Sometimes reading a church's bylaws is like taking a trip to the twilight zone.
Some are lengthy, very lengthy. Some are irrelevant. Some are unreadable. And others are weird, really weird.
Knowing that I would get some incredible responses from my Twitter followers, I simply asked them if they were a part of a church with some weird bylaw provisions. Keep in mind, these are provisions in bylaws, not in a policy manual. more >>
WASHINGTON — The mother of one of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram from a public school in the Borno State in 2014 says God will help her and the rest of her village overcome the adversity and uncertainty that they face.
Although it has been over two years since the Islamic State-affiliated terrorist outfit abducted the schoolgirls from the government secondary girls school in Chibok on April 14, 2014, only one has been rescued so far.
One Chibok mother, who had her 15-year-old daughter kidnapped by the militant organization on that fateful night, became the first parent of a kidnapped Chibok girl to leave Nigeria to speak out about the mass abduction outside the country. more >>
The Diocese of Kalamazoo in Michigan is in mourning along with several others in their community after learning that three of the five cyclists killed in a deadly crash that left four others injured were members of churches in the diocese.
Debra Bradley, 53; Suzanne Joan Sippel, 56; Lorenz John (Larry) Paulik, 74; Fred Anton (Tony) Nelson, 73, and Melissa Ann Fevig-Hughes, 42, all died in the crash.
Bradley, a mother and a parishioner at St. Ann Catholic Church, and Nelson and Paulik, who are active members of the St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish, were all a part of the Diocese of Kalamazoo family, according to WOOD-TV. more >>
In order for prayers to be answered affirmatively, people must pray in accordance with the will of God, Pastor Greg Laurie says.
Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, explains in his June 4 Greg's blog that it is possible to receive affirmative responses to prayers more often, but in order to do so, Christians must pray in accordance with God's will.
The megachurch pastor points to the story of the Garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26:39, in which Jesus prays to God before his painful crucifixion: "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." more >>
Christians who are in constant pursuit of answers from God to explain why things happen in life lack contentment and become increasingly frustrated when their questions go unanswered, says Pastor Rick Warren.
God doesn't tell us why things have happened in our life because "he's testing [us]," Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, reveals in his Daily Hope devotional on June 8. "He's testing to see if you will let go of control and learn to be content, whether he explains it or not."
Warren adds that even if God did offer an explanation, people likely wouldn't understand it, because His divine plan is beyond our ability to comprehend. Additionally, knowing the reason why doesn't ease the pain. more >>
LifeWay Christian Resources announced Wednesday that the removal of a large bronze statue of the Rev. Billy Graham from its Tennessee headquarters to its new home at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center in North Carolina has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.
In an "editor's note" on LifeWay's newsroom page, the organization explained: "LifeWay has delayed the removal of the Billy Graham statue because it was attached to the ground differently than expected. A new date has not yet been set," read the note.
In April 2006, the Graham statue was unveiled at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina. more >>