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  • Tattoos spread Montrose church's Lenten message

    02/23/2012 8:05:27 AM PST · by Jaded · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/23/12 | Kate Shellnutt
    Asking his congregation to get permanent tattoos as a part of their Lenten observances may be one of the craziest things Ecclesia pastor Chris Seay has done at his artsy, pop-culture-savvy Montrose church. Seay and Ecclesia's artist-in-residence, Scott Erickson, initially hoped to find 10 people to get inked with designs representing the Stations of the Cross, 10 moments that illustrate the story of Jesus' death. The idea wasn't so crazy to the Ecclesia community, because about 50 of them answered Seay's call and have been tattooed with Erickson's custom-designed images of birds, hands, roses, trees and short phrases written in...
  • NewSpring Church Cancels Sunday Night Services for Super Bowl

    02/04/2012 12:44:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/04/2012 | By Brittany Smith
    NewSpring Church, a five campus megachurch in Anderson, S.C., is canceling its Sunday night services due to the Super Bowl this weekend. Lead Pastor Perry Noble explained the reason in his blog. "I've been in church work for over 20 years and the one thing I can say is that attendance on Super Bowl Sunday night in church has always been awful! (and…the people who are there are pretending to be looking at youversion on their phone…but they are really checking the score of the game!)," he wrote. Noble said the church has always tried to compete with the Super...
  • Pastor and Wife Preach Married Sex With 24-Hour 'Bed-In'

    01/13/2012 8:44:18 PM PST · by Steelfish · 42 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | January 13, 2012 | Lindy Royce-Bartlett
    Pastor and Wife Preach Married Sex With 24-Hour 'Bed-In' By Lindy Royce-Bartlett (CNN) – A pastor encouraging his congregation to have sex? It may sound unlikely, but it’s what one prominent Texas pastor is doing this weekend, with a 24 hour rooftop “bed-in” with his wife. To encourage members of his congregation and others to take part in what he calls a “sexperiment,” Dallas pastor Ed Young and his wife Lisa began staging a "bed-in" on Friday morning, laying in a bed on the roof of their Texas church for 24 hours. They say they want to illustrate that sex...
  • Hipster Church trying to build house of worship for 'our generation' in Flushing

    05/19/2011 8:04:47 PM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 43 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | May 19, 2011 | Mark Morales
    For a budding church in Flushing, your Sunday best will be a flannel shirt and skinny jeans. The Rev. Gage Jung, 37, is building an artsy flock for a brand-new, nondenominational congregation called the Hipster Church. His eclectic group of followers embody the counterculture mission statement - "This ain't your mama's church." "We're not trying to make a church like the one your parents went to. We're trying to make a church for our generation," said Jung, a self-proclaimed hipster. Jung was ordained a minister 10 years ago. The former lead pastor at the United Generations Church in Brooklyn said...
  • Church Gone Wild: Fitness Routine Combines Pole Dancing, Jesus

    03/23/2011 9:55:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    CBS) ^ | March 23, 2011 8:45 AM
    What does pole dancing have to do with Jesus Christ? One fitness studio in Texas says “everything” — which is why they have combined a unique workout routine with traditional worship on the second Sunday of every month. While pole dancing as a form of exercise has surged in popularity recently, “Pole Fitness for Jesus” invites female church-goers to slap on a pair of high heels and dance around a pole to upbeat Christian music. “I decided to take the part that I liked about [exotic dancing] and bring it here, but it’s so much fitness, I don’t teach women...
  • Sacrificing Authentic for Hip

    09/22/2010 7:45:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 9/22/2010 | Charles Colson
    It’s not your father’s church by any stretch.The congregation is meeting in a warehouse in a neighborhood filled with trendy shops, cafes, and theaters. The pastor—sporting a faux hawk, tight t-shirt, and skinny jeans—is not averse to using salty language or discussing sex in explicit terms.  During the sermon, congregants text the pastor questions, which he might answer at the end. The music? Indie-rock.Welcome to the world of super-cool Christianity.In his new book, Hipster Christianity: Where Church and Cool Collide, Brett McCracken writes that evangelical churches are frantic to staunch the hemorrhage of young people leaving the church. But, he...
  • Yoga Classes, Dancing At Churches After Dark

