Two religious ministries who help former inmates with substance abuse issues can continue to receive state funds, ruled a Florida judge who rejected a New York-based atheist group's lawsuit.
Circuit Court Judge George Reynolds of the Second Judicial Circuit for Leon County ruled Wednesday that Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God Ministries can receive payment from the Department of Corrections.
The Protestant State church in Western Germany, the second largest denomination in the country with more than 700 parishes, has overwhelmingly voted to allow same-sex marriage and register them as official unions.
Rheinische Evangelische Kirche, which claims to represent 2.6 million members, said in a press release posted on its website that the denomination has voted "with a very large majority" to recognize the "equality of homosexual and heterosexual couples."
I had no idea he was a former pastor.
He emailed me on a business matter. I noticed his email said nothing about his ministry, so I asked about his ministry in my response.
"I am out of the pastorate," he responded. "And I have no plans to ever go back." more >>
Christians should never feel as though they are not "good enough" for God, because God is looking for imperfect people to follow His path, motivational speaker and author Jefferson Bethke says in his latest YouTube video.
Bethke, who is known for publishing inspiring, popular YouTube videos about the Christian faith, discusses the feeling of imperfection and unworthiness in his latest video, Are You Too Messed Up For Jesus?, which has received over 16,000 hits since being posted to YouTube on Monday.
In the video, Bethke suggests many Christian feel they are not worthy to stand in front of God, saying that "so many times we think we're not good enough, we're not clean enough, we feel this shame, and because of all that, we then think we can't approach God." more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio announced the formation of an advisory board centered on life issues.
Called the Dignity of Life Advisory Board, members will include Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler, Assemblies of God General Superintendent Dr. George O. Wood, Baylor University Professor Francis Beckwith, and Christian apologist and author Ravi Zacharias.
Eric Teetsel, director of Faith Outreach for Marco Rubio for President, said in a statement that the "unjust termination of the unborn is the social justice issue of our time." more >>
The Islamic State terror group has razed to the ground Iraq's oldest Christian monastery where U.S. troops would worship until recently, in an apparent attempt to erase the region's history, receiving strong condemnation from around the world, including from the Obama administration and the Vatican.
Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, destroyed the 1,400-year-old St. Elijah's monastery in Mosul just months after taking over the Iraqi city in June 2014, The Associated Press reported with satellite images Wednesday, saying the terrorists demolished the structure in late September.
"Bulldozers, heavy equipment, sledgehammers, possibly explosives turned those stone walls into this field of gray-white dust. They destroyed it completely," Stephen Wood, CEO of Allsource Analysis, was quoted as saying. more >>