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  • Former SBC Megachurch Sold to Catholics

    06/03/2014 10:50:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 6/2/14 | Bob Allen
    The Fellowship at Two Rivers has sold the former campus of Two Rivers Baptist Church to the Catholic Diocese of Nashville for $12.5 million.A once-prominent Southern Baptist church in Nashville, Tenn., downsized and rebranded after controversy over finances, lawsuits and excommunications, has voted to sell its 220,000-square-foot building and 37.5-acre grounds to the Catholic Diocese of Nashville for $12.5 million. The Fellowship at Two Rivers, formerly known as Two Rivers Baptist Church, decided two years ago to list the property across the road from Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for sale as part of an effort to “reboot” a...
  • Here’s How Pastor Joel Osteen Answered When Asked if Gay Marriage Is ‘Against the Rules’

    06/03/2014 10:11:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jun. 2, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    Pastor Joel Osteen opposes gay marriage, but he doesn’t want his Christian ministry defined by his stance on the contentious social issue. When asked by HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill whether gay marriage is “against the rules,” Osteen, pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, said he believes it is. But the famed preacher offered an important caveat. “It would be … but I don’t really focus on a lot of those things,” Osteen said. “I try to stay in my lane of what I feel called to do. [The topic] does come up in interviews and things …...
  • Gay Marriage and Homosexuality: What Have Joel Osteen, Billy, TD Jakes and Other...

    05/03/2014 4:29:17 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    Breathecast ^ | Apr 29, 2014 | Jeannie Law
    Full title of this poorly written article: Gay Marriage and Homosexuality: What Have Joel Osteen, Billy and Franklin Graham, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes and Other Top Pastors Said on the Subjects Evangelist, Reverend Franklin Graham recently participated in a news panel discussion in which he answered questions on homosexuality. Some of the world's most popular evangelicals in America have shared a similar biblical position as Graham in past interviews. Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyers, T.D. Jakes and more, like Graham, have openly shared their thoughts on the divisive subject, and they have used their knowledge of scripture to shed a light...
  • Oklahoma Megachurch Founder Admits Infidelity, Resigns

    05/02/2014 6:08:20 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 48 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 5/2/2014 | Gina Meeks
    The Rev. Mark Crow, founder of the multisite Victory Church in Oklahoma, resigned Tuesday “after confessing to marital unfaithfulness,” said Executive Pastor Dale Swanson in a statement. “The Victory Church family and staff are praying for Mark, that the same grace we all experience and draw comfort from in our own spiritual journey, will be ever present in Mark’s transition to healing and wholeness,” Swanson continued. Crow, a televangelist who is well-known because of his connection to Oral Roberts University, founded Victory Church with his wife, Jennifer, in 1994. “Mark will be focusing his full attention on his personal relationship...
  • 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...
  • Texas church creates 17,000-square-foot Jesus visible by planes

    04/19/2014 6:23:29 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 111 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | 18 April 2014 | Craig Hlavaty
    A church in Grapevine, Texas, is getting into the Easter spirit this week by creating a giant chalk-portrait of Jesus Christ in their parking lot. Fellowship Church is led by Pastor Ed Young, who started the evangelical Christian church in 1990 with about 150 people in Irving. They now have 10 church campuses worldwide. His father is Dr. Ed Young, the head of Second Baptist here in Houston. According to church spokesman Andy Boyd, the 17,000-square-foot drawing of the face of Jesus took 700 volunteers over 9,100 man-hours to create. They also used 6,700 individual pieces of chalk and 125...
  • Reward increased for information leading to arrests in Lakewood Church theft

    03/22/2014 10:58:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | Mar 21 2014 | Kimberly O'Neal
    HOUSTON - Lakewood Church and Crime Stoppers have increased the reward to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for the recent break-ins and theft. The crime was reported on March 10 around 8:30 a.m. by a church staff member. Investigators believe the theft at the church in the 3700 block of the Southwest Freeway happened between 2:30 p.m. on March 9 and 8:30 a.m. on March 10. The thief or thieves took cash, checks and credit card vouchers. If anyone has information about the theft, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. Lakewood Church says it...
  • Osteenification and What it Portends

