A Mennonite pastor and missionary had his ministerial credentials pulled by the church after he officiated the wedding of his son to another man in Lancaster, Pennsylvania this past spring.
Chester Wenger, 96, was a longtime pastor and missionary who oversaw his son Phil's marriage to his partner Steve Dinnocenti in June. In September, the Mennonite Church revoked his credentials in accordance with church guidelines forbidding such a ceremony to be performed by pastors.
"I am profoundly reluctant to write this letter because I know there are those it will wound deeply," the retired minister recently wrote in an online opinion to The Mennonite. "But I have also come to the conviction that I can no longer hide the light the Lord has lit within me, under a bushel. I want to share with you what the Lord has been telling me and my dear life companion." more >>
This is a powerful spoken word from Clayton Jennings telling an incredible story about judgment. Not only does he tell us the similarities and differences of a church pew and a bar stool, but also the importance of loving one another as Jesus loved us.
This story of judgment will really make you think and hit on all cylinders. At first you may be confused as to what the question really means. A church pew or a bar stool? But, in the end he clears it up by explaining no matter which seat we choose, we are all sinners. Jesus loves sinners. As long as our intention is to love one another, Jesus will forgive our sins and love us back. Jesus would most definitely sit on a bar stool.
Watch this spoken word by Clayton Jennings below: more >>
A man convicted of raping two women using the websites Christian Mingle and Match.com was sentenced to 37 years to life in prison on Friday in California, and before sentencing recited Scripture.
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good," Banks said before being sentenced by Judge Daniel Goldstein.
Banks was convicted of using the websites to lure two women into meeting him, and when they did, he raped them. Not only that, but he hounded them after the assault, warning them not to tell anyone what had happened. Banks maintained his innocence until the very end of the trial and even blamed the victims for the rapes. more >>
A book set to be released Wednesday titled, The Lost Gospel, is claiming that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and had two children, but a number of religious scholars have dismissed the controversial assertions.
York University (Canada) professor Barrie Wilson and documentarian Simcha Jacobovici reportedly spent six years working on the book, which is based on a 1,500 year-old Aramaic manuscript they say they found in a British library.
Mark Goodacre, a professor of religious studies at Duke University, rejected the way the text has been presented, however. more >>
Pop icon Justin Bieber attended a prayer meeting and Bible study with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night.
Bieber, 20, has often been seen at Bible studies across the nation, and even though it's unknown how he came to be in the same Bible study as the football stars, he was made most welcome. Many of the players took photos with Bieber and tweeted out their gratitude for his presence.
"In #NYC you can meet all the stars… Nice meeting you @justinbieber at chapel service today! Young Money Bieber rockin for Jesus!" Robert Golden posted to Instagram. more >>
The most popular portion of the Bible is a verse urging readers not to be anxious, according to data released from online book seller Amazon. The online retailer recently released a list of the most popular passages from its most popular books. Amazon's most popular books include The Hunger Games, The Harry Potter Series, Pride and Prejudice, and the Bible. It found that the commonly highlighted portion of the Bible is Philippians 4:6-7.
In the verses, the apostle Paul admonished the church, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
For those drawn to the verse because they may be dealing with anxiety or mental stress, Christian psychologist and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Eric L. Johnson caution readers against taking the passage as a direct command. more >>