The government of Ireland has launched an investigation into abuse and the deaths of nearly 800 infants from unmarried mothers decades ago at "mother and baby" homes run by the Roman Catholic Church, uncovering what has been called a "dark history" of how such children where treated.
Hundreds of people attended a vigil on Wednesday organized by Justice for the Tuam Babies outside the House of Representatives, leaving teddy bears and children's shoes in memories of the victims, the Irish Times reported.
Researchers discovered records last week that showed that 796 children, mostly infants, died at a "mother and baby" home in Tuam, County Galway, which operated between 1925 and 1962. more >>
A pistol-packing Alabama pastor who was fired by his church leaders last year refuses to leave the church, telling them, "can't nobody fire him but God." He subsequently fired the opposing trustees and deacons, and replaced them with a more supportive team.
Now both camps have lawyered-up and the dispute is now the subject of a nasty court battle, according to an al.com report, between pastor Cedric Stringer, and the opposing deacons and trustees he ousted at Friendly Baptist Church. Services have also been suspended at the church until the dispute is settled.
According the lawsuit, Stringer was hired in 2012 and fired in 2013, but he rejected that decision from the trustees and deacons of the church. more >>
Just three weeks after arriving in the United States from Kuwait, Naeem Fazal was at his brother's house one particular evening, ready to get some sleep.
Fazal, who was still a Muslim when he relocated to South Carolina following the devastating Gulf War, returned that night from attending a campus ministry event with his Christian brother. He was about to experience one of the most terrifying experiences of his life.
"As I was [turning the light out] that something grabbed me from my shoulders and dragged me and pinned me to my pillow," Fazal told The Christian Post. "I was just flipping out, like what is going on?" more >>
It's no surprise that the church, and our nation, desperately need to hear "the voice of one crying in the wilderness" to awaken, convict, and restore. It was not so long ago that we were concerned about "the fall of America."
America cannot fall because she has already fallen.
We are now picking up the pieces of a broken nation. America's moral heartbeat ceases when we cut off the source of life. We need resuscitation, renewal, and revival. more >>
More than 6,000 representatives of churches within the Southern Baptist Convention, known as messengers, are expected to address the major issues facing the nation's largest Protestant denomination, including reaching more people with the Gospel, during its two-day annual meeting in Baltimore beginning Tuesday.
SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page plans to issue a challenge to Southern Baptists to "do more" to reach the world with the Gospel, according to SBC Life, the executive committee's journal website. Page is scheduled to talk about the Great Commission Advance on the first day of the conference, C. Ashley Clayton, EC vice president for Cooperative Program and stewardship, told SBC Life.
"In its most condensed and basic form, Great Commission Advance calls for Southern Baptists to simply 'do more,'" Clayton said. Page is calling on members to participate more in missions at the local, state, national, and international levels. more >>
The Christian Post recently published the findings of a Gallup poll designed to gauge Americans' opinion on the Bible. The findings reveal the utter chaos in our culture regarding the nature and authority of Scripture.
Gallup's poll found that only 28 percent of Americans believe that the Bible is the Word of God and should be taken literally. And yet nearly 50 percent believe that the Bible is the "inspired Word of God" while insisting that not all of its content be taken literally, but rather as "metaphors and allegories that allow for interpretation."
"Allowing for interpretation" seems to be key for our postmodern, pluralistic society, as 58 percent - representing the majority of self-identifying Christians in America - accept that the Bible is the "actual Word of God" but insist, "multiple interpretations are possible." more >>