The pastor of a Korean megachurch in Canada was detained in a North Korean airport in February and appeared before media in Pyongyang on Thursday where he admitted to various alleged crimes against the Communist state, including "perpetrating a scheme to over throw the state."
"The most serious crimes I have committed are that I severely slandered and impaired the supreme dignity and system of this country and perpetrated a scheme to overthrow the state," said Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, the head pastor of Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, to a packed room of reporters at the People's Palace of Culture, a venue where North Korean authorities have arranged similar events in the past.
"In order to create the impression that it is God, and not the Worker's Party and this country's government which give things to eat and provide means to live, we intentionally drew the cross and wrote the name of the church and Bible phrases on the sacks of provisions that were donated to several parts of the country such as Chongjin and Jagang Province," added Lim in the forced statement. "The purpose that I travelled about several parts of the country on the pretext of "aid" was to build a base to overthrow the system. more >>
Joel and Victoria Osteen will hold their ministry's seventh annual America's Night of Hope and Generation Hope Project in the city of San Francisco in less than two weeks.
This will be the first time San Fracisco has played host to America's Night of Hope, an inspirational praise and worship event that will cap off the three-day Generation Hope Project in which members of Osteen's Lakewood Church will be joined by volunteers from around the world to provide services and much needed supplies to three of the city's nonprofit organizations.
Generation Hope Project volunteers will be teaming up with San Francisco's City Impact in the Tenderloin neighborhood, Habitat for Humanity and The Alameda County Food Bank to work on community service projects that will be featured during America's Night of Hope at AT&T Park. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes, the head of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, will release a new book titled Destiny next month in which he shares his personal experiences in an effort to help others to find their purpose in life.
Speaking with DallasWeekly on Wednesday, Jakes said Destiny will help readers overcome the difficult situations they find themselves stuck in, as well as provide encouragement to people who are going through significant changes in their lives.
Jakes also spoke about his upcoming television series that will start airing next month which is designed to help people overcome the daily struggles of life and work through challenging relatioships. more >>
Joyce Meyer, popular Bible teacher and preacher, has shared with her supporters the latest financial report detailing her ministry's assets, expenditures, and the results of its charitable and evangelistic undertakings. The ministry's production of publicly-available yearly financial reports was just one change Meyer made after being named years ago in a Senate probe of the finances of six notable Christian televangelists.
Meyer, named in 2005 by Time magazine among the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America, is a prolific author, having written more than 70 books, including the bestselling Battlefield of the Mind (1995). The 72-year-old minister is also a powerhouse on social media (totaling about 13 million followers across Twitter and Facebook), perhaps falling second only to Joel Osteen where evangelical Christian preachers are concerned.
The Fenton, Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries, founded in 1985, claims that Meyer "reaches a potential audience of 3 billion people worldwide" through her "Enjoying Everyday Life" broadcasts. Meyer's 32nd "Love, Life Women's Conference," the only conference for which she charges an entry fee, attracted 14,000 women who paid $69 per ticket for the Missouri event last year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. more >>
The Rev. Chris Hill, senior pastor of The Potter's House of Denver in Colorado, has shared that members of his congregation who were once critical of the presence of armed guards in the sanctuary now understand the necessity of such security measures in the wake of the Charleston church massacre.
The Charleston shooting was certainly not the first time a church had been targeted by a gunman. The Christian Post reported in 2012 that a former employee of Creflo Dollar's World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia, had walked into an early morning Bible study and shot a member point blank while he prayed. In 2009, late-term abortion Dr. George Tiller was murdered while serving as an usher at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas. In fact, Carl Chinn, a former Focus on the Family safety manager and a church security expert, tracks "deadly force incidents" at faith-based organizations. According to Chinn's data, there have been 971 such incidents between Jan. 1, 1999 and Feb. 15 of this year.
"You are not safe on a plane. You are not safe in an elementary school. You are not safe in a high school. You are not safe in a movie theater. Guess what? You are not safe in a church," Hill told The New York Times in a "Protecting the Sanctuary" video feature on The Potter's House of Denver published this week. more >>
Slim Thug, a Houston-based rapper who has collaborated with multi-platinum artists such as Beyoncé and Pharrell, includes pastor Joel Osteen in his latest album Hogg Life Volume 2: Still Surviving, which was released earlier this month.
The song, titled "Chuuch," credits the megachurch pastor as a featured artist, and begins with Osteen preaching about the company we keep.
"I want to talk to you today about the right people," says Osteen in the beginning of the song. "Who you spend your time with will have a great impact on what kind of life you live. There are people God has already ordained to come across our path to help us fulfill our destiny. People that inspire us, challenge us make us better." more >>