    03/20/2014 4:50:02 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 21 replies
    Patheos ^ | Hank Hanegraaff
    Virtually every morning I try to catch up on news and sports while running on my treadmill. Often the running (mostly walking) is accompanied by the vigorous exercise of my remote. Recently, I flipped into an interview involving Singaporean mega-pastor Joseph Prince. The more I tuned in, the faster my heart rate. Disregard for the meaning and context of Scripture was simply breathtaking. It all led up to taking a shower and beginning work on a book now titled The Osteenification of American Christianity. Why Osteenification? Because Joel Osteen is the prime provocateur of a seductive brand of American Christianity...
  • ‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy

    03/12/2014 3:25:50 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 10, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Full Title: ‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy. The film gives oxygen to a claim early church leaders denounced as historically and theologically false. ________________________________________________ To judge from the controversy sparked by early screenings of Russell Crowe’s Noah, Hollywood directors walk on thin ice when they start tinkering with the details of the Bible for the sake of a movie. Son of God, a movie about the life of Jesus Christ, has met with a better reception from Christians in part because producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey worked assiduously to enlist the support of religious leaders and denominations...
  • How a Megachurch Worked Through the Situation When a Church Leader Came Out as Gay

    03/11/2014 2:42:46 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 9, 2014 | Morgan Lee
    In the past decade, many Evangelical churches across the country have increasingly had to wrestle with how to engage members of their congregation who identify as LGBT. But this dilemma has not remained only at the lay level. In 2012, the leadership staff at the southern California megachurch, Calvary Community Church (CCC), had to grapple with their church's convictions on homosexuality, when Kevin McCloskey, one of the members of the executive team revealed that he was gay and that he would be also be divorcing his wife of 17 years. Executive Pastor Curtis Johnson declined to speak specifically with The...
  • TD Jakes Tells Church Leaders 'If You're Not Making Any Change, You're Taking Up Space'

    03/11/2014 2:50:00 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jessica Martinez
    Critical self-introspection is necessary in order to be an effective leader, Bishop T.D. Jakes said during the 2014 International Pastors and Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.. The megachurch pastor added that an individual's effectiveness can only be measured by how much they multiply their gifts and talents. "If God gave you two or five talents and He comes back and you still have what he gave you, you didn't lead…if you're not making any change, you're taking up space," said Jakes during the conference Friday. Aimed at helping leaders strengthen their church infrastructure, Jakes' message focused on reevaluating the qualities...
  • $600K in Donations Stolen from Joel Osteen’s Mega-Church [LISTEN]

    03/11/2014 8:45:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 50 replies
    news92am ^ | staff
    Lakewood Church is dealing with a violation of the Ten Commandments after the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Thou shalt not steal.” But someone did. Lakewood Church has sent out a notice that donations collected at services Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th, were stolen. And, they advise anyone who gave by check or credit card to watch their bank accounts very carefully and report any suspicious activity.
  • ‘Son of God’ fails to deliver a holy message

    03/02/2014 2:54:54 PM PST · by Gamecock · 73 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 26, 2014 | Kyle Smith
    A repurposed segment of last year’s History Channel miniseries “The Bible,” the film stars Diogo Morgado, a Portuguese actor billed as “the first Latin Jesus.” He makes for a sunny, can-do Portuguesus wandering the land with a miracles-on-demand service available to anyone who walks up to him. He seems oddly, disturbingly in love with himself as he dazzles the Israelites with his fluorescent, Brad Pitt smile. It trivializes Christian thought to reduce the parables to one-liners and the miracles to magic tricks, but the film was made with the entirely unsurprising input of Joel Osteen, the charlatan self-help guru who...
  • Megachurch pastor Steven Furtick’s ‘spontaneous baptisms’ not so spontaneous

