John MacArthur during his anti-Charismatic Strange Fire conference last month said that he believes fellow Christian theologian John Piper's "openness to modern charismatic gifts is an anomaly" and may inadvertently lend support to an aspect of Christianity he finds unbiblical.
MacArthur, expanding on those comments with evangelical Christian blogger Tim Challies earlier this month, mentioned D.A. Carson, Wayne Grudem and Piper as men who he loves as "as co-workers in the ministry of the gospel" but expressed concern that their openness to the charismatic gives the movement weight.
"My major concern is that their openness to the issue unwittingly gives the whole movement an aura of theological credibility that it does not deserve," said MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. more >>
They pastor in different parts of the country and have vastly different teaching styles, but according to the iTunes store's latest "Top 10 Podcasts - Religion and Spirituality" chart, Joel Osteen, Mark Driscoll, Timothy Keller and Charles Stanley are some of the most-listened to Christian ministers — both in the U.S. and abroad.Top 10 Podcasts - Religion and Spirituality (U.S.) on iTunes:Joel Osteen Audio Podcast Mars Hill Church: Mark Driscoll Audio Timothy Keller Podcast Daily Radio Program with Charles Stanley Your Move with Andy Stanley Podcast The Village Church (Matt Chandler) The Potter's Touch (T.D. Jakes) Joyce Meyer TV Audio Podcast Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast Bethel Church Sermon of the Week (Bill Johnson)
An obvious stand-out on the list of top 10 religion and spirituality podcasts is Pastor Andy Stanley's "Your Move…" and "Leadership" podcasts both ranking in the lineup.
Also noteworthy is that podcast programs from Mars Hill Church, Joyce Meyer, Mars Hill Bible Church (founded by Rob Bell) and Bethel Church also appear on the "top 10" lists for religion and spirituality on the U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Norway charts. more >>
A young New York City man wrongfully accused of robbery wasted more than three years of his life behind bars on Rikers Island until a judge recently dismissed the charges against him, setting him free without even an apology.
Now Kalief Browder, 20, who was just a 16-year-old tenth grader walking home from a party when he was accosted and charged with robbery in 2010, is seeking to find life again but it's difficult, he explains, in an ABC report. He has since filed a civil rights lawsuit over what they did to him.
"This guy comes out of nowhere and says I robbed him. And the next thing I know they are putting cuffs on me. I don't know this dude. And I do over three years for something I didn't do," said Browder of his ordeal that began in May 2010. more >>
A small town in upstate New York has rallied together to continue funding its local community's Christmas celebration, even though an atheist's complaint forced the local government to stop supporting the event.
The town of Spencerport, N.Y., a small village located just outside of Rochester, has been celebrating its annual "Christmas on the Canal" event for 17 years until this year, when Elaine Spaziano, the event's founder and organizer, announced that the tradition had to be canceled after an atheist complained about First Amendment rights and the separation of church and state to the local government.
The event features an array of holiday-themed activities, such as a tree lighting ceremony, carols, a nativity, a blessing by a local clergy member, and other festive events. The celebration was funded partially by Spencerport and the neighboring village of Ogden, and both villages were forced to pull their funds and support for the celebration this year after an atheist activist complained that the event used taxpayer dollars to support Christianity. The activist reportedly had a petition and threatened to take the cities to court if they continued donating to "Christmas on the Canal." more >>
Even after NYPD Sgt. Mohammed Deen, 40, appeared to have been knocked unconscious, his attacker kept pummeling his face with his fists, kicked him repeatedly and banged his head on the street outside a restaurant and bar in Queens, N.Y., as his wife watched and screamed helplessly in horror.
Deen's attacker, later identified in news reports as Hayden Holder, 29, battered him outside St. John's Express restaurant and bar located on Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park, according to the New York Daily News.
And based on a graphic one-and-a-half minute clip of the incident posted to YouTube on Monday, Holder meted out his attack without compunction. more >>
A man praised God after he was able to reunite a daughter with her unconscious, hospitalized father after matching the man's image from a local news station's Facebook photo with a poster in his neighborhood.
Fifty-six-year-old Efrion Conales' family was desperate after he disappeared three weeks ago when he was critically injured and hospitalized while riding the subway in the Bronx in New York City. Hoping that someone in her neighborhood and adjacent ones might recognize him, his daughter posted flyers throughout the area, reported PIX11.
"My dad has been missing since 10/28/13. If anyone has an info please contact (her phone number). His name is Efrion Conales also known as Frayo," the flyers stated. more >>