A young couple who served as youth pastors at a vibrant church in Bonney Lake, Washington, were crushed to death along with their 8-month-old son after a concrete slab fell from an overpass and slammed into their vehicle as they drove along a local highway Monday morning.
Pastor James Ludlow of Eastpointe Foursquare Church in Pierce County confirmed in a message posted on the church's website that the departed couple, Josh and Vanessa Ellis, both reportedly in their 20s, and their infant son, Hudson, were an active and beloved family and the church community had been left in emotional tatters by the news.
"As many of you have heard or are hearing, our community and our church has suffered a tragedy. Our wonderful youth pastors, Josh and Vanessa Ellis, along with Hudson, their 8-month-old boy, immediately went to be with Jesus at around 10 a.m. on April 13, 2015. (Literally in the 'twinkling of an eye.') We are stunned! Shocked! Wounded, broken and dismayed. But we know one thing for sure ... they are in glory in the loving arms of our King Jesus!" he said, in part, in the message. more >>
NEW YORK — Rev. Emerson Boyce, the general secretary of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean, discussed living conditions in the region and how he's working to prepare Christians in the island nations for future persecution that believers are witnessing throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Boyce, whose organization is one of seven regional alliances of the World Evangelical Alliance, travels all around the region planning events and serving as a member of the board of directors with Operation Mobilization and Prison Fellowship in Trinidad and Tobago, and described what he views as one of the biggest hurdles for Caribbean Christians to overcome during an interview with CP Voice.
"The toughest challenge for Christianity in the region is preparing for persecution, and discipling members to live the Christ life." Boyce explained. "But we really need to disciple all members more, and better than we do, in order for them to share their faith." more >>
A global evangelical group joined leaders from the Roman Catholic Church and other religious denominations in an event at the United Nations to declare that nuclear weapons are contrary to faith, morality and reason, and to call for a ban on their possession.
The Bible "tells us that the peacemakers are blessed," Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, chair of the World Evangelical Alliance's Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons, said at a public panel discussion at the United Nations headquarters in New York on "Nuclear Weapons and the Moral Compass" last week, according to a statement released by WEA on Monday.
Wigg-Stevenson reminded that Scripture "also tell us to condemn those who say 'peace, peace' when there is no peace — as the prophet Jeremiah did to the court sycophants in his day, who denied that the nation's injustice invited the judgment of God." more >>
A Hindu extremist leader in India has called on Christians and Muslims in the country to be forcefully sterilized in order to control their growing populations, and called for Hindu gods and goddesses to be placed in churches and mosques.
"The population of Muslims and Christians is growing day by day. To rein in this, Centre will have to impose emergency, and Muslims and Christians will have to be forced to undergo sterilization so that they cannot increase their number," said Sadhvi Deva Thakur, vice president of All India Hindu Mahasabha, according to Fides News Agency.
Thakur called on Hindus to have more children to increase their population, and said that "idols of Hindu gods and goddesses should be placed in mosques and churches." more >>
A megachurch in Michigan has announced that they will set up a "special fund" to raise the approximately $300,000 a Ponzi schemer donated to its congregation.
Resurrection Life Church, a large congregation with campuses in Grandville and Holland, had $300,000 donated to it by a convicted Ponzi scammer.
In response to recent attention given to the congregation over the question of them returning the money, Resurrection Life addressed the issue Wednesday afternoon on social media. more >>
A Presbyterian Church (USA) regional body located in California has been accused of putting a Korean congregation's effort to leave the mainline denomination to a standstill.
Last year, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Rowland Heights voted overwhelmingly to seek dismissal from PCUSA over the denomination's growing acceptance of homosexuality.
Out of 817 votes casted in the March 2014 vote, 738 voted to leave, 74 voted to stay, and 5 votes were dismissed. more >>