    02/25/2014 6:06:56 PM PST · by Gamecock · 63 replies
    Religion News ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    (RNS) A Southern Bapitst megachurch pastor in North Carolina, already under fire for buying a $1.6 million house, is in the spotlight again for “spontaneous baptisms” that turn out to be not nearly so spontaneous. Steven Furtick, 34, routinely draws about 14,000 worshippers to several campuses of Elevation Church in and around Charlotte. The church, launched in 2006, have been listed by Outreach magazine as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in the country. Part of that growth has been attributed to Elevation’s flashy baptism ceremonies, particularly as the Southern Baptist Convention grows increasingly concerned about declining baptism rates...
  • Pastor David Yonggi Cho Sentenced to 3 Years for Embezzling $12 Million

    02/24/2014 5:06:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    charismanews ^ | 2/24/2014 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Pastor David Yonggi Cho, 78, founder of the world’s largest Pentecostal church, was sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling $12 million in church monies. Cho birthed the Yoido Full Gospel Church in South Korea, which is affiliated with the Assemblies of God, in 1958. The church has more than 1 million members, making it the largest congregation in the world. Cho was convicted last week of embezzlement for having officials buy stocks his eldest son, Cho Hee-jun, owned in 2002. His officials bought 250,000 shares of the stock at four times the market value, according to news reports....
  • The Cult of the Visioneer

    02/24/2014 7:02:22 AM PST · by Gamecock · 47 replies
    Reformation 21 ^ | February 19, 2014 | Todd Pruitt
    I spent my early years in ministry immersed in the language of vision and mission. Somewhere along the way, it was decided that if a church was going to be successful then it must have both a mission and vision statement. If you were really good you had purpose, vision, and mission statements. It was no longer acceptable to simply understand that your church was around to do what the church had always been around to do: preach the Word, administer the sacraments, and make disciples of the Lord Jesus. That would not do. The pastor was now cultural architect...
  • Glenn Beck's Discussion of Pastor's 16,000 Sq. - Foot Mansion

    10/29/2013 9:23:49 PM PDT · by publius321 · 18 replies
    Glenn Beck, Pat & Stu were discussing a story on TheBlaze this morning regarding Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick's new 16,000 square foot mansion he is building in Charlotte, NC. They were surprised by the number of conservatives who voted negatively toward this in a poll questioning whether a pastor should live in such a mansion. Is one a "Progressive" if they see this as objectionable or imprudent?(continued/video)
  • Joel Osteen's $10.5 Million Mansion

    02/21/2014 6:03:50 PM PST · by Gamecock · 134 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 18, 2013 | Alecia MacKenzie ,
    Full Title: Joel Osteen's $10.5 Million Mansion, Cross-Less Church and Other Surprising Facts About the Mega-Pastor Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and the bestselling author of books like Your Best Life Now and I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life, has been dubbed "the smiling preacher" due to his toothy smile and upbeat attitude. Here are a few facts about Pastor Osteen and his ministry you might not know. 1. Joel Osteen Met Victoria Osteen in a Jewelry Store Pastor Osteen and his wife Victoria Osteen met in 1985 when he went to a...
  • Elevation Church 'Emotionally Manipulating' Thousands Into 'Spontaneous' Baptisms, Say Critics

    02/20/2014 5:24:30 PM PST · by Gamecock · 75 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | February 20, 2014 | Leonardo Blair
    A baptism manual produced by Pastor Steven Furtick's popular Elevation Church in North Carolina, which teaches people how to produce "spontaneous" baptisms among the repentant, is being criticized as "emotional manipulation." The manual, Spontaneous Baptism How-To Guide, was produced by Elevation Church in 2011 and received its first critique in November from James Duncan, a Christian blogger and associate professor of communication at Anderson University who lives in South Carolina. "As a church we pray Sun Stand Still prayers all the time. We are constantly asking God to do something that seems impossible and then believing that He is going...
  • Carpenter's Wife Returns to Megachurch He Rebukes Christian Leaders Who Supported Divorce

    02/20/2014 4:40:53 PM PST · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 17, 2014 | Nicola Menzie
    Full Ttitle: Pastor Ron Carpenter's Wife, Hope, Returns to SC Megachurch as He Rebukes Christian Leaders Who Supported His Desire for Divorce _______________________________________________________________ Hope Carpenter, co-founder of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., was enthusiastically welcomed back by congregants on Sunday months after her marital infidelities were exposed at the pulpit by her husband, Pastor Ron Carpenter. Carpenter, this time around, took other Christian leaders to task for supporting him when he declared he would be seeking a divorce. With his wife and family sitting in the very first row of the sanctuary, Pastor Carpenter manned the pulpit not...
  • Arvella Schuller, wife of Crystal Cathedral megachurch's founder, dies at 84

