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Trinity Broadcasting’s Jan Crouch Dies Days After Stroke

Jan Crouch, the cotton candy-haired televangelist known to viewers as “Momma Jan,” passed away Tuesday after a massive stroke. “Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence of Jesus and into her heavenly reward,” wrote Crouch’s son Matt. “[She] loved many things, but most of all she loved Jesus, and now has seen him face to face and has experienced his grace in fullness.”  

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C.S. Lewis-Inspired Metal Band? Silent Planet Breaks Down Barriers

The Vans Warped Tour is one of the biggest music festivals of the summer. And the only thing rising higher than the temperatures is the success of up-and-coming Christian heavy metal band Silent Planet.

The band, which marked their Warped Tour debut this summer, sees this rock tour as an opportunity to reach music fans with the gospel of Christ.

Silent Planet is a five-piece heavy metal band from Los Angeles. Garrett Russell sings lead vocals, with Spencer Keene and Mitchell Stark on guitar, Thomas Freckleton on bass, and Alex Camarena on drums.

The band's name comes from a C.S. Lewis classic work of fiction called Out of the Silent Planet. Garrett explained how the group of musicians chose the name.

"We were all a bunch of college nerds when I started this band in 2009 and I was a literature major, so we thought we would incorporate literature into what we are doing," Garrett told CBN News. "We all love C.S. Lewis and our drummer, that was his favorite book. And we are really interested in this idea that we live on this silent planet, that Earth is this silent planet. That's what C.S. Lewis is talking about."

"We're experiencing an existential separation from one another and an inability to understand one another because of sin, because of selfishness," he added.

In hopes of mending that separation, part of Silent Planet's mission is to break down the barricades in order to bridge the gap between the church and the rock music culture.

"I'm here because I love Jesus and because Jesus has transformed my life," Garrett explained. "And I want people to encounter the love of God that I've found in a non-religious setting and to experience God freely. That's why I've been doing this for seven years."

"Warped Tour is the new stage for us," he continued. "But its really been the same thing for seven years. We've just graduated to a place where we are allowed to be on this tour and it's exciting."

And this new platform has ignited the Garrett's passion to reach people.

"To be honest I think being here has empowered my desire for people to know the love of Jesus because I see that need," he said.

The music they write covers topics that Garrett believes people need to hear. Silent Planet released their first full length album "The Night God Slept" in the fall of 2014. The songs deal with topics like sex trafficking in America and the bombing of Hiroshima.

Their second full-length album, "Everything Was Sound," was released barely a month ago while on Warped Tour. It addresses issues like post-traumatic stress disorder in the song titled "Panic Room" and the challenges of prejudice in "Orphan."

Garrett says the lyrics have already started to reach people.

"Yesterday a guy came up to me and said our song, 'Panic Room,' about PTSD, helped him to forgive his father who abused him growing up because of what his father had gone through in Vietnam. The song, it helped him to reconcile with his father who's not in his life, but to understand why his father was like that," Garrett said.

Garrett also met a girl who is a survivor of sexual assault.

"She said the fact that we could be a Christian band and talk about these social issues was big for her," he said. "To be able to be a Christian and also stand up and say 'no, sexual assault is not right,' that was like, you're why we do this!"

Less than a month after their new album's release, "Everything Was Sound" topped the Billboard charts, reaching the number one spot for both Christian and hard rock albums, and finding a place on the Billboard 200 chart.

"It's definitely kind of nerve-racking when you put out an album," Garrett told CBN News. "I feel both nervous and good about the fact that when we write we don't think about who's going to listen to it, what genre will this be perceived as. We are just kinda doing it, you know what I mean?"

Regardless of it's success, Garrett says the band is proud of their album

"It's what we wanted to write and I was proud of my guys for the cool music we wrote and we try to do it justice with what we were writing about," he said.

When writing the songs, Garrett has one primary goal: to integrate his faith with the music culture.

"I believe that to be a Christian is to be integrative and it's sad because I believe a lot of people's experience with Christians has been largely segregative," he said. "Jesus is integration I believe."

And he's not only reaching fans at Warped Tour. Members of the church community are also supporting the Silent Planet mission.

"You know, maybe there's certain churches that wouldn't want us to play or certain festivals that would ask us not to come back. But, you know, overall I've experienced way more love from the church than negativity," Garrett shared.

"Love and Jesus are interchangeable to me," he said." I have found no love outside of the love of God. Only in God have I seen love, and have I been able to experience love with other people because of the love I've experienced with God."

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Pew: Americans giving up on God, miracles

Half of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with any religion, according to a new survey.

Pew Research Center said Wednesday that 49 percent of what they term "nones" left their church and religion because they "don't believe." Another 20 percent said they don't like organized religion. Other reasons included "common sense" and a lack of belief in miracles.

The survey is the latest from Pew that demonstrates a growing trend in America: more and more people are junking religion and many are giving up on God.

