The "family of God" will outlast everything known in the modern day world, such as Microsoft, Hollywood and even the United States, says Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren.
"A thousand years from today, if there's still earth here, there won't be a Microsoft. There won't be a Hollywood a thousand years from today. There won't be a United States of America, because no earthly kingdom lasts forever. There won't be all of the things we think are so great," Warren wrote in his Daily Devotional Friday morning.
The best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life added: "But there will still be the family of God. God's people last. It's the only thing that's going to last. … I make no apology in saying to you that maybe joining a spiritual family will be the most significant thing you do with your life." more >>
Church leaders from 33 different countries and all 50 states participated in Pastor Rick Warren's three-day "Purpose Driven Conference" at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, with nearly 70 percent being newcomers who were not at the first conference 10 years ago.
"The world needs hope like never before," Warren said in his opening speech Tuesday morning. "Our hope is not in government. It will never come through a politician. Our hope is not in who we put in the White House, but in who we put on the cross."
The Purpose Driven paradigm is like "the operating system for the church," Warren said in a statement ahead of the conference. "We must help plateaued churches and discouraged pastors, and we must train a whole new generation to embrace God's five purposes for the church: fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism." more >>
Saddleback pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren says small congregations can play a significant role and should not be viewed as less valuable because of their size.
"There is no correlation between the size of a church and its significance," Warren said at the Purpose Driven Conference at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, according to Pastor Randy Craft of Saddleback Newport Mesa. "God is responsible for the quantity of your ministry; you are responsible for the quality."
This is the first Purpose Driven Conference to be held in the United States in 10 years, following the 2006 conference that was attened by more than 2,900 church leaders. more >>
A violent rumble erupted at a local church Sunday morning after the congregational care team voted to stop serving coffee and donuts in all Sunday school and life classes.
Members of the Holy Gospel Church started the fight in the lobby between the early morning and 11 a.m. services. Dozens of visitors entering the seeker friendly church were injured after being struck in the head by copies of The Daniel Plan book that were being thrown at church staff in protest after congregants saw that the Starbucks coffee airpots had been removed and replaced by a smoothie bar.
According to multiple accounts, the violent brawl stemmed from a controversial decision made last week by the church to ban unhealthy foods, like donuts and coffee, for all Sunday morning church services and classes. more >>
J.D. Greear, who was a strong contender for president at the recent Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, says it's unfair to blame declining baptism numbers in the SBC on a resurgence of 5-point Calvinism in Southern Baptist life. Greear graciously stepped aside in a razor close race with Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis and a more moderate Calvinist — a contest that many say rested on how 5-point Calvinism affects church growth.
In an interview with The Christian Post last Thursday, Greear, pastor of Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, said it doesn't matter how many "points" of Calvinism one holds because "Jesus gave every one of us the Great Commission, and if we're not carrying it out, that's just plain unfaithful."
CP also reached out to several other prominent strict Calvinists within the SBC, such as Albert Mohler Jr., Russell Moore, Mark Dever, and David Platt for their comments for this article but all were either traveling or otherwise unable to respond by press time. more >>
Wouldn't it have been amazing to have witnessed a miracle like Moses parting the Red Sea, to have stood among the crowd of thousands fed by Christ using only two fish and five loaves of bread, or to have experienced some similar miracle? Where are today's jaw-dropping spectacles? Are epic wonders only a thing of the past?
In his recent book Unanswered, a volume that was six years in the making and intends to shed light on topics that have gone largely unaddressed within today's Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston assures that, even in modern times, God is still very much on the move when it comes to working miracles.
In fact, Johnston says Jesus is making miraculous appearances to Muslims around the world. more >>