Cameroon has decided to close down dozens of Pentecostal churches due to claims of "criminal practices" from the government.
President Paul Biya, who has led the West African nation since 1982, ordered last month the closure of several Pentecostal churches in the name of public safety.
Mbu Anthony Lang, a government official, told reporters in a statement that the order involved safety issues rather than opposition to the Pentecostal Movement. more >>
The head of one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in North America has denied a news report that the practice of speaking in tongues has been declining among Pentecostal churches.
Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, told The Christian Post that a recent Associated Press story on the decline of speaking in tongues was "totally inaccurate." "The practice of speaking in tongues is very integral to who we are. It was one of the generating factors 99 years ago in our being formed and it's still the encouragement for every believer to speak in tongues," said Wood.<
"Of course not everyone who is attending Assemblies of God church does speak in tongues, but this is who we are." more >>
The new 'Power Bible' comic trades offer parents a great alternative to teach their children the stories from the Bible.
The books, released by Green Egg Media, turn the narratives of scripture such as the Creation story, the story of Joseph, and the Great Flood into comic reels that are easy for children to read and enjoy. The Bible could sometimes be intimidating to the younger generations and this provides them with something a bit more palatable.
The artwork is simple and the dialogue is basic and taken right from what is found in scripture. Every part in Power Bible provides the reader with what exact scriptures a particular story they are telling was lifted from. It provides definitions for complicated words in between pictures so that those who are new to the Bible can know what they mean as they continue reading. more >>
An academic institution based in South Carolina has expressed concern over a proposed expansion of a fast-growing megachurch.
Officials at Clemson University have remarked that NewSpring Church's plan to build a new campus near one of their facilities was a source of concern.
According to local media, the focus of worry involves a 30-acre piece of property found nearby Clemson's International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville along Interstate 85. more >>
In a surprise reverse offering, a Michigan church passed out $10,000 split in various amounts in 240 envelopes to members of its congregation last month and simply told them: "go."
The unique gesture, which was funded from the bank accounts of seven elders of the Journey Family Church in Gobles, Mich., is part of an initiative the church is calling "Entrusted." It was inspired by a parable in the Bible noted in Matthew 25:14.
"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods," reads the scripture. more >>
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 >>