A reality TV show preacher known for his snake-handling during worship services has been exonerated by a grand jury in Tennessee.
Andrew Hamblin, pastor at Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette was exonerated by a grand jury in Campbell County on Wednesday, reported local media.
"Prosecutor Lori Phillips Jones said officials didn't see the matter as a religious freedom case but public safety. She said she respects the grand jury's decision," said Nashville's News Channel 5. more >>
God invented social media. I know that might sound like a crazy claim, but I have a biblical basis for believing this. So I'm primarily speaking to those who believe with me that God is the creator presented to us in the biblical book of Genesis.
Social media seems like a new term. Many people are just hearing it, and many others are already tired of it. It's a trend, a fad, something that people are jumping on quickly for reasons ranging from connecting to old friends to making millions of dollars. When I say it's a fad, I am referring to the term"social media" not to the actual concept of it.
Let's break it down this way. The word media really just refers to information. Facts. Things that are true, or at least things that are thought to be true. Social is a word we used to refer to interactions between human beings – otherwise known as relationships. Putting it together, social media simply refers to the sharing of information through relationships. more >>
Media consultant Phil Cooke recently listed five principles for leaders to effectively communicate the Gospel in today's high-tech social world, including the premise that expression of "Christian lingo" should be dropped.
"Forget Christian 'lingo,'" writes Cooke in his recent blog, Five Commandments for Becoming a Media Savvy Pastor. "Christian media is so filled with it's own 'lingo,' that most of the people we're trying to reach can't even understand us. But when I read the New Testament, Jesus spoke in a language and style people understood. Why have we lost that ability? Why have we created an entire vocabulary of words and phrases that only church members can understand?"
Cooke, who has produced and directed film and television programming in more than 50 countries and authored the book, Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media, says he has helped some of the largest churches and ministries in the country create effective, high quality media outreaches. more >>
A recently aired tribute to the life of Harold Camping by the Family Radio network omitted any mention of the former president and founder's much publicized end times prophecies.
For years, Camping had predicted that the Rapture would occur on May 21, 2011, according to his interpretation of what the Bible said about the End Times. The radio segment, which aired Friday evening, focused instead on other projects and endeavors of the controversial Christian radio host.
Camping's projection came through looking at certain numbers in the Bible and reasoning that they, when calculated property, gave the exact date for the Rapture. more >>
An online petition started in support of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson after he was suspended for expressing anti-gay views has garnered more than a quarter of a million signatures.
Found at the website "Faith Driven Consumer," the petition directed against A&E for suspending Robertson has past 252,000 names as of Friday morning.
"I am asking your network to immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to 'Duck Dynasty,' and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview," reads the petition in part. more >>
A video posted by a Planned Parenthood affiliate on YouTube celebrating the "12 Days of Contraceptives" is no longer available for viewing online.
The controversial 5-minute advertisement video, posted Monday by Planned Parenthood Arizona, was recently made into a private video, so it cannot be viewed by the general public.
The video is not listed on the YouTube Account for Planned Parenthood Arizona, with the most recent upload as of Thursday evening being a video from October titled "Simple Facts about Health Insurance and Obamacare." more >>