A video has emerged of Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll offering copies of his new book, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?, as "a gift" to John MacArthur's Grace Community Church, after the Seattle megachurch pastor stated online last week during the latter's controversial Strange Fire conference that "security confiscated" the books.
Driscoll's Oct. 18 tweet stating that his books were confiscated by security at the Strange Fire conference, which he also mentioned on Instragram as shown in the image below, has caused a debate among others who attended the conference or observed its happenings via the Internet.
Darren Wiebe, a Moody Bible Institute graduate and current student at MacArthur's The Master's Seminary, spoke briefly with Driscoll outside of Grace Community Church. Wiebe alleged in an open letter that the "cordial and gracious" megachurch pastor "lied" about his exchange with the security team regarding copies of A Call to Resurgence, while pointing to Driscoll's social network statement regarding his "confiscated" books. more >>
The family of a 41-year-old father of two was gutted with grief last Saturday night after he was shot dead in a horrific robbery attempt in front of his 15-year-old son who was also injured in the attack.
Police identified the father as Rene Balbuena who was answering a Craigslist ad in a south Los Angeles neighborhood with his son at about 7 p.m. Saturday when what they believed was a failed robbery attempt took place, according to an NBC 4 report.
Investigators say Balbuena and his son knocked on a door in the neighborhood listed as the address for the sale of a phone, but were told to go away. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Southern California's Saddleback Church said he believes that happiness can be learned during last weekend's worship services.
"Many people think that happiness is simply a matter of luck; if you're happy, you're just lucky," Pastor Warren told the congregation in his sermon, part of a series called, "The Habits of Happiness."
"Happiness can be learned; it's a quality that you can learn," he said. more >>
The Rev. John MacArthur, influential author, pastor and seminary president, responded to critics of the three-day Strange Fire conference at his Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif., that many pastors believe is causing dissention among the faithful because he's teaching that the Charismatic movement is leading people astray and dishonors the Holy Spirit.
MacArthur commented that some of his critics have said that he's fixated on the Charismatic movement, a claim he countered by noting that in his 45 years in ministry, this was his first conference he's held on the movement, and believes it has come too late.
"In response to this conference, there have been some attacks, and we've been unable to escape them," MacArthur said to the more than 3,000 attendees at the conference Friday night. "I just want to address those, because I do think that it's important to answer the criticisms that have come." more >>
The Rev. Conrad Mbewe, the pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, opened the third day of Pastor John MacArthur's Strange Fire conference in Sun Valley, Calif., on Friday by asking the question, "Are we preachers or witch doctors?"
Mbewe acknowledged that asking such a question is "strange for the American ear" to hear, but added that, for him, as a pastor in Africa, he believes the modern charismatic movement is taking on the image of false traditions, in which pastors are acting like witch doctors by telling people ancestral spirits are keeping God's blessing from reaching them; but if they are paid a sum of money, they will wrangle with the spirit, or demon, and cast them out.
Reading from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 4:1-2, he said: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. " more >>
SUN VALLEY, Calif. – Pastor Mark Driscoll, in Long Beach to speak at a men's conference, made an impromptu visit just a short trip north up the freeways to John MacArthur's Strange Fire conference at Grace Community Church late Friday morning, and was promptly told he could not pass out copies of his new book while there.
The Mars Hill Church lead pastor, whose book, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? releases next month, told The Christian Post that the reason for coming to the church campus in Sun Valley where the conference was held was to meet with seminary students and leaders of associated organizations, some asking if they could meet with him.
However, in previous posts through social media, about one hour prior to his arrival, Driscoll did state he was going to be at the conference to pass out books that might help with the conference discussion about the Holy Spirit. more >>