Local churches in Ferguson, Missouri are serving as safe havens for the community in the midst of turmoil and one local pastor is calling on Christians to promote peace and healing.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is among several local ministries that have opened their doors to the public in the wake of civil unrest and Rector Rev. Steven Lawler called for compassion and lots of prayer.
On Monday, a St. Louis grand jury in the Michael Brown case announced that it would not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson over the shooting death of the-late teen. more >>
Prominent Christian leaders quickly issued statements and used social media to voice their concerns shortly after a St. Louis grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury's findings during a Monday evening press conference at 9:22 p.m EST.
"The single antidote that will truly alleviate the tension and angst in Ferguson, Missouri, resides in the peace that only Christ can render," said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/Conela. "The prophetic and conciliatory concept of 'Shalom' — a peace where nothing stands missing or broken — presents the prescription for a community divided by race and fear." more >>
An event that was supposed to be a lighthearted celebration of how Christian lives have changed through music at the 138-year-old The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest) church in Decatur, Georgia, led by Senior Pastor Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr. has triggered a barrage of criticism and even death threats for the use of secular music by popular entertainers such as Chris Brown and Lil Jon in the sanctuary.
The frenzied reactions to the celebrations first started after short clips of the event began circulating on social media.
Among those sharing one of the clips from the event was popular televangelist and singer Juanita Bynum who noted "THIS IS WHY WE HAVE TO PRAY!!!!!!" in a post along with the clip on her Facebook page last Monday. The post has since been liked nearly 1,800 times and the clip itself has been shared more than 26,000 times with many people criticizing the portion of the celebration depicted in the video. more >>
Brian McLaren is right. The "emergent church" movement is growing. Not as a collective group, but as a savvy, scattered chain ever-present in the fiber of the Church.
The backstory of the emergent church started in the late 1990s and early 2000s when a group of postmodern Christians found popularity emphasizing leftist political agendas over traditional Christian teaching and absolute truths.
An ornate wooden crucifix made in Italy and a statue of the Virgin Mary miraculously survived a four-alarm fire that destroyed much of the historic Holy Cross Catholic Church in San Jose, California, that over 100 firefighters battled on Sunday.
On Monday, as firefighters kept onlookers and pedestrians a safe distance away from the church they believed might cave in, they were able to hoist the crucifix out of the smoldering 108-year-old church as members of the parish watched in amazement.
Members of church were stunned to see that the beloved crucifix remained intact despite the rest of the building being burned to the ground, according to Rev. Firmo Mantovani who serves at the church. more >>
WASHINGTON — Christian leaders from virtually all denominations gathered in the nation's capital this week to bring attention to rampant financial damage among the poor as a result of predatory lenders.
The coalition met Wednesday morning at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, mere blocks from Capitol Hill, before heading out to lobby Congress to add new usury restrictions and control lenders' ability to confuse potential borrowers through slick marketing.
Galen Carey, vice president of Government Relations at the National Association of Evangelicals, told The Christian Post he and his organization have "become very concerned" about how predatory lending is wreaking havoc among the poor and disadvantaged. more >>