Star Quarterback Colt McCoy & Mega-Church Pastor Matt Carter Lace up Combat Boots to Express Gratitude for American Troops
Carter and McCoy are joining a growing chorus of more than 300 actors, pro-athletes, musicians, politicians and other celebrities who are lacing up combat boots for the Boot Campaign’s photo awareness campaign.
The Boot Campaign
The Boot Campaign is a national 501c3 patriotic movement that is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return and supporting their transition home. Through the sale of its signature military combat boots, general public donations, and corporate sponsorship, the Boot Campaign operates five distinct initiatives — Housing, Jobs, Wellness, Urgent Assistance and Family Support– that are caring for military personnel, past and present, healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds. BootCampaign.com
Colt McCoy is an NFL quarterback. As a college student, he was the winningest quarterback in the history of NCAA football and led his University of Texas team to the 2010 BCS national championship game. Colt is involved in several ministries around the world. He and his wife Rachel live in Austin, Texas.
Matt Carter is founding pastor of the 8,000-member Austin Stone Community Church. Matt is the author of several books, and he speaks at conferences nation-wide. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, John Daniel, Annie, and Samuel.
NORCROSS, Ga., May 22, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ – The Mission Society, which deploys missionaries globally in a variety of Christian ministries, has announced the retirement of Dick McClain, its president and longest-tenured member of staff, effective May 2014. Elected to the presidency in 2009, he first came to The Mission Society in 1986.
At its bi-annual meeting, the board also elected a new chairperson and four new members. A special presidential search taskforce held its first session.
McClain is known by his coworkers for his passion to take the gospel to the whole world, especially the least reached. The son and grandson of missionaries, McClain was born in China and grew up in India and Hong Kong.
Following his education at Asbury Theological Seminary and 11 years pastoring local churches, he joined The Mission Society staff, supervising recruitment and processing of all missionary candidates. He later served as vice president for mission ministries, overseeing The Mission Society’s ministries in more than 25 countries, and as vice president for church ministry, developing a unique approach to mobilizing local churches for strategic global outreach.
During McClain’s tenure as president, The Mission Society adopted vision and mission statements to guide the ministry’s renewed efforts toward least-reached communities. Over his 28 years of service, the number of missionaries increased from 14 to 225, many of whom serve today among people groups identified as the world’s least reached with the gospel.
In addition to receiving McClain’s retirement announcement, the 19-member board of directors elected Helen Rhea Stumbo as new chairperson. Stumbo, of Fort Valley, Ga., is president of Bristol House Ltd, a publishing company which serves the evangelical wing of The United Methodist Church. She has been a member of The Mission Society board since 2010. She replaces William Johnson of Canton, Ga., who served as board chairperson since 2009.
Newly elected board members include Katheryn Heinz of Lexington, Ky.; Jay Moon of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Carolyn Moore of Evans, Ga.; and Todd Weeks of Goldsboro, N.C.
To select McClain’s replacement, the board of directors has retained Dingman & Company to work with a taskforce of representatives from the staff, board, missionaries, ministry partners and pastors of partner churches. A small pool of candidates identified by this group will be reviewed by the board’s governance committee, which will then present a nominee to the February 2014 bi-annual board meeting.
The announcement in February 2014, will allow the new president to work with McClain in a transitional period. McClain’s retirement is effective May 31, 2014. McClain plans to move to Colorado, where he will continue active engagement in ministry and missions.
“The Mission Society is well positioned and poised for further growth in the next chapter of its life,” he said. “As long as there are persons who do not know Christ and entire people groups who have little or no access to the gospel, The Mission Society will continue to mobilize and deploy the people of God to join Jesus in His mission.”
