Ex-Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll appears to be on track for a fresh start with his new Arizona-based Trinity Church. Recent updates on the church's website indicate the congregation is beginning to mesh at its new Scottsdale digs.
The church recently held the equivalent of a field day for the congregation, which included a "huge family-style BBQ," and bounce houses for the children. The church is set for a public launch in early August.
"Our plan is to publicly launch our new church Sunday, August 7 at two services, 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m," read a message on the church's site. Until then, it will meet once a week for Bible study at its home, the Glass and Garden Drive-In Church. more >>
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission received criticism from some members of the Southern Baptist Convention at the denomination's annual meeting on Wednesday for filing an amicus brief on behalf of a Muslim group seeking to build a mosque.
In May, the ERLC joined a diverse coalition of groups in an amicus brief to support the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge in its lawsuit against a New Jersey township that rejected its application to build a mosque.
At the SBC's annual meeting held earlier this week in St. Louis, Missouri, some of the messengers called for action to be taken against the ERLC for joining the amicus brief. more >>
Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas has called out President Barack Obama for defending Muslims following the Orlando massacre where 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub, and said the rhetoric would be very different if a Christian conservative had carried it out.
"If this had been a conservative Christian who committed this horrific act, this is all Barack Obama would be talking about — how Christians needs to rethink their faith and reform their views. But he is silent about that when it comes to radical Islam," Jeffress alleged on Fox Business' "Varney & Co." on on Wednesday.
Orlando shooter Omar Mateen pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group before carrying out the shooting, and according to sources close to the investigation he made social media posts vowing that his actions would serve as revenge for U.S. airstrikes against IS targets. more >>
In their zeal to win souls for Christ, some Christians slip into Beast Mode — that aggressive, sometimes negative manner of dealing with non-believers that, instead of drawing people closer to Christ, usually drives them farther away. If they're honest, many will admit that they've been on the receiving end of an awkward Beast Mode moment or two, or know at least a couple of Christians who fit the Beast Mode bill.
In his recent book Unanswered, a volume six years in the making that intends to shed light on such hot-button topics within today's Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston warns believers against being overzealous witnesses, instead reminding them to maintain a balance when evangelizing, using Jesus as the perfect example.
"I think that we always walk a fine line with people that are not following Jesus … what we say to them about their condition," Pastor Johnston told The Christian Post, reminding believers that Jesus was the ultimate evangelist. "Jesus was effective. He never went into Beast Mode, and he didn't bulldoze anyone with the Gospel." more >>
Religious leaders including the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, have condemned a controversial sermon made by Pastor Roger Jiminez of Verity Baptist Church in California who declared Christians should not mourn the "sodomite" victims of the Orlando massacre.
"Today, people say aren't you sad that 50 Sodomites died? Here's the problem with that, it's like the equivalent of asking me … 'Hey, are you sad that 50 sodomites were killed today?' Ahh No. I think that's great. I think that helps society. You know, I think Orlando, Florida, is a little safer tonight. … The tragedy is that more of them didn't die. I mean the tragedy is, I'm kinda upset that he didn't finish the job," said Jiminez in a 45-minute sermon posted on YouTube.
On Sunday, now deceased gunman Omar Mateen used an assault rifle to kill 49 people and injure 53 more at a popular gay nightclub called Pulse in Orlando. more >>
Pastor Steve Gaines is the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention after opponent J.D. Greear decided to withdraw his candidacy.
After two ballots cast Tuesday failed to bring a clear winner, Greear addressed the messengers on Wednesday morning to announce he was going to withdraw.
"I spent a good amount of time last night praying and believe that for the sake of our Convention and our mission, we need to leave St. Louis united," explained Greear. more >>