NEW YORK — A Scripture that had troubled her for 10 years finally revealed its message to the Rev. Brenda Salter McNeil recently. It was an explosive revelation to the Church about the Black Lives Matter movement and it "messed" with her.
"It's been bugging me for at least 10 years," declared McNeil as she opened up her presentation last Thursday at the Movement Day 2015 conference hosted by the New York City Leadership Center.
With the measured cadence of a preacher on fire, McNeil, an associate professor of reconciliation studies in the School of Theology, Seattle Pacific University, revealed the scripture that "messed" with her: Mark 2:21-22. more >>
For those of you who are clergy, pastors, senior pastors, reverends, right reverends, or even somewhat right reverends … have you ever struggled to explain your occupational calling to someone else?
Well fear no more, for British pastor J. John has provided the perfect answer to that innocent question: Where do you work?
In a 2014 interview with Trinity Broadcasting Network, John shares the anecdote of being on a flight and talking with a woman about work. more >>
Christians from around the world shared their stories of persecution during the International Day of Prayer on Sunday, offering prayers for both victims and perpetrators of terrorism.
Persecution watchdog Open Doors featured several Christian witnesses on its IDOP live webcast and fielded questions from social media regarding the Christian participants.
Open Doors President David Curry said Christian persecution around the world has increased this year, with international crises ranging from the continued conquests of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria; to Boko Haram's rampages in Nigeria; the oppression of religious minorities in North Korea, and a host of other cases. more >>
The Episcopal Church has officially installed its first African-American leader, in a ceremony that mixed traditional ritual and a focus on diversity.
At the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, the Right Rev. Michael Curry of North Carolina made history by becoming the first African-American Presiding Bishop of the Mainline denomination.
Pastor Greg Laurie of California's Harvest megachurch says while everyone gets tempted, it is possible to overcome it, just as Jesus did, and shared six things a Christian should know to be able to resist it.
"Temptation doesn't make sense. ... What possible good can come out of it?" Laurie asked, as he began his message, "Why Does God Allow Temptation in the Life of the Believer?" which was part of a series called, "What Every Growing Christian Needs to Know."
Every Christian who is growing spiritually is "a bona fide threat" to the devil's kingdom, and will be targeted by him, the pastor told the congregation. more >>
The General Synod of the Church of Norway, the largest Christian denomination in the Scandinavian country, has voted in favor of accepting same-sex marriage, and will be offering the service to gay couples in the future.
Church of Norway chairman Sturla Stålsett said that the Synod's decision is "historical," The Nordic Page reported.
The decision still allows individual priests and other church staff to decide whether they want to participate in ceremonies for gay people, however. more >>