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 >>
A Michigan megachurch has raised approximately $8,500 to aid the victims of a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by a man who once donated some of his stolen money to the congregation.
Resurrection Life Church of Grandville gathered the sum via a special fund they created to aid the 800 some victims of David McQueen, who was behind a $46 million Ponzi scheme.
Although the $8,500 pales in comparison to the $300,000 of stolen money McQueen gave to Resurrection Life, John Agar of mlive.com noted that "it's better than what a lot of others have offered." more >>
Comedian Sheryl Underwood, who co-hosts the CBS talk show "The Talk," is set to headline a comedy show at Bishop T.D. Jakes' MegaFest in Dallas next month.
"Sheryl represents nearly every facet of MegaFest, not only as an entertainer and strong, empowered woman, but also as a savvy and multi-faceted entrepreneur," Jakes said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "She has entertained audiences around the world, and we are excited for her to join us at MegaFest."
Underwood's sketch will include family-friendly content and feature seasoned talent such as Christian comedian Akintunde Warnock, who has worked with the likes of actor Chris Tucker. "Breaking Bad" actor Lavell Crawford and "Yolanda Adams Morning Show" host, Marcus Wiley, will also be featured entertainers during comedy shows held in conjunction with Jakes' MegaFest on Aug. 19-23. more >>
In a sermon which has ruffled some of his congregants and general critics alike since he delivered it last Wednesday, megachurch pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, South Carolina, says he believes people can be born predisposed to homosexuality but "Jesus can straighten" the iniquity.
"I believe much of homosexual activity is iniquity. Doctors don't believe it, they say they couldn't find a gene. Well, sin don't have a gene," said Carpenter in a recording of the sermon titled "Biblical Truth on Same-Sex Marriage" that was posted to YouTube. The sermon is almost 1 hour and 20 minutes but he shared his personal thoughts beginning at the 1 hour 12-minute mark of the video.
"You can't open up somebody's body and find sin. The Bible says iniquity travels three and four generations. The word 'iniquity' is not sin. The word 'iniquity' means bent or twisted and everybody is born bent toward something. So I disagree with a lot of people who say you can't be born that way, if it's an iniquity you can be," said Carpenter. more >>