As gospel singer William Murphy prepares for the release of his new album, Demonstrate, the music minister has been living up to the album's name by diligently leading his supporters in daily prayers on social media.
During Thursday's prayer in which Murphy hashtagged #1000peoplepraying #prayingthroughit and #lemonade, the gospel singer prayed for people who feel they have messed up in life. He also asked for his fans to fervently pray with him. His supplication was that he and those praying would have the grace to keep on going despite their failures.
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Regional bodies of the United Methodist Church do not believe they are violating denominational rules on ordination by no longer questioning clergy candidates on matters of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
As part of the divisive debate over homosexuality within the UMC, some regional bodies, or Annual Conferences, have had their Boards of Ordained Ministry waive the consideration of a clergy candidate's sexual orientation.
Famous atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has said that his 2006 best-seller The God Delusion, an extremely popular book in the secular movement, was a "one-off," and he won't be writing anti-religious books anymore.
In an interview with BBC News regarding the 40th anniversary of another famous book of his, The Selfish Gene, Dawkins was asked about his criticism of religion, and whether The God Delusion might have been a "step too far."
Dawkins responded: "I've stepped back. I haven't written any more books along those lines. The God Delusion is a one-off. Not one that I'm ashamed of; I'm very proud of it. But it's a one-off." more >>
Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell has recently declared that he rarely uses the term "American" anymore when describing himself or others.
In an interview with the popular digital publication Downpebbles, Bell said he preferred not using the term "American," believing that United States citizens should go beyond selfish titles.
"I don't actually use the word 'American,' because I think Amerigo Vespucci would be mortified that a country with very strong codes of in-and-out was started in his name," said Bell. more >>
A new book, Christ's Samurai, tells the story of early Christianity in Japan during the feudal era in the 17th century, when some Christians were branded with hot irons, dipped repeatedly in boiling water and crucified, for being part of an uprising.
Believers were also straddled with straw coats made of grass and set on fire, says the book, Christ's Samurai: The True Story of the Shimabara Rebellion, by Jonathan Clements, a Visiting Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China, according to Japan Times.
Clements also describes how a pregnant woman was kept in a submerged cage leading to the death of both mother and the baby, an incident that might have triggered the Shimabara Rebellion, an uprising in southwestern Japan lasting from December 17, 1637, to April 15, 1638, during the rule of Edo bakufu, the last feudal Japanese military government. more >>
Heisman Trophy-winning athlete Tim Tebow has endured many professional disappointments with some NFL dreams yet to be realized, but he refuses to be defeated and is setting out to encourage others in his new book, "Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms."
Set for an October release, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms, will reveal some of the disappointments that resulted from the 28-year-olds short lived NFL career.
"First, he was a beloved college football champion, media sensation, and best-selling author drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft. Then he had a miracle playoff run with the Denver Broncos before being traded to the New York Jets," a description of the book on the Penguin Random House website states. "After one season he was cut by New York, next signed by the New England Patriots, then let go after training camp. Tebow has achieved big victories and plunged the depths of failure, all while holding firm to his faith." more >>