After Pastor Ron Carpenter, Jr. of Redemption World Outreach Center confessed to his congregation over the weekend that his wife, Hope Hilley Carpenter, had been placed under psychiatric observation after carrying on multiple affairs during their two decades of marriage, members of the Christian community have showered the grieving father and husband with prayer. However, others have questioned the Greenville, S.C., minister's wisdom in publicly divulging his family troubles.
A nine-year female member of Redemption World Outreach Center who declined to be named told The Christian Post via phone Tuesday that there has been a "very good, heartwarming response" to Pastor Carpenter's Sunday remarks, and that members of the public have been sending flowers and cards to the church.
As Pastor Carpenter told congregants at the church and those watching the Internet livestream, Mrs. Carpenter has voluntarily checked into a one-year rehabilitation clinic where she has been put in isolation for evaluation. Admitting during his remarks on Sunday that he did not exactly know what was ailing his wife, Pastor Carpenter nevertheless shared that he had been informed by a therapist "that it was the worst case they had ever seen." more >>
I Can't Get No Satisfaction
God, the Papa, blessed me by allowing me to see that the idol called success over-promises and under delivers. Not only does the idol called success under-deliver, idolatry is also disfigures our hearts.
At the age of 25, I was a team captain on the Indianapolis Colts. I had money, a beautiful wife, and things I didn't even know I was allowed to even dream about. I was successful according to America. Yet success couldn't fix what I needed fixed most, my heart. more >>
Pastor Ron Carpenter of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., held a "family discussion" instead of a normal church service on Sunday as he informed his congregation in a heart-wrenching confession that his wife had committed adultery multiple times over the past 10 years and was under psychiatric observation.
"As I am speaking to you right now, my wife Hope, has voluntarily checked into a one-year rehabilitation clinic and she is in isolation and she is under psychiatric evaluation at this moment," Carpenter revealed. "I've been on the phone with therapists until deep into the night last night, and the therapist told me that it was the worse case they had ever seen. That is the severity of this moment and this issue."
He shared in a shaky voice with thousands at the service and countless others watching online that he had lost 12 pounds in the last four days and had barely been eating or sleeping, and called that Sunday the worst day of his life in 45 years. more >>
Derwin Gray, founding pastor of Transformation Church in South Carolina, reminds readers in his new book, Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future, that their identity is found in Jesus Christ, and not in labels like "addict," "orphan," or "failure" that family members, friends or life might have thrown their way.
The Transformation Church leader and former pro NFL player writes in Limitless Life that the truth of one's identity, worth, and purpose is centered in God through Jesus Christ. Nothing but God's grace, not even "religion," can remove the barriers placed upon people because of these labels, or "soul-tattoos" as Gray calls them.
When asked what he believes is God's desire for His children, Gray answered, "To be transformed into the image of Jesus and to continue Jesus' redemptive mission on earth through our gifts as the Holy Spirit empowers us, His Church, in every facet of life." more >>
NEW YORK — Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, spoke at the fourth annual Movement Day gathering and told nearly 2,000 pastors, ministry and community leaders, and professionals in attendance that "every Christian is a burning bush, every Christian is a Mount Sinai."
Using the Acts 2 narrative of Pentecost, Keller spoke on the subject of movements, calling the birth of the Church the greatest movement in history.
Below are 10 excerpts from Keller's remarks on Movement Day 2013, a conference that brought together Christians from more than 300 U.S. cities and 30 countries around the world to help catalyze "leaders changing cities through Gospel moments." more >>
The subject of discipleship took center stage on the first day of the Exponential West conference hosted at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., where 2,000 church planting leaders onsite were treated on Tuesday to the first 10 of 27 speakers planned for the 3-day event.
Saddleback's own Pastor Rick Warren led a mid-day session on the topic of making disciples, along with pastors Robert Coleman and Ray Chang. Other speakers on Tuesday included Jim Putman, Derwin Gray, Obed Martinez, Shawn Mitchell, Alan Hirsch, Debra Hirsch, and Larry Osborne.
Warren said that although not always practiced among Christian leaders, being a servant such as the example Jesus Christ set is the key to making good disciples. He pointed out that the term "servant leader" is an unnecessary one. more >>