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  • A Word to John MacArthur: Jacob Prasch Defends Calvary Chapel

    12/04/2014 7:41:57 AM PST · by fishtank · 32 replies
    JacobPrasch ^ | May 6, 2014 | Jacob Prasch
    Published on May 6, 2014 Jacob Prasch defends Calvary Chapel and Chuck Smith in response to John MacArthur.
  • Megachurch Pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Resigns Over 'Moral Failing'

    04/08/2014 8:16:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/08/2014 | BY LEONARDO BLAIR
    In a stunning revelation Sunday senior officials of the Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the United States, announced that their popular founding pastor Bob Coy, 58, has resigned after "confessing to a moral failing." An official statement on the resignation from the Florida church revealed that Coy confessed his failing to the church's leadership team last Thursday and resigned immediately after that. "On April 3, 2014, Bob Coy resigned as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, effective immediately, after confessing to a moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from...
  • Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel, dies at 86

    10/03/2013 9:24:43 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 53 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 10/3/13 | G. Jeffrey MacDonald
    Chuck Smith, the evangelical pastor whose outreach to hippies in the 1960s helped transform worship styles in American Christianity and fueled the rise of the Calvary Chapel movement, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 86. Diagnosed in 2011, Smith continued to preach and oversee administration at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (California), where he'd been pastor since 1965. In 2012, he established a 21-member leadership council to oversee the Calvary Church Association, a fellowship of some 1,600 like-minded congregations in the United States and abroad.
  • Man Arrested Outside Calif. DMV for Reading His Bible Out Loud

    04/28/2011 9:44:30 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 135 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 28 Apr 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    When Mark Mackey, a member of the local Calvary Chapel, showed up to the DMV office in Hemet, CA on February 2, he had a goal: read the Bible and introduce those waiting in line to the “gospel of Jesus Christ.” And for about 15 minutes he was successful. That is until a California Highway Patrolman took the Bible from his hands, arrested him, and told him he was guilty of preaching to a “captive audience.” And it was all caught on video: According to reports, Mackey wasn’t the only one arrested. Pastor Brett Coronado and Edmond Flores, Jr., who...
  • Pastor Chuck Smith Stuns Radio Listeners By Encouraging Woman To Abort

    02/12/2011 12:50:08 PM PST · by topcat54 · 80 replies
    Operation Rescue ^ | February 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger
    “It’s awfully hard to actually suggest abortion,” said Smith. “But, you know, I’m sure that, uh, in a case like this where the life expectancy is just, you know, is so bleak, and all, that I’m sure that the Lord would not condemn her if she went ahead and had an abortion at this early stage of the development of the fetus.”
  • 'The Emergent Church': A dangerous counterfeit

    04/12/2008 6:43:54 AM PDT · by kindred · 18 replies · 186+ views
    WND.com ^ | 4/12/2008 | Greg Laurie
    As a 17-year-old boy, I had looked for truth and answers in this world and found none. Then, to my own amazement, I found myself completely won over by the bold, unashamed witness of a group of committed Christians on my high school campus. People could have tried to be cool and win me over, but it would have never worked. I'd had enough of "cool" in the crazy home I was raised in to make me choke. I had pretty much seen it all, and nothing to me was lamer than people trying too hard to be cool. The...
  • Gender journey reaches unhappy ending at church

    11/27/2007 8:16:15 PM PST · by JRochelle · 24 replies · 139+ views
    chicago tribune ^ | 11/27/2007 | Kelli Kennedyq
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—High on prescription drugs and four days without sleep, Michael Berke raced his Harley to the megachurch where he'd found a home. He barged into the church office, cursing loudly and wearing a mesh shirt printed with profanity. In his hands he held a picture of a woman with long, red hair and pouty lips. "This is who I used to be," he said. "And this" — he gestured to his breastless chest, bald head and red goatee — "is who I've become." He was born a man. After a lifetime as a social misfit, he had transformed...
  • Chuck Smith’s Prophetic Pronouncements Under the Microscope

