China's Communist Party arrested the Vatican-appointed coadjutor bishop of Wenzhou, Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, earlier this week because he hasn't been approved by Chinese officials.
The regime has long allowed only bishops approved by Communist state officials to serve in its territory, even if such bishops have officially been appointed by the Vatican.
AsiaNews reported on Thursday that Shao was making preparations to honor the funeral of Msgr. Vincent Zhu Weifang, the original Bishop of Wenzhou who died earlier this week. Christians in the city are saying that Shao was arrested shortly before Zhu's death, with the aim to prevent him from participating in the funeral and taking possession of the diocese. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Ministries says the Bible warns believers not to become people who stir conflict or spread lies, because God doesn't approve of gossip and slander.
"I have never seen a culture and a society so obsessed with gossip, innuendo and rumor. People are looking for the next juicy piece of gossip," Laurie wrote in a Facebook message on Saturday.
"This thinking has even slipped into the news media. The tragic thing today is that if someone is charged with a crime, he or she is tried and convicted in the media before even having had the opportunity to go into a court of law, have evidence presented and face the people doing the accusing." more >>
More than 130 congregations located in and around the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia will be taking part in a sermon series titled "Explore God."
Beginning this coming Sunday, the sermon series will be tackled by congregations across denominational lines, with the series being part of an ecumenical effort to reach out to the Richmond metropolitan area's approximately 1.2 million inhabitants.
"We all have questions about God, faith, and purpose. Maybe you've seen Explore God billboards around town, or you heard an ad on the radio, and you wondered what it's all about," noted a website dedicated to the sermon series outreach. more >>
A controversial pastor in Harlem has announced his plans to burn a rainbow flag as part of a multi-day celebration after the church won a case to avoid foreclosure.
ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, New York, was given a reprieve on an effort to foreclose its property when a judge rescinded a foreclosure order from last year.
After admitting this week that he is facing a "health challenge" shrouded in conjecture, controversial megachurch pastor, Bishop Eddie Long, 63, is now on a mysterious "sabbatical," his church said.
Elder April McLaughlin, one of Bishop Long's assistants at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia insisted Thursday that "all is well" with Long even though the preacher admitted on Tuesday that he is facing the unspecified "health challenge" he is believing God to deliver him from.
"I am recovering from a health challenge that I trust God to deliver me from. It is unrelated to the eating for life diet consisting of mostly raw vegetables that I am continuing, as part of a holistic approach to good health," Long said in a statement. more >>