United Methodist Church leadership has recently endorsed a plan to change the name of its central rule book.
Bishops of the divided denomination plan to change the name of the Book of Discipline to Things United Methodists Don't Agree On.
The Institute on Religion & Democracy has accused the National Association of Evangelicals of dumping traditional church teachings in favor of pursuing wider social support due to the recent revision of its historical position on the death penalty.
"Clearly NAE's drift and intent is toward critique of capital punishment," IRD President Mark Tooley said in a statement on Thursday.
"Church bodies should address moral issues through the lens of historic Christian thought, reflecting with the whole church, past and present, and not striving to align with transitory secular trends. But there's little theology in the NAE's new resolution, which instead focuses on differences of opinion in their constituency, while implicitly inclining toward the supposedly 'growing number' on the liberal side," he continued. more >>
A pizza deliveryman in need says he's "glowing" after receiving an unexpected donation of $1,900 in the form of a tip from one Anchorage congregation.
Kenneth Felber has been delivering pizzas for 14 years, and until last Saturday his biggest tip ever was $100.
Chugach Church Pastor Dasaid he and his congregation had set out to bless someone and phoned local businesses to find someone who had a financial need. Felber, 53, they discovered, had experienced some financial and medical setbacks and members decided to take up a special offerring for him during one Sunday service. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church founding Pastor Kong Hee has responded to being found guilty of misusing millions in church donation funds by telling his supporters that he trusts God will use the development for good.
"This is a difficult time for me, and especially for my family, just as it is for the other co-accused persons," Kong told his supporters in a Facebook message on Thursday.
"As was the case throughout these past three years of court trial, and the earlier two years of investigation, I have put my faith and my all in God, and trust that whatever the outcome, He will use it for good in His time and in His way (Rom. 8:28; Eccl. 3:11)," he said. more >>
The only public comment that has come from Tykia Smith since her husband, semi-pro football player Deante Smith, 25, was shot dead on Sunday by his estranged pastor, with whom she was allegedly having an affair, was a single photo posted on Facebook Wednesday.
It was a photo of her and Smith posted on her profile page.
Smith's eyes are closed and his lips are firmly planted against Tykia's cheek as she smiles with half-opened eyes and her arms locked around his neck. more >>
A complaint filed against a Michigan United Methodist Church pastor who officiated a same-sex wedding might lead to a trial.
The Rev. Michael Tupper, pastor of Parchment UMC, knowingly violated the denomination's Book of Discipline which forbids clergy from performing gay weddings.
During an interview with The Christian Post, Tupper said he participated in the gay marriage ceremony in order "to bring light to the harm done by the United Methodist Church to LGBTQ people." more >>