Christians should not be shocked when pastors give into the temptation of immorality because sin is just an element of human nature, leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says.
Moore, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, weighed in Friday on the recent news of Pastor Darrin Patrick's dismissal from The Journey megachurch in St. Louis, Missouri, and resignation from the Acts 29 Network because of his participation in inappropriate extramarital meetings, phone calls and conversations with two women.
In a blog post to his website titled "What to do When a Pastor Falls?" Moore explained that it is natural for congregants to feel angry or betrayed when a prominent pastor or pastor they know caves to sin and falls from grace. more >>
A 60-year-old pastor and his wife died last Tuesday when they were mowed down inside their car by a speeding driver who ran a red light and fled the scene.
Jesse Estrada, 60, co-pastor of Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer Bautista, a Baptist Church in Cloverleaf, Texas, and his wife, Maria Sabillon, 68, had led the small congregation for more than 30 years, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The couple's son, Jesse Sabillon, 33, said authorities knocked on his door at 5 a.m. last Wednesday to deliver the news of their death. more >>
Pastor Kong Hee of Singapore's City Harvest Church says his congregation is sending at least three relief teams to Japan to assist in recovery efforts just days after twin earthquakes killed 42 people and destroy a church his team preached at just weeks ago.
"On the night of 14 April, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale shook the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. The epicentre is at a distance of 7 km from the city of Kumamoto. My wife, Sun [Ho,] and her team were just there two weeks ago ministering at Kumamoto Harvest Church, an amazing church led by senior Pastor Rev. Yoji Nakamura," Kong wrote on Sunday in a Facebook update.
"In the town of Mashiki, near the epicentre, buildings and homes have collapsed. 44,000 people were evacuated. The church in Mashiki has completely collapsed, and the senior pastor's family members are currently hospitalized," he added. more >>
Pope Francis has called a Christian woman a "martyr" after she was brutally killed by Islamist radicals for refusing to deny her faith in Jesus Christ.
BosNewsLife reported that Francis was made aware of the case during his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, where he spoke with the young woman's widower.
"He is Muslim, and he told me that he married a Christian girl," the pope explained. "They loved each other and respected each other. But unfortunately the young woman's throat was slashed by terrorists because she didn't want to deny Christ and abandon her faith." more >>
The Bible verse "do not judge" is probably one of the most quoted by non-believers, and it is incredibly important that Christians debunk the misinterpretation of this verse, Pastor Craig Groeschel of Life.Church said in a recent sermon.
Groeschel, head pastor of the multi-site Life.Church, addressed Matthew 7:1-2 in his recent series on the most misinterpreted verses of the Bible, saying this verse causes controversy because it is "probably the number one most quoted Bible verse by non-Christians and one of the more popularly quoted verses by Christians."
The pastor described the verse, which reads "Do not judge, or you too will be judged," as incredibly complicated and incredibly important to address because "it's no secret that this theme alone is probably the number one thing that drives non-Christians away from Christianity." more >>
Celebrity pastor Chad Veach is not letting life's circumstances keep him down. In his new book, Unreasonable Hope, the young minister uses his hardest life battle to encourage others to keep trusting God.
Veach and his wife, Julia, had their whole lives change in the course of a day when their 4-months-old daughter, Georgia, was diagnosed with lissencephaly, a rare, gene-linked brain malformation, also known as "smooth brain."
Since then, Georgia's seizure management has been the biggest struggle, at one point she was having 50 seizures a day. Although that's no longer the case, the couple still are facing a lot and are vowing to remain constant in their faith, ministry and family life. more >>