ANAHEIM, Calif. – Pastor Chuck Smith, regarded by many prominent Christian leaders as having influenced their ministries and spiritual lives, was remembered as a preacher holding firm to Biblical principles and a loyal friend to Israel at a memorial tribute Sunday evening. More than 16,000 people at the event, as well as those viewing the livestream webcast internationally, watched as Smith, who died on Oct. 3 after battling lung cancer, was honored through words, music, and video.
"He preached his last sermon four days before he went to heaven," said evangelist Greg Laurie, who was one of several featured pastors speaking at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. "…When a loved one leaves us, like Chuck, we feel great sadness, but I must say, please don't feel sadness for him. We might say, 'Oh, poor Chuck, I wish he could be here tonight to see all of this.' Wait a second, Chuck's in heaven right now. He's thinking 'I wish they could be up here to see all of this.'"
During the more than 3-hour tribute, featuring both pastors and musicians influenced by Smith's teachings during the Jesus Movement of the late '60s, Consulate General of Israel, David Siegel, spoke about the Calvary Chapel movement leader's commitment to Israel, that included 60 visits to the country. more >>
Nearly five centuries ago in Central Europe, an unknown Augustinian monk decided to nail 95 theses to a church door, sparking a religious revolution felt to the present day.
Reformation Day, the anniversary of when Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation, is an observance remembered by hundreds of American churches in the modern day. While the exact date of Luther's call to theological debate was Oct. 31, or the Eve of All Saints' Day, many Protestant congregations choose to observe the occasion on the last Sunday in the month. This year, Reformation Sunday will fall on Oct. 27, with Protestant denominations such as Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Baptists drawing attention to the past.
For Pastor Skip Athey of Grace & Truth Family Baptist Church, a Floridian congregation with an average attendance of over 100, Reformation Day is "a way to connect with Protestant Church history." more >>
A massive public memorial service for Pastor Chuck Smith planned for this Sunday (Oct. 27) includes a long list of influential Christian leaders and musicians who are scheduled to pay tribute to the gifted preacher credited for being instrumental in both the Calvary Chapel and "Jesus People" movements.
"I look forward to celebrating a life well lived," said evangelist Greg Laurie, who told The Christian Post he was asked to give the Gospel message at the 18,000-seat Honda Center arena in Anaheim, Calif. The memorial service will also be available for viewing by free live webcast. More than 420 churches around the world have registered to host the service via the webcast.
Smith, who was the pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, died after a battle with lung cancer in the early morning hours of Oct. 3 at the age of 86. He was active as a preacher from the pulpit and in his ministry up until the very end of his life. more >>
Pastor John MacArthur's newest book, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit With Counterfeit Worship, scheduled for release next month, will most likely do little to douse any of the controversy unleashed during his criticism of the Charismatic Movement at his recent conference of the same name.
The Christian Post received an advance copy of the book, and passages and quotes from it can be read below.
MacArthur argued at the Strange Fire Conference held at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. on Oct. 16-18 that Pentecostal-influenced preachers like Bishop T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen are advancing a prosperity gospel that is "spirit-centered" when it should be Christ-centered, as well as other controversial remarks. more >>
In a call from jail to his Alabama-based ministry, The Basement, on Tuesday, popular youth evangelist Matt Pitt revealed how he was able to reclaim a fallen original member of his ministry in jail and described his recent incarceration as God's last challenge.
Pitt, 30, founder of one of America's largest Christian youth ministries, had his probation for a controversial 2012 crime of impersonating an officer of the law revoked by an Alabama judge last Tuesday and was sentenced to spend the next 10 months in jail.
"Y'all be praying for me man. I'm here with a bunch of hard knocks... This is God's last challenge to me to see if I can do what I'm called to do. If I can save all these guys ain't gonna be nothing stopping us from saving the whole world," Pitt said in a recording of the call provided to The Christian Post by Blake Bolden of Pitt's Whosoever Ministries. more >>
1. Tomb of the Patriarchs
- The Tomb of Patriarchs is located in Hebron, Israel. This is believed by many to be the burial spot of some of the most revered men in the Old Testament; Abraham, Jacob and Isaac. Also buried with them are their wives, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah. The West Bank site is under siege by both the Muslim and Jewish Communities who are fighting for ownership. The walls around the Tomb were built by King Herod's men.