    02/11/2014 12:35:27 PM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | February 11, 2014
    <p>Arvella Schuller, who helped her husband found a Southern California ministry in a drive-in movie theater and grow it into the Crystal Cathedral megachurch, died on Tuesday, her daughter said. She was 84.</p> <p>Schuller passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, said her daughter, Carol Schuller Milner.</p>
  • Bishop Eddie Long to Receive a Certified Letter of Demand to Step Down From the Pulpit

    10/11/2010 8:27:38 PM PDT · by reubenshow · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Reuben Armstrong Show ^ | 10/11/2010 | Reuben Armstrong
    A well known Dallas base controversial talk show host, Reuben Armstrong is drafting a certified letter to Bishop Eddie Long demanding that he step down immediately from the Pulpit. The letter will convey Armstrong’s reasons for this demand including “Long’s alleged child predatory behaviors and the sexual abuse of young men in Long’s church", the New Birth Missionary Church. “Long's actions are of the devil and not of God”, says Armstrong. “Bishop Eddie Long is using the word of God to allegedly manipulate young men of his church for his own homosexual use”. Armstrong wrote extensively about Bishop Eddie Long’s...
  • Megachurch Pastor Eddie Long's Wife To Seek Divorce

    12/02/2011 10:08:02 AM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    MSNBC ^ | December 02, 2011
    Megachurch Pastor Eddie Long's Wife To Seek Divorce The wife of Bishop Eddie Long, the Georgia megachurch pastor once accused of coercing four young men into having sex, has told her lawyers to file for divorce, according to a statement issued Friday. In the statement, Vanessa Long said she had decided to "terminate my marriage" after "a great deal of deliberation and prayer." "It is my sincere hope that this matter can be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously, and fairly," she said in the statement. "I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family, as my attorneys and I...
  • Eddie Long Takes Leave From Atlanta Megachurch Due to 'Family Issues'

    12/05/2011 3:08:16 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 2 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Dec. 4, 2011 | Staff
    Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long said Sunday he is taking a leave from his church to deal with "family issues." He made the announcement during services at New Birth Missionary Church, WSB-TV reported. He did not specify how long he would be on leave. ...In September 2010, four young men connected to Long's church -- based in the Atlanta suburb of Lithonia -- accused the pastor of coercing them into having sex. He denied the allegations and a settlement was reached in May before the matters were dismissed. A fifth man, Centino Kemp, said he had been sexually involved...
  • New photos show Bishop Eddie Long in revealing light

    09/22/2010 9:09:18 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 39 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Voice ^ | Sept 22, 2010 | Staff Reporter
    New photos purportedly show Atlanta megachurch pastor Eddie Long posing in a bathroom mirror with muscle shirts. The photos were allegedly sent to at least one of the three young men who have filed lawsuits against Long in recent days for sexual harassment. In one photo, Long is shown wearing a sleeveless black muscle shirt and tight black shorts. In the other, he is wearing a short-sleeve red muscle shirt with jeans. The photos themselves do not prove the plaintiffs' allegations, but they do raise questions about the minister's conduct and his relationship with the young men at the heart...
  • Paula White's attorney denies that an Eddie Long-style 'coronation' will take place

    02/05/2012 12:32:34 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Florida Courier ^ | 2 Feb 2012 | Florida Courier
    In a Saturday phone call to Florida Courier Publisher Charles W. Cherry II, Daniel Beirute, attorney for Florida-based televangelist Paula White, denied that White would be 'coronated' as was Bishop Eddie Long in a widely ridiculed ceremony that went viral on Youtube. "The allegation stated in your article, that 'Rabbi Ralph Messer is … coming to New Destiny Christian Center … to make Paula White a ‘queen’ during a Super Bowl Sunday service' is entirely false," Beirute wrote in a later email. "There is not a single shred of truth in it, and we cannot fathom where such ridiculous fantasy...
  • The Scandal Is About More Than Bishop Eddie Long (straw men, generalizations, evasive tangents)

