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).
Florida Young Adult Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. preached at this year's Misfit the Conference which took place in New York City's Salvation Army Centennial Memorial Theater last week.
The teacher's sermon titled "Your Package is in Transit" focused on God's ability to develop believers through storms and tribulation and how they are called to be obedient regardless of the circumstance. He illustrated the point by using the story from the Gospels where Jesus walks on water during the storm. His disciples see him from afar and fear him because they think he's a ghost.
To Wilkerson Jr., the disciples' perspective on the situation shifted their focus away from God. more >>
For the first time since the 1959 Revolution, the Republic of Cuba will allow for a church to be constructed in the Communist state.
Cuba's Communist government has approved a permit for the building of a Catholic church building in Santiago de Cuba, the island's second largest city.
The demand for a new facility came after Hurricane Sandy destroyed an older building, reported Katherine Backler of the United Kingdom publication The Tablet, a Roman Catholic weekly. more >>
JahRock'n Studios, a recording facility located inside Brooklyn, New York's Park Slope Tabernacle Christian church provides a place for both Christian and secular artists to record music.
The studio, which has been an active business for over a year, has hosted Christian artists such as Andy Mineo, HeeSun Lee and MC Jin, along with many aspiring rappers and singers from NYC and other areas.
Chris Belmont, the head of JahRock'n productions, previously operated the studio at a different location until his partner, and "God Belongs In My City" prayer walk pioneer Daniel Sanabria, suggested he move the studio into the church he was now using as a base for the movement. more >>
A group of churches from the Commonwealth of Virginia have helped an Afghan interpreter and his family stay in the United States after coming to the country after his life was threatened.
The Northern Virginia Military Mission Outreach, a group of congregations who help aid American veterans and their families, recently "provided furniture, food, clothing, toys, a television and money," for the interpreter, reported Neill Caldwell of United Methodist News Service.
Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield is one of the members of NVMMO, the majority of which are United Methodist Church congregations. more >>