Have you heard about atheist church plants? Its an intriguing concept The Atlantic reported recently. Faith Hill wrote, “When Justina Walford moved to New York City nine years ago, she’d never felt more alone. She’d left behind her Church, her God, and her old city, Los Angeles. Then a secular congregation called Sunday Assembly filled the spiritual void—at least for a time. As a child, she had been deeply religious. Her parents had no interest in religion, and didn’t understand why she would; they’d sent her to a Christian school in hopes of good discipline and education…But her faith had long since unraveled, a casualty of overseas travel that made her question how any one religious community could have a monopoly on truth. But still she grieved the loss of God.”
One of the best-known worship leaders of Bethel Church, Jenn Johnson, shares the story behind her song ‘You’re Gonna Be Okay’. The song was part of album After All These Years she made together with husband, Brian Johnson.
Abigail Arias is a 6-year-old girl from Texas who is terminally ill with cancer. She has always had a desire to become a police officer. Her dream came true when she was officially sworn in as an honorary officer in Freeport, Texas.
Like their sisters and brothers in the Southern Baptist Convention this week, Cooperative Baptists will gather in Birmingham next week. We will wrestle with many of the questions that our SBC friends are as we seek to be faithful to the call of Christ in a changing world.
One question we won’t be considering is whether God calls women to serve as pastors. In fact, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will vote next week on the nomination of a woman senior pastor to serve as our top elected leader.
Lecrae is one of those people who struggled with self-worth, never having a sense of belongingness. According to CBN, when he was a child, his father abandoned him. His dad chose drugs and friends instead of him. Lecrae didn’t feel he really fitted in until he discovered hip-hop culture on the streets. Influenced by his uncle, he thought that being a man was having tattoos, being in possession of a gun, using drugs and joining a gang.
Actor Joaquin Phoenix is playing Jesus in the ‘Mary Magdalene’ movie. To play the part he tried getting in character by growing long hair, meditating on a mountaintop and more. His portrayal of Jesus has been discribed as: “not the shiny, happy, super-powered Christ of many Jesus films.”