    10/05/2010 7:28:26 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 5 replies
    Shifting sexual mores, racial anxieties and unresolved issues of gender and power are what really drive our fascination with the Georgia mega-church crisis, says a professor of religion. ( ... ) The core of our attraction and repulsion to this affair -- what turned the event from pastoral scandal into public spectacle -- is about much more than Long, who's filing the lawsuits or the church. Yes, perceived Christian prohibitions against homosexuality have lent added weight to the story. Long is held up as a hypocrite in the fashion of another fallen anti-gay, evangelical preacher, Ted Haggard -- who, ironically,...
  • TD Jakes, Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen is "Under Fire" by Talk Show Host Reuben Armstrong

    08/08/2007 2:12:39 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 61 replies · 6,173+ views
    PR Web ^ | 7 Aug 07
    National Talk Show host Reuben Armstrong has put TD Jakes, Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, and Joel Osteen, the top four Mega-pastors, "Under Fire." Dallas, TX (PRWEB) August 7, 2007 -- The Reuben Armstrong Show airs on Streaming Faith which is the largest Christian based website in the world and broadcasts in eight states and on TV around the World. Armstrong will release a new book titled "Snakes in the Pulpit." The book is scheduled for release on August 29th, 2007. Armstrong will be sending a certified letter to these four pastors asking them to resign from their positions as Pastors...
  • Eddie Long Settles With Megachurch Members in Lawsuit Linked to Alleged Ponzi Investor Ephren Taylor

    02/08/2014 5:24:16 PM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 6, 2014 | Nicola Menzie
    More than a dozen members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church have managed to recoup some of their losses, originally totaling nearly $1 million, in a civil suit involving Bishop Eddie Long and alleged Ponzi scheme mastermind Ephren Taylor. Thirteen former members of Long's Lithonia, Ga., megachurch recently reached a confidential financial settlement with the Christian minister, although neither he nor Taylor have admitted to any wrongdoing. "I somewhat blame New Birth, because when this happened, instead of really showing us love, we were kind of looked at as outcasts," J.B. Bailey, one of the 13 victims who has recouped...
  • Megachurch Leader Asks: 'Am I Too White to Be Your Pastor?'

    01/22/2014 11:38:44 AM PST · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 17 January 2014 | Jeff Schapiro
    A full-page advertisement published in the Houston Chronicle on Thursday shows a megachurch pastor leaning on sign that reads, "Am I Too White to Be Your Pastor?" Patrick Kelley, senior pastor of River Pointe Church in Richmond, Texas, is the man shown in the ad, that promotes the church's upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. King famously said, "It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning" – a statement Kelley agrees with. River Pointe is located in Fort Bend County, which Rice University sociology professor Stephen Klineberg calls the most ethnically...
  • Book Review: Break Out! by Joel Osteen

    01/09/2014 5:36:35 AM PST · by Gamecock · 53 replies
    9Markd ^ | January 9, 2014 | Bob Johnson
    FULL TITLE: Book Review: Break Out! by Joel Osteen The chief problem of this book is that Osteen centers life on achieving the American Dream—success, prosperity and health Joel Osteen, Break Out! 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life. FaithWords, 2013. 243 pages. $26.00 Detroit’s freeways are framed by dozens of billboards featuring happy, young, successful people enjoying a night of games and entertainment at one of the city’s casinos. The sleek, enticing images preach an alluring message: “Greatness awaits you in the casinos.” “You were born to be lucky.” On and on it goes....
  • Does Fox News have a thing for Joel Osteen or Rick Warren? Where are the Messianic Jewish Rabbis?

