27Jan19 Christian News Bulletin

Eternity News reports that Joyce Meyer, the popular American charismatic Christian author and speaker, has told a US audience that her views on prosperity and faith had got “out of balance.” Meyer, who heads up the multi-million-dollar Joyce Meyer Ministries, has been repeatedly criticised for some of her teachings and her lavish lifestyle. Her teachings have been labelled the “prosperity gospel”. Meyer’s recent comments do not back away entirely from prosperity teaching, but rather point to it as an example of one “movement” among many that has got ‘out of balance’.

Started by Brian Houston and wife, Bobbie, in 1983, Hillsong Church has become a global phenomenon with campuses in New York (led by hipster pastor Carl Lentz), London, Copenhagen, and Buenos Aires to name a few. Writing in Christianity Today, Clint Bryan notes that ‘the Hillsong music itself, with such singable titles as “Mighty to Save” or “I Surrender,” cuts across denominational lines. But in certain cultural or geopolitical contexts beyond Seattle or Sydney, the music has also served to subvert church and state confines. Kinga Povedák, a religion research fellow in Szegad, Hungary, notes how Hillsong’s music fueled an alternative, faith-based youth movement that resisted the tenets of socialism in her country in recent decades.’

The History channel has announced that they will be releasing, in March, a new TV mini-series that follows the life of Jesus as both a man and the Messiah. The show which is called Jesus: His Life is set to be an eight-part television series that shows Jesus’ life from the perspective of those who were around him. The Christian Post reports that episodes will show Jesus’ life through the perspective of friends, family, and followers including, Joseph, Mary, John the Baptist, Peter, Judas, Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate and Mary Magdalene.