A regional body within the United Methodist Church rejected the commissioning of a married lesbian as a deacon, a move that would have likely defied denominational rules.
The Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference's Board of Ordained Ministry took a vote Wednesday and did not approve Tara "T.C." Morrow as a deacon.
"Morrow failed to receive the two-thirds of the vote needed to be approved," reported the UMConnection, noting that the BOOM stated it "did not consider sexual practice for any candidate and did not in the case of Morrow." more >>
In a meeting where "we bled, sweat, cried and cussed," Pastor Jamal Bryant of Baltimore's Empowerment Temple church revealed Thursday that he has settled differences with grassroots activist PFK Boom and his "300 Gangstas" organization after an altercation last week in which he was chased off a Baltimore Street by Boom.
He made the revelation during a Periscope session Thursday featuring Boom whose real name is Davon Neverdon and Robert Wolfe, also known as Big Wolfe. Neverdon and Wolfe are co-founders of 300 Gangstas, an organization that seeks to reach the most dangerous people in the city of Baltimore.
"One week ago, we were just 3 miles away from here right outside of Gilmore Homes and brother PFK Boom and I had an altercation and we came together today as men, saying that we had a responsibility for a whole other generation that's coming behind us on how do you resolve your differences," explained Bryant in the session. more >>
Real Life Church in Valencia, California, and a local chapter of Young Life will be hosting "A Night to Remember" prom for students with special needs on Saturday.
Danny Caudillo, a spokesman for Real Life Church, told The Christian Post that Young Life Capernaum was one of five organizations the congregation chose to partner with this year as part of their 'Out of the Box' initiative "because we have seen what an impact it can make in these children's lives."
"Our sister church, Mission Church in Ventura, California, has put this event on for years, and we wanted to model our event after theirs," he explained. more >>
A Texas company filed a lawsuit against First Baptist Church in Carrollton last week demanding that the church return more than $200,000 in "blood money" it received from one of their former executives who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for trying to murder his wife.
In the lawsuit cited by the Star-Telegram, the company, Raley Holdings LLC, said the former executive, John Franklin Howard who was convicted and sentenced in 2014, embezzled more than $6 million for himself without their knowledge between 2009 and 2012.
"In August 2012, Howard was arrested for criminal solicitation of capital murder when he hired hit men to kill his wife Nancy," the eight-page complaint states, according to Courthouse News Service. "Luckily Nancy survived the shooting but was left with significant injuries and the loss of an eye after being shot in the head. Howard has subsequently been convicted of attempted murder and is serving a life sentence in the Texas state penitentiary." more >>
To fully know and love God, Christians need to shed their misconceptions and view Him as their father, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, the senior pastor of the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Thursday devotional that while the Old Testament rarely describes God as being a father, this changes after Jesus is sent down from Heaven to save humanity.
After this event, God is described as a father much more frequently, and this designation "[explodes] all the stereotypes" about God. more >>
After suffering an expletive-laden verbal assault from grassroots activist PFK Boom who bluntly told him to get out of Baltimore last Wednesday, one of the earliest reactions from megachurch Pastor Jamal Bryant was that God has anointed him to serve a generation "reared to eat out of a paper bag."
In a periscope session recorded just a day after his hair-raising encounter with Boom, whose real name is Davon Neverdon, Bryant explained that God told him that sometimes he has to be prepared to serve people who don't know how to behave.
Using table manners to explain his point, Bryant said he was called to serve a generation of people who don't know appropriate etiquette because of their "paper bag" upbringing. more >>