Thursday, July 15, 2010

Christianity in Africa

The Economist has a report on the rise of Christianity in the Horn of African here.

The False Gospel of Glenn Beck

A new radio ad accuses Glenn Beck of preaching a false gospel. Produced by an online Christian social-justice group called Faithful America, the ad will be aired in cities in which Beck is speaking this summer. The ad says:
Would you support a leader who said Jesus' teachings can lead to Naziism? Or who attacks Christian pastors for preaching the full gospel? Then why do so many Christians tune into Glenn Beck? By deriding pastors who preach the justice taught by Jesus and the prophets, Glenn Beck has urged listeners to follow his piecemeal gospel. Scripture teaches that the tongue can be like a small fire that sets a whole forest ablaze, and Christians are cautioned not to praise God in one breath while cursing those made in God's likeness in the next....
Beck has told listeners to leave their churches if the pastor supports social-justice views associated with liberal theology. Beck says he was an alcoholic who converted to Mormonism at age 35.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

College Closing

Mississippi's Wesley College is shutting down at the end of the month. The Florance-based school is $2.7 million debt. The Congregational Methodist Church started the facility in 1972 as Westminster College. It changed the name to Wesley College in 1976. There were 140 students enrolled last semester.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bible Translator Dies

The man who put together the Good News Bible has died. Robert Bratcher passed away Saturday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the age of 90. The New Testament translator was the son of a Southern Baptist missionary and worked with the American Bible Society. First issued in 1966 as Good News for Modern Man, the complete Bible was published in 1976 under the name the Good News Bible, also known as Today's English Version.

RC Sproul Starts Bible School

RC Sproul is opening a new Bible school in Sanford, Florida. The Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies will begin accepting applications now for enrollment in undergraduate stuides next fall. Faculty includes Dr. R.C. Sproul, Dr. Fowler White, Dr. Keith Mathison, Rev. Michael Morales, Dr. Paul Helm, Dr. Stephen Nichols, Dr. Duncan Rankin, and Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. Read more here.

Contemporary Christian Radio... by the Numbers

The US has 946 contemporary Christian music formatted stations, according to Inside Radio. That's second only to country music’s 2,006 stations. The number of CCM stations has shot up 72% in the last decade.

Schuller Taps Daughter

Robert H. Schuller is turning control of his megachurch to his daughter. Sheila Schuller Coleman will take over the Cathedral of Praise in Southern California from the 83-year-old pastor, although the senior Schuller will serve as chairman of the church board of directors. The church has recently had financial trouble, running a $55 million budget deficit. It's being sued by four large creditors and hundreds of others are owed millions of dollars.