Monday, June 11, 2012

THE CHRISTIAN POST Monday June 11, 2012 Sivan 21, 5772

Creflo Dollar
(Photo: World Changers Church International via The Christian Post)

Creflo Dollar: I Should Have Never Been Arrested; Devil Trying to Discredit Me

By Katherine T. Phan

Creflo Dollar Jr., who was arrested Friday on battery charges involving his daughter, received a standing ovation from his World Changers Church International congregation Sunday as he emphatically denied punching or choking his 15-year-old daughter. He said he never should have been arrested and believes that the arrest was part of the devil's plan to "discredit" him as a messenger of God.

Bobby Schuller Encourages Crystal Cathedral to Press On

By Anugrah Kumar

A day after the iconic building of the Calif. megachurch Crystal Cathedral was given a new name by its Catholic buyers, guest speaker for the worship service Bobby Schuller told the congregants there was hope and they should get together to make the next two years the "best ever."


Rick Santorum

Santorum Says He's Ready to Take on Paul at Convention

By Anugrah Kumar

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Sunday he was ready to take on Texas Rep. Ron Paul and his libertarian supporters if they look for a "platform fight" at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Terry Jones, the controversial Christian pastor known for burning Qurans in protests against "radical Islam," is currently being investigated by the FBI for hanging an effigy of President Barack Obama last week outside his Dove Outreach Center church in Gainesville, Fla.

The security leaks currently under investigation by the Justice Department were a threat to national security, said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

Even Republicans miss former President Bill Clinton's pragmatic governing style, Mike Huckabee said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

After years of viewing the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community as the "worst of what sin had to offer," Tim Kurek wanted to find out what it was like on the other side. So he decided to wear the label "gay" for a year and is now recounting his journey in a book.

Church & Ministries

TD Jakes, Serita Jakes

Bishop TD Jakes Honored as 'Prophetic Voice' at 35th Anniversary Celebration [PHOTOS]

By Katherine T. Phan

Bishop T.D. Jakes celebrated his 35th anniversary of ministry Friday with surprise tributes from Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Pastor Paula White and Chaka Khan at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Celebrities and Christian leaders honored the black minister as a "spiritual leader" and "prophetic voice."

Contrary to the recent recommendation by a Southern Baptist Convention task force that the denomination introduce an "informal" optional title – "Great Commission Baptists" – more than half of SBC pastors say they would not like to use the tagline.

Christians need to recognize the primacy of Scripture in their lives and not be drawn to fads, a theologian told CP at the Pastorum Live conference this week.

Suicide Bomber, Gunmen Kill 6 in Church Attacks in Nigeria

At least six people were killed and dozens ...

NY School Bans 'God Bless the USA,' Saying It's 'Offensive'

A New York principal who is a Jehovah's Witness says kindergarteners won't be allowed to sing "God Bless the USA" at their forthcoming graduation as it could "offend other cultures." But she thinks it's appropriate for them to ...

Homeless NC Teen Makes It to Harvard

Dawn Loggins was abandoned by her drug-abusing ...

Israeli CEO Commits to Giving 5 Percent of Profit to US Christian Charities

The CEO of an Israeli nutrition company says he ...

High School Lets Student Cite Bible in Graduation Speech

A South Carolina high school has reversed course ...

Appeals Court Hears Case on Texas Funding Ban of Planned Parenthood

An appeals court heard arguments in a case ...

Student Who Wrecked Pro-Life Display With Car to Face Judge

A 22-year-old Dartmouth College student will ...

US Army Suicides Hit One Per Day; Higher Than Combat Casualties

A worrying trend has developed in the U.S. ...

Gov. Bobby Jindal Signs 2 Pro-Life Bills

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law ...

New Yorkers Join Religious Freedom Rally to Protest Obamacare

Hundreds gathered in New York City's Financial ...

Pro-Family Marylanders Get Same-Sex Marriage Issue on Ballot

Pastors and pro-family advocates in Maryland have ...


Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao Maintains Faith After Losing Title; Archbishop Suggests He Retire

By Christine Thomasos

Manny Pacquiao lost his first fight in seven years Saturday after undergoing a spiritual awakening. The boxer has maintained his faith despite the outrage of fans and split decision-loss of his WBO welterweight championship title to Timothy Bradley.

"Harry Potter" star Emma Watson is in talks for a role in Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic, "Noah," which will feature Russell Crowe as the lead character.

Movie director Ridley Scott revealed that he is planning a movie based on the biblical account of Moses, and shared that he is skeptical of religion, calling it "the biggest source of evil."


Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lies on a gurney bed while leaving the courtroom at the police academy, where he is on trial, in Cairo in this file photo.

Hosni Mubarak Falls Into 'Full Coma;' Family Pleads for Medical Assistance

By Stoyan Zaimov

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has fallen into a "full coma," nine days after being sentenced to life in prison for failing to contain the outbreaks of violence last year when the military seized power, leading to the deaths of over 850 people.

At least six people were killed and dozens injured after a suicide bomber allegedly from Islamist terror group Boko Haram detonated explosives outside a church, and gunmen from the same outfit opened fire at worshippers in another church on Sunday.

Legislation that was recently passed by the Chilean National Congress has many pro-family groups worried about the possible fallout which, they feel, would lead to the unwarranted persecutions of Christians in the country.

Thousands of Muslims in Turkey, preparing to celebrate the Ottoman conquest of the country 500 years ago, are demanding that authorities allow them to convert the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque, despite laws forbidding worship at what was once the world's most renowned Christian church.

Seattle-based Megachurch Launches Mars Hill Music Label

Seattle-based Mars Hill Church has taken its ...

Casey Anthony Movie: Actress Drops Out

The actress who was slated to play Casey Anthony ...

John Schneider on Christian Films: 'People Have to Show Up'

Actor John Schneider recently stopped by The ...

Scotty McCreery Graduates From High School After Win at CMT Music Awards

Scotty McCreery snagged his first CMT Music Award ...

Gina Chon, Wall Street Journal Reporter, In Alleged Affair With Brett McGurk

Gina Chon, a Wall Street Journal reporter, could ...

Christian Boxing Champion on Being Single Mother, Working Three Jobs

Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson, like many single mothers, is a strong-willed woman who works multiple jobs in order to support her family. Unlike most mothers, however, she is a professional boxing champion who relies on God to give her ...

Rihanna Says Forget Chris Brown Rumors, Claims She Lives 'for God'

Rihanna revealed that she still has hope of ...

Ray Bradbury Dead at 91, Said His Work Was 'God-Given'

Author Ray Bradbury, whose novel "Fahrenheit 451" ...

South Korean Creationists Removing Evolution References From Textbooks

Efforts to challenge and even remove the theory ...

UN Monitors in Syria Shot at Trying to Reach Site of Massacre

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said ...

Egypt's Secular Parties Get Equal Role in Constitution Drafting

The Speaker of Egypt's parliament said lawmakers ...

Christian Counseling Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Scotland

A Church of Scotland counseling center will ...

Organized Crime Finds Fertile Ground Across Latin America

Gangs and drug trafficking groups are getting ...

Repentant Christian Thief Returns Money and Apologizes to Victims in Brazil

An unidentified thief, who stole from a house in ...

Tech & Biz

iOS 6 Banners at WWDC 2012

iOS 6 Will Make its Debut at WWDC Tomorrow

By Vincent Funaro

iOS 6 will make its debut tomorrow at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference.

A new survey suggests that Facebook users may actually be getting bored with the social networking site after a botched IPO and those new sentiments have investors worried.

The deal-of-the-day website Groupon has decided to discontinue its business association with a California-based torture porn group.

LinkedIn, the professional networking site, is currently investigating a rumor that a hacker has accessed company information and leaked over 6.5 million users' passwords.

Reverse Missions to the 'Dark Continent' (Part 1)

By Wallace Henley

"This is such a dark place." The irony stopped me in my tracks. The speaker was Jonas Kouassi-Zessia, an African émigré to Europe who had planted a church there. In the 19th and 20th centuries Europe – and America – was sending missionaries to Africa. Europeans and Americans referred to Africa as the "Dark Continent."


Pastors: You Need to Grow Too

By Eric Mason


Being a pastor can be one of the most enjoyable and fruitful roles to play in the scheme of God's redemptive story. It is this growth toward being more like Christ that drives what we do. We're driven to see the church grow, people grow, and gospel opportunities grow. However, if we're not careful, the most important area of growth can become neglected, our own spiritual growth.


Temperance: The Least-Understood Virtue

By Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas

Temperance is one of the four cardinal virtues, which the ancients saw as character qualities necessary for people to live a truly good life. It would help to know what temperance is in the first place — and, incredibly, we don't!


Cheap Law

By Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian

Jesus shows unambiguously that the greatest obstacle to getting the gospel is not "cheap grace" but "cheap law" – the idea that God accepts anything less than the perfect righteousness of Jesus.


Can Deliberate Sin Negate Your Conversion Experience?