    01/02/2014 10:27:01 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 32 replies
    1/2/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Is it me, or has Joel Osteen been interviewed on Fox News or been on there or featured on there more than once or twice in the past two or three years? What about father Morris, Rick Warren or the Grahams? Same with them, too? Where are the Calvinist preachers, the Messianic Jewish Rabbis, either male or female (since those who are of the Charismatic, WOF persuasion believe that ministry is open to both males and females and thus wouldn't stop at just male messianic rabbis), etc?
  • Joel Osteen Talks Preaching Sin, Materialism, and Gay Marriage

    12/26/2013 8:44:20 AM PST · by Gamecock · 111 replies
    Joel Osteen, megachurch pastor and New York Times best-selling author, was pressed during a recent interview about his stance on homosexuality and asked if he would ever come out in support of same-sex marriage. The Texas minister, who leads America’s largest congregation, explained that he refuses to “harp” on such issues and was “for everybody.” In his appearance on “Katie” this week, the Break Out! author was asked to state his core message in a nugget, which the Lakewood Church pastor said was that “God is good, He’s for you, He’s on your side.” “When you put your trust in...
  • NYC Megachurch Pastor Believes Sexuality Shouldn’t Be Discussed in Public Forum

    12/20/2013 2:52:35 PM PST · by Gamecock · 56 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 20 December 2013 | Gina Meeks
    While Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson is currently facing serious backlash in the wake of his comments about homosexuality, a popular New York City pastor has made it clear he will not take a public stance on the controversial issue. Carl Lentz, who leads megachurch Hillsong NYC, told Katie Couric in an interview on her self-titled show that he did not believe he had a “moral imperative to speak publicly about some of these more controversial issues” because, he says, “We try to be like Jesus." “Very rarely did Jesus ever talk about morality or social issues,” the 35-year-old pastor explained...
  • Justin Bieber 'Breaks Down' During Pastor Carl Lentz's Hillsong NYC Sermon?

    09/10/2013 9:34:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/09/2013 | BY NICOLA MENZIE
    Justin Bieber, 19-year-old pop music star, was apparently so moved by a sermon preached by Pastor Carl Lentz at Hillsong NYC church on Sunday that the Canadian recording artist "broke down." "Love to my guy @carllentzNYC for the amazing sermon at church this morning. Love you man. I broke down today. Thank (you)," Bieber tweeted Sunday night, adding a smiley face. The award-winning recording artist also uploaded a photo of himself and Pastor Lentz to his Instagram account that same evening, writing, "Love you bro" as the caption. Bieber has long been open about his Christian faith, and previously referred...
  • Pastor Zachery Tims' death was caused by a mixture of cocaine and heroin

    12/19/2013 4:39:20 PM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    examiner.com ^ | December 19, 2013
    According to the Christian Post on Dec. 19, the cause of Pastor Zachery Tims' death has been released after his mother fought for over two years not to have it released. It was on Aug. 14, 2011 when the 42-year-old Florida megachurch pastor was found dead in the W. Hotel in Times Square in New York City. The New York City chief medical examiner's office released a statement on Thursday saying the well-known pastor died accidentally from "acute intoxication by the combined effects of cocaine and heroin."
  • Florida Pastor Found Dead in Times Square Hotel

    08/15/2011 1:51:56 PM PDT · by Immerito · 25 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 15, 2011 | Sara Dover
    The pastor of a large Florida congregation was found dead in a Times Square hotel room Friday. The body of 42-year-old Zachery Tims, a senior pastor from Orlando, was found on the floor of his room at the W Hotel on Broadway, police said. No criminal activity was suspected as of Sunday. Tims founded the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka with his wife Riva in 1996. The church has grown to a congregation of 8,000 people. Two years ago, Tims divorced his wife of 15 years after admitting to an affair with a stripper, reported Black Christian News in...
  • Ted Haggard on How Not to Repent

    12/18/2013 6:39:15 AM PST · by Gamecock · 63 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | December 18, 2013 | David Murray
    In 2006, Ted Haggard joined the “pantheon” of fallen megachurch pastors after being caught red-handed in a gay sex and drugs scandal. Most Christians weep over such incidents, grieve for the damage done to the church of Christ, pray that the man will repent and find forgiveness with God, and hope that he will take a quiet and unpublicized place in the church of Christ for the rest of his life. Usually it’s a vain hope. As it was in this case too. After a short period of “restoration,” the Haggards returned to the public eye with books, television interviews,...
  • Florida Megachurch Pastor Commits Suicide

