From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader.
Jerry DeWitt is a former Pentecostal pastor in the evangelical parish of DeRidder, Louisiana who slowly lost his religious faith. Last Fall, he went public with his atheism, committing what he calls "identity suicide," and instantly becoming "the most disliked person in town." Since then, Mr. DeWitt's lost his job, his wife, his community and may be losing his house, but is still persevering and working
to help others
who find themselves in similar circumstances. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Aug 27, 2012 -
How do you do: since 1950, Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, Illinois
has produced dramatized salvation stories which are now syndicated around the world
. 2,950 weekly one hour stories have been produced so far, and the variety of wayward paths these poor sinners have taken is astonishing, running the gamut from "Gambling, Lying, Fear
", to "Country Music, Bigamy, Pride
" to "Jewish, Seeking, Piano
)." Whatever their false beliefs, all these fortunate folks have one thing in common (well, besides being voiced by the same few people
): their hearts and minds and lives have all been UNSHACKLED!
With impressive production values and sound effects created onstage during the live taping, it may be the last true radio drama. Sadly, PGM does not evangelize open audio formats; Real or WMP only.
posted by contraption
on Jul 12, 2007 -
in House Churches
throughout the country have heard "a call from God for the Chinese Church to preach the Gospel and establish fellowships of believers in all the countries, cities, towns, and ethnic groups between China and Jerusalem. This vision is no small task, for within those nations lay the three largest spiritual strongholds in the world today that have yet to be conquered by the Gospel: the giants of Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism." They call this movement Back to Jerusalem.
posted by afu
on Mar 20, 2007 -
Marjoe Gortner, world's youngest preacher
kicked off his religious career by performing a marriage at the age of four and a half. Although he eventually left the evangelism gig and became a hippie, lack of cash led him to take it up again part time as an adult. That is, until a crisis of conscience precipitated a documentary
where he exposed the business
of evangelical ministry. "Marjoe" won the 1972 Oscar for "Best Documentary" and has been recently re-released. An interview with Marjoe.
You tubery inside.
posted by arcticwoman
on Feb 18, 2007 -
"In the Name of Politics"
(NYT) Rev. John C. Danforth, the outgoing US ambassador to the UN, Republican Senator for 18 years, native Missouran and Episcopal minister worries that the Republican Party is turning very literally theocratic. In this short editorial he states "the only explanation ... is the extension of religious doctrine into statutory law."
(Just as a side note, we're taking applications.)
posted by blacklite
on Apr 10, 2005 -
Big Hairy Audacious Goal
is Coaltion For Christian
Outreach's newest evangelical ministry. It is an outreach program to make 750 commitment
calls per year which will include spending five hours a week building one-on-one relationships with non-Christians, leading a small-group evangelistic Bible study each year, Training in relational evangelism for every leader, and staff teams spending time together each week in prayer for the lost.
In the 40's, A young man named Billy Graham
empowered the evangelical movement holding tent revivals and encouraging people to be missionaries. Born out of that was a more charged fundamentalist movement
that we are famliar with today. Going from Billy to BHAG's begs the question, have Evangelicals evolved
posted by Hands of Manos
on Feb 15, 2005 -
Introducing Bob Jones University
, a liberal arts, nondenominational Christian university in South Carolina. BJU stands "without apology for the old-time religion and the absolute authority of the Bible.
" The University Creed
explains more. New Age, jazz, rock, and country music is still not permitted on campus.
Women's hairstyles. "should be neat, orderly, and feminine. Avoid cutting-edge fads and cuts so short that they take on a masculine look.
" BJU believes that "biblical principles preclude gambling, dancing, and the beverage use of alcohol
" -- just ask the new Dean of Men
[QuickTime]. The current president of Bob Jones University, Bob Jones III
, recently wrote a congratulatory letter to President Bush: "In your re-election, God has graciously granted America--though she doesn't deserve it--a reprieve from the agenda of paganism."
You might recall that they just recently lifted their ban on inter-racial dating
, but a parents' note
is still required.
posted by ori
on Dec 8, 2004 -
Plans Under Way for Christianizing the Enemy.
"Two leading evangelical Christian missionary organizations said Tuesday that they have teams of workers poised to enter Iraq to address the physical and spiritual needs of a large Muslim population."
God please save me from your followers!
posted by thedailygrowl
on Mar 30, 2003 -
Everybody Hates Us. Michael Spencer notes that evangelical Christians are almost universally disliked. Are there good reasons?
"We are loathed, caricatured, avoided and disliked because we often deserve it."
posted by aaronshaf
on Feb 6, 2003 -
If you're already familiar with the work of Jack Chick
, the creator of those amusingly offensive evangelist comic books, you probably know not to take him too seriously -- after all, the threat of being thrown into a giant lake of fire by an angel isn't particularly frightening. Still, when his new tract
starts with an image of the smoldering twin towers, and ends with the words, "Bob, now I know that Allah doesn't really love me or even care about any Muslim. But Jesus, the Son of God, does,"
it's difficult not to worry that this time he's bitten off more than he can chew.
posted by tweebiscuit
on Jan 2, 2003 -
is Leonard Knight's grand tribute to God. Whether or not one shares his beliefs, his accomplishment is admirable, and his artwork often breathtaking
. The Mountain has become a popular stopover for fans of folk art. Godfrey
Daniels spoke with Leonard
a while ago about his life, his art, and his love for all of creation. What's your favorite labor of love?
posted by Optamystic
on Nov 14, 2001 -
Countdown to Armageddon
- "In the last few years the world has gone from one Earth-shaking crisis to another. While some say that we are on the threshold of a Brave New World Order, others warn that humanity now totters on the brink of unprecedented disaster & chaos!"
posted by pehtes
on Jul 13, 2000 -