Chew Eng Han, the former City Harvest Church fund manager, admitted in court that he had inadvertently participated in the evangelism project that misused $19.2 million of church funds, claiming he thought he was doing the work "for God" and for pastor Kong Hee.
"I never had bad intentions to cause loss to the church," said Chew, according to The Straits Times. "Everything I did, I did it for God, and for Kong Hee, whom I thought was the man of God."
Chew said that the years he worked at CHC, one of the largest megachurches in Singapore, when he inadvertently participated in the scheme that funneled $19.2 million of church funds into the pop-star career of Kong's wife, Sun Ho, were some of the lowest in his life. more >>
An editor with a well-established Jewish news publication argues that American Judaism has lessons to learn from Evangelicals and how they approach worship.
In a column published Sunday in the Jewish Daily Forward, contributing editor Jay Michaelson expresses his desire to see the creation of a "Jewish megachurch."
"… [A]lmost all mainline denominations are in trouble: Modern Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform. Of course, there are some success stories, scattered around the country, but the predominant story is of a synagogue model in decline," wrote Michaelson. more >>
Singapore megachurch pastor Kong Hee has been accused by City Harvest Church's former investment manager of lying about his control over music management firm Xtron, as the high-profile cases concerning the misuse of millions of church funds resumed on Monday.
"The only reason I broke away was that the story being cooked up was not the truth. Why is so much responsibility being placed on the investment manager? I'm not going to be united with a team that chooses the most convenient way to defend themselves," Chew Eng Han said about his decision to quit the church in 2013.
Perry Noble, pastor of a South Carolina megachurch, was rebuked by a Southern Baptist leader in South Carolina for calling the 10 Commandments "10 promises" and for other "problematic positions and statements."
The rebuke came last week from the president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, Tommy Kelly, who said, "We as South Carolina Baptists must publicly state and remove ourselves from these positions and problematic statements and call for NewSpring to correct these positions if it chooses to say that it affiliates with South Carolina Baptist churches."
Noble, who leads NewSpring Church, had preached on Christmas Eve a sermon on the 10 Commandments where he said there is no Hebrew word for command. His friend in Israel, which he visited last year, told him that the 10 Commandments can best be translated as either the "10 sayings" of God or the "10 promises" of God. more >>
Warner Bros. recently pulled the documentary "Hillsong – Let Hope Rise" on the most famous Christian worship band in the world, Hillsong UNITED.
Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. first announced "Let Hope Rise" in July, and the film was originally expected to release worldwide on April 3. However, Warner Bros. removed the film from that slot earlier this month. While details are scarce, Alcon said that the company was unable to close the rights deal for the movie, according to Variety.
Back in July, Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment announced the release of the music documentary, which will narrate Hillsong's extraordinary journey from a youth group band at Hillsong Church to a worldwide phenomenon. Today, it is uncertain when "Let Hope Rise" will see a release. more >>
Racial distinctions should not be rejected, but embraced. After all, God created the races with their distinctive backgrounds and cultures for a reason — so argues one Texas megachurch pastor who has spoken out for years about bridging race-related divisions.
Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Church in Dallas, Texas, told The Christian Post in a recent interview that any talk of racial reconciliation should begin with "God's view of race."
"God created the races. He created different backgrounds and cultures. But He created them all to operate under His authority," Evans said. more >>