The United Methodist Church will put a moratorium on its homosexuality debate, delaying at least for the time being efforts to allow for the ordination of non-celibate clergy.
Delegates at the UMC General Conference in Portland, Oregon, voted 428-405 Wednesday evening to adopt a proposal from the Council of Bishops halting Church legislation on human sexuality issues.
Titled "An Offering for a Way Forward," the Council of Bishops' recommendation will involve church leadership appointing a "special commission" to analyze the denomination's official stance on homosexuality, gay marriage, and gay ordination. more >>
Is an eating disorder considered a sin? Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers, including a response that Satan's oppression and idolatry can sometimes be culprits.
In a video message posted to his website Monday in response to a female viewer's question about whether anorexia nervosa is sinful, Pastor Mark Driscoll opened up a larger discussion about the societal pressures on physical appearance many women and men face. Those pressures are often exacerbated by celebrity and social media. Driscoll offered suggestions on how to combat the viewer's challenge.
According to WomensHealth.gov, per the National Eating Disorders Association, the average American woman is 5'4'' and weighs 140 lbs., while the average American model is 5'11'' and weighs 117 pounds. "All too often, society associates being 'thin' with 'hard-working, beautiful, strong and self-disciplined,'" the report said. In contrast, being "fat" is associated with being "lazy, ugly, weak and lacking will-power." more >>
Actor Kirk Cameron revealed the backlash he first received when he overzealously tried to convert his Hollywood peers by using apologetics, in a recent YouTube video posted by Living Waters.
In the video titled, "Balancing Apologetics and Evangelism," the outspoken Christian shared his testimony of going from an atheist, whose intellect fought against the idea of God, to an unashamed Christian evangelist.
During the 48-minute teaching, he opened up about the early days after he was first saved when he tried to be an apologist to Hollywood. more >>
Louisiana rapper Dee-1 recently spoke to Rapzilla about his new release, "Against Us Remix," featuring secular rappers Lupe Fiasco and Big Krit, and defended himself against the backlash he is receiving for working with a secular artist from a different religion.
Dee-1's new remix song features two rappers he considers friends, including Fiasco, a popular hip-hop artist who has publicly talked about being Muslim. However the chorus for the "Against Us Remix," is strictly the Lord's Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13.
During a sit down with Rapzilla, Dee-1 explained that he and Fiasco have a brotherly relationship. The rapper maintained that having secular artists featured on his track brought the "humanity" to the record. more >>
Kevin Durant is giving Pastor Carl Lentz credit for his new outlook on life.
In a GQ magazine interview, the Oklahoma City Thunder forward spoke about the Hillsong New York City pastor teaching him that God is more about love than following a set of rules.
"I felt like I had to follow the Ten Commandments. But we don't live by that no more," the 27-year-old forward surmized in the GQ interview. "We live by the blood of Jesus. That's how I feel." more >>
In an open letter for lennyletter.com, Khloe Kardashian gives readers an inside look into her faith from childhood to the loss of her father as a teenager and into adulthood.
"My father was Christian Armenian, and I've always gone to Presbyterian or Catholic schools," she writes.
The youngest Kardashian sister recalls going to one Catholic school and taking communion during mass despite the church's rule that only practicing Catholics are allowed to take communion. more >>