A Reformed historian claims that John Calvin, whom thousands celebrated on the 500th anniversary of his birth in 2009, should not be considered the founder of Reformed Protestantism, or more commonly known as "Calvinism."
The new book, Calvinism: A History, aims "to show how varied Calvinism is and how it had so many other hands cooking the stew other than Calvin himself," author Darryl G. Hart, visiting assistant professor of history at Hillsdale College in Michigan, told The Christian Post in a Tuesday interview. Rather than describe how Calvinism set the stage for the modern world – inspiring capitalism, individualism, and representative democracy – Hart focuses on the "genealogy" of the faith.
The author noted that it wasn't until the 19th Century that Calvin's works were published far enough to gain a wide readership, so after his death there spanned an almost 300 year gap before his modern influence. more >>
Christian artist Jeremy Camp recently launched his new Speaking Louder Ministries, based off his album Speaking Louder Than Before, and wants to create a whole new realm of worship as an artist and as a believer who has the opportunity to spread the gospel.
"To speak loud enough with our lives that the message of Christ reaches every corner of the world and to reach out to the lost and the hurting with the good news of the gospel. To inspire and give other believers the opportunity to be the heart and hands of Jesus in their community," Speaking Louder's mission statement says on the site.
Camp speaks about this ministry being 15 years in the making as he has finally come to a point in his life where he is ready to let go and surrender all to God night after night in worship. more >>
The Catholic diocese that recently purchased the iconic Crystal Cathedral in Southern California is working on a $53 million renovations project for the 34 acre grounds.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has a list of several projects meant to improve the facilities, working under the motto of "from Crystal to Christocentric."
Ryan Lilyengren, director of Communications for the Diocese, told The Christian Post that the efforts were made to make the former Crystal Cathedral "the true center of the Diocese of Orange." more >>
The head of The Episcopal Church has stated that the declining numbers of her denomination could be the work of the Holy Spirit to create "greater fruitfulness."
TEC Presiding Bishop the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori made this statement last Thursday in remarks delivered at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. "Some have judged our smaller numbers as faithlessness but it may actually be the Spirit's way of pruning for greater fruitfulness," said Jefferts Schori.
"If we see ourselves standing at the foot of the cross, any such judgment will be far less important than our response." more >>
An Oklahoma-based construction company known for building sanctuaries for several large megachurches in the United States, including one with nearly 10,000 weekend attendees, is in talks for securing a major project in Brazil.
Churches by Daniels Construction of Tulsa, which has the same owner as Daniels & Daniels Construction, has been in talks with people from Brazil over a project for several months. Rachael D. Rowland, marketing director with Churches by Daniels and daughter of the owner, told The Christian Post that if approved the project would be on a grand scale. Churches by Daniels have built facilities for congregations like Victory Christian Center of Tulsa, Okla., which has a regular attendance of over 9,000; Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., with an attendance of 5,500; and Living Word Family Church of Naples, Fla., with a 2,000+ regular attendance.
"We are talking with a group from Brazil about a possible project down there, which will be probably the largest project we have ever done," said Rowland. "We've just been talking and talking about terms and that kind of stuff. So it's not solidified, but it's a good possibility." more >>
Christian author and apologist Lee Strobel has backed the annual National Back to Church Sunday event, scheduled for Sept. 15, where over 18,000 churches have signed up for the initiative that aims at inviting as many non-religious people to church as possible.
"Seven out of 10 unchurched people would visit a church if a friend invited them. What are we waiting for?" said Strobel, best-selling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith.
"The church offers hope, grace, truth, joy and the message of eternal life – all of which we want our friends to experience. Let's take a risk and prayerfully offer an invitation!" more >>