After a week of whispers that he had been fired, NewSpring Church, a popular megachurch in South Carolina with a weekly attendance of 30,000, confirmed Sunday that Perry Noble, the church's founding and senior pastor, has been fired for alcohol abuse and other "unfortunate choices and decisions" and is currently under psychiatric care.
"While this is the most difficult and painful decision we've had to make, unfortunately it was necessary. Perry has made some unfortunate choices and decisions that have caused us much concern," NewSpring Church Executive Pastor Shane Duffey said at the 9:15 a.m. service.
He explained that the church tried for several months to help Perry after confronting him about his issues but he refused to take correction so they were forced to make the "painful" move. more >>
SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Pentecostal New Jersey pastor Don James says that America runs the risk of losing its financial blessings from God if American Christians don't stop embracing an "ostrich Christianity" and help spread the good news of Christ to the most dangerous corners of the world.
James, the lead pastor at Bethany Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey, who has worked on projects to help train underground house churches in China and other countries of the world that are dangerous for Christians, spoke Friday during a breakout session on church mobilization at the International Christian Concern's annual The Bridge conference for the persecuted church.
On the morning of June 24, the world awoke to a changed Europe. With the so-called 'Brexit' referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union, and as such, the EU lost one of its most important member nations. Almost immediately, there were calls from France, Italy, and the Netherlands to hold similar referenda, jeopardizing the entire EU experiment.
While a number of scholars and commentators have interpreted the Brexit as indicative of the wave of nationalism that is sweeping Europe and much of the world, many have missed the significance of this wave for a resurgent conservative traditionalism in the West.
It is most certainly the case that the world is going through a radical realignment along nationalist and provincialist lines. From Bosnia to Chechnya, Rwanda and Barundi, from South Sudan to Scotland, populations have been turning increasingly inward for civic and cultural identity. more >>
Pastor Steven Furtick, founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said Thursday that he was crushed after seeing recordings of the deaths of two black men, Alton Sterling, 37, and Philando Castile, 32, during separate encounters with police officers this week.
Castile's death was broadcast in a viral Facebook Live video after he was shot by an officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota Wednesday night while Sterling was shot dead on Tuesday by Baton Rouge police officers.
"I'm just saddened by it and wanted to reach out to you and also share with you that the Bible says we mourn with those who mourn and just having a pastor's heart," Furtick said in a Facebook video post shortly after returning stateside from a trip to Australia. more >>
World-renowned ministry Hillsong released the trailer for their highly anticipated feature film "Let Hope Rise." The Pure Flix film will chronicle the spectacular rise of the prominent Australia-based band, Hillsong UNITED.
In the new trailer, senior pastor Brian Houston explains the start of Hillsong and his heart for their music. Various clips of the band praying, touring, writing songs and more are highlighted. "In the end our success is not about us, it's all about God. You take Him out of the equation, you got nothing," Houston says as UNITED's hit song "Oceans" plays in the background.
See the full trailer below: more >>
Can a church service become an all-out indoor rodeo complete with dirt floors and bucking bulls? Just ask the Rev. Maury Davis of the Cornerstone Nashville megachurch who did just that this past Independence Day weekend.
"It [the rodeo] came from the idea of how do we compel people to come into the house [of God]? Jesus said, 'Compel them to come in, that my house may be full,'" Davis told The Tennessean. "We're hoping that every person that comes into this room is ready to meet the Lord."
Davis also felt that celebrating the Fourth of July with a rodeo at his church made sense since the holiday tends to focus on God and country. more >>