    05/30/2010 9:37:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 556+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | May 30, 2010 | Meredith May
    Yoga Classes, Dancing At Churches After Dark Meredith May May 30, 2010 Moonlight leads the way to Grace Cathedral's 1-ton bronze Doors of Paradise, and behind them dancers are swaying on the labyrinth as a reverend spins ephemeral techno music. A black-and-white art film flickers on the church wall. Couples quietly stroll the aisles in private conversation, while others play high-tech hide and seek, texting and sending photos from pew to pew. It's not your grandmother's church - it's Episco Disco, a monthly nondenominational gathering of people in their 20s and 30s designed to take the fear factor out of...
  • Hologram Preachers Slated to Appear in Churches

    03/06/2010 8:56:11 AM PST · by ZGuy · 24 replies · 579+ views
    ChristianPost ^ | 3/5/10 | Lillian Kwon
    Holographic preachers are stirring another technology-gone-too-far debate among Christians. While the dust over beaming preachers on a video screen on multi-site campuses has somewhat settled, the new 3D tool is raising more questions and concerns among some believers. "Since so many of us in the west are convinced that entertaining pew fodder is critical to advancing 'the gospel' and that only a very few have the necessary gifts to preachertain – this will become the 'perfect' solution," Bill Kinnon, author of A Networked Conspiracy, Social Networks, The Church & the Power of Collective Intelligence, wrote in a recent blog post....
  • Churches adding entertainment value during Holy Week (ah! that's what Holy Week was missing!)

    03/18/2008 7:46:52 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 9 replies · 199+ views
    Christian Research Network ^ | 3-17-08 | BOB MAKIN
    Several Central Jersey churches are ushering in Holy Week — the week preceding Easter Sunday — with a variety of new and unusual programs, some of which will tap into entertainment value to plug parishioners into enlightenment.Concerts, plays and dinners are just a few of the programs on the Christian worship menu this week, along with inventive ways of pursuing prayer.Celebrate Recovery, the biblical-based 12-step program at Community Christian Chapel, 211 Route 206, Hillsborough, will follow its 7 p.m. meeting on Good Friday with a concert by Nashville-based Christian rock act Kathleen Carnali……The combined United Church of Christ/Presbyterian Church USA...
  • Church sues over noise raids

    03/12/2008 7:30:33 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 20 replies · 956+ views
    The Oakland Press ^ | March 12, 2008 | CAROL HOPKINS
    When it comes to music played during church worship services, what is too loud? The question has triggered lawsuits in Waterford Township. In February, Timothy Carlson, a homeowner living across from Faith Baptist Church on Airport Road, filed a civil complaint against the church over loud band music generated last summer during praise and worship services. On Monday, the church responded by filing its own lawsuit in federal court against Waterford officials, alleging they violated the church's and band members' rights to free exercise of religion, free speech and freedom of association. The church - led by Pastor Jim Combs,...
  • Keep Your Green Thumb Off My Bible! [The Poverty and Justice Bible]

    03/07/2008 8:01:39 AM PST · by ZGuy · 11 replies · 204+ views
    Townhall ^ | March 5, 2008 | Bob Burney
    Remember the old cliché, “Just when you think you’ve heard it all ...”? Well, you haven’t until you’ve heard this. I honestly thought the corporations that print today’s bibles had finally exhausted all of the possible “special editions.” I mean, what else is there after the “Left Handed, Near Sighted, Dyslexic with In-grown Toenail on the Right Big Toe, Giant Print, Red Letter Study Bible”? How about the “Poverty and Justice Bible”? The former is a joke; the latter is the real deal. But, frankly, I’m not sure which one is more ridiculous. The Bible Society of the United Kingdom...
  • Holt ministry celebrates its love of God - and beer

    03/03/2008 11:54:50 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 69 replies · 234+ views
    March 3, 2008
    Riverview Community Church in Holt Michigan has a unique ministry, brewing beer. "For anyone who likes talking about God with a quality brew in their hand." This ministry is called RiverBrew and it is billed as a place where believers can come “to worship God through appreciation of his creation”, "to be an environment welcoming of questions and discussion about faith and Jesus" and “to resume the Church’s historical role as making the finest beer in town,” as the group’s Web site puts it. I came across this article in the Lansing State Journal, which cannot be posted here at...
  • What would Jesus do? Ask McLaren (Brian Mclaren)