    12/11/2013 3:48:01 PM PST · by robowombat · 40 replies
    CBN News ^ | Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | Heather Sells
    Florida Megachurch Pastor Commits Suicide By Heather Sells CBN News Reporter Wednesday, December 11, 2013 News reports indicate that Florida megachurch founder Isaac Hunter has taken his life. Altamonte Springs police discovered Hunter's body Tuesday morning in his home, The Orlando Sentinel reported. Hunter, 36, founded Orlando's Summit Church. The non-denominational church eventually grew to five locations. He resigned from his role as lead pastor last year, after admitting to an affair. Hunter is the son of Joel Hunter, another megachurch pastor in Florida and spiritual advisor to the president. His death marks the second time this year that a...
  • [Piers] Morgan to [Rick] Warren: Will Christians’ Perspective on Gay Marriage ever ‘Evolve’?

    12/07/2013 7:30:54 AM PST · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/7/2013 | Bradford Thomas
    On Piers Morgan Live Friday, Morgan asked Pastor Rick Warren whether he thought Christians’ views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage would ever “evolve” as they had for other perspectives in the Bible that “seem very anachronistic.” Warren replied no, adding, “I fear the disapproval of God more than I fear your disapproval or the disapproval of society.” Morgan invited Warren to discuss several topics, including Warren’s opinion of the new Pope, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage. In a mutually respectful dialog, the two differed on many issues, most notably same-sex marriage. Warren: Tolerance, Piers, used to mean we treat each other with mutual respect, even if you...
  • Rob Bell Has Left The Church For A “Quasi-Intentional Spiritual Community”?

    12/09/2013 6:02:21 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | December 9, 2013 | Denny Burk
     Jim Hinch argues in The American Scholar that evangelicalism is on decline in America. This thesis is not new. He’s accessing trends in polling data that evangelicals have been aware of for years. The article focuses on the demise of Robert Schuller and his Crystal Cathedral as a parable of what’s happening in evangelicalism writ large. Hinch then argues that Rob Bell’s flight from the pastorate and from his own megachurch is a leading indicator of where younger evangelicals are trending. In short, they’re leaving the movement. And in Bell’s case in particular, they’re leaving the church altogether. Hinch writes:Yet, like so many...
  • The Food Police

    12/06/2013 6:45:31 AM PST · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    The Riddleblog ^ | December 2, 2013 | Kim Riddlebarger
    So, Rick Warren has a new diet book about to be released. Surprise, surprise, it centers around 40 days of eating healthier. I agree that a healthy diet is very important. I am pretty strict about what I consume, and watch my weight. I exercise regularly, and I strive to control my blood pressure with a low sodium diet. I get it. But why is it that celebrity pastors inevitably feel compelled to mind everybody else's business when it comes to food. For Pete's sake, why do I need Rick Warren to tell me what to eat (actually he has...
  • What’s Wrong With Joel Osteen?

    10/16/2013 5:29:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    Klaven on culture ^ | October 11th, 2013 | Andrew Klavan
    Novelist Lars Walker — a friend of this blog and an insightful reviewer of some of my own novels — makes a trenchant comment in the Elizabeth Smart post below. I know it’s trenchant because I was about to make basically the same comment but Lars beat me to it! In the comment, he makes a delightfully concise reference to “the Osteenian view that suffering is always a sign of God’s displeasure.” This, of course, refers to popular preacher Joel Osteen, who has been promoting his new book at the Blaze and other places. He basically preaches that God wants...
  • Megachurch pastor Rick Warren slammed for Facebook photo post

    10/08/2013 1:02:42 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Sept. 28 2013 | Herb Scribner
    Megachurch pastor Rick Warren received criticism this week after posting a photo of a Chinese Red Guard on his Facebook page Monday. The photo....showed a smiling worker in uniform for the Cultural Revolution, which was a social-political movement in China from 1966 to 1976. Millions of people died due to the impact of the revolution. Along with the photo, Warren posted the caption, "The typical attitude of Saddleback Staff as they start work each day.” “People often miss irony on the Internet. It’s a joke people! If you take this seriously, you really shouldn’t be following me!” Warren posted as...
  • Megachurch founder on trial for stealing more than $40000000 to fund his wife's pop star dream

