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Living Water

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. March 23, 2014. John 3:4:5-42  Water.  Alongside oxygen and food, water is one of the three things essential to sustain life.  The other day, I saw a Youtube video called “What if you stopped drinking water?”[1]  Here’s what I learned.  Did you know that […] Read More

The public media evidently cannot get enough of “The Hell-Raiser,” as Rob Bell is called in the current New Yorker, or the harbinger of “A New American Christianity,” as announced in the subtitle of James K. Wellman Jr.’s “robBell.” Bell, of course, is the former mega-church pastor in Michigan who wrote the best-seller, “Love Wins: […] Read More

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (RNS) For years, Rob Bell closed his Sunday teachings at Mars Hill Bible Church with a simple statement: “Grace and peace be with you.” Thousands would respond in unison: “And also with you.” On Sunday (Jan. 8), on Bell’s last day at the megachurch he founded 12 years ago, only one voice sounded […] Read More

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (RNS) Megachurch pastor Rob Bell, whose best-selling book raised evangelical eyebrows by questioning traditional beliefs on hell, knew it was time to address the “giant, glowing, loud” elephant in the room on Sunday (Sept. 25) morning. What’s going to happen to Mars Hill Bible Church, his flock wanted to know, after their charismatic […] Read More

(RNS) For pastors with ambitions to reach huge audiences, there’s often no better platform than the megachurch, which has given rise to powerhouse media empires from T.D. Jakes to Max Lucado to Joel Osteen and many others. But some high-profile pastors are opting to leave congregational ministry altogether to pursue publishing and other media ventures […] Read More

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) A film series founded by megachurch pastor and author Rob Bell is finding new life as a smartphone app. The series, called NOOMA, has sold more than 2 million copies, and is now available for Apple and Android platforms. “We feel like apps are the future of how people are going […] Read More

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) For millennia, people have been trying to imagine what happens after death. Is there an afterlife, a heaven? Who gets in? And what happens to those who don’t? Books trying to provide answers to these age-old questions continue to be best-sellers, and some, like “Love Wins” by Michigan megachurch pastor Rob […] Read More

Belief in an afterlife – and the summary belief that eternity can be one of either eternal reward or punishment – is inextricably linked to historic expressions of Christianity. And as you also might have heard, rejection of the doctrine of eternal punishment – hell – is apparently being thoughtfully questioned in a new book […] Read More

In the space of a few days, I ran across several stories that have to do with reading: things that others don’t want you to read, are afraid for you to read or just don’t want to have their name on it when you read. Although I have a copy of “Baptimergent,” a collection of “Baptist […] Read More