Pew interviewed several respondents to try and find a reason. Pew Said for example:

"About half of current religious 'nones' who were raised in a religion (49%) indicate that a lack of belief led them to move away from religion. This includes many respondents who mention 'science' as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings, including one who said 'I'm a scientist now, and I don't believe in miracles.' Others reference 'common sense,' 'logic' or a 'lack of evidence' – or simply say they do not believe in God."

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Mel Gibson Says Next Project May be ‘The Passion of the Christ’ Sequel

In a surprise appearance, Mel Gipson told evangelist Greg Laurie at SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium that he is working on a sequel to “The Passion of the Christ.”

"We're talking about that. Of course, that is a huge undertaking," Gibson said. "And you know, it's not the 'Passion 2.' It's called 'The Resurrection.' Of course, that's a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don't want to just do a simple rendering of it — you know, read what happened."

Laurie asked Gipson about the possible sequel after screenwriter Randall Wallace told Hollywood Reporter that he and Gipson were working on a sequel to “The Passion of the Christ.”

“The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell,” Wallace told Hollywood Reporter.

Gipson told Laurie that Wallace is “up to the task” of writing the second film.

“He is also, as well as a brilliant writer, he is a great director. He directed 'We Were Soldiers' and 'Heaven is for Real' and stuff. So, he is a good writer and director."

Laurie also talked to Gipson about his new movie, set to release in November, called “Hacksaw Ridge.” The movie, based on a true story, follows U.S. Army medic Desmond Doss during World War II.

"Desmond Doss received the Congressional Medal of Honor for courage under fire. He was singular in that most guys who get the Medal of Honor, they do something in a split second and it's a decision that they do something courageous and heroic," Gibson said. "Desmond did what he did over and over and over again in different places in the Pacific. His greatest achievement was in Okinawa, where he saved a lot of men.

"Another interesting thing about Desmond was that he was a conscientious objector and he went into battle without a weapon as a medic and what he did was super-natural and He only did it through faith. He was armed only with his faith."

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Generation Z will out-earn and outwork the rest of us

Move over millennials, there’s a new workaholic generation in town.

Generation Z, currently in school and the early years of college, is more willing to work longer hours and weekends than their elders are, according to a recently released report by Monster Worldwide Inc., the job-search firm. The data was gathered in January by research agency TNS, which surveyed members of Generation Z from age 15-20.

Of more than 2,000 people surveyed, 58 percent of Generation Zers said they would come into work on evenings and weekends in exchange for a bigger paycheck, compared with 45 percent of millennials, 40 percent of Generation X, and 33 percent of boomers. That’s not entirely surprising: They’ve got youth on their side and are generally not burdened with child-care responsibilities that make working irregular hours difficult for their generational predecessors.

Among the generations, Zers surveyed were the most motivated by money, although 74 percent of them said work should have a greater purpose than earning a salary, compared to 45 percent of millennials, 40 percent of Generation X, and 33 percent of boomers.

Brands seeking to recruit young blood should consider forgoing the beer fridge and ping pong table in exchange for a good old-fashioned health plan. While Gen Z might be more energetic and money-hungry than the rest, its first job requirements are reminiscent of generations before them. Seventy percent of those surveyed said their top priority is health insurance, followed by a competitive wage, a boss they respect, room for growth, and parental leave.
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Can't find the thread where we talked about Mel Gibson and his "Passion of the Christ" movie, Anyhow...

1 Corinthians 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.



Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross, his girlfriend of two years, are expecting a baby early next year, the star’s rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Already a father of eight kids, Gibson, 60, is thrilled to add to his brood.

“Mel and Rose are so excited about the baby,” says a friend close to the couple.

“Mel loves being a dad and he and Rose can’t wait to be parents together. The last two years have been some of his happiest years he’s ever had.”

This will be a first child for Ross, 26, a writer and former champion equestrian vaulter.
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Hillsong’s Carl Lentz Clarifies Answer to Oprah if Only Christians Can Be in Relationship With God

Hipster Hillsong NYC leader Carl Lentz recently clarified his response to talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who had asked Lentz on her “Super Soul Sunday” program if only Christians can be in relationship with God.

“Do you believe that only Christians can be in a relationship with God?” Winfrey asked in a program that aired on Oct. 16.

“No,” Lentz replied. “I believe that when Jesus said that ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’—the way I read that, Jesus said that He is the road marker, He is the map.”

“So, I think that God loves people so much that whether they accept or reject Him, He’s still gracious, and He’s still moving, and He’s still giving you massive red blinking lights, for chances to take a right turn where maybe you’d take a left,” he continued. “But I believe God loves people, and that’s what this whole gospel is based on—it’s love. You take the love out of it, we’ve got a moral book.”

But radio host, commentator and author Dr. Michael Brown reached out to Lentz following the airing of the broadcast as some were concerned that Lentz’ response began with “no.”

“When I asked him why he told Oprah that people can have a relationship with God without being a Christian, he said his intent was to say that everyone can have a relationship with God, but the question was will they, then he pointed to Jesus as the way,” Brown wrote in an article for Charisma News.

