I'm sure there are pastors, evangelists, and Christian leaders who have gotten rich off the gospel, but they are few and far between, and the idea that many of us are in the ministry for the sake of money is simply a myth.
Still, almost every day, I'll receive hate mail like this: "Stop lying in order to sell your hate filled book using the media to spew that ugliness within you"; and, "What a disgusting excuse for a human being. You want to lash out & persecute the LGBT community but you sure don't mind making money off of them in your book. The only thing you seem to know about God is that His name is printed on the dollar bill."
Why do people have this notion that people go into ministry to make money? And where do they get the idea that there's a lot of money to be made in writing books for a Christian audience? more >>
Slim Thug, a Houston-based rapper who has collaborated with multi-platinum artists such as Beyoncé and Pharrell, includes pastor Joel Osteen in his latest album Hogg Life Volume 2: Still Surviving, which was released earlier this month.
The song, titled "Chuuch," credits the megachurch pastor as a featured artist, and begins with Osteen preaching about the company we keep.
"I want to talk to you today about the right people," says Osteen in the beginning of the song. "Who you spend your time with will have a great impact on what kind of life you live. There are people God has already ordained to come across our path to help us fulfill our destiny. People that inspire us, challenge us make us better." more >>
Miles McPherson, pastor of The Rock Church in California, is defending Russell Wilson, the Christian NFL player who has recently been mocked for revealing that God told him to abstain from sexual activity with his singer girlfriend Ciara Harris.
The pastor interviewed Wilson, 26, in front of his congregation at The Rock Church in San Diego on July 5, where the Seattle Seahawks quarterback revealed that God spoke to him about leading his 29-year-old singer girlfriend. After a number of people turned Wilson's testimony into a joke, McPherson decided to write a Rock Church post Tuesday called "3 Things You Got Wrong About Russell Wilson."
McPherson created three questions that some of Wilson's critics brought to his attention, the first being, "Did God really speak to [Russell Wilson]?" more >>
Pastor Sergio de la Mora of the Cornerstone megachurch was a guest speaker at Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California on Sunday, and he preached the first sermon of a new series, "Best News I've Ever Heard," sharing four real benefits of knowing Christ.
"Serving Jesus Christ is not a boring journey… and there are corresponding benefits to serving God," the pastor of the multi-campus San Diego-based megachurch told the Saddleback congregation.
We live in a culture that makes Christianity look boring and irrelevant, "but the truth of the matter is that Christianity is what allows us to see the world through not only God's eyes, but through the eyes of love, compassion and hope for humanity," said the pastor, a second generation Mexican-American. more >>
Evidence produced by the prosecution proves that espionage and other charges against two South Sudanese pastors facing the death penalty have no basis, a prominent witness told a court in Khartoum, Sudan, as the defense team closed the case.
Ex-army general and 2010 presidential candidate Abdul Aziz Khalid testified that the evidence presented by the prosecution was not classified, and therefore the security and espionage charges against the pastors were without basis, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide USA.
Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services charged pastors Yat Michael and Peter Reith, both from the Presbyterian Evangelical Church from the seceded nation of South Sudan, with at least six crimes including undermining the constitutional system, espionage, promoting hatred amongst sects, breach of public peace and offences relating to insulting religious beliefs. more >>
NEW YORK — Although Luis Palau has always made it a rule to try to avoid publicly weighing in on political issues, the popular Argentinian evangelist wasn't able to avoid stepping into it a few years ago when he made "regretful" remarks about religious freedom in China. But the 80-year-old minister, who has preached to millions around the world, recently doubled-down on his rule of avoiding potential hot-button issues in his official capacity as an evangelist.
"I regret some of the remarks I made to reporters during my recent trip to China. It's not my role as an evangelist to suggest that churches in China should register. My role is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ," Palau said in a statement after insisting nearly a decade ago in an interview that underground churches in China, sometimes targeted in state crackdowns, needed only to register with the communist-led government to "receive greater freedom and blessings from the government."
The respected evangelist also said in his 2005 interview with reporters in Beijing that "some reports of persecution in China were unjustified." Palau's remarks garnered swift rebuke from some persecution watchdog and human rights organizations, such as China Aid and Voice of the Martyrs. more >>