A week after she skipped the White House United States of Women summit to comfort survivors of the shooting in Orlando, Betty Deas Clark, the first woman pastor appointed to the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were gunned down last June, has been reassigned.
Multiple sources confirmed to The Post and Courier on Tuesday that Bishop Richard Franklin Norris, who assigned Clark to Emanuel AME on Jan. 23, reassigned her to Bethel AME Church in Georgetown earlier in the day after just five months on the job. The sources did not elaborate on why she was being moved.
Oprah Winfrey's first scripted dramatic series "Greenleaf" attempts to pull back the veil on the black megachurch, giving viewers a look at the messy mechanics that sometimes turn the wheels of these behemoths.
While the purpose of church should be to focus on Jesus, "Greenleaf" comes with no shortage of family and church drama — from jealousy to infidelity — which begs the question: Is the show simply another drama backdropped by a church setting? Does it edify the body of Christ? Is it secretly copying one megachurch in particular?
As The Christian Post reported earlier this month, Winfrey called Biship T.D.Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, to assure him that the "Greenleaf" series is not based on him, his church or any other megachurch in America. more >>
The film "Free State of Jones," opening this Friday, gives viewers a look into the life and faith of Mississippi farmer Newt Knight, played by Matthew McConaughey, who through his role was able to openly share the faith and passion of his revolutionary character.
The epic action drama is based on Oscar-nominated writer/director Gary Ross' original screenplay that tells the extraordinary story of Newt Knight, a Southern farmer who becomes a leader that inspires a rebellion. The film explores the issues of class inequality and race relations that permeated the South during the Civil War. It also tells the story of men and women during this tenuous time who have strong faith in God and who are dealing with the moral struggle of inequality and the laws they are forced to follow.
"Free State of Jones" shows Knight rallying those who believe that "…no man ought to tell another man what he's got to live for – or what he's got to die for." He and his men fought for freedom, equality, and the ideal that "…no one can own a child of God." more >>
National and local health officials in North Carolina are investigating after a beloved Christian teenager died Sunday due to an infection from a rare brain-eating amoeba she might have contracted while rafting during a church trip at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the teenager, Lauren Seitz, lived in Westerville, a suburb in Columbus. She graduated from high school last month and was preparing to start Denison University in the fall.
"Yesterday afternoon, June 21, 2016, I was informed by health officials that an individual had passed away from meningitis potentially caused by a water born organism. The individual, Lauren Seitz, had visited the USNWC earlier in the month and the USNWC was therefore identified as a possible source of the organism," U.S. National Whitewater Center CEO Jeffery T. Wise said in a statement Wednesday. more >>
While God calls all Christians to practice forgiveness, there is a clear distinction between forgiving and trusting again, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Devotional this week that while forgiveness does not need to be earned, a restoration of trust does, and therefore it does not happen instantly but over time.
"Forgiveness does not mean the instant restoration of trust. Forgiveness is instant. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Forgiveness is based on grace. Trust is built on works. You earn trust. You don't earn forgiveness," the pastor emphasizes, pointing to Romans 12:19 (NIV) which reads: "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord." more >>
American pastor Saeed Abedini is criticizing women's rights activists who are refusing to speak up for his friend Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, a Christian woman who's being held in an Iranian prison for her faith.
"So many people (who fought for me) left us in this battle with Nasim alone and never mention her name," Abedini wrote on Facebook Thursday.
He added that some of those people often talk about women's rights and issues of abuse, but left a Christian woman "in prison and sicknesses behind." more >>