Saturday, December 7, 2013
In response to criticism over her performance in Sound of Music Live!, Carrie Underwood tweeted, "Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight...1 Peter 2:1-25." Read more here.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Catholics and evangelical Protestants have joined oldline Protestants in declining numbers. The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches also shows the Pentecostal/holiness stream has slowed from the 1980s from 4 percent to barely more than one percent now. Read more details from the Christian Century here.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Televangelist Paul Crouch died at his Southern California today at the age of 79, according to his ministry's website. Crouch built TBN, the Trinity Broadcasting Network, which claims to be the largest religious TV network in the world. Crouch and his wife, Jan, founded TBN in 1973. It has grown into 84 satellite channels and some18,000 affiliates. The ministry has had its share of detractors over finances and theology. A challenge came from within the Crouch family last year-- when their granddaughter sued (along with others) accusing TBN of $50 million in financial improprieties. There is more on the accusations here and more on TBN here. Because of Crouch's health problems, particularly heart issues, his son Matthew has dealt with the day-to-day operations of TBN recently.
Ronald Reagan's son is supporting atheism in a new radio advertisement. The ad for the Freedom From Religion Foundation features Ron Reagan saying, "I an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusions of religion into our secular government...Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell."
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Syndicated radio host Janet Mefferd is accusing megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll of plagiarism in several of his books. Driscoll leads Seattle's Mars Hill Church. Read more at Religious News Service here. You can hear the radio interview below.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The Boston Globe reports that a "Christian journal run by Harvard College undergraduates published an essay on its blog by an anonymous Jewish convert to Christianity who said that Jews killed Jesus and therefore deserve God’s wrath." Read the full story here.
CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) moved from print to digital subscriptions but is hoping to resurrect its print version. Salem Communications, which owns the magazine, has started a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $40,000. Read more here.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
A South Carolina school has stopped its annual Christmas toy drive threats of a lawsuit. WLTX-TV has a video report, which is posted below.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins are in the new movie from Paramount about Noah. Crowe has the title role while Hopkins was cast as Noah’s grandfather, Methuselah. Darren Aronofsky's big budget biblical epic also includes Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Ray Winstone. The film is set for an early 2014 release.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A proponent of "new Calvinism" is no longer on the speaker schedule for a Southern Baptist conference in North Carolina. Associated Baptist Press reports C.J. Mahaney was "named in a highly publicized lawsuit alleging participation in what has been described as the biggest evangelical sexual-abuse scandal to date.." and now he won't be speaking at the 20/20 Collegiate Conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read the story here.
An evangelist has had his official Twitter account taken over by an unknown atheist, according to the Christian Post. The news site says the interloper has given Comfort an ultimatum: "Stop "denigrating" nonbelievers or you won't get your Twitter account back." Read more here.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
At a recent service for atheists, "Hundreds of atheists and atheist-curious packed into a Hollywood auditorium for a boisterous service filled with live music, moments of reflection, an "inspirational talk" about forgotten — but important — inventors and scientists and some stand-up comedy. During the service, attendees stomped their feet, clapped their hands and cheered as Jones and Evans led the group through rousing renditions of "Lean on Me," ''Here Comes the Sun" and other hits that took the place of gospel songs." Read the Associated Press story here.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch were among the hundreds who attended Billy Graham’s 95th birthday party in the hills of North Carolina this past Thursday. CNN takes a look at Billy Graham's place in American society in an article here.