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Top 10 PE News Stories of 2015

The inaugural year of PE News has seen more than 600 stories for or about the Assemblies of God posted — links to the top 10 most-read stories are provided below!

As 2015 draws to a close, it also marks the conclusion of the inaugural year for PE News. Reflecting upon this first year, we are excited about the positive impact PE News has had. More than 600 stories were posted by PE News writers throughout the year and we have received an incredible amount of positive feedback, with many being appreciative of having the opportunity to enjoy fresh content for, about, and from the Assemblies of God every weekday. 

Yet, beyond simply being a news source, we believe PE News is positioned and has become a source of inspiration — whether that be inspiration to pray for individuals, offer praise to God, or to follow in the footsteps of those who have blazed a trail before them from decades (“This Week in AG History”) or perhaps just days ago. For that, we are greatly humbled and thankful for the Holy Spirit’s work in and through PE News

Following are the top 10 most read PE News stories from 2015. We look forward to continuing to serve as your Assemblies of God news source in 2016. May God bless you and yours with ever-increasing faith, a love for His Word, and a passion to reach the lost for Christ.


#10. AG Youth Group Involved in Fatal Crash

A car hit an Assemblies of God van en route to a youth Fine Arts Festival in North Texas, killing two.

#9. The Hyperization of Christianity

Scott Temple examines a 50-year trend of waves of doctrinal hype that have had a negative impact on Christianity.

#8. The Impact of a Servant’s Faith — the Roanoke Tragedy

News Anchor Steve Grant found his faith to be a difference maker when he was thrust into the midst of tragedy and overwhelming sorrow in Roanoke, Virginia.

#7. Christian Leaders Warn Against Fifty Shades Movie

Christian leaders warn that Fifty Shades of Grey presents sexuality in an unbiblical way.

#6. PennDel Ministry Network Assistant Superintendent Injured, Wife Killed

Pennsylvania-Delaware Ministry Network Assistant Superintendent Bryan Koch and his wife, Lynn, were involved in a head-on collision with an SUV while riding their motorcycle Sunday evening. The follow-up article, Do You (Still) Love Me More Than These . . . ?  was also a top story.

#5. Youth Group Prayer Service Results in Miraculous Healing

Ash Grove Assembly of God may not have a typical youth group, but they're seeing God do the miraculous.

#4. AG Member Shot Fives Times in San Bernardino Attack Miraculously Survives

A Christmas party turned into a horrific nightmare, with Fontana First Assembly of God member Kevin Ortiz caught in the line of fire.

#3. Deliverance from Same-Sex Attraction

As her lesbian wedding approached, Sarah Mourer says Jesus instantly saved her from a destructive path.

#2. North Dakota AG Leader Healed of Incurable Cancer

Leon Freitag was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, an incurable cancer, and given 12 to 18 months to live. As an example to others, Freitag chose to believe God for a miracle and demonstrate faith through suffering and, ultimately, dumbfound the doctors!

#1. Statement Regarding the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision

George O. Wood, AG general superintendent, released a statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision to allow same-sex marriages. The related articles, Supreme Court Decision: Four Common Questions and Supreme Confusion, were also top stories.

Dan Van Veen

Dan Van Veen is news editor of AG News. Prior to transitioning to AG News in 2001, Van Veen served as managing editor of AG U.S. Missions American Horizon magazine for five years. He attends Central Assembly of God in Springfield, Missouri, where he and his wife, Lori, teach preschool Sunday School and 4- and 5-year-old Rainbows boys and girls on Wednesdays.