JD Hall, a Montana preacher accused of cyber-bullying the teenage son of pastor and Brewton-Parker College President Ergun Caner weeks before the youth committed suicide last month, confessed to his congregation at Fellowship Baptist Church recently that he was "crushed" by Braxton's death. The Caner family, for their part, has expressed appreciation for Hall's contrition.
"Let me assure you of this: This terrible, terrible tragedy has accomplished two things (1) I am broken. I am unequivocally, completely broken. I am a crushed man. My spirit is crushed. I am sorrowful. I am hurting. (2) This has forever changed me, in more ways that I can currently comprehend," said Hall according to a copy of his statement published by ABP news.
Hall explained to his church that his overzealous quest to expose corruption in the Baptist church had devolved into an adversarial approach to problem solving that was downright sinful and said he was already in the process of changing his ways weeks before Braxton's death, which was shortly after he had questioned the teen's morality. more >>
Pope Francis urged South Korean Catholics to hold fast to the spirit of evangelization and reject "inhumane economic models" as their country's economy continues growing. The pope was addressing close to 50,000 people at Mass in his first ever visit to Asia.
The pontiff warned against the "allure of a materialism that stifles authentic spiritual and cultural values and the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife," Vatican Radio reported on Friday.
Speaking before a packed crowd at World Cup Stadium in Daejoen, Francis encouraged believers to "reject inhumane economic models which create new forms of poverty and marginalize workers, and the culture of death which devalues the image of God, the God of life, and violates the dignity of every man, woman and child." more >>
Pastor Maria Durso of Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York bared her soul at last week's "Misfit the Conference" event in New York City and discussed horrifying past experiences that did not stop her from embracing her destiny.
The conference took place in Salvation Army Centennial Theater which is just two blocks away from where she grew up in Manhattan. She admitted to passing the building totally "stoned" as a youngster and discussed her addiction to drugs and drinking and God's deliverance from it.
"Twenty-five years of crazy immediately gone," said Durso when explaining how long her life had taken a turn for the worst and how easily God was able to heal that part of her. more >>
"The Good Lie," an upcoming film that tells the story of "the Lost Boys" of Sudan who flee the country after civil war breaks out has a new trailer for faith-based viewers.
The film stars Academy Award Winning Actress Reese Witherspoon and focuses on the journey of Christian Sudanese refugees from their homeland to America. It documents their plight when fleeing from persecution, uses Christian themes to communicate the story and displays the difficulty when they attempt to blend in with American culture.
Witherspoon's character is based a real woman who took in four Sudanese boys during the conflict. "The Good Lie" also stars "House of Cards" actor Corey Stoll. The new trailer is geared towards a faith-based audience and highlights some of the Christian elements in the film. more >>
Former evangelical megachurch leader Ulf Ekman, who in March announced to his congregation at Word of Life in Sweden that he was leaving the Protestant ministry to join the Roman Catholic Church, recognized in a new article that the decision had caused an "uproar" among the faithful.
"It caused more than just a stir when I told the congregation of the Evangelical megachurch that I served as pastor since I founded it 30 years ago that my wife and I intended to become Catholics," Ekman begins in a lengthy article published online by The Catholic Herald on Wednesday.
"It caused a real uproar in my country of Sweden, which remains overwhelmingly Protestant. The period from that day, March 9, until May 21, when we were received into the Catholic Church, was marked by contention and debate. I have binders full of articles, comments and reactions that appeared in the traditional media and on the internet." more >>
New survey research shows that Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to hold permissive views on other sexual morality issues, such as divorce and pornography, similar to the general population and far different from Christians who support traditional marriage.
The "Relationships in America" survey, conducted by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus, interviewed 15,738 Americans between the ages of 18 and 60. From that sample, Regnerus compared the average views on a range of sexual morality issues of churchgoing Christians who oppose same-sex marriage (2,659 in the sample) and churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage (990 in the sample).