    03/01/2008 6:10:08 AM PST · by Terriergal · 33 replies · 203+ views
    St Petersburg Times ^ | February 29, 2008 | Dahlia Colon
    If Jesus walked the earth today, he'd drink fair-trade coffee and fill his Blackberry with non-church activities. So says Brian McLaren, author of more than a dozen books on modern Christianity - most recently Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crisis, and a Revolution of Hope. In Everything Must Change, McLaren urges an examination of four critical issues: the environment, poverty, world peace and religious understanding. The book is titled Everything Must Change. Do you mean everything? Are we doing anything right?The laws of gravity and the speed of light are just fine. (laughs) But what I'm saying with "everything" is...
  • A Shocking “Confession” from Willow Creek Community Church

    10/31/2007 6:28:33 AM PDT · by Cecily · 15 replies · 221+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 31, 2007 | Bob Burney
    If you are older than 40 the name Benjamin Spock is more than familiar. It was Spock that told an entire generation of parents to take it easy, don’t discipline your children and allow them to express themselves. Discipline, he told us, would warp a child’s fragile ego. Millions followed this guru of child development and he remained unchallenged among child rearing professionals. However, before his death Dr. Spock made an amazing discovery: he was wrong. In fact, he said: We have reared a generation of brats. Parents aren't firm enough with their children for fear of losing their love...
  • "Wet Cleanup on Aisle Three!" [Espiscopal Church activities today]

    10/13/2007 11:16:10 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 16 replies · 187+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | 10/12/2007 | Christopher Johnson
    This Saturday, some Episcopalians will be interfaithing all over downtown Seattle: Join us on October 13 for a day of learning and experiencing the ways in which movement becomes a form of worship. There will be opportunities to whirl with the Sufis, dance with liturgical dancer Betsey Beckman, to walk the labyrinth. While in Beantown, they'll be doing this all weekend: All are welcome at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston, Massachusetts on October 13 at 5:30 p.m. for the HipHopEMass ’Big Bean’ Celebration with the newest Hip Hop Bishop, ’Great Momma’ Gayle Harris. On October 14, 10 a.m. - 3...
  • Paintball...for Jesus? Church group's proposal to play shooting game on public lands is under fire

    10/03/2007 11:49:50 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies · 650+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | September 29, 2007 | DIANA MARCUM
    MARIPOSA -- This is a mountain town where there's a Bible verse painted over a pizza-parlor door and a local politician keeps a cardboard cutout of John Wayne holding a Winchester rifle in his office as proof of fealty to the NRA. But a proposal to bring "Paintball for Jesus" to public land has some people riled. "I'm sorry, maybe I'm missing something in my upbringing as a Methodist, but Paintball for Jesus? God help us all. Seriously, this teaches bad habits of shooting each other," said Mariposa County Supervisor Brad Aborn, 71, the John Wayne fan who is a...
  • Eating Like Adam and Eve (Hallelujah diet)

    09/30/2007 5:52:31 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 65 replies · 279+ views
    Abcnews.go.com ^ | Sept. 28, 2007 | CHRIS BURY and ELY BROWN
    Eating Like Adam and Eve Diet-Conscious Christians Embrace 'Hallelujah Diet' as Way to Stay Healthy While Praising God By CHRIS BURY and ELY BROWN Sept. 28, 2007— The spry, slender 73-year-old man sprints up to the stage, pumps the air with his fist, and shouts out a robust, "Hallelujah!" The Rev. George Malkmus surveys the crowd of nearly 400 packed into a former college auditorium and finds that people have come from all over the country -- and even from Nigeria -- to hear him preach the Gospel. But it's not his approach to scripture that draws this crowd. It's...
  • Megachurch Instigates God Change

    09/28/2007 7:02:48 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 14 replies · 69+ views
    Christian (itching ear scratching) Post (online) ^ | Fri, Sep. 28 2007 | Lillian Kwon
    Virtual communities are the new haven for believers coping with 21st century culture. Fri, Sep. 28, 2007 Posted: 12:48:16 PM EST Virtual communities are the new haven for believers coping with 21st century culture. Whether it's for confessions or a sense of support, today's believers are flocking to the Internet, where they discover thousands of others struggling as Christ followers as they are. "Our culture wants us to conform," said Ed Young, lead pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, in a sermon this past Sunday. "God wants us to be transformed." And transformation, the megachurch pastor indicated, begins with...
  • Confessing online: good for the soul, or cheating?

