Many family members of the victims and survivors of the Emanuel AME Church massacre that left nine people dead last year are seething over a decision by the church to distribute $1.5 million of the donations they received after the tragedy while keeping over $1.8 million for the church.
The Post and Courier reported Friday that some family members were angered that the church kept more of the donations than it divided up among the nine families and five survivors.
Church leaders, according to the Post and Courier, said only about $280,000 of the donations sent to the church was earmarked for the family members. A vast majority of donations sent to the church didn't specify where the money should go, they said. The church subsequently decided to give family members and survivors more than $1 million in addition the approximately $280,000 donors specified for them. more >>
A Christian college based in Pennsylvania is seeking an exemption to the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights' Title IX rule.
Lancaster Bible College requested the exemption last June due to the current interpretation of Title IX to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
New York City megachurch pastor, A.R. Bernard, warned Thursday that the prosperity gospel is a false and dangerous concept and anyone who wants to test its validity should look no further than presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Bernard who leads the 37,000-member Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York, doled out his advice on the controversial theology last Thursday during an interview on New York's Power 105.1 morning radio program, The Breakfast Club, about his new book "Four Things Women Want from a Man."
The book, he said, is about his journey to become a "man of maturity, decisiveness, consistency and strength." more >>
In an inspirational celebration of Mother's Day, Miles McPherson, lead pastor of Rock Church in San Diego, California, presented a kaleidoscope of motherhood through the stories of seven mothers in his life on Sunday.
Among them was his 79-year-old mother, Margaret "Gigi" McPherson, who looked a lot like the quintessential supermom after talking about her life as a mother beginning in the 1960s.
"I had five C-sections in seven years. So they were all very close," she said of McPherson and his siblings. more >>
For many Christians the purpose of prayer is to commune with God and to seek answers. Some answers come right away, others with time. But when God shows prolonged silence, when there seems to be no answer from Him at all, is it a sign of His chastisement? Has the believer done something wrong?
In his new book Unanswered, a volume six years in the making that intends to shed light on hot-button topics within today's Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston gets candid about he and his wife's personal test in trusting God through His silence.
"We always wanted children," Johnston wrote in Unanswered. "We never could have dreamed that two healthy people, who loved God with all of their hearts, would be unable to conceive a child." more >>
While American involvement in church may be on the decline these days, what remains of great interest to many is the End Times and what the Bible has to say about it.
Items like "Blood Moons," the Rapture, and predictions over specific dates for the end have captivated countless people in the United States and the world at large. Yet what do people mean when they talk about the Rapture or Millennialism? What do theologians have to say about the Tribulation, the Second Coming, and the final Judgment?
Billy Hallowell, faith editor with The Blaze, recently released a book detailing the diverse theological opinions on the End Times, titled The Armageddon Code: One Journalist's Quest for End-Times Answers. more >>