Ten years after church denominations and emergency agencies were first on the scene in response to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, help still trickles in to rebuild communities affected along the Gulf Coast.
On Saturday, church and ministry leaders in the region will be reflecting on the 10-year anniversary of the day when a Category 5 hurricane hit Mississippi and killed over 1,000 people and caused more than $100 billion in property damage in the Gulf states.
Rev. Fred Luter, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, wrote in the Baptist Press that the hurricane "was a test of our faith. It was a test of our belief. It also was a test of our willingness to come back and rebuild." more >>
The historic Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York where leading 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he is a member, said Friday that the billionaire real estate mogul is not an active member.
"I am Presbyterian Protestant. I go to Marble Collegiate Church," Trump reportedly told reporters in Greenville, South Carolina Thursday according to CNN.
Marble Collegiate Church is not a Presbyterian denomination, however, but part of the Reformed Church in America. more >>
A week after Billy Graham's grandson, Tullian Tchividjian, filed for divorce from his wife, Kim, the former pastor's counselor Paul Tripp, who says he has been working with the couple for the past six months, said Wednesday that the marriage could not be saved because it had been "irreparably broken" because there was no longer any trust between the couple.
In a statement posted to his website Wednesday, Tripp bemoaned the public spectacle Tchividjian's marriage had become before explaining how they arrived at the painful decision.
"I wish we lived in a world where pastoral counsel and heart, life and ministry restoration could take place in private, but those days are regretfully long gone. So, in light of the news getting out that Tullian Tchividijian has filed for divorce and to mitigate any unnecessary and unhealthy speculation regarding the details of the situation, as Tullian's friend and counselor, I have decided to post this statement," Tripp began in the statement. more >>
Saddleback Church co-founder Kay Warren, who in 2013 lost her 27-year-old son to suicide, has said that the mental health system in America is broken, and encouraged Christians to embrace the millions of people suffering from various mental illnesses.
"The sad fact is the mental health system is broken in the United States. I can't say that strongly enough. It is not that people aren't trying and not that there aren't some really wonderful, compassionate people in the field of mental health, but the problem is complicated, and most of the attempts to help don't always help," Warren wrote in an article for The Huffington Post on Thursday.
"The Church's central commitment is to be the hands and feet of Jesus. This should include intentionally coming alongside people living with mental illness and supporting their families. If the Church lives out its calling in this area, its compassionate voice will rise within the community, the nation and the world — extending an unwavering message of hope and acceptance for those affected by mental illness," she said, previewing Saddleback Church's Gathering on Mental Health and The Church, scheduled for Oct. 7-9. more >>
Iraqi security forces have been commissioned by Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi to collect data on the persecution of Christians in the nation.
Sources told news outlet Agenzia Fides that a committee has been set up by the prime minister that will collect this data in an attempt to curb the recent violence against Christians in the region.
These officials plan to work alongside the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq to collect the information and have already met with its Patriarch Louis Raphael I. They will also take a census of the homes and properties illegally seized from believers. more >>
A prominent Christian lawyer in China has been detained amid the ongoing cross removal campaign across churches in the country's eastern province.
Zhang Kai, a Christian lawyer in China, had been unreachable for two days after authorities arrested him on Tuesday. On Thursday, his colleague Yang Xingquan said their law firm in Beijing received no update about the detained lawyer, according to an AP report published by AOL.
Authorities in Wenzhou were given a deadline to take down all the crosses from the roofs of Christian churches in the city. Wenzhou is home to many Catholic and Protestant churches and is known as "China's Jerusalem," Radio Free Asia reports. more >>