Is Donny Reagan of Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ the most racist pastor in the United States?
After viewing a YouTube clip of Reagan railing against interracial marriage and "hybreed" [hybrid] children in a sermon recorded in 2013, the American Jesus blog concluded that if he isn't, he is most certainly in the top 10.
"If he's not the most racist pastor in America, then he's at least got to crack the top 10 list," noted the blog of the Johnson City, Tenn., pastor. more >>
Pastors and Christian leaders throughout the U.S. are jumping on board a campaign to spread the Gospel message via the upcoming film "Son of God" by buying out multiplex cinema screens for the day before its public release on Feb. 28.
"Few movies have been able to take over an entire multiplex – every screen, every seat; only blockbusters like 'Hunger Games.' But now the religious epic 'Son of God' is taking over several multiplexes nationwide on Thursday, February 27, the day before it debuts on 3,000 screens," say the film's promoters.
As of Monday, multiplexes in at least 10 cities nationwide are playing "Son of God" on all of their screens on the evening of Feb. 27. "It's very interesting to see this level of excitement around the movie," stated James Meredith, VP, head of Marketing & Communications for Cinemark. "We've already scheduled a few large-scale theatre buyouts for 'Son of God' in theatres across the country. The interest level for meetings, events, screenings and buyouts seems to be on par with that of major blockbuster, tentpole or franchise movies." more >>
Hope Carpenter, co-founder of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., was enthusiastically welcomed back by congregants on Sunday months after her marital infidelities were exposed at the pulpit by her husband, Pastor Ron Carpenter. Carpenter, this time around, took other Christian leaders to task for supporting him when he declared he would be seeking a divorce.
With his wife and family sitting in the very first row of the sanctuary, Pastor Carpenter manned the pulpit not to preach a sermon, but to tell "a story" about how God changed his "hardened heart" and reminded him of his marriage vows and how his love for his wife should reflect Christ's love for the Church.
Reading from several passages he said he felt led to by God one "miserable" night when he was looking for answers, Carpenter began his story by reading from Mark 10:1-11. The New Testament passage describes Jesus' interaction with some Pharisees ("church folks," as Carpenter called them) on the subject of divorce. more >>
A Texas judge extended a temporary restraining order against a former Potter's House of Dallas church member after pastor T.D. Jakes filed a lawsuit against her last month for allegedly stalking him for years.
The judge extended the injunction on Friday against Karleisha Tarver because according to court documents, her actions "may ultimately lead to the death of one of the plaintiffs, their family, their friends, church attendees and/or staff."
The family of popular serpent-handling "Snake Salvation" star pastor Jamie Coots, who died Saturday after he was bitten by a snake during one of his snake-handling church services, says he had no insurance coverage for his dangerous lifestyle and are now accepting donations.
A Facebook fan page set up "In Memory of Bro. Jamie Coots and support for his family" made the revelation in a post Sunday that noted:
Brother Jamie did not have any insurance. Donations for his burial and his family can be mailed to: Linda Coots P.O. Box 2362 Middlesboro, KY., 40965 or Creech Funeral Home Linda Coots 112 S 21st St. Middlesboro, KY 40965. Phone number: 606-248-4700. more >>
For more than twelve years I have been helping others to see what has long been overlooked, otherwise missed, or outright ignored in the New Testament: namely, the biblical mandate of the multi-ethnic church as envisioned by Jesus Christ (John 17:20-23), described by Luke (Acts 11:19-26; 13:1), and prescribed by the Apostle Paul throughout his writings, most specifically in Romans and Ephesians. Needless to say such teaching, though exegetically sound, is not readily embraced by an Evangelical establishment more enamored by size and growth than with diversity and holistic community engagement.
Nevertheless since the Mosaix Global Network's first national conference in 2010, attitudes have markedly changed. Receptivity to the multi-ethnic church is up across the board; throughout denominations, networks, and conferences, alike. Likewise, an increasing array of local and national influencers is speaking up encouraging biblical diversity in the local church for the sake of the Gospel. The number of practitioners is growing, too, due to intentional multi-ethnic church planting as well as through the transition of healthy but otherwise homogeneous churches. In fact today, according to the latest research, 13.7% of churches throughout the United States have at least 20% diversity in their attending membership (up from just 7.5% in 2000). Beyond this, 14.4% of Protestant Evangelical churches have now reached this marker.
That said, I am sometimes asked: "If this mandate is so clear in Scripture, how has it been so missed throughout history? In other words, who else in the past has shared a similar message or understanding?" more >>