Saturday, April 23, 2011

CCM History

Today's New York Times offers an op-ed piece on the beginnings of Christian Contemporary Music. Read it here.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Minister Shoots Self Inside Church Amid Luring Allegations

Minister Shoots Self Inside Church Amid Luring Allegations:

147 Years Ago Today

It was on this date in 1864 that the U.S. Congress added In God We Trust to U.S. coins.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Eggs Dropped from Copter

A Jacksonville church dropped some 20,000 eggs from a helicopter on a field for children. Here's a video of what the pastor called "Pandemonium" in a tweet.

Obama or Jesus

Some people in New York state are upset over a portable sign outside a church that reads, "President Obama or King Jesus." The Gardiner Reformed Church in Gardiner says it was the topic of the pastor's Sunday sermon. Pastor Gary Sissel says he did not intend to offend anyone with the message, which compared the power exercised by the president to the "humble" show of power by Jesus in the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Protest at Mosque

Terry Jones, the Quran burning Florida pastor, wants to protest in front of a mosque. But a Michigan judge has told him to appear in court first. The protest is scheduled for later this week in Dearborn at the Islamic Center of America. Prosecutors have asked the judge to make Jones post a bond to cover the cost of additional police officers during the demonstration. When Jones burned a Quran at his small church in Gainesville, Florida last month, riots broke out in Afghanistan, leading to an attack on a United Nation's facility that killed seven staff workers.

Universalism Among Christians

One in four Christians say all people are eventually be saved, according to a new survey by Barna polling. Nearly the same number say a person’s religion does not matter because all faiths teach the same lessons. Four out of ten born again Christians say Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Barna says 43% of Americans agreed with the statement “It doesn’t matter what religious faith you follow because they all teach the same lessons." 54% percent disagreed with the statement. Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived has recently stirred debate over universalism. Time magazine's Easter Week edition features a cover story on Bell’s controversial views. Read more about the topic here.