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  • Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz Responds to Critics, Now Says “I Do Believe Abortion is Sinful”

    11/07/2017 3:10:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Nov. 7, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Mega-church Pastor Carl Lentz responded Tuesday to criticism about his recent comments on abortion, saying he does believe abortion is a sin but he chose to emphasize grace instead of the sin. Lentz, who leads the influential Hillsong Church in New York City, faced a lot of criticism this week after he side-stepped a question about abortion during his appearance on “The View.” His answer disappointed a lot of pro-life Christians. Many want their clergy to speak boldly about the value of unborn babies, the atrocity of abortion and the love that should be shown to both mother and child....
  • 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...
  • Former NewSpring Pastor Perry Noble Incorporates Second Chance Church

    08/08/2017 5:46:40 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Patheos ^ | AUGUST 7, 2017 | WARREN THROCKMORTON
    After NewSpring Church former pastor Perry Noble was fired by the church he founded, he went into a brief period of media silence. The firing related to alcohol use and family issues and the response was to enter rehab followed by a helping relationship with psychologist John Walker. More recently, Noble launched a consultation business called the Growth Company which targets both businesses and churches. Even more recently, Noble has been preaching at churches as a guest speaker. Now, apparently, Noble plans to launch a new church — Second Chance Church. According to a filing with the South Carolina Secretary...
  • Eddie Hilburn, Married Woodlands First Baptist Pastor, Resigns After Prostitution Arrest

    07/26/2017 11:59:24 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/26/2017 | Jul 21, 2017 |
    Eddie Hilburn, a married associate pastor and father of three at The Woodlands First Baptist Church in Texas, resigned from his position Friday, a day after he was arrested by a Harris County Sheriff's deputy who he allegedly paid for sex. Early Friday morning, The Woodlands First Baptist Church still highlighted a profile of Hilburn, 52, and his family on their website stating that he had been with the church since July 2012. By Friday afternoon, however, his information was scrubbed from the website and the church released a statement that he had resigned. "In regard to the recent arrest...
  • Some Christians ‘massacre, misquote’ Bible for political points, this ex-pastor says

    07/17/2017 5:57:12 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    The State ^ | 7/14/2017
    Rob Bell, who once enraged many evangelicals by questioning hell, is back with a new book that could re-ignite their fury. It’s called “What is the Bible?” And in it, Bell calls for the Bible to be read “literately, not literally.” In these polarized times, many Christians who claim to read the Bible are really more interested in cherry-picking verses to support their political or social points of view, Bell said in a phone interview with the Observer. “You can pull a verse out to justify almost anything,” he said. “When you read the Bible fuller and in-depth, suddenly you...
  • Court Cannot Decide Who Should Be Rightful Leader of Detroit World Outreach Megachurch, Judge Says

    07/12/2017 7:20:09 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Jun 20, 2017 | LEONARDO BLAIR
    A circuit judge in Michigan has refused to make a decision in the ongoing dispute between the board of elders of the Detroit World Outreach church in Redford Charter Township, Michigan, and Charisse Gibert, widow of the megachurch's late pastor, Benjamin Gibert, over who should be the church's rightful leader. In a recent ruling reported by The Detroit News, Wayne County Circuit Judge Annette Berry said the court could not get involved in a decision about who should lead the controversial megachurch which has been making headlines since its senior pastor suffered a fatal heart attack on Feb. 28. "The...
  • Pray with Televangelist Joel Osteen, Wife Victoria at SunTrust Park

    05/12/2017 10:00:57 AM PDT · by Cecily · 31 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | May 12, 2017 | Ben Brasch
    Texas televangelist Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria announced Thursday that they plan to stop in Smyrna during their national “America’s Night of Hope” stadium tour. The couple leads Lakewood Church in Houston, which boasts 50,000 weekly attendees, according to the announcement. Their weekly television broadcast reaches 13 million people in the U.S.
  • Imprisoned Evangelist Tony Alamo Dead

    05/03/2017 5:15:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    A spokesman with the Federal Bureau of Prisons has confirmed the death of evangelist Tony Alamo. He was 82. Alamo, who operated ministries in Arkansas decades ago, had been imprisoned under his real name of Bernie Hoffman at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Butner in North Carolina. Hoffman died on Tuesday, the spokesman said. He had been sent to prison in 2009 after a conviction of transporting minors across state lines for sexual purposes.
  • IRS Agents Raid The Offices Of Posh-Living Televangelist Benny Hinn

    04/28/2017 6:39:35 AM PDT · by Morgana · 68 replies
    daily caller ^ | April 27, 2017 | Eric Owens
    Criminal investigators from the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Postal Service raided the Grapevine, Texas offices of televangelist Benny Hinn on Wednesday afternoon. Hinn is famous for his stadium-filling “Miracle Crusades.” At these revival-style events, held worldwide, Hinn claims to use special, supernatural power to heal people suffering from terminal diseases and various handicaps. Several IRS and Postal Service agents participated in the Wednesday raid. The investigators entered Hinn’s offices, then left with boxes — and boxes, and boxes — of documents. The investigators then placed the boxes on trucks at the scene.
  • Bounce House Goes Airborne at Church Carnival, 5 Children Injured

    04/10/2017 2:51:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    KFOR ^ | APRIL 10, 2017 | Heather Holeman
    A wind gust sent an inflatable bounce house and slide sailing into the air over the weekend during a church carnival, injuring five children. Springwell Church invites the community to attend its free spring carnival each year, but this year the carnival ended in tears, with church members asking for prayer. Organizers say the inflatables were anchored with stakes and tethers, yet a strong wind gust was still able to rip them from the ground and shoot the bounce house up to 30 feet into the air, where it hit some power lines before tumbling to the ground. Witnesses reported...
  • 'Creflo Dollar Made Me a Catholic,' Reveals Ex-Evangelical Blogger

    03/14/2017 11:16:36 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 110 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Mar 7, 2017 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    A former Evangelical blogger who has since converted to Roman Catholicism has revealed that the prosperity gospel controversies surrounding big-name preachers like televangelist Creflo Dollar are what pushed him in that direction. "The prosperity Gospel movement is bizarre given that Jesus was unequivocal about wealth but, like the secular spirituality of many popular American celebrities, the movement soldiers on," Albert Little, who describes himself as a 31-year old evangelical convert to Catholicism living in Ontario, Canada, wrote on his Patheos blog "The Cordial Catholic." "While it might be a stretch to say that someone like Creflo Dollar made me a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ousted megachurch pastor preaches again – at Charlotte’s Elevation Church

    02/06/2017 1:38:40 PM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    The State ^ | FEBRUARY 6, 2017 | TIM FUNK
    Perry Noble, a pastor fired last July from his South Carolina megachurch for problems that included alcohol use, returned to the pulpit over the weekend – at Charlotte's Elevation Church. It was at the invitation of Elevation Pastor Steven Furtick. The two are close friends and Furtick chose Noble, soon after Elevation was launched 11 years ago, to be among the out-of-town pastors on the church’s board of overseers. “In July of 2016 I thought I would never preach again!” Noble wrote on his Facebook page Sunday morning. “Last night, (Furtick) allowed me the honor of returning to preaching on...
  • Briarwood Presbyterian Church seeks lawmakers’ approval to establish police force

    02/20/2017 4:13:09 PM PST · by PAR35 · 55 replies
    ABC3340 ^ | 02/2017 | Lauren Walsh
    Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Vestavia Hills is trying to establish its own police force. The move requires approval from state lawmakers. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Shelby County) cleared its first major hurdle Wednesday. The House Public Safety Committee gave its OK.
  • 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...
  • 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