One of the best known “mega” churches in our times is the Mars Hill Church in Seattle Washington, U.S.A. Recently the news has been bad. The church has become so infamous that Google Search has a search category “The Mars Hill Controversy.” Something must be wrong when Google doesn’t like you.
A random Internet search of the church’s name produced these titles:
- [Pastor Mark] Driscoll to take break from Mars Hill pulpit
- Why the Mars Hill Faithful Have Started to Question Mark
- Church or Cult? The Control-Freaky Ways of Mars Hill Church
- A Shunning in Seattle: A powerful megachurch’s harsh tactics raise questions about how much control churches should have over their members’ lives.
- Worst Guy Ever Alert: Beware of Horrible Hipster Pastor Mark Driscoll
- Protesters Call For Pastor Mark Driscoll’s Resignation After Multiple Scandals At Mars Hill Church
- Controversy is now the news from Mars Hill Church.
When the pharisees asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was, He replied:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27 NASV)
Can anyone be commanded to love God or love anyone for that matter? Yet we are told this is the greatest commandment for a believer. How do we do it? The Apostle John provides the answer:
“We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NASV)
The key to being able to love God is first understanding and believing that God loves you and this is our “great” struggle to obeying the “greatest” commandment.
A study by Baylor University, published in the journal Sociology of Religion, concluded that understanding God loves us is even an important key to successful prayer. (more…)
According to Khalid Mahmood, a British MP from Birmingham, England, there are more British Muslims fighting for Islamic State (IS) extremists in the Middle East than there are serving in the British army. The IS — which goes by various acronyms including ISIS (Islamic State in Syria) — is attempting to set up an Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East.
The British army says there are 600 Muslims serving in the British army. MP Khalid Mahmood believes over the last three years 1,500 British Muslims have joined the IS in its fight in the Middle East. (more…)
Los Angeles pastor Patrick McGillicuddy and his wife Whitney, created a cute YouTube video to announce to family and friends that they were expecting a baby in February 2015.
They were shocked when the video went viral. Their video played off Cokes’ personalized #shareacoke ad campaign that has people’s voices change as they drink coke from containers with different names on them.
In their video, which now sits at 3.9 million views, the couple’s voices change as they drink from cans with different names imprinted on them. Their voices return to normal when they drink from the last two cans labelled ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad.’ This is followed immediately with an ultrasound image of their baby and the pregnancy announcement.
Numerous website around the world have played the video and it was even featured on Good Morning America. In an article published on Christianity Today, Pat who is a children’s pastor The Church at Rocky Creek said:
“The beauty of the video is that we didn’t intend for this to happen.”
There is an ancient Egyptian papyrus that some believe tells of the plagues that God sent on Egypt during Israel’s deliverance from that land under Moses.
Oddly the ancient document hasn’t caught the attention of many Christians simply because it doesn’t fit their time-table of who the Pharaoh of the Exodus actually was.
But it perfectly fits mine, and I believe this papyrus — written from an Egyptian’s perspective — describes the chaotic days and the plagues associated with Israel’s deliverance from Egypt.
The document officially named Leiden I 344 is on display in the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, Holland. It was discovered in 1828, but wasn’t translated until 1909, when Professor Alan Gardner discovered it was a lament speaking of a very chaotic time in Egypt’s history. He titled it The Admonitions of an Egyptian Sage from a Hieratic Papyrus.
It spoke of disasters, death, mysterious natural phenomena and famine. And oddly it addressed a massive transfer of wealth from the very rich of Egyptian society to the poorest.
It was written by a man named Ipuwer who was an actual witness to what happened. He mixes historical with current events and was warning the current rulers of Egypt of divine retribution, such as happened earlier, if they abused their power. (more…)
According to a survey — conducted in conjunction with the DVD release of a movie called The Love Punch – 54% of people who had divorced said they had second thoughts about their decision. The survey was reported by the Daily Mail.
The Love Punch, starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson, is a comedy about a divorced couple who are brought back together to try to recover a retirement fund stolen through fraud. During this process, they realize their love for each other had not died.
The survey questioned 2,000 UK men and women who had either been either divorced or separated from a long term relationship for over five years. (more…)
The real problem in the Middle East — Muslim extremists don’t want peace, they want the total destruction of Israel
In this six-minute video, radio host Dennis Prager explains the real reason there is no peace in the Middle East.
He says Muslim extremists don’t want peace, because they desire Israel’s destruction. With that as their ultimate goal, lasting peace is impossible.
Even the terrorist organization Hamas — which controls the Gaza strip– calls for Israel’s destruction in its Charter.
So who else has called for Israel’s destruction? (more…)