Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Washington state, made his way Friday to Pastor John MacArthur's Strange Fire conference in California to hand out copies of his new book, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? and presumably share his views on the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit — which the Strange Fire conference challenges.
Driscoll shared Thursday on his Resurgence.com blog in a post titled "IS THE TRINITY FATHER, SON, AND HOLY BIBLE?" that he would be in California for a specific engagement, and was aware of Pastor MacArthur's Strange Fire conference.
"This week I am in the land of fruits and nuts — sunny California — for Act Like Men in Long Beach. Rumor has it there is a conference not far away dealing with the person and work of the Holy Spirit," writes Driscoll in his post. more >>
John MacArthur, influential author, pastor and seminary president, has kicked off the Strange Fire conference at his California church this week and reportedly stated during his opening remarks that the charismatic movement "dishonors God" and "offers nothing to enrich true worship."
MacArthur, a cessationist, has long been an outspoken advocate of weighing the claims and activities of those in the charismatic movement against Scripture, and tied the conference to the release of his latest book, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit With Counterfeit Worship. In a series of promotional videos leading up the conference, the 74-year-old Calvinist minister insisted that the Strange Fire conference would focus on "the false worship" coming from the movement, and is not about worship styles or preferences.
Deitrick Haddon, gospel music star and former Detroit pastor, talked recently with The Christian Post about his new album, "R.E.D. (Restoring Everything Damaged)," how his failed first marriage changed him in the eyes of many, and his decision as a teen to turn down a major record contract to fulfill his calling of preaching the Gospel.
Below is a transcript of CP's exclusive interview with Haddon (conducted via phone), in which the Dove Award winner and multiple Stellar Gospel Music Award winner relates one of his favorite Bible passages and explains how it reminds him that "sometimes good people go through storms that they didn't bring upon themselves." The transcript has been edited for clarity.
CP: Tell me a little about your 12th studio album, "R.E.D. (Restoring Everything Damaged)" and how it has been received. more >>
A man dressed up as Jesus Christ attended the AIDS Walk in Los Angeles, Calif. over the weekend, standing next to protesters of the walk while holding a bundle of red balloons. Photos of the man have since gone viral on the internet, including user sharing websites such as Reddit and Facebook.
The photo shows a man dressed like Jesus, wearing a long white robe and having long, brown hair past his shoulders. The "Jesus Christ" impersonator stood on the sidewalk next to protesters who held signs that read, in part: "homo sex is sin." The impersonator carried along with him over one dozen red balloons that were reportedly meant to block the protesters from the view of those participating in the event.
The protesters reportedly attend the event every year to show their opposition to the homosexual lifestyle. As Los Angeles-based journalist Brody Brown told The Huffington Post, the event's organizers usually try to find a way to position them off of the main walk so they don't distract participants. "It was kind of amazing seeing Jesus posing with a cluster of red balloons, early on in the L.A. AIDS Walk, just after the masses turned off Santa Monica down La Cienega," Brown told The Huffington Post. more >>
Rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons, 42, recently recited bible verses in front of a Los Angeles restaurant to a woman who had fallen on rough times, a new paparazzi video shows.
The video shows the rapper reading from a bible while standing on the sidewalk in front of Wi Jammin' Caribbean Restaurant on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, Calif. Although it is unclear exactly which bible verse the rapper is reading, he does seem to be advising the female fan on the importance of trusting in God's will.
According to TMZ, the rapper had been exiting the restaurant when he met the fan, who said she had been going through tough times in her life. Without missing a beat, DMX reportedly got out and provided his own bible to the woman to offer some guidance. more >>
During the second and third days of the Exponential West conference this week, speakers shared five discipleship essentials and encouraged church leaders to train and equip their flock to go out into the world to share the Gospel in order to empty hell and fill heaven.
Pastor Rick Warren, whose Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., hosted the three-day conference that was attended by 2,000 church planters, spoke about multiplying and exponentially reproducing disciples. The four core ingredients he said are necessary to make disciples are: having a disciple-making pastor; having a disciple-making ministry at church; using the method of Jesus as the process; and lastly, pain, problems and persecution.
Warren noted that no one wants pain, problems and persecution, but quoted from Acts 14:21-22 and said that believers, "enter into the kingdom through much suffering." more >>