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  • Joel Osteen: ‘We have never closed our doors’ ('Our church is not designated as a shelter')

    08/29/2017 7:18:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/29/2017 | John Sexton
    Joel Osteen is the pastor of one of the largest mega-churches in the country which happens to be located in Houston. Sunday morning the church posted a message on Facebook which said, “Dear Houstonians! Lakewood Church is inaccessible due to severe flooding! We want to help make sure you are safe. Please see the list below for safe shelters around our city, and please share this with those in need!” This was followed by a list of multiple shelters in the area.That led to a flood of criticism on social media that the church was, in effect, turning people...
  • Wait, Joel Osteen. Something Isn’t Adding Up

    08/30/2017 12:48:52 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 65 replies
    The Root ^ | 8/30/2017
    On Sunday, as Hurricane Harvey began to crush parts of Texas, Joel Osteen, pastor of Houston megachurch Lakewood, tweeted that his church was “inaccessible due to severe flooding,” and then let his Twitter followers know that they could go to an area shelter should they need help. Followers who were near the church then took video and photos of the “severe flooding” to show that the roads and entrance to the church were actually accessible. Those on Twitter then began bashing the pastor, who quickly blocked those on social media who called him out. Lakewood church staff began posting photos...
  • Joel Osteen shuts megachurch amid flooding crisis

    08/28/2017 3:22:22 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 104 replies
    http://nypost.com ^ | 08/28/2017 | David K. Lee
    Televangelist Joel Osteen cancelled services at his Houston megachurch Sunday and has yet to reopen its doors — despite the fact that thousands of flooded-out residents are desperately seeking shelter. The perpetually smiling pastor told followers on Twitter on Monday to lean on their faith. “Jesus promises us peace that passes understanding,” he wrote. “That’s peace when it doesn’t make sense.” But Osteen’s comforting words didn’t sit well with critics, who want to know why the doors to his 16,800-seat arena at his Lakewood Church near downtown Houston are closed. “You have taken so much money away from your people...
  • Where are the Bold Authoritative Preachers Today?

    05/07/2017 5:05:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 115 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Jan 15, 2011 | Shane Idleman
    A friend recently asked, “Where are those with uncompromising power and God-given authority in our pulpits today?” His statement reminded me of the desperate need for passionate, spirit-filled preachers focused on pleasing God rather than man. Our culture’s false perception of God as a cosmic ball of love, or a doting grandfather desperately needs to be challenged. Unfortunately, difficult truths are often compromised, watered-down, or avoided altogether in the hope of “not offending,” “securing an audience,” or building a “mega-ministry.” As a result, the church is a mile wide but only an inch deep; judgment is never mentioned, repentance is...
  • Fearful CBS on Church Police Force: Why Can’t They Just Call 911?

    04/18/2017 6:07:10 PM PDT · by kevcol · 41 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 18, 2017 | Scott Whitlock
    CBS This Morning on Tuesday did the bidding of the ACLU and expressed concern over an Alabama mega church lobbying to have its own police force. Showing a clueless attitude in the wake of the 2015 Charleston church shooting, reporter David Begnaud asked Greg Garrison of AL.com: “Why can't they just rely on 911 and call for help if they need it?”
  • Princeton Seminary revokes award for popular NYC preacher because he’s too conservative

    03/23/2017 7:42:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    College Fix ^ | March 22, 2017 | Greg Piper
    Tim Keller founded one of the most influential urban churches in America, Redeemer Presbyterian, which is theologically conservative, racially diverse and growing across its three New York City congregations. He was set to receive an award from Princeton Theological Seminary, also a Presbyterian institution in the Reformed tradition, for his contributions to the “Neo-Calvinist vision of religious engagement.”
  • Colo. Megachurch Sees 'Phenomenal' Growth in Its Hispanic Congregation [70% undocumented]

    03/10/2017 3:22:41 PM PST · by iowamark · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 3/10/2017 | Michael Gryboski
    A Colorado megachurch's Hispanic congregation is seeing immense growth, so much so that they will be adding another Sunday service for them to meet. New Life Church of Colorado Springs' Nueva Vida congregation will begin to offer an additional worship service starting this coming Sunday. Brady Boyd, senior pastor of New Life Church, told The Christian Post that having to add a second service was "really phenomenal" and testified to the "obviously great leadership" for the Spanish-speaking congregation. "Tons of new people flooding into the church right now," noted Boyd, who explained that in addition to Latinos, "English-speaking people are...
  • North Carolina Megachurch Cuts Ties With Boy Scouts Over Transgender Policy