    09/02/2007 9:49:52 AM PDT · by SoldierMedic · 42 replies · 608+ views
    HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — To many Roman Catholics, especially the older generations, it's inconceivable that online blathering could stand in for confession. "It would be like cheating!" said one woman at St. Mark, in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch. But for Ashley Iodice, a high-school senior in Weston, Fla., Internet absolution feels more natural than talking to a priest. Now a Baptist, Iodice grew up Catholic; she remembers confession as scary — and less than sincere. It's hard be honest about the depths of teenage depravity, she said, when you're talking to an elderly priest "who's committed his whole...
  • Erotica for the evangelical set

    08/30/2007 10:50:43 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 6 replies · 325+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | August 30, 2007 | Siri Agrell
    Religious-themed sex guides are flying off the shelves - some even give believers permission to enjoy a good romp. Richard Davies was reading The New York Times books section when he spotted a full-page advertisement for sex guides. A spokesman for Victoria-based online book retailer Abe Books, Mr. Davies wondered what kind of guides his customers were ordering, and ran a search of the company's database. "I knew there was demand for collectible erotica, things like The Pop-Up Kama Sutra," he said. "But we put together our bestselling list and, lo and behold, a Christian guide was No. 1." Of...
  • "Wonderful Wednesdays" and other reasons most men hate going to church...

    08/27/2007 11:27:21 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 50 replies · 1,138+ views
    American Vision ^ | 8/24/2007 | Brandon Vallorani
    I drive past several churches on my way into the office each day. It's encouraging to see such a frequent reminder of God's visible Kingdom on a regular basis. This morning, however, I saw a sign for one of these churches that frustrated me. The sign at this prominent Baptist church read,"Wonderful Wednesdays" with Dr. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Wonderful Wednesdays? Please. That's the type of stuff that's guaranteed to keep any hairy, red-blooded, NASCAR loving man from ever darkening the door of a church. In fact, it's just one of many reasons why most...
  • 'God does not discriminate'

    08/21/2007 5:34:50 PM PDT · by Coleus · 29 replies · 676+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 07, 2007 | CANDICE LEIGH HELFAND
    A week before the grand opening of Plainfield's first hip-hop house of worship, Church 'N' the Hood, the Rev. LaDana Clark -- also known as "Lady Jam" -- sat in the basement of the Grace Episcopal Church, the place that would soon welcome her future parishioners. She was calm despite the obvious excitement of others in the room, members of the community dedicated to helping with the church's debut. She smiled and listened as they talked about their hopes for the mission. Then she started to talk. "God does not discriminate -- no matter if you're Jewish, Muslim, black, white,...
  • 40 Ways of More Baptisms

    07/25/2007 7:20:45 PM PDT · by Ottofire · 87 replies · 633+ views
    Rick Warren's Ministry Podcast ^ | June 28 2007 | Rick Warren
    Here’s a list of some simple things we do that almost any church can do: 1. Mention the value, purpose and benefits of baptism regularly in sermons. 2. Videotape some of your baptisms. Prepare a music video of baptisms to show in your worship service so people who’ve never seen a baptism can witness one. 3. Have clothes ready for people who decide spontaneously to be baptized after a service. 4. Make it a party atmosphere. It’s a celebration, not a funeral. Applaud baptisms! 5. Invite small group members to witness the baptism and identify them before each baptism. 6....
  • Christian comics open up church for newcomers

    07/23/2007 12:35:49 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies · 5,181+ views
    Greatreporter.com ^ | 7/22/2007 | Eddie Vega
    Churches are booking comedians to attract new members, and opening up opportunities for budding comics... When the Rev. Jay Laffoon began organizing Christian marriage conferences 10 years ago, he worried that many couples would arrive expecting cautionary tales about sin and hell and a long list of don’ts and few dos. Believing that Christian marriage is a thing of joy instituted by God, Laffoon wanted people to enjoy the gatherings. “A joyful heart is good medicine; but a broken spirit dries up the bones,” he said, quoting Proverbs 17:22. So he tried a radical approach; Laffoon hired a stand-up comedian...
  • Men-Only Church Times Sermons, Meets in Gym

