This opinion piece is in response to The Christian Post's recent article, Former Members of Mars Hill Church Plan 'Peaceful Protest' Over Pastor Mark Driscoll's 'Anonymous' Claim.
Much like Mars Hill Church based in Seattle, Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California arose out of a desperate need to encourage Christians to seek God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. God has graciously honored our desire and is spreading His Word.
In my case, I was allowed to make most of my mistakes in the secular world before planting a church at age 41. Mark Driscoll was not afforded this luxury - he entered the pulpit in his twenties and had to work through anger, pride, and control (by the way, most church planters struggle with these traits, myself included). more >>
A Texas megachurch formerly affiliated with Presbyterian Church (USA) has joined a fast-growing nascent conservative reform body.
Grace Presbyterian Church of Houston, with approximately 2,000 members, was recently granted its request to be dismissed from PCUSA after voting to leave the liberal mainline denomination.
South Carolina-based NewSpring church, headed by Pastor Perry Noble, baptized 733 teenagers in Daytona Beach, Florida during their annual summer youth camp known as The Gauntlet, last week.
The Gauntlet, which is in its ninth year, gathered over 3,000 middle and high school students for a four-day event, where teens were able to experience God and fellowship among their peers. more >>
Having a large church does not matter unless people are being discipled and growing with a purpose, said Rick Warren during a Hispanic pastor's conference, LiderVision, in Los Angeles Friday.
Warren, whose Saddleback Church boasts nearly 25,000 people, says having a mass following only counts if the church pastor has the right purpose and process and if they are the right person to lead.
"I'm not impressed with crowds, because a crowd is not a church. I'm not against crowds but you only turn them into a church if you have a process," he said. more >>
Pastor Mark Driscoll, facing an onslaught of criticism in the last several months for a myriad of accusations by former members of the Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, has issued yet another apology, this time over angry remarks he made under a pseudonym on the church's website 14 years ago.
The most recent controversy includes Driscoll's comments revealed under the name 'William Wallace II' posted in 2000. Opening with the words, "We live in a completely pussified nation," Driscoll (as Wallace) condemns the majority of Christian men for being "Promise Keeping homoerotic worship loving mama's boy sensitive emasculated neutered exact male replica evangellyfish."
He added, "It all began with Adam, the first of the pussified nation, who kept his mouth shut and watched everything fall headlong down the slippery slide of hell/feminism when he shut his mouth and listened to his wife who thought Satan was a good theologian when he should have lead her and exercised his delegated authority as king of the planet. more >>
A recent post appearing on the Joel Osteen Ministries Facebook page suggests that a Bible passage commonly interpreted as God's invitation to the Messianic King was also applicable to believers. Amid an overwhelming number of "amens," however, there were a handful of people who insisted that the popular passage had been taken wildly out of context.
The post that ruffled the feathers of a few Osteen Facebook supporters was centered on Psalm 2:8, part of a fuller passage that theologians interpret as applying specifically to the Davidic king, in this case, Jesus Christ: "Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession."
According to the JOM Facebook page, which has more than 7.7 million followers: "God is saying, 'Ask Me for those hidden dreams that I've planted in your heart. Ask Me for those unborn promises that may seem unlikely to happen in the natural.'" more >>