A Southern Baptist church in California has broken with the denomination's stance on homosexuality and has decided to accept the LGBT community without judgment. The church made the change after its lead pastor announced that he no longer holds to the teaching that homosexuality is a sin.
Danny Cortez, who leads New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, explained his journey in a letter to progressive Christian blogger John Shore, founder of Unfundamentalist Christians, last month. At the end of that journey, his son came out to him as gay.
"I recently became gay affirming after a 15-year journey of having multiple people in my congregation come out to me every year," Cortez wrote. After reading many of Shore's writings and hearing testimony from gay friends who felt marginalized, Cortez said his "eyes became open to the injustice that the church has wrought" and in August 2013, he said he "realized I no longer believed in the traditional teachings regarding homosexuality." more >>
The Church of England has declared that it is banning its clergy from joining the British National Party and the National Front, claiming that the groups teach ideologies against Anglican principles and hold racist views.
The CofE's House of Bishops announced in a statement on Monday that they had decided at a meeting in May to "declare that the constitution, policies, objectives, activities or public statements of the National Front are incompatible with the teaching of the Church of England in relation to the equality of persons or groups of different races."
A further explanation by the bishops reminds clergy that by canon law, they are required "at all times [to] be diligent to frame and fashion their lives according to the doctrine of Christ, and to make [themselves] wholesome examples and patterns to the flock of Christ." more >>
WASHINGTON – Even as the Communist Chinese government recently cracked down on Christian communities, Christianity continues to grow rapidly in the People's Republic.
This was the observation noted by a panel – titled "Christianity in China: A Force for Change?" –sponsored by the Brooking s Institution on Tuesday. Experts discussed the growth of Christianity, especially in the years since 1989, after the infamous crackdown on demonstrators at Tiananmen Square.
Carsten Vala, assistant professor at the Political Science Department of Loyola University Maryland and one of the panelists, told The Christian Post how many Chinese Christians view recent actions against them. more >>
A longstanding and bitter church scandal turned deadly Sunday when a Kentucky man, who accused a pastor of stealing his wife in 2006, fatally shot his now ex-wife's new husband, and then killed himself in front of his four children in the parking lot of a Dairy Queen.
A WCPO report says Zuriel Turk, 41, shot dead his ex-wife Amy's husband, Mark Kroening, 62, at about 6 p.m. as he dropped off his four stepchildren for a supervised visit with Turk. The children watched in horror as their father turned the gun on himself.
Covington Police Chief Spike Jones said soon after Turk fired several shots into Kroening's car he killed himself in front of his children, who are between the ages of 10 and 15. more >>
The article published Monday, June 2, 2014 stated that First Presbyterian Church of Oostburg will pay the $500,000 fee demanded by the Presbytery of Milwaukee. A spokesman of First Presbyterian told The Christian Post on Tuesday that the congregation does not plan to pay the fee.
A Wisconsin congregation ending its affiliation with Presbyterian Church (USA) does not plan to pay the mainline denomination a half-million dollars asked for its church property as previously reported in this article (see Correction Appended above). more >>
A newly formed conservative Presbyterian group plans to hold a conference in Dallas where about 1,200 people are expected to attend the event in August.
Formed in early 2012, the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians hope to bring together Presbyterians who are "hearing and answering God's call to a new way of being church," reads the registration page for the gathering.
Cosponsored by the theologically conservative Fellowship of Presbyterians, the national gathering is scheduled to take place at the InterContinental Hotel off Dallas Parkway August 18-20. more >>