Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has blamed the growing acceptance of evolution and the belief that the Earth is billions of years old, along with social change such as embracing gay marriage, for the increasing prospect of Christianity in America "losing another generation."
"Something is wrong. The stories usually involve a close friend or family member who once attended church faithfully but left. In many cases, these once-active churchgoers adopt an openly secular worldview and lifestyle, rejecting all semblance of Christian belief and values," Ham wrote in a lengthy blog post on AiG on Sunday.
"Most churches, it seems, are full of Christian parents, Sunday school teachers, and pastors who tell similar heartrending stories. They just can't believe what's happening." more >>
Now that my friend Brian Houston's new book, Live Love Lead is out and being read by plenty of leaders, I thought it was time to ask him some questions.
As founding pastor of Hillsong Church, with locations in at least 15 major cities around the world, his leadership principles have impacted thousands of pastors and ministry leaders. Plus, "Hillsong Music" is the most popular worship label worldwide, and the feature length motion picture "Let Hope Rise" — about their band "Hillsong United" — is in the works. So we had a lot to talk about:
Phil Cooke: Hillsong seems to be taking off like a rocket these days. You're continuing to open churches in major cities around the world, the conferences are growing, Hillsong music is exploding, and the feature film "Let Hope Rise" will be released soon. With everything that's going on, why did you decide to write the new book right now? more >>
An elder at the historic Church of the Covenant in Manhattan has filed a $1 million lawsuit against its interim pastor, saying he has offended church members by "using four letter words in the pulpit," not doing his duties and removing a "God is Love" sign from the sanctuary, allegations that the pastor denies.
Gregory Reid, treasurer at the 165-year-old church, has filed the lawsuit against Pastor Cornell Edmonds in Manhattan Supreme Court, seeking to permanently remove him from the pulpit, according to the New York Post.
Both Reid and Edmonds are attorneys. more >>
Reputed exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain, Father Juan José Gallego, has said that in his experience pride is the devil's favorite sin.
Citing excerpts from an interview conducted by the Spanish daily El Mundo, Gallego, who is in his ninth year as an appointed exorcist, said pride is the sin the devil likes the most and explained that he had a lot of fear when he first started evicting demons from human vessels.
"In the beginning I had a lot of fear," said Gallego. "All I had to do was look over my shoulder and I saw demons. … The other day I was doing an exorcism, 'I command you! I order you!'… and the Evil One, with a loud voice fires back at me: 'Galleeeego, you're over-doooing it.' That shook me." more >>
An Israeli rabbi who recently authored a book on charity has argued that the Bible actually calls on people to give 20 percent in charity rather than a 10 percent tithe.
Shneor Cohen, a 27-year-old ordained rabbi, has argued that a commonly cited justification for giving 10 percent may actually be 20 percent.
"Cohen, an ordained rabbi, said that the sages of the Talmud pointed to Deuteronomy 14:22, which states: 'Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.' The verse is often cited as the biblical basis for tithing one's income," reported The Blaze. more >>
Christian rapper Thi'sl, a St. Louis-based artist who says he's always used his platform to address racial and social issues, released a new project last month titled Heavy Is the Head — inspired by events in Ferguson and New York surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Thi'sl covers various topics on the 14-song mixtape that launched Aug. 5, including fatherlessness in the inner city and police brutality. On a song titled "Lord Help Me," the rapper expresses his frustration with people from outside the Ferguson community always blaming tragedies, such as the death of Michael Brown, on the lack of fathers.
"I kept hearing people saying the problem with Ferguson is that there are no fathers in the home," said Thi'sl to The Christian Post. "People talk to us about that stuff as if we don't know. We are the people that know that more than anybody. You see so many people willing to point out the problem, but people aren't willing to point out the solution." more >>