    10/07/2013 4:51:15 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7 October 2013 | Rachel Quigley
    Full Title: Singapore megachurch founder on trial for 'stealing more than $40million to fund his wife's American pop star dream' A Christian evangelical pastor is on trial accused of stealing more than $40million from the megachurch he founded to fund his wife's dreams of being a pop star in the U.S. Kong Hee, 47, the pastor and founder of the 20,000-strong City Harvest Church in Singapore is gripped in the scandal along with five other officials for an alleged scheme of trying to siphon off almost $20million. They then allegedly spent another $20million trying to cover the embezzlement up. Known...
  • Furtick Prepares His Church for News Report About His 16,000 SF "Not That Great of a House" Mansion

    10/07/2013 10:26:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 97 replies
    FBC Jax Watchdogs ^ | October 6, 2013
    Steven Furtick, the pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, is building a 16,000 square foot mansion - and according to Furtick an investigative reporter is asking questions about where the money came from. In the middle of his sermon on "suffering" last week, Furtick told his church how HE is suffering for the Lord: by having to endure an investigative reporter ask questions about the financing of his mansion. Wow, the pain and suffering of mega church pastors - how DO they endure such hardships? They must really love Jesus to suffer so much. Watch the excerpt below from...
  • Osteens: Obama doing great job, loves the Lord

    04/08/2009 11:32:56 PM PDT · by Ol' Sparky · 83 replies · 2,763+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/8/2009 | Larry King Live
    (CNN) -- Joel Osteen is the senior pastor for the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. It's America's largest congregation. His wife, Victoria Osteen, is the co-pastor there. The Osteens, known for their optimistic outlook on life, visited "Larry King Live" Tuesday night for a wide-ranging interview that covered President Obama, same-sex marriage, the recent outbreak of mass shootings, the state of religion in America and more. The following interview has been edited for brevity and clarity: Larry King: Since you were last on, we have sworn in our first African-American president. What are your impressions [of Barack Obama]? Joel Osteen:...
  • Osteen's joke book not authorized, church says

    09/26/2013 11:08:19 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 25 September 2013 | Craig Hlavaty
    If you've ever wanted to spice up your PTA meetings or work retreats with some clean jokes, a recently published collection of quips by Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen should help you out. According to Andrea Davis, a spokeswoman for Lakewood, the church did not sign off on "Joel Osteen Jokes" or publish the book. Davis said the church is reviewing the book to see if it is infringing on any of Lakewood's copyrights.
  • The Show-No-Cross, megachurch entertainer Joel Osteen prays at inauguration of Houston Lesbian Mayor

    09/25/2013 10:10:13 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 34 replies
    GMS Current News ^ | may 21, 2011 | The Weekly Worldview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXZsl1om8_E#sthash.9OjGv11g.dpuf Another great one, Joel discussing with Larry King how Jesus isn't the only way to be saved. Guess Pope Francis watched this one. Either way it's amazing watching these two mental heavyweights mock the atoning death of Jesus Christ, without which NO ONE would be saved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwL1DThtxYg
  • From Crystal to Christ: A Once and Future Cathedral

    09/23/2013 3:37:06 PM PDT · by RCB-Catholic · 31 replies
    First Things ^ | September 23, 2013 | Timothy George
    “America loves success stories.” This is how a 1983 admiring profile of the famed Robert Harold Schuller began. And back in 1983 “Bob” Schuller, as his friends called him, was certainly successful. The son of pious Dutch Reformed parents, Schuller was born on a farm in Sioux County, Iowa, in 1926. That was one year before Sinclair Lewis published Elmer Gantry, a satirical novel about a ne’er-do-well preacher from Kansas. Though Schuller would match Gantry in exuberance and flamboyant style, he was no charlatan. Educated at his denomination’s flagship schools, Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, Schuller was already a...