Founded in 1984 in the Wesleyan tradition, The Mission Society (www.themissionsociety.org) exists to mobilize and deploy the body of Christ globally to join Jesus in His mission, especially among the least-reached peoples. To that end, The Mission Society recruits, trains and sends Christian missionaries to minister around the world. It develops diverse programs and ministries in keeping with its missionaries’ unique callings and gifts, ranging from well-drilling and the arts, to more traditional ministries, such as teaching English and church-planting. Its church ministry department provides seminars, workshops and mentoring for congregations in the United States and abroad, helping equip churches for outreach in their communities and worldwide. Its vision is for the kingdom of God to advance among all peoples, bringing about redemption and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. At present, The Mission Society has 225 missionaries in 42 countries.
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CONCORD, Va., May 21, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ – Gleaning For The World, an international faith-based humanitarian aid organization headquartered in Virginia, is responding to the crisis in Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas. A two mile wide tornado has already claimed the lives of nearly 100 people, hundreds injured and caused wide-spread property damage.
Working with local churches and organizations on the ground in Oklahoma City, Gleaning For The World is shipping bottled water, food, baby supplies, personal care items and more to assist in the crisis.
“The damage we are seeing coming out of the Oklahoma City area is tragic,” says Rev. Ron Davidson, President of Gleaning For The World. “We are reaching out to get these families whatever supplies they need and to help the survivors start putting their lives back together.”
Area churches that need basic supplies to distribute in that region, should contact Gleaning For The World.
If you would like make a financial donation, please do so at www.GFTW.org — The time is now.
About Gleaning For The World
Organized in 1998 by the Rev. Ron Davidson, Gleaning For The World is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that shares the love of God at home and around the world through the efficient delivery of high quality life-saving supplies to victims of poverty and devastation by connecting corporate surplus to critical needs.
As a result of its unique operating model, Forbes Magazine has ranked Gleaning For The World the most efficient large charity in America – four of the past five years.
More info at www.GFTW.org
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Vatican City, 18 May 2013 (VIS) – Today and yesterday, events for ecclesial movements of new lay communities and associations to reflect on the theme “I Believe! Increase our Faith!” were held in Rome as part of the Year of Faith. Over 120,000 people were gathered in St. Peter’s Square this afternoon when the Pope arrived at 5:30pm and, after greeting the pilgrims, initiated the Pentecost Vigil.
After the opening welcome by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the image of the Virgin Mary Salus Populi Romani was brought in a procession to the centre of the square and then enthroned. After a series of readings, songs, and testimonials, Pope Francis answered four questions asked by representatives of the movements. Following are the questions with a summary of the Holy Father’s answers.
Q: “How were you able to achieve certainty of faith in your life, and what path can you indicate to us so that each one of us can overcome our fragility of faith?”
A: “I have had the good fortune to grow up in a family where the faith was lived in a simple and concrete manner … The first proclamation is in the home, within the family, right? And this makes me think of the love of so many mothers and so many grandmothers in the transmission of the faith. … We do not find our faith in the abstract, no! It is always a person who preaches it to us, who tells us who Jesus is, who gives us the faith, who gives us the first announcement. … But there is a very important day for me: September 21, 1953. I was almost 17. It was the ‘Students’ Day’…. Before going to the festival, I went to my parish and met a priest I did not know, but I felt the need to confess. … After confession I felt that something had changed. I was not the same. I felt a voice call me: I was convinced that I had to become a priest. This experience of faith is important. We say that we must seek God, go to him to ask for forgiveness … but when we go, He is already waiting for us. He is the first one there! … And this creates wonder in the hearts of those who do not believe, and this is how faith grows! With an encounter with a Person, with an encounter with the Lord.”
Regarding fragility: “Fragility’s biggest enemy curiously enough, is fear. But do not be afraid! We are weak, we know it but He is stronger! If you are with him, then there is no problem! A child is fragile—I see many today—but they are with their fathers and their mothers so they are safe! We too are safe with the Lord; we are secure. Faith grows with the Lord, out of the very hands of the Lord.”
Q: The second question concerned the challenge of evangelization and what the movements should do to put the task have been called to into practice.