“But he was quite humble about these things, saying that he continues to learn and grow and wants to do a better and better job when he is in the public eye,” he said.

Brown outlined that Lentz told him that he believes those without Christ are lost.

“When I asked him the question, ‘Are people lost without Jesus?’ he said, ‘Without a doubt! He’s the only hope of salvation. One hundred percent,'” he explained. “And he added, ‘Without Jesus, you can have everything but have nothing. That’s why I’ve given my life for Jesus and for souls.'”

However, some remain concerned about how Lentz responded to Winfrey despite his personal beliefs.

“Carl Lentz was ambiguous in his claims regarding Jesus. He clearly gave an equivocal and palatable answer to Oprah’s question—one that he knew, and let’s understand this, he knew that Oprah would not take issue with,” wrote Jeff Maples for Pulpit and Pen. “Even if he truly believes that Jesus is the only way, he didn’t say that. Further, what Lentz may or may not believe is irrelevant. It’s what he said that’s the problem.”

“Lentz telling Oprah essentially that she could believe what she wants, and then giving her a carefully worded unoffensive version of what he believes, is exactly the kind of double-minded instability a minister of God’s word is not supposed to have,” he continued.

Maples said that Oprah is fine with Christian beliefs as long as Christians don’t think their way is the only way, and Lentz’ comments could have led her to believe that her thinking was acceptable.

“Oprah is perfectly fine if you believe that Jesus is the sacrifice, the atonement, that He is God, as long as you don’t believe that he is the ONLY sacrifice, the ONLY atonement, and the ONLY God. See, Hindus, Buddhists, New Agers–they all believe that their gods are the right way for them too, and as long as you don’t become exclusive, you’re in good company,” he wrote. “Clearly, Lentz was in good company, or at least Oprah thought so. And that is grounds for criticism.”

As previously reported, concerns had first been raised in May after Lentz posted a photograph on social media announcing his upcoming appearance Winfrey’s television broadcast.

“I really enjoyed my time with @oprah filming for her Super Soul Sunday show,” he wrote on May 18. “She is truly a special woman and a culture changer. To come from absolute poverty in Mississippi and reach the point where she became the first African American multi-billionaire takes a passion and drive that is exceptional and tireless.”

While the photo generated thousands of likes on social media, others raised concern over the Hillsong leader’s appearance with the television celebrity, who once said, “There are many ways, many paths to what you call God. … Does God care about your heart or does God care about if you call His Son Jesus?”

“Oprah is a pagan with New Age beliefs. For many years she has stated that there are ‘many paths to God.’ She denies that Jesus said the way is narrow,” one wrote.

Lentz responded to the controversy by stating that he didn’t like followers arguing on his page.

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New Resolution Clearly Violates Romans 11:1, Isolates Jews From Salvation

At their annual synod, the EKD, a group of Lutheran, Reformed and United churches who comprise the liberal wing of Protestantism in Germany, passed a resolution renouncing its mission to convert Jews to Christianity. They wrote, "All efforts to convert Jews contradict our commitment to the faithfulness of God and the election of Israel."

Aaron Lewin, a Jewish believer in Jesus and the Berlin director of Jews for Jesus, commented: "The words of the apostle Paul seem to have escaped the drafters of the EKD resolution. Paul, one of the most fervent advocates of the enduring election of Israel, said, 'God has not rejected His people, has He?  May it never be!' (Rom. 11:1). The New Testament records that whenever Paul ministered in a new city, he first brought the gospel to his fellow Jews. That is not the action of one who believes Jews don't need to be saved (Rom. 10:1). That's why we are committed to making Jesus known to Jews and everyone else here in Germany who don't know our Messiah."

This resolution comes as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is being celebrated. According to Religion News Service (RNS): "The move to renounce the Judenmission was part of the EKD's drive to deal with this embarrassing strain of anti-Semitism in their history so the Reformation anniversary could focus on Luther's other legacies."

Jews for Jesus International Director David Brickner commented, "It is disheartening that in this special year of celebration, an even more virulent form of anti-Semitism than Martin Luther's 'The Jews and Their Lies' is being perpetrated. If Jesus is Messiah and Savior of the world, and as Jesus said in John 14:6, 'No one comes to the Father but by Me,' then withholding that message from Jewish people is a grossly misplaced way of showing love."

A definitive consultation advocating for Jewish evangelism called the Berlin Declaration on the Uniqueness of Christ and Jewish Evangelism in Europe Today, (see attached, 106kb PDF), was circulated in Germany and throughout Europe in 2008. Among the signatories were German theologians, Dr. Eckhard Schnabel, distinguished professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Dr. Bernhold Schwarz, department head in Systematic Theology at the Free Theological College of Glessen and Dr. Rolf Hille, evangelical theologian and pastor of the Württemberg Church.

Jews for Jesus is a direct-approach evangelical organization with branches in 13 countries and 26 cities.


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