Rob Bell, the best-selling author and former founder and pastor of Michigan-based Mars Hill Bible Church, who stirred controversy with his acceptance of gay marriage, is speaking out against pastors he accuses of exploiting sermons in order to "build bigger buildings."
Bell says since he's no longer pastoring a church, he has the "extraordinary" freedom to evangelize without the responsibilities of running a church getting "in the way."
Christians can't take a "casual" approach to their faith in God, the Rev. Billy Graham said in a post this week.
Responding to a question on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website, the 97-year-old religious leader said Christians must be completely dedicated and involved in their faith.
Graham explains in the BGEA "My Answers" post that while many are be tempted to stop attending church so they can focus on other weekend activities, such an approach to Christianity and Christ's love is not sustainable in the long run. more >>
Harvest America 2016 may draw up to 60,000 people between the main stage at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the thousands of simulcast locations Sunday evening, but the massive evangelism event's founder Greg Laurie says that he will focus on an individual come time to step into the pulpit and preach.
"When I speak, I'm not so much addressing a crowd, I think of an individual," Laurie told The Christian Post earlier this week. "It's hard to wrap your mind around a crowd of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60 thousand people — in fact you can't. So what I do is I think about that person that is cynical that didn't even want to come in the first place ... Though I'm speaking to a crowd in reality, I direct my remarks as though we were having a conversation — me and that person that's in attendance."
Laurie, Harvest America's host and main speaker as well as California-based Harvest Christian Fellowship senior pastor, intends to deliver a message that he hopes will rekindle the faith of those who already believe, as well as bring non-believers into a relationship with Christ. He shared in an interview with CP that he feels a great responsiblity when he preaches at the massive event because he knows some people worked very hard to bring their non-believing friends to the event in hopes that they would hear the Word and commit their life to Christ. more >>
Pastor Andy Stanley issued an apology on social media for a recent sermon in which he said that people who go to a small church "are so stinkin' selfish."
The senior pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, one of the largest churches in the U.S., posted on Twitter on Thursday expressing remorse for his remarks last weekend.
It is almost an unspoken phenomenon in church life.
Three decades ago, over nine of ten churches with a congregational government had a monthly business meeting. Several non-congregational churches had monthly business meetings as well.
Today, less than one-third of American Protestant churches have these monthly meetings. That is an incredible decline hardly noted by many pundits. more >>
One of the world's leading Bible translation organizations announced this week that it is ending its affiliation with the Wycliffe Global Alliance, citing its opposition to the fact that other alliance-affiliated translation groups do not include familial terms to refer to the relationship between God and Christ.
Wycliffe Associates, an Orlando-based international organization formed in 1967 that had over 6,279 staff and volunteers translating the Gospel in 75 different countries in 2015, announced in a statement Tuesday that it will not renew its affiliation with the Wycliffe Global Alliance, a network of Bible translation organizations formed in 1991.
The press release explains that the decision was made by Wycliffe Associates' board of trustees last Friday. more >>