Having a large church does not matter unless people are being discipled and growing with a purpose, said Rick Warren during a Hispanic pastor's conference, LiderVision, in Los Angeles Friday.
Warren, whose Saddleback Church boasts nearly 25,000 people, says having a mass following only counts if the church pastor has the right purpose and process and if they are the right person to lead.
"I'm not impressed with crowds, because a crowd is not a church. I'm not against crowds but you only turn them into a church if you have a process," he said. more >>
Dr. Kent Brantly's condition is improving after being moved to the United States from Liberia, where he contracted the Ebola virus. Before leaving for Liberia, Brantly delivered a powerful sermon, saying that God had a call on his life.
"In October, [my wife] Amber and the kids and I are moving to Monrovia, Liberia, to work as medical missionaries at ELWA Hospital," Brantly told the Southeastern Church of Christ in Indianapolis. "For two years we will live and work and serve among the people who, until the last 10 years of peace, had known nothing but the violence and devastation of war for the previous 20 years."
Brantly added that he had "never been to Liberia" but was going "because God has a call on my life. God did not give us a spirit of timidity," he noted, quoting the Apostle Paul. more >>
Creation Museum CEO Ken Ham has clarified a number of recent media headlines that claimed he said "aliens are going to hell" by stating that he never said such a thing, and that he does not believe God created extraterrestrial life.
"I gave a theological reason why not. Understanding the Gospel that God's son became a man, became a descendent of Adam, became the God-man and remains the God-man our Savior, and that only humans can be saved — so obviously Jesus did not become a God-klingon, he became a God-man," Ham said in an interview with fellow creationist Ray Comfort on "The Comfort Zone," posted Wednesday.
Following a blog post on Answers in Genesis, where Ham criticized NASA's ongoing search for alien life, several news headlines came out suggesting that he said aliens are "going to hell." One such headline on Huffington Post last week read: "Creationist Ken Ham Says Aliens Will go to Hell so Let's Stop Looking for Them." more >>
Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are returning to America in a specially outfitted CDC jet to receive further treatment for the Ebola virus they contracted in Liberia while working as missionaries.
CNN reported that both have left Liberia in the specially outfitted airplane where they will remain in enclosed structures so as not to infect anyone else. They are headed to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital where they will be treated for the disease in a special facility containment unit.
"Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases," the hospital's officials told ABC News. "It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. It is one of only four such facilities in the country." more >>
Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, was recently diagnosed with Ebola after spending time working with Samaritan's Purse, an international relief agency. Now his family and church family are calling for prayers from across the globe as Dr. Brantly fights for his life, which he has "put in God's hands."
"Kent said he gave his life to Christ long ago," fellow church member Jason Brewington told the Dallas News. "It's His in life and it's His in death."
Dr. Brantly is married to wife Amber and the couple has two children; thankfully, they have exhibited no symptoms of the deadly virus. The family felt called to work in less-developed countries, and they were able to save enough money to make the trip to Liberia. Amber and the children have returned home, and Dr. Brantly is being treated in an isolation center at a Liberian hospital. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham recently reiterated his remarks from earlier this year, calling on Christians in America to stand for biblical values despite social opposition.
In a column published in the July-August edition of Decision magazine, the head of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, declared that "Heaven is not for cowards!"
"Christians cannot ignore parts of God's Word because they are unpopular or cause division. Our commission is to proclaim Christ and all He stands for," wrote Graham. more >>