The ultra liberal United Church of Christ, which boasts of its inclusivity and radical hospitality, has now dropped below 1 million members for the first time. Its latest stats, for 2013, show it at 979,239. In 1968 it had over 2 million. The UCC was founded in 1957 as the merger of several Reformed traditions, some dating to the early Puritans.
Among the first religious groups to affirm revisionist sexual ethics, the UCC once sponsored ads highlighting its permissiveness in contrast with ostensibly restrictive churches, which were spoofed for having a metaphorical ejector seat among their pews. Ha-ha-ha.
But in fact, the UCC has figuratively hosted its own ejector seats, having lost 800 congregations and 400,000 members just since 2000, with no clear end to the spiral on the horizon. more >>
After coming under heavy criticism for asking the public for $65 million dollars to purchase a luxury airplane for his ministry last month, popular televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International Creflo Dollar responded in spectacular defiance in a recent message to his church declaring: "If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me."
"Let me tell you something about believing God — I can dream as long as I want to. I can believe God as long as I want to. If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me. You cannot stop me from dreaming," he said in a clip of the message posted on YouTube showing his congregants rising to their feet and cheering in approval.
"You cannot stop me from dreaming. I'm gon' dream until Jesus comes. And here's another thing I want you to understand. … If they discover life on Mars, if you think a $65 million plane was too much, if they discover that there's life on Mars, they gon' need to hear the Gospel and I'm gon' have to believe God for a billion dollar space shuttle because we got to preach the Gospel on Mars," he said. more >>
One person has died and at least 20 more were hospitalized with botulism linked to a church potluck in Ohio, health officials said on Wednesday.
Botulism, a foodborne illness often caused by improperly home-canned foods with low acid content, was traced back to a picnic held Sunday at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed that each of the botulism patients attended the pot-luck style event, according to Reuters.
The Fairfield Medical Center said in a statement that a neurologist identified the first suspected case of botulism early Tuesday, with two more likely cases identified hours later, reported The Columbus Dispatch. Most of the sickened are reportedly middle-aged, but little is known about the person who died. more >>
More than a billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, and one student at Harvard Kennedy School of Government believes Christians and churches in general can help protect the environment by promoting and adopting lifestyle changes that cut waste and save money.
"The environment is a gift that demands responsibility and care. Our daily actions threaten the God-given natural resources of the earth, hurt the poor disproportionately, and endanger tomorrow's generations," writes Joel Smoot, a Master of Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in a document shared with The Christian Post this week. The document was prepared for an Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School.
People in some 190 countries take action for Earth Day every year on April 22. Earth Day 2015 is pushing action under its global theme: It's our turn to lead. more >>
A trip to the hospital that was supposed to end in a joyous celebration of life for a Christian Wisconsin family turned into a bittersweet event mixed with death Friday when the family's faithful patriarch was killed in a freak accident involving a deer shortly before the birth of his son.
Michael Rogan, 46, his wife, Niki, and their seven children were en route to a hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin, last Friday, when the vehicle in front of them hit a deer and sent it flying into the Rogans' windshield. Michael, who was driving, was severely injured while Niki managed to steer the van into a ditch, preventing further tragedy.
The entire family was rushed to the hospital, where Niki delivered a healthy baby boy named Blaise. Unfortunately, however, Michael did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. more >>
Two congregations in North Carolina were struck by vandals who've cost the churches tens of thousands of dollars in damage from shattered windows in the children's nursery and spray-painted messages of "one way ticket to hell" and "God loves fags He hates you," on entrance doors to the sanctuary.
Earlier this month Bales Wesleyan Church of Jamestown and Grace Baptist Church of Greensboro, both located in Guilford County, were the victims of vandalism.
Grace Baptist had phrases like "Gay OK" and "God Loves Gays" spray-painted on the grounds, and the building egged and covered with toilet paper. Bales Wesleyan sustained similar damage. more >>