Dedication of Niko Njotorahardjo Chair at Pentecostal Theological Seminary

Cleveland, TN–The Pentecostal Theological Seminary dedicated the Niko Njotorahardjo Chair for the Restoration of the Tabernacle of David (Prayer, Praise and Worship) on Thursday, April 28, in a chapel service followed by a celebration dinner. Dr. Njotorahardjo is a pastor of Gereja Bethel Indonesia, an international Pentecostal church of over 250,000 members. His church donated $1,000,000 for the endowment to establish the chair. The chair focuses on Prayer, Praise and Worship and the title reference to the restoration of the tabernacle of David comes from Acts 14:16-18 (King James Version):

Why A Sacred Assembly?

Sacred Assemblies were occasions for God’s people collectively to worship Him, to repent of personal and corporate sin, to remember His special blessings on them, and to anticipate future blessings. They were times to renew the covenant relationship with the Lord and return to Him in faithful love and obedience. The prescription for sacred assemblies is found in Leviticus 23 and were the appointed festivals.

What to Say (And What Not to Say) to an Abuse Victim

My friend “Jake” attended a men’s conference last weekend in a western state. After one of my sermons—which dealt with the topic of freedom from sexual sin—a dark memory from his past surfaced in his mind. He began to sob, and two men seated near him put their arms around him and began praying.

Christian Standard Magazine Celebrates 150 Years

With the publication of its April 2016 issue, Christian Standard magazine is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

International Offices Unveils Upgraded Media Capabilities

Cleveland, TN–When the Leadership and Communications Center opened in 2004, it included a small conference center and state of the art recording and digital editing studio. At the time the equipment was the best the industry had to offer.

Unity Tree Planted on Azusa Street

Leaders associated with the recent AzusaNow event came together on May April 10 to plant a symbolic tree near the site of the famous Azusa Street Revival. The leaders joined together after the Los Angeles Coliseum “AzusaNow” event to plant the Unity Tree on Azusa Street.

Study: Pastors Suffer in Silence Over Financial Challenges

Research released from the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) this week shows that the majority of evangelical pastors in the United States serve in small churches with significant personal financial challenges. Pastors also report that they are not familiar with resources to help them and do not confide in anyone outside their household about financial stress.

Tennessee to Allow Counselors to Refuse Services Based on ‘Sincerely Held Principles’

Tennessee’s Republican governor on Wednesday signed a law allowing mental health counselors to refuse service to patients on “sincerely held principles,” the latest in a string of U.S. state measures criticized as discriminatory against the gay community.

Latest Update on the Devastation in Ecuador

Church of God World Missions Director Dr. Tim Hill contacted Richar Mendoza, the national administrative bishop of Ecuador, by phone to assure him he and World Missions were standing ready to assist in the earthquake disaster that recently devastated the coastal area.

Bono and Eugene Peterson: The Psalms’ Released as Part of Launch

PASADENA, Calif., —Fuller Theological Seminary, the world’s largest multi-denominational institution for theological graduate education, today announces the launch of FULLER studio, an innovative and interactive e-resource sharing exclusive content at no cost for individuals in pursuit of deeply formed spiritual lives.

Oregon Bakers Continue to Fight Back

Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of the bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa, were asked by a lesbian to make a cake for her same-sex wedding in 2013.

America: Turning a Nation Back to God

America is in serious trouble. From sea to shining sea we are witnessing the devolution of a nation.

Executive Council in Session This Week

April 26, 2016–Cleveland, TN—The Church of God International Executive Council is meeting for their regularly-scheduled April session starting at 9:00 this morning at the Leadership and Communications Center.

Entire Bible to be Read Aloud May 1-5 on Steps of U.S. Capitol

The 27th annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon began at 6:00 PM on Sunday, May 1st. For 90 continuous hours, beginning with the reading of Genesis 1:1, every word of the Bible will be read aloud and without commentary, culminating at noon on Thursday, May 5, with the reading of the final chapters of the book of Revelation. During these five days, hundreds of Bible believers will travel to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol to read a portion of the Bible, to listen and to pray. The U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon began in 1990. The event serves to honor the Bible, celebrate religious freedom and unite the diverse branches of Christianity around the Bible. There will be 100 English and foreign language versions of the Bible available to be read.

Christian Leaders Gather in Yad Vashem for Christian Leadership Seminar

(Jerusalem – April 20, 2016) Thirty Christian priests, pastors and leaders of organizations from across the world are coming to attend a week long intensive seminar at Yad Vashem. The seminar is organized jointly by The International School for Holocaust Studies’ of Yad Vashem and the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem with the financial support of The Museum of The Bible in Washington D.C. as well as the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, USA Branch. The Seminar, titled “The Holocaust, Antisemitism, and Israel” runs from May 1, 2016 –May 10, 2016 at the Yad Vashem Campus in Jerusalem.

Students Mock Christ Crucified on a Dartboard

The art exhibit inside a campus library at Rutgers University was sickening—Jesus crucified on a dartboard.

A Testimony of the Effectiveness of Outreach Programs

Her name is Viviana, a single mom living in the Ecuadorian community of Quito. For several years, her two little girls have participated in the education and nutrition programs that are offered to more than 120 children in the area by Church of God Missionaries Bobby and Tamitha Lynch. Bobby also teaches at SEMISUD, the Church of God South American Theological Seminary.

The First-Ever National Conference on Christian Grandparenting

On November 15-17, 2016, the very first national conference on Christian grandparenting, The Legacy Grandparenting Summit, will be held at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, the Legacy Coalition announced today.

2016 Winning Titles of the Book of the Year Award

Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) is pleased to announce the winning titles for the 2016 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award. Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award honors books produced by small publishers each year for outstanding contribution to Christian life.

Student Denied Degree Over Same-Sex Debate

This week, attorneys with the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm, filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Governors of Missouri State University on behalf of Andrew Cash. Cash was a student at the university who was dismissed from his M.S. in Counseling program after expressing concern over counseling same-sex couples due to his religious convictions. His suit claims that he was unable to complete his counseling curriculum, and is now prevented from working as a counselor, causing him daily emotional suffering. He is seeking for MSU to reinstate him in his counseling program with safeguards put in place so that he can successfully earn his degree.

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