While American involvement in church may be on the decline these days, what remains of great interest to many is the End Times and what the Bible has to say about it.
Items like "Blood Moons," the Rapture, and predictions over specific dates for the end have captivated countless people in the United States and the world at large. Yet what do people mean when they talk about the Rapture or Millennialism? What do theologians have to say about the Tribulation, the Second Coming, and the final Judgment?
Billy Hallowell, faith editor with The Blaze, recently released a book detailing the diverse theological opinions on the End Times, titled The Armageddon Code: One Journalist's Quest for End-Times Answers. more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA) may have as many as one-in-five of its members considering an exit from the mainline denomination, according to a recently released report.
In advance of the PC(USA)'s 222nd General Assembly in June, the largest Presbyterian Church in the nation released a report analyzing the diverse perspectives of its membership.
Terri 'Missy' Bevers, 45, the fitness instructor and mother of three killed at the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, Texas, last month suffered "multiple puncture wounds found on her head and chest" the morning she died.
In a search warrant cited by CBS News that was released the day after her death on April 18, the Midlothian Police Department describes surveillance footage which showed the suspected assailant walking the hallways of the church the day she died. The suspect used a hammer to break windows while "wearing a black helmet, black balaclava, dark pants, dark long sleeve shirt, black gloves, and a black vest with Police in white lettering on the front and back."
The surveillance video shows Bevers arriving at the church at 4:18 a.m. where she was scheduled to teach a fitness class at 5 a.m. more >>
Pastor Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will lead a national conversation on racial unity next month at the denomination's annual meeting in Missouri.
"The sin of racism is a spiritual stronghold in this nation and now is the time this wall must come down," Floyd wrote on his website Monday, announcing the panel discussion titled "A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America" in St. Louis on June 14.
"As we repent of it personally, repent of it in our churches, and repent of it in our nation, we will perhaps see the next great spiritual awakening in our generation." more >>
Mrs. Studebaker has been a lifelong member of Nicolaitan Episcopal Church and often helps volunteers on various committees.
When a pressing issue about hosting an activist organization came up at Church Council one day, the lead pastor stated that he had not yet formed an opinion on the issue.
"I was a little worried," explained Mrs. Studebaker. "After all, he has the final say on stuff that happens at our church and Tree-Huggers Anonymous needed an answer within the week." more >>
Thousands of people seeking miracles are visiting a Chicago-area Greek Orthodox Church to get samples of an oil they believe has healing properties because it's said to be seeping from an icon of St. John the Baptist.
Neither the priest nor the congregants at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen are able to explain how the icon of St. John the Baptist is exuding drops of fragrant oil. Equally as inexplicable is the fact that many of the parishioners claim to have been healed of ailments as a result of their contact with the liquid.
Parish priest the Rev. Sotirios Dimitriou, who told local news station WGN-TV that he's given out 5,000 samples of the oil to parishoners and visitors, has called the phenomenon an act of God. more >>