    02/28/2017 10:30:52 AM PST · by Gamecock · 47 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 2/22/2017 | Michael Gryboski
    A multi-site megachurch based in North Carolina has decided to sever its ties with the Boy Scouts of America over the youth group's new transgender policy. Manna Church of Fayetteville is planning to stop sponsoring Boy Scout Troop 957 sometime this summer, according to local media outlet WNCN CBS North Carolina. "Church officials at Manna Church have been very tight-lipped about this decision. However, a Cub Scout leader told CBS North Carolina that Manna Church participation with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts would end this coming summer," reported WNCN. A spokesperson for Manna Church told The Christian Post on Wednesday...
  • No Surprise, but Tim Keller Is Stepping Down from His Megachurch

    02/27/2017 12:56:38 PM PST · by Gamecock · 53 replies
    CBN ^ | 2/27/2017
    Leading evangelical Pastor Tim Keller is stepping down from his role as senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. But the move is not a shock to church members. The transition has been planned for years. Christianity Today reports Keller made the announcement at all eight of the multi-site church's services Sunday. The goal has been to transition the 5,000 member megachurch into three smaller, separate congregations with a pastor for each location. While Keller will no longer be the church's pastor on July 1, he's definitely not calling it quits. "I'm not retiring. Moving into a...
  • Rejecting Refugees Is Like 'Closing the Door on Jesus,' Megachurch Pastor Warns

    02/17/2017 10:53:12 AM PST · by Gamecock · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/14/2017 | SAMUEL SMITH
    Evangelical megachurch pastor Jason Webb has spoken out against President Donald Trump's temporary suspension of refugee resettlement and argues that preventing refugees from entering the United States is like closing the door on Jesus. Webb, who pastors the 6,000-member Elmbrook Church just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in a conservative area of the state, was one of the 100 evangelical leaders who signed onto an open letter published as a full-page advertisement in last Wednesday's Washington Post opposing Trump's Jan. 27 executive order. "When I was asked to sign this letter, there wasn't even really a thought that I wouldn't sign...
  • Trump's Refugee Ban 'at Odds With the Gospel,' Says Megachurch Pastor of 30% Immigrant Congregation

    02/07/2017 7:52:11 AM PST · by Gamecock · 70 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/6/2016 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    Pastor Dan Scott of Christ Church Nashville, 30 percent of whose congregation is made up of immigrants, says President Donald Trump's attempts at a travel ban for refugees is "at odds with the Gospel." Scott told The Christian Post in a phone interview that Christ Church, a "spirit-filled evangelical Christian community" in Tennessee, has been helping refugees from different nations settle into the United States for many years now. Christ Church, he explained, has been assisting many people from Nepal, as well as from a number of nations in Africa and Asia, along with Latin America, learn the language and...
  • Controversial megachurch pastor Eddie Long dies at 63

    01/15/2017 4:18:11 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    cnn ^ | January 15, 2017 | John Blake and Chandrika Narayan, CNN
    CNN)Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial leader of one of the nation's largest megachurches, has died, according to the suburban Atlanta church he presided over. He was 63. Long died after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Long was a national figure and one of the most innovative and polarizing pastors in the contemporary church. He was also a paradox. He was a preacher who led an infamous march against same-sex marriage and denounced homosexuality, but he also settled a lawsuit by four young men who said he...
  • Megachurch pastor says Christianity doesn’t hinge on Jesus’ birth, and a debate rages

    12/25/2016 2:33:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 151 replies
    The State ^ | 12/24/2016 | Kate Shellnut
    The pastor of one of America’s largest megachurches stirred up Christmas controversy after preaching that the story of Jesus’ virgin birth is not crucial to the Christian faith. “If somebody can predict their own death and resurrection, I’m not all that concerned about how they got into the world,” Andy Stanley said in a Dec. 4 sermon at North Point Community Church, which draws 36,000 attendees across six locations in suburban Atlanta. “Christianity doesn’t hinge on the truth or even the stories around the birth of Jesus. It hinges on the resurrection of Jesus.”
  • A Megachurch Pastors' Search For A More Forgiving Faith (Link Only)

