Seattle-based megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll took his latest criticism from some within the Christian community about the way he handled the topic of the earth's environment while joking at a recent Christian leadership conference as an opportunity to write about his environmentally conscious family and how humor can be found in parts of the Bible.
One point of contention about his talk at the Catalyst Conference in Dallas was his statement (joke) in which he said, "I know who made the environment. He's coming back, and he's going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV."
Another point of controversy brought up by bloggers and some religion reporters, was his comment: "If you drive a mini-van, you're a mini-man." more >>
Recent reports indicate that the California-based Christian radio network Family Radio, run by evangelist Harold Camping, may be facing dire economic straits, as seen by public tax documents and alleged interviews with former Family Radio employees.
The evangelical radio network, which has been on-air since 1958, has reportedly sold its three largest FM radio stations: WFME in Newark-New York City, WFSI in Annapolis, Md.-Washington, D.C., and WKDN in Philadelphia. Additionally, the Associated Press reported Monday that "tax records show the nonprofit network saw its net assets drop to $29.2 million by the end of 2011, from a net worth of $135 million four years earlier."
More than 17 million Seventh Day Adventist Christians around the globe are still praying for the end of the world as we know it. And next month, as they celebrate a 150-year-old tradition they hadn't expected to last this long, there are some who are disappointed that Jesus hasn't returned yet.
"I would love for Him to come this second," said Janice Maitland, a member of the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church in Manhattan, N.Y., who has been a member of the denomination since 1996, to The Christian Post. "That's always our desire because once He returns there will be less suffering. We will be restored back to our perfect way, so that's always our desire. It always has been and always will be," she added.
A recent Religion News Service report noted, however, that as the world's more than 17 million Seventh Day Adventists, of which 1.2 million are in the United States, get ready to commemorate the 150th year of the organization's existence on May 21, there's not a whole lot of cheer to go around. Not even for all the good they have accomplished through their faith across the world while they wait for deliverance. more >>
Pro wrestler and WCW legend Steve "Sting" Borden stars in a new Christian film about the end times titled "Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End."
The film touches on prophecies found in the book of Revelation and hints towards the end of this age during the events in the film. The main character Josh McManus, played by David A.R. White, travels throughout the U.S. as an arms salesman.
While traveling through a west Texas town, McManus gets held up by a vicious gang of bikers during a potential sale. Borden plays one of those bikers, and his character attempts to enact revenge on McManus for killing some of his gang members. more >>
Bestselling author and Christian minister David Platt will be teaching on the end times in the upcoming Secret Church meeting that expects to virtually gather anywhere from 50,000-60,000 Christians in over 50 countries in a six-hour simulcast scheduled for Good Friday, March 29.
The theme of the upcoming Secret Church global gathering is "Heaven, Hell, and the End of the World," and will have Platt speak to the confusion, fear and hope among Christians and non-Christians who may be unsure of what the Bible says about the afterlife. The Birmingham, Ala., preacher argues, however, that what is most important is what the Bible's eschatology, or end-times teaching, says about the Christian's life and purpose in the here and now.
The Secret Church Simulcast, led by Platt and hosted by LifeWay, is described as "six intense hours" of teaching and prayer primarily focused on the persecuted church. It was the minister's experience with underground house church leaders in Asia that inspired the first event in November 2006, which was held at Platt's The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham and attracted more than 1,000 people. more >>
As the College of Cardinals continues to determine the next bishop of Rome, some are looking toward the prophecies of Michel de Nostredame as indicators that the church leaders will be electing the last pope.
According to believers in Nostredame, whose latinized name is Nostradamus, the 16th century French physician and soothsayer, wrote that the second to last pope would "flee Rome in December when the great comet is seen in the daytime."
According to Carol Grisanti of NBC News, this astronomical phenomenon can be connected to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. more >>