An online petition is urging Hillsong Conferences to remove former Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll from his scheduled appearances in Sydney and London, arguing that Hillsong would be sending the wrong message by endorsing the controversial pastor.
"By inviting Mark Driscoll to speak on the Hillsong platform, Hillsong are both endorsing and legitimising Mark's messages about women and ignoring the concerns being repeated by many internationally about his abusive behaviour, which has been corroborated by ex-members and ex-leaders of Mars Hill Church," reads the petition on Change.org, which has been signed by over 1,150 people as of Friday afternoon.
It adds that the pastor's statements against women during his leadership have "greatly undermined the Gospel message of women as leaders, evangelists and full members of the Body of Christ." more >>
The Catholic Church has been increasingly turning to Africa and Asia to find priests to staff its parishes in the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world because it's now struggling to find native priests in these areas, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.
"A growing phenomenon within the Church is the use of African and Asian priests in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere where there are too few native priests to staff parishes," noted CARA in a report highlighted on the Center's blog 1964 Thursday.
The report explained that across the world the ratio of Catholics per priest has grown with the number of Catholics per priest increasing from 1,895 in 1980 to 2,965 in 2012. more >>
In a novel method of attracting worshipers, Unleashed Community Church in Oregon, started by a couple who got a vision from God to use people's relationships with their pets to show His love for mankind, is now encouraging parishioners to bring their dogs along for Sunday Service.
Ruth Rini and her husband, Ron, who run the church started last September, reveal on the church's Facebook page that Unleashed Community Church is the "first dog-friendly church in the Eugene/Springfield area" and that "we are here to share God's unconditional love for people and pets."
"We realized there was no church community for those who needed pastoral care and a community of support and friendship during all the various circumstances people experience with their beloved pets, who are members of their family," explained the couple. "We also realized that dogs and other pets are a perfect example of God's unconditional love for us, the relationship between humans and animals could be used to demonstrate how much God cares for us and for all of creation." more >>
Phil Lineberger, 69, former president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and pastor of Sugar Land Baptist Church, reportedly took his own life Sunday after a long battle with depression.
Lineberger's son-in-law and family spokesman, Brian Seay, told Baptist News his father-in-law "lost a battle with depression and took his own life."
Lineberger had been pastor of Sugar Land Baptist Church in Texas since 1995 and was placed on medical leave from his position in mid-March of this year due to his illness. more >>
A North Carolina pastor whose two baby sons died in a car accident on May 23 told mourners at their funeral that he and his wife have forgiven the driver of the truck that rear-ended the family's car near Wilmington.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, pastor Gentry Eddings of Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, his 8-months-pregnant wife, Hadley, and their 2-year-old son, Dobbs, were travelling on their way home in two separate cars when a box truck struck the car carrying Hadley and Dobbs.
Dobbs died in the accident, while Hadley was rushed to a nearby hospital where an emergency C-section was performed in hopes of saving Eddings' unborn child. The newborn baby, who they named Reed, survived only two days before Forest Hill Church announced last Monday that he had died. more >>
A body within the United Church of Canada has passed a proposal calling for the liberal denomination to review the questions it poses during ordination in light of controversy surrounding a clergywoman who came out as an atheist 14 years ago.
The Ontario-based Hamilton Conference approved the proposal on Sunday that seeks to have the UCC's General Counsel order a "broad based and theological review" of ordination standards.
In a copy provided to The Christian Post by the Hamilton Conference, the proposal alludes to the Rev. Gretta Vosper, an outspoken atheist who will soon face review by the UCC over the "effectiveness" of her ministry. more >>