Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church and America's fastest-growing congregation, appeared with Larry King during his online talk show on Monday to discuss why Muslims and atheists are attracted to his ministry, how his ministry style differs from Billy Graham's, and why he doesn't preach about homosexuality.
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The last time Osteen spoke with Larry King was in 2005 on "Larry King Live," after which Pastor Osteen was accused by Christian viewers of suggesting that Jesus was not the only means of salvation. more >>
Harvest Church Pastor Greg Laurie recently outlined the five steps of temptation beginning with evil thought knocking on "the door of your imagination" and ending with death as the result of the wages of sin.
"Temptation is attractive otherwise it wouldn't be tempting," said Laurie during last Sunday's church sermon. "The devil is really good at this and he's been doing it a long time.
The Southern California pastor, best known for his huge evangelistic outreach events called Harvest Crusades, said that temptation is something that no one lives without experiencing, not even Jesus. more >>
An Indiana megachurch is giving away its biggest Christmas Offering ever – more than $1 million – to help fund Bible translation projects in Asia.
Each year, College Park Church in Indianapolis holds a special collection the Sunday before Christmas to support a specific missions project in one of the neediest parts of the world. The most recent Christmas Offering, collected Dec. 22, is being donated to the world's largest scripture translation organization, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.
"We're committed to the scriptures and believe that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, so we feel the most important thing we can do for people around the world that don't have the Bible is to provide the scripture in their heart language," said Nate Irwin, College Park's pastor of global outreach. more >>
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 >>