The teaching pastor who took over for controversial author and Pastor Rob Bell at Mars HIll Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, announced Sunday that he will soon be leaving the church and explained that "being a pastor is not really who I am."
Kent Dobson, who assumed the teaching pastor position at the 12,000-member megachurch when Bell left the congregation and moved to California in 2012, told the congregation during Sunday's service that he will be stepping down from his role in the coming months to pursue a "greater mystery."
He told the congregants that he has never felt right serving in the role of pastor because he has always been "drawn to the edges of religion and faith and God." He has even stated a few times that he doesn't know "what we mean by God anymore?" more >>
During this holiday season, it's natural to think about giving. Multitudes of churches and ministries wisely seize the moment. "It's the most wonderful time of the year …" so it's an opportune time to encourage people to be generous with end-of-year giving.
I include myself in this group asking people to remember me with their financial gifts. Losing financial backing from my church as I addressed hot button topics in the culture, I now have the wonderful opportunity to truly live by faith, trusting God for our provision through financial partners and friends.
I just received a letter with a picture of a "man of God" who told me "my hands are burning as I type this letter, Larry" (my name was used 12 times in the letter) asking me for a "seed of $320" based on Eph. 3:20. "God told me that I was to send to them the necktie that I had when supernatural miracle favor was poured out upon me with extreme power." This would bring a "release of money and prosperity" after I placed my hand upon the handprint on the page. more >>
Newly released files on child sexual abuse at a Roman Catholic abbey in Minnesota have revealed that one priest had over 200 sexual partners, including children.
Fox 9 KMSP reported that the files, released by St. John's Abbey as part of a court settlement, show that as many as 19 monks may have abused hundreds of children over decades.
"We still need to get our voices out to people who have not come forward," said Troy Bramlage, one of the victims that was part of the settlement. more >>
Leading up to and since the release of his new album Purpose, Justin Bieber has become quite the unlikely evangelist. The A-List star has been sharing his spiritual journey with the world and exposing the mainstream media to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In a recent L.A. Times review, the headline of Bieber's new tour read, "How Justin Bieber turned Staples Center into a megachurch."
The reviewer described his experience at the Justin Bieber: Purpose World Tour as a pop concert - movie premiere - skateboarding demonstration and a church service. He said the multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles was transformed as the 21-year-old singer sung through some of his older and newer hits.
To some it was probably no surprise because God has been the center of Bieber's conversations lately, but the journalist did not expect to hear about the singers deep love for Jesus at the sold-out venue. "Between the skateboarding and the singing, though, Bieber sat on a stool next to Judah Smith, the man described as his pastor, and more or less preached," L.A. Times reporter Mikael Wood wrote. more >>
It's that time of year again. Pumpkin pies, autumn leaves, cooler temperatures, football on the television, and reunions with extended kinfolk.
Thanksgiving is a time of feasting and family, with blessings counted and calories ignored. Tens of millions of Americans travel every year to be with family over this holiday.
Here are a few points of trivia about that one special Thursday in November that precedes the Christmas season and all its pageantry. more >>
Members of a New York church were surprised to find a newborn baby placed in the congregation's nativity scene.
The baby was found in the manger scene display at the appropriately named Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill in Queens. A full-term newborn, according to the New York Daily News, was found with the umbilical cord still attached.