A: “I will say just three words. First: Jesus. … If we move forward with planning and other things, beautiful things indeed, but without Jesus, then something is wrong. Jesus is the most important thing. … The second word is prayer. Look at the face of God, but above all … know that you are being looked at in return. … And third, ‘witness’. … the faith can only be communicated through witness and that is through love. Not with our ideas, but by living the Gospel in our own lives, which the Holy Spirit brings to life within us. … Not so much speaking, but speaking through the way you live: the consistency of your life … which means living Christianity as an encounter with Jesus that leads me towards others and not as a social fact. Socially this how we are. Are we Christians? Wrapped up in ourselves? No, not that. Witness!”
Q: The third question was how to live as “a poor Church, for the poor”.
A: “First of all, the main contribution we can make is to live the Gospel. The Church is not a political movement or a well-organized structure: That is not her. … The Church is the ‘salt of the earth, the light of the world’. She is called to make the leaven of the Kingdom of God present in society and do it first by witness, her witness of fraternal love, solidarity … When you hear some say that solidarity is not a value, that it’s a ‘basic attitude’ that needs to disappear … this is wrong! … Moments of crisis, such as the one we are experiencing … are not only an economic crisis, not a cultural crisis. It is a crisis of humanity: it is humanity that is in crisis. And what can be destroyed is mankind! But mankind is the image of God!”
“In this time of crisis we can’t just worry about ourselves, can’t get wrapped up in loneliness or discouragement … Please do not get locked away in yourselves! That is a danger: locking ourselves away inside our parish, among our friends, in our movement, with people who think the same way we do … But you know what is happening? When the Church becomes closed up in itself it gets sick. ,,, The Church must go out from herself. Where? Towards the boundaries of existence, whatever those might be, but get out. Faith is an encounter with Jesus and we must do the same as Jesus, meet others. .… We have to bring about encounter. We have to make our faith a ‘culture of encounter’ and of friendship, a culture wherein we find brothers and sisters, where we can talk even with those who do not think like us, even with those with which have a different faith … Everyone has something in common with us: they are made in the image of God! … We must go out to meet with everyone without negotiating about the faith we belong to.”
“And another important point: we must go out to meet the poor. … Today, imagine, all the children who don’t have something to eat is not news. This is serious. We cannot stay calm! We cannot become starch-pressed Christians, those Christians who are too highly educated, who speak of theological issues over tea, calmly. No! We must become courageous Christians and go out in search of those who are the flesh of Christ. … Poverty, for us Christians, is not a sociological or philosophical or cultural category. No. It is a theological category. I would say, perhaps, the first category, because God, the Son of God, humbled himself, became poor to walk along the road with us. This is our poverty: the poverty of the flesh of Christ; the poverty that has brought us the Son of God with his Incarnation.”
Q: The fourth question was: How can we help our brothers and sisters if there is little we can do to change the socio-political climate they are living under?
A: “Two virtues are needed to proclaim the Gospel: courage and patience. They are in the Church of patience. They suffer and there are more martyrs today than in the early centuries of the Church. … It should be noted that many times these conflicts do not have a religious origin. Often there are other causes of a social and political nature and unfortunately, religious affiliations are used like fuel to the fire. A Christian must always know how to respond to evil with good, although it is often difficult. We must try to make them feel—these brothers and sisters of ours—that we are deeply united … to their situation, that we know that they are Christians who have ‘entered a state of patience’. … they experience the limits, the very limits, between life and death. And for us, this experience should lead us to promote religious freedom for all: for everyone! Every man and woman should be free in their religious confession, whatever it may be. Why? Because that man and that woman are children of God.“
The vigil ended with the profession of faith, prayer intentions, and the singing of the Regina Coeli.
