If you live near Southern California and you have a junior high, high school or college-aged student, I urge you to take them to Stand to Reason’s “ReThink Apologetics Student Conference,” tonight and tomorrow in Costa Mesa, California.
I’m breaking from my usual reporting to inform my readers about a California bill (Senate Bill 1146) that, if passed, will severely limit the ability of the state’s Christian colleges and universities to operate according to their biblical convictions about issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.
One brain stopper, I call the “Book Ban,” is employed by Bill Johnson–senior pastor and NAR apostle over Bethel Church in Redding, California. Johnson tells his readers not to read books that are critical of teachings he promotes. He does this in his popular book When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles.
Last year, I reported that New Apostolic Reformation teachings and practices have made inroads into the National Day of Prayer and asked the question, “Has the National Day of Prayer been hijacked by the NAR?” Unfortunately, this year, the NAR appears to have gained more ground in this event.
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 regularly receive comments from my readers–some who strongly disagree with me. One comment I received earlier this week came from “Pam,” a follower of Brian Simmons–a NAR leader who has undertaken his own NAR translation of the Bible, called the Passion Translation.
On Saturday, June 13, thousands of Christians are expected to gather at a coliseum in South Carolina for a prayer rally called “The Response SC.” Many seem unaware that this event is about much more than simply praying and fasting on behalf of the nation.
In talking with people, I’ve realized that many do not know the difference between a Pentecostal and a charismatic.