After recently turning heads with his drastic weight loss that he says he achieved through a new vegan diet, a new report claims controversial pastor Bishop Eddie Long, 63, of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, was hospitalized last week with a grave illness.
Founder of Obnoxioustv's blog William McCray III, reported Friday that he was informed by a close friend of the bishop, who he also alleges is a verified member of Long's church, that the pastor is suffering from an unspecified gastro-intestinal cancer that has already progressed to stage 4.
"Recently, while out to dinner with some prominent minister friends a person approached our table and specifically want to speak to Sir William, (sic) in a very humble and politely asked if they could have seat. We said sure and the source went on to share they were a member of New Birth and choose to stay through the scandal. The source shared their name and shared they were very close to Bishop Long and asked if Obnoxious Media would take it easy on bishop due to his having cancer," McCray reported. more >>
The family of a Pakistani man who was killed while trying to rescue his Christian daughter from a forced Islamic marriage has been given hope for justice after the men who killed him were charged over the murder by state authorities.
The British Pakistani Christian Association reported the news on Sunday, noting that both Muhammed and Zahid Iqbal have been arrested in connection with Tanveer Masih's murder, though a police search is still underway for fugitive Tahir Iqbal.
Masih was shot dead on May 31 by two assailants on a motorcycle, reportedly after he was invited by one of the cousins of the men who took his daughter to discuss her return home. Fourteen-year-old Mehwish was kidnapped by Zahid Iqbal in Shadab Colony in Faisalabad after she went there to work as a domestic servant, but was raped and forced into an Islamic marriage. more >>
The Church of England is condemning a group of gay clerics who are seeking to out gay bishops and other clergy in the Church, arguing that the accusations could spark a witch hunt against priests.
The Rev. Colin Coward, founder of the gay pressure group Changing Attitude, said that a number of bishops within the CofE are gay.
"There are at least 10 other bishops in the Church who are gay, many of whom are in some kind of relationship," Coward told the Sunday Times. more >>
A person should fill their mind with truth and not with pornography, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In his daily devotional on Sunday, Warren reflected on Proverbs 15:14, which speaks on what a wise person is "hungry" for on an intellectual level.
As pornography becomes more and more normalized in American culture, the church as a whole is starting to realize that this is no longer an issue to be ignored. That's great news! Back when we started XXXchurch, we couldn't get churches even to acknowledge the power of porn, let alone talk about it in church!
But even as churches become more open to speaking about this issue, there are still some things you can't count on hearing from the pulpit.
Here are three things the church won't teach you about porn. more >>
I read the sad story recently of a church that fired its pastor because "he didn't visit the members enough." Granted, I don't know all the details about the situation, but I am not optimistic about the church's future.
"Visitation of the members" became a common job description of pastors about a century ago.
It's a bad sign. more >>