Ron Carpenter, senior pastor of the 19,000-member Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., revealed last October that his marriage has been rocked by his wife's infidelity for the past 10 years, and attributed the turmoil to her unspecified "sickness." Yet, Pastor Ron, as the RWOC family calls him, has no intention of stepping down from the pulpit, not even briefly, because "his integrity [is] 100 percent intact," according to the executive director of the megachurch.
Benny Hinn, controversial evangelist known for his "miracle healing crusades," is one of the main speakers at a Christian Prayer Conference being held this month in Bangalore, India. As with his last visit in 2005, Hinn's engagement has set off protests among locals concerned that the charismatic preacher will be flying into the country with "a hidden agenda."
Ron Carpenter, pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center (RWOC) in Greenville, S.C., told his congregation on Sunday that he would be attempting, with the help of Bishop T.D. Jakes, to reconcile his marriage with his wife Hope Carpenter, less than four months after revealing that she had committed adultery multiple times over the past 10 years and was voluntarily seeking psychiatric help.
In 2014, parents will likely be sticking with the Bible for inspiration in finding suitable names for their babies and one social baby naming website, using data from 3,500 parents and 25,000 votes from their families and friends, is predicting that biblical names will be a hit in this year. Meanwhile, a separate survey reveals that many Americans agree that "Messiah" and "Christ" are acceptable baby names.
Benjamin Houston, pastor at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia and son of its founders Brian and Bobbie Houston, has announced that the first gathering for the new church plant in Los Angeles he is leading with his wife will take place at the end of January.
An online magazine published late last week an account of an African pastor who drowned on a beach before his congregation while trying to walk on water like the Bible says Jesus did before his own disciples. However, the "news report," which has gone viral, appears to be a persistent Internet hoax.
Philippians 4:13 is one of the most quoted Bible verses and apparently a favorite among athletes, but is the popular passage about doing "all things through Christ" affirming a desire for God to provide favorable outcomes, or a desire to be content even when things seem at their worst?
Jesus Christ, revered by billions around the globe as the Son of God and savior of the world, has been portrayed in film and on television for well over 100 years. Here are seven actors who have donned a beard and long robes to play the carpenter from Galilee and central figure of Christianity.
A "Left Behind" producer and writer recently took on questions from fans of the upcoming end-times film and went on the defensive when he was asked if members of the cast, including lead actor Nicolas Cage, were "believers." Some fans also expressed concern that an actual rapture could take place before the film's 2014 release.
The Rev. Billy Graham has been picked by Americans for the 57th time as one of their top 10 most admired men, according to Gallup's annual survey that asks respondents to name, in an open-ended format, the man and woman from anywhere around the world who they find most admirable. Leading both lists, however, were President Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
The year 2013 is quickly drawing to a close, but there is still plenty of time to do some good, and at the same time, maybe even help lighten your tax burden for the upcoming filing season. Here are 10 ways you can help provide essential resources to those in need in the U.S. and around the world.
Award-winning gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp's latest CD, a feel-good album titled Christmas Card, reminds listeners of the reason for the season and includes a "thank you" from the Sapp kids to all who have supported them since their mother's passing. Sapp recently spoke with The Christian Post about his new LP, celebrating the holidays without his late wife, and how he manages being a single dad, pastor, and recording artist.
College Park Church in Indianapolis, Ind., has selected this year Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, the world's largest Scripture translation organization, as the recipient of its annual Christmas Offering, a special collection meant to assist Christian missions.
Joel Osteen, megachurch pastor and New York Times best-selling author, was pressed during a recent interview about his stance on homosexuality and asked if he would ever come out in support of same-sex marriage. The Texas minister, who leads America's largest congregation, explained that he refuses to "harp" on such issues and was "for everybody."
Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz has made it clear that he will not take a public stance on social issues like homosexuality because, as he said during media appearances this week, that is not the example Jesus Christ models in the Bible.
Zachery Tims, the Florida megachurch pastor found dead in a New York City hotel room over two years ago, died accidentally from "acute intoxication by the combined effects of cocaine and heroin," according to the NYC chief medical examiner's office.
A Memphis, Tenn., pastor is being held on a $1 million bond for allegedly sexually molesting a young family member for years. When the 16-year-old reported the alleged abuse to her mother early on, the woman chose to pray for God to end the abuse instead of reporting the alleged crime to earthly authorities.
Marvin Sapp, award-winning gospel artist and pastor, recently shared his heart on the spate of Christian ministers committing suicide and suggested that the issue of mental health was "taboo" in the urban community. The Michigan minister also revealed that if it were not for his late wife's expertise in and advocacy for psychological well-being, he also might have taken his own life three years ago.
A&E Networks has suspended indefinitely "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson from its popular reality show after the conservative Christian shared his belief that homosexuality is a sin in the January issue of GQ magazine. However, Robertson's Christian fans, expressing their outrage on social media, have vowed to boycott the network.
Joel Osteen, known for his best-selling motivational books and "megawatt smile," and Carl Lentz, dubbed by Details magazine as an "apostle of cool," recently sat down with Katie Couric to discuss the "modern face of religion in America." While both Christian pastors are popular, their ministry styles certainly differ. So what is it that draws people by the thousands to their churches – and garners Osteen millions of viewers around the globe?
NBC has officially given the green light to the 12-hour miniseries "A.D.," dubbed a follow-up to the wildly successfully "The Bible" miniseries that aired on the History channel in the the spring and did wonders for the network's ratings and popularity among Christians.
A new "found footage" horror film called "The Lock In" from Holy Moly Pictures takes on pornography consumption and addiction — what producers call "a growing epidemic in the church community" — by linking the dangers of porn consumption to demonic activity.
Nigerian televangelist and Pastor Chris Okotie stands by the inflammatory comments he made during a recent church service in which he claimed that "all Catholics will go to hell" and called the pope "an Anti-Christ', among other things. The controversial preacher's remarks were widely reported online by Nigerian media and swiftly rebuked by religious and nonreligious readers.
Nick Vujicic of Life Without Limbs ministry premieres his first-ever Web series Monday that documents his travels to 24 countries where he shared with tens of thousands of people how his hope and faith in Jesus Christ helped him overcome a rare disorder that has left him without any arms or legs.
Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham and president of his evangelistic association, gave an update on the minister's health to The Christian Post this week, stating that while the elder Graham was not in any immediate danger, a simple cold could turn the tide. Meanwhile, Will Graham, the elder evangelist's grandson, has said he believes the 95-year-old Southern Baptist preacher was ready to "go home" to be with the Lord.