    12/19/2016 9:07:41 AM PST · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    December 16, 2016
    Link From The New Yorker Select articles about Bell here on FR: Pastor Rob Bell Grows Frustrated Amid Questions on 'Sinfulness' of HomosexualityChristian Pastor/Author Rob Bell Supports Gay MarriageRob Bell's "Love Wins" and the Biblical Doctrine of Hell
  • The Fastest-Growing Churches Have Modern Worship, Teach Literal Interpretation of the Bible: Study

    11/30/2016 2:41:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 531 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2016 | Brandon Showalter
    A Canadian study has found that Mainline Protestant churches that have both modern worship services and teach a literal interpretation of the Bible grow faster. (Photo: Reuters/John Gress)A parishioner cries as he signs a song of worship in the 7,000-seat Willow Creek Community church during a Sunday service in South Barrington, Illinois, November 20, 2005. Institutions like Willow Creek and Houston's Lakewood Church, each drawing 20,000 or more on a weekend, offer not just a vast, shared attraction but a path that tries to link individuals on a faith-sustaining one-to-one level beyond the crowd, observers and worshipers say.The Canadian researchers who authored...
  • Man says Dallas megachurch removed him as a member

    10/17/2016 7:16:46 AM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 70 replies
    fox4news.com ^ | 10/16/2016 | fox4news.com staff
    A north Dallas church is sticking to its convictions after it revoked a gay man's membership, saying he no longer desired to resist sin. In a candid facebook post last Sunday, Jason Thomas wrote about a painful anniversary one year ago about the day Watermark Community Church sent him a letter revoking his membership. Thomas said he spent years of his life in church programs that promised to help him over come his attraction to men. Many of those years was at Watermark Community Church. One program he participated in is described as a "12 step discipleship through recovery", also...
  • Andy Stanley Defends Teaching Methods Against Charges His Approach Undermines Scripture

    10/05/2016 6:35:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 154 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/5/2016 | BRANDON SHOWALTER
    Pastor Andy Stanley is defending his approach to preaching amid questions from prominent evangelical leaders who contend his methods undermine the Bible's authority and pave the way for unbelief. In a lengthy article in Outreach magazine on Friday, the pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, responds to his critics and affirms that he believes in biblical inerrancy. What he is doing, he argues, is changing the angle from which he speaks to more effectively engage a post-Christian society, particularly millennials who have left the Church. Controversy arose in light of Stanley's recent sermon series wherein he argued...
  • Ousted Pastor of S.C. Megachurch has had Close Ties to Elevation’s Furtick

    07/13/2016 8:25:59 AM PDT · by Cecily · 31 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | July 12, 2016 | Tim Funk and Rick Rothacker
    A pastor ousted by his megachurch in South Carolina over problems that included alcohol use has been a close friend of Elevation Church pastor Steven Furtick and has served on the board of overseers at the Charlotte church. As recently as 2014, Perry Noble – removed July 1 by the board at NewSpring Church in Anderson, S.C. – was described as the longest serving member of the Elevation board. Elevation officials did not respond Tuesday to requests for comment on whether he was still on the board. Elevation, started in 2006, is one of the fastest growing evangelical churches in...
  • Perry Noble removed as pastor at NewSpring for personal behavior related to alcohol

    07/10/2016 12:21:58 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 51 replies
    The State ^ | 7/10/2016 | Abe Hardesty
    ANDERSON, SC The Rev. Perry Noble, who started NewSpring Church nearly 20 years ago, is no longer its senior pastor. Early in Sunday’s 9:15 a.m. service, Executive Pastor Shane Duffey announced that Noble had been removed as pastor on July 1, after the NewSpring board of directors had “made a difficult and painful decision” to make a change. Duffey said the termination by the state’s largest and richest church came after Noble “had made unfortunate choices,” and that the board members had confronted Noble on numerous occasions regarding his use of alcohol. The announcement came three days after a closed-door,...
  • Pastor Gerald Sharon Resigns From Evangelical Church Over Biblical Position on Homosexuality

    06/20/2016 10:38:20 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 31 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | 6/20/2016 | Samuel Smith
    A former pastor at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church has been asked to resign as lead pastor of a church he’s served for three years after he refused to agree to its biblical position on homosexuality, fearing it would alienate people in the LGBT community. Gerald Sharon, the lead pastor at Southwest Church in Indian Wells, California, who spent 11 years at Saddleback Church serving in various leadership roles, was asked to step down from the pastoral role he has served for over three-and-a-half years since he left Saddleback because he now refuses to affirm the church’s position on homosexuality. On...