Friday, September 19, 2014

Brain Surgery for Pastor

A Tennessee megachurch pastor underwent brain surgery this morning. David Landrith, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church, is battling an aggressive form of cancer. The surgery seems to have gone well. Read more here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Poll on American's relationship to God

Seven out of 10 people under the age of 40 say a relationship with God mattered to them. That's the finding of a new poll by Rare, a Cox Media Group. Evangelical Christians, Roman Catholics, and African Americans were the most likely to say so. There's more information at the AJC here.

Billboard Causing Firestorm Of Controversy

A billboard in middle Tennessee billboard is still causing talk four months after it went up. Some call it bullying and others call it God's truth. Read more at WFMY-TV.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Christian student group returns to Cali campus

Cal State University has striped official status from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The campus ministry refused to go along with a University requirement that anyone can be leader in the group--even if they aren't a Christian. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship decided to come back to Cal State this fall despite losing official club status. Read more at the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Proposal: Giive out Satanist material in FL schools

The Satanic Temple wants to hand out materials in Florida schools--including The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities. Orlando's WFTV has a video report.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Church Services are Changing

Churches are becoming informal, open to gay men and lesbian according to a new study out of Duke University. "More and more Americans worship in congregations where drums are played, words or images are projected on screens, and praise is expressed via upstretched hands, reports the New York Times. Read more here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Radio show host will not be allowed back

John Munro is not returning to the Back to the Bible radio broadcast, despite the fact his megachurch has decided his suspension from the pulpit was unwarrented. That's the report of the Christian Post. Read the full story at http://www.christianpost.com/news/back-to-the-bible-ceo-stands-by-decision-to-fire-show-host-john-munro-despite-megachurch-finding-no-support-for-allegation-126049/#5jc4kXl6x7cmmP7q.99

Chick-Fil-A and Christian Principles

NPR talks about the man who founded Chick-Fil-A and his Christian principles.

Ted Cruz booed at Christian event

Senator Ted Cruz was booed off the stage at an event sponsored by In Defense of Christians in Washington, DC--where most of the people in attendance came from the Middle East. IDC focuses on the plight of Iraqi Christians and others believers in the region. Cruz was initially welcomed, but when he began a defense of Israel, the crowd turned against him--especially when he remarked, "“Let me say this: those who hate Israel hate America. And those who hate Jews hate Christians.” Here's a video from the event.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Church Billboard About Sex Catching Attention

A billboard put up by a church in Pennsylvania is getting some praise and some criticism. WNEP-TV has a video report.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pastor under investigation

Image from Calvary Church website
A North Carolina megachurch pastor is being investigated by his church. Leaders at Charlotte's Calvary Church haven't revealed specifically what John Munro has done that's in question, other than that there are allegations that he violated part of the employee handbook. He has also been speaker on the radio broadcast Back to the Bible. But the ministry has terminated his contract.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Domestic violence and church

Most Protestant senior pastors say they know victims of domestic violence but seldom address the topic from the pulpit. That's according to a new survey that found only a minority of them have had any training about how to help victims. Read more about the LifeWay Research survey here.

Formal charges filed with elders over Megachurch leader's alledged abuse

A group of former pastors from Seattle's Mars Hill Church have filed formal charges against Senior Pastor Mark Driscoll. KOMO-TV has a video report.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Judge: You are a 'pathetic human being'

During sentencing of convicted child molester, the Maryland judge called the former church youth group leader a ‘cowardly pervert.’ Worse yet, church leaders tried to cover up what Nathaniel Morales did. WJLA-TV has a video report.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Baptists Change Marriage Message

The Southern Baptist Convention is changing its focus from holding off on marrying until they are financially stable to marrying at a younger age. Read more in the Tennessean.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

15 biggest megachurches in America

When you talk about churches with the most people in pews on Sundays, you have to start with Pastor Joel Osteen and his Lakewood Church. The non-denominational Christian church in Houston, Texas averages 43,5000 in attendance. Read more at http://national.deseretnews.com/article/2049/15-biggest-megachurches-in-America.html#LpQ0142xCyqs1Qdo.99

Megachurch Pastor Removed from Evangelical Organization

A megachurch pastor is getting kicked out of an organization he founded. Mark Driscoll, who leads Seattle's Mars Hill Church, stated the Acts 29 Network around the turn of the century. But recent controversies led leaders of the group to post this note on the Acts 29 Network site:
It is with deep sorrow that the Acts 29 Network announces its decision to remove Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from membership in the network. Mark and the Elders of Mars Hill have been informed of the decision, along with the reasons for removal. It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored.
A group of protesters gathered outside the Mars Hill church last weekend. Here's a video report from KING-TV in Seattle:

Monday, July 14, 2014

Women Bishops coming ot Church of England

The Church of England leaders will allow women to become bishops. The church's General Synod voted for the change today. The first female bishop could be on the job by the end of the year. Woman have been ordained in the church for a decade.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings

The first trailer is out for the movie Exodus: Gods and Kings which stars Christian Bale. It's Ridley Scott's take on the story of Moses leading his people to freedom from their Egyptian oppressors. Scott already has sweeping epics under his belt like Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven. So it's expected that Exodus will be filled with visual effects. Exodus is due to reach the big screen December 12.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Katy Perry Sued by Christian Musicians

Christian hip-hop musicians are suing Katy Perry, claiming her song “Dark Horse” borrowed too much from a 2008 Christian song “Joyful Noise." The suit was filed by Flame (Marcus Gray), Chike Ojukwu, Lecrae Moore, and Emanuel Lambert. Read more in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Pope Meet Sex Abuse Victims

Pope Francis asked victims of clergy sex abuse for forgiveness. The Pontiff held his first meeting with several abuse survivors today. He told them he would "not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not...I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves. He said those responsible would be held accountable.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Publisher Affirms support for Driscoll

Tyndale House Publishers says reports that it had cut ties with megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll are wrong. Read more here.

God moments of the World Cup

Christianity Today offers a list of moments when players acknowledged God's role in their lives at World Cup in a post here.