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  • Son of T.D. Jakes posts bail on indecent exposure charge

    02/12/2009 8:57:45 PM PST · by txroadkill · 35 replies · 3,745+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/12/2009 | SCOTT GOLDSTEIN
    The son of Potter’s House Bishop T.D. Jakes turned himself in to the Dallas County Jail on Thursday on an indecent exposure charge stemming from an incident at a southern Dallas park last month. Jermaine Jakes, 29, posted $1,000 bail and was released Thursday morning, according to jail records. Jakes is accused of exposing himself in front of an undercover Dallas police vice detective at Kiest Park, near West Kiest Boulevard and South Hampton Road, on the night of Jan. 3, police said. T.D. Jakes is founder of the Potter’s House, a 30,000-member mega-church in the Mountain Creek area.
  • A year after she defended her fellow church members, CHL-holder Jeanne Assam reflects

    12/20/2008 7:24:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 1,303+ views
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 19 December, 2008 | cbaus
    The Associated Press is reporting that after a year of accolades that followed her shooting of a gunman who killed two teenage sisters at her church, concealed handgun license-holder Jeanne Assam remains "low key" and says she thinks of the family of gunman Matthew Murray. From the story: “He didn’t start off to be mixed up and confused. He started off to be a good person but he went down a wrong path,” Assam said during a news conference after a church service Sunday. A former police officer, Assam said that now she is hoping to join the Colorado Springs...
  • Ted Haggard Speaks on Scandal for First Time

    11/13/2008 6:45:48 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 17 replies · 978+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Nov. 12 2008 | Michelle A. Vu
    Ex-evangelical leader Ted Haggard, who fell from grace after the exposure of his sex and drug scandal two years ago, recently opened up about the dark secret from his past that likely led to his downfall as an adult. He spoke at Open Bible Fellowship Church, a small congregation in Morrison, Ill., on Nov. 2 – the second anniversary of his resignation as president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals. The church’s pastor, Chris Byrd, is a long-time friend of Haggard of over 30 years. “The first thing I want you to know is I sinned,” Haggard told...
  • Call to action: Pastor issuing 7-day sex challenge

    11/12/2008 3:33:31 PM PST · by llevrok · 53 replies · 1,333+ views
    WTOP ^ | 11/12/2008
    DALLAS (AP) - The pastor of a mega-church says he will challenge married congregants during his sermon Sunday to have sex for seven straight days _ and he plans to practice what he preaches. "We're going to give it a try," said the Rev. Ed Young, who has four children with his wife of 26 years. Young, 47, said he believes society promotes promiscuity and he wants to reclaim sex for married couples. Sex should be a nurturing, spiritual act that strengthens marriages, he said. "God says sex should be between a married man and a woman," Young said. "I...
  • Crystal Cathedral TV preacher removed by father

    10/26/2008 9:23:14 AM PDT · by Klepto · 45 replies · 1,915+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10-26-2008 | Klepto
    Crystal Cathedral founder Rev. Robert H. Schuller has removed his son as preacher on the church's weekly "Hour of Power" syndicated TV broadcast. Schuller said in a statement read to some 450 congregants Saturday by church president Jim Coleman that he and his son, Robert A. Schuller, "have different ideas as to the direction and the vision for this ministry." "For this lack of shared vision and the jeopardy in which this is placing this entire ministry, it has become necessary for Robert and me to part ways," Schuller said.
  • Rick Warren endorses Prop 8 (California Same Sex Marriage Ban)

    10/24/2008 8:11:49 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 31 replies · 911+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/24/08 | Maggie Gallagher
    In his e-mail to his church members he writes: "For 5,000 years, every culture and every religion - not just Christianity - has defined marriage as a contract between men and women,” Warren wrote. “There is no reason to change the universal, historical definition of marriage to appease 2% of our population.” On the Saddleback site there is video of him discussing the issue, here.
  • Pastor Who Opposes Abortion to Deliver DNC's Closing Prayer

    08/22/2008 7:23:22 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 55 replies · 195+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 21, 2008 | Krissah Williams
    Pastor Who Opposes Abortion to Deliver DNC's Closing Prayer By Krissah Williams Sen. Barack Obama's team will continue its aggressive outreach to evangelical voters at the Democratic National Convention next week. Making a prime-time appearance Thursday night will be Joel C. Hunter, a Florida megachurch pastor who will deliver the convention's closing prayer following Obama's speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination. Hunter is a registered Republican, opposes abortion and, at one point, had been chosen to lead the Christian Coalition. He has not endorsed Obama and says he agreed to give the benediction because has was asked to do so....
  • A new-style evangelical pastor ascends the political stage

