A United States district court judge has ruled against a group of churches that wanted to build a temporary cross display on some public waterfront property in Indiana.
Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled Wednesday that the proposed display at Evansville would be a government endorsement of Christianity, thus violating the First Amendment.
"…based on the size and scope of the project, this planned display of crosses would convey a message of the City's endorsement of Christianity to the reasonable observer," wrote Barker. more >>
The Assemblies of God (U.S.) and 30,000 of its Pentecostal members are set to descend on Orlando, Fla, next week for the 55th General Council that carries the theme "Believe," and will feature Wilfredo "Choco" De Jesus, Robert Madu, Judah Smith and Christine Caine among its headline speakers.
"This council comes at a pivotal time in our history as it launches the church into our centennial year. We are grateful for God's blessing on the Assemblies of God for nearly a century," explained Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
"The AG in the U.S. has experienced growth for the last 22 years with much (of) that from those under 40 and minorities. While we celebrate the past, we are focused forward as we gather this council under the theme, 'Believe,' and challenge one another to 'Believe God for Greater Things.' We are asking God to empower us to communicate the gospel by all means possible to the ends of the earth." more >>
New York City Police took a 55-year old man into custody this week for his involvement in the defacing of local churches and synagogues in the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn area.
Chris Papadimitriopoulos, 55, was brought in for spray painting two statues of Jesus and Mary red at St. Anselm's Catholic Church in New York City. He also vandalized the Bay Ridge Jewish Center along with another church in the area, according to the NY Daily News.
Police stated that he covered the statues with red spray paint sometime before 3 a.m. on Tuesday. more >>
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York recently clarified that Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church still consider homosexuality wrong.
Dolan, who also serves as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told 'CBS This Morning' that the remarks were about accepting homosexuals without accepting homosexual behavior.
"Pope Francis would be the first to say, 'My job isn't to change church teaching. My job is to present it as clearly as possible'," said Dolan on Tuesday. "While certain acts may be wrong...we will always love and respect the person and treat the person with dignity." more >>
The annual God Belongs in My City prayer walk founded in New York City in 2009 has now become a worldwide phenomenon, with Christians participating in it all over the globe.
"[Christians] in other cities across the country want to do prayer walks. [It is] really exciting to see that, really all over the world," said Daniel Sanabria, founder of the God Belongs in My City walk to the Christian Post. "Just two weeks ago Botswana, Africa just did their prayer walk."
Sanabria serves as the director of Crossover Youth Ministries at Park Slope Christian Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York. more >>
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has declared that the legal recognition of same-sex marriage is an "apocalyptic symptom" that should be combatted. Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow stated after a service held last Sunday at the Kazan Cathedral that same-sex marriage should never be sanctioned.
"This is a very dangerous apocalyptic symptom, and we must do everything in our powers to ensure that sin is never sanctioned in Russia by state law, because that would mean that the nation has embarked on a path of self-destruction," said Kirill. "We face enormous temptations when countries start approving sin and codifying it into law in order to justify it."
Kirill's words come as the Eastern European power continues to pass legislation meant to curb LGBT activism and homosexuality in general. Even as other European nations like France and the United Kingdom pass increasingly pro-gay legislation, over the past year Russia has gone in the opposite direction. more >>