In light of the Pokemon Go craze that's endangering the safety of some gamers, and the many violent-natured shoot 'em up games like the Call of Duty and Battlefield series, one can't help but wonder: should Christians play such video games?
In a July video blog, Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers whether or not it's godly for believers to play video games, and the pastor's first bit of advice is to pay attention to one's conscience.
"If your conscience is bothering you, then you've got to pay attention to that," says Driscoll. "The Bible talks a lot about our conscience in the opening chapters of Romans, places like Proverbs — that God has given us a conscience, and in addition to His Word and the Holy Spirit, God has given us a conscience to help us be sensitive to things that are ungodly or unwise. So, I would say if your conscience is bothering and burdening you, then you really need to pay attention to that." more >>
Even though he is still embroiled in a scandal for his alleged wrongdoings as senior pastor of the now defunct Mars Hill Church, Pastor Mark Driscoll plans to host a conference on how to build a healthy church this fall.
Driscoll's conference, to be held from Nov. 15–17, will be headlined by Texas-based Trinity Fellowship Church Pastor Jimmy Evans, according to SeattlePi. Also included will be Robert Morris, founder of Dallas/Fort Worth-based Gateway megachurch, and Brady Boyd, senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
The event will cover issues such as "building a healthy church government," "developing healthy leadership from within," "raising and managing church finances," and "creating a healthy philosophy of ministry." more >>
ARIZONA -- On Thursday, astronomers revealed a discovery of a new world in the Constellation Centaurus that experiences three sunsets and sunrises. Formally known as Planet HD 131399Ab, the newly discovered planet also has the biggest orbit ever known in a multi-star system. From the Earth's perspective, Planet HD 131399Ab takes 550 years to complete tracking its orbit around the sun.
"With three suns, the planet will see different weird combinations of sunrises and sunsets," said co-author Daniel Apai, a University of Arizona astronomer. "This is a system for which I would not want to design a calendar."
"If the planet was further away from the most massive star in the system, it would be kicked out of the system," Apai explained. "Our computer simulations have shown that this type of orbit can be stable, but if you change things around just a little bit, it can become unstable very quickly." more >>
Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow prayed with passengers on a Delta flight after someone suffered a heart attack mid-flight. Tebow clinged to the victim's family as they cried and prayed for a miracle.
The "Home Free" host was on a Delta flight headed to Phoenix from Atlanta last week when an older man on board suffered a heart attack and fell unconscious. The Delta crew reportedly sprung into action and a physician's assistant named Nicki Freeze started administering CPR.
Several eye witness accounts on social media said fellow passengers had gathered around the family before Tebow eventually noticed something was wrong and left his seat in first class to help. The former NY Jets player offered support the best way he knew how, in prayer. In a photo posted by another passenger on board, Tebow is seen leaning over and hugging the stricken man's wife as he prayed with her and her friend. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll has warned American Christians on Independence Day that although people like to believe that they are free, there are still many things that they can be enslaved to.
"There are still many of us who are not free, to use the language of the Bible, we are slaves. Slaves to sin, slaves to self, slaves to the flesh. Slaves to lies, slaves to temptation," Driscoll said in a video message on Tuesday, reflecting on numerous passages in the Bible that use the language of slavery and freedom.
He focused especially on the story of God's people in Exodus, who were slaves under Pharaoh and were ruled over cruelly and mercilessly. more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll's new church, The Trinity Church, has purchased a permanent home just weeks before its public launch, acquiring a historic church building in the Phoenix suburbs.
Driscoll, who left the Seattle megachurch Mars Hill in October 2014 and is in the midst of a racketeering lawsuit, announced in February that he would be leading The New Trinity Church in Arizona.
As the church plans to launch on Aug. 7, it recently secured a permanent home in Scottsdale by purchasing the historic 1,400-seat Glass and Garden Church located at 8620 McDonald Drive, the same building that the church rented when it held its Easter gathering earlier this year. more >>