    08/15/2008 1:24:22 PM PDT · by TheDon · 25 replies · 82+ views
    ... A Southern Baptist minister who breaks the conservative mold. Touted by some as the likely successor to Billy Graham. On Saturday, pastor Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose-Driven Life," will do what no one else has yet accomplished: bring the presumptive GOP and Democratic presidential nominees onto the same stage to discuss their views. It's a sign of religion's importance in the 2008 presidential campaign. The event, back-to-back one-hour interviews at Mr. Warren's California megachurch, will be broadcast live on CNN and streamed on the Web. It also represents the emergence of a new style of evangelical leadership on...
  • Visits by McCain, Obama to Orange County church underscore Pastor Rick Warren's prominence

    08/13/2008 2:57:44 PM PDT · by Reagan Man · 20 replies · 264+ views
    LA Slimes ^ | August.13, 2008 | Duke Helfand
    When John McCain and Barack Obama appear on the same stage Saturday at the sprawling religious campus of Orange County's Saddleback Church, their presence will vividly underline the reach that has made Pastor Rick Warren among the most significant evangelists of his generation. ~snip~ But Warren's willingness to soft-pedal political issues once central to U.S. evangelicals, such as opposition to abortion, has opened him to criticism that he has strayed from his calling to spread the Gospel. It's likely that both fans and critics will be watching closely when Warren plays host to the two presidential contenders at his church...
  • Muslims Adopt Megachurch Multi-Site Model for Mosques

    07/25/2008 8:24:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 103+ views
    Christian Post ^ | July 24, 2008 | Jennifer Riley
    Mosques are multiplying across the country and their inspiration may come as a bit of a surprise – Christian megachurches. Similar to many megachurches, new mosques are popping up as extension campuses to a main mosque with the stated goal of making it more convenient for Muslims in an area to worship. These extended mosque sites are sometimes referred to as “mosque chains” and tend to be adopted by more progressive Muslim congregations. "Because of how streamlined we are, you can get off the highway from anywhere and find a mosque that is well-maintained, well-structured and that will always be...
  • Obama, McCain to attend joint forum at Saddleback Church Orange County, August 16, 2008

    07/21/2008 5:47:03 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 12 replies · 269+ views
    Presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama will speak Aug. 16 at Saddleback Church in what is expected to be the only joint campaign event for the candidates before the national conventions. The Lake Forest megachurch’s pastor, Rick Warren, will moderate the joint appearance, which will take place on the eve of the two national party conventions. After a brief appearance together, the two candidates will separately spend an hour talking with Warren.
  • What makes a gigachurch go? (Moving Beyond the Megachurch)

    07/20/2008 7:26:45 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 20 replies · 67+ views
    Minneapolis Star/Tribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 7/20/08 | Jeff Strickler - Staff Reporter
    The 23rd Psalm rolled off the Rev. Jason Strand's tongue with soothing familiarity, the way it had since he memorized it as a boy. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters ..." But up on the 16-by-24-foot screens flanking Strand, the PowerPoint version displayed the updated words "quiet waters" instead of the "still waters" of Strand's memory. Amy Anderson noticed the problem instantly. She began scribbling notes in her three-ring binder, then flipped to a new page to catch up with what...
  • Obama worker, Bush pastor linked to Dobson-bashing

    06/27/2008 6:42:19 PM PDT · by pissant · 21 replies · 614+ views
    WND ^ | 6/27/08 | staff
    A campaign worker for Barack Obama and the Texas Methodist pastor who advises President Bush have been linked to a website that bashes prominent Christian leader and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. The site, called "jamesdobsondoesntspeakforme," appeared just days ago after Dobson criticized Obama's interpretation of the Bible during a 2006 speech and Obama responded essentially by calling Dobson a liar, accusing him of "making things up." Now a report from OneNewsNow, a division of the American Family Association, said the website originally was registered to Obama campaign worker Alyssa Martin, but the registration later was changed to...
  • Christian Leaders Meet Privately with Obama

    06/11/2008 12:00:22 PM PDT · by ZGuy · 13 replies · 433+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Jun. 11 2008 | Charles Babington
    Barack Obama discussed Darfur, the Iraq war, gay rights, abortion and other issues Tuesday with Christian leaders, including conservatives who have been criticized for praising the Democratic presidential candidate. Bishop T.D. Jakes, a prominent black clergyman who heads a Dallas megachurch, said Obama took questions, listened to participants and discussed his "personal journey of faith." The discussion "went absolutely everywhere," Jakes told The Associated Press, and "just about every Christian stripe was represented in that room." Jakes, who does not endorse candidates and said he also hopes to meet with Republican presidential candidate John McCain, said some participants clearly have...
  • Christians Dumping Mega Churches for More Efficient "Hybrid Churches"

