John MacArthur during his anti-Charismatic Strange Fire conference last month said that he believes fellow Christian theologian John Piper's "openness to modern charismatic gifts is an anomaly" and may inadvertently lend support to an aspect of Christianity he finds unbiblical.
MacArthur, expanding on those comments with evangelical Christian blogger Tim Challies earlier this month, mentioned D.A. Carson, Wayne Grudem and Piper as men who he loves as "as co-workers in the ministry of the gospel" but expressed concern that their openness to the charismatic gives the movement weight.
"My major concern is that their openness to the issue unwittingly gives the whole movement an aura of theological credibility that it does not deserve," said MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. more >>
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, talked about the government shutdown, the future of the Republican Party, helping the poor and his Christian faith, in an interview with The Christian Post.
In his new book, Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge, with co-author Marc Thiessen, Walker writes about his battles with public sector unions and the recall effort. Using lessons he learned from those battles, Walker has many word of advice for his Republican Party.
"Things may look hopeless in Washington, D.C.," he wrote, "but from where I sit in Wisconsin, the view is decidedly more hopeful and optimistic." more >>
Sarah Palin, conservative Christian, former Alaska governor, and the nation's first female Republican vice presidential candidate, will be visiting Liberty University's Lynchburg, Va., campus on Wednesday, Dec. 4 as the evangelical school's final Convocation speaker for the Fall 2013 semester.
"While Governor Palin has visited Liberty's campus in the past, she has never appeared at a Liberty event. I am thrilled she will soon see why this university brings such hope to America," said Liberty University President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., according to a school news service report shared with The Christian Post.
President Falwell, who will be introducing Palin at Convocation, added that he spoke with the former governor at the Rev. Billy Graham's 95th birthday celebration and the pair "spoke of our mutual anticipation for her upcoming visit." more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham returned to his home in Montreat, N.C., Thursday, following a two-day stay at Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was admitted on Tuesday for pulmonary-related tests and observation, according to hospital officials.
Graham, 95, was in the hospital for similar tests last month because of a respiratory congestion. After his admission to the hospital Tuesday, family spokesman Mark DeMoss said Graham was expected to return home in a day or two.
"Mr. Graham was alert and in good spirits during his stay," said William R. Hathaway, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Mission Hospital. "We are pleased with the results of Mr. Graham's evaluation." more >>
They pastor in different parts of the country and have vastly different teaching styles, but according to the iTunes store's latest "Top 10 Podcasts - Religion and Spirituality" chart, Joel Osteen, Mark Driscoll, Timothy Keller and Charles Stanley are some of the most-listened to Christian ministers — both in the U.S. and abroad.Top 10 Podcasts - Religion and Spirituality (U.S.) on iTunes:Joel Osteen Audio Podcast Mars Hill Church: Mark Driscoll Audio Timothy Keller Podcast Daily Radio Program with Charles Stanley Your Move with Andy Stanley Podcast The Village Church (Matt Chandler) The Potter's Touch (T.D. Jakes) Joyce Meyer TV Audio Podcast Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast Bethel Church Sermon of the Week (Bill Johnson)
An obvious stand-out on the list of top 10 religion and spirituality podcasts is Pastor Andy Stanley's "Your Move…" and "Leadership" podcasts both ranking in the lineup.
Also noteworthy is that podcast programs from Mars Hill Church, Joyce Meyer, Mars Hill Bible Church (founded by Rob Bell) and Bethel Church also appear on the "top 10" lists for religion and spirituality on the U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Norway charts. more >>
There's an old joke that says: How do you describe an atheist at his funeral? "All dressed up with no place to go."
Now, all jokes aside, there is a place atheists can go on Sundays. There's a new type of "atheist church" that has been founded by a couple from England, and apparently it's taking off.
Writing for the Associated Press, Gillian Flaccus penned an article called, "Atheist 'mega-churches' are now a thing in the U.S as popularity spreads from U.K." These groups, write Flaccus, are "people bound by their belief in non-belief." They have had large gatherings in Los Angeles, "San Diego, Nashville, New York and other U.S. cities." more >>