NEW BOOK reveals survey findings and offers a “7-Minute Solution” for marital discord
“You don’t have to be walking out the door and toward divorce to utilize this plan. The 7 Minute Marriage Solution will take a pretty good marriage to an even greater level of satisfaction.” –Stephen Arterburn
NASHVILLE, May 16, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Bestselling author, counselor and syndicated radio host Stephen Arterburn says marriage can be easier than most couples think by uprooting the 7 most harmful behaviors and replacing them with the 7 most helpful ones. After conducting a national survey of over two-thousand married and formerly-married individuals, Arterburn shares the 7 most commonly-cited “harmful behaviors” within a marriage relationship, the 7 most “helpful” ones, and how to implement lasting changes in his new book, “The 7- Minute Marriage Solution: 7 Things to Stop! 7 Things to Start! 7 Minutes that Matter Most!” (May 2013, Worthy Publishing).
Arterburn says, “Yes, we all have issues with our mates, but overall, we make marriage ridiculously harder than it has to be. If we’re honest with ourselves, we all know the self-defeating things we do and the thoughtless things we fail to do every day.” Behaviors that made the list of harmful things include using put-down humor, trying to change their partner, secretly spending money, nagging, using the silent treatment, and holding grudges. The behaviors Arterburn urges couples to start include managing money responsibly, focusing on fun and joy, and respecting their mate.
In “The 7-Minute Marriage Solution,” Arterburn emphasizes ending the bad behaviors, beginning the healthy ones, and most of all, experiencing the best 7-minutes of your marriage together daily using his proven methods. In the book, Arterburn reveals that part of the formula for a better marriage is to incorporate reading the Bible and praying together.
A 30-day challenge to a stronger marriage is available on the New Life website, newlife.com/7-minute-marriage-solution-30-day-challenge, adapted from the companion Bible publishing in Fall 2013 titled The 7-Minute Marriage Devotional Bible. Incorporating sound advice from renowned Christian relationship experts including Henry Cloud, John Townsend, Les and Leslie Parrott, James Dobson, and others, the Bible is the perfect resource to use in tandem with The 7-Minute Marriage Solution, available now.
Arterburn will host a national simulcast on the topic May 18.
Stephen Arterburn is an award-winning author with over 8 million books in print, including the bestsellers Every Man’s Battle and Healing Is a Choice. He has also been editor of 10 Bible projects, including the Life Recovery Bible. Steve founded New Life Treatment Centers in 1988 and is currently host of the radio and television show “New Life Live.” In 1996 he started the most successful traveling conference, Women of Faith – attended by over 4 million women. He and his wife live with their 5 kids in Fishers, Indiana, where he is the pastor at Heartland Church.
Worthy Publishing Group (www.worthypublishing.com) is a privately held, independent voice in Christian and inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tenn. Worthy Books publishes a boutique list across a broad spectrum of genres, including fiction, current events, biography, devotionals, spiritual and personal growth, and specialized Bibles. Ellie Claire is a gift and paper expressions company, and Freeman-Smith is a value-priced custom book imprint.
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Recovery from Trauma Inspires Author to Write Book: ‘A Wildflower Grows in Brooklyn: From Striving to Thriving After Sexual Abuse and Other Trauma’
New book offers a story of hope and recovery from traumatic life experiences.
CHICAGO, May 15, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Julie Woodley understands trauma. From physical and sexual abuse as a child, to abortion, the murder of a dear friend, brain injury and cancer, she has experienced more than a lifetime’s worth of pain and loss. By the grace of God, Woodley is now thriving. In her new book, A Wildflower Grows in Brooklyn: From Striving to Thriving After Sexual Abuse and Other Trauma, Woodley shares her story of anguish, loss, hope, recovery and how she helps others overcome major obstacles.
“As someone who has endured so much trauma and works as a trauma counselor, I’ve heard hundreds and hundreds of stories of pain, shame, anger and confusion,” said Woodley. “These stories have put a fire in me to keep telling my own story because I see how sharing it has helped so many women.”
In the book, readers will find a story that will inspire them to imagine a life restored and overflowing with all the good things God intends for them. Woodley discusses how God elevated her joy and hope through layers of loss and into the light of His plan for her. She talks about her transformation from a broken receiver of grace into a blossom that radiates the grace she received into the lives of other hurting people.
