Judah Smith, pastor of The City Church in Seattle, Wash., appeared on Fox News Tuesday morning to discuss his new book, Jesus Is, and his relationship with mega-pop star Justin Bieber, who recently endorsed Smith's book to his nearly seven million social media followers.
When asked how he and Bieber first became friends, Pastor Smith told "Fox & Friends" hosts Alisyn Camerota, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, that he initially met the Canadian teen through his mother, Patricia "Pattie" Mallette.
"His mom called me about three years ago, and he was having a concert in Everett (Washington)," Smith explained. "Lo and behold he had heard me preach when he was younger in Toronto. I guess I used to put him to sleep. His mom said she'd play my tapes and he'd fall asleep." more >>
Rob Bell, former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., has created a version of his controversial and 2011 bestseller Love Wins for young adults, in which he "tackles the tough questions about heaven, hell, and the consequences of the choices teens make every day," according to the publisher.
Striking an inclusive tone, the book cover asks young readers, "If God threw a party, would everyone be invited? Would you?"
"For a lot of people when you mention God, the first thing they think of is 'yeah, God's the one who shuts the party down,'" says Bell in a promotional video for Love Wins: For Teens. more >>
Pop singer Justin Bieber may have helped boost sales of Pastor Judah Smith's new book after the Canadian sensation told his 6.8 million Instagram followers to read Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human. The book from The City Church pastor, made available on Amazon on Tuesday, currently holds the no. 1 spot among Christian books on the retailer's website.
Bieber, 18, shared an Instagram photo of the cover of Smith's book Tuesday, writing, "So proud of my pastor. This book comes out on the 26th. Judah is the best speaker of our generation. Read this book [you] won't regret it."
Although Feb. 26 is listed on Amazon as the official publication date for Jesus Is, Smith's book went on sale yesterday, according to the promotional website launched by publisher Thomas Nelson, Inc. more >>
If you're a member of a megachurch, chances are you are a part of something that's more business than ministry, according to former pastor and author Glenn Newman in his latest book, Pastors Move Over: Make Room for the Rest of Us.
Newman, who founded the Convenant Life Fellowship and Heartland Bible Institute in Texas, argues through scripture and other evidence that the current structure of church government with a single pastor at the helm is unbiblical and robs church members of the right pastoral care.
"Ephesians 4:11, 1 Corinthians 12-14 shows a clear system of all believers ministering to one another and worshiping house to house. The elders were the leadership of that day and servant leaders at that. But they also recognize each other's personal gift of ministry," said Newman in a statement Friday. "In the New Testament church there were no 'CEO' type leaders and in fact there were multiple pastors within the flock, ministering and nurturing those that needed it," he added. more >>
Political mudslingers looking for dirt to discredit famed neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson after his candid speech criticizing government policies and political correctness at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. just over a week ago, are probably going to need a miracle finding any major ammunition.
Carson who issued a warning shot to his would-be attackers was responding to a question asked by an audience member during a one-hour Sean Hannity special billed Saving America on Fox News last Friday night.
"Doctor, when you say things that people don't want to hear, usually there is an immediate effort to delegitimize the speaker, were you concerned about that before you made that speech, in that forum, with that audience?" asked radio talk show host, Leslie Gold. more >>
In an effort to equip children with answers to questions about God and solidify their faith as they grow older, Christian theologian Dr. William Lane Craig has a series of children's books titled, "What is God Like?"
Brian Auten, who is the director of Reasonable Faith Belfast and founder of Apologetics 315, announced on his blog recently that Craig's books in the series "are quite amazing in their simple presentation of deep truths about God. (My own 5-year-old girl loves them and can explain what it means for God to be spirit and even what self-sufficient means, among other things.)"
The series of ten illustrated booklets are being released two at a time about every month. Publishers say the books are designed to help parents teach Christian truth to their children and answer some of their deepest questions about God. more >>