Barely a week since the Satanic Temple in Phoenix, Arizona was approved to deliver the opening prayer at an upcoming meeting of the Phoenix City Council, members voted Wednesday to replace its longstanding tradition of prayer with a moment of silence prayer instead.
"Tonight the Phoenix City Council approved amending the practice related to invocations. Effective immediately, and from this point forward, the new practice for the invocation will be a moment of silent prayer. The invocation is considered a city practice and the Council has the authority to change a city practice. At the next formal Phoenix City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 17, a moment of silent prayer will begin the meeting," said the council in a statement cited by FOX 10.
The move protects the council from a lawsuit over constitutional rights. more >>
It's official. Former Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll will make his comeback this year at a new church plant in Phoenix, Arizona, called The Trinity Church.
"We have some exciting news to share from Mark Driscoll Ministries. Lord willing, in 2016 we'll be launching The Trinity Church in Phoenix," wrote Driscoll in a blog post publicized through his social media pages.
He also directed those interested in his ministry to a video where he and his wife, Grace, talked more about the new chapter in their life. more >>
The Satanic Temple in Phoenix, Arizona has been given the green light to deliver prayers at an upcoming meeting of the Phoenix City Council in the name of religious freedom.
In a statement released Thursday evening, Phoenix City Attorney Brad Holm defended the decision, arguing that the short invocation at the start of formal council meetings has been delivered by persons from a number of different faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism.
"Consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's direction, the city cannot dictate religious viewpoints or the content of a prayer," Holm wrote, according to azcentral. "In addition, government may not exclude a denomination or a religion from praying under these circumstances." more >>
Christian R&B performer Ciara has received much criticism for wearing "too revealing" of a dress when she sang the national anthem at the College Football Playoffs National Championship game in Glendale, Arizona, on Monday.
The singer, who is dating Seattle Seahawks quarterback and outspoken Christian Russell Wilson, took the stage on the 50-yard line of Monday's game wearing a floor-length white gown with a matching white cape.
Although the majority of social media users appeared to have no issue with Ciara's dress, two former ESPN reporters tweeted that the singer revealed too much cleavage, given that children would be watching the final game, Clemson University vs. University of Alabama. more >>
Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL may have ended his season with the Arizona Cardinals, but the safety-turned-cornerback is leaning on the Bible instead of focusing on disappointment.
Mathieu, 23, shared a scripture after the world learned that he would be out for the season following five interceptions, 89 tackles and a sack this season.
"That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong," Mathieu shared from the New International Version (NIV) of 2 Corinthians 12:10. more >>
A private Christian university in Arizona has announced that it will now be extending employee benefits to lawfully married same-sex spouses of employees, but assured that it will continue to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, a school that was founded by Southern Baptists in 1949, issued a statement last Friday explaining that the school has altered its employee benefits package to include lawfully married same-sex couples.
After the United States Supreme Court ruling in June legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country, the institution evaluated its employee benefits policy and felt that in order to demonstrate "grace and compassion" toward married same-sex employees, employee benefits needed to be extended to their partners. more >>