A church in Georgia has posted a message on its marquee sign that reads "Santa is Satan," which has stirred local and national controversy.
Born Again Independent Baptist Church posted the message at the beginning of the month in response to the cultural fascination toward Santa Clause.
Edward Carothers, pastor at Born Again Baptist, told The Christian Post that the decision to post the message on the church sign came by decision of the congregation. more >>
Christian pastors and leaders are expected to voice their concerns at what may turn out to be a historic gathering next week for "It's Time To Speak," a live stream event focusing on race, the church and "where to go from here," in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland, and New York.
The eleven leaders, including event organizer Pastor Bryan Loritts, theologian John Piper, and pastors Matt Chandler, Darrin Patrick, and Derwin Gray, are scheduled to meet at the historic Lorraine Motel and National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis for A Time to Speak, on Tuesday (Dec. 16).
"Twenty years from 'It's Time To Speak' will be viewed as a reformational moment," Gray, pastor of Transformation Church in Indian Land, South Carolina, told The Christian Post on Friday. "This event will be a call for the local church to be what she was meant to be – a multi-ethnic and multi-class of communities of reconciliation, love, and unity." more >>
An Alabama church will host a young adults meeting inside a Buffalo Wild Wings location on Saturday.
Riverchase United Methodist Church in Birmingham will launch this new service to attract people who would be reluctant to attend something inside a traditional church building, according to its young adult minister Rev. Wesley Savage.
Mexican priests and the Christian faithful are trying "not to fall into pessimism" as the country struggles to deal with the presumed murder of 43 students involving corrupt police officers, which has sparked nationwide protests and heavy police reform.
"The country is experiencing difficult times, perhaps a crisis of confidence in society, in the authorities, there are many doubts. However, there are priests and faithful who are looking for solutions, in order not to fall into pessimism," said The Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, according to Fides News Agency.
Pierre spoke of the need to create a new commission in Mexico focused on justice, peace and reconciliation, and argued that "protesting without proposing anything is sterile." more >>
An unorthodox decision by a Baltimore, Maryland pastor to invoke a popular hip-hop dance during a recent sermon on righteousness by instructing his congregation to "Nae Nae the hell out", has made his message viral and sparked debate about whether he went too far to make his point.
A recording of the message showing Pastor Westley West from Baltimore's Faith Empowered Ministries encouraging his followers to "Nae Nae the hell out" was first posted to YouTube in August but was recently highlighted by former youth pastor turned comedian Kevin A. Fredricks. A description on the YouTube video explained that the event was the church's "1st Annual Youth & Young Adults Back to School Jam".
"I don't know if you all know but I used to be a youth pastor preaching every Sunday in front of the entire sanctuary. And one thing people always say about youth pastors is that they end up taking popular songs and turning them into a message, well this guy does just that," explained Fredricks introducing the video on his website. more >>
The 80-million strong global church body known as the Anglican Communion may be ripped apart by recent debates over homosexuality and female ordination, according to its leader.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Anglican Communion, recently stated that current controversies within the Communion may lead to at the least a temporary fracturing.
In an interview with the United Kingdom publication the Times, Welby said that the global church body may experience "a sort of temporary separation." more >>