Joshua Harris, the former lead pastor of Covenant Life Church, the founding church of Sovereign Grace Ministries in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is now apologizing to Christians he hurt when he advised against dating in his best-selling 1997 book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, calling it a "huge mistake."
"Part of the reason this has been so hard for me is that I have so much of my identity tied up in these books. It's what I'm known for," Harris told writer Ruth Graham earlier this month in Vancouver, British Columbia, in a report for Slate.
"It's like, well, crap, is the biggest thing I've done in my life this really huge mistake?" asked Harris, who stepped down as lead pastor at Covenant Life last year to pursue graduate studies at the evangelical Regent College in British Columbia. more >>
"How do you know if your theology is racist?" Carl Lentz, lead pastor of Hillsong NYC, asked Brooklyn megachurch Pastor A.R. Bernard earlier this month.
Sitting in a comfy sofa chair across from the loosely dressed Lentz in front of a large crowd at the Hillsong NYC conference held at the Barclays Center, Bernard paused briefly then delivered his response.
"Well, let's make the distinction between racist and racism. Racist is a person who has a feeling of superiority above other people by virtue of that person's race," said Bernard, who is the founder and senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York. more >>
Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson revealed her desire to spread the light of God to others in person instead of on social media at a recent promotional stop for her "Live Original Tour."
In a video posted to Instagram, Robertson is heard talking about her passion to have a deeper connection with people.
"The other night in Tulsa was amazing! 17 souls saved!! Praise God!" she captioned the clip. "It got me pumped for the tour coming up next month, because this is the purpose of the tour... Whatever you see that night could change your life forever. It will mean a whole lot more than just a follow on Instagram or a retweet on Twitter. It's a moment that we get to spend together, and dig a little deeper than we ever could through the Internet." more >>
Conservative author and radio personality Glenn Beck will speak at the multi-day American Gospel Celebration headed by Pastor John Hagee in Louisville, Kentucky, next month.
Beck's involvement in the three-day event was announced on Monday, with Hagee commending Beck for his widely syndicated social commentary.
"Beck stands on the front lines of key issues facing America today and speaks boldly about the value of faith and freedom," said Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. "I can think of no one more fitting to join us as we celebrate these two foundational pillars of our nation at the American Gospel Celebration and as we honor those who have sacrificed for us." more >>
The real-life story of arguably the greatest college walk-on, Brandon Burlsworth, hits theaters on Aug. 26th, in the inspirational film titled, "Greater." Actor Neal McDonough is now opening up about how the young athlete's faith touched everyone on set.
McDonough, known for his role as the villain in the hit TV show "Arrow," took a departure from the evil Damian Dark to take on the role as Marty Burlsworth, the brother and arguably biggest influence in the life of Burlsworth.
Starring McDonough and introducing Chris Severio, "Greater" follows the true story of Brandon Burlsworth, who is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Burlsworth dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks but was told he wasn't good enough to play Division I ball. Undeterred, Burlsworth took a risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Burlsworth displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. The awkward kid who once was an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched. more >>
Contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave performed at Minnesota's Sanford Center on Sunday while missing its recovering bassist, Jason Weaver.
Weaver suffered from a life-threatening diabetes-related foot infection in June, which called for at least seven surgeries where both feet were amputated.
"He had to have both of his feet amputated due to [an] infection — this wicked infection," Mike Weaver, Jason's brother and lead vocalist and guitar player, told The Bemidji Pioneer this week. "That sounds absolutely tragic and it is in that instant but he is somebody that really hopes in the Lord." more >>