    05/23/2008 7:41:52 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 9 replies · 131+ views
    Team Tominthebox News Network® ^ | 23 May, 2008 | Dr. Tom
    Jackson, Tn - It's a Sunday morning in Jackson, Tennessee, and for David O'Rouke, on this particular Sunday, it's a day of uncertainty and possible change. O'Rouke, who has been a long time member of the popular Longview Baptist Church, which has over 15,000 members, has ventured out into the unknown, paying a visit to the much smaller but friendly congregation of Mt. Olive Baptist Church on the outskirts of town. With just over 300 active members and a 4 member praise band, Mt. Olive's worship service is a far cry from the massive production that occurs every Sunday at...
  • Rick Warren Challenges N.Y. Pastors with Purpose Strategy

    01/31/2008 8:11:59 AM PST · by Terriergal · 9 replies · 341+ views
    The California pastor who has helped churches worldwide increase attendance by leaps and bounds through his “purpose driven” phenomena now has his eye on New York City. Wed, Jan. 30, 2008 Posted: 11:25:35 AM EST MT. BETHEL, Pa. - The California pastor who has helped churches worldwide increase attendance by leaps and bounds through his “purpose driven” phenomena now has his eye on New York City. Speaking at the 17th annual Pastors' Prayer Summit in Pennsylvania Tuesday, Rev. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, asked for the collaboration of 300 pastors and church leaders from the Greater New...
  • Texas Megachurch Minister Drives 200 Miles to Have Sex With 13-Year-Old Girl

    05/17/2008 12:33:05 PM PDT · by trumandogz · 151 replies · 431+ views
    Short News ^ | 5.17.08
    Texas: Plano man Joe Barron, 52, a minister at Prestonwood Baptist Church near Dallas, was arrested after driving nearly 200 miles to Bryan to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl he had been chatting with sexually online for roughly two weeks. The girl was actually an undercover agent leading police to Barron and his car, inside of which they found condoms and a web-cam. He had been with the 26,000-member church for 18 months; they said this was the first incident of this type with Barron. Executive pastor Mike Buster said, "We are disturbed and saddened by the...
  • Pastor John Hagee says he's sorry for anti-Catholic remarks

    05/16/2008 3:18:16 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies · 121+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 14, 2008 | Maeve Reston
    An evangelical pastor who backs John McCain tried to put his controversial remarks about the Catholic Church behind him, apologizing to the head of the Catholic League and expressing "deep regret for any comments Catholics found hurtful." ...In his letter, Hagee said he had gained a better understanding in recent weeks of the Catholic Church's relationship to the Jewish faith. He wrote of his "profound respect for the Catholic people" and said he hoped to advance "greater unity among Catholics and evangelicals." The Catholic League said in a statement that it accepted the apology. "Pastor John Hagee has demonstrated an...
  • Willow Creek's 'Huge Shift' Influential megachurch moves away from seeker-sensitive services.

    05/16/2008 12:06:26 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 88 replies · 120+ views
    CT ^ | 15 June 2008 | Matt Branaugh
    After modeling a seeker-sensitive approach to church growth for three decades, Willow Creek Community Church now plans to gear its weekend services toward mature believers seeking to grow in their faith. cut Since 1975, Willow Creek has avoided conventional church approaches, using its Sunday services to reach the unchurched through polished music, multimedia, and sermons referencing popular culture and other familiar themes. cut .....surveyed congregants at Willow Creek and six other churches, suggested that evangelistic impact was greater from those who self-reported as "close to Christ" or "Christ-centered" than from new church attendees. In addition, a quarter of the "close...
  • American Family Outing (GAY AGENDA)Seeks to Dispel Divisive Tactics(VISITS TO MEGACHURCHES)

    04/13/2008 2:31:37 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 5 replies · 521+ views
    Press Release News Wire ^ | 4-10-2008 | PR Web press release
    The American Family Outing, a gay-friendly outreach to mega-churches, responds to Family Research Council fund-raising letter.Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 10, 2008 -- On Thursday, April 3, 2008, The Gay City News reported on a Family Research Council (FRC) fundraising letter devoted to the American Family Outing, a project that aims to create dialogue between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) families and members at six American mega-churches. The letter, dated March 2008 and signed by FRC President Tony Perkins, asks for $50,000 to create "Church Crisis Response Teams" to react to same-sex couples and their children who have expressed a desire...