Christians should be encouraged to "come as [they] are" this Easter season, Pastor Rick Warren wrote in a devotional post this week.
Warren, who oversees Saddleback Church in Southern California, wrote on Tuesday that some Christians may have the misconception that they need to "clean up [their] act" before they can present themselves to Jesus.
The megachurch pastor says that while Christians may think they need to do this, in fact the opposite is true. "The truth is, God doesn't expect us to clean up our act before we approach him. The death and Resurrection of Jesus is God's statement on that. Jesus spread out his arms and said, 'I love you this much. Now, just come as you are,'" Warren says, adding that, as Psalm 57:3 notes, God's death on the cross proved his unconditional love for us. more >>
After nearly two tumultuous years at the center of an ongoing scandal that includes allegations of plagiarism, fostering an abusive work environment, and most recently racketeerig, embattled pastor Mark Driscoll is relying on Scripture to maintain his perspective on life as he prepares for the launch of a new church.
In an email to The Christian Post Tuesday, Driscoll shared a Scripture that has helped him throughout his present ordeal.
"This Scripture has been a great help to me," he wrote, citing 1 Peter 3:8-11, which includes the passages: "Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit … " more >>
In what could be deemed as a re-introduction to the faith community, Pastor Mark Driscoll attended NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble's Most Excellent Way to Lead Conference in early March and shared a new vision for himself and his ministry.
"I genuinely am in a season of learning," Driscoll told Pastor Perry Noble during an on-stage interview that recounted the ex-Mars Hill pastor's early years in ministry — which Driscoll likened to being a kite in a hurricane — and only hinted at the demise of Mars Hill Church.
Driscoll explained that God is preparing him for a new role in his ministry. "I really feel that the next season that God is preparing me for is to minister as a father, as a spiritual father, who has the same affection and devotion and heart for people that I do for my own children," he said. "And I'm a pretty emotional, affectionate, present dad — by God's grace — and I feel that that's the next season of leadership that God has for me." more >>
On a winding road to a comeback, ex-Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll received a standing ovation as he took to the stage at Perry Noble's Most Excellent Way to Lead Conference earlier this month, where he admitted that he started in the ministry too young and would have benefited from the guidance of an older mentor.
During an on-stage interview with NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble, Driscoll explained that at age 19 he was "radically saved" after he began reading the Bible in college. From then on, his life seemed to progress at a rapid pace. more >>
Easter Sunday will mark a new beginning for ex-Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll and the congregation of his new Arizona-based Trinity Church, which will hold their "first-ever gathering."
Pastor Kong Hee of Singapore's City Harvest Church has continued his tour around Southeast Asia, focusing this week on Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, which he called a "big harvest field" for Christianity.
Kong also spoke about the importance of implementing church "cell groups," which he argued allow even the world's biggest megachurches to effectively care for all of its members.
"What a big harvest field Indonesia is. The number of Christians has grown from 1.3 million to 24 million in the past 40 years, making up approximately 10 percent of the country's population," Kong wrote on Facebook. more >>