Superhero Sunday

Special needs children and adults are always treated like champions at Rockford First, but on Aug. 14 they became superheroes at the Assemblies of God megachurch in Illinois. The inaugural Superhero Sunday benefited Champions Club, a ministry for families who have children with special needs. Events included the fourth annual Superhero Dash, which is an … [Read more…]

A Balm in Sherman Park

A large Assemblies of God church is taking the initiative to facilitate community dialogue in the wake of unrest in the Sherman Park section of north Milwaukee. The fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer Saturday and subsequent burning of a trio of neighborhood businesses all occurred within three blocks of Parklawn … [Read more…]

Victory Respite

Although a threat to religious higher education has eased in California, Assemblies of God leaders aren’t convinced the victory is permanent. State Sen. Ricardo Lara on Aug. 9 withdrew a proviso in SB 1146 that ultimately might have resulted in the closure of the vast majority of Christian colleges and universities in the state. Ostensibly … [Read more…]

Pooches to the Rescue

The ministry of Terri Carruthers went to the dogs in 1993. And hundreds of people have benefited since. Terri and her husband, Paul, are appointed Assemblies of God U.S. Missionary chaplains. She became certified in pet therapy 23 years ago. Every week she brings Mr. Bandit and Lil’ Bit to hospital floors to boost the … [Read more…]

Senator Withdraws Controversial Proposal

The sponsor of California’s controversial Senate Bill 1146 has voluntarily dropped his proposal which threatened funding sources for religious colleges and universities. Senator Ricardo Lara’s proposal would have held religious schools to the same standards required by state colleges, with regard to inclusion of LGBT students and faculty. In comments made to the Los Angeles Times, … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — August 10, 1969

“Prayer and Pentecost are intimately related.” Robert C. Cunningham made this observation in a 1969 Pentecostal Evangel editorial column in which he encouraged readers to “keep in vital touch with God through prayer.” Cunningham explained, “Pentecostal people know something about the power of prayer. All we have received from God has come through the avenue … [Read more…]

Being Real With the Hometown Crowd

When Pastor Steve T. Larson felt called to plant a church in 1994, he sensed a prompting to do so in his hometown of Kasson, Minnesota, which has a population of 6,000. Today, Community Celebration Church is situated on a county road between Kasson and nearby Byron (population 5,000). In its rural location, the church’s … [Read more…]