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 >>
Megachurch pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church in Singapore revealed that he recently held a mass revival event for over 1,100 pastors from Southeast Asia, including China, where Christians face heavy government persecution.
Kong noted that Chinese Christians continue to grow in strong numbers despite all difficulties, and are set to outnumber American Christians within the next two decades.
"From 10-11 June, 2016, CHC held its second-ever Global Chinese Leadership Seminar, and this time, over a 24-hour period. More than 1,100 pastors, church workers and leaders from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore joined us for this very special event," Kong wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. more >>
Analysis from a news portal on the Messianic Jewish community in Israel has claimed that some in the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel, who are often opposed to Jewish people turning to Jesus Christ, are experiencing a "spiritual meltdown of historic proportions" and are reexamining their beliefs.
"It would appear that the haredi community is quietly experiencing a spiritual meltdown of historic proportions. These people, who literally spend all their waking hours in Torah learning, are so starved for the real Word of the LORD that hundreds are willing to read 'forbidden' material in order to find Him," Kehila News reported, reflecting on a Hebrew-language article published earlier in June on MyNet, the city of Petach Tikva's news site.
Kehila News said that the article serves as a warning to citizens in the city to "beware of the propaganda" being distributed by Messianic groups, which is a common complaint by the haredi against Jesus-believing Jewish people. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of California's Saddleback Church will hold another Purpose Driven Church Conference this month, after a gap of 10 years, to help church leaders from around the world to integrate a "Purpose Driven" model, based on his best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, into their own church health. "God has shifted my focus from church planting to church renewal," Warren says.
Over the past decade, Warren has focused almost exclusively on ministry around the world through the PEACE Plan, which seeks to involve every Christian and every church in every nation in the task of serving people in the areas of the greatest global needs. But he says, "Now that the PEACE PLAN is mature and impacting millions of people around the world through thousands of churches, God has shifted my focus from church planting to church renewal, beginning in America."
Purpose Driven Conferences, which was last held in the United States in 2006, will update and teach the paradigm for church health and church growth to pastors and their wives from June 28-30 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. more >>