“My great desire is to be a healer,” adds Woodley. “My recovery is a miracle and God has given me this remarkable gift of letting me speak to many individuals about the wholeness and tenderness given through Jesus.”
Woodley’s book has received glowing endorsements from John Eldredge, author of Wild at Heart; Wayne Pederson, president of HCJB Global; Christopher West, author of Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing; among others. The forward is written by Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
Woodley is the founder and director of Restoring the Heart Ministries as well as the ministry outreach representative for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont, Ill. She has provided Christian counseling for 20 years. Woodley conducts ministry outreach with the Christian community of professionals, clergy and individuals. She also provides educational outreach and training about women and trauma to churches, ministries and Christian colleges around the country.
With Timberline Knolls as a contributor, Woodley produced the DVD series, “In the Wildflowers,” which trains professionals how to help their clients heal from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. She recently completed the production of “Into My Arms,” a DVD for professionals working with patients suffering from the pain of abortion. In addition, she co-authored the book, Finding Hope When Life Goes Wrong, with H. Norman Wright, a renowned trauma therapist and author of more than 70 books.
Woodley holds a Master’s in counseling and a certificate in theological studies from Bethel Seminary. She provides leadership and serves as the head of the AACC’s division Crisis Pregnancy and Abortion Recovery network. She was inducted into the Suffolk County (New York) Women’s Hall of Fame in 2009 and named America’s Most Outstanding Woman by Bethel Seminary, Minneapolis, MN in 2009.
About Timberline Knolls:
Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 - 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. Women and families seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based therapy. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook – Timberline Knolls, and LinkedIn – Timberline Knolls.
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Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit
against the state agency in March on behalf of a hearing-impaired
preschooler. Although she qualified for benefits under the Individuals
with Disabilities in Education Act, agency officials denied tuition assistance
to the child and her parents because she was enrolled in a faith-based
preschool. The agency has now agreed to provide the tuition aid to her
and to other qualified applicants.
“All disabled children are
equally worthy of a good education. Parents should be able to choose the
school that best suits their children’s needs,” said Senior Legal
Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “Simply put, when the government provides financial help to disabled children at private schools, it cannot exclude children who attend religious ones.”
participates in IDEA, which provides benefits to disabled children.
Among the benefits is tuition aid for use at private schools. Prior to
the lawsuit, Montana prohibited students from receiving tuition aid if
they attended a faith-based school.
began attending the faith-based ABC-123 University in Columbus. The
state-run Stillwater/Sweet Grass Special Services Cooperative previously
agreed to pay for her schooling three days a week but later revoked the
tuition aid. The cooperative cited a newly adopted statewide policy of
denying tuition aid to students who attend private religious preschools
for special education services.
with the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction on behalf of the
preschooler. That led to the filing of a federal lawsuit, Wilson v. Montana Office of Public Instruction, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Billings Division.
According to the voluntary dismissal
filed Monday in light of the agency’s settlement of the case, the
parents of the preschooler will receive the tuition money they were owed
to send their child to ABC-123 University. Also, the Montana Office of
Public Instruction has agreed that it will no longer disqualify disabled
children eligible for IDEA benefits from receiving tuition aid simply
because they attend a faith-based school.
officials have done the right thing in recognizing that they cannot
favor certain views over others and deprive disabled children of
government benefits simply because of their faith,” added Litigation
Counsel Rory Gray. “The First Amendment forbids that type of hostility
toward religion. We hope Montana will serve as a model to encourage
other states to avoid or eliminate such misguided policies.”
