New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he will allow churches to use public schools for worship space following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to take up an appeal on the matter.
De Blasio will seek to revamp rules that presently bar congregations, such as the Bronx Household of Faith, from using public school buildings on weekends for worship.
Wiley Norvell, spokesperson for de Blasio, said in a statement that the effort was being made now that Bronx Household of Faith's legal effort has failed. more >>
Rapper and pastor Trip Lee believes music has the power to unite people from different cultures and races within the church, but adds that Christian unity must be biblical and reflect the kingdom of God because it's about more than bringing different races under one roof for two hours on a Sunday morning.
"Music has a way of uniting people, [but] our end goal is not just getting black and white in the same building; Jay Z can do that," Lee quipped, adding that the type of unity the church should be striving for "can only be achieved through the Lord Jesus Christ."
Speaking at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday as part of a segment titled "Rise: Calling the Next Generation to Racial Reconciliation, Lee, who serves as a pastoral assistant at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. where he uses the name Trip Barefield, focused his talk on the millennial generation and how music brings different ethnicities together. more >>
Some eight people are now dead and 10 others injured after a church van traveling from a convention crashed in a canal in Moore Haven, Florida, early Monday.
The Florida Highway Patrol told NBC Miami that the van, which was carrying 18 people, was heading eastbound on SR-78 when it passed through a stop sign in Moore Haven after midnight, according to preliminary investigations.
The vehicle then moved across all the lanes of US-27 before crashing into a steep and partially water-filled canal. more >>
A week after he was admitted to Orange County Medical Center in California with heart trouble, popular televangelist and faith healer Benny Hinn has been released and his says "God is faithful, my heart is strong."
"I've seen the hand of God at work, both through prayer and the physicians," said Hinn Friday in a release to The Christian Post.
"God is faithful. My heart is strong. I have no heart damage. My arteries are not blocked. There is no arterial damage. The AFib is being treated effectively, and my rapid heart rate has reduced considerably. I'm feeling stronger every day. The prognosis is good for a speedy and complete recuperation, and I am so glad to be heading home," he added. more >>
A female archdeacon belonging to the Church of England will soon be promoted to the position of a senior bishop, breaking new ground in the prominence of women in the Church of England.
The Ven. Rachel Treweek, a former speech therapist ordained in 1994, will become the head of the Diocese of Gloucester.
John M. Perkins, a civil rights leader and father of the racial reconciliation movement, criticized pastor Creflo Dollar's former fundraising campaign for a new $65 million private jet as "evil," "heresy," and "exploitation," as he explained the damage prosperity preachers have done to black communities.
Perkins, founder of the Christian Community Development Association, was being interviewed by Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, at ERLC's conference on "The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation," which takes place Thursday and Friday in Nashville.
"The solution [to the damage racism has done to blacks is] God's people, with moral values, confronting and discipling people," Perkins said. more >>