MIAMI BEACH – Worship services in evangelical churches do not mention sin, a major part of the Gospel message, Dr. Cornelius Plantinga, senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, said Monday at the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Faith Angle Forum.
"In very many evangelical and confessionally Reformed churches these days, sin is a rare topic," he said.
He came to this conclusion from his experience of speaking in different churches most Sundays for the past 30 years, talking to evangelical friends, observing the content of worship music used by evangelical churches, and reading the books and articles of Dr. David Wells, distinguished senior research professor at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Plantinga explained to the conference of journalists. more >>
In what could turn into a redemptive comeback, popular youth pastor Matt Pitt of The Basement is expected to be released from jail in the next three weeks after serving time there for nearly eight months for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
Pitt, 30, who founded The Basement in Birmingham, Ala., one of America's largest Christian youth ministries, was sentenced to spend 10 months in jail in October after an Alabama judge revoked his probation for impersonating a police officer in 2012.
A CBS report explained that Pitt had his probation revoked after a man named Brandon Vessels testified that the youth minister had again identified himself as a police officer after an argument over a BB-gun in Jefferson County. Pitt's attorney said last Friday, however, that Vessels wasn't being completely truthful about what happened. more >>
A Texas Presbyterian megachurch is asking for prayers as it readies for the trial date for its property lawsuit against the mainline Protestant denomination that its voted to disaffiliate from.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas' sent out a statement requesting prayers as they neared the date for arguments in their lawsuit against Presbyterian Church (USA).
The letter sent to the congregation last week by Highland Park Presbyterian's leadership, or Session, outlines the events leading up to the fall trial. more >>
NFL free agent wide receiver Jason Avant says his grandmother's faith led him to Jesus. She prayed for him for years, and when he finally came to Christ, it was the happiest day of her life.
Her positive influence goes back to his drug-dealing days,Avant told CBN News in a video interview posted Friday.
"I was the worst gang-banger/drug dealer ever because my grandmother gave me too much truth for me to be comfortable in that environment," he said. The NFL star admitted to dealing drugs as early as sixth grade when he was growing up on the south side of Chicago. He lived with his Christian grandmother, but most of the other relatives he lived with were gang-bangers, so he grew up familiar with drug deals and drive-by shootings. more >>
Pastors such as Shane Idleman of the Westside Christian Fellowship Church, are calling on Christians to take a more holistic approach to mental illness and not dismiss the problem as either solely psychological or only a spiritual one. However, the pastor of the Lancaster, Calif., church says that in most cases, worshiping God should be a first choice instead of medication.
Idleman writes that Christians who are mentally or emotionally suffering should examine their hearts and delve deep into their spiritual and physical habits to identify if they are lacking in either or both areas. In his recent blog post he states that both could be contributing factors to mental health issues.
"We can't tell a clinically depressed person to 'just get over it…pray and move on,' but on the flip side, we can't dismiss the fact that some depression is self-inflicted," writes Idleman. "Please don't misunderstand, I'm not discounting the deep emotional and psychological pain associated with depression and anxiety, but I do want to remind you that God makes provision for all of our needs. There may be a time and a place for medication, but, in most cases, it should not be the first thing we turn to. The first step must be toward God…toward worship." more >>
A New York-based satanic organization has announced plans to turn the founder of Westboro Baptist Church gay after he has died.
The Satanic Temple has stated that when Fred Phelps, who is presently in hospice care in Kansas dies, they will perform a "pink mass."
Lucien Greaves, spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, explained to the publication VICE that he promised to perform the pink mass for Phelps. more >>