You might have noticed a growing trend. More churches are hosting live simulcasts, featuring big-name Christian speakers, like one coming up Wednesday, called The Gathering 2016. There are a lot of reasons why they’re popular, which I’ll address below. But despite the popularity of the simulcast, churches need to be aware of a particular danger before they decide to host one of these events.
Christians from across church backgrounds will gather, Saturday, July 16, at the National Mall for an event called “Together 2016.” Participants are praying and fasting for at least one million people to attend. The purpose is for Christians to set aside their doctrinal differences and unite by focusing on Jesus and spiritual awakening. But is this kind of unity a good thing– or even unity at all?
I was disappointed to learn that the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Ronnie Floyd, agreed to be a keynote speaker at the International House of Prayer’s annual youth conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
I have learned that two other influential evangelicals are slated to appear at another New Apostolic Reformation event: musician Matt Redman and Bible teacher Francis Chan.
Yesterday, I watched the opening session of the 2013 Voice of Apostles conference in Orlando, Florida, sponsored by Global Awakening. Here are some of my initial impressions.
I think we are witnessing a time of leadership transition in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. The first-generation NAR leaders–those who formulated the major teachings of the NAR movement–have begun stepping aside and a new generation of apostles and prophets have risen to take their places.
There is another sign that the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement is becoming mainstreamed. Christian rock band Third Day has agreed to lead worship at the 2013 “Voice of the Apostles” conference –an NAR event–to be held in Orlando, Florida, next month.
A reporter recently asked me why more traditional evangelicals–including Dallas Willard and Josh McDowell–would take part in an event organized by NAR leaders. This is what I told her.