    04/11/2007 9:02:50 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 11 replies · 482+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Sat, Apr. 07 2007 | By Jim Ellis
    Men-Only Church Times Sermons, Meets in Gym Organizers of the Church For Men say that guys are "bored stiff" in many churches today. Sat, Apr. 07, 2007 Posted: 15:35:38 PM EST -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - No hymnals. No pews. No steeple. No stained glass windows. And no women. This ain't your grandma's church. Organizers of the Church For Men say that guys are "bored stiff" in many churches today. "We try to make it interesting for them. We meet in a gym and we talk about issues that mess men up," said Mike Ellis, 46, the church's founder....
  • Florida 'Church for Men' Features Rock Band, One-Hour In-and-Out Guarantee

    04/08/2007 10:00:43 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 55 replies · 858+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 4/7/2007 | AP
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — No hymnals. No pews. No steeple. No stained glass windows. And no women. This ain't your grandma's church. Organizers of the Church For Men say that guys are "bored stiff" in many churches today. The Church For Men meets one Saturday evening a month, drawing about 70 guys dressed in everything but straight-laced shirts and neckties. The service features a rock band, a shot clock to time the preacher's message and a one-hour in-and-out guarantee.
  • Risqué Bible Magazine Looks to Create Buzz

    03/27/2007 8:24:32 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 12 replies · 439+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 3-25-2007 | ethan cole
    By Ethan Cole Christian Post Reporter Sun, Mar. 25 2007 11:42 AM ET The Holy Bible has undergone a major cosmetic change including glossy pages and a seductive cover rivaling contemporary fashion magazines.“Bible Illuminated, Gamla Testament: The Book” takes on the format of a magazine and was designed by former Swedish advertiser Dag Söderberg, who is now project leader for the new Swedish publication, according to an article featured on Sweden’s official website.“Most people have issues with the Bible,” Söderberg said in the article posted in Sweden.se. “They have never gotten into it. They don’t find it accessible. But it’s...
  • Elvis Impersonator Leads Sunday Morning Worship

    03/23/2007 5:43:15 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 27 replies · 444+ views
    Christian Worldview Network ^ | 03/21/2007 | Ingrid Schlueter
    A.W. Tozer once wrote that your worship will never rise higher than your view of God. If this is true, Pewaukee, Wisconsin has a very, very low view of Almighty God. In fact, they apparently serve a god who is entertained by an Elvis impersonator in full regalia, leading the choir in “How Great Thou Art” on a Sunday morning. You can view this abomination on the church website here, 10 minutes into the video. The worship occasion? “Retro Sunday.” As the man who impersonated Elvis slithered all over the church “stage”, (yes, churches now have “stages”), it is fair...
  • At Carolina Forest, they’re slurpin’ Snickers for Jesus

    03/15/2007 6:35:17 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies · 261+ views
    ClarendonToday.com ^ | 3/15/07 | Brian Jarvis
    The scene is straight out of the Disney Channel, beginning with a teen band ensemble jamming catchy tunes like “Fly Away” and “Trading My Sorrows.” The audience, gathered Sunday evening in the auditorium of the F.E. Dubose Career Center, quickly jumps to their feet and sways to the music; both young and old are casually dressed in jeans and untucked shirts. A few minutes later, the real fun begins when volunteers are asked to step onstage to compete in a contest to see who can scarf down a Snickers bar the fastest. Unsurprisingly, every pubescent hand in the front row...
  • Babe of the Day and Coherent Christianity...Now Just a Mouse Click Apart

    03/15/2007 6:37:17 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 3 replies · 289+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | Mar. 15, 2007
    The new Lucky Rock Online Comedy Show is a different kind of broadcast. It blends irreverent sketch comedy and commentary in a weekly conversation about politics, religion, and more. Oh, and it comes from a Christian worldview. You may be surprised to learn that folks 18-34 listening to hard rock, alternative, and Top 40 radio webcasts are actually tuning into the Lucky Rock. In fact, many listeners are quite literally clicking through to the Lucky Rock straight from "babe of the day" pages and other raunchy web addresses. The Lucky Rock is advertised through spoof product ads aired exclusively on...
  • The Potty Driven Life

    03/14/2007 10:35:41 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies · 300+ views
    Christian Worldview Network ^ | Todd Friel | 03/14/2007
    Mainstream evangelicalism is literally in the toilet. Christ’s Family Church of Hastings, Minnesota is now using the bathroom as a way to reach out to lost souls. http://cfc.ccbchurch.com/app/“Our men’s room (decorated in race car motif) gives members a reason to invite people to church. That is what Christ Family Church is all about; reaching those who have become disenchanted with religion but are searching for a relationship with Jesus Christ.” That’s right. Toilet evangelism. Somehow, a zoomy bathroom is supposed to save sinful souls. Even the local newspaper wrote an article titled, “Come for the Bathroom, Stay for the Service.”...
  • Techno Churches

