Dr. Jeremiah J. Johnston, president of the Christian Thinkers Society and HBU associate professor of Early Christianity, appeared on Varney & Co., a Fox Business program, on Monday, Dec. 11. He answered questions from Stuart Varney regarding the controversy surrounding the Lord’s Prayer.
Dr. Jeremiah J. Johnston speaks to 7 thousand delegates at the AACC World Conference 2017
Jeremiah J. Johnston, PhD, associate professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University, and president of the Christian Thinkers Society, captivated thousands of delegates during the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference in September 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. There were about 7,000 event attendees who learned more about Johnston and HBU.
Johnston’s latest book, “Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity,” follows his equally important work, “Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions.”
Prayer is essential to the teaching of God’s holy word.
Christianity on the rise in Russia? Meet Philip Renner, son of Rick and Denise Renner, founders of the Moscow Good News Church, which runs 4,000 in attendance in the heart of Russia’s mega-city of 13,000,000. One Russian leader states, “Nowadays it is hip to be religious in Russia.” There are 30,000 churches in Russia and they are gaining in prominence. Cristie, myself, and friends, Rick and Denise, were equally inspired early in our careers by Dr. William Bennett, pastor of First Baptist Church, Ft. Smith, AR. Who could forget Dr. Bennett’s 5:00a.m. breakfast meetings when he would want to conjugate a Greek verb and talk about biblical texts?
The Christian Thinkers Society with Jeremiah Johnston now sets it site on a ministry tour in the 15 union republics of the former USSR. Philip Renner, young and dynamic, is impressive and has a distinct worship ministry imbued by parents “who do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen” (2 Cor. 4:18). He has visited ministered in many of those republics. The day he came to Houston, he was with us he was fasting. We were so impressed with his faith and look forward to working with him in the future.
Has America’s Christianity become impotent? Why are the nones on the rise? Did you know the “nones” are now actually forming quasi-churches? Faith in the USA is in serious trouble whether we recognize it or not.
Conversely, Philip Renner grew up in Moscow. The entire interview with Philip Renner, which is absolutely fascinating, can be found on the Christian Thinkers Society Facebook page and www.jerryjohnston.com.
JERRY: Tell us about that facility (church) in Moscow, it’s gorgeous- the pictures I’ve seen.
PHILIP: Well, God said, “Build the church in Moscow.” And to build the church in Moscow is very very difficult, extremely expensive. A lot of people would say it’s just impossible. Laws about building in Russia and Moscow they’re changing all the time. But that building’s there because we live by faith and not by sight and we speak things that are not as those they were, as though they are – Romans 4:17. God took what was invisible and made it visible.
JERRY: I recently listened to the pastor at Resurrection Life in Grand Rapids talk about the multiplied thousands of people that Good News Church and Rick Renner Ministries, and Philip Renner, your brothers have done.
PHILIP: Well the church is about 4,000 people which is one of the biggest churches in Moscow.
Researchers, Drs. Jerry and Cristie Jo Johnston, are Executive Producing a quick-paced film via trans continental, staccato interviews documenting the shocking rise of the non-religious.
There is a emerging trend across North America demographically that is indisputable. Regretfully, most of us are unaware of even what is going on. People are leaving. Where are they going? Why are they going? Who are the influencers? What is the prediction for America’s spiritual future? The dichotomy presents the Nones and the None Other. Filmmakers Drs. Jerry and Cristie Johnston are interviewing a cast of international experts for a riveting documentary to be released in 2016. They are listening to the nones and dones! Moreover, the Johnston’s are profiling the One Person who divides time and destinies.