Gospel singer and pastor Terrance Kennedy is the executive director of New Hope for the World Ministries, and the pastor of New Hope Community Church in Harlem, N.Y., and all this week he has been running Reach Week in NYC 2013.
Reach Week is New Hope's signature event that uses gospel music, fun activities, clinical help, and ministry outreach to serve the community of New York City in an attempt to lead people to Christ.
They have a state licensed HIV testing site where doctors of all cultures can provide care for people who desperately need it. In addition they have a huge choir with singers in it from all over the world. more >>
Dustin Kensrue recently chatted with The Christian Post about his debut worship album The Water & Blood, and about being a Worship Pastor for Mars Hill Church after 14 years with hardcore-experimental band Thrice.
Read the first part of the interview where Dustin exclusively speaks on the new album and his transition to worship leader here.
Kensrue broke down the way he approaches music writing and how he distinguishes between writing worship, writing for himself, and writing for Thrice. For him, music is poetry, and the musician admitted his love for reading is the perfect place to get "fodder" for his lyrics. more >>
Dustin Kensrue traded in his heavy rock chords and vocals as the frontman of Thrice for stripped down emotive and powerful church music as the Worship Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Bellevue, Wash. He is releasing his first album, The Water & Blood, on Oct. 1.
Although Kensrue has released solo albums before, this is his first record comprised strictly of corporate worship songs to be sang specifically in churches.
"At Mars Hill music we are really trying to write music for the local churches to sing," Kensrue told the Christian Post. "We want to proclaim and celebrate the gospel in the sense of what God has done through Jesus Christ. We are here because of what Jesus has done. He's called the church into being. There's freedom in that and there's a lot to be celebrated." more >>
Pastor Jamal led 28 Muslims to Christ during his time in an Iraqi prison before being granted an unprecedented presidential pardon, revealed Dr. Terry Law, founder and president of World Compassion Terry Law Ministries.
"I was so emotional, when I got the phone call, I couldn't believe my ears," Law said in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Monday, recalling the day he found out that his good friend, Iraqi Christian Abdi Ali Hamzah, also known as Pastor Jamal, was to be released from prison.
"It had never happened before. No one had ever tested that part of their constitution. It was the first granting of a pardon to a Muslim who had converted to Christianity, and was converting other Muslims to Christianity – it was unheard of." more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has launched the largest campaign in its history with aims of sending thousands of letters each week to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, petitioning for U.S. Pastor Saeed Adedini, who has been imprisoned for 52 weeks.
"Using a brand-new website that raises awareness for the persecuted church and gives a voice to the voiceless, we're asking you to write a letter to President Hassan Rouhani asking that he free Pastor Saeed," ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said in a letter to supporters on Monday.
"We've written text you can use, or you can customize to send your own message, but our goal is simple: 52,000 letters asking President Rouhani to save Saeed." more >>
Following his arrest on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, controversial, small-time pastor Terry Jones has said he believes he was set up by police officers, arguing they knew he was going to burn Qurans at a local park in Mulberry, Fla.
Jones said in an interview following his arrest on Wednesday that prior to his planned Quran burning, he had met with three police officers, including two from Polk County and one from Manatee County, as well as an FBI special agent on Sept. 7. During the meeting, Jones claims to have told the officials of his plans to burn nearly 3,000 Qurans on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"We told them at the time we would be soaking the Qurans in kerosene and would be driving them down there," Jones told U.S. News & World Report on Friday. "We had no idea that was against the law. They were aware of what we were going to do." more >>