    11/19/2007 9:57:14 AM PST · by topcat54 · 121 replies · 3,288+ views
    American Vision ^ | 11/19/2007 | Gary DeMar
    Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel and senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California, has authored another prophecy book: The Final Act: Setting the Stage of the End Times Drama. The book carries the ringing endorsement of Tim LaHaye, co-author with Jerry Jenkins of the widely popular Left Behind series of prophetic novels. LaHaye offers the following complimentary words: “This unique dramatic treatment is both true to the Scripture and practical—both hallmarks of all Pastor Chuck’s teaching! I found it very interesting.” In addition to his new prophecy book, Smith has written the Foreword to Breaking the Apocalypse Code...
  • Kestler speaks out - Calvary Chapel pastor responds to news story

    03/05/2007 6:04:07 AM PST · by siunevada · 1 replies · 370+ views
    The Times-News (Twin Falls ID) ^ | March 4, 2007 | Matt Christensen
    TWIN FALLS - It's been a rough week, Calvary Chapel Pastor Mike Kestler told his congregation Sunday morning. He wasn't kidding. It was the first time the religious leader addressed his flock since a Los Angeles Times story - published Thursday in the Times-News - chronicled Kestler's power struggle with church leader Chuck Smith over a religious media empire estimated to be worth about $250 million. The story also included numerous allegations of sexual misconduct on behalf of Kestler made by former congregants and employees of the Kestler-controlled Calvary Satellite Network. "I had a rough week this week," he said...
  • God's word, plus static, on Calvary Satellite Network

    03/01/2007 9:22:25 PM PST · by siunevada · 10 replies · 197+ views
    Times-News (Twin Falls ID) ^ | March 1, 2007 | Christopher Goffard
    T.F. pastor embroiled in lawsuits over sex, money and control of multimillion-dollar radio network When Chuck Smith, founder of the worldwide Calvary Chapel movement, decided to invest big in radio, the Orange County evangelist joined forces with a pastor he trusted. Mike Kestler was one of his proteges, a folksy preacher with a ponytail who had ridden the Calvary phenomenon to a pulpit in Twin Falls. His church is on the northeast corner of Falls Avenue East and North 3300 East near Shoshone Falls. Smith had presided at Kestler's wedding. He'd helped Kestler keep his job after a churchgoer complained...
  • Father, Son and Holy Rift [Calvary Chapel/Chuck Smith]

    09/02/2006 5:53:18 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 57 replies · 1,178+ views
    KTLA ^ | September 2, 2006 | Christopher Goffard
    For Pastor Chuck Smith, the big issues are undebatable. For Chuck Smith Jr., also a pastor, it's not so crystal clear. Something had to give. From his pulpit in Santa Ana, Chuck Smith's voice thunders with certainty. He denounces homosexuality as a "perverted lifestyle," finds divine wrath in earthquakes and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and promises imminent Armageddon in a deep, sure voice. If his message is grim, the founder of the Jesus People and the Calvary Chapel movement bears the ruddy good cheer of a 79-year-old believer who insists he has never known a day's doubt or despair....
  • Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale receives $103 million in pledges for expansion

    05/02/2006 6:07:54 PM PDT · by twippo · 14 replies · 484+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 1 2006 | James D. Davis
    Applause built up in waves as the numbers grew on the overhead screens: $50 million … $75 million … $90 million. Finally the worshipers leapt to their feet and cheered at the final sum: a staggering $103 million in donation pledges for the next round of expansion at Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale. The amount, coming after a two-month appeal via sermons and brochures, overshot the $80 million goal, a beaming Pastor Bob Coy reported. "Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this," Coy said to his 2,400 listeners on Sunday, the last of four weekend services at the...
  • One sinner's repentance (SANTA CRUZ CHURCH EMBRACES CONFESSED SEX OFFENDER, NOW ASSISTANT PASTOR)

    04/10/2005 6:14:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies · 1,106+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Sun, Apr. 10, 2005 | Ken McLaughlin
    During his morning sermon last Sunday, Senior Pastor Dave Johnston of the Calvary Chapel in Santa Cruz preached redemption. He mentioned Mary Magdalene, the prostitute chosen by Christ to be the first witness to his resurrection, as a powerful example of faith changing someone's life. But when he began to talk about someone ``closer to home,'' Johnston choked back tears. One of his own assistant pastors, Johnston disclosed to 250 members of the congregation, is a registered sex offender who has spent time in prison. Church members know Bill Bjorkman as the kindly Pastor Bill, an ordained pastor for the...