Rob Bell, described as a pastor, author and spiritual leader, has invited supporters to attend the first tapings of his new show picked up by OWN, or The Oprah Winfrey Network.
"May 14th we're taping the first two episodes of my new television show and I'd love for you to be there," Bell shared last week with his 281,000 Twitter and Facebook followers and fans.
The taping announcement for "The Rob Bell Show" requests that participants be in Los Angeles and available from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. more >>
A large congregation in Texas that voted to terminate their affiliation with Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences has selected a new senior pastor.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas announced last Sunday that Reverend Bryan H. Dunagan will fill the position.
"The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is thrilled to introduce our next Senior Pastor, the Rev. Bryan H. Dunagan, a native Texan who has been serving as the Teaching Pastor at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia," reads the announcement on their website. "...the PNC has done considerable work on your behalf searching, praying and seeking God's guidance at every turn." more >>
The president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, spoke at a special service in California's Saddleback Church to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, thanking Pastor Rick Warren and his congregation for helping rebuild the East African nation through their ministry called The PEACE Plan.
"We remember the more than a million lives we lost in the genocide. We honor the strength of survivors, as well as the resilience of Rwandans, that has kept our nation alive," Kagame said at the event Saturday.
The 1994 genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu by members of the Hutu majority "destroyed Rwanda's social fabric which had been deliberately damaged over decades," the president said, according to a release by his office. "Our work as a new nation in the last twenty years, has been about restoring social cohesion and the dignity of Rwandans." more >>
South Carolina megachurch pastor Perry Noble believes his upcoming set of sermons titled "Overwhelmed" will be his best series since he knows firsthand the struggle of dealing with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Noble released his book Overwhelmed earlier this month in which he writes about overcoming mental illness. Following the release, members of his NewSpring Church frequently asked how they could overcome stress and anxiety as well. Now, Noble hopes to answer those questions and speak in depth about similar issues that Christians deal with but don't address.
"I really do believe we are going to see lots of life change and people seeking help because, for the first time in their lives, they are going to discover that it's okay to not be okay, but it's not okay to stay that way," wrote Noble on his blog. more >>
The Global Leadership Summit, a two-day event telecast live from Willow Creek Community Church, has announced the lineup of influential leaders among its 2014 faculty, including "Time 100" pastor Wilfredo De Jesus, Hollywood filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry and the CEO of General Electric.
"I'm very excited for everyone to hear Jeffrey Immelt. He's the current CEO of General Electric," Bill Hybels states in a promotional video. Hybels is pastor of Willow Creek Community Church and organizer of The Global Leadership Summit. This year's event is planned for Aug. 14-15.
"Another faculty member that I'm really anxious for the summit crowd to meet is Wilfredo De Jesus, the pastor of New Life Covenant church and one of Time magazine's '100 Most Influential People.'" more >>
Swedish megachurch leader Ulf Ekman who formerly led the Word of Life charismatic church in Uppsala explained his decision to convert to Roman Catholicism, and revealed that he was "bombarded with questions" by his congregation, some of whom understood his decision, and some who didn't.
"Well, it became very quiet. And when it becomes quiet in a charismatic church, then you know people are thinking. When I'd finished there was actually spontaneous applause. That surprised me a lot and many, many people came up to me afterwards," Ekman said in an interview with Catholic Herald.
"Then, the day after, we had a question-and-answer session. I stood for two hours and they bombarded me with questions about Catholicism. The rest of the week all our pastors were ready to help people and answer questions. Every night there were sessions for that. So there has been a mixed feeling. Some understand. Some don't understand at all." more >>