Ron Carpenter, senior pastor of the 19,000-member Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., revealed last October that his marriage has been rocked by his wife's infidelity for the past 10 years, and attributed the turmoil to her unspecified "sickness." Yet, Pastor Ron, as the RWOC family calls him, has no intention of stepping down from the pulpit, not even briefly, because "his integrity [is] 100 percent intact," according to the executive director of the megachurch.
In fact, Pastor Carpenter will be back in the pulpit this Sunday, only one week after announcing at the end of his Jan. 5 sermon that he would immediately be flying to an undisclosed location to seek counseling with his wife and RWOC co-founder, Hope Hilley Carpenter.
"We have a guest speaker that will be here [for mid-week Bible study] while he's away, but he will be back in the pulpit on Sunday," Redemption's Executive Director Travis Hayes told The Christian Post on Wednesday via phone. more >>
Author and pastor Mark Driscoll is gearing up for a marriage conference he'll host next month by asking those following his teachings to post questions regarding matrimony on Twitter with the hashtag/key word: #RM2014. The answers to the questions leading into the Real Marriage (also the title of Driscoll's book released in 2012) event will be posted on the Resurgence website, according to his ministry.
"I have a question! #RM2014 What year really is the hardest year as a married couple?" and "I have a question! How can a guy have faith he will get married, if he's awful with girls? If he fails, show his heart too fast? #RM2014" and "#RM2014 Do you raise your children to be good spouses, or good singles?" are some of the tweets recently posted in response to Driscoll's request.
Content writers for Resurgence, a ministry led by Driscoll, recently posted that he and his wife, Grace, who co-authored Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together, will teach at the conference scheduled for Feb. 21-22. The event will be simulcast live online from Roseville, Calif. "Churches, small groups, couples, and anyone who wants to can join, for less than the price of a plane ticket – and only $29 for couples and individuals," stated Resurgence. more >>
Despite celebrity scientist Bill Nye's recent attacks on creationism, the television star has not always distanced himself from religion, as evidenced by megachurch pastor Rick Warren performing his 2006 wedding to Blair Tindall.
Blogger Daniel Stillman claimed earlier this week that Warren's link to Nye came through his fiancée, who Stillman alleged had received pastoral counselling from the Saddleback pastor and who also shares his Southern Baptist faith.
In recent years, Nye has cultivated a following due to his public denouncements of creationism. In 2012, he released a YouTube video, "Creationism Is Not Appropriate for Children," where he accused Americans unwilling to accept evolution of preventing progress. more >>
Ron Carpenter, pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center (RWOC) in Greenville, S.C., told his congregation on Sunday that he would be attempting, with the help of Bishop T.D. Jakes, to reconcile his marriage with his wife, Hope Carpenter, less than four months after revealing that she had committed adultery multiple times over the past 10 years and was voluntarily seeking psychiatric help.
"I ask for your prayers today as Hope and I begin reconciling our marriage. We know this will be a journey. Much love to each of (you)," read a notice on both Pastor Carpenter's and RWOC's Twitter accounts Sunday that was attributed to "Ron C."
A more detailed message on Facebook, also attributed to "Ron C" read: "I know many of you are waiting for updates. Thank you for your patience... Thank you for giving Hope her privacy as she needed intense ministry as well as a place and a time to heal. more >>
Benjamin Houston, pastor at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia and son of its founders Brian and Bobbie Houston, has announced that the first gathering for the new church plant in Los Angeles he is leading with his wife will take place at the end of January.
"We are going to be having our first HILLSONG LA GATHERING in just a few weeks time on Monday January 27th," Houston announced in an email sent to followers on Friday. "We are just finalizing some of the details but will update you ASAP (through) email and social media. It would be a great opportunity to meet you and for you to meet others who could potentially make up our church."
Houston, in his early 30s, also shared that he, his wife, Lucille and their three children have "literally just moved out of our house," as shown in a photo the Hillsong LA pastor published on Instagram. The Houstons fly to Los Angeles on Jan. 6, but will have to return to Sydney in February for an extended time due to visa issues and scheduled events, he explained. more >>
A Virginia megachurch situated near the District of Columbia will be holding its annual youth-centered New Year's Eve party to raise funds for charity tonight, with over 1,000 teens expected to attend.
The multi-campus congregation of McLean Bible Church will host the "New Year's Aid 2014" party Tuesday evening as the calendar year draws to a close. Billing itself as the "largest under-age party in the D.C. area for 6th-12th grade students," New Year's Aid will have several activities and entertainment for guests at the Vienna campus of McLean Bible.
Scheduled attractions will include illusionists Sean Amory and Brock Gill, Christian rapper Humble Tip, and activities like laser tag, crafts, Bingo, Karaoke, and dodge ball. more >>