    03/12/2007 3:58:15 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies · 325+ views
    The Gazette ^ | March 10, 2007 | Paul Asay
    It’s been said that God speaks in floods, in burning bushes, in a still small voice. But those methods are soooo B.C. This is the 21st century, people, and these days it’s wall-to-wall digital sound that snags attention. Churches have gone high-tech, incorporating wall-size plasma screens, kickin’ sound systems and theater-quality lighting to convey their millennia-old message. Today’s contemporary worship is where spectacle meets spirituality — prayer at 110 decibels and 720 dots per inch. Traditionalists may cringe, but contemporary worship proponents say it’s all about outreach: We live in a consumer culture, they say, and you have to give...
  • 1in3Trinity has faith in new energy drink

    03/05/2007 12:28:58 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies · 223+ views
    Food Navigator USA ^ | 3/5/2007 | Clarisse Douaud
    3/5/2007 - The jury is out on whether a faith-based beverage called 1in3Trinity could prove a blessing or a curse for the functional products category. Launched by eponymous Texan 'faith-inspired' company, 1in3Trinity is marketed as the liquid companion to an active Christian lifestyle. 1in3Trinity claims its energy drink contains a special blend of grapes and plants that once originated from the Holy Land. Drinking an energy drink may not be what Jesus had in mind when he told his disciples, "do this in memory of me". But with 83 percent of Americans identifying themselves as Christians, this value-added approach could...
  • Soothing Ourselves to Death [Chuck Colson on modern worship music]

    03/03/2007 9:56:29 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies · 1,027+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/28/07 | Charles Colson with Anne Morse
    When church music directors lead congregations in singing contemporary Christian music, I often listen stoically with teeth clenched. But one Sunday morning, I cracked. We'd been led through endless repetitions of a meaningless ditty called "Draw Me Close to You," which has zero theological content and could just as easily be sung in any nightclub. When I thought it was finally and mercifully over, the music leader beamed. "Let's sing that again, shall we?" he asked. "No!" I shouted, loudly enough to send heads all around me spinning while my wife, Patty, cringed. I admit I prefer traditional hymns, but...
  • Sexually Suggestive Sermons From Michigan Pastor Leave Some Hot and Bothered (Pure Sex Sermon)

    02/26/2007 2:27:31 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 41 replies · 1,500+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 26, 2007
    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., - A no-holds- barred series on sex is one of the ways that Epic Church wants to talk about an often ignored topic in churches, as well as within people's homes. It may cause mixed reactions from men, women, teenagers, or anyone else that hears the word "sex," but Epic has no plans of leaving anything off the table. With the continuous rise in couples that are frustrated in their relationships, as well as all the confused parents who don't know how to talk to their kids, Epic Church has prepared a six week series to tackle...
  • Voice of God [The rise, fall, and 'groovy church' resurrection of Pastor Randy Rowland]

    02/15/2007 12:59:04 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 178+ views
    Seattle Weekly ^ | February 14, 2007 | Nina Shapiro
    In the control room of Qwest Field overlooking the endzone, Randy Rowland sits behind a microphone, waiting for the Seattle Seahawks to take on the San Diego Chargers, alternating sips of Diet Coke and decaf coffee. He's trying to keep his vocal chords both wet and warm. "That just makes your voice more loose," he says. Which is important because the tall 53-year-old with the scruffy gray beard is the official Seahawks announcer, the voice that reverberates throughout the stadium—introducing players, guiding fans through plays, and saying things like: "Gentlemen, will you all remove your hats?" Minutes before the Christmas...
  • America's Churches ...Lighthouses Or Lukewarm Fence Riders?