- Pronunciation guide: Tedesco (Tuh-DESS’-ko)
Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal
organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out
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Sunwest Trust Employees Bare Their Feet to Bring Attention to the Lack of Shoes in the Developing World
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 14, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Here are a few facts you may not know about the lives of children in developing countries. The lack of shoes is the number one cause of hookworm in these countries. Hookworm causes stunted grown, decreased cognitive development, anemia and chronic fatigue. While many programs have poured money into these countries for building and supplying schools, many of the children that could attend the schools cannot attend; because of the health risks students must wear shoes in order to attend school. Many children in these countries do not possess a single a pair of shoes. When a community has enough shoes for all their children, school attendance rises 62%. “This is why Sunwest Trust participated in One Day Without Shoes,” says a company spokesperson.
Sponsored by Toms Shoes, the One Day Without Shoes is an event meant to inform and bring public awareness to those individuals who do not own one pair of shoes, and the problems caused in developing countries as a result. Toms Shoes provides a free pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair that is purchased from them. To participate and help spread awareness, Sunwest Trust employees collectively spent an entire day at work without shoes. In addition, many staff members completed their evening workout without shoes also. A company spokesperson notably added, “It was a small sacrifice as compared to what people, especially children around the world face everyday. We were honored to participate in bringing attention to this cause. I know for me and the others who participated it will likely leave an indelible imprint reminding us to be more grateful for the necessities of life here in America that we might otherwise just take for granted. We look forward to participating again in the future.”
You can view Sunwest Trust’s special video documenting the event here: www.youtube.com/watch?&v=xlHCgb__xFg.
The One Day Without Shoes website is available at www.onedaywithoutshoes.com.
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) latest annual report, once again includes Egypt as a ‘Country of Particular Concern,’ or CPC for ongoing, systematic, and egregious violations of religious freedom.
The overall situation for religious minorities in Egypt further deteriorated under the Morsi administration. There have been a large and sustained number of attacks against Coptic Christians and their properties perpetrated with virtual impunity. The situation impacts all members of minority faiths. The US State Department has not demonstrated real commitment to defending women, religious minorities and political dissidents in Egypt through continued verbal and financial support of the Morsi government.
Despite the removal of the Emergency Law, long used to suppress dissent, the Morsi government has found other ways to achieve the same results. Egypt’s new constitution was pushed through by the Muslim Brotherhood without consensus and with very little support from the Egyptian people, demonstrated by the fact that only one fifth of eligible voters endorsed it. Non-Islamists and religious minorities withdrew from the Constituent Assembly as Islamists had hijacked the process.
Accusations of ‘defaming’ religion (i.e. Islam) multiplied and several Copts have been harshly sentenced on flimsy charges while several journalists were prosecuted merely for expressing their own views. Conversion to Islam is encouraged, but conversion away from Islam is considered blasphemous and the government will not reflect this change on individuals’ ID cards, which impacts myriad areas of life including marriage, education, inheritance rights and more. Indicating judiciary bias, parents of a Coptic man were recently imprisoned after he was accused of “helping” a Muslim woman to convert and leave the country to get married. Only Judaism and Christianity are recognized beside Islam. Thus members of other minorities such as Baha’i have no official standing and experience great discrimination in education and employment.
USCIRF first included Egypt in their recommendations for CPC status to the State Department in 2011. The State Department is directed to make annual CPC designations, yet has not always done this. In addition, it has continued to list the same religious freedom violators without adding new countries to the list.
Coptic Solidarity urges the State Department in the strongest terms to include Egypt in their CPC designations in 2013. Adel Guindy, President of Coptic Solidarity states, “It is high time for the US government to demonstrate their commitment to religious freedom, democracy, and women’s rights for all Egyptians. By designating Egypt as a CPC, the US government would regain some credibility in the region as a nation that upholds the values of religious freedom and equity for all people. This needs to be reflected in US foreign policy.” Furthermore, Coptic Solidarity welcomes and endorses the USCIRF recommendations regarding Egypt.
Coptic Solidarity (www.copticsolidarity.org) is non-profit organization dedicated to leading efforts to achieve equal citizenship for the Copts in Egypt. For more information, contact Hal Meawad at email@example.com.