sarah Palin takes on a new role as tour guide of the nation’s largest state. Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which premieres on TLC on Sunday, offers a glimpse of life in Alaska as seen through the eyes of one of the state’s most recognizable residents.  The eight-week television event chronicles the

Professor Proves Pentecostalism and Scholarship Can Coexist


Gordon Fee knows how it feels to be a lone ranger. Regarded as the first Bible scholar of the modern Pentecostal movement, Fee is a maverick. For 40 years he has fought an uphill battle in Pentecostal circles, within a movement that has been traditionally wary of theological endeavors and has placed far stronger emphasis on

Pastors Call Tech-Driven Culture to Facebook Fast


Thousands are expected to participate in Wednesday’s National Facebook Fast, an event planned by Texas pastors Kerry and Chris Shook to encourage people to refocus on face-to-face relationships. “You can have 1,000 Facebook friends but not one close friend you can sit down with face-to-face and really share your heart,” said Kerry Shook, who with

Pentecostal Church Defies Trend, Reports Growth


As many denominations experience membership declines, the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) is reporting growth in the last two years that nearly outpaces the previous eight. The denomination, whose biennial international assembly ended Saturday in Greensboro, N.C., estimates that 10,000 people joined the church each month last year. General Overseer Randall E. Howard said

Transitions August 2010


Veteran healing evangelist Charles Hunter died June 21 at age 89 after several years of declining health. He and his wife, Frances, spent nearly 40 years leading healing crusades worldwide before her death last year at age 93. A memorial service was to be held July 14, the anniversary of his wife’s passing. Ted and Gayle

Changing times


When Jane Hansen Hoyt joined the staff of Women’s Aglow 30 years ago, there were few women heading large ministries. Today women are leading in business, politics and the church. According to a Barna Group survey, the number of female pastors has doubled in the last decade. Hansen Hoyt believes the ministry, now called Aglow

Evangelist Purchases Modern-Day Slaves


Imagine children as young as 4 and 5 years old being forced to work 14- to 16-hour days making bricks, cigarettes, rope and textiles, then being forced to beg strangers for food in order to eat. This is the picture of slavery in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries. It seems a pretty harsh and

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