British-born ministry 3DM invited various Church leaders in the New England area to join them on a quest to re-imagine discipleship and church culture in America last week.
The group, whose headquarters are now based in Pawley's Island, South Carolina held a Discipleship and Mission Workshop at the Church of Emmanuel in Foxboro, Mass. from Feb. 4-6 that attracted church leaders from all over the northeast region of the U.S.
"We're not getting discipled, we're [learning how to use 3DM's tools]," said Vincent Gressi from Oasis Christian Center in New York City in regards to his experience with the material. "I've been discipled, now I should be discipling someone else. [3DM created tools], not a system [to make this possible]." more >>
A viral blog post argues that no couple will ever truly be "ready" for marriage, and that the various ways people "test the waters" before "tying the knot" do not really work. Christian relationship experts agreed, but warned that believers should not be too hasty to say "I do."
"You can't comfortably transition into an eternal vow," wrote blogger Matt Walsh. "We commonly view living together as a logical step before marriage, but it isn't," because the lifelong commitment to another human being is not something you can "try out." Rather, "you make it, and then it's made."
Christian relationship expert Ruthie Dean agreed, but cautioned believers to "make sure that we're more ready without stepping into the sin of cohabiting or having premarital sex." Dean, coauthor of the book Real Men Don't Text: A New Approach to Dating, suggested there are ways to prepare for marriage and admitted that the secular world can teach the Christian world a thing or two about waiting to tie the knot. more >>
After claiming in an explosive CNN article Monday that he began losing his faith in God after being overworked and underpaid at a church run by a tyrannical, golf-loving pastor who made $80,000 a year, deaf pastor turned atheist, Justin Vollmar, is being dismissed as a "vengeful, pathological liar," who needs to "repent" of his sins by his old church.
"The word that he is spreading about myself and the church is not good and we are going to have to shun him until he is ready to apologize to us. But apparently he is choosing a worse road. I believe the devil is winning him," said Terry Michael Buchholz, senior pastor of the Hampshire View Baptist Deaf Church in Silver Springs, Md., where Vollmar worked for seven years.
Vollmar ran the Virtual Deaf Church online for four years before proclaiming in a YouTube video Friday that he is now an atheist, renouncing the virgin birth and the belief that Jesus is the Son of God who was raised from the dead, as well as the Bible being the word of God. 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 >>
A church trial for a prominent United Methodist theologian who officiated his son's same-sex wedding ceremony has been postponed.
Initially the trial for retired seminary dean the Reverend Thomas Ogletree was scheduled for March 10, but a postponement was announced Monday.
A married Kenyan pastor with children who was almost killed after he was caught in an explosive video having an affair with the wife of one of his congregants last Wednesday publicly repented with his family by his side this week and is now being praised for taking responsibility for his actions.
Pastor Anthony Maina of the Kenya Assemblies of God told church members and residents of Embu Town at a press conference that he wasn't there to "defend myself" and apologized.
A local television station KTN Kenya, published a YouTube video Monday showing Pastor Maina getting beaten and running after he was caught in a compromising position with his congregant's wife at a motel in Nyeri, Kenya. more >>