A group of conservative members of the United Methodist Church have signed an open letter to the supporters of a petition calling for the denomination to let individual congregations determine their stance on homosexuality.
At issue is the UMC's official position on homosexuality, which while recognizing the inherent worth of homosexual persons nonetheless declares the practice of homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching."
Posted on the website of the denomination's Good News Magazine last week, the open letter was addressed to Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, and Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg UMC of Tipp City, Ohio. more >>
Father Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire ministry and Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary near Chicago, has said that HBO talk show host Bill Maher does not understand neither faith nor the Bible, responding to the numerous attacks on Christianity the outspoken comedian has made recently.
"I don't know what possesses me to watch 'Real Time With Bill Maher,' for Maher is, without a doubt, the most annoying anti-religionist on the scene today. Though his show is purportedly about politics, it almost invariably includes some attack on religion, especially Christianity," Barron wrote for Catholic News Agency on Sunday.
Maher has made a number of anti-Christian comments on his show. Earlier this year he called God a "psychotic mass murderer" for the flood as described in the biblical account of Noah's ark, and in June asked Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed to explain why Jesus had to come down to Earth to "correct His dad" on Old Testament laws such as stoning of adulterous women to death. more >>
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Ream held its annual chaplains conference in North Carolina, having a record attendance for the multiday event.
Held last week at The Cove in Ashville by the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, the conference involved training chaplains in various fields of care.
Scott Holmquist, deputy director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, told The Christian Post about how the conference went. more >>
Over the years, reaching men with the Gospel has been an important but challenging effort. From the early days when Edwin Louis Cole launched the Christian Men's Network, to Coach Bill McCartney's Promise Keepers, hundreds of thousands of men have been transformed, and yet momentum has been difficult at best.
But now, a local pastor with a national media ministry is turning "men's ministry" on it's head. G. Allen Jackson, pastor of World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has taken his experience leading one of the largest churches in America and re-thought exactly what it means to reach men in the 21st century. That strategy is culminating in the "Mighty Men Conference" featuring Jackson and Angus Buchan in Nashville on November 23rd. I had the opportunity to discuss the subject recently with Pastor Jackson, and here's what happened:
Phil Cooke: What we call "Men's Ministry" is alive and well, but it's not in the headlines much anymore. In the 1980's and 90's it exploded and culminated with Promise Keepers, which was one of the biggest movements of it's time. What going on today? more >>
North Point Community Church lead pastor Andy Stanley clarified to The Christian Post about tweets he made earlier in the week that appeared to be criticism of Southern Baptist Convention leaders calling for a spiritual revival, explaining that he was talking about local revival rather than a Great Awakening-style revival.
On Tuesday, Stanley tweeted,"Instead of praying for revival leaders of the SBC should go spend three weeks with @perrynoble Why pray for one when you can go watch one." "Praying for revival equates to blaming God for the condition of your local church." "Why not call the Church to pray for the things Jesus & New Testament writers prayed for? Why add Revival to the list?""Churches that need reviving most are the very churches that resist it most."
Stanley conceded that the conversation spiraled beyond what he had intended it to be after he and others began diverging on what they meant by "revival." more >>
Two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been notified that each faces excommunication from the church for apostasy — one for his LGBT activism, the other because she's the founder of Ordain Women, an organization that's pushing for female priesthood.
Kate Kelly, whose organization protested the church's General Conference in April advocating for females to become priests, and John P. Dehlin, a psychology Ph.D. student who created a podcast in 2005 that featured an array of stories about Momorns of various racial backgrounds, sexual orientations and approaches toward faith, have been notified by LDS officials that they might be dismissed from the church for apostasy.
Following a meeting last month with Scott Wheatley, the president of the Oakton Virginia Stake, Kelly was informed in a letter that she was being put on "informal probation" by the chuch for her actions. As such, Kelly, is no longer a member in good standing in the LDS church. more >>