A Brazilian Baptist leader who's known for holding progressive views on social issues, is pushing for the country to lift restrictions on abortion amid fears that symptoms from the Zika virus might be leading to an increase in neurological birth defects such as microcephaly, a brain deformity.
The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bites and has now spread to 21 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Pastor Joel Zeferino, president of the Baptist Alliance of Brazil, — an organization was started in 2005 by 60 Baptists who fell out of favor with the Brazilian Baptist Convention because of their socially progressive views, according to Baptist News Global — argued that the discussion over laxing abortion laws needs to include more voices. more >>
The Church of England is making a push to encourage Christians to donate blood and organs, saying that it is their moral duty to do so.
Anglican bishops from West Yorkshire and Dales recently called on the church to do more to encourage these donations during a recent general assembly gathering, pointing to the country's dwindling blood supply.
During the three-day synod meeting, James Newcome, bishop of Carlisle, called on the church to make blood donation an acceptable "sacrificial offering" required by Christians. more >>
Pastor Le'Andria Johnson is firing back at critics who don't approve of her giving out cigarettes and condoms on the streets of Atlanta, Georgia, in the name of Jesus.
On the Oxygen show "Preachers of Atlanta," viewers witness Johnson dressing to blend in with prostitutes while going on the streets to minister to them. After the show premiered and she received criticism, the 33-year-old pastor and founder of Imperfect People Changing Ministries in Atlanta, says her unique form of street ministry reaches people that churches don't.
"Not one word about getting tested and six people in your church is HIV positive or has AIDS. I have seen people affected by HIV, in the holiness, COGIC, apostolic, AME, Baptist, and CME churches alike," Johnson wrote. "You might not agree, with all [I do], but I know in Atlanta there is a need. Not one word from 'the church' encouraging people to take their medication or even take a 3 min test." more >>
Prominent LGBT activist Ted Trimpa and Focus on the Family President Jim Daly will share the stage at the upcoming Christian conference Q Denver to talk about how they're collaborating on efforts to combat human trafficking.
Gabe Lyons, founder of Q Ideas which oversees Q conferences across the country, told The Christian Post that Trimpa and Daly will be speaking on a cause they both support.
"Trimpa will be part of a conversation with Daly [to speak] about how they've worked together on fighting human trafficking in the state of Colorado," said Lyons. more >>
Would God really tell Grammy Award winning gospel singer and pastor Le'Andria Johnson to minister to prostitutes by giving them cigarettes and condoms?
Bishop T.D. Jakes' daughter and Faithing It: Bringing Purpose Back to Your Life! author Cora Jakes Coleman doesn't seem to think so. After catching wind of the Oxygen show "Preachers Of Atlanta," Coleman admits that her spirit was troubled when she witnessed Johnson's actions.
"It vexed my spirit to sit back and watch it. I cannot wrap my head around God telling someone to give somebody a cigarette," Coleman said on Periscope, according to EEW Magzine reports. "She says that she cusses, she drinks, but at the end of the day, when the Lord tells her to do something, she does it." more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA) is expecting to see a loss of over 400,000 members between 2015 and 2020, according to a reported internal document.
PCUSA's Office of the General Assembly and Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee held a meeting last Wednesday when projected losses were discussed, according to a recent account by the conservative Presbyterian publication The Layman.