"Strangers to Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture," an anthology published by the Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship rebuts John MacArthur's "Strange Fire" book and conference which took aim at the charismatic Christian movement and their use of the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The book, compiled by 26 scholars, consists of two parts with the first half giving direct replies to John MacArthur's "Strange Fire" and the latter with classic replies to cessation theology.
Cessationist Christians hold to the view that the supernatural gifts such as healing, speaking in tongues and prophesying were used as signs to confirm the validity of who Jesus and his followers were and that they are no longer necessary for the church. They also believe the position of Apostle no longer exists. more >>
While the most recent cease-fire agreement between Russia and the Ukrainian government proved to be short-lived over the weekend, a network of pastors in the United States vow to help the region receive humanitarian aid.
"After visiting troubled Ukraine, leaders of the American Pastors Network have taken a tangible step forward in getting help to the regions hit hardest by the recent political, cultural and economic upheaval," officials with the group said on Monday.
APN International Projects Coordinator, Pastor Dale Armstrong, who recently returned from Ukraine, says the most immediate need there is humanitarian aid, including water purification tablets and individual medical kits for each soldier. more >>
Francis Chan, pastor and author of Crazy Love, admits that he lacks reverent intimacy with God at times and while he can easily blame his hectic schedule, he says that it is his sin and hypocrisy that are at fault.
Chan says that doing ministry work is a form of expressing love for God but it is not a reason to forget to spend time with Him, which many church leaders do, he explains.
"… I know that I love God. When I sit and think about Him, I'm filled with intense feelings of adoration. I'm convinced that He means more to me than my wife, kids or anyone else on the planet. I just forget to love Him," says Chan in a blog post on Church Leaders. more >>
NEW YORK — A Dominican-American pastor leading a youthful church in a mostly-Hispanic New York City neighborhood said he is grateful to be a part of "the thing" he believes God has been doing through what he described as a surge of "sound and healthy" church plants in the Big City.
His particular part of the harvest, he believes, is in the same neighborhood where he has spent most of his life, and where he has been leading a church plant called Christ Crucified Fellowship for the past three years.
Pastor Rich Perez, 30, told The Christian Post that he felt called at the age of 19 to ministry and was particularly burdened to cultivate his community roots. Christ Crucified Fellowship in Washington Heights is situated in the northernmost part of NYC's borough of Manhattan. more >>
The senior pastor of the largest Latino-led church in San Diego has been named president of The Hispanic Mega Church Association, where he will work to bring the country's largest Hispanic congregations together.
Pastor Sergio de la Mora says isolated churches are no longer relevant to the nation and believes in joining forces as a cohesive and collaborative church at large.
"For every nationality, every demographic and every social circle, today is the dawn of a new day. And our responsibility as the local church is to lead this shift in power and influence by leading our families, communities and nation to experience a Heart Revolution," de la Mora said in a statement. more >>
Pastor Behnam Irani, an evangelical Christian leader from Iran who is already serving six years in prison, has reportedly been hit by 18 new charges, including one of "spreading corruption on Earth," which carries the death penalty.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas told BosNewsLife the group is "deeply concerned by the new charges against Pastor Irani," especially the charge of "spreading corruption on Earth."
Thomas added that the charges made against Irani and other Christian leaders are "tantamount to an indictment of Christianity itself and mark a renewed escalation in Iran's campaign against Persian Christians under the Rouhani presidency." more >>