The fallout up to this point from accusations made by syndicated radio talk show host Janet Mefferd that author and megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll plagiarized in at least two of his books includes her pulling the allegations from her website, an apology to the outspoken Christian leader, and most recently, what looks to be the resignation of a dismayed producer from her show.
While the parties involved, including both Driscoll supporters and detractors, have mostly gone mum of late on the subject, Ingrid Schlueter, who describes herself as a part-time, topic producer for Mefferd, did make a scathing accusation against the "evangelical celebrity machine" as reported by several Christian media. Schlueter implies Driscoll was protected by his publishers (most recent book, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Future or a Funeral? by Tyndale House Publishers) from any further scrutiny about allegations of plagiarism.
In a comment thread originally found at Spiritual Sounding Board before it was removed, and has since been re-posted by Warren Throckmorton in his blog on Patheos with Schlueter's permission, she writes, "I was a part-time, topic producer for Janet Mefferd until yesterday [Tuesday] when I resigned over this situation. All I can share is that there is an evangelical celebrity machine that is more powerful than anyone realizes. You may not go up against the machine. That is all. Mark Driscoll clearly plagiarized and those who could have underscored the seriousness of it and demanded accountability did not. That is the reality of the evangelical industrial complex." more >>
Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz and NBA star forward Kevin Durant recently joined Pastor Craig Groeschel at LifeChurch.tv to discuss spiritual growth, encouraging others in their faith and wielding Godly influence. Lentz also revealed how he learned to embrace what sets him apart from other pastors and why he thinks Justin Bieber is just like "any other kid" trying to work out his faith.
LifeChurch.tv's founding pastor Groeschel interviewed Lentz and Durant, baptized over the summer by the NYC pastor, on stage at the Edmond, Okla., megachurch as part of a new teaching series.
"Pastor Carl, you've got a tremendous ministry in NYC and beyond," said Groeschel at the onset their discussion. "But what's interesting about you is God has opened up doors of relationships. You're able to speak into the life of Justin Bieber. You help with the New York Knicks, you're kind of like the pastor to the team. You've impacted other athletes." more >>
A Georgia pastor accused of molesting four girls while driving them to church was released from the Houston County jail Friday morning on a $25,000 bond.
Wiley Leverett, who pastors Solid Rock Community Church in Centerville, Ga., was arrested on Monday and faces charges for allegedly committing "three counts of child molestation, four counts of sexual battery and one count of aggravated sexual battery," according to WMAZ.
Prosecutors have accused Leverett of molesting four girls, ages 8, 12, 14 and 15, over the past two years by touching their thighs and genitals. more >>
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren said that it was after baptizing 850 church members several years ago that he had a thought that "wasn't very spiritual."
"Goodnight, we are all fat," Warren confessed thinking when he reached his 500th person, on CBS "This Morning" show on Wednesday.
"But then I thought, 'But I'm fat,'" he added. more >>
A group of more than 60 clergy have signed and sent a letter to the owner of a National Football League team demanding that the franchise change its Native American derived name.
Circulated by the Rev. Graylan Hagler of the District of Columbia, the letter calls on the Washington Redskins to change their team name.
I have been a follower of Christ for more than 30 years. During that time I have read innumerable books on Christian living, commentaries, study guides, Christian growth, and fiction. There is probably no category untouched. In addition to reading many books about the Christian life, I have poured over the Bible for both study and reading.
From all the books and commentaries I have used, though, if I were asked of a list of books followers of Jesus should read now to help them understand the Bible better, it would be these two: