Pastor Andy Stanley is defending his approach to preaching amid questions from prominent evangelical leaders who contend his methods undermine the Bible's authority and pave the way for unbelief.
In a lengthy article in Outreach magazine on Friday, the pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, responds to his critics and affirms that he believes in biblical inerrancy. What he is doing, he argues, is changing the angle from which he speaks to more effectively engage a post-Christian society, particularly millennials who have left the Church.
Controversy arose in light of Stanley's recent sermon series wherein he argued that because increasing numbers of people in the United States do not lend credence to the Bible, Christians should dispense with the "because the Bible told me so" rationale for believing its truth claims. more >>
Light of the Word Christian Center in Topeka, Kansas, asked supporters of the ministry to pray for the church's founding Pastor, Greg Varney, after he was arrested last Wednesday on aggravated assault charges stemming from an incident involving one of his daughters.
Pastor Varney and his wife, Debbie, who have been married since 1976, are the parents of five daughters and one son. They also have 12 grandchildren, according to the church's website.
The pastor's arrest report from the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office cited by local news station KSNT, said Varney used a vehicle in the assault against his daughter. A churchgoer explained that Varney was arrested after he smashed into another car as he was trying to leave the scene of the assault. He further noted that it was unlike his pastor to act that way. more >>
A Missouri church belonging to the Evangelical Free Church of America has changed its name, as some people thought the congregation was "free from evangelicals."
First Evangelical Free Church in Springfield has changed its name to The Springs Church of Springfield, the church announced, saying it commemorated the name change by a post-service event Sunday with free food, refreshments, games and inflatables for the community.
"We have known for some time that our name was confusing to many people," Pastor Jerry Carlin said in a statement. "So we chose a name that finds its meaning from many Bible passages including John 4:7-14." more >>
A-list actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks made a couple's wedding day very special last week when he took a detour from his jog through Central Park to congratulate the bride and groom while they posed for their wedding photos.
The "Sully" actor crept up behind the love birds and surprised them as they posed for a photo. Hanks shook their hands, kissed the bride, asked them for their names and then posed for a few pictures with them.
"Ryan, you're a lucky man," Hanks told the Groom. "Elizabeth, you're a lucky woman." more >>
Best-selling Christian author Philip Yancey took to social media to clarify comments he made regarding his failure to understand how evangelical Christians could support Donald Trump.
In an interview with the European publication Evangelical Focus published last week, Yancey said that he was unable to understand how conservative evangelicals could support Trump, stating that Trump and his campaign often contradict biblical Christianity.
In response to the controversy garnered by his remarks, Yancey posted a message Tuesday on his Facebook page offering more context to his comments. more >>
Nearly 90 percent of white working class evangelicals believe Christian values are under attack in America, according to a CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
The survey, released this month, found that although a very strong majority of white working class evangelicals (89 percent) think society is hostile toward Christian values, white working class Mainline Protestants and Catholics are less likely to share that view.
According to the poll, 73 percent of white working class Mainline Protestants and 61 percent of white working class Catholics share the view that Christian values are under attack in America today. Meanwhile, only 41 percent of white working class respondents with no religious preference believe that Christian values are under attack today. more >>