Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll preached at The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, for its official opening on Sunday, saying he ended up there as a result of storms in his life.
"[W]e tend to think if things go well it's from the Lord and if things are hard it must be from Satan. Let me [tell you,] sometimes hard things come from God," Driscoll said during his sermon that focused on the story of Jonah, according to NBC's Seattle affiliate King 5 that was on site outside the church.
"Sometimes God will allow us to endure hardship for two reasons: to change who we are and where we are," he added. more >>
Tyndale House Publishers has decided it will not go ahead with the scheduled release of a book by former NewSpring Pastor Perry Noble, who was recently fired for alcohol addiction and other "unfortunate choices and decisions."
The former South Carolina megachurch pastor's latest book, 11 1/2 Questions To Help You Date Without Regret, which had been scheduled for launch on Sept. 27, has been moved to "unscheduled status," a spokeswoman for Tyndale House told Independent Mail.
"We plan to review this status at a future date and then evaluate the viability of releasing this book at another time," Margie Watterson was quoted as saying. She added that other titles by Noble will remain available for sale. more >>
A historic Florida megachurch that has seen a large decline in membership over the past few years is considering selling off a portion of its property.
Calvary Assembly of Orlando was founded in the 1950s. Considered one of the first megachurches of the United States, at its peak it had around 7,000 members.
However, steep declines in membership have led Calvary Assembly to consider an offer to sell part of the church's property to a developer. more >>
Lakewood Church's Joel and Victoria Osteen's America's Night of Hope has crisscrossed the country spreading the hope of the Gospel. Now that message may reach an even wider audience with a partnership with Hallmark Channel.
Multichannel News reported that Hallmark will team up with the Osteens, who will produce an original special that is likely to garner a large audience thanks to Hallmark's viewer track record. The channel reached No. 2 among primetime total viewers with an all-time high of 2.48 million last year during the week of Nov. 23-29, according to Variety.
The special will spotlight an edited version of the Osteen's Detroit-based event, which is part of their America's Night of Hope events that take place around the country, according to Hallmark. more >>
First Baptist Church Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said in a sermon that unlike humans, animals have no spirits, and at the same time predicted that the majority of people are going to end up in hell, separated from God.
"Solomon says in Ecclesiastic 3:19-21, 'Here's how we're different. The animal has no spirit, but man has a spirit that descends to Heaven even after he dies,'" Jeffress told the audience in his message.
"That's how we're different from the animals," he insisted. more >>
Nationally known Christian pastors are expressing their condolences following the passing of Left Behind series co-author and megachurch pastor Tim LaHaye, who died of a stroke Monday at age 90.
David Jeremiah, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California, said in a statement obtained by The Christian Post that he had been friends with LaHaye for more than 40 years and was his pastor for 35.
"Tim was one of the most godly men I have ever known. Almost every conversation I had with him ended with his praying with me and for me. He wrote me extended letters of appreciation for what God was doing in our church. We shared long lunches together talking about ministry and praying for our nation," Jeremiah said. more >>