Perry Noble: I’m Not Going Back To NewSpring But I’m Sober And Healthy

Perry Noble: I’m Not Going Back To NewSpring But I’m Sober And Healthy

x To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Perry Noble was fired by the church he founded, NewSpring. Former megachurch pastor Perry Noble has confirmed he will not be returning to the church he founded after he was dismissed following concerns about alcohol abuse and marital difficulties. Noble spent time in rehab following his departure and has set up a church consultancy business . In a Facebook post yesterday he wrote of what he had learned from the collapse of his ministry at NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He said he understood there were consequences for sin. Apparently referring to his drinking he said: ” At first I thought I could control it; however, it wound up controlling me.” He also wrote of the importance of accepting Christ’s forgiveness and of asking for help, saying: “I...Read more
Perry Noble: I’m Not Going Back To NewSpring But I’m Sober And Healthy

Perry Noble: I’m Not Going Back To NewSpring But I’m Sober And Healthy

x To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Perry Noble was fired by the church he founded, NewSpring. Former megachurch pastor Perry Noble has confirmed he will not be returning to the church he founded after he was dismissed following concerns about alcohol abuse and marital difficulties. Noble spent time in rehab following his departure and has set up a church consultancy business . In a Facebook post yesterday he wrote of what he had learned from the collapse of his ministry at NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He said he understood there were consequences for sin. Apparently referring to his drinking he said: ” At first I thought I could control it; however, it wound up controlling me.” He also wrote of the importance of accepting Christ’s forgiveness and of asking for help, saying: “I...Read more
Why I Can’t Get This Photo Out Of My Mind

Why I Can’t Get This Photo Out Of My Mind

x To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Hope for a New Life, by Warren Richardson.Warren Richardson | Courtesy of World Press Photo of the Year A baby is passed from hand to hand through rolls of razor wire straddling an international border. The child – who had already travelled hundreds of miles from Syria with relatives – was now being thrust from Serbia into Hungary at an illegal crossing point. There are some pictures that, once seen, can never be forgotten. This grainy image of desperation and hope, by freelance photographer Warren Richardson, is one of them. No wonder he picked up a prize for it at the 2016 World Press Photo awards. As I look at this picture I am reminded of three things. 1. The vulnerability of refugees. What terrible suffering drives people to move hundreds of miles on...Read more

New Battle For Mosul ‘Within Days’, Says US Army Source

x To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Iraqis displaced from Mosul battle poor conditions following heavy rain at Khazer camp.Reuters Iraqi forces will resume their push against Islamic State inside Mosul in the coming days, a US battlefield commander said, in a new phase of the two-month-old operation that will see American troops deployed closer to the front line in the city. The battle for Mosul, involving 100,000 Iraqi troops, members of the Kurdish security forces and Shi’ite militiamen, is the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003. The forthcoming phase appears likely to give American troops their biggest combat role since they fulfilled President Barack Obama’s pledge to withdraw from Iraq in 2011. Elite Iraqi soldiers have retaken a quarter of Mosul, the...Read more
Not Feeling the Joy of the Holidays? Remember These 7 Things

Not Feeling the Joy of the Holidays? Remember These 7 Things

x To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Pexels It might seem odd to feel sad and out of place during the holidays, especially since everybody else is having a wonderful time. But many people actually feel this way because they are either stressed out by all the work that needs to be completed or are worried because of overwhelming holiday expenses. “For many people, this time of the year brings feelings of stress, anxiety, and other emotional challenges. As beautiful as these times are, often, things get in the way that cause one to wish the holidays would end quickly,” researcher Daniella Whyte wrote for The Huffington Post. These negative feelings are understandable, said Whyte, but she said people need to focus on the good side of the holidays. Thus, she shared seven things people need to keep in...Read more
Does My Prayer Count If I Sinned Before Praying?

Does My Prayer Count If I Sinned Before Praying?

x To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Pexels “This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realised in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.”—Ephesians 3:11-12 Sometimes it can feel like our prayer never goes beyond the ceiling. During moments like this, you probably might have thought that the powerlessness of your prayers was because of a sin you might have committed. Did you leave any sin unconfessed or was there something that you should have done more? So much of Christianity is viewed as man climbing up steps to approach a Holy and Righteous God. We think that for us to get “upstairs” we need to earn God’s favour by keeping with religious traditions such as confession. God desires for us to confess...Read more
Does My Prayer Count If I Sinned Before Praying?

Does My Prayer Count If I Sinned Before Praying?

x To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Pexels “This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realised in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.”—Ephesians 3:11-12 Sometimes it can feel like our prayer never goes beyond the ceiling. During moments like this, you probably might have thought that the powerlessness of your prayers was because of a sin you might have committed. Did you leave any sin unconfessed or was there something that you should have done more? So much of Christianity is viewed as man climbing up steps to approach a Holy and Righteous God. We think that for us to get “upstairs” we need to earn God’s favour by keeping with religious traditions such as confession. God desires for us to confess...Read more
Atheists And Christians Tweet #ImWithJustinWelby After Nigel Farage Attacks ABC’s Christmas Message

Atheists And Christians Tweet #ImWithJustinWelby After Nigel Farage Attacks ABC’s Christmas Message

x To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Just Pray Christians and non-Christians have responded on Twitter to an attack by Nigel Farage on the Archbishop of Canterbury by tweeting #ImwithJustinWelby. Former Ukip leader Farage hit out at Justin Welby yesterday, after the Archbishop in his Christmas message said the world was ‘awash with division and fear’. He tweeted: Merry Christmas. Ignore all negative messages from the Archbishop of Canterbury and have a great day! — Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 25, 2016 In response, Twitter user @KtTup, who describes herself as a priest and a ‘Jesus freak’, tweeted: Custodian of the faith Nigel Farage accuses amateur theologian Justin Welby of unnecessarily Christian message on Christmas Day. #Christmas — Robb Sutherland...Read more
Prince George And Princess Charlotte Attend First Christmas Day Church Service

Prince George And Princess Charlotte Attend First Christmas Day Church Service

x To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Reuters For the first time, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended church on Christmas Day. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended with their children a service at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire. Also in attendance were the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and Pippa Middleton and her fiancé James Matthews. This is the second time William and Kate have spent Christmas with the Middleton family. After the service Prince George, who is three, was spotted enjoying a candy cane outside the church. Advertisement Meanwhile, the Queen missed her first Christmas Day church service in nearly 30 years, due to a heavy cold.  Reuters Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on...Read more
Trump, Brexit And The Far Right: How Should The Church Respond In 2017?

Trump, Brexit And The Far Right: How Should The Church Respond In 2017?

x To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video “I am astonished that you have…” St Paul’s shock opening to his letter to the Galatians could be applied to any number of events in 2016. That Trump swept to power on a tide of evangelical backing. The UK’s vote to leave the European Union. The confusion over the refugee crisis. The apathy over the ongoing disaster in Yemen. Politico’s year review struggles to capture the full extent of division, conflict and hatred that has risen up in the past 12 to 18 months, let alone try to offer a forward looking response. For New Testament theologian and lecturer at London School of Theology Conrad Gempf, the Apostle Paul’s example in how to handle conflict is something to learn from. The effect on children of the conflict in Aleppo as...Read more

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