John Bryson, former Acts 29 network board member and lead pastor of Fellowship Memphis, a popular multicultural church he helped found in Memphis, Tennessee, said he has hired a private investigator after allegations surfaced that he covered for one of his former worship director, Rick Trotter, who was arrested earlier this month for "making upskirt videos of church members."
"It appears the facts and rumors surrounding Rick Trotter's termination from Fellowship have begun to blur," Bryson wrote in a statement to The Christian Post on Tuesday. "The statement we provided on August 11 lays out the facts that I am currently aware of. Of course there may be additional facts that we were not aware of in 2010 when we terminated Trotter, but to ensure we do get a clear understanding of the true facts, we have hired an outside firm to conduct an independent investigation. This will allow us all to separate facts from rumor."
Trotter, 40, who is married with children, is currently facing eight charges of photographing women at the Downtown Church in Memphis without consent, according to The Commercial Appeal. He was also fired from his position as the voice of the Memphis Grizzlies as a result of the arrest. Police reportedly found videos on Trotter's church-issued laptop showing him kneeling behind at least four women during worship service and recording under the women's skirt or dress with his cell phone. more >>
The process of becoming spiritually mature doesn't include shortcuts, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In a devotional published on Monday, Warren focused on the issue of spiritual maturity, referencing Philippians 1:6: "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns," reads the verse.
Warren compared the path of spiritual maturity to that of physical maturity, noting that it can take time for a believer to surrender all of their life to Jesus. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll has said that while it's probable the practice of polygamy, or individuals being married to multiple people, could be legalized in America within the next few decades, God's plan for people in the Bible speaks out against it.
Driscoll explored the Bible's position on polygamy in order to answer a reader's question on his weekly newsletter video, and said that although several people mentioned in the Bible take several wives, that does not mean the practice is part of God's original design.
The pastor, who faced controversy during his time as lead pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, before resigning in 2014, noted that there are some traditions in America, such as fragments of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which still do practice polygamy, even if it is more private and concealed. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham is hailing a Texas judge's decision to grant an injunction to block President Obama's transgender directive for public schools nationwide.
Earlier this week, a district court judge blocked the implementation of a directive from the Obama administration that would require public schools to allow male students to use girls' bathrooms and locker rooms if they self-identify as female.
Editor's note: This editorial is one of two follow-up articles to a CP staff editorial laying out two options for Evangelicals in this year's challenging presidential election — either vote for Trump or cast a protest vote. In this editorial, CP Executive Editor Dr. Richard Land argues that because of the dangers presented to the country and Evangelicals in particular by a Hillary Clinton presidency, Evangelicals should reluctantly vote for Donald Trump. A second editorial, by CP Opinion Page Editor Dr. Napp Nazworth, argues evangelicals should cast a protest vote instead of supporting Trump.
This presidential election confronts Christians with a terrible dilemma. Many feel that choosing either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 confronts them with an intolerable outcome. Which one is worse?
They find both major party candidates to be morally compromised and are struggling with the dilemma of how to respond. Scores of them have contacted me personally and asked, "What should I do? What are you going to do?" more >>
Editor's note: This editorial is one of two follow-up articles to a CP staff editorial laying out two options for Evangelicals in this year's challenging presidential election — either vote for Trump or cast a protest vote. In this editorial, CP Opinion Page Editor Dr. Napp Nazworth argues Evangelicals should cast a protest vote instead of supporting Trump. A second editorial, by CP Executive Editor Dr. Richard Land, argues that because of the dangers presented to the country and Evangelicals in particular by a Hillary Clinton presidency, evangelicals should reluctantly vote for Donald Trump
My fellow Evangelicals: Don't fall for the temptation to vote for Donald Trump.
The editors of The Christian Post recently explained why we, and Evangelicals in general, are split on whether to vote for Trump. Evangelicals shouldn't vote for the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, we argue, but the Trump option is more complicated. more >>