The teaching pastor who took over for controversial author and Pastor Rob Bell at Mars HIll Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, announced Sunday that he will soon be leaving the church and explained that "being a pastor is not really who I am."
Kent Dobson, who assumed the teaching pastor position at the 12,000-member megachurch when Bell left the congregation and moved to California in 2012, told the congregation during Sunday's service that he will be stepping down from his role in the coming months to pursue a "greater mystery."
He told the congregants that he has never felt right serving in the role of pastor because he has always been "drawn to the edges of religion and faith and God." He has even stated a few times that he doesn't know "what we mean by God anymore?" more >>
A coalition of about 100 African-American pastors are scheduled to meet with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday and are reportedly going to announce their support for the real estate mogul's presidential bid.
The New York Times reports that Trump's campaign announced this week that the Republican frontrunner will meet with the group of black pastors at 1 p.m. Monday at the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
According to the Times, the meeting will precede an announcement from the pastors that they will be endorsing Trump for president. The event will be televised on the Now Network's Roku channel, mobile app and website. more >>
During this holiday season, it's natural to think about giving. Multitudes of churches and ministries wisely seize the moment. "It's the most wonderful time of the year …" so it's an opportune time to encourage people to be generous with end-of-year giving.
I include myself in this group asking people to remember me with their financial gifts. Losing financial backing from my church as I addressed hot button topics in the culture, I now have the wonderful opportunity to truly live by faith, trusting God for our provision through financial partners and friends.
I just received a letter with a picture of a "man of God" who told me "my hands are burning as I type this letter, Larry" (my name was used 12 times in the letter) asking me for a "seed of $320" based on Eph. 3:20. "God told me that I was to send to them the necktie that I had when supernatural miracle favor was poured out upon me with extreme power." This would bring a "release of money and prosperity" after I placed my hand upon the handprint on the page. more >>
Pope Francis has asked Catholic churches around the world to keep their doors open despite terror threats following the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, saying terror groups must not be allowed to influence "every aspect of our lives," and especially the hospitality of the church.
"An inhospitable Church, like a family which is locked in on itself, demeans the Gospel and withers up the world," Pope Francis said during a general audience in the Vatican, according to Catholic News Agency. "No armored doors in the Church! Open all of them!"
The 78-year-old pontiff told pilgrims in St Peter's square that "if the door of God's mercy is always open," we must leave the doors of our institutions open so that "we can go out carrying God's mercy." more >>
This Thanksgiving holiday, Bishop T.D. Jakes remembers the dying words of his mother in a touching op-ed for FoxNews published Tuesday. The 600-word piece opens with the death of his mother, Odith Jakes, whom the pastor "cradles" in his arms as she draws her final breaths. But, as mothers often use every chance they can to give their children helpful advice, she spends her last moments admonishing Jakes and his brother and sister to "stick together."
And that message has indeed stuck with Jakes throughout the years, as he writes in the op-ed, "That gentle reproof has always underscored my intuitive understanding of family."
Since Jakes' father, Ernest Jakes, Sr., had already passed, his mother's death meant the pastor and his siblings had become orphans. In the touching tribute, Jakes expresses his thankfulness for family as he writes, "I am thankful for the gift of family that pays itself forward with each generation. As I have freely received love, I am able to give freely." more >>
A Tennessee congregation blessed a working mother of three on Sunday when they presented her with a $1,400 as tip for delivering 10 pizzas to their children's Bible study.
Audrey Martin, a single mother of three children younger than 5, recently lost her apartment and has been working for Domino's pizza in Rocky Top for about four months. Although Martin was not scheduled to work on Sunday, she went into work just to help out and wound up encountering a "miracle moment."
Martin was assigned to deliver an order of 10 pizzas to the Covenant Life Church for their children's Bible study. Upon entering the church, Martin was asked by the church's pastor, Rev. Tony McAfee, to come up onto the sanctuary stage during the adult service. more >>