A Tennessee pastor is encouraging Christian parents to tell their children to "take an F" in their world history classes as a way to stand up against what he claims is the school district's attempt at indoctrinating and brainwashing students with Islam.
The Tennessean reports that Pastor Greg Locke, of Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, posted a video on Facebook last week that he recorded on the grounds of West Wilson Middle School where he explains that there's growing concern within his congregation that Wilson County Schools' middle school world studies curriculum unfairly favors Islam.
Locke asserted that the history book includes roughly 28 pages on Islam, while it includes only about "a half-page of watered down Christianity." more >>
An Indiana pastor who's overwhelmed by the violence plaguing his city is taking a creative approach to address the escalating murder rate in Indianapolis by showcasing a "dummy in a casket" display to reveal the devastating aftermath families are left with when a child is killed as a casualty of criminal gang violence.
Pastor Anthony Pippens of Greater New Hope Church started using the dummy in a casket two years ago in his street ministry and has been setting up the display in various parts of his community.
"[The goal with the display is] to make a shocking and profound statement concerning the things that are going on in our community as far as black on black crime is concerned," said Pippens to The Christian Post. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of the Harvest megachurch in California spoke to his congregation Sunday about the possibility of being so close, yet so far from God, using the example of Judas Iscariot, who wilfully betrayed Jesus despite spending three years with Him.
Judas Iscariot is one of the most misunderstood people in the Bible, Laurie said as he began his message, titled "So Close, Yet So Far: Surprising Story of Judas Iscariot," part of the "God Came Near" series.
Some wonder if Judas was not really an evil man as he "helped" Jesus fulfil His mission or thinking that God hardened his heart, the pastor told the congregation. more >>
Televangelist Benny Hinn revealed in a statement over the weekend that his Facebook page had been hacked on Friday with "filthy material," but has since been restored and measures have been taken to prevent something like that from happening again.
"Thank you for your amazing support and prayers during the past 48 hours. As you know, our Facebook page was hacked, and filthy material was placed on it," Hinn wrote.
"We have been working very hard to restore it back into our hands. We now have control of it! We are taking extra measures to never allow it to happen again, but I want to say thank you, from my heart, for your love and support." he added. more >>
Few people are truly aware of the constant requests, complaints, and criticisms pastors and other church leaders receive. I must admit, however, I was surprised when I asked church leaders on Twitter to share some of the more unusual comments they have received.
I was first surprised at how many responded. But I was most surprised at the really strange things people tell pastors and other church leaders.
Many of the comments related to using the Bible too much or to being too evangelistic. I should make those a blog post by themselves. more >>
WASHINGTON — Emmy-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and Journey Films have produced a new two-hour documentary called "Chaplains" that will air on PBS stations in 2015, which seeks to enlighten the general public about the role that American chaplains play in their various arenas of work.
The film shadows chaplains from various faiths and theatres — from a Muslim police chaplain who serves as a middleman between cops and the hostile Muslim community, to a Buddhist chaplain who fulfills the spiritual needs of prisoners in an Oregon state prison — and provides a sense of the benefits that chaplains provide to the communities they serve.
At the film's premiere screening Thursday night at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Doblmeier, who has produced over 25 films focused on religion, faith and spirituality, explained that the reason for producing the documentary is that most people don't understand the importance that the chaplaincy has to society as a whole. more >>