Here are the stories making news in Christianity today.
“The Send,” was a 12-hour event held last Saturday. The event filled the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida with thousands of Christians, and was also live-streamed to thousands of churches across the United States – all part of a “new Jesus movement.”
The event was a collaboration of national ministries and was aimed at activating Christians to fulfill their God-given call. It was launched by evangelist Lou Engle, Youth With A Mission (YWAM), and other ministries. Engle is the founder of “The Call.” He said, “The Send” was launched after a conversation in 2011 with YWAM members who spoke about a new generation of Christian missionaries rising up following Rev.
Billy Graham’s death. Graham is known for filling stadiums in with his revival services across the nation and the world. The original “Jesus Movement” occurred in the 1970s as thousands sought solace in Jesus during the troubled times that followed the 1960s and in the midst of the Vietnam war.
Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who is now readying for his fourth season as a minor-league baseball player, has now entered the world of filmmaking. Tim and his brother Robby are executive producers of the new Christian-themed film “Run the Race.”
Tim and Robby wanted to create the kind of movie — and Christian life — he longed to see instead: one that’s not perfect, but authentic.
Tebow said that when watching Christian movies growing up, he had his doubts when the main character started praying and suddenly everything “was just perfect.”
“That’s not real life,” Tim said. “Life’s not easy.”
“We all go through our own faith journey. You ask the questions and you ask the why,” Tebow said. “Even in your lows, God loves you and he’s chasing you and he wants to know you and support you and he gave his best for you.”
Religious conversions are not only taboo and rare in Syria, but it can also be a death sentence. Those who choose to abandon Islam are often ostracized by their families and communities.
NBC news recently interviewed some former Muslims who have converted to Christianity in Syria. The men asked for their names not to be revealed for safety reasons. The church’s priest declined to be interviewed.
“If ISIS represents Islam, I don’t want to be a Muslim anymore,” one 23-year-old man told NBC News. “Their God is not my God.”
“Even under the Syrian regime before the revolution, it was strictly forbidden to change religion from Islam to Christianity or the opposite,” said a 38-year-old man who serves as an administrator at the Protestant church.
“Changing your religion under ISIS wasn’t even imaginable. ISIS would kill you immediately,” he added.
The brutality of ISIS has led to many people to become open-minded about Christianity, despite the dangers of converting.