Best-selling author and pastor Rick Warren shared on Friday that his dad, Pastor Jimmy Warren, who would have celebrated his 95th birthday this week, helped shape his destiny with his final, dying words.
In a Facebook post that also included a photo of Warren at 4-years-old helping his dad construct a church, the founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, stated that to understand why he does everything that he does, one needs to know the story of his father's church planting ministry and final days while dying from cancer.
"He never talked about the books he'd read, the movies he'd seen, or the war he'd been in. Instead, he dreamed aloud about building churches, reliving one building project after another," explained Warren about his dad during the last week of his life. more >>
Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen made a faux pas this week when an inspiration message posted to his extremely popular ministry Facebook page suggested that Moses was alive during Joshua's leadership and even when the prophet Daniel was taken into Babylonian captivity.
"God said in Numbers 11:23, 'Moses, is there any limit to My power?'" reads the Bible-inspired message on the Joel Osteen Ministry Facebook page.
The JOM Facebook page moderator goes on to suggest of God: "He was saying, 'Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don't you realize that I can bring water without rain?' There's no limit to God's power." more >>
David Landrith, pastor of the Tennessee-based Long Hollow Baptist Church, underwent surgery Friday morning due to colorectal melanoma, an aggressive form of cancer that has spread to his brain.
Executive pastor Lance Taylor updated the church's blog moments after the surgery noting that Landrith's procedure had gone well.
"Good report on Pastor David. Today's surgery was successful and he's resting comfortably in recovery. So thankful for all the good medical care. Pray for a speedy and uneventful recovery … ," said Taylor. more >>
Hillsong Church will be investigated by Australian officials regarding child abuse allegations against Pastor Brian Houston's late father. The probing is part of the Royal Commission's larger investigation involving similar abuse among other Australian congregations.
Frank Houston, who helped build Australia's Pentecostal movement, admitted before his passing in 2004 to sexually abusing a boy in New Zealand in the 1970s. Now, Hillsong Church will be investigated in a public hearing in October regarding the matter.
"The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into the response of the Sydney Christian Life Centre and Hills Christian Life Centre (now Hillsong Church) and Assemblies of God in Australia (now Australian Christian Churches) to allegations of child sexual abuse made against William Francis 'Frank' Houston," the Royal Commission said in a statement. more >>
Pastor James MacDonald of the Chicago-based seven-multicampus Harvest Bible Church, issued an apology statement on Sunday saying that the board of the megachurch unanimously agreed to lift a discipline ban from three excommunicated elders.
Harvest ousted Daniel Marquardt, Scott Phelps, and Barry Slabaugh in 2013 after they protested against what they claimed was a culture of fear and intimidation and a lack of transparency among church leadership.
"For many months, we have labored under the awareness that our church discipline of a year ago was a failure in many respects, not the least of which was the complete lack of biblically required restorative component, which wronged the brothers that we were attempting to help," said MacDonald. more >>
Charles Jenkins, Chicago megachurch pastor and recording artist, tells the enemy off in a new Gospel track titled "War" released online Monday. Jenkins declares that the enemy cannot have his family or his increase in the aggressive worship song, released just months after an embarrassing nude photo emerged that was allegedly tied to an extortion plot.
Jenkins is senior pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and an award-winning songwriter and producer. He declares in the upbeat "War" worship song, in which he is accompanied by the Fellowship Chicago choir:
"I got joy in my soul God is in control I got Satan on my trail But I'm singing all is well He's attacking everyday But I'm watching while I pray No matter the attack I won't turn back Cause this means war …" more >>