Amid the killing of five Dallas police officers by a lone sniper Thursday night and officer-involved shootings in which two black men were shot dead earlier this week, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore is calling on white evangelicals to acknowledge America's structural sins.
In a blog post on his website Friday titled "How Pastors Can Address the Shootings This Sunday," Moore condemned the attacks against the officers as an act of terror and urged Christian leaders to also pray for systemic issues that plague the African-American community.
"If it seems that your church ignored the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, then it may well be that the struggles of black lives are invisible to your people; speak to that," Moore said. more >>
Pastor Steven Furtick, founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said Thursday that he was crushed after seeing recordings of the deaths of two black men, Alton Sterling, 37, and Philando Castile, 32, during separate encounters with police officers this week.
Castile's death was broadcast in a viral Facebook Live video after he was shot by an officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota Wednesday night while Sterling was shot dead on Tuesday by Baton Rouge police officers.
"I'm just saddened by it and wanted to reach out to you and also share with you that the Bible says we mourn with those who mourn and just having a pastor's heart," Furtick said in a Facebook video post shortly after returning stateside from a trip to Australia. more >>
NewSpring Church, a popular megachurch in South Carolina that averages a weekly attendance of 30,000 people at multiple campuses in that state, said they will address on Sunday growing whispers that Perry Noble, the church's founding and senior pastor, was fired this week.
The Christian post was informed Thursday by a source close to the church that Perry's alleged firing was triggered by a "terrible marriage, alcoholism and maybe more."
Noble did not respond to queries made by CP via email on Thursday. more >>
Lecrae is known for speaking his mind on the state of race relations in America, and the Christian rapper is now defending his decision to post an image on Twitter that many found to be controversial and even divisive on the Fourth of July holiday.
"There's a difference between creating division and exposing the division that's being ignored," the 36-year-old Christian rapper tweeted out to his fans who questioned the message he was trying to convey.
On July 4, Lecrae tweeted a picture of slaves picking cotton centuries ago instead of publicly celebrating America's Independence Day. Some of his followers were offended by the image that he captioned "My family on July 4th 1776." more >>
The Anglican Church of Canada will vote Monday on a resolution to change the denomination's definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
The Church's canon defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, but Resolution A051-A1 calls for the removal of the words "union of man and woman" and "husband and wife" and to be replaced by the word "partner."
If passed, the resolution would also allow clergy to officiate same-sex marriages "if it's authorized by the diocean bishop." more >>
Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong New York City has proven to be a basketball fan and friends with some of the biggest names in pop culture. Now, Lentz is revealing his love of hip-hop by praising No Malice for his latest song, "Jesus Christ."
Lentz took to Twitter to promote Christian rapper No Malice's song. The rapper, formerly of the duo Clipse, is from the same state as the popular pastor who has mentored the likes of NBA player Kevin Durant and pop star Justin Bieber.