    02/16/2007 12:13:56 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 125+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | Feb 16, 2007 | Michael Westfall
    Scripture is God inspired truth. It is not semi-historical literature. There are absolutes, and it doesn't take a PHD in theology to recognize that America has profound problems with each and every one of God's 10 Commandments. America's churches have been our nation's lighthouses where our people could find spiritual meaning in life. Today the pews in many churches are far from being fully populated, and many preachers are financially stretched and under stress. The question is, why are so many people not feeling it important to attend services and worship God? What is becoming of the lost souls, the...
  • American Evangelicalism, Light Beer, and Reformed Theology

    02/16/2007 12:51:42 PM PST · by Gamecock · 31 replies · 437+ views
    Irish Calvinist ^ | 14 Feb 2007 | Erik Raymond
    People have described some of the contemporary practices within evangelicalism as being driven by consumerism. We can see evidences of this with many of the popular devices that are employed, whether it be in the altering of vocabulary, the transition from preaching to conversations, the emphasis upon felt needs rather than spiritual needs, the polling of unbelievers as to how church should be conducted, a deemphasis upon doctrine, a redefinition of Jesus as weak and effeminate, and an idolatrous portrayal of a God who’s love is able to trump his righteousness. Regrettably, all of these things are common today. Even...
  • Altar Egos video game a 'guilty pleasure'

    02/07/2007 12:40:17 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 296+ views
    Lark News ^ | February 2007
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — At a recent board meeting, pastor Darrell Smith of Trinity Fellowship put a video game controller in each member's hands. Soon the 12 men were clobbering each other on an oversized TV screen as they played Altar Egos: Rumble in the Pew, the latest church staff craze. "I haven't felt this good about church in years," said one board member, smiling and sweating. Video game maker Electronic Arts created Altar Egos to test the market for Christian video games. The game, which EA describes as "Grand Theft Auto without the graphic violence and sex, and set...
  • Does secular music have any place in the church?

    02/05/2007 8:50:40 AM PST · by hiho hiho · 24 replies · 689+ views
    Pastors have asked me, "How can you use a secular song in your services? How can you let your team sing a song by Hoobastank? Or Evanescence? Or the Killers?" Let's talk a little bit about secular music in the church. First of all, we should clarify terms. There is a big debate in church circles today about what "secular" even means in relation to music. What makes a song secular or Christian? Is it the type? The lyrics? The person singing it? Madeleine L'Engle had an interesting statement in her book, Walking on Water. She wrote: "To look at...
  • Evangelicals use Super Bowl parties to attract new members

    02/01/2007 10:18:30 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies · 342+ views
    Fort Wayne.com ^ | MATT SEDENSKY | Feb. 01, 2007
    MIAMI - Football's faithful will file into house parties, bars and, of course, Dolphin Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday to observe their holiest of holy days. But they'll also turn out in force at churches across the country, which are tapping the popularity of sports in hopes of saving souls. Organizers of church-sponsored Super Bowl gatherings see the events as a departure from the formality of organized religion - the type of events that could make someone who doesn't typically attend services feel more at home. "It's a way of reaching out into our community in a very informal, low-key...
  • Baptist Megachurch Pastor Resigns Over Controversy

    01/29/2007 7:24:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 26 replies · 1,108+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Jan. 27 2007 | Lillian Kwon
    On Sunday, a Southern Baptist megachurch in Daytona Beach, Fla., will have an empty pulpit. Instead, a videotape of the church's former pastor will be playing for the congregants as the church currently stands without a senior pastor. Less than five months into his senior pastorship at First Baptist Church, David Cox resigned Wednesday as he read a prepared statement to more than 500 church members. "Over the past several weeks, First Baptist Church has undergone a season of extreme duress and difficulty," said Cox in his statement, according to Baptist Press. "Given present dynamics and poised circumstances, I believe...
  • Disney-world culture ["What will become of Evangelicals?"]

    01/29/2007 8:03:33 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies · 643+ views
    Evangelical Times ^ | August 2006
    Disney-world culturePaul Wells, of the Faculty of Reformed Theology, Aix-en-Provence, asks, What will become of Evangelicals? Does David Wells have the answer?In February I had the pleasure of taking part in a debate at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, with David Wells who, by the way, is no relation. The topic under discussion was the prospect for Evangelicals in the USA and particularly for the megachurches. This might not seem to concern us directly in Europe, but (as they say) when flu strikes in North America, it crosses the Atlantic as pneumonia! David Wells is professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary near...
  • "U2-charist": Bono moves in mysterious ways

    01/29/2007 10:59:48 AM PST · by presidio9 · 41 replies · 834+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01/29/07
    For Anglicans who still haven't found what they're looking for, the Church of England is staging its first "U2-charist" communion service -- replacing hymns with hit songs by the Irish supergroup. "Rock music can be a vehicle of immense spirituality," said Bishop of Grantham Timothy Ellis, announcing plans for the unique service in the central English town of Lincoln in May. A live band is to play U2 classics like "Beautiful Day" and "Mysterious Ways" with special singalong lyrics displayed on a giant screen. Seating for the 500-strong congregation is to be re-arranged so everyone can dance and wave their...
  • 'Holy hip-hop' - Calvinism meets thumping baselines in a new breed of Christian rap

