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Prosperity Gospel

Many U.S. Protestant and non-denominational churchgoers hear a “prosperity gospel” from the pulpit, including 41 percent of Baptist respondents, a LifeWay report says. […] Read More

Fragmentary experiences can inform and sharpen one’s understanding of the world. That has been my experience over 25 years as executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics/EthicsDaily.com. Here are a few experiences that have expanded and enriched how I interpret the world: The “prosperity gospel” creates profound challenge for African Baptist churches. At a […] Read More

I grew up within classical Pentecostalism, a Christian tradition that by and large rejected the Word-Faith prosperity gospel when it emerged in the 1970s and 1980s. Yet, within a decade, most cities had at least one Word-Faith church dedicated to the gospel of health and wealth through positive thinking and speaking. Most looked to Kenneth […] Read More

Florida mega-church pastor and sometime religious television personality Paula White is emerging in news media coverage as a leading spokesperson for “American evangelicals.” Her church in suburban Orlando attracts about 20,000 attendees, and thousands more watch her on television and read her writings. Her version of evangelical Christianity is what is popularly known as the […] Read More

The prosperity gospel has influenced a large number of Christians across a broad section of the Christian faith, according to Deji Ayegboyin, president and chief executive officer of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. “It is obvious that prosperity teaching is a phenomenon that cuts across denominational barriers. Prosperity teaching can be found in varying degrees in […] Read More

Great Expectations

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on August 26, 2012. John 6:56-69 Something was wrong, terribly wrong, and the disciples knew it. The crowds coming to see and hear Jesus, which had numbered in the thousands, were getting smaller. There was no more talk about making him a king […] Read More

Sometimes a crisis will call attention to a problem that is deeper and more fundamental than the specific cause that ignited it. Recent accusations against a prominent Atlanta-area megachurch pastor, while still contested, have produced anger, sadness, disappointment, defense and counter-charges; they will continue to challenge the many dimensions of this church’s ministry. It is […] Read More

Rescue crews hadn’t even begun to unload supplies before Pat Robertson began to upbraid Haitians for their “pact with the devil.” Robertson said Haitians joined forces with Satan’s army. “They said, ‘We will serve you if you’ll get us free from the French.’ True story. And so the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.’ They […] Read More

Psalm 72 opens with these words: Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness. May he defend the cause of the poor of the […] Read More

I learned of the death of Oral Roberts through a Twitter post that said: “Celebrating with Oral Roberts as he came face to face with Jesus. Your mansion is sooooo big. I’m sure of it!” The news was jarring. Not that Oral Roberts was dead at age 91, though, I imagine for those who loved […] Read More