Pope Francis decried greedy business practices and prosperity gospel preachers during a mass at the Vatican Thursday morning.
During his homily at Casa Santa Maria, one of the Vatican's chapels, the pontiff excoriated business owners who don't provide healthcare coverage for their employees because they don't want to deal with the extra expense.
Specifically, Francis pointed to employers who seek to profit off of their employees without offering any benefits in return, such as pension plans or healthcare. more >>
The United Methodist Church will put a moratorium on its homosexuality debate, delaying at least for the time being efforts to allow for the ordination of non-celibate clergy.
Delegates at the UMC General Conference in Portland, Oregon, voted 428-405 Wednesday evening to adopt a proposal from the Council of Bishops halting Church legislation on human sexuality issues.
Titled "An Offering for a Way Forward," the Council of Bishops' recommendation will involve church leadership appointing a "special commission" to analyze the denomination's official stance on homosexuality, gay marriage, and gay ordination. more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA)'s donations to local missions increased by an estimated $7.7 million last year despite continued declines in congregations and membership numbers.
The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States released their statistics for 2015 on Monday, reporting that giving to local missions was up.
According to the recently released annual statistics, local mission giving went from approximately $125 million in 2014 to approximately $132 million in 2015. more >>
A pastor and single mother "by choice" with a son battling cancer is now asking for help as she struggles to pay mounting medical bills and fight being evicted from her home.
The Reverend Brandee Jasmine Mimitzraiem of Embry Chapel A.M.E Church in Utah, who declares on her bio page on the church's website that she is a "proud single mother by choice of two wonderful sons," revealed in a Good4Utah report Wednesday that she is overwhelmed with trying to care for her family and the church at the same time.
"I want stability for my sons...," Mimitzraiem told Good4Utah. "I'm stuck between doing what's right for my congregation and doing what's right for my kids. And I'm here, and I'm just – I'm torn – and it hurts, and I'm afraid, and I really don't know what's going to happen or what to do." more >>
Is an eating disorder considered a sin? Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers, including a response that Satan's oppression and idolatry can sometimes be culprits.
In a video message posted to his website Monday in response to a female viewer's question about whether anorexia nervosa is sinful, Pastor Mark Driscoll opened up a larger discussion about the societal pressures on physical appearance many women and men face. Those pressures are often exacerbated by celebrity and social media. Driscoll offered suggestions on how to combat the viewer's challenge.
According to WomensHealth.gov, per the National Eating Disorders Association, the average American woman is 5'4'' and weighs 140 lbs., while the average American model is 5'11'' and weighs 117 pounds. "All too often, society associates being 'thin' with 'hard-working, beautiful, strong and self-disciplined,'" the report said. In contrast, being "fat" is associated with being "lazy, ugly, weak and lacking will-power." more >>
Kevin Durant is giving Pastor Carl Lentz credit for his new outlook on life.
In a GQ magazine interview, the Oklahoma City Thunder forward spoke about the Hillsong New York City pastor teaching him that God is more about love than following a set of rules.
"I felt like I had to follow the Ten Commandments. But we don't live by that no more," the 27-year-old forward surmized in the GQ interview. "We live by the blood of Jesus. That's how I feel." more >>