Respected theologian Don Carson hadn't planned on discussing hell and universalism at this year's Gospel Coalition conference. But the subject became inevitable when Rob Bell's new book burst onto the scene, debuting at No. 2 on the New York Times' bestseller list.
The research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill., is not happy that universalists are diminishing God's holiness, cheapening the cross, and distorting biblical truths.
Though he didn't accuse Bell directly, Carson said the handling of the atonement of Christ by universalists is blasphemous. more >>
Satan has another message for you: Don’t go to Bay Area Fellowship.
Employing a rather offbeat tactic to draw in people, the Texas megachurch placed a billboard ad on the side of the highway in efforts to get people thinking.
“The goal of the billboard was to start a conversation in our city,” said Bryan Fiscus, the media director at Bay Area Fellowship to The Christian Post. “This is the case for most of the advertising we do.” more >>
When Rebecca Black’s “Friday” became a YouTube sensation overnight, it was a given what would follow – “Sunday” of course.
Creating their own rendition of the “wannabe weekend-party anthem,” as Yahoo’s Lyndsey Parker put it in her music blog, and giving it a holy twist, the Creative Arts Staff at Community Christian Church quickly got to work.
“Parody has been a really important part of what we do as a church creatively,” said Eric Bramlett, who helped develop the “Sunday” lyrics with his brother Elic, the Associate Creative Director better known as “Master E,” and one of the rappers seen in the video. “It’s just one of things we’re always looking at, [trying to see] what we can draw from it.” more >>
This devotion is part of our special Road to the Resurrection series, a journey designed to deepen your Easter experience.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.- 1 Corinthians 15:22
What does the resurrection of Jesus mean to you? What does it mean to me? more >>
In its latest ad campaign for Easter, a Plymouth, Mich., megachurch is redeeming a word famously used by actor Charlie Sheen – "winning."
While big houses, nice cars, fame and money equals winning for Sheen, NorthRidge Church is demonstrating a different kind of winning.
"It's sad, but here's the reality. Charlie Sheen isn't alone in having, (how can I say this sensitively), a bizarre view of what it means to be 'winning.' Our culture tends to get it wrong as well," wrote Brad Powell, senior pastor of NorthRidge, on his blog Friday. more >>
A pre-movie advertisement promoting an Easter church service was banned from local theaters because of its mention of Jesus.
Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo, Calif., created the 30-second ad to air for three weeks on 45 movie screens across Orange County starting April 1, paying more than $5,000, according to ABC.
The commercial posed questions about what some conspiracy theorists believed may have happened to Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago. Claims like “the disciples stole the body” and “Jesus didn’t actually die on the cross” were mentioned. more >>