By Dan Delzell


Every Christian hits rough spots at times where a particular sin just seems to get the upper hand for awhile. It might be a grudge....or impure thoughts....or jealousy....or whatever. By God's grace, believers somehow manage to bounce back and get beyond these spiritual setbacks. But what about the professing believer who never bounces back?


Upcoming Film 'Hellbound?' Explores Ugly Debate on Hell

By Lillian Kwon


When it comes to the debate on hell, Kevin Miller sees nothing short of an ugly battle where Christians tend to dehumanize those who disagree with their views and show little humility.


'Fetus Testing' and the Relentless Quest for the New Human

By Wallace Henley


"Scientists could soon be able to routinely screen unborn babies for thousands of genetic conditions, raising concern the breakthrough could lead to more abortions," said a June 6 headline in The Telegraph, a British newspaper.


The Five Myths About Small Groups

By Thom S. Rainer

Southern Baptist

Discipleship is a hot topic within the local church right now. Discipleship manifests itself in the local church most often through small groups. But they often struggle to be successful and transformational because of wrong expectations, beliefs, or myths about how they work best.


Cinema in Focus: Men in Black III - 2 Stars

By Denny Wayman

men in black

It has been ten years since the last Men in Black film came out in 2002. Following up on the first film in 1997, the second film was a disappointment as its sarcasm left us unimpressed. So it is understandable that the franchise waited for a decade before attempting another film based on the creation of Lowell Cunningham.


Southern Baptists and Salvation: It's Time to Talk

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr.


A recent statement on the doctrine of salvation has received a good bit of attention in recent days. It is no small matter that Southern Baptists are discussing how best to speak of God's salvation, even as we are fully engaged in the task of reaching the nations with the Gospel of Christ.


No Such Thing as Ex-Gay

By Eric Metaxas

new york gay marriage

Should Christians try to help homosexuals who want to change their sexual orientation? Why is that even a question?


Two Things to Keep in Mind When Evangelicals Turn Catholic

By Kevin DeYoung

Catholic Church

I want to remind of us two points that we can easily forget when a somewhat high profile evangelical converts (or seems about to convert) to Rome. Let's remember that the traffic across the Tiber is not one way, not by a long shot.


Can Christians Use Birth Control?

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr.


The effective separation of sex from procreation may be one of the most important defining marks of our age–and one of the most ominous. This awareness is spreading among American evangelicals, and it threatens to set loose a firestorm.


A Christian Doctor’s Views On Energy Work: Is it Dangerous?

By Rita Hancock MD

energy light

Because I'm a pain management physician, patients sometimes ask me about non-medicinal alternatives to pain control. Here's my short answer to patients who ask about energy work: I think energy work is dangerous if people try to do it. On the other hand, if God decides to heal people somehow through energy, that's up to Him.


Snake-Handling Christians: Faith, Prophecy and Obedience

By Nicola Menzie

snake handling file photo

The recent death of a Christian minister from West Virginia who believed that the Bible instructs the faithful to handle snakes and drink poison has put into question a doctrine many believe is unbiblical and dangerous but that its adherents, biblical literalists, say they are compelled to obey.


Planned Parenthood: Using Our Money to Oppose Our Freedom

By Doug H. Napier

Planned Parenthood

On June 12, North Dakotans will have the opportunity to freely decide the fate of that state's Religious Liberty Freedom Amendment…unless, of course, Planned Parenthood dumps another half a million dollars into state coffers from places as distant as California and New York, to confuse voters in what will or won't be the status of religious liberty in North Dakota.


Extraordinary Claims, Extraordinary Evidence, and Belief in God

By Robin Schumacher

When it comes to belief in God, is extraordinary evidence truly needed? If it is, does such a thing exist for God? Lastly, if such a standard is necessary, then does it also apply to the atheist worldview if it makes extraordinary claims?


Getting Off the Treadmill of Guilt

By Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer

Guilt is a dangerous emotion because it can shut us down spiritually if we let it. We make mistakes and then start wondering where we stand in our relationship with God.


Parenting and Setting Boundaries: The 2 'Rs' Kids Need to Understand

By June Hunt

June Hunt

Parenting is demanding work. Those who raise children are required to wear many hats (CEO and janitor, nutritionist and nurse, counselor and cook, plumber and many others). So, how can parents guide their children into successful adulthood? One of the essential requirements is learning how to establish healthy boundaries.


America's Moral Schizophrenia

By Ken Connor


We find ourselves living in a society where our elected officials see nothing strange about using the power of government to impose a morality of nutrition while shying away from using that power to protect the lives of innocent unborn children.


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