A Florida pastor and his family are in mourning following news that his teenage daughter was killed Monday in a tragic swing accident while at a Christian summer camp in North Carolina.
Olivia Paige Grimes, 16, died earlier this week after falling 100-120 feet while riding the "Freebird" rope swing ride at Carolina Point Camp, which is run by the Christian youth organization Young Life.
Her parents, Phil Grimes, pastor of Oasis Community Church in Lakeland, and his wife, Robyn, have not yet spoken publicly about their devastating loss but a recent statement from Oasis Church requested prayers and privacy for the Grimes family, which includes another daughter, Sabrina. more >>
A Florida church concerned about the failure of one of its young female members to pay a monthly financial contribution to its operations has threatened to strip her from its roll if she doesn't pay up and has offered her a grace period of 90 days to make nice if she is experiencing financial "hardship."
The threat to "Candance Petterson" as the young woman is identified in a letter posted to Facebook, came from the more than century old Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida, according to church member Bonnie Maxwell who spoke with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
The young woman who posted the letter to her Facebook profile Pretty Peterson on Saturday said she was surprised that the church would insist that she owed them anything since no one even bothered to call her to find out how she was doing even though she had not been attending the church for a while. more >>
Gospel singer Marvin Sapp, who was consecrated Friday to become bishop over the Central Province of Global United Fellowship during a ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida, says part of his mission is to carry on the vision established by Bishop Neil C. Ellis, who started the cross-denominational fellowship of spiritual leaders in 2013.
"My first order of business is making sure the established vision of Bishop Neil C. Ellis is getting into the hearts and minds of all of those who are connected to the GUF family. That's just creating and making sure that we, as individuals, maintain that love relationship — that fellowship relationship and koinonia that the Bible talks about — which is key and most important," Sapp told The Christian Post during an interview on Friday.
"It's just about fellowship, really, and remaining connected, one with another. And if I do that, I believe that a part of my assignment will be accomplished." more >>
A Florida senator drafting a bill for the state that will protect pastors from marrying gay couples recently addressed the shifting views of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton when it comes to same-sex marriage while defending the proposed legislation.
Florida State Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, and State Senator Aaron Bean, R-Jacksonville have been drafting separate versions of a Pastor Protection bill since before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last week. Plakon told Charisma that the bill is necessary due to the speed at which politicians and the culture have evolved on this issue.
"The LGBT community says it has no interest in solemnizing these types of marriages in churches," said Plakon. "Wasn't it five years or six years ago or so that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were for traditional marriage, and now, the other night, the White House gets lit up in rainbow colors? It's progressing quickly, and we need to put a backstop on this." more >>
UFC President Dana White has told Cuban middleweight fighter Yoel Romero to keep religion and politics at home, after Romero thanked Jesus Christ following his win over Lyoto Machida in Saturday's UFC Fight Night 70 event in Hollywood, Florida.
"You just won the biggest fight of your career, America doesn't want to hear your thoughts on Jesus. Keep that stuff at home; religion, politics, all that stuff. When you're out there fighting and you're being interviewed, they want to hear about the fight," White said in an interview with MMA Fighting.
"It's awesome you love Jesus; love Jesus all you want. You just don't have to do it publicly." more >>
A county government in Florida has approved a land use permit submitted by the megachurch Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, which was formerly led by Billy Graham's grandson Tullian Tchividjian, to build 600 apartments on its property.
Broward County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve Item No. 64 on their agenda, which was submitted by Coral Ridge.
Kristin Carter, spokesperson for Broward County, told The Christian Post on Thursday that "the property owner requested approval to build 425 garden apartments and 175 mid-rise units on the northern 23 acres of the parcel, which is a total of just under 52 acres." more >>