    01/26/2007 8:19:14 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies · 580+ views
    World Magazine ^ | February 03, 2007 | Mark Bergin
    Bethlehem Baptist pastor John Piper took the podium at a Saturday evening service in downtown Minneapolis last fall and introduced Curtis "Voice" Allen, a hip-hop artist. After warning the largely white congregation that his music would "thump" a bit more than typical Bethlehem fare, Allen launched into a lyrical testimony about the unstoppable power of God's irresistible grace: "I been exposed to bright lights, the doctrines of grace, I'm elected, imputed perfected, becuz of the power of God resurrected and his gift of faith, that when we see his face we're not rejected." Allen repeated the rap at two subsequent...
  • ALL CHRISTIANS HAVE A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW, RIGHT?

    01/16/2007 8:00:22 AM PST · by cowboyfan88 · 106 replies · 1,815+ views
    You would think that all Christians have a biblical view of the world around them. After all, we go to church, we’re a part of a small group, we’ve read The Purpose-Driven Life. Are you ready for a reality check? The research says just the opposite. Most Christians do not have a biblical worldview. Author and researcher George Barna made waves by citing statistics that show just 9 percent of all adults in America who claim to be “born again” have a biblical worldview. You didn’t read that incorrectly—it was 9 percent. Protestants as a whole could only manage 7...
  • Joel Osteen Tops Most Influential Christians in America

    01/09/2007 7:07:04 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies · 814+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Jan. 09 2007 | Lillian Kwon
    Barbara Walters' most fascinating pastor, Joel Osteen, now tops the list of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America. Osteen heads one of the largest megachurches in the nation – Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas – and authors a #1 New York Times bestseller, Your Best Life Now. After Walters recently featured him as one of the 10 most fascinating people of the year, the Church Report announced the megapastor as the most influential Christian in its annual report. "Always humble, Pastor Osteen gives credit to his wife, his staff and his church family for his success and the many...
  • After the Rapture - [game review of Left Behind: Eternal Forces]

    01/04/2007 12:58:39 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies · 1,242+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | January 3, 2007 | JOSHUAH BEARMAN
    It begins suddenly: a flash, and they’re gone. Leaving behind just wisps of smoke and personal effects, the righteous are transported to heaven. The rest of us stay trapped on Earth, confused about our missing colleagues, friends, spouses and children, without whom we will enter a period of biblically foretold carnage called the Tribulation. So begins Left Behind: Eternal Forces, a game of interactive spiritual warfare, where the Rapture comes to your PC. It was inevitable, really. Left Behind, the 12-book series of eschatological potboilers by evangelical minister Tim LaHaye and former journalist Jerry Jenkins, has made a huge commercial...
  • Mosh pit crowd jumping for Jesus

    01/02/2007 10:25:15 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 188+ views
    The Age ^ | January 3, 2007 | Barney Zwartz
    FEW big conferences are built around a mosh pit, but the one that opened at Vodafone Arena last night is different — not least is that it might produce about 1000 new sponsors for World Vision children. Rock music drives the four-day Planetshakers youth conference, which aims to encourage and challenge young Christians. With about 10,000 people attending, it is one of the biggest conferences Melbourne will host this year. There are concerts every night featuring the mosh pit — alias the "praise pit" where elated teenagers hurl themselves headlong off the stage into the arms of those below. During...
  • Atlanta Rappers Take Crunk to the Pulpit

    12/29/2006 11:11:06 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 308+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | 12/29/2006 | Jonathan Landrum Jr.
    ATLANTA (AP) - Heavy bass beats echo through the church as youngsters rush down the sanctuary aisles. Colorful stage lights spin overhead and fans scream, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!" Yet, when the sextet Dem Unknown WarriorZ appears up front, the music and the audience go quiet. Group leader Bennie "Preacha" Foster asks the crowd of about 2,000 to first "give God the praise." Then the beat returns even louder than before. This high-energy act could stand as the headliner at any nightclub. But the group's chosen stage is the pulpit, bringing a faith-infused version of the hip-hop style called crunk to...