The American Bible Society has named a new president and CEO, months after an apparent fallout among Pastor Timothy Keller and other evangelical Christians over the dismissal of the NYC-based nonprofit's previous president, Doug Birdsall.
"We are thrilled to welcome Roy Peterson to American Bible Society," said American Bible Society Board Chairman Pieter Dearolf in a press release. "Roy's decades-long leadership in Bible translation and depth of experience will serve him well as he helps lead American Bible Society into our third century of ministry."
Peterson, formerly president and CEO of Bible translation ministry The Seed Company, will be taking on the new position in February. Peterson, who also previously served as president and CEO of Wycliffe USA and has been commended for his work in Bible translation, shares three children with his wife, Rita. more >>
Pastor Carl Lentz believes that Hillsong Church NYC's rapid growth and diverse congregation in just three years since its opening is largely due to the church's location in a city known for its diversity.
"I think it's less to do about us and more to do with New York City…we try to reach everyone here whether you're homeless or in the world's eyes, a celebrity, we pray our church can reach you," said Lentz, in an interview with New York's Fox 5. "It's more about the fact that New York has a spectrum of people so we should have the whole spectrum in our church."
Ever since the church was planted in early 2011, many New Yorkers have flocked to meet at Irving Plaza, which is a concert venue, for a worship experience and to hear the 34-year-old preach. Currently, the stateside Hillsong movement has gained more than 5,000 attendees, divided their services into six time slots each Sunday with lines of devotees wrapped around the block for each one, and launched an additional service in Montclair N.J. The church also counts Justin Bieber, Vanessa Hudgens and NBA player Kevin Durant as followers of its ministry. more >>
The Hollywood Reporter broke this exclusive video debut on Tuesday of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, "in which the Grammy-nominated duo boards a northbound Bronx bus to surprise its commuters."
The Reporter writes that "after paying their fare, Lewis drops his hoodie, hits the 'play' button of a boom box and beings to clap on beat. Macklemore then walks down the bus aisle, tossing paper towels while rapping their hit, 'Can't Hold Us,' as the other passengers dance and sing along..."
Benny Hinn, controversial Christian evangelist, has been causing concern not only among Hindus upset over a planned visit to India, but also among local Christians who have been highlighting the preacher's past bizarre statements and teachings about the Bible.
In one article published online concerning Hinn's visit to the country for a prayer conference, some readers have suggested in the comments that Christians should join Hindus in protesting the evangelist's upcoming visit as well.
One reader pointed to Hinn's past statements as motivation for a protest, sharing his belief that the evangelist has insulted the "very core of the Bible" with his teachings. more >>
Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church and America's fastest-growing congregation, appeared with Larry King during his online talk show on Monday to discuss why Muslims and atheists are attracted to his ministry, how his ministry style differs from Billy Graham's, and why he doesn't preach about homosexuality.
Watch the video of Osteen's interview with Larry King:
The last time Osteen spoke with Larry King was in 2005 on "Larry King Live," after which Pastor Osteen was accused by Christian viewers of suggesting that Jesus was not the only means of salvation. more >>
NEW YORK — A Baptist evangelist and a member of the Louis Farrakhan-led Nation of Islam yelled their respective versions of "the truth" over the din of screeching trains for the attention of weary commuters streaming through one of New York City's busiest subway stations one recent evening, all while a nearby and noticeably less rowdy group of Jehovah's Witnesses quietly replenished their table with more printed copies of their sect's beliefs.
Brother Shawn, as the Baptist evangelist called himself, weaved his way through the incessant wave of bodies at the Atlantic Terminal in the borough of Brooklyn where commuters can connect to several subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, or do some shopping and casual dining in the above-ground mall. It was Friday after 6 p.m., the end of the work week, and people were moving however fast their legs would carry them to get wherever they had to go.
There was cacophony of metal against metal, automated announcements, the buzz of conversations, and outbursts from the National of Islam Muslim making a pitch for his newspapers, while Brother Shawn yelled about "Jesus' shed blood" and who was destined for heaven and hell. more >>