Pastor Donnie McClurkin has Grammys, NAACP Awards and the fame that comes with being on top of the gospel music game, but the singer and "Sunday Best" judge has a warning for people who want to get into the gospel music industry.
McClurkin, the 54-year-old pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, N.Y., blesses people with his singing voice away from the pulpit. While he has been a leading voice in gospel music with a career that spans almost 20 years, McClurkin has a warning for people who believe they can be the next platinum selling artist in gospel music.
"If you want to do it to get into the industry, don't do it. If you want to do it because you feel like you're a gospel singer, don't," McClurkin told The Christian Post. "It's got to be something that God has ordained because although it looks good from the outside looking in and although we bless so many people around the world with our music, inside of this gospel music world it's not easy." more >>
Pastor Mark Driscoll, facing an onslaught of criticism in the last several months for a myriad of accusations by former members of the Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, has issued yet another apology, this time over angry remarks he made under a pseudonym on the church's website 14 years ago.
The most recent controversy includes Driscoll's comments revealed under the name 'William Wallace II' posted in 2000. Opening with the words, "We live in a completely pussified nation," Driscoll (as Wallace) condemns the majority of Christian men for being "Promise Keeping homoerotic worship loving mama's boy sensitive emasculated neutered exact male replica evangellyfish."
He added, "It all began with Adam, the first of the pussified nation, who kept his mouth shut and watched everything fall headlong down the slippery slide of hell/feminism when he shut his mouth and listened to his wife who thought Satan was a good theologian when he should have lead her and exercised his delegated authority as king of the planet. more >>
After two weeks of testimony, the trial phase of a legal dispute between The Episcopal Church and a Diocese that broke away over theological differences has concluded.
The lawsuit over the property and name of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina concluded last week, with the decision expected sometime in the fall.
In November 2012, the Diocese of South Carolina voted overwhelmingly to leave The Episcopal Church due to theological differences and the national denomination's treatment of the Rev. Mark Lawrence, bishop of the diocese. more >>
A recent post appearing on the Joel Osteen Ministries Facebook page suggests that a Bible passage commonly interpreted as God's invitation to the Messianic King was also applicable to believers. Amid an overwhelming number of "amens," however, there were a handful of people who insisted that the popular passage had been taken wildly out of context.
The post that ruffled the feathers of a few Osteen Facebook supporters was centered on Psalm 2:8, part of a fuller passage that theologians interpret as applying specifically to the Davidic king, in this case, Jesus Christ: "Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession."
According to the JOM Facebook page, which has more than 7.7 million followers: "God is saying, 'Ask Me for those hidden dreams that I've planted in your heart. Ask Me for those unborn promises that may seem unlikely to happen in the natural.'" more >>
A pastor from Linton, Indiana, who drove almost 1,000 miles to officiate a funeral in Houston, got quite a shock Tuesday morning when he woke up to find all four tires missing from his vehicle shortly before the start of the funeral.
Pastor Doug Cassel of Bethel Baptist Church in Indiana told KHOU that he was staying at the Comfort Suites on Highway 59 North in Humble, Texas, when he woke up to find his Chevrolet Avalanche sitting on cinder blocks. This was just two hours before he was set to officiate at the funeral of a family member of one of his parishioners.
"It was pretty obvious. You could see it clear across the lot," Cassel told KHOU. "The day was about honoring the memory of Grandma Jane. We didn't want this to have any part or be any distraction." more >>
Renowned Hispanic evangelical church leaders from Latin America and throughout the United States will trek to Los Angeles to partake in LiderVision Conference, considered to be the largest Spanish-speaking convergence movement, during a two-day event beginning August 1.
"Pastors and ministry leaders today need ministerial renovation. We need to broaden our knowledge and skills and in turn we need to work together," reads a statement on LiderVision's website. "That is why LiderVision is not only an annual event but an event of connections."
The event is organized by Editorial Vida and Grupo Nelson, publishing entities under Harper Collins Christian Publishing, and will be headlined by Rick Warren, Marcos Witt, Samuel Rodriguez, Andy Stanley, Luis Palau, Phillip Yancey and more. more >>