Arvella Schuller, the wife of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller who helped found the Crystal Cathedral Ministries passed away on Tuesday, February 11th. Her passing has evoked fond memories for those of us whose lives she touched. The imprint that she made upon my life came in the early days of the twenty years that I served at the Crystal Cathedral.
Upon graduating from USC I followed my heart to develop a "Dance Ministry," which found its purpose within the unique ministries of the Crystal Cathedral. To learn more about the purpose for dance in the Scriptures I entered Fuller Theological Seminary. Yet, the prime lesson that I learned was gained at a Women's Ministry event from a lecture by Arvella Schuller.
In her lecture entitled, Worship: The Inspirational Hour, Mrs. Schuller spoke passionately on how the purpose of art was found in the priority of praise. This passion, was exemplified through her artistic endeavors on the "Hour of Power" television ministry, as well as the children's and Glories ministries. Her passion embodied the words of Martin Luther who wrote that..."all the arts, especially music should be used in the service of Him who gave and made them." more >>
Televangelist and host of the 700 Club Pat Robertson has advised viewers of his program to keep quiet over any sexual relations they might have had with transsexuals.
Robertson explained his advice on a Monday edition of "The 700 Club" in response to a question fielded by an anonymous writer regarding his former relationship with a transsexual as part of the "Bring it on" segment.
"Before I met my wife, I fell in love with a beautiful woman and had a relationship for six months. We broke up after she told me she was transsexual," queried the individual identified as "Brandon." more >>
After a Valentine's date night dinner for 30 couples hosted at their church in the Chicago area, Pastor James McDonald and his wife, Kathy, plan to share how they have been able to have a fulfilling and lasting marriage during an online streamed conversation Friday evening.
"They'll be sharing about how they've kept their marriage strong, their love fervent, and their hearts knit closely to each other and to Christ," Harvest Bible Chapel states on its website. "So, this Friday night finish your Valentine's Day dinner plans, then cozy up and tune into the broadcast."
The announcement made it clear that it's not essential that viewers have a special Valentine to watch the livestream. more >>
The debate over God's existence heats up next week as leading physicist and atheist Sean Carroll is pitted against William Lane Craig, a top theologian and philosopher, to discuss their views about philosophy, cosmology, and the role of God and the cosmos.
The two experts will debate on Feb. 21 under the theme "God and Cosmology: The Existence of God in Light of Modern Cosmology." Organizers announced Wednesday that the event will be held at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as part of a Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in Faith and Culture Weekend Conference. Modern cosmology is dominated by the Big Bang theory, which attempts to bring together observational astronomy and particle physics.
"Though Carroll is as fiercely anti-theistic as other cosmologists I have debated, he differs in being philosophically informed and civil in demeanor," Craig wrote in a statement about the event. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Pastor Rick Warren encouraged hundreds of local Southern California pastors and ministry leaders attending a pre-release screening of "Son of God" at Saddleback Church Tuesday to use a six-week study the best-selling author created using scenes from the movie.
The "Son of God – The Life of Jesus in You" series (LifeWay publishers) will launch at Saddleback to coincide with the movie's release. Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, who were at the special screening, had asked Warren to create the book study with their movie as a tool.
"This is an incredible opportunity to double the size and number of your small [Bible/book study] groups," said Warren after the screening. He explained that the first time he used a movie to launch a series to be used in small groups was with "The Passion of the Christ." Warren said he offered content that was not available anywhere else, and while members of small groups were first attracted to attend by the nature of the content, they stayed in the study groups because of the formed relationships. more >>
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Faith, family values, and quality entertainment took center stage at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards on Friday evening. Celebrities and lesser-known movie, TV, and music industry people shared their appreciation for being able to celebrate the things in life they cherish most.
Joni Eareckson Tada, who was there to perform the title song from "Alone Yet Not Alone," told The Christian Post that although she was out of her element at the splashy event because she is primarily a Christian disabilities advocate, she said she was appreciative of Movieguide and its goals.
"I think we are at a point in our country where people are becoming weary, they're becoming tired of media messages, and movies that degrade the human spirit, that defame the human heart, that weigh people down, that reinforce hopelessness and despair, people are looking for a change from that," Tada explained while participating in the red carpet portion of the evening. "I think that the popularity of the song and its Oscar nomination has underscored that people are looking for a change. more >>