Pastor Andy Stanley is defending his approach to preaching amid questions from prominent evangelical leaders who contend his methods undermine the Bible's authority and pave the way for unbelief.
In a lengthy article in Outreach magazine on Friday, the pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, responds to his critics and affirms that he believes in biblical inerrancy. What he is doing, he argues, is changing the angle from which he speaks to more effectively engage a post-Christian society, particularly millennials who have left the Church.
Controversy arose in light of Stanley's recent sermon series wherein he argued that because increasing numbers of people in the United States do not lend credence to the Bible, Christians should dispense with the "because the Bible told me so" rationale for believing its truth claims. more >>
A Mennonite businessman was found guilty of international parental kidnapping for his part in helping a former lesbian flee the United States with her daughter rather than face a custody battle with her former partner.
Philip Zodhiates of Waynesboro, Virginia, was found guilty last Thursday by a grand jury in Buffalo, New York, for conspiracy in helping Lisa Miller leave the country with her daughter to avoid losing custody.
"Lawyers for Zodhiates, the owner of a direct mail business that serves conservative Christian groups, denied that he was trying to obstruct the other mother's parental rights by helping Miller, who became an evangelical Christian after dissolving her civil union with Janet Jenkins in Vermont," reported The Associated Press. more >>
Light of the Word Christian Center in Topeka, Kansas, asked supporters of the ministry to pray for the church's founding Pastor, Greg Varney, after he was arrested last Wednesday on aggravated assault charges stemming from an incident involving one of his daughters.
Pastor Varney and his wife, Debbie, who have been married since 1976, are the parents of five daughters and one son. They also have 12 grandchildren, according to the church's website.
The pastor's arrest report from the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office cited by local news station KSNT, said Varney used a vehicle in the assault against his daughter. A churchgoer explained that Varney was arrested after he smashed into another car as he was trying to leave the scene of the assault. He further noted that it was unlike his pastor to act that way. more >>
A 39-year-old Ghanaian immigrant has been arrested by Italian police following a rampage on four churches in Rome this past weekend, where he demolished several Christian icons, and even tried to destroy a crucifix, before he was stopped by a priest.
Police are still investigating the motive behind the attack, Breitbart News reported, which began Friday evening at the Church of San Martino ai Monti, where the man broke a statue.
The suspect then went to the ancient Basilica of Santa Prassede, where he demolished several more statues of saints, purposefully smashing them to the ground and stamping on them. more >>
Jason Benham of conservative Christian activists the Benham brothers, is speaking out against an online video that teaches children "some people aren't born boys or girls." Benham is urging pastors to speak out against such "nonsense" that seeks to "brainwash" kids.
"Watch this video and tell me [if] it doesn't make you mad," Benham said in a Facebook video, sharing footage of the online video that teaches children about transgenderism.
In the video, a person in a blonde wig speaks to a teddy bear and says, "Well teddy, did you know that some people aren't boys or girls?" and goes on to claim that "there are also people who are trans, or transgender." more >>
On rare occasions, I wish I could read minds.
Granted, most of the time I have no desire to know what's on the minds of others. But there have been times when I wish I knew exactly what my wife would like for her birthday or our anniversary. When I was a pastor, however, it would have really come in handy.
Today, hardly a week goes by where pastors do not share a story with me about their failure at mind reading. Here are seven common examples. more >>