If you ask Bill Johnson, many Christians will say they believe God is good because the Bible says so, but the way they interpret His goodness is another matter entirely.
Johnson, 65, who is the senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California, said in a recent interview with The Christian Post that for some in the Body of Christ, wrong beliefs about Him are often borne out of the potent pain and disappointment that comes from unanswered prayers. God's character is thus impugned in the process.
"It's what I refer to as lazy theology," Johnson told CP without an ounce of accusation in his voice, particularly the idea that "because sometimes something doesn't happen, it must not be His will." more >>
Newly engaged worship leader Israel Houghton says he doesn't deserve to be loved by God or his fiancee Adrienne Bailon but says he embraces their love anyways.
In a recent Instagram post, Houghton posted a photo of himself and Bailon at their Parisian-themed co-ed wedding shower hosted by West Hollywood eatery Fig & Olive.
"God Favors Me! been listening to this song on repeat for the last several days by @bishophez - I know I don't deserve to be chosen and loved by God let alone by this life changing woman @adriennebailon - but it's not about deserving or earning or achieving one's love- it's about receiving it. And I humbly and gladly receive... my heart is so overwhelmed by both the love of God and the love of this amazing woman. My fiancé, my forever... and like Hez says 'don't worry about your haters, your haters can't do nothing with you,' I receive that too. #HappilyEverHoughton," he wrote. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, has offered his interpretation of a debated biblical story in Exodus in which he assured believers that despite what some might claim, there are no contradictions in the Bible.
Laurie took to Facebook on Tuesday to explore the story of Pharaoh in the book of Exodus in the Bible, particularly passages that suggest it was God, but also Pharaoh himself, who hardened his heart in the face of the plagues on Egypt that punished Pharaoh and his people for their treatment of the Israelites.
"What's the deal, a person asks, about God hardening Pharaoh's heart in the book of Exodus? But then it says that Pharaoh hardened his heart. Is that a contradiction? No. It's two sides of the same coin," Laurie argued. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California spoke about the "absolute worst day" of his life when his son, Matthew, died by suicide on April 5, 2013, and emphasized that without the hope of Jesus Christ, he and his wife, Kay, would have never made it through.
"No one needs to suffer by themselves," Warren said in a video promoting World Mental Health Day on Monday.
"In 2013 my son Matthew lost his battle for hope, and he ended his life after 27 years. The day he died was the absolute worst day of my life. Many people since then have asked me, how did you and Kay get through those darkest days? The answer is real simple. The hope that we have in Jesus Christ," he explained. more >>
The pastor of a Las Vegas church, which describes itself as "a church for people who don't like church," is in the middle of an "odd" series of sermons called "Tattooed," to highlight issues related to identity. As part of the series, the pastor got his first-ever tattoo during the worship service and while delivering his sermon.
"The one Jesus loves," reads the tattoo Pastor Vince Antonucci of the Verve Church got on stage during the worship service last Sunday, two weeks after he started the month-long series on Sept. 18.
The pastor received the tattoo from Las Vegas tattoo artist Chance Gomez, who is a Christian. more >>
If you ask Mike Foster, it is high time to throw a party or two for anyone living under the crippling power of shame and failure, because God our Father never intended for us to live there.
As God's beloved, we cannot stop being loved by Him; "beloved" is our truest identity in Him.
Foster, the founder of People of the Second Chance, a nonprofit organization that's guided by the lofty ideal that every person deserves a second chance, said in an interview with The Christian Post that he wants his new book, People of the Second Chance: A Guide to Bringing Life-Saving Love to the World, "to be almost like a $15 therapy session." more >>