Posts Tagged ‘evangelicals’

Pastor claims giving more money will hasten second coming

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

A right-wing evangelical pastor, Jesse Duplantis, said on live TV that the reason for Jesus’s absence is that congregations do not give enough money to their churches During the four-day event, ‘Victorython’  in September Jesse Duplantis said: “I honestly believe this – the reason why Jesus hasn’t come is that people are not giving the Read more

Mike Pence conflates “Jesus” and “Old Glory”

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Does this sound vaguely familiar? “Let’s run the race marked out for us. Let’s fix our eyes on Old Glory and all she represents. Let’s fix our eyes on this land of heroes and let their courage inspire. And let’s fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and freedom and never Read more

Church member who broke Covid-19 lockdown rules not alone

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Residents in a Hamilton suburb were concerned when a woman from a local church knocked on their door on Good Friday and presented them with pamphlets espousing religious views. Her actions were in breach of Alert Level 4 rules. Read more

Where Evangelicals came from

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Every few years, it seems, conservative religious groups, quiescent or unnoticed, come blazing back onto the national scene, and the secular press reacts like the bad guy in the 1971 western Big Jake who says to John Wayne, “I thought you were dead.” Wayne drily answers, “Not hardly.” Now, in The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Read more

Evangelical Christians attack Muslims in Papua

Friday, July 24th, 2015

In Papua, 15 Christian and Muslim leaders have issued a joint apology after an attack by some evangelical Christians on Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fit. Six houses, eleven kiosks, and a mushala (small mosque) were burned, and a man was shot dead. “We regret the burning of mushala and the attack on Muslims in Tolikara, which Read more

Pope backs closer Christian ties before theologians agree

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Pope Francis has said Christians from different denominations should work for closer ties without waiting for theologians to agree on everything. He told Pentecostal bishops visiting him in Rome that Catholics and Evangelicals should “walk together”. Focussing on differences amounts to “sinning against God’s will”, the Pope said. He said Christians should not wait for Read more

Is there a “war on christmas”

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Nothing in evangelical Christian author Rachel Held Evans’ five years of blogging has gone as viral as her simple little flowchart to determine if one is being persecuted during the Christmas season. At last count, the post had attracted more than 700 comments, the vast majority in agreement with her. The idea that there’s a Read more

PNG Evangelical church leader supports removal of carvings

Friday, December 20th, 2013

An evangelical church leader in Papua New Guinea says people will in time realise that the Speaker of Parliament was right to remove carved wooden heads at the tops of totem poles from Parliament House. Joseph Walters, a prominent evangelical church leader in Papua New Guinea, says the Speaker did the right thing, and there Read more

CS Lewis: “the most dejected and reluctant convert”

Friday, November 15th, 2013

He liked to be called Jack. Plain Jack. But Clive Staples Lewis, arguably the greatest communicator of the Christian message in the 20th century, was anything but plain. He died on November 22, 1963, the same day as Aldous Huxley and President Kennedy, and while Lewis never completed the journey from Anglican to Catholic, he Read more

Pope: converts to evangelical churches find Catholic parishes lacking

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Pope Benedict has given his opinion that Catholics who become converts to evangelical churches often do so because they experience a lack of fervour, joy and community within Catholic parishes — not because of doctrinal reasons. “Often sincere people who leave our Church do